Florida’s Morrison is suspendedafter 2nd arrest in 5-week span
Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison has been suspended for at least the first two games of the regular season after being arrested for the second time in five weeks.
Morrison was arrested early Sunday and charged with two misdemeanors after allegedly barking at a police dog and resisting arrest.
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“I’m extremely disappointed in Antonio Morrison’s decision making,” Gators coach Will Muschamp said in a statement.
The 19-year-old sophomore from Bolingbrook, Ill., was arrested June 16 for allegedly punching a bouncer. He received deferred prosecution on the simple-battery charge, a deal in which he was ordered to stay out of trouble for six months.
Morrison was back in court Sunday, when a judge released him on his own recognizance.
According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Morrison walked up to an open window on a police car and barked at a K-9 dog named Bear.
The dog responded by barking back, prompting an officer to arrest Morrison for interfering with a police canine. According to the arresting officer, Morrison’s actions diverted the dog’s “attention from my investigation and towards him.”
Officers said Morrison resisted attempts to handcuff him.
Morrison told officers he made a “woof-woof” sound at Bear because the dog barked at him.
Ex-Auburn player is found dead
Former Auburn player Korvotney Barber apparently has drowned, authorities in Florida said.
Panama City Beach Cpl. Jason Gleason said a passer-by found the 26-year-old’s body Sunday afternoon.
Barber, who was from Manchester, Ga., went missing Saturday night, Gleason said.
Barber averaged 10.9 points and 7.2 rebounds during his four-season Auburn career that ended in 2009.
According to AL.com, Barber played overseas for two seasons, last appearing with the Lugano (Switzerland) Tigers on May 31.
Cowboys go on injured lists
The Dallas Cowboys have placed defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and guard Mackenzy Bernadeau on the physically unable to perform list after both suffered hamstring injuries in conditioning tests before training camp.
Ratliff, Bernadeau and guard Nate Livings were sidelined for the first camp workouts in Oxnard, Calif. Livings was placed on the non-football injury list with a foot problem.
All three are projected starters.
Furthermore, defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford might have torn his Achilles tendon in the first full workout of camp. Team officials are awaiting MRI results.
Browns sign 1st-rounder Mingo
The Cleveland Browns signed outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, the sixth player drafted this year, to a four-year contract reportedly worth slightly more than $16 million.
Mike Pouncey doesn’t apologize
Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey declined to join twin brother Maurkice in apologizing for wearing a baseball cap that supported former college teammate Aaron Hernandez, who has been charged with murder.
The Pounceys were photographed during their recent birthday party in Miami wearing caps that read “Free Hernandez.”
Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end, played with the Pounceys at Florida. Hernandez is charged with murder in Massachusetts and has pleaded not guilty.
After Miami’s first training-camp practice, Mike Pouncey said he didn’t want to discuss his cap.
“I’m just here to focus on football,” he said.
Miami coach Joe Philbin declined to disclose what he said to Pouncey about the cap.
“I will tell you that it’s important for every member of this organization — player, coach — to represent the Miami Dolphins in a first-class manner,” Philbin said.
Maurkice Pouncey, an All-Pro center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, said last week on his Twitter account he understood the seriousness of the situation involving Hernandez and regretted making light of it.
Williams takes Swedish Open
American Serena Williams won her 53rd WTA title by beating Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the Swedish Open in Bastad.
The Swede broke to lead 3-1 in the first set before Williams responded by taking 11 of the last 13 games.
“It was really good to come here and win after a disappointing Wimbledon so hopefully this confidence will help me for the rest of the year,” said Williams, who lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon to Sabine Lisicki of Germany.
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It was the first career stakes victory for trainer Michael Dilger, a former assistant to Todd Pletcher.
New York-bred colt Wired Bryan, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, ran 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 11.06 seconds and paid $16.40 to win in the $300,000 race.
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The Kiwis lead 6-3 in the Louis Vuitton Cup round-robins.
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In the semifinal round, the Suns beat Miami 91-89 and Golden State beat Charlotte 75-67.
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