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Tuesday June 24, 2014 Billy D and Team USA, Easley's deal, Dwyer over Phelps, Debose ranks high, more tidbits

Billy Donovan

UF head coach Billy Donovan's U18 U.S. Team faces Canada tonight.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Been away for a few days and then spent Monday at jury duty. Glad to be back at the keyboard this morning. To get back in the flow, here are some fresh links covering topics of interest to Florida fans:

--Gators coach Billy Donovan has the USA U18 National Team rolling in the FIBA Americas U18 Tournament in Colorado Springs. It's USA vs. Canada for the title tonight.

--For more on Donovan's mission and drive with the USA U18 team, here is a story from the Colorado Springs Gazette.

--Dominique Easley agrees to a four-year, $7.3 million contract with New England, making all those rehab sessions worth it for the former UF standout.

--Former UF swimmer Conor Dwyer made a splash over the weekend at the Arena Grand Prix in Santa Clara, California, defeating Michael Phelps in the 200-meter IM, winning $20,000 and a one-year lease for a BMW. Watch Dwyer's win by clicking this link.

--In more swimming news, did you see that former UF star Elizabeth Beisel outdueled Olympic standout Missy Franklin over the weekend at same event Dwyer defeated Phelps.

--Former Gators DB Jaylen Watkins earning respect in Philadelphia for his football IQ writes Andy Jasner of ESPN.com.

--Gators tight end Colin Thompson is transferring and could be headed closer to his Pennsylvania home. Best of luck to Thompson, a personal favorite and fellow hockey fan.

Andre Debose

--A look at Florida's prospects in the NBA Draft from Jordan McPherson of the Independent Florida Alligator.

--Andre Debose (photo, left) is a player that could help the Gators this season if he is up to his old form at returning kickoffs. ESPN.com takes a look at the SEC's most dangerous kick returners.

--Tough night for former Gators pitcher Anthony DeSclafani and a rough homestand for the Marlins writes Andre Fernandez of The Miami Herald.

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