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ULL’s Payton finalist for USA U19 team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — University of Louisiana at Lafayette guard Elfrid Payton is one of 16 players named as finalists for the USA Basketball U19 team that will represent the United States in the FIBA World Championships from June 27-July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic.

USA Basketball made the announcement Sunday.

The final 12-player team is expected to be announced Monday.

Payton was one of two players added to the 26-player roster on June 11. The team is being coached by Florida’s Billy Donovan with Tony Bennett (Virginia) and Shaka Smart (VCU) serving as assistant coaches.

Florida LB charged with simple battery

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison is accused of punching a bouncer and has been charged with simple battery. He was arrested at his dormitory.

Gainesville Police say witnesses identified Morrison as the man who argued with a bouncer outside Kava Lounge early Sunday regarding a cover charge and said: “Do you know who I am? I am a UF football player. I am Antonio!”

When the bouncer told Morrison he would have to pay full price, witnesses say Morrison punched the bouncer in the head. Police say the bouncer and a witness identified Morrison from the school’s website. Officers say Morrison told them he got into a “scuffle,” but added “it wasn’t that big of a deal.”

Morrison is a sophomore from Bolingbrook, Ill. He is expected to be a full-time starter this fall.

Murray beats Cilic to win Queen’s again

LONDON — Top-seeded Andy Murray rallied to beat defending champion Marin Cilic 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday to win the Queen’s Club tournament for the third time.

The match was delayed for more than three hours by rain.

It is the 27th career title for the Briton, who also claimed the trophy in 2009 and 2011, and his second of the season after winning at Miami in March.

Murray’s victory came in his first tournament since he was forced to withdraw from the French Open with a back injury.

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