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Football recruit visiting Florida jailed

A high school football recruit was in jail in Gainesville Sunday after being arrested for entering the apartment of a Florida freshman and fondling her, police said.

Jason Respert, 18, was charged with attempted sexual battery and was booked into the Alachua County Jail. No bond had been set. Police said a woman, 18, was asleep in her apartment bedroom when Respert entered the room and put his hands down her pajama pants. The report indicated the woman did not know Respert and did not invite him into the apartment.

Respert, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman from Warner Robins, Ga., was making his final college visit before Wednesday's national signing day.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Host Florida State beat Western Kentucky 6-1 to complete a season-opening three-game sweep. Designated hitter John-Ford Griffin hit a grand slam. Mike Ziegler picked up his first victory, giving up one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out six. North Carolina, ranked 20th by Collegiate Baseball, closed out the ACC/Disney Blast at Lake Buena Vista by beating defending national champ and fourth-ranked Miami 9-0. UNC finished 3-0 in the tournament. Chris Elmore (1-0) gave up four hits in seven scoreless innings. First baseman Ryan Blake had three hits, including a two-run homer, for UNC. In the other games, Casey Kennedy pitched a complete-game four-hitter to lead Central Florida to a 4-0 victory over Clemson, and catcher Dan Conway hit a two-run homer to lead Wake Forest over Rice 2-1. Kennedy, UCF outfielder Ivan Trujillo and Miami shortstop Javy Rodriguez were named to the all-tournament team. Leftfielder Brad Safchik had three hits to lead host Tampa to a season-opening 12-10 victory over Barry.

COLLEGES: The Florida State women finished third and the men fifth in the Air Force Invitational track meet in Colorado Springs. Samantha George set a school record to win the 400 meters in 53.56 seconds. Visiting South Florida split a season-opening softball doubleheader Saturday against Florida International, losing the first 2-0 and winning the second 4-3. In women's tennis, USF lost to Virginia Tech 4-3 Sunday to finish 0-3 in a tournament in Knoxville, Tenn., and host Miami beat Florida International 8-1 Saturday. The UCF men's tennis team opened its season with a 6-1 home victory over Idaho State. In swimming, Miami's women beat Florida Atlantic 136.5-125.5, but the men lost 181-80. Tampa was beaten twice by Emory Saturday, the men losing 182-80, the women 178-80. A van carrying members of the Wisconsin-Oshkosh's swimming team overturned on icy Interstate 65 in Brookston, injuring two students, Indiana State Police said. Deana Ritzman, 18, and Amy Stair, 21, were listed in fair condition at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette.

SOCCER: The American team that won the Women's World Cup will be back on the field on Tuesday under new coach April Heinrichs after agreeing to a five-year contract that ended its boycott. The settlement enables each player to earn about $130,000 in salaries and bonuses, the New York Times reported. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said his organization has removed rules banning artificial turf. Juventus of Turin, the Italian League leader, gave up a goal at home for the first time since November and tied Cagliari 1-1. Andriy Shevchenko scored all the goals to give AC Milan a 3-0 win over Perugia.

TRACK AND FIELD: Russian Yuriy Barzakovskiy, 18, won the 800 meters in 1:44.35 at the Dortmund meet in Germany.

BOWLING: Clermont's Norm Duke edged Steve Jaros 267-266 to win the PBA Tour's Don Carter Classic in Dallas.

CYCLING: Colombia's Oliverio Rincon, whose kidnapping by guerrillas prompted national outrage and protests by fellow athletes, was freed after 10 days in captivity. The retired 32-year-old Tour de France competitor was released unharmed by presumed rebels from the National Liberation Army. Rincon said his family did not pay a ransom.

SPEED SKATING: Jeremy Wotherspoon wrapped up his third straight World Cup title in Calgary, winning the 1,000 meters in 1:08.96. Gianni Romme broke his world record in the men's 5,000 (6:18.72) and Gunda Niemannstirnemann broke her world mark in the women's 3,000 (4:00.51).

WINTER SPORTS: Christian Reich beat Marcel Rohner in the season's final four-man bobsled event in St. Moritz, Switzerland, but Rohner won the combined World Cup title. Sami Mustonen won the men's moguls event and Sandra Schmitt the women's title in a FIS World Cup Freestyle ski competition in Madarao Kogen, Japan. Jens Mueller won the men's singles luge event in Igls, Austria.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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