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Police: UF's debose was peacemaker in fight

GAINESVILLE — Gainesville police wrongly blamed Florida WR Andre Debose for a fight in which he was thrown into a window Saturday night. Gunshots were fired, but not by Debose, police said.

Initially, police said Debose, who was not hurt, threw another person through a window. A police spokesman later issued an apology through social media, saying Debose was trying to break up a fight.

"He told me it was an eye-opening experience," coach Will Muschamp said Monday. "He admittedly said, 'Coach, I was in a bad place and shouldn't have been there, and I didn't know all of the people that were involved.' And I just told him, 'That's where you've got to be careful.' "

Debose was not charged in the incident.

BASEBALL: Florida (13-7) will host Florida State (17-2) tonight at 7 in their first meeting this season. RHP Peter Miller of Lutz will start for the Seminoles. The game will be televised locally on Sun Sports.


Thumb injury forces Day out of Palmer

Jason Day has withdrawn from this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando because of an injured thumb. Day first injured it at the Match Play Championship in February and previously withdrew from Doral.

SOLHEIM CUP: LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster will be named captain of the U.S. team, Golf World reported. The 2015 Solheim Cup will be played at St. Leon-Rot in Germany.


Russian medalists skip championships

Olympic gold medalists Adelina Sotnikova, Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov will not compete at next week's World Championships at Saitama, Japan. The Russian figure skating federation stated Sotnikova needed rest and Volosozhar and Trankov declined to compete.


Czechs say match on; no word from U.S.

The Czech Republic says it is scheduled to host the United States in an exhibition game at Prague on Sept. 3. The U.S. Soccer Federation has not yet confirmed the match.

ENGLAND: Owner Assem Allam's request to rename Premier League team Hull City to Hull Tigers is expected to be turned down by the Football Association. The FA council will vote on April 9. Many Hull City fans claim the name change removes 109 years of tradition.


WNBA: The Minnesota Lynx will wear jerseys with the Mayo Clinic across the front rather than the team's name. Indiana, Phoenix, Washington, San Antonio and Tulsa feature a corporate sponsor as the jersey's logo.

OBITUARY: Open-wheel race car driver Gary Bettenhausen died. He was 72. Bettenhausen drove in 21 Indianapolis 500s with his best finish third in 1980.

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