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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State quarterback and Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston will not face any charges in a sexual assault case, mostly because there were too many gaps in his accuser's story, according to a prosecutor.

State Attorney Willie Meggs said the woman's memory lapses about the events last December were problematic and there was not enough evidence to win a conviction.

The woman told police she had been drinking at a bar with friends and went home with a man she didn't know. She said she the alleged assault took place at an off-campus apartment, but she couldn't remember where it was.

A month later, she identified her alleged attacker as the quarterback. Winston's attorney said the sex was consensual.

SKIING

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) - With her eyes wide and a big smile, Lindsey Vonn declared herself ready to race for the first time in 10 months.

In an interview with The Associated Press and USA Today Sports, Vonn said she will return to competition in a World Cup downhill Friday, the latest major step in her push to get ready for the Sochi Olympics.

She has not raced since a high-speed crash at the world championships in February, when she tore two ligaments in her right knee and broke a bone in her lower leg. About 2 1/2 weeks ago, Vonn partially re-tore one of those reconstructed ligaments in a crash while training in Colorado.

BASEBALL

MIAMI (AP) - Rafael Furcal will try to make his comeback from elbow surgery with the Miami Marlins.

The free-agent infielder and the Marlins have agreed to terms on a contract, two people familiar with the situation said. Both people confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it hadn't been finalized.

In addition, one of the people said, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia passed his physical, and his $21 million, three-year deal with Miami was completed.

The 36-year-old Furcal, a three-time All-Star and the 2000 NL Rookie of the Year, sat out this season after undergoing elbow ligament-replacement surgery in March. He made the NL All-Star team as a starter at shortstop in 2012, when he batted .264 in 121 games for the Cardinals.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have signed former Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes to a $24 million, three-year contract.

The Twins reached agreement with Hughes last week and finished it after the 27-year-old passed his physical. Hughes went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA for the Yankees last season.

The Twins are hoping that a move out of hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium to spacious Target Field will help Hughes rediscover the promise he showed earlier in his career. Hughes was a first-round draft pick and an All-Star in 2010.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Norichika Aoki from Milwaukee to be their leadoff hitter, which also means the Brewers are likely to shift Ryan Braun to right field.

Milwaukee received left-hander Will Smith, who spent most of the past couple seasons shuffling between Kansas City and Triple-A Omaha, and between the bullpen and the starting rotation.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore on a conference call that he envisions Aoki batting at the top of the order, just as he did with the Brewers, which would allow Alex Gordon to slide down into an RBI-producing role. Aoki hit .286 with eight homers, 37 RBIs and 20 steals last season.

CHICAGO (AP) - Rick Renteria stood next to Chicago Cubs executives Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein and pulled on a No. 16 jersey in a lounge at Wrigley Field.

Yup, it's definitely real now. There's a new man in the dugout for the downtrodden Cubs.

Renteria got his official welcome for his first job as a major league manager about a month after he was hired to replace Dale Sveum. The appearance at the Cubs' iconic neighborhood ballpark was delayed by Renteria's recovery from October hip surgery.

GOLF

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Zach Johnson birdied four of the par 5s and shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-shot leadover Matt Kuchar in the World Challenge.

Only five players in the elite 18-man field managed to break par at Sherwood Country Club. One of them was tournament host Tiger Woods, who had a new driver in the bag and missed only two fairways. The problem was his putter, including a short birdie attempt that missed on the last hole. He had a 71.

Kuchar hit his approach to 2 feet on the final hole for a 68.

Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson were at 70.

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) - England's Luke Donald topped the Nedbank Golf Challenge leaderboard at 5 under when first-round play was suspended for the day because of lightning.

Donald completed 11 holes at Gary Player Country Club.

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and Wales' Jamie Donaldson were 3 under. Bjorn played six holes, and Donaldson completed 12. Defending champion Martin Kaymer of Germany was 2 under after six holes.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson, playing for the first time since ending last season with the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup and European Tour's Race to Dubai titles, was 1 under after seven holes.

HONG KONG (AP) - Ireland's David Higgins shot a 6-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead in the Hong Kong Open.

Italy's Andrea Pavan was second in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain opened with a 70.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Stacy Lewis shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead during the suspended second round of the Dubai Ladies Masters.

The third-ranked Lewis, a three-time winner this year on the LPGA Tour, had a 9-under 135 total at Emirates Golf Course in the Ladies European Tour's season-ending tournament.

Sweden's Pernilla Lindberg was second after a 69. Spain's Carlota Ciganda was 7 under after a 70, and Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum was another stroke back after a 70.

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