FOUR BITS: Demps is fast, Andrews’ death threats

By Adam Silverstein
April 2, 2010

1 » Florida Gators freshman sprinter and junior running back Jeff Demps is fast. So fast, in fact, that the 10.11-second 100-meter dash he ran at the 66th Pepsi Florida Relays on Friday afternoon at Percy Beard Track is the fastest run in the world so far in 2010 (and it is not even the best time he has run in his life – 10.01 in high school. Demps won the 60-meter dash national title at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships and is hoping to add more titles to his resume in the outdoor season.

2 » ESPN sideline reporter and former Florida dazzler Erin Andrews, who is currently a contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, has been the subject of death threats since the end of March, according to CNN. Andrews’ attorney, Marshall B. Grossman, says that radio talk show host Dan Patrick has been sent several threatening e-mails about Andrews beginning in September. The e-mails “were of a sexual nature but then turned violent” recently, according to Grossman. The FBI is already on the case and has identified the sender of the e-mails, per the Los Angeles Times.

Two more BITS on…No. 8/11 baseball, No. 3 women’s tennis and No. 6 men’s tennis all defeating Vanderbilt on Friday. Read more about these results…after the jump!

3 » Trying to rebound after losing three of their last four games, No. 8/11 Gators baseball (19-6, 5-2 SEC) took down the No. 20/17 Vanderbilt Commodores (23-5, 4-3 SEC) 3-2 Friday night at McKethan Stadium. Senior outfielder Matt den Dekker (2-3) erased the 1-1 tie with a two-run home run in the seventh inning. Sophomore starter Alex Panteliodis tossed 6.1 innings with six strikeouts and one earned run. Senior reliever Jeff Barfield (1-0) piked up the win in 1.1 innings, and junior closer Kevin Chapman earned his fifth save of the year with a strikeout in 1.1 innings of his own.

4 » No. 3 women’s (17-2, 7-0 SEC) and No. 6 men’s (14-2, 6-0 SEC) tennis each took down Vanderbilt on the road and at home, respectively, on Friday. The women defeated the No. 24-ranked Commodores (9-7, 4-3 SEC) 6-1 at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex, while the men blanked Vandy (10-8, 2-5 SEC) 7-0 on the road at Currey Tennis Center. The doubles pairs of No. 5 senior Marrit Boonstra and freshman Allie Will, No. 35 freshman Lauren Embree and senior Anastasia Revzina, No. 12 redshirt senior Antoine Benneteau and junior Alexandre Lacroix, and No. 49 freshman Sekou Bangoura, Jr. and sophomore Joey Burkhardt were all victorious. In singles action, No. 7 Lacroix, No. 9 Will, No. 14 Embree and No. 79 Boonstra all pulled out wins.

Photo Credit: Caitlin Healy

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