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Florida LB faces a battery charge

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 20, 2003


GAINESVILLE -- Florida linebacker Taurean Charles was charged with battery for an altercation with a female student in a dorm room last month.

The Gainesville State Attorney's office filed the charge Thursday, and the redshirt freshman from Miami is expected to be arraigned this week.

A sworn complaint was filed March3 by the University Police Department after the incident with UF student Shekitra Starke. Starke said Charles, who was upset about her new boyfriend, slammed her on her bed and into a computer desk. When she stood, Charles lifted her above his head and slammed her on her roommate's bed, then threw her against a wall and pushed her to the ground before leaving.

Charles, who entered spring as the No.1 middle linebacker, was suspended by coach Ron Zook two weeks during spring practice and did not play in the Orange and Blue game April12.

BASEBALL: Valdosta State coach Tommy Thomas set the Division II record for victories, beating Lincoln Memorial 9-1. He has 1,199, passing John Scolinos of Cal Poly-Pomona.

GOLF: The Florida women (592) were tied with Tennessee for first after the second round of the SEC Championships in Lexington, Ky. Amanda Dick (72-147) of Clearwater was seventh and Jeanne Cho (76-149) of Bradenton tied for 11th.

TENNIS: The top-seeded Florida teams advanced to the SEC tournament final. The men beat Kentucky 4-1 in Oxford, Miss., and face Vanderbilt today. The women topped host Tennessee 4-3 and play Georgia.

TRACK AND FIELD: South Florida's Jonathan Miller set a school record in the pole vault (17 feet) at the Houston Invitational, and Robert Fennell set another (167-9) in discus, qualifying for the NCAA regional. Alexis McGaffagan of Largo set a school record in the high jump (5-9). In the 3,000 meters, St. Petersburg's Christa Benton won in 9:55.11.

BULL RIDING: Shivers thwarted again

World champion Chris Shivers lost his grip after 1.8 seconds on 1,735-pound Little Yellow Jacket, failing to win $1-million in Colorado Springs. Shivers needed to hold on 8 seconds. Little Yellow Jacket, whose owner, Joe Berger, collected $50,000, bucked Shivers a fifth time.

RUNNING: More trouble for USOC

The manager of former Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson plans legal action in response to documents claiming Carl Lewis and other U.S. athletes competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympics after failing drug tests. Morris Chrobotek told the Sydney Morning Herald USOC officials should be jailed and Lewis should return his medal. Lewis won the 100 meters after Johnson was stripped of his gold and world record for testing positive for a steroid. The USOC called the accusations baseless.

LONDON MARATHON: Michael Watson, the former British boxer who had nearly fatal brain injuries 12 years ago, finished six days after the start. He started the 26.2-mile marathon with 33,000, then walked four miles daily to reach the finish. Watson spent 40 days in a coma and had six brain operations after collapsing in a WBO super-middleweight title bout against Chris Eubank in '91.

TENNIS: Henin-Hardenne ousted

Elena Dementieva ended top-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne's seven-match winning streak with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory in the semifinals of the Bausch & Lomb Championships at Amelia Island. The No.10 seed faces No.2 Lindsay Davenport today, who defeated Jennifer Capriati 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.

MONTE CARLO MASTERS: Defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero easily eliminated Vince Spadea 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final. Spadea was the first American in the Monaco semifinals since Aaron Krickstein in 1992.

ET CETERA MOTORCYCLES: Daijiro Kato died in Tokyo from head, neck and chest injuries. The 26-year-old, a former 250cc world champ, hit the wall with his Honda in the season opening Grand Prix of Japan on April6.

SOCCER: Shannon MacMillan had a goal and assist as WUSA's San Diego beat host New York 2-0. Maren Meinert scored and set up a goal as visiting Boston beat Carolina 3-1. Mia Hamm scored as Washington beat host San Jose 2-0. ... Brian McBride had a goal and assist as MLS' Columbus beat host New England 2-1. Jaime Moreno scored on a penalty kick as the host MetroStars tied Los Angeles at 1. Chicago's Zach Thornton and host D.C.'s Nick Rimando combined to stop five shots in the scoreless match.

SURFING: Hawaii's Makua Rothman, 18, overcame an unexpected French challenge to win a $66,000 prize for riding the biggest wave in the world. The waves were about the same height, but the edge went to Rothman because he started his ride at a higher point.

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