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Wednesday April 3, 2013 Beal's injury, Grossman's new deal, Zunino's destination, plus more tidbits

Bradley Beal spent only one season at UF before entering the NBA Draft, where the Washington Wizards took him with the third overall pick.

Beal has lived up to the pick, averaging 13.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in his rookie season. However, the Wizards announced Wednesday that Beal’s rookie season is over due to a fibula stress fracture in his right leg.

Bradley Beal

To read more about Beal’s injury, click here for a story from USA Today Sports.

To catch up on more Gator-related sports news, here are some fresh links from around the Internet:

--Former Gators quarterback Rex Grossman, who is being inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night, officially inked a deal to return to the Redskins on Monday writes The Washington Post’s Mike Jones.

--Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague sure does like former Billy Donovan assistants. Teague hired former UF assistants Anthony Grant and Shaka Smart when he was AD at VCU, and has hired FIU coach Richard Pitino – who spent time on Donovan’s staff – at Minnesota to replace Tubby Smith writes Andy Katz of ESPN.com.

--The Seattle Mariners released their minor-league rosters Wednesday and former Gators catcher Mike Zunino will start season at Triple-A Tacoma writes the Seattle Times.

--In case you missed this, GatorZone baseball man John Hines posted a story on the five Gators on MLB opening day rosters.

--Missed this over weekend, but a good read from Yahoo! Sports columnist Dan Wetzel on Billy D and his decision to stay at Florida and the move’s potential impact on other young coaches.

--UF beat writer Edgar Thompson writes about Florida’s attempt at replacing starting safeties Matt Elam and Josh Evans in this story in The Orlando Sentinel.

--Former Gators receiver Percy Harvin is the top impact acquisition this offseason according to Matt Bowen writes Seahawks.com writer Clare Farnsworth.

Hudson Randall

--Former Gators Preston Tucker and Nolan Fontana are teammates again in the Astros organization with the Lancaster Jethawks of the California League. A preview from CrawFishBoxes.com.

--“If I had to bet on a pitcher to watch, it would be Hudson.” – Those are words from former big-leaguer Larry Parrish on ex-Gators ace Hudson Randall, who is opening the season with the West Michigan Whitecaps in Detroit’s organization.

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