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Prosecutors to re-try Kellen Winslow on unresolved charges this fall

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Prosecutors in San Diego will retry former Miami Hurricanes and NFL star Kellen Winslow II on the eight remaining counts that are unresolved against him.

The announcement came from assistant district attorney Dan Owens at a Friday morning hearing in San Diego County Superior Court. Owens relayed that the five women who testified against Winslow in his two-week trial are ready to proceed and face him again.

The court set jury selection for September 30th to begin the new proceedings of criminal charges. They include six felonies with two counts of rape, as well as a sodomy charge. Winslow will also be retried on the two misdemeanor charges of elderly battery and abuse.

Judge Blaine Bowman declared a mistrial on Tuesday after jurors had remained deadlocked for over a week on the eight remaining charges. Winslow had been convicted a day earlier on one of the rape charges against one of the Jane Doe anonymous accusers, a homeless woman in her 50s. Winslow is facing life in prison on all of the charges.

Bowman polled the jurors about being deadlocked and it was damning for Winslow and his defense. The jurors had voted 7 to 5 convict him of raping Jane Doe #1 (another homeless woman in her 50s) and, then, 10 to 2 that he had sodomized Jane Doe #2, the homeless woman in her late 50s he was convicted of raping.

The jurors were polled more and revealed that they had been deadlocked but with an overwhelming 10 to 2 vote that he had raped a now 33 year old, Jane Doe #4, who had been a 17 year old high school student in 2003. She claimed in court that Winslow raped her at a home in San Diego in the summer 2003, while he was a junior at the University of Miami.

Winslow is a former All American tight end from the Miami Hurricanes from 2001-03 and played 9 seasons in the NFL, including three with the Buccaneers from 2009-11. He was the sixth overall pick by the Browns in the 2004 draft and is the son of former Chargers great and Hall of Fame inductee, Kellen Winslow.

Winslow’s lawyers ask the court to delay sentencing on his four convictions until the eight new charges can be resolved. They say they plan to appeal those convictions.

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Tebow confirmed Sunday he politely declined XFL offer

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The rebirth of the XFL is well underway and a former Florida Gator football legend says he was approached about participating in this 2020 season, but has respectfully declined to continue his baseball career.

Former Heisman trophy-winning, two time National Champion QB Tim Tebow met with the New York Mets media at their spring-training complex in Port St Lucie Sunday. And, while talking mostly about still chasing his dream to play in the big leagues, Tebow was asked about Vince McMahon’s second go-around at Spring football and whether they had been in touch with him?

We had a couple of conversations, but it was pretty clear this was…I love what they’re (XFL) doing. It has a chance to have success…but for me? This (play baseball) is what I wanted to do”

It’s not surprising that the XFL would reach out to Tebow, who is still massively popular, especially in the state of Florida, and would have seemingly been a natural for the Tampa Bay Vipers franchise had he chosen to pursue the XFL.

This is not unlike what the debut of another Spring league, The Alliance of American Football, tried a year ago at this time, including former Gators legendary Heisman winning and National Championship winning coach, Steve Spurrier. He attempted to coax Tebow to come play with him for the Orlando franchise.

But, in both instances, Tebow has politely made clear that he believes he can make it to the majors with the Mets and wants to continue to pursue his baseball dream. He made his way to Triple A Syracuse last summer before suffering a hand injury and ending a bid to possibly be on the Mets September roster.

So, Tebow’s journey will continue with the Mets in the Grapefruit League for the next six weeks prior to the start of the 2020 season.

Add to it that the 32 year old Tebow recently wed South African former Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. So, they’re obviously other priorities in his life besides just resuming a football career.

Still, that’s the way that most Gator fans will always choose to remember the iconic Tebow, who has still almost “Elvis-like” status no matter where he goes in Gainesville. And, that includes occasional visits for his weekend duties with the SEC network Saturday college football show.

For now, that’s the closest he’ll be to a football field.

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Vipers show little on offense again Saturday- drop to 0-2

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For the second consecutive week to open the season the XFL Tampa Bay Vipers came up with little-to-no offense and it cost them Saturday for a second straight loss.

Meantime, the Seattle Dragons had just enough offensively and a huge defensive touchdown lead them to a 17 – 9 victory in the Pacific Northwest.

Dragons quarterback Brandon Silvers had very little go right throwing the ball, as he was just 7 – 18 for 91 yards but 68 of them came on a bomb to receiver Keenan Reynolds in the third quarter, which put the Dragons on the board:

Then, the Dragons defense came up with the play of the day as linebacker Marcel Frazier intercepted a Quinton Flowers pass at the Vipers one-yard line and fell into the endzone for the points that put Seattle up for good. The Dragons got the two-point conversion and later added a fourth-quarter field goal for a 17 – 9 margin.

The story for the second straight week was the Vipers with offensive-minded coach Marc Trestman being unable to get anything going, offensively. Having to play with backup quarterback Taylor Cornelius due to starting quarterback Aaron Murray’s foot injury, the Vipers managed just 289 yards of total offense with Cornelius going 16 – 27 for 154 yards and two ints.

Flowers relieved him on a couple of occasions for different series and but was just 3 – 7 for 43 yards in the airs with the pick six. Flowers also ran 5 times for 15 yards.

Tampa Bay had gotten a spark early in the third quarter with it’s first TD in franchise history, when former FSU DB Tavaurus McFadden picked Silvers, got up off the ground, used his blocks and raced 78 yards for the touchdown.

One of the key sequences came in the third quarter worth Tampa Bay moved inside of the 10-yard line of Seattle but after two Jacques Patrick rushing attempts failed to get in the end zone, Cornelius threw incomplete on third down. Down 14 – 9, Trestman elected to try to kick a field goal but the snap was botched and Tampa Bay came away with no points.

The Vipers had one last chance in the final minute of the game to try and get a tying touchdown and two-point conversion.

Cornelius completed a couple of passes including one to receiver Reece Horn for 21 yards moving down to Seattle 23 with :09 left. Corneilus fired deep into the right corner of the end zone where tight end Dan Williams made the catch for an apparent score but was called for offensive pass interference nullifying the touchdown.

On the final play of the game, Cornelius thew in the endzone, desperately and the pass was intercepted play Kyle Quiero to seal the win for Seattle.

The win is Seattle’s first in franchise history in their home opener. Meantime for the Vipers, they’re now 0-2 to without an offensive touchdown in two games. And, they head back home for their debut against Houston next Saturday.

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