Gator News And World Report (6/1/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, June 1, 2005. Versatile LaPorta's stock has risen this season; Gators' tourney work load lessened with No. 7 rank; Florida's Walsh Hints At NBA, But Hasn't Cut To Chase; Sickles Soccer Standout Commits To Florida; Coaching craze; Evans wants deal to keep UGa-UF game in Jacksonville; UF likes spot at NCAA golf; Meyer, Spurrier talk golf, football; Every not your typical golfer and more...

Florida Gator Baseball

Versatile LaPorta's stock has risen this season
Maybe it's time for Matt LaPorta to just get it over with. Smash one more home run and put all the questions about breaking Florida's single-season home run record somewhere beyond the outfield wall.

Gators' tourney work load lessened with No. 7 rank
Their swings might be a little smoother, their grips a little lighter, in this NCAA Tournament.

Carolina Faces Irish to Open NCAA Play
With a 40-win regular season under its belt, the University of North Carolina opens its school-record fourth straight trip to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Friday in the NCAA Gainesville Regional at Florida's McKethan Stadium.

Florida Gator Basketball

Florida's Walsh Hints At NBA, But Hasn't Cut To Chase
In a Memphis hotel room last week, University of Florida guard Matt Walsh made a life-altering decision.

Florida Gator Soccer

Sickles Soccer Standout Commits To Florida
Caitlin Howard, who will be a senior at Sickles, verbally committed to play soccer for the University of Florida. Howard was the captain of the Gryphons team that reached the region semifinals before falling on penalties to Mitchell. She was a member of the Tribune's All-County first team.

Florida Gator Football

Coaching craze
The ovation lasted 28 seconds. They stood and cheered, whistled and clapped and shrieked. The noise bounced off the domed ceiling of the St. Petersburg Coliseum, making the sellout crowd of 1,200 seem three times as big.

Evans wants deal to keep UGa-UF game in Jacksonville
The fate of the Florida-Georgia game beyond the 2006 season may be known before the 2005 college football season kicks off.

Meyer, Spurrier talk golf, football
The legend and the savior shook hands, the architects of the University of Florida's glorious past and promising future finally coming together.

MEYER MAKES DEBUT
New Florida coach Urban Meyer attended league-wide meetings for the first time on Tuesday, meaning he and former Gators coach Spurrier were in the same room at the same time for the first time since the two men joined the SEC.

Schools fight to stay on top
University of Florida coach Urban Meyer said it. Florida State coach Bobby Bowden repeated it. Miami's Larry Coker agreed.

Florida Gator Golf

UF likes spot at NCAA golf
For the No. 7 Florida golf team, things are different than last year heading into the NCAA Championships, held today through Saturday at the Caves Valley Country Club in Baltimore.

Every not your typical golfer
Matt Every, the Florida Gators' free-swinging, wise-cracking All-America golfer, can be serious when he chooses to be.

Every golfer's dream
By the sound of Matt Every's voice, you'd think he's preparing for several rounds of miniature golf, not the most crucial stretch of his young golfing career.

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