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© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 5, 2001


Florida DE Mitchell is under investigation

Florida defensive end Clint Mitchell is under investigation for alleged sexual battery against a female student, the Gainesville Sun reported Wednesday.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office has forwarded a complaint to the State Attorney's office about the alleged assault. The State Attorney's office will decide whether formal charges will be brought against Mitchell, younger brother of former Gator center Jeff Mitchell.

Mitchell, a Clearwater Countryside High graduate who started eight games last season and earned second-team freshman All-America honors, is suspended for six games this fall for violating team and university policy. His lawyer, Tom Edwards, said the suspension had nothing to do with the alleged assault. Team officials would not comment on the suspension.

Edwards also said Mitchell maintains his innocence in the alleged assault, a felony. The Sun reported the alleged assault took place the morning of June 20 after a party attended by several teammates, and the female student was admitted to Shands at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Doctors contacted the Sheriff's Office.

MORE COLLEGES: Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale crews celebrated opening-day victories at the five-day Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-on-Thames, England. Of the 500 crews from 18 countries, with each school fielding multiple crews, 36 crews are from the United States. Syracuse was the only American school participating to be shut out. ... Two former Rutgers basketball players and a team manager who said they were humiliated when forced to run naked during practice can sue their former coaches. A appellate court decision overturned a lower court ruling that dismissed the suit brought by the players, Earl Johnson Jr. and Josh Sankes, and the manager in 1999. ... Alana Beard of Duke scored 20 and Diana Taurasi of Connecticut added 16 to lead the United States to an 81-60 win over Brazil in the USA Junior International Basketball Invitational in Fairfax, Va. Japan beat China 85-81 in the other game on the opening day of the round-robin tournament. ... Former N.C. State forward Damien Wilkins, son of former NBA player Gerald Wilkins and nephew of Dominique Wilkins, plans to transfer to Georgia. ... Sophomore linebacker Jeremiah Garrison was suspended from the South Carolina football team for an unspecified violation of policy.

BOXING: Former heavyweight champion Greg Page is scheduled for released today from Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, Ky., where he has undergone treatment for a brain injury sustained in a fight. The 42-year-old Page was injured March 9 against 24-year-old Dale Crowe. Page will have to continue outpatient treatment.

CYCLING: Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich is among 86 people being investigated for possible drug violations stemming from last month's Giro d'Italia race. Ullrich is on a list of more than 60 competitors reportedly under investigation after police found banned substances during a raid, the newspaper Corriere della Sera reported.

FOOTBALL: Former Dallas Cowboys co-owner Lucille G. "Lupe" Murchison died Tuesday of cancer. She was 75. HORSES: Xtra Heat beat Above Perfection by a neck at Belmont Park (N.Y.) in the $200,000 Prioress Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. ... Olympic veteran Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington won the Grandprix of Lake Placid, N.Y., for her 101st Grandprix win on Hidden Creeks Perin.

RUNNING: Maurice Greene equaled his world-best time this season, winning the 100 meters in 9.90 seconds at the Athletissima Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland. Marion Jones won the women's 100 in 11.05. ... Kenyans finished first in the men's and women's divisions of the 10-kilometer Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. John Korir won the men's in 28:18, and Lornah Kipligat (30:57) won the women's for the second straight year. With 55,000 runners, the annual event is the world's largest 10K.

SOCCER: Defending champion Germany beat Norway 1-0 in Ulm, Germany, and faces Sweden in Saturday's final of the women's European Championship. Sweden beat Denmark 1-0. ... Gianluigi Buffon, 23, joined Juventus from Italian rival Parma in an agreement reported in Italian newspapers to have cost the Turin club $46-million, making him the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world. ... Argentina beat Paraguay 5-0 in Buenos Aires to advance to the championship game of the FIFA World Youth Championship. Limited to players under 20, Argentina faces Ghana, a 2-0 winner over Egypt in Cordoba, in Sunday's final.

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