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Path: /nfl/ask-athlon-cleveland-browns

Q: I have a Cleveland Browns cap. The front of the hat says Browns and has a picture of a little man. Sort of looks like a leprechaun. What is the significance of the little man? Was that once their logo? I’ve never seen a little man on any of their team helmets/hats going back to 1957.

— Thomas Pichl, Matawan, N.J.

A: That little elfin creature is a brownie, a legendary creature from British folklore, and yes, he’s part of Browns folklore as well. Fans who referred to their team as the Brownies led the club to adopt the little fella as an emblem dating back to the dawn of Paul Brown’s franchise in 1946. Former owner Art Modell phased out the brownie emblem during the mid-1960s, but he’s made a bit of a comeback of late, appearing on some of the team’s sideline accessories.

Rob Doster, Senior Editor

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Post date: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 16:59
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Path: /mlb/ask-athlon-baseball-hall-fame

Q: Has William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy (1862-1961), the great deaf Major League baseball player, ever been nominated for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

— Sandra Hoy, New Berlin, Pa.

A: Sandra, I sense from your name that there’s a family connection between you and the 19th-century speedster. Hoy was a productive pre-1900 player for seven different teams over a 14-year career, amassing 2,048 hits, 1,424 runs and 596 stolen bases, a number that still ranks 18th all time, one spot ahead of Maury Wills. A skilled defender, Hoy retired among baseball’s leaders in putouts and double plays. His Hall of Fame candidacy has gained some momentum in recent years, and there’s always the chance that the Veterans Committee could enshrine him some day.

As his nickname clearly indicates, Hoy played in an era that was far less concerned with sensitivity and political correctness, although his moniker referred to his deafness rather than his lack of intelligence. In fact, Hoy is credited as being one of the more intelligent players of his day. Some even credit Hoy for the adoption of hand signals by umpires to denote safe and out calls, although this is far from certain.

Charlie Miller, Editorial Director

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Post date: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 16:57
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Path: /nfl/ask-athlon-nfl

Q: What’s the farthest an NFL quarterback has ever thrown a football in practice?

— Al Gabel, Rockford, Ill.

A: Al, it’s tough to provide a definitive answer to your question. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that strong-armed gunners like Steve Bartkowski, Randall Cunningham and JaMarcus Russell could heave it close to 100 yards in the air, but no video evidence exists that we’ve been able to uncover. (Russell was touted for being able to throw it 75 yards from his knees, as though that were a useful skill.)

As for a game? We can at least cite a contender for longest pass. In 1966, Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith (left) and receiver Bob Hayes hooked up on a 95-yard touchdown, and reports have Dandy Don launching the ball 83 yards in the air, before Bullet Bob took it the rest of the way for the score. We’ll give the nod to Dandy Don, unless readers can provide definitive evidence to the contrary.

Rob Doster, Senior Editor

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Post date: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 16:55
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Links, College Basketball, NFL, NBA, MLB
Path: /college-football/athlon%E2%80%99s-essential-eleven-links-day-12

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for August 17.

• Former Major League pitcher Tommy John disagrees with the plan in September.

The Onion has at Jets camp.

• NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah previews .

• lists some for those of you missing the Olympics.

• Inside the ACC looks at the effects of .

• Notre Dame is breaking out for the Miami game at Soldier Field this season.

• The votes will be highly debated.

• Nike is planning to celebrate founder Phil Knight’s birthday.

• Check out , who has the Kansas City logo on his glass eye.

• Ryan Tannehill will tonight against the Panthers.

• We are SO ready for college football to begin. Check out these top highlights from last season.

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August 16

• Mariners ace Felix Hernandez , and that established an MLB first with three “perfectos” in one season.

• Bleacher Report’s Ian Casselberry analyzes the of the Giants’ Melky Cabrera.

• Redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel has won at Texas A&M.

• Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley is of Saginaw, Michigan, where the school district was going to charge athletes to participate.

• Always nice to enjoy your morning cereal…..

• It was just a “friendly”, but the USA soccer team racked up .

• The NFL Referee's Association is , who seems content to start the season with replacement refs.

• It looks like Maryland after C.J. Brown’s season-ending injury.

• FOX Sports releases its .

• Former Georgia coach Jim Donnan has been charged with .

• Russell Westbrook messes with Team USA and Oklahoma City teammate James Harden’s epic beard in this new ad.

