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Vols booster errs; football signee a victim

Tennessee football signee Jacques McClendon received an improper benefit when he and his mother attended a Lady Vols basketball game as guests of a booster, school officials said Wednesday.

Knoxville attorney Gordon Ball and his son, Tanner, who attends school with McClendon, took the two to the game.

McClendon, a star offensive lineman, was declared ineligible until he and his mother pay $15 apiece for game tickets and $22 apiece for a pregame meal to a charity of their choice. Ball, who took responsibility and apologized, will be sent a letter.

SEC SWIMMING: Florida's men were second, 14 points behind Georgia, and Gator women were 81 behind Kentucky in seventh on the first day of the championships at Tennessee.

FLORIDA: The No. 1-ranked Gators were handed their first baseball loss as visiting Mercer (5-2) overcame a 2-1 deficit with two runs in the sixth inning. The host Gators scored on a bases-loaded fielder's choice in the eighth inning for a 3-2 softball victory over South Florida. The women's tennis team improved to 46-0 against Florida State with a 7-0 win at home.

TAMPA: Soccer coach Adrian Bush announced the signing of junior college All-Americans Ricardo Cardoso and Heyden Ayure of Georgia Perimeter, Ryan Maxwell of San Jacinto (Texas) JC, and Chad Burt of local club Strictly Soccer.