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Rain delays no-score softball game: The Gators and Seminoles played close to nine innings last night but the game was delayed due to rain. The game will be delayed until the two teams meet again in Tallahassee on May 4th, and will resume prior to their scheduled game that day. At the time of the rain suspension, with no score, Florida had runners on second and third, one out, and Aubree Munro at the plate. Florida hosts No. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette this weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday and one game on Sunday. (Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun; Will Pantages, Florida Gators)
Gators begin series with Arkansas tonight: The No. 2 Florida baseball team starts a Thursday through Saturday series at Arkansas tonight. Junior left hander A.J. Puk will start tonight's opener, marking his first action since April 3rd against Texas A&M. The Gators have not played at Arkansas' Baum Stadium since 2011. (John Hines, Florida Gators)
A look at Florida baseball's freshmen: 35 games into the season, the Gators' freshman players are making their presence known. (Jordan McPherson, Independent Florida Alligator)
No. 2 Gators lacrosse crushes Marquette: Florida beat the Golden Eagles 15-5, scoring all 15 goals before Marquette scored. Florida has started the season 13-1 for the second time in program history, with their first 13-1 start coming in 2013. The Gators have won four straight, and have three games left in the regular season. (Jim Harvin, Gainesville Sun; Kelly Sobers, Florida Gators)
Florida men's basketball team and women's tennis team recognized for top-10 percent Academic Progress Rate: It was the third straight year that the men's basketball team received the recognition and the second straight year for the women's tennis team. The Gators have the only SEC men's basketball team to be recognized for their APR three years in a row since it was instituted in 2003. The APR is used by the NCAA to evaluate academic performance, it accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation. This year's report is based on scores from 2011 to 2015. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun; Denver Parler, Florida Gators)
Jalen Tabor mocks ESPN for picking Tennessee to win SEC East: Tabor predicted that the Gators would extend their win streak over the Volunteers to 12 in a row - in tweets which have since been deleted. He also made a joke about Tennessee bringing Peyton Manning out of retirement, before noting that he never beat Florida. (Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post; Matt Barbato, SEC Country; Connor Tapp, 247 Sports)
Might as well bring the sheriff out of retirement— Jalen Tabor (@_31Flavorz) April 13, 2016
too bad he didn't have any luck against the gators— Jalen Tabor (@_31Flavorz) April 13, 2016
Jim McElwain and Mike White speak to students, answer questions: Both head coaches spoke to about 250 people in the University Auditorium on Tuesday night. The pair reflected on their first seasons with the Gators and talked about their personal lives, social media, and their teams. (Meryl Kornfield, Independent Florida Alligator; Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)
"Mama Mac" bonds with Gators: Jim McElwain's wife Karen and the other coaches' wives bake cookies for Florida players on "Special Treat Wednesdays." She also hosts recruits and their families at her home and tries to get to know her husband's players. (Kirsten Chuba, Independent Florida Alligator)
Patriots release Dominique Easley: :( Easley played in 22 games for the Patriots but ended the last two seasons on injured reserve. (Mike Reiss, ESPN)
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