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Florida Gators waste good start from Singer, drop series

The Friday night pitching showcase was pushed back a day, apparently, with two right-handed sophomores besting hitters at Plainsman Park on Saturday afternoon.

It was Casey Mize (3-0, 0.30 ERA) that got the best of Brady Singer (2-1, 1.74 ERA), although batters on both teams will be glad they don’t have to face these two again. Auburn (16-5, 2-0 SEC) beat the Gators 2-1, taking the series. It’s the first time the Florida Gators (13-7, 0-2 SEC) have lost the opening conference series since 2013. That Florida team lost two-of-three to Kentucky and finished the season 29-30.

The Tigers...

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Florida Gators open SEC play at Auburn

The No. 5 Florida Gators (13-5) hit the road to kick off Southeastern Conference play this weekend against the Auburn Tigers (14-5) at Plainsman Park.

Florida, picked to finish first in the SEC by the league’s coaches are coming off of a midweek win over instate rival Florida State. Auburn played two midweek games, blanking UAB 4-0 and blasting Jacksonville State 10-1 on Wednesday.

Weekend schedule/Pitching matchups

Friday: (SEC Network +) RHP Alex Faedo (3-0, 1.37 ERA) vs. RHP Keegan Thompson (3-0, 0.64 ERA)
Saturday: (SEC Network +) RHP Brady Singer...

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5-star football recruit from Orlando ‘devastated’ by mass shooting

TAMPA — As Calvin Ashley slept at home early Sunday, the worst mass shooting in United States history happened in his hometown of Orlando, Fla.

FBI, Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office personnel investigate the attack at the Pulse nightclub  in Orlando Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.,early Sunday, before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. It was the worst mass shooting in American history.  (Craig Rubadoux/Florida Today via AP)

FBI, Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office personnel investigate the attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.,early Sunday, before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. It was the worst mass shooting in American history. (Craig Rubadoux/Florida Today via AP)

A gunman opened fire inside a downtown nightclub and killed at least 50 people, according to reports. Another 53 people were injured in the shooting.

Ashley, an Auburn commit, received more than a dozen calls after the news broke.

“I woke up to a bunch of phone calls from people asking me if I was safe,” Ashley said. “I got about 15 calls and then I turned on the TV. I was devastated.”

The five-star offensive tackle traveled to Tampa on Sunday for a satellite camp and then will head on a bus tour to visit several colleges. Ashley said he’ll be thinking about Orlando while on the road.

“This shooting hit home for me,” he said. “It was a horrible feeling. Some people think Orlando is safe because of Disney (World), but it’s not. There’s a lot that goes on and it can get real dangerous when you’re in a big city.

“You never know what kind of people you’ll come across. It just goes to show you that you’re not safe anywhere. You just got to stay in the house and do you, to be honest. It’s sad but true.”

Ashley is all too familiar with the area where the shooting took place.

“I’ve walked down the street that it happened on,” he said. “I love downtown Orlando. A lot of people come there to have fun, so for that to happen to people is just really, really messed up. I’m praying for everybody involved.”

Florida Gators basketball takes another twist with loss to Vandy

The Florida Gators basketball team has taken Gator Nation on a roller coaster ride of a season, and it took another twist on Tuesday night in Nashville versus the Vanderbilt Commodores. In fact the game itself, which saw Florida lose 60-59, was filled with its own set of twists and turns.

The Gators came riding in hot off a three game winning streak; much like the slow ascent that builds the excitement and anticipation before dropping the cars down a steep decline and then whipping back around like a snake without a head before beginning it’s next series of moves on the track.

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Florida Gators Basketball to Face Auburn

The Florida Gators basketball team (12-6, 4-2 SEC) is feeling good coming off of two consecutive wins as they head into their next matchup against the Auburn Tigers (9-8, 3-3 SEC) on Saturday, January 23 at 8 p.m. in Gainesville, Florida.

Florida has an 47-29 all-time home record against Auburn, including an active 10-game winning streak in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Gators have won eight in a row against the Tigers and 18 of their last 19 meetings.

Florida Notables:

- Dorian Finney-Smith has three consecutive double-doubles, joining Chandler Parsons,...

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Florida Gators Basketball Prepares for Next Test In Canty

The Florida Gators basketball team has had its share of dealing with superstars so far this season, especially during SEC play.

