Gator News And World Report (4/24/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, April 24. 2005. NFL finds shallow talent pool this year in Florida; UF's Crowder goes to Miami; It's Tough Task, But Five Chosen; Inside-the-park grand slam not enough; No. 5 Florida Clinches Series With Auburn and more...

Florida Gator Football

NFL finds shallow talent pool this year in Florida
Channing Crowder spent six hours fishing Saturday, and when he returned home he still had to wait before becoming the first Florida Gators player to be taken in the NFL draft.

UF's Crowder goes to Miami
Questions about speed, knees push linebacker to third round.

Gators' Crowder Heading To Miami
Urban Meyer excused himself from his guest and hustled to the University of Florida weight room.

Crowder falls into Dolphins' hands
Channing Crowder left Florida early, but the former Gator had to wait until the NFL draft's third round before being chosen.

Miami takes chance on Florida's Crowder
Since he declared early entry for the NFL Draft in January, linebacker Channing Crowder has gone from a player everyone seemed to want to the player no one wanted to touch.

Dolphins take Gators' Crowder with third pick
Linebacker Channing Crowder became the first University of Florida player selected when the Miami Dolphins picked him in the third round, at No. 70 overall in the NFL Draft.

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It's Tough Task, But Five Chosen
Choosing the inductees for the 2005 Polk County Sports Hall of Fame proved to be as daunting a task as in years past.

Florida Gator Baseball

Inside-the-park grand slam not enough
Auburn lost its second game in a row to SEC East-leading Florida when the Tigers couldn't take advantage of one of the strangest plays of the season.

Horne, LaPorta guide the Gators
Alan Horne didn't look like he was going to escape the first inning Saturday afternoon at Auburn after giving up an inside-the-park grand slam and issuing two walks before he could even record the second out of the game.

No. 5 Florida Clinches Series With Auburn
Behind a gutsy pitching performance from junior Alan Horne (Marianna, Fla.) and four RBI by sophomore Matt LaPorta (Port Charlotte, Fla.), fifth-ranked Florida upended No. 23 Auburn, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon in front of 3,422 fans at Plainsman Park. In clinching their fifth consecutive conference series, the Gators (29-10/12-5 SEC) snapped a 4-4 tie in the fifth on a double by LaPorta to defeat the Tigers (25-16/8-9 SEC).

Florida Gator Tennis

Tennessee, Florida Advance to SEC Title Match
The semifinals of the 2005 Men's SEC Tournament were played Saturday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia. Tennessee advanced to Sunday's final with its second straight upset as the Volunteers derailed the top seeded Ole Miss Rebels, 4-2. Tennessee will face the second-seeded Florida Gators, who took down the third-seeded Georgia Bulldogs in a thrilling 4-3 dogfight.

UF women's tennis in SEC final
Third-seeded Florida upset second-seeded Vanderbilt 4-1 in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Women's Tennis Tournament Saturday afternoon at the Alabama Tennis Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The Gators (17-2) face top-seeded and third-ranked Kentucky (23-4) in today's final.

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