4 BITS: USA Basketball, PGA, Tebow, Shanahan

By Adam Silverstein
July 17, 2014

1 » Minor surgery to address a “core muscle injury” has kept Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee off the USA Basketball men’s national team as it reports to training camp from July 28 to Aug. 1 ahead of the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain. However, two former Florida Gators have made the 19-player training camp roster with Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons both being given the opportunity to make the 12-man team. As it turns out, Parsons was not one of the 28 players who made the original pool as announced on Jan. 22. His tremendous play last season, coupled with Lee’s inability to compete, opened up a spot for the man who just signed a three-year, $46 million contract. It is the third-straight season that Lee has undergone surgery in the offseason; he averaged 18.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in 2013-14.

2 » Two former Florida golfers – instead of three as previously scheduled – are competing at The Open Championship but only one is currently above the assumed cut line after the first round. Billy Horschel shot a +1 (73) on Thursday and is currently tied for 66th at seven shots behind the leader, Rory McIlroy. Coming in nearly 20 places behind Horschel is Matt Every, who stroked a +3 (75) and is in a 19-way tie for 105th. Unfortunately, former British Open champion Mark Calcavecchia, who looks forward to the event each year, had to withdraw from the event due to travel issues. “Right now I thought I’d be on [the] 3rd hole of mini practice [round] at the Open!! Best we could do is a flight to West Palm Beach,” wrote the 54-year-old 1989 winner on Twitter. “Totally depressed I can’t be at my fave tourney in the world!! American Airlines killed us for no reason weather was fine #dontgetit” As a prior British Open champion, Calcavecchia qualifies for an automatic spot each year until he turns 60 years of age, meaning he only had the opportunity to play in seven (now six) more British Open events. He currently plays on the Champions Tour, which is restricted to golfers over 50.

3 » Former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow has made news recently for purchasing a $1.4 million house in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. According to the Jacksonville Business Journal, Tebow will now reside in Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club on a 31,790-square-foot property. The home is 6,525 square feet with either five or four bedrooms (reports vary) and four-and-a-half bathrooms. Check out these 18 photos of Tebow’s new estate.

4 » According to The Washington Post, former Florida offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan will not be joining the bevy of other ex-Gators currently serving as analysts across ESPN and FOX Sports after turning down an opportunity from the latter network to call games as a color commentator this season. Shanahan, 61, had a rough go of it as the man in charge of the Washington football team from 2010-13, his first job since successfully serving as the head coach of the Denver Broncos for 14 seasons from 1995-2008. Whether he will coach again remains to be seen at this point.

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