Gator News And World Report (5/19/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, May 19, 2005. LaPorta's homer propels Gators; Reyes gives foes fits; Falkenbach means relief; Gators assistant Thomas-Swinson to coach Tulsa women; A great short game; Late homer carries UF past Stetson; Commentary: Meyer's message inspires UF fans; Meyer's candor makes an impression on fans; Pepsi deal means Coke no longer the one; Gators prepare for Round of 16 and more...

Florida Gator Baseball

LaPorta's homer propels Gators
Florida said farewell to McKethan Stadium Wednesday night. Farewell, for now.

Falkenbach means relief
Connor Falkenbach has heard the talk. He's heard the questions. And he has a simple answer for those who wonder if he's overused.

Late homer carries UF past Stetson
Matt LaPorta's two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be the difference as 12th-ranked Florida defeated Stetson 6-4 Wednesday night at McKethan Stadium.

LaPorta carries Gators victory against Stetson
Matt LaPorta has broad shoulders. Good thing for him, because otherwise it would be difficult to carry the team.

Florida Gator Tennis

Reyes gives foes fits
She's the University of Florida's shortest athlete. Standing just 4-foot-10, Florida tennis senior Zerene Reyes won't beat opponents with overpowering forehands down the line or delivering smashing overheads at the net.

A great short game
Zerene Reyes' matches this week at the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships will be no different from any of the others she has played during her four-year career at the University of Florida

Gators prepare for Round of 16
Rarely in sports does a team get a chance to right a previous wrong. But this year the Gators may have that chance.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Gators assistant Thomas-Swinson to coach Tulsa women
Florida assistant Charlene Thomas-Swinson was hired Wednesday as the new women's basketball coach at Tulsa

Florida Gator Football

Commentary: Meyer's message inspires UF fans
The old-time revival tents were set up on Old State Road 80 hours in advance Tuesday night, all orange and blue with Florida Gators shirts and hats and souvenirs hanging inside for easy outdoor shopping. In the parking lot nearby were pickup trucks, and plenty of them, but also a Mercedes from Naples and a Lincoln from Fort Myers and a Hummer from West Palm Beach.

Meyer's candor makes an impression on fans
Dan Doyle had been waiting awhile to meet coach Urban Meyer, so Doyle wanted to remember the moment.

Florida Gators

Pepsi deal means Coke no longer the one
The bubble has burst for Coke on campus. After 40 years of business, UF will part ways with Coca-Cola as the official soft-drink provider of the Florida Gators. Dramatic changes are anticipated at UF after university officials signed a 10-year exclusive agreement with The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. on Monday. The contract begins Aug. 16, putting a new taste in the mouths of Gators

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