Ben Simmons, Stefan Moody and Gavin Ware have come in on a wave of praise; ready to present problems for head coach Mike White and his team. Instead though, the Gators have been able to handle these players with a concentrated effort and game plan.

Now the next test comes to town in the form of Kareem Canty the Auburn Tigers junior point guard.

Canty is the Tigers leading scorer, averaging 19.4 per game and shooting .408 overall. In Auburn’s last two...

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Can the Florida Gators Hit All Nate Craig-Myers Check List?

When making one of the most important decisions of your life, it’s important to have some guidelines; a checklist if you will.

That’s exactly what Nate Craig-Myers (6’2”, 205 lbs., Tampa Catholic) has as he prepares to decide where he will be playing college ball and if the Florida Gators football team is that fit.

As one of the nations top wide receivers, he has seen quite the uptick in his recruitment with National Signing Day now less than a month away. The Tampa native was committed to the Auburn Tigers until last summer when he decided to open recruitment back up—at which...

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Florida Gators baseball defeat Auburn in season finale, 3-1

By: Ryan Randall

After an opening-series loss to the Auburn Tigers (34-22, 13-17 SEC) Thursday, the Florida Gators (40-15, 19-11 SEC) responded with a 4-3 win Friday in which the team rallied back from a three-run deficit. Saturday’s rubber match would be a chance for Florida to not only win the series against the Tigers, but win the most regular season games in three years.

On Senior Day, Josh Tobias and Bobby Poyner would play major roles in Florida’s 3-1 win over the Tigers. Tobias went 2-3 with a home run and two RBIs, while Poyner closed out the game with his fourth save of the...

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Florida Gators baseball rallies back against Auburn, 4-3

By: Ryan Randall

The Florida Gators (39-15, 18-11 SEC) entered Friday night’s game against the Auburn Tigers (34-21, 13-16 SEC) down a game in the series, losing 4-1 the previous night. Early on, it seemed the seventh-ranked Gators might experience déjà vu at McKethan Stadium.

However, the Gators rallied back from a three-run deficit in the fourth inning to put away the Tigers 4-3. With the win, Florida will play the second day of the SEC Tournament.

Florida looked to be phased by Thursday’s loss, coming out flat in the first three innings. Sophomore pitcher A.J. Puk struggled...

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No love lost between McElwain and Muschamp

Divorce is hard, but when a marriage becomes toxic -- not just for the people involved in it but the people around them -- it can be necessary.

That’s where the Florida Gators and Will Muschamp were five months ago. Four years of the same fights, always beginning with the words “worst loss since”, “fewest points since” or “worst margin of defeat since”, and the Gators knew it was time to move on. It was the right thing to do for both involved.

Just because it was right, doesn’t make what comes next easy. You’ll admit, the news that Muschamp would be taking a job in...

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Tebow’s Taunting Fuels Foundations Tournament

Ponte Vedra, FL- It was a weekend full of laughs, hugs, memories and quite a bit of trash talk to balance everything out.

The 5th Annual Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Gala and Golf Classic saw the former Florida Gators National Championship quarterback and Heisman winner bring together some of his closest friends...those closest friends just happen to be professional athletes, Gator legends, musicians and celebrity chefs to name a few.

GatorCountry was there for the entire weekend and was able to catch up with Tebow and many of his guest. We found out about their...

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Florida Gators Prospect Update: Nate Craig-Myers

Nate Craig-Myers, a 2016 wide receiver currently committed to Auburn, says that the Florida Gators are still very much in his recruiting mix.

The 6'2" Tampa Catholic receiver is ranked number one nationally at his position by Rivals, and tells GatorCountry's Kassidy Hill that he'd like to see what sort of offense new head coach Jim McElwain implements in the coming season and especially how he uses Demarcus Robinson.

Craig will take a visit to Florida the weekend of March 13-14 and GatorCountry will have more from him following that weekend.

For more, watch his video interview...

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Florida Gators Football: Martez Ivey Fullfilling Dream

In perhaps their biggest coup of the day, the Florida Gators and new head coach Jim McElwain pulled in Apopka High offensive lineman Martez Ivey (6'5", 290lb).

A consensus five star and the number one offensive lineman across the board, Ivey was choosing between Florida and the Auburn Tigers.

Despite seeing several other Gator targets sign with Auburn earlier in the day and having his best friend Chandler Cox already enrolled in Auburn, Ivey wasn't swayed and instead stayed with the school he's always dreamt of being at.

"When I received my offer two years ago, that's just where I...

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