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Tuesday May 28, 2013 Gators baseball, Haslem awakens, Reed signs, Murphy's road to draft, more tidbits

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The UF baseball team opens NCAA Tournament play on Friday against Austin Peay in Bloomington, Ind.

Hey folks, I was out of pocket late last week before returning Monday to check in with the Gators baseball team.

It turned out to be a good day to stop by McKethan Stadium as the Gators learned they made the NCAA Tournament. You can click here to read more about Florida’s sixth consecutive trip to the tournament under head coach Kevin O’Sullivan.

To check out the complete NCAA Tournament bracket, click this link. You can click here for a comprehensive breakdown from Kendall Rogers of PerfectGame.org on the NCAA Division I Baseball Selection Committee’s decisions.

There’s plenty more Gator-related sports news to keep you updated on this Monday afternoon. Here are more links for your perusal:

--ESPN.com’s Teddy Mitrosilis takes a look at all 16 regionals in the NCAA baseball tournament.

--Former Gators standout Udonis Haslem no longer a forgotten man in NBA Eastern Conference Finals writes Joe Goodman of The Miami Herald.

--Former Gators tight end Jordan Reed, the team’s leading receiver last season, has signed his rookie contract with the Washington Redskins writes The Washington Post.

--Former Gators coach Urban Meyer sat down for a Q&A with CBSSports.com’s Jeremy Fowler recently. Meyer talks about his exit from Florida in this Q&A.

--Matt Bonner is headed back to the NBA Finals writes Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun.

--Erik Murphy is in Las Vegas preparing for the NBA Draft writes the Providence (R.I.) Journal. Murphy is also writing a blog about his experience leading up to the draft for OnlyGators.com.

--Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley offers his thoughts on the UF softball team’s surprising run to the Women’s College World Series.

--The UF softball team is in Oklahoma City waiting for the start of the WCWS in what is expected to be an emotional week for the locals writes Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman.

--Browns and former Gators receiver David Nelson recently traveled to Haiti for a good cause writes Bryan Holt of InsidetheGators.com.

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