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Monday July 1, 2013 Zunino delivers in clutch, Speights moves on, Morrison update, plus more tidbits


Hey folks, the Summer B semester starts at UF today, which means football season is getting closer and closer. The incoming freshmen start classes and begin to get acclimated to life on campus.

Fall camp opens the first week of August, and then, you know … Toledo comes to The Swamp for the season opener on Aug. 31.

For now, let’s take a look at some fresh Gator-related links from around the Internet for your perusal this morning:

--Former Gators Reggie Nelson and Joe Cohen are united by football and karate writes Florida Today columnist John Torres.

--Bulls All-Star Joakim Noah got fired up when he heard Chicago selected Gators F Erik Murphy in last week’s NBA Draft writes The Chicago Tribune.

--ICYMI, former Gators C Mike Zunino got the first walk-off hit of his young big-league career on Friday night in Seattle’s win over the Cubs. Watch Zunino’s big moment here.

--Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison has agreed to deferred prosecution on battery charges related to a recent incident at a Gainesville night spot writes

--Cavaliers F Marreese Speights, a former UF player, opted out of the final year of his contract with Cleveland writes the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Schmitt Boyer.

--The FINA World Championships in Barcelona later this month are going to be busy for former Gators swimmer Ryan Lochte writes Nick Zaccardi of

--Former UF swimmer Conor Dwyer has been training with Frenchman Yannick Agnel and the results were impressive at the U.S. Championships writes Philip Hersh of The Chicago Tribune.

--Former Gators LB Mike Peterson was back in Gainesville over the weekend for his annual camp writes John Boothe of the Gainesville Sun.

--Former Gators QB John Brantley tells he is as shocked as everyone else about his former UF teammate Aaron Hernandez being charged with murder. Meanwhile, Brantley continues to work with young quarterbacks during his summer camp on Ocala.

--ICYMI, former UF hurlers Brian Johnson and Austin Maddox trying to get healthy in their second seasons in professional ball pitching for the Greenville Drive writes blog

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