Florida confirms transfer of Rice standout Egor Koulechov

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Rice standout Egor Koulechov is officially headed to Florida as a graduate transfer. The Gators confirmed Koulechov's upcoming enrollment Thursday, two days after the 6-foot-5 swingman announced he was headed to Gainesville. Koulechov, who will be eligible to play right away, averaged 18.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists for the Owls last season.

Mom films arrest, handcuffing of autistic Florida boy

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) -- The arrest of a 10-year-old autistic Florida boy was filmed by his mother who complained that he was treated far too harshly by authorities. Luanne Haygood told multiple news outlets that her son was arrested April 12 at his school in Okeechobee, Florida, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) west of West Palm Beach.

Pest control firm founder Truly Nolen dies in Florida at 89

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Truly Nolen, founder of the international pest control company known for its fleet of yellow "mouse cars," has died at his home in Florida. He was 89. The company said in a news release that Nolen died Tuesday in Naples, Florida. A private service is scheduled for Friday. Nolen opened his first pest control business in 1955 in Tucson, Arizona.

Rice swingman Egor Koulechov transferring to Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is getting a graduate transfer to help replace versatile forward Devin Robinson. Rice swingman Egor Koulechov announced Tuesday night on Twitter that he plans to transfer to Florida, where he will be eligible to play right away. The Gators are awaiting NCAA paperwork before making an official announcement. The 6-foot-5 Koulechov averaged 18.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.

Florida forward Devin Robinson leaving college for NBA draft

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida forward Devin Robinson has decided to forgo his final year of college eligibility and enter the NBA draft. Robinson announced his decision Friday on social media in a letter to fans. The Gators confirmed his announcement. Robinson says it "was one of the hardest decisions I have faced. I will be leaving a place that has become my second home." Robinson averaged 11.1 points and 6.

Florida signs guard Okauru as Hester opts to transfer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Guard Michael Okauru has signed a national letter of intent with Florida, adding to coach Mike White's second recruiting class. The 6-foot-4 Okauru signed Wednesday and will be on campus this summer. His letter arrived the same day freshman guard Eric Hester decided to transfer, moving on after averaging 2.2 points in 20 games.

Cookie doesn't crumble after falling into Florida sinkhole

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A 10-year-old pug named Cookie is safe and sound and falling into a giant sinkhole following a heavy rainstorm in north Florida. Crews from multiple agencies worked five hours to lift her to safety Tuesday night near Gainesville. The Gainesville Sun (http://bit.ly/2o0xct1 ) reports Cookie followed owner Patricia Langston to her barn on Tuesday evening. The dog stopped to scratch.

Injured Florida C Egbunu to 'test the waters' of NBA draft

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida coach Mike White might be facing a bigger rebuilding project than initially expected. White said Tuesday that injured center John Egbunu plans to "test the waters" of the NBA draft. Egbunu doesn't intend to hire an agent, meaning he could end up returning to school for his final year of eligibility.