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Florida linebacker Morrison arrested

Antonio Morrison is accused of punching a bouncer.

Antonio Morrison is accused of punching a bouncer.

GAINESVILLE — Florida sophomore linebacker Antonio Morrison faces a misdemeanor simple battery charge after he was arrested early Sunday morning, accused of punching a bouncer at a nightclub.

Morrison, 19, was identified by several witnesses arguing about the cover charge with a bouncer outside the Kava Lounge on West University Avenue in downtown, according to a Gainesville Police report. Witnesses said Morrison shouted, "Do you know who I am? I am a UF football player. I am Antonio!"

When told he was expected to pay the full cover charge, Morrison punched the bouncer in the head, the report said.

He was later identified from the Florida website and arrested at his dorm, according to the report. The native of Bolingbrook, Ill., reportedly told police he got into a scuffle but, "It wasn't that big of a deal."

In 2012, Morrison appeared in 13 games (three starts). He had 34 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in being named to the SEC coaches' all-freshman team. He's projected to start this season.

The school said coach Will Muschamp is "handling the situation."

Manziel tweets: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel deleted a tweet saying he looks forward to leaving the school. "(Stuff) like tonight is a reason why I can't wait to leave college station … whenever it may be," last season's Heisman winner wrote. He didn't elaborate. Soon after, the tweet was replaced by one that read, "Don't ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes."

Basketball: Gator still eyes under-19 spot

Florida sophomore guard and Tampa native Michael Frazier made the first cut for the U.S. under-19 world championship team. He is among 16 left vying for 12 spots in Colorado Springs, Colo. The roster, led by Florida coach Billy Donovan, will be announced Wednesday, and training camp will be held in Washington. The world championship starts June 24 in the Czech Republic.

FGCU: The school made about $15,000 in royalties for the first quarter of 2013, which included its run to the Sweet 16, the Fort Myers News-Press reported. As a comparison, Florida earned $6.3 million from July 2011-June 2012. FGCU receives 8 percent of the wholesale, not retail, price on merchandise. For example, a shirt that sells for $20 retail might sell for only $5 wholesale. FGCU earned $5,298 in royalties for the first quarter of 2012. "(The 2013 total) doesn't look huge," FGCU's director of business operations, Loren Prive, said. "But when you compare it to last year, it's much better."

Baseball: Carlos Rodon didn't allow a hit until two outs in the fifth and pitched eight shutout innings as N.C. State beat North Carolina 8-1 at the World Series in Omaha, Neb. Later, UCLA scored unearned runs in the sixth and eighth in a 2-1 win over LSU. The Tar Heels and Tigers, two of the only three nationally seeded teams still playing, meet in an elimination game Tuesday. The other, Oregon State, faces elimination today. (schedule, 2C)

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Florida linebacker Morrison arrested 06/16/13 [Last modified: Sunday, June 16, 2013 11:53pm]
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