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Thursday August 9, 2012 Wambach's legacy, Rainey's wristbands, Ross' stolen base and a lengthy Urban story

Abby Wambach

Photo: Former Gators soccer star Abby Wambach attempts to add to her legacy in gold-medal game.

Here are some of the latest links from around the Internet – and one old one – covering people and events of interest to Gator Nation:

--The U.S.-Japan gold-medal match at the Olympics is underway. Sports Illustrated takes a look at former Gators standout Abby Wambach’s contributions to U.S. team.

--Former UF football and track standout Jeff Demps will run in Olympics on Friday as part of 4x100 relay team writes the Orlando Sentinel.

--Gators kicker Caleb Sturgis named to Sports Illustrated preseason All-American list writes the Orlando Sentinel.

--Former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow is ready to play his first game for the New York Jets writes

--Phil Steele’s College Football Preview breaks down overall, home and away records for all FBS teams over last decade. Gators are 54-13 at home over that span; five of those losses came in last two seasons.

--Chris Rainey shows off his 22 wristbands to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – he is still wearing his Gators “Grind’’ bracelet – as he enters his first preseason game with the Steelers tonight against the Eagles.

--Former Gators catcher David Ross finally has a stolen base after 636 career games writes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

--Former Gators cornerback Joe Haden defends his character after report of a failed drug test for Adderall, a commonly prescribed drug to treat attention deficit disorder writes the Chronicle-Telegram.

--Somehow I never saw this ESPN Sports Science piece on former Gators center Mike Pouncey. I was looking for a clip from his appearance on HBO’s season-premiere of “Hard Knocks” on Wednesday night – Pouncey got his haircut and nostrils trimmed for those truly curious – but this clip is actually more interesting.

--Finally, regardless of your opinion on former Gators coach Urban Meyer, this piece is worth reading from Wright Thompson of ESPN the Magazine. Probably the most in-depth story ever written about Meyer and has plenty from Florida and Ohio State days.

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