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Friday February 8, 2013 Gymnastics battle, Bonner gets to shoot, Townsend, Purifoy, plus more tidbits

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Former Gators sharpshooter Matt Bonner (Photo:

Hey folks, wanted to pass along some fresh links from around the Internet for your perusal this afternoon.

The big event on campus is tonight's gymnastics meet between the No. 1-ranked Gators and defending national champion Alabama.

There's plenty of other action involving Gator-related sports news, so here goes:

--For more on the Gators-Alabama gymnastics meet, here is an advance by Jim Harvin of the Gainesville Sun.

--The UF softball team opens the season today and the Independent Florida Alligator's Adam Lichtenstein writes about freshman Taylore Fuller joining the team.

--Gators defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy, who is expected to move to receiver in the spring, now has off-the-field issues he must deal with writes David Jones of USA Today.

--Orlando Boone punter Johnny Townsend signed with the Gators over Ohio State and Alabama writes the Orlando Sentinel's Chris Hays.

--Former Gators standout Matt Bonner has been invited to NBA's 3-point contest at All-Star Weekend after a popular social-media campaign from fans.

--Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi weighs in on Florida's 2013 recruiting class.

--Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley offers his take on the Gators' latest recruiting class.

--Gators forward Will Yeguete to miss rest of regular season with a knee injury writes Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post.

--The UF-FSU rivalry is renewed in Tallahassee on Saturday in men's tennis. Click here for more info from's Edward Aschoff looks at recruiting hits and misses in the SEC East in his latest blog post.

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