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Two Gators have charges reduced

GAINESVILLE — Florida freshmen receivers Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells had felony charges reduced to misdemeanor charges for firing BB guns inside a residence hall in July.

State Attorney Bill Cervone said Tuesday the new charges are for criminal mischief, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Cervone said each player caused less than $1,000 in damage, prompting the reduction. Both were initially charged by police with causing more than $1,000 in property damage — a third-degree felony — and a second-degree felony for shooting a missile inside an occupied dwelling.

Cleveland and Wells were suspended for last Saturday's season-opening win over UMass, but they have rejoined the team and could play this week.

EX-CLEMSON QB ARRESTED: Former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was arrested after authorities say he pushed a bouncer who told him he couldn't enter a crowded bar, the Roxx, in Greenville, S.C. He turned himself in Tuesday and faces an assault and battery charge for the July 14 incident. Boyd said the bouncer was in his personal space.

ARREST IN FOLTZ BURGLARY: An unnamed male suspect was arrested but not charged on suspicion of burglarizing the home of the brother of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz, who died in a car crash this summer. Jordan Foltz's home and vehicle were burglarized as the family attended Nebraska's game Saturday, presenting a Sam Foltz scholarship.

IOWA: Coach Kirk Ferentz signed a six-year contract extension through the 2025 season. Ferentz, 61, who is in his 18th season at Iowa, will have his salary jump to $4.5 million per year under the new deals.

NOTRE DAME: Coach Brian Kelly isn't ready to declare the two-quarterback system dead after a 50-47 double overtime loss to Texas. DeShone Kizer outplayed Malik Zaire, throwing for five touchdowns and running for one. The Irish failed to score on Zaire's three possessions. Kelly, though, said the Irish plan on "having two really good quarterbacks the rest of the year."

SOUTH CAROLINA: An 80-foot poster of a player is planned at South Carolina's stadium to replace the giant Steve Spurrier banner that hung there in 2014-15. Spurrier resigned last midseason and his banner was removed in December.

BASKETBALL: DeAndre Ayton, a 7-foot-1, 245-pounder regarded by many as the nation's No. 1 recruit, chose Arizona over Kansas and Kentucky. Ayton, from the Bahamas, moved to Phoenix last year to play for Hillcrest Prep and said he wants to stay close to his family for college.

Saturday's state games

UCF: at Michigan, noon, Ch. 28

FSU: vs. Charleston Southern, 12:30, FSN

Florida: vs. Kentucky, 3:30, Ch. 10

Miami: vs. Florida Atlantic, 6

USF: vs. Northern Illinois, 7, CBS Sports Network

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