Florida State drops QB Deondre Francois after abuse allegations surface

Florida State’s head football coach announced Sunday that quarterback Deondre Francois had been dismissed from the team after allegations of domestic abuse surfaced.

Willie Taggart said in a statement Sunday that he had notified Francois of his decision the night before. Taggart’s decision to drop Francois came the same day the quarterback’s girlfriend posted a video to Instagram alleging abuse by Francois.

“As we build a new culture and foundation for FSU football, we have high expectations for all of our student-athletes and we will not shy away from those high standards of conduct,” Taggart said. “We are moving forward as a program.”

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that the video shows neither Francois nor the girlfriend, but a woman can be heard begging a man to stop hitting her.

Francois hasn’t been charged with a crime. He couldn’t be reached and Francois’ uncle, Pat Julmiste, didn’t respond to a call seeking comment.

Last month, Francois announced he would return to Florida State for his senior season in 2019.


Soccer player’s

plane is located

The wreckage of the plane carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala was located Sunday, two weeks after it disappeared from radar over the English Channel, according to the marine scientist leading a privately funded search for the Argentine’s family.

David Mearns, a U.S.-born shipwreck-hunting specialist, made the announcement on Twitter after returning to the island of Guernsey from the search, and police informed the families of the two men on board.

Sala and David Ibbotson, the pilot of the small aircraft, are presumed dead by authorities.

“This is about the best result we could have hoped for the families,” Mearns told British broadcaster Sky News.

Sala was being flown on the evening of Jan. 21 from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff after being signed by the Welsh capital’s Premier League team. The main search for the plane was called off after three days, but Sala’s family launched a fund-raising initiative that led to Mearns bringing his expertise to the mission.

Cardiff signed Sala, 28, from Nantes for a club-record fee, reported to be $19 million, Jan. 19. The striker left Cardiff after signing and returned to Nantes to collect his belongings and say goodbye to teammates and staff of the French top-flight club. He never made it back to Cardiff to start playing in the Premier League.

• Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba combined to lead Manchester United to a 1-0 victory at Leicester, with a seventh win in eight Premier League games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer moving the team to fifth place.

• Paris Saint-Germain’s 20-game unbeaten run in the French league this season ended with a 2-1 defeat at Lyon.

• Atlético Madrid took its first Spanish league loss since September on the day of Alvaro Morata’s much-anticipated debut. The newly signed striker had a lackluster debut as second-place Atlético lost 1-0 at Real Betis to miss its chance to move closer to league leader Barcelona.

Obituary: Bob Friend, who pitched more innings than anyone in Pittsburgh Pirates history, died Sunday. He was 88. The Pirates said Friend died at his home in Pittsburgh. Friend holds the Pirates’ record for innings (3,480 ⅓), starts (477) and strikeouts (1,682). The right-hander was an NL All-Star in three seasons. He was 197-230 with a 3.58 ERA in his career.

Tennis: Kiki Bertens won her third title in six months, beating Donna Vekic 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the final of the St. Petersburg (Russia) Ladies Trophy.

Winter sports: Lindsey Jacobellis and Mick Dierdorff combined to win the mixed team snowboardcross competition for the Americans at the world championships in Solitude, Utah. The tandem beat the Italian team of Michela Moioli and Omar Visintin for gold. The German squad of Paul Berg and Hanna Ihedioha earned bronze.

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