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Friday March 1, 2013 Gators-Canes baseball, King has special visitors, Boynton's shot, plus more tidbits

Updated: 4:39pm, March 1

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The Gators host Miami for a three-game series starting Friday night at McKethan Stadium.

Those folks who turn over the O’Connell Center from gymnastics to basketball are going to be working late.

The UF gymnastics team hosts Minnesota at 7 p.m., and then Saturday at noon Billy D’s Gators host Alabama in an important game in the Southeastern Conference race.

Meanwhile, the Gators baseball team hosts Miami in a three-game series at McKethan Stadium that opens tonight.

With so much going on, here are some fresh links for your perusal:

--The Gators have dominated Miami on the diamond in recent years, but the Hurricanes are the team off to a hot start writes Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun.

--For more on Florida’s opponent this weekend, here is a blog about the Hurricanes by the Miami Herald’s Susan Miller Degnan.

--Did you catch Joakim Noah’s big game for the Bulls on Thursdaynight? Philly fans should not have cheered in last season’s playoffs when Noah went down with an ankle injury writes ESPNChicago.com’s Nick Friedell.

--Senior Night at the O’Dome for the women’s gymnastics team is going to be special for Marissa King writes Chuck Kingsbury of the Independent Florida Alligator.

--Sophomore pitcher Alyssa Bache is one of the reasons the UF softball team is off to a 17-1 start writes Jim Harvin of the Gainesville Sun.

--Senior guard Kenny Boynton’s shots have not been falling of late, but the Gators are confident Boynton will regain his touch writes Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post.

--ESPN.com ranks all 75 NCAA men’s basketball champions and has the 2006 Gators at No. 38 and the 2007 Gators at No. 14.

--The Gators lacrosse team faces Syracuse at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Saturdayin a rematch of a national semifinal last year writes Max Mattern of the Alligator.

--Seven members of the Gators track and field team are competing in South Bend, Ind., in a final attempt to qualify for NCAAs. Click here for more details from GatorZone.

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