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Gaither grad suttles done at Nebraska

Before his career at Nebraska started, it is over for recently graduated Gaither High standout Ernest Suttles.

It was announced Thursday night that Suttles, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end and All-Hillsborough County and All-Suncoast pick last fall, was kicked off the team along with linebacker Thomas Brown. Nebraska said in a statement that it was "aware of an incident involving student-athletes which occurred off-campus over the weekend."

According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Suttles was cited Wednesday night for assaulting teammate David Santos around 11 p.m. on June 21. The paper said the Lincoln Police Department incident report says a person was hit with a bottle and needed stitches.

Brown has not been cited. Some reports have indicated neither player will be allowed back into the program.

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Ex-Plant City OL fails to qualify for UCF

Former Plant City offensive lineman Jordan Prestwood will not be enrolling at UCF in the fall, Knights coach George O'Leary said.

Prestwood, a standout with the Raiders who had stints with Florida State and Notre Dame, was expected to transfer after taking community college classes this summer. The former four-star recruit was considered a challenger for the right tackle position.

"He will not be here in the fall due to a failure to fulfill his academic responsibilities," O'Leary told the Orlando Sentinel.

Longtime ESPN commentator joins fox: Bill Raftery is switching networks to stick with the Big East. The popular basketball commentator will call the reshaped conference's games for new cable network Fox Sports 1. Raftery had worked for ESPN since 1982.

Swimming

Records fall at championships

Rachel Bootsma won the 50-meter backstroke in 27.68 seconds at the USA National Championships to break the American and U.S. Open records, and Kevin Steel and David Plummer also set U.S. Open records in Indianapolis.

Steel broke the 50 breaststroke mark that he set in the preliminaries, finishing in 27.26 seconds. Plummer won the 50 backstroke in a record 24.52.

With the victories, they qualified for the world championships in Barcelona, Spain, next month.

Former Gator Ryan Lochte normally dominates the 400 IM, but he scratched before the race. Chase Kalisz won in 4:11.83.

Et cetera

Soccer: Jesus Navas scored the decisive penalty kick as World Cup holder Spain beat Italy 7-6 in a shootout in Fortaleza, Brazil, after extra time ended 0-0, setting up a showdown with host Brazil in the Confederations Cup final. Nobody missed in the shootout until Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci shot over the bar to give Navas an attempt at the winner. The recently signed Manchester City midfielder coolly beat goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The final is Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. … The United States was knocked out of the Under-20 World Cup in the first round, finishing last in Group A with a 4-1 loss to Ghana at Kayseri in Istanbul. The U.S. U-20s have not advanced past the group stage since the 2007 team with Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Freddy Adu.

John C. Cotey, Times staff writer; Times wires

Sports in brief 06/27/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:59pm]
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