Gator News and World Report (2/18/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, February 18, 2006. Gators prosper on 'Cane miscues; Throwbacks throw out short shorts; UF golfers ready to defend turf; Swimmers in hunt for SEC; Ex-Gator Parker gets house arrest; Gators Are Hoping To Dress For Success; Tookes Investigation Ongoing; Gators capitalize on Canes' blunders; Gators' Green battles slump; Hodge a super sub and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

UF to find worthy foe in Hogs' swingman
Last October, before a season of endless possibilities, Arkansas swingman Ronnie Brewer discussed the reasons he stuck around for his junior year.

Throwbacks throw out short shorts
It's mid-February, but players around the Southeastern Conference already have something to save for November to be thankful for.

UF's Humphrey has vital cushion
When Florida guard Lee Humphrey packs for a road game, he goes through the same checklist each time. Deodorant. Toothpaste and toothbrush. Extra socks. Clean underwear.

Gators Are Hoping To Dress For Success
Very little excites a college athlete like the prospect of a new uniform design - even if that design is an old one.

Gators' Green battles slump
Florida point guard Taurean Green picked a bad time for a slump. Two weeks ago, Green was an SEC Player of the Year hopeful coming off a career game against Kentucky. Three games later, the Gators sophomore searches for his game and confidence with the conference title on the line and the post-season looming.

Hodge a super sub
When Florida basketball starters Lee Humphrey and Corey Brewer went down with injuries in January, the appropriate reaction on the UF campus could have been, "Here we go again."

Fresh Off Vandy Win, Florida Readies For Hogs
Fresh off a road win at Vanderbilt, Florida will visit Bud Walton Arena, in Fayetteville, on Saturday. While Billy Donovan's Gators seem to be a lock for the NCAA tournament, Arkansas doesn't expect Florida to let up.

Florida Gator Baseball

Gators prosper on 'Cane miscues
The crowd was long gone. Mark Light Field was quiet. And Pat McMahon sat in the empty grandstands in the twilight pointing to the sky beyond center field.

Gators capitalize on Canes' blunders
UM coach Jim Morris blamed costly 'mental mistakes' for his team's tough loss to top-ranked Florida. 'We should have won,' he said.

Hurricanes drop opener to Gators
The Miami Hurricanes played well enough to win Friday afternoon's game against the Florida Gators. But, according to UM coach Jim Morris, his young team didn't think well enough to win.

Mistakes cost 'Canes in 2-1 loss to Gators
Coral Gables · Carlos Gutierrez pitched well enough to win Friday, but a slew of mistakes cost Miami in a 2-1 loss to top-ranked Florida at Mark Light Field in the first of a three-game series.

Florida Gator Golf

UF golfers ready to defend turf
From one player's perspective, the U.S. Open doesn't have anything on the SunTrust Gator Invitational when it comes to pressure and stress.

Florida Gator Swimming & Diving

Swimmers in hunt for SEC
The Florida swimming and diving teams continued to gain momentum at the SEC Championships, as the No. 4 men held their second-place team standing, and the No. 5 women moved up another spot to third place Friday.

Florida Gator Major Parker

Ex-Gator Parker gets house arrest
Major Parker said it wasn't greed or addiction that led him to try to broker a cocaine deal in December 2004. It was the thought of his ailing grandparents being forced from their home because of financial problems.

Ex-Gator avoids prison time
A disgraced Major Parker, wearing a navy blue suit, stood Friday in front of federal judge Stephen Mickle and tried to explain how the captain of Florida's 2000 national runner-up in college basketball could have fallen so far.

Florida Gator Football

Tookes Investigation Ongoing
Gainesville police spokesman Keith Kameg said Friday that an investigation involving University of Florida WR Kenneth Tookes would not wrap up until early next week.

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