Gator News and World Report (12/6/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, December 6, 2005. Outback payback; Three Gators on All-SEC 1st team; Gators strangle Jaguars; Favorite son; It's back to school for Gators coach; Gators lose McDonald, but Brown may return; Donovan back 'home' to take on Providence; Defensive tackle chooses Gators, not USC; 'Billy the Kid' returns to site of collegiate glory and more....

Florida Gator Football

Outback payback
Jeremy Mincey remembers being struck by one thing as he sat in front of his television watching Florida play Iowa in the Outback Bowl two years ago.

Three Gators on All-SEC 1st team
Three Gators and a prominent former Gator are on the All-SEC football team that was released by The Associated Press on Monday.

Outback Bowl Sold Out
Florida and Iowa fans needed less than 24 hours to sell out the Outback Bowl.

McDonald to miss bowl game
Florida Gators defensive end Ray McDonald will miss the Outback Bowl and won't return to the field until August at the earliest because he may face surgery on both knees.

Gators lose McDonald, but Brown may return
Florida defensive end Ray McDonald's frustrating season officially ended Monday when he underwent surgery on his right knee to repair the anterior cruciate ligament. It was the same knee he injured earlier in the season against Tennessee and was hobbled all season while trying to come back.

Defensive tackle chooses Gators, not USC
The Gators may not be playing for a national title, but they beat out Southern California in one respect Monday. Defensive lineman Brandon Antwine, ranked as the No. 16 defensive tackle in the nation by Scoutcom and No. 20 by, made a verbal commitment to the Gators Monday. Antwine had narrowed his choices down to UF and USC before ultimately reaching his decision.

Florida Gator Basketball

Favorite son
The memories will no doubt return. The sounds of pots and pans clanging, of whistle-stopped practices and screaming student sections that chanted his first name.

Return To Providence
At the sound of the name, a twinkle burst from Tom O'Brien's left eye as an 18-year-old memory came flooding back.

It's back to school for Gators coach
Sometime during pregame warmups before tonight's game at Providence, Florida coach Billy Donovan will grab a basketball, take a few dribbles and put up a long 3-pointer.

Donovan right at home
Florida coach Billy Donovan prepares the 7-0 Gators to play his alma mater Providence, where then-coach Rick Pitino aided his basketball career.

Donovan downplays game at alma mater
It has been 18 years since Billy Donovan played in the basketball arena at Providence. Tonight he's going home. Or at least what used to be like home.

Donovan back 'home' to take on Providence
Billy Donovan admits there will come a moment, likely early in warmups tonight, when he won't be able to help himself.

'Billy the Kid' returns to site of collegiate glory
The last time Billy Donovan strode onto the court in Providence, R.I., things were a little different.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Gators strangle Jaguars
his is Carolyn Peck's most important season at Florida. And she's getting it off to the right start. Senior Brittany Davis scored 20 points to power Florida to a 74-57 win over South Alabama Monday night in the O'Connell Center. The win was Florida's fourth straight and improved the Gators to 6-1 on the season - their best start under Peck. The Gators also, on Monday, were receiving votes in the Associated Press top 25 for the first time all season

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