Gator News and World Report (2/10/2007)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, February 10, 2007. Expectations high for young, talented Gator squad; Gators set record in road win; Men's swim team in second, women in third at SEC meet; Sabelhaus' success came in the game of life; History favors Kentucky in SEC showdown; Gators Ready For Another 'Circus'; Father Knows Best; VMI defeats Florida baseball in season opener and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Stepping up
It's a curious ritual. A few weeks ago, Florida junior Taurean Green began patting down teammate Corey Brewer during pregame introductions.

History favors Kentucky in SEC showdown
Don't tell Florida that Kentucky basketball isn't what it used to be. Gators coach Billy Donovan or his players don't believe that, even though they seem to have surpassed the Wildcats as the Southeastern Conference's preeminent program over the past three seasons.

Gators Ready For Another 'Circus'
Forward Joakim Noah best summed up the atmosphere the University of Florida basketball team arrives to every time it enters an opponent's arena.

Florida embraces options
Al Horford has an idea, a way to make these No. 1 Florida Gators thrive even more than they have the last nine weeks. UF, he says, needs more Lee Humphrey.

Al Horford took his father Tito's advice and returned for another season at UF. He has been the Gators' hottest player recently.

UF Hoops Just Keep Improving
The Florida men's basketball team is an aggregation for the ages. It plays the game the way it should be, but almost never is, played.

Gators eye UK's supremacy
A basketball video game commercial depicts a Florida player resembling Joakim Noah dunking on a Kentucky player resembling Randolph Morris. Then, the footage rewinds, and he does it again and again and again.

Insti-Gator: Noah's spunk riles foes
Joakim Noah is annoying. He yells. He screams. He snarls. He smirks. He thumps his chest. He plays to the crowd. He has a ponytail. Florida's 6-foot-11 junior center is the player you love to hate.

Florida Gator Football

Sabelhaus' success came in the game of life
He is 6-foot-5, a four-star quarterback who signed on Wednesday with Virginia. Peter Lalich has a strong arm, command of the game and the guidance of his older cousin who went through the process himself.

Whoops-Meyer Forced to Turn Around and Go Home
It was all set to be a night of celebration with the head coach of college football's national champs speaking to the players, families and fans of a team that's won three consecutive state titles. There was just one glitch. NCAA rules prohibited the college coach from speaking, and he didn't find that out until five minutes before the banquet began.

Florida reloads in recruiting
If you listen closely to the gaggle of recruiting gurus, you would think every school cleaned up on National Signing Day.

Florida Gator Baseball

Gators drop season opener to VMI
Florida unveiled a renovated McKethan Stadium Friday night. The Gators' play, however, didn't sparkle as much as its revamped park.

VMI defeats Florida baseball in season opener
The Gators, who have hopes of returning to national prominence, opened the season with a loss to the Keydets.

Florida Gator Swimming

Men's swim team in second, women in third at SEC meet
he eighth-ranked University of Florida men's swim team maintained second place after Friday's events at the Southeastern Conference Championship meet at the Lancaster Aquatic Center on the University of Kentucky campus.

Florida Gator Golf

Expectations high for young, talented Gator squad
Buddy Alexander has seen the polls. He knows what some people are projecting for his Florida men's golf team this season: A national championship.

Florida Gator Gymnastics

Gators set record in road win
The No. 1 UF gymnastics team (9-0-1, 3-0-1 SEC) turned in the best road score in school history of 197.275 to take the dual meet title Friday over No. 16 Arkansas (3-9, 0-3 SEC) in front of a Barnhill Arena crowd of 2,029.

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