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Florida places fourth in gymnastics final

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia won its fourth straight NCAA women's gymnastics title on Friday, with Florida coming in fourth.

Ashley Reed had the top event finish for the Gators, tying for first in the vault with a score of 9.95. UF's team score was 196.7.

Georgia's 49.375 on the balance beam matched its third-highest score on the apparatus in an NCAA championship; the team scored 197.45, beating Utah by 0.325 points. Utah was second for the third straight year, followed by Stanford (196.75).


TAMPA — For the third year in a row, USF got a hardship waiver from the NCAA to allow a Division I transfer to play immediately. Tight end Trent Pupello, a Jefferson High graduate who transferred from Florida in January, is eligible to play in the fall.

Pupello, 6 feet 2 and 276 pounds, said in December he was transferring to be closer to home because of a "private family matter."

OHIO STATE: Former Michigan offensive lineman Justin Boren, who left the Wolverines after saying their "family values have eroded" under new coach Rich Rodriguez, will join the Buckeyes, coach Jim Tressel said. Boren must sit out the 2008 season.

SERIES SCRUBBED: Rutgers canceled plans for a six-game series with Notre Dame, which would have started in 2010, because it did not want to play home games off-campus.


INDIANA: The school will allow coach Tom Crean limited time for off-campus recruiting after originally denying it because of self-imposed sanctions.

DRAFT: North Carolina's Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington and BYU's Lee Cummard declared for the NBA draft, though none hired agents — leaving open the possibility of their return. … Pittsburgh forward Sam Young will return for his senior season.

LSU DEALS: New coach Trent Johnson will make at least $1.2-million a year and athletic director Joe Alleva will earn at least $550,000 in contracts approved by the governing board.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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