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Tracking former UF athletes through their professional sports careers

Tebow time is long overdue for the nose-diving Jets

During his first press conference as a New York Jet, Tim Tebow said the word “excited” 45 times with that signature smile that never seems to leave his face. Until now. Tebow, who only touched the ball once in a 30-9 home loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, was asked yet again about his lack of playing time after the game. “I’m a good competitor and I love playing the game,” he said. “I’m ready and willing whenever they call… Read More »

Maronde makes his mark in L.A., Rodriguez next?

Nick Maronde figured he’d give himself a nice birthday present on Wednesday. The left-handed pitcher, who was called up by the Angels on Saturday, struck out the only batter he faced in his debut against the Mariners the following day. Then, on the same day he turned 23, the third-round draft pick out of Florida in 2011 turned heads to help the Halos complete a huge sweep of the red-hot Athletics. With the A’s down two runs in the seventh… Read More »

Wambach, U.S. finish epic match the right way

The U.S. was a minute away from getting involved in the first penalty kick shootout in Olympic women’s soccer history. At which point, point-blank shots from 12 yards away would decide one of the most memorable games in the sport’s history. Luckily for competition’s sake, a memorable match like that wasn’t decided by the equivalent of a coin flip. While the shootout can be fun to watch at times, soccer’s ultimate decider of meaningful matches reduces the world’s most team-oriented… Read More »

Murphy suddenly reunited with Cam in Carolina

When quarterback Cam Newton’s Panthers traded for receiver Louis Murphy on Monday, the two got exactly what they needed. Not because of any small sample of chemistry they may have developed during their brief time together as Gators, but because of how they need each other now as professionals. On one hand, Murphy is hoping Newton can help revive his career much the same way he resuscitated star wideout Steve Smith’s with a sparkling rookie season in 2011. Murphy led… Read More »

With Lin, Parsons will hit new heights with Rockets

While the whole city of Houston will benefit from Linsanity’s landing, one of its Rockets may get the biggest boost of all. Small forward Chandler Parsons was gearing up for his rookie season when point guard Jeremy Lin was cut by the Rockets in training camp last December. Now, Parsons is thrilled that Lin is officially back after the Knicks decided not to match the Rockets’ three-year, $25.1 million offer for the restricted free agent. “I think it’s incredible,” Parsons… Read More »

Wambach has excess motivation for Olympics

When Abby Wambach posed for ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue, many questioned her motives. The gritty, 32-year-old U.S. soccer star responded by speaking glowingly of her body. That’s because it was built to take punishment, and it’s done that. Beautifully. “If you’re an athlete and you’ve worked your whole life on your body, your body becomes your machine,” Wambach, 32, said last Tuesday from New York City, where she was on a layover with the American squad headed to London.… Read More »