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Gators Gone Pro

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Noah’s historic night strengthens case for best big

Back in December, Joakim Noah said he’d haunt the City of Brotherly Love “for the rest of my career.” No one thought he’d channel the ghosts of Shaquille O’Neal or Hakeem Olajuwon. Noah recorded 23 points, 21 rebounds and 11 blocks for a monstrous triple-double in leading the Bulls to a 93-82 win over the 76ers in Chicago on Thursday night, numbers duplicated only by those aforementioned legends since 1985. “That’s legendary stuff,” Carlos Boozer told the Chicago Tribune. “I’ve… Read More »

Breakdown of 10 Gators at this year’s NFL Combine

The NFL Combine officially begins today in Indianapolis, and 10 Gators were invited. Let’s take a look at each Gator who will be participating. At the bottom is a breakdown of the combine schedule, detailing when each position group will arrive and what they will undergo during the process. Sharrif Floyd, DT Unlike the rest of his Gator teammates, Floyd is a sure-fire first-round selection. Some draft analysts even have Floyd going as the second or third overall selection in… Read More »

Report: Vikes look to trade Harvin, who has suitors

Reports out of Minnesota indicate that the Vikings will pursue trading Percy Harvin. A serious MVP candidate at the halfway point last season, Harvin got the ultimate endorsement from the player who ended up winning MVP at season’s end: his teammate Adrian Peterson. “To be honest with you, I don’t know if we will or not. But me, individually, and giving you my opinion, I wouldn’t trade him for nothing,” the Vikings’ running back said Tuesday in an interview with… Read More »

All-Star nods are uniquely special for Lee, Noah

Golden State Warriors forward David Lee and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah already knew they’d be playing against each other on Friday night. As it turns out, they’ll do the same on Feb. 17. Lee and Noah were chosen to go to the NBA All-Star Game on Thursday, and both of the Gators’ selections were special for different reasons. Lee, who made the Western Conference squad as a reserve, is the first Warriors player selected to the All-Star Game since… Read More »

Jelani Jenkins will attempt to justify his jump to NFL

Of the Gator football team’s four juniors gone pro, outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins has received his fair share of criticism. And it’s warranted. Jenkins, who has hired an agent, missed four games (including the Sugar Bowl) due to thumb, hamstring and foot injuries. The last setback required surgery and may leave him less than 100 percent for the NFL Combine. His 2012 season left the coaching staff, and Gator fans, convinced that they’d have him back in 2013. But if… Read More »

Hernandez, Spikes key to Patriots’ title hopes again

The Patriots find themselves in a position all too familiar to last season. Not just because the Super Bowl is one win away or because they’ll have to beat the Ravens to get there. Tight end Rob Gronkowski once again suffered an injury, this one even more serious as he’ll officially miss the rest of the playoffs after breaking his left forearm in the team’s 41-28 win over the Texans on Sunday. That means more work for fellow tight end… Read More »

Beal hits winner against team that prized him

If Gator fans know anything about Bradley Beal, it’s that he matures quickly. His savvy game-winner on Monday is only a reminder. Last night, the Wizards’ shooting guard got an opportunity to not only come through for a wounded Washington team still playing without star point guard John Wall, leading scorer Jordan Crawford and low-post option Nene, but to prove his worth to an Oklahoma City franchise that may have coveted him more than any in June’s draft. With 12.2… Read More »

Vengeful Noah brought extra for Philadelphia fans

Joakim Noah typically manufactures energy from his own limitless supply, but he had a little more in store for the 76ers last night. The Chicago Bulls’ center never forgot Game 3 of last year’s Eastern Conference quarterfinals, where the notorious fans in Philadelphia cheered when he severely sprained his ankle. Noah was forced to miss the rest of the playoffs, then the Olympics. That was a motivational catalyst all offseason for Noah, who felt “disrespected.” “I’ve been thinking about it… Read More »

Chiefs’ Siler starts in place of deceased friend Belcher

Brandon Siler was hoping he’d get his chance with the Chiefs, but not like this. The tragic news of Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide hit Siler harder than most. Belcher, the team’s starting middle linebacker, and Siler, his backup, were friends and sat next to each other during daily meetings. Siler spent this past Saturday mourning the death of his teammate after it became public that Belcher shot Kasandra Perkins, his girlfriend and the mother of their three-month old daughter, and then… Read More »

Shooting touch has Parsons taking off in Houston

Houston is hosting this year’s All-Star Game on Feb. 17, and don’t be surprised if its former Gator is a representative. While James Harden and Jeremy Lin continue to get more national attention, Chandler Parsons continues to make headlines in Clutch City. Parsons, a second-team All-Rookie selection last season, is on the All-Star ballot this season as he’s taken his game to another level. The Rockets’ forward has gone from making 45.2 percent of his shots last season to 47.6… Read More »