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Friday February 8, 2013 Gymnastics battle, Bonner gets to shoot, Townsend, Purifoy, plus more tidbits

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Former Gators sharpshooter Matt Bonner (Photo: SanAntonioSpurs.com)

Hey folks, wanted to pass along some fresh links from around the Internet for your perusal this afternoon.

The big event on campus is tonight's gymnastics meet between the No. 1-ranked Gators and defending national champion Alabama.

There's plenty of other action involving Gator-related sports news, so here goes:

--For more on the Gators-Alabama gymnastics meet, here is an advance by Jim Harvin of the Gainesville Sun.

--The UF softball team opens the season today and the Independent Florida Alligator's Adam Lichtenstein writes about freshman Taylore Fuller joining the team.

--Gators defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy, who is expected to move to receiver in the spring, now has off-the-field issues he must deal with writes David Jones of USA Today.

--Orlando Boone punter Johnny Townsend signed with the Gators over Ohio State and Alabama writes the Orlando Sentinel's Chris Hays.

--Former Gators standout Matt Bonner has been invited to NBA's 3-point contest at All-Star Weekend after a popular social-media campaign from fans.

--Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi weighs in on Florida's 2013 recruiting class.

--Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley offers his take on the Gators' latest recruiting class.

--Gators forward Will Yeguete to miss rest of regular season with a knee injury writes Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post.

--The UF-FSU rivalry is renewed in Tallahassee on Saturday in men's tennis. Click here for more info from GatorZone.com.

--ESPN.com's Edward Aschoff looks at recruiting hits and misses in the SEC East in his latest blog post.

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