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Friday June 28, 2013 Donovan's U.S. squad opens strong in U-19 World Championships, more tidbits

Updated: 1:41pm, June 28

Billy Donovan

Gators basketball coach Billy Donovan is in Prague coaching the U.S. U-19 team at World Championships.

A few links for your perusal this morning, starting with Billy Donovan's U.S. squad playing in the U-19 World Championships in Prague:

--Team USA cruised to an 88-29 win over Ivory Coast in its opener and Billy D was pleased with the D.

--Former Gators forward Erik Murphy and fellow draftee Tony Snell (New Mexico) added some much-needed shooters to the Bulls' roster writes K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

--VIDEO: Veteran NBA scribe Sam Smith discusses Chicago's draft on caught up with Murphy after Thursday night's draft and posted Twitter reaction to Chicago taking Murphy at 49th overall.

--Gator swimmer Elizabeth Beisel and Maya DiRado staged a classic race in the 400 IM at Thursday's U.S. National Championships writes

--Time to stop playing blame game for who failed Aaron Hernandez writes Gregg Doyel of

--Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley writes how the snowball effect is real in college football, which was a positive for UF in Will Muschamp's second season.

--The promotion of former Gators OF Preston Tucker has a prominent Astros blog (The Crawfish Boxes) on taking a closer look at Tucker's projections.

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