FOUR BITS: Lee hurt, Moss cut, golf, swimming

By Adam Silverstein
November 17, 2010

1 » Just one week ago, Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee knocked out New York Knicks forward Wilson Chandler’s tooth during a game. When Lee’s elbow hit Chandler’s face, it was deeply punctured by the tooth, which was then removed by force. Lee was only expected to be out of action a few days to let the deep wound heal properly, but he has no missed a week and has yet to return to the court. In fact, Lee has been hospitalized most of the time due to a massive infection and serious swelling that occurred in the area. He has already undergone two procedures to clean the infection and may mess two-to-three more weeks as he tries to recover. “I know there is a lot of speculation out there, but it almost doesn’t matter how it was treated,” Dr. Bill Maloney told the media on Wednesday. “I don’t think they could have avoided this. The die was cast when he got the tooth through the skin with a deep enough puncture wound to allow the bacteria to get in there.” The infection may need to be “washed out” four or five more times before Lee can leave the hospital, which the team hopes will occur by week’s end.

2 » In a move many fans of the team have expected to come for quite some time, the Denver Broncos have released the No. 17 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, defensive end/outside linebacker Jarvis Moss. Since being drafted by Denver, Moss has totaled 40 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 33 games; however, he has only registered five tackles and has not notched a single sack in 16 games since the start of last year. When head coach Josh McDaniels took over in 2009, he began utilizing a 3-4 defense and moved Moss from DE to OLB. Unfortunately for the former Florida Gators star, the change in position did not help his production. “He’s been a great kid for us, done everything we asked him to do. It just hasn’t been a perfect fit,” McDaniels said. “Hopefully he can find a place that will be a better fit and suits what [he] can do.”

Read about Florida’s big-time signees in golf and swimming…after the break!

3 » Florida announced today that the women’s golf program has officially signed “standout Spanish golfer” Camilla Hedberg to join the team for the 2011-12 season. “Camilla will have an immediate positive impact on our team both on the golf course and as a teammate,” head coach Jan Dowling said. “She is committed to achieving her goals and also comes from a very supportive and positive family. […] She has an abundance of international tournament experience and has succeeded at the highest level in Europe. She loves to compete and loves the game of golf, which is exactly what we are looking for.”

The men’s golf team also signed three standout performers – James Monnerville (Vero Beach, FL), J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, FL) and Thomas Stewart (Ponte Verda/St. Augustine, FL). “I’m really excited about these three players,” head coach Buddy Alexander said. “They have all had a lot of success in junior golf and we needed a relatively big class because we will be losing a couple of seniors.”

4 » Gators swimming and diving hauled in an impressive 15 total recruits on Wednesday. Head coach Gregg Troy announced that Florida has signed 10 men and five women to the respective teams, most of whom hail from the state. “The most exciting thing about this class is that they’re all class-act people,” Troy said. “They’re all very much team players. They’re all state champions that are used to putting their hand on the wall first. You have men and women that are used to winning and have high expectations. It speaks well for the future of the program here at the University of Florida.” The newest members of the Gators athletic program are: Nicholas Caldwell (Sarasota, FL), Matthew Curby (Oviedo, FL), Harrison Curley (Winter Park, FL), Matt Elliott (Peoria, IL), Natasha Fung (Edmondon, Canada), Colin Hamilton (Jacksonville, FL), Ricky Munch (Fairfax, VA), Lauren Neidigh (Orange Park, FL), Carlos Omana (Miami, FL), Rebecca Rainer (Richmond, VA), Austin Ringquist (Hillsboro, OR), Billy Silva (Gainesville, FL), Jordan Smith (Longwood, FL), Summer Stephens (Louisville, KY) and Matthew Thompson (Seminole, FL).

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One Comment

  1. npgator says:

    I know that Moss has been stuggling but I am very surprised and disappointed that he was cut.

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