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Monday April 16, 2012 GatorLinks: Baseball back on top, Beal praised by HS coach, $100,000 to hang with Tebow, more tidbits

Gators softball coach Tim Walton

Photo: Gators softball coach Tim Walton talks to his team during Sunday's win over Auburn.

There is a lot going on right now during the spring sports season for Gators athletics, so let’s get right to some of the latest news and notes from around Gator Nation:

--The baseball team won three of four games last week, including taking two of three games over the weekend at Tennessee. As a result, the Gators reclaimed No. 1 in latest USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, and Florida moved up to No. 5 in the latest Baseball American poll released Monday. To read more about Florida’s 8-1 win over the Vols on Sunday, click here.

--The UF softball team continues to pile up wins with a sweep of Auburn.

--Next up for the Gators women’s tennis team is the SEC Tournament, where UF is the No. 1 seed.

--The Florida gymnastics team hopes less is more at this week’s NCAA Gymnastics Championships.

--The UF lacrosse teams stays on a roll with a 17-5 win over Vanderbilt, Florida’s 10th win in a row.

--In track and field, Florida’s Keely Medeiros claimed shot put title at Seminole Invitational.

--A nice finish for Gators men’s tennis senior Nassim Slilam, who helped Florida to 6-1 win over South Carolina on Senior Day.

And in other Gator-related sports news…

--Sadly, a couple of deaths of former UF athletes darkened the weekend. Former Gators basketball standout Dwayne Schintzius passed away from leukemia on Sunday and former UF running back Tony “Buck” Waters was shot and killed in Sarasota.

--If you want to read a good story from SI Vault on Schintzius during his Gators career, here you go. He was big deal back in the day and really helped catapult Florida’s program forward despite some off-the-court issues.

--(VIDEO) St. Louis Chaminade coach Kelvin Lee, Bradley Beal’s high school coach, expects his former player to do well in the NBA. Beal announced Friday he is leaving UF to enter the NBA Draft.

--A busy weekend for Tim Tebow, who had a couple bid $100,000 to hang out with him for a day, and who spent Sunday night at Yankee Stadium watching the Yankees-Angels play.

--Orlando Sentinel columnist George Diaz revisits Urban Meyer-Steve Spurrier legacies.

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