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Ex-Tide player's accuser recants claims

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) The woman who said former Alabama football player Jonathan Taylor assaulted her has recanted the allegations and was arrested.

The 24-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was charged with False Reporting to Law Enforcement, Tuscaloosa police said Wednesday in a release. She was released from the Tuscaloosa County Jail on bond.

The charges will be reviewed by the court system, said Lt. Kip Hart, assistant commander of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide unit, which oversees domestic violence cases.


Accuser not prosecuting ex-Vols CB Jones

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Knoxville police say they are closing the rape case involving former Tennessee cornerback Riyahd Jones because the woman has decided not to prosecute.

Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said Wednesday investigators received notification that the woman didn't want to prosecute. DeBusk said "the case is in the process of being closed."


QB Beathard says Iowa 'his team'

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard says the Hawkeyes are "his team" now that former starter Jake Rudock is set to transfer.

Beathard spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since coach Kirk Ferentz released a depth chart in January with Beathard listed ahead of Rudock, a two-year starter.


Carter emerging star among Georgia's LBs

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Rising star Lorenzo Carter is helping to make outside linebacker perhaps the strength of Georgia's 2015 defense.

Carter's emergence is especially noteworthy since Georgia returns two respected and productive starters, Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins.


Iowa counting on growth from linebackers

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Two years ago, Iowa's linebackers were the backbone of a team that exceeded modest expectations.

Last season, they were an issue for a team that fell short of its goals.


Third Alabama player arrested in 4 days

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Nick Saban has kicked a second Alabama football player off the team, swiftly dismissing reserve running back Tyren Jones following his arrest for marijuana possession.

Jones is the third player in Saban's program arrested in the last four days, and the second to be dismissed.


Haden skips Indiana meeting due to law

(AP) -- Southern California athletic director Pat Haden will not attend the College Football Playoff selection committee meeting in Indianapolis this week because of a new Indiana religious-freedom law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Haden posted on Twitter at (at)ADHadenUSC: "I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. (hash)EmbraceDiversity."


UCLA WR Lucien leaves program

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA receiver Devin Lucien has left the program.

Coach Jim Mora announced Lucien's departure on Tuesday after the opening workout of spring practice.


Oregon opens spring looking at QBs

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Even though heralded transfer Vernon Adams has yet to join the Ducks, Oregon opened spring practice with several candidates looking to succeed Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Junior Jeff Lockie, Mariota's backup last season, led the quarterback group that went through drills Tuesday for the first of 15 practices ahead of the annual spring game on May 2.


Oklahoma WRs like new Air Raid offense

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma receiver Durron Neal wasn't sure what to think when the Sooners hired Lincoln Riley away from East Carolina to bring in the Air Raid offense.

After getting started with spring practice, Neal and the Sooners' receivers are all in with their new offensive coordinator's scheme. They are looking forward to unveiling the pass-happy system at the spring game on April 11.

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