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August 15

• Because of a nationwide helium shortage, the after the first touchdown has been put on hold.

• Speaking of touchdown routines, Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey has found an interesting way .

• For fans of The Big Lebowski, had to be epic. The Dude abides.

• Chadd Scott of looks at .

• How serious is the spleen injury to ?

• It looks like will either be played in New Orleans or in Arlington, Texas.

• The new NBA2K13 game will feature

• The is a mess…again.

• If you’re a Vikings defender at training camp, .

• The continues to raise more questions.

• Check out who’s taking batting practice in Toronto: Charlie Sheen. He doesn’t have much of a swing, but at least Rick Vaughn has finally learned that we wear caps and sleeves in the league.

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August 14

• Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher had but still expects to be ready for the season opener against Indianapolis.

• The Red Sox nation is mourning , who was a player, manager and broadcaster for the club during a career that lasted more than 60 years.

• Mark Blaudschun has the scoop on .

• I was told to check out with water and a hair flip. It definitely is…quite the picture.

• San Diego State head coach Rocky Long this season. Awesome.

• There seems to be some secrecy in Gainesville regarding .

• Former Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe may have looked a little strange in a Yankees uniform, but in his New York debut.

• looks at some .

• FOX’s Ken Rosenthal details to the majors at age 20.

• John Carvalho on an investigation regarding Auburn commit Reuben Foster.

Former Bears and 49ers defensive tackle Anthony Adams is now an NFL free agent, and he’s thinking about pursuing his first love — the NBA. Check out his hilarious hoops video.

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August 13

• FOX Sports’ Greg Couch looks at some of the , including the fans.

• After , the Tiger Woods comparisons are bound to begin.

• Many people are inspired by the Olympics and want to be more athletic. is going to need a little more training.

• USC’s Lane Kiffin is after lying to the media about selecting his Trojans No. 1.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee examines.

• First it was Chris Johnson of the Titans. Now thinks he could beat Olympic Champion Usain Bolt in the 40-yard dash.

• Here are some from the end of the Olympic Games in London.

• Andrew Luck had with the Colts.

• FOX MLB insider John Paul Morosi says goodbye Olympics, hello MLB. He’s bullish on the Rays and thinks the Red Sox “.”

• Should Doug Collins be ?

• Either James Bond or Marty McFly was navigating through McCovey Cove outside at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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Post date: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 11:42
Path: /college-football/college-footballs-top-ten-non-conference-games-september

The much-anticipated college football season is almost here, and we cannot wait for toe to meet leather on the gridiron. From Cowboys Stadium to the Rose Bowl to the Georgia Dome, here are the top intersectional games to put on your calendar for August and September.

1. Alabama vs. Michigan (Sept. 1 at Arlington, Texas)
This gridiron battle has it all: two tradition-laden programs, the SEC versus the Big Ten, a defense-dominated defending national champion trying to stop college football’s most electric QB weapon and the hype that goes with Saturday night at Jerry’s World on college football’s opening weekend. Could a Wolverines win be the Big Ten’s most satisfying victory in a decade? B1G fans live to see their teams beat SEC squads, who have won six consecutive national titles. Alabama holds the current championship belt but lost four key defenders — Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick, Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw — in the first 35 picks of the NFL Draft. The revamped Tide defense has plenty of talent, but stopping Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will provide quite the challenge. The speedy senior signal caller has accounted for 68 touchdowns over the last two seasons and can be a matchup nightmare. Michigan could be without star running back Fitzgerald Toussaint after some off-the-field trouble this summer. College football fans will be fired up for the Wolverines and the Crimson Tide: this is must-see TV.

2. Boise State at Michigan State (Aug. 31)
The Broncos have been the BCS killer in season-openers, beating Georgia, Virginia Tech and Oregon over the last three years. While Chris Petersen has an amazing record of 73-6 as a head coach, Boise State suffered major personnel attrition this offseason. The Broncos lost NFL first-round selections Shea McClellin and Doug Martin, the winningest quarterback in NCAA history (Kellen Moore), All-America offensive lineman Nate Potter, as well as key defenders in George Iloka, Billy Winn and Tyrone Crawford. The offense has potential with proven players like running back D.J. Harper, receivers Matt Miller and Mitch Burroughs and three starters back on the line. Joe Southwick takes over at quarterback, and he will be challenged big time in the opener. MSU has eight starters back from the Big Ten’s top defense of 2011, and the Spartans could be even better this year. Powerful back Le’Veon Bell and four offensive line starters return on the MSU attack, so the focus for Mark Dantonio and staff will be the development of new quarterback Andrew Maxwell and an inexperienced receivers group. This game would be a huge W for either program.

3. Washington at LSU (Sept. 8)
The Tigers were the most dominant team in the country last season from September to December, producing big-time wins over Oregon, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia. Then there was the dud in the BCS Championship Game. LSU will be right back in the national mix this year with its usual physical run game and top-level defense. The big question early for the Tigers will be how much new quarterback Zach Mettenberger can improve the passing game. Les Miles’ bunch should be able to score points on a Washington defense that struggled mightily a year ago, but the Huskies can light up scoreboards as well with Keith Price at quarterback. He led the UW offense to over 33 points per game last season, and top pass-catchers Austin Seferian-Jenkins at tight end and Kasen Williams at receiver could become stars in 2012. They will need to play well versus LSU, as running the ball on the Tigers defense can be very difficult. Steve Sarkisian’s crew will face a wild atmosphere with a night game in Baton Rouge, but this game will give his squad a good litmus test before Pac-12 play.

4. Michigan at Notre Dame (Sept. 22)
The 2011 version of this rivalry was a tale of two games. The Irish led 24-7 after three quarters in Ann Arbor, but then the ND defense fell apart as the Wolverines scored 28 fourth-quarter points to win, 35-31, in dramatic fashion. Brian Kelly’s club had a solid campaign overall last year but did suffer from way too many turnovers and some defensive lapses. The big question for the Irish offense will be at quarterback, as Everett Golson, incumbent Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix compete for the starting gig. Whoever wins the job will face a Michigan defense that improved greatly under coordinator Greg Mattison last year. The Wolverines front seven has some question marks, but the secondary should be a solid group. The UM offense will look for Denard Robinson’s playmaking ability to take over once again, although All-America Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o will lead a quality defense with a tough front seven. It is unusual to see this game as each team’s fourth contest of the season, but expect another classic like we have witnessed over the last three years.

5. Auburn vs. Clemson (Sept. 1 at Atlanta, Ga.)
Dabo Swinney’s bunch beat a very inexperienced Auburn team, 38-24, in Death Valley last September. Star freshman receiver Sammy Watkins led the victorious Tigers that day with 10 catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns. However the sophomore All-America candidate will be suspended (offseason arrest) for Clemson’s first two games of 2012, which is huge news for an Auburn club looking for revenge in the Georgia Dome. Quarterback Tajh Boyd, receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back Andre Ellington will still give Clemson a formidable attack, but there is no doubt Watkins will be sorely missed in this contest. That group will face a tougher AU defense coordinated by Brian VanGorder in 2012, with all four line starters (including All-America candidate Corey Lemonier) and a quality secondary back. Scot Loeffler takes over an Auburn offense looking for a consistent signal caller (Kiehl Frazier or Clint Moseley), but he does have solid senior skill players in running back Onterio McCalebb, receiver Emory Blake and tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen. Clemson also has a new defensive boss in Brent Venables, who will look for major improvement on a unit that gave up over 29 points per game last season.

6. Notre Dame at Michigan State (Sept. 15)
This September rivalry provided an unusual game in South Bend last season. The Spartans had more yards, first downs and won the turnover battle, but the Irish dominated the scoreboard for a 31-13 victory. MSU could not run the ball (23 carries for 29 yards) in last year’s loss, and that will need to change this season with junior Andrew Maxwell replacing Kirk Cousins at quarterback. Notre Dame could have a new QB starter as well, with Tommy Rees suspended for the first game in Ireland against Navy. His absence will allow Everett Golson or Andrew Hendrix a chance to take over at signal caller, and whoever has the job in this game will face a challenge versus the Big Ten’s best defense.

7. Tennessee vs. NC State (Aug. 31 at Atlanta, Ga.)
This Friday night opener is absolutely huge game for both programs. Tennessee’s Derek Dooley has gone 11-14 in two seasons at the helm in Knoxville, and the Vols need to give their coach and the fan base a signature victory. The UT defense will have to adjust to new coordinator Sal Sunseri, but the offense could be electric with quarterback Tyler Bray and big-time receivers Da’Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter leading the way. For the Wolfpack, the 2012 season brings high expectations because of seven starters returning on both sides of the ball and a senior signal caller in Mike Glennon (over 3,000 yards passing and 31 touchdowns in 2011). The NC State defense finished eighth nationally in sacks a year ago and led the country in interceptions with 27. The Wolfpack secondary versus the Vols receivers will be a great positional matchup.

8. Washington State at BYU (Sept. 1)
The college football world is eagerly awaiting the return of Mike Leach to the sidelines. The former Texas Tech coach will now lead WSU after compiling an 84-43 record and 10 consecutive bowl appearances during his decade in Lubbock. The swashbuckling bench boss will inherit a senior quarterback in Jeff Tuel and an All-America candidate at receiver in Marquess Wilson. The WSU offense should continue to be productive under Leach, but the defense must improve for new coordinator Mike Breske. BYU should have a quality passing game as well, with senior signal caller Riley Nelson throwing to solid receivers in Cody Hoffman and Ross Apo. Bronco Mendenhall will have another top defense led by a veteran linebackers unit, but Washington State’s passing attack can provide tough matchups. Leach’s return and a fun atmosphere makes this battle of Cougars a must watch.

9. Nebraska at UCLA (Sept. 8)
This Big Ten-Pac 12 battle has some compelling storylines. The Cornhuskers have had some interesting trips to the West Coast over the years, and current NU stars Taylor Martinez and Daimion Stafford hail from the southern California. The Bruins open at Rice, but hosting the Huskers will be the Rose Bowl debut for new head coach Jim Mora. The former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks boss will try to turn around a program that is solid with talent and tradition, but has struggled to score points in recent seasons. The UCLA defense returns eight starters, and they will be challenged heavily by Nebraska’s vaunted running attack. Stud runner Rex Burkhead and Martinez at quarterback will look to exploit a Bruins run defense that finished 96th nationally last season, although UCLA should be much better up front this year. The NU defense is also looking for improvement after a subpar 2011, so wild things could happen in this storied venue.

10. Florida State at South Florida (Sept. 29)
These Sunshine State schools have only met once on the gridiron, with the Bulls upsetting the Seminoles in Tallahassee, 17-7, in 2009. This one will be in Tampa, and USF definitely has FSU’s attention after non-conference wins over Notre Dame, Miami and Clemson over the last two seasons. The Bulls return a veteran defense that finished 15th nationally against the run a year ago but failed to finish games strongly in Big East play. A solid linebacking crew led by DeDe Lattimore should be able to stifle the FSU run game, so the Noles may have to rely on the passing of senior quarterback EJ Manuel. Conversely, the Florida State defense is among the best in the country and will make life for USF quarterback B.J. Daniels very difficult. Expect a hard-hitting, low-scoring affair when these two talented rosters go at it.

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Post date: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 06:00
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Path: /nba/former-nfl-lineman-makes-hysterical-hoops-video

Former Bears and 49ers defensive tackle Anthony Adams is now an NFL free agent, and he’s thinking about pursuing his first love — the NBA. Check out his hilarious hoops video. Those Bulls shorts are pretty damn tight. Ya feel me?

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Post date: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 14:49
All taxonomy terms: News
Path: /news/spectacular-crash-pikes-peak

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is inherently dangerous; major elevation, high-speed cars and no fencing. Check out this amazing crash from Sunday by Jeremy Foley and co-driver Yuri Kouznetsov in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX. Thankfully, the drivers reportedly had only minor injuries. But maybe there’s a reason it’s called “Devil's Playground.”

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Post date: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 17:04
All taxonomy terms: MLB
Path: /mlb/awesome-delorean-boat-san-francisco-giants-game

Either James Bond or Marty McFly was navigating through McCovey Cove outside at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Friday.

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Post date: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 15:14
Path: /college-football/athlon%E2%80%99s-essential-eleven-links-day-11

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for August 10.

• The has some people thinking that Los Angeles is now the NBA’s team to beat.

• There was huge news in the SEC and college football earlier today with the announcement that , a Heisman finalist last season, has been dismissed from the team for violating school and team rules.

• To the surprise of no one, Kentucky’s John Calipari topped's college basketball coaches’ survey as . CBS also got some feedback on Cal’s influential “friend”, .

• Mike Klis of the Denver Post looks at in his Broncos debut.

• Today is a tough day for Orlando Magic fans, with for Los Angeles.

• Tigers manager Jim Leyland believes that his top slugger, Miguel Cabrera, over rookie Mike Trout of the Angels.

• New unfortunately pulled a “Lane Kiffin” with some recent comments, and then he tried to back off.

• Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt .

• The Chargers realized every team’s preseason fear last night, for four to six weeks to a broken clavicle.

• It looks like the Seattle Seahawks by practicing Terrell Owens on the first day.

• Check out Amare Stoudemire training in Houston with Hakeem Olajuwon. Amare breaks out the old school short-shorts and even gets in a dig at Jeremy Lin at the end.

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August 9

• Titans running back Chris Johnson believes , and maybe even in the 100 meters if he trained for it. Tennessee fans just hope Johnson can get back to totaling 100 meters in football games.

• ESPN’s Joe Schad sits down with .

• If you’re going to accidentally dial 911, it probably like this Scranton man. Ryan?

• Can Tiger Woods ?

• Controversial seems intent on reviving the old Chappelle Show skit, “When Keepin’ It Real Goes Wrong.”

• The NBA and other factions have expressed a desire , but’s Ian Thomsen says that will not happen by 2016.

• They did it. For the third straight Olympics, in beach volleyball.

• Some ex-Penn State players are not enamored with of the Nittany Lions uniforms.

• Oregon coaches say .

• New Giants infielder Marco Scutaro in a historic rout of the Cardinals.

• There has been no official word on Grenade Fishing becoming an Olympic sport in 2016. We can only hope.

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August 8

• NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Cam Newton says, but not one who is just after fame and money. 99 problems...

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett writes that in 2013, and that the Illini and Northwestern are competing heavily for supremacy in Chicago.

• Ah yes, .

• Geoff Calkins of the Memphis Commercial Appeal .

• CBS’ Bruce Feldman ranks .

• Check out some .

•’s Chris Mannix examines the state of USA amateur boxing, after the American team for the first time ever.

• looks at some of the ever performed.

• Browns’ top pick and may not play against the Lions in the preseason opener.

• West Virginia has signed head coach Dana Holgorsen to .

• The New York Yankees are 3-7 on their last 10 games. And if things weren’t tough enough, look what happened last night to relief pitcher Cody Eppley via third baseman Eric Chavez.

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August 7

• Ex-Jets quarterback and current broadcaster Boomer Esiason believes that because his presence is not benefiting the team.

•’s Andy Staples chronicles .

• Check out on their way to grab coffee, and the two comedians commenting on various aspects of life.

• Joe Posnanski looks at the mystery that is .

• He’s back. Controversial wide receiver after not playing in the NFL last season. Is there anything left in the tank at age 38?

• The Wisconsin Badgers will wear , as will the Cornhuskers. Both schools have adidas-designed uniforms, and this game will feature the block “W” versus the block “N.”

• USA basketball easily took care of Argentina, 126-97, but after receiving a cheap shot.

• It appears that after the 2012 season.

• Angels ace Jered Weaver is after only 20 starts.

• So how did you stack up in the today?

Dodgers legendary broadcaster Vin Scully is hysterical as he does play-by-play of Rockies manager Jim Tracy getting kicked out of the game. The fun starts a little over a minute into the video; that is “blinkin’ fertilizer.”

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August 6

• A huge story is brewing in the NFL, with ESPN reporting that . The NFL denies the report, but this controversy is going to get very interesting.

• Check out this great interactive presentation by the New York Times on throughout Olympic history.

• If you missed it last Friday night in London, the combination of made for a wonderful visual.

• Dave Miller of the National Football Post looks at some of .

• How cool is it that the Upton brothers — — both hit career home run No. 100 on the same night?

• ESPN/ABC has released its lineup of for the upcoming season.

• He may not medal in the 400-meter run, but of South Africa has inspired everyone at the Olympics.

• The and a 4.5-game lead in the NL Central, and their next 18 games are against opponents who currently have a losing record.

• Want a Patriots Super Bowl ring? you go.

• The extra wild card spot for the MLB postseason .

• Obviously bored in the fourth quarter of last night's Hall of Fame game, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock decides to sing Play that Funky Music for America. His “performance” starts about 30 seconds in to our Video of the Day.

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Post date: Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:29
All taxonomy terms: College Football, NFL, NBA, MLB, Olympics
Path: /college-football/athlon%E2%80%99s-essential-eleven-links-day-10

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for August 3.

• Several yesterday, and Yankees fans received a strange message regarding Derek Jeter.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee and Michael Felder debate which powerhouse is the top dog in the SEC: ?

• This Australian paper has of distinguishing between North and South Korea’s Olympic medal standing.

• Florida Gators recruiting coordinator and wide receiver coach . His name has been linked to the recruiting scandal at Miami that is currently being investigated.

• Here is of the Olympic all-name team.

• After trouncing Nigeria 156-73, USA Basketball had to play its first defense of the day — against the much-weaker opponent.

• CBS’ Danny Knobler previews .

• Justin Blackmon of the Jaguars is the with his new club.

• Check out this Illinois fan getting from offensive lineman Graham Pocic.

• SB Nation has a fun look at the .

Will Ferrell gets extremely emotional on Conan over the breakup of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Damn Trampires.

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August 2

• Check out , who won a Purple Heart while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and will now walk on at Clemson this fall.

• Will be the ultimate touchdown vulture this season?

• looks at ever made.

• Three Oklahoma Sooners were reinstated by Bob Stoops, while due to neck and back concerns.

• Are in the American League?

• ESPN Notre Dame blogger Matt Fortuna analyzes what will mean for the Irish.

• Where did you have Dennis Rodman in the “” pool?

• Kayla Harrison won for the United States.

• The Cleveland Browns have been sold . Yes, those Browns.

• North Carolina might wear in a game this year.

Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully is a living legend. He has been in the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1982, and the 84-year-old is still going strong today. Hearing Scully describe Twitter on a recent broadcast was golden.

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August 1

• Swimmer Michael Phelps broke by winning his 19th career medal. An amazing 15 of those medals have been gold.

• ESPN’s Jayson Stark hands out “medals” for at the trade deadline.

• Check out this .

• ESPN ACC blogger Heather Dinich has the latest on at Florida State.

• The Pac-12 has been the beneficiary of .

• If you’re looking for a new sport to follow during the Olympics, we suggest becoming a fan of the .

• All-America running back Montee Ball is fine, but he on the Wisconsin campus.

• Has the Olympic ideal really come down to ?

• With the announcement that Eastbound and Down is coming back to HBO, Kenny Powers’ fan are stocking up on .

• UCF will not be seeing the postseason for a while after for recruiting violations.

Missouri offensive lineman Elvis Fisher has some interesting and funny demands before he returns to the field. The SEC has a new sarcasm star.

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July 31

• The MLB trade deadline commences at 4pm EST today, and will have the latest on all the deals. Many believe that Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster will end up with the Dodgers, who have already acquired outfielder Shane Victorino from the Phillies.

• NBC had a major gaffe last night, before the network showed her race.

AJC columnist Mark Bradley examines and scrappy outfielder Reed Johnson from the Cubs.

• Here’s an in Guam.

• The Yankees received good news on , which has no structural damage. That fact may alleviate the need for New York to make a deal for a backup first baseman.

• This could be , who is expected to transfer to USC.

• James Bond is back. Check out , which opens in November.

• Is Houston Rockets head coach regarding the team’s offseason moves?

• A top running back decommits from Oklahoma because .

• The , the 19th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, from the Panthers to the Jets has been voided.

• We go back to Wrigley Field for a second straight day, where this Cubs fan has a slight tactical error with his marriage proposal. But unlike the “Loveable Losers” on the field, everything worked out fine in the end.

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July 30

• NBC’s over the weekend is drawing heavy criticism around America.

• ESPN Big 12 blogger David Ubben had an interesting first-team All-Big 12 vote, .

• Did Packers tight end D.J. Williams really use as an offseason training program?

• France upset the United States in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, with on the last leg of the race.

• FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi thinks the , usually contenders who are acquiring players at the trade deadline, should sell this season.

American Pie star Jason Biggs was and had to return to the United States. No word yet if the monkey was influenced by bath salts.

• Andre Johnson has already in camp, which has the Texans — and fantasy owners — worried.

• Mike Dyer was a star in the BCS Championship Game less than two years ago, but now after being dismissed from another school.

• SMU players fall victim to a different type of scheme.

• How will affect the Dwight Howard saga in Orlando?

• New Illinois football coach Tim Beckman gives us a unique version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at Wrigley Field.

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Post date: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 11:30
All taxonomy terms: College Football, College Basketball, NFL, NBA, MLB
Path: /college-football/athlon%E2%80%99s-essential-eleven-links-day-9

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for July 27.

• Former NFL player and current agent Ralph Cindrich appeