Gator News And World Report (4/15/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, April 15, 2005. LaPorta power; Parker pleads guilty to charge; Meyer-mania strikes Orlando; Alabama visits Florida in clash of SEC co-leaders; Injury-plagued UF baseball adjusts; Sixth-ranked Lady Vols Head South To Play No. 15 Florida;

Florida Gator Baseball

LaPorta power
The towering metal light polls at McKethan Stadium are home to groups of ospreys who nest there. For years it has been a haven for the birds, who are protected from predators at these sky scraping heights.

Surprising Tide faces Gators
Near the midpoint of the 2005 Southeastern Conference baseball season, it wouldn't be surprising to see South Carolina and Florida atop the conference standings with an 8-4 record.

Alabama visits Florida in clash of SEC co-leaders
The surprise of the SEC baseball season set a course for Gainesville, Fla., on Thursday for the biggest league series of the weekend.

Alabama's pre-SEC schedule draws no love in RPI rankings
Alabama has won consecutive series over nationally ranked teams, leads the West Division and is tied for the overall lead in the Southeastern Conference. The Tide is ranked as high as No 18 and is in the top 25 in all four major college baseball polls.

Injury-plagued UF baseball adjusts
Previously entrenched Friday night starter Bryan Ball will be sidelined for his second consecutive weekend series because of an arm injury.

Florida Gator Major Parker

Parker pleads guilty to charge
ormer Florida basketball staff assistant and player Major Parker pled guilty to a federal drug charge Thursday afternoon at U.S. District Court in Gainesville.

Ex-Gator Parker pleads guilty
Former Florida basketball administrative assistant Major Parker on Thursday pleaded guilty to one count of federal drug charges, but it will be three months before he learns whether he will be sent to prison and for how long.

Ex-Gators Assistant Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges
Former University of Florida basketball assistant Major Parker could face a minimum of five years in prison on federal drug charges after changing his plea Thursday to guilty.

Florida Gator Golf

Fifth spot a concern at the SECs
Florida men's golf coach Buddy Alexander feels his top four golfers can compete against anyone in the country.

Gamecocks Ready for SEC Championship
The University of South Carolina men's golf team will compete for the 2005 Southeastern Concerence Championship in St. Simons Island, Ga. April 15-17. Teams will play at Sea Island Golf Club on the Seaside Course (Par 70- 6,885 yards).

Florida Gator Football

Meyer-mania strikes Orlando
He stepped out of a large conversion van, the one that had 24 decals of the Gators' logo plastered across an orange-and-blue paint job. Florida's fight song chimed from a speaker on top of the car as Albert the Alligator waited on the outside.

Florida Gator Softball

The No. 6 University of Tennessee softball team (44-7, 12-4 Southeastern Conference) looks to rebound from a series loss to No. 20 Auburn as it heads to Gainesville to take on the 15th-ranked Florida Gators (32-11, 11-4 SEC). The pair of top-20 squads will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday before completing the set with a single game on Sunday, also beginning at 1 p.m.

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