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Two arrested over scuffle with police

By ANTONYA ENGLISH
Published January 31, 2006


GAINESVILLE - Florida soccer player and former Countryside standout Jasmine Johnson and former UF basketball player Tishona Gregory were arrested early Sunday morning after an altercation with Gainesville police officers.

Johnson, a sophomore forward/midfielder this season, was charged with interfering or striking a police animal. Gregory was charged with resisting, obstructing or opposing a police officer without violence.

According to police reports, Johnson and Gregory were standing in the middle of the road about 2 a.m. Sunday near the Market Street Pub and several other bars. After officers told them to leave the road, the report states, officer James McCollum tried to assist Johnson to the sidewalk, but she "stood her ground and refused to move." Her actions "interfered with the forward movement of the (police) horse."

Johnson had no identification and did not have a Florida driver's license or I.D. on file, the report states. Gregory, who completed her eligibility last season, was charged with grabbing the officer's arm to keep him from arresting Johnson after being ordered to step away "more than five times." Both were released on their own recognizance.

Johnson played in 11 games this season with nine starts. She had three goals and one assist. She could not be reached for comment Monday.

GAMEDAY ON CAMPUS: ESPN's College Basketball GameDay will broadcast from the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Saturday with hosts Rece Davis , Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas . The first show begins at 11 a.m., and fans will be allowed to enter through Gate 1 at 10 a.m. The second show airs at 8 p.m., one hour before tipoff against Kentucky. Gates open at 7:30 and fans are encouraged to arrive early.

BACK TO DRAWING BOARD: One day after a 92-55 home loss to Georgia, coach Carolyn Peck called the women's basketball team's performance "disappointing" and said it must go back to the basics, particularly turnovers. The Gators (15-5, 3-4 SEC) had 25 against Georgia, 17 in a loss to Arkansas last week.

"We're very disappointed, and the main reason is that we made mistakes that reverted back to our senior class when they were a freshman," Peck said. "To take that step back is disappointing."

Florida, Vanderbilt and Auburn are 3-4 in league play, and the Gators' remaining schedule includes two games against Auburn, along with games at Tennessee and against LSU.

"We had an opportunity at home and we let it slip by," Peck said. "We're putting pressure on ourselves. We've got to step up and play."

NO.1 ACCEPTABLE: After defeating Baylor 4-3 Sunday and ending the Bears' 61-match home win streak, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's No.2 men's team has a good shot at moving into the No.1 spot today. Normally, coaches try to downplay earning the top spot so early in the season, but this is an honor coach Andy Jackson would welcome.

"For us, I don't believe Florida has ever been ranked No.1 as a team, and I know I've never had a chance to coach a team, even for a week, a team that's been No. 1," Jackson said. "I'd like to have that. I know it doesn't mean much, but it's good to send to recruits."

Florida is the first opponent to win at the Baylor Tennis Center, which opened April 27, 2001. Jackson said this team carries the highest expectations of any in his five seasons at Florida.

"Again this year, we're one of five teams that have a good chance (of winning it all) and we're happy with that," Jackson said.

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL: Former UF decathlete Steve Mesler (1997-2000) was named to the U.S. Olympic bobsled team for the second time. After serving as an alternate in 2002, he will compete next month on one of two four-man teams.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "All I know is that the guy's got a hurt shoulder. How it happened doesn't really make a difference. Maybe it was defective spokes, maybe he needs training wheels, I don't know. I just know he slipped off his bike." - men's basketball coach Billy Donovan on junior guard Lee Humphrey 's freak bicycle accident.

--Antonya English covers Florida athletics. She can be reached at 813 226-3389 or english@sptimes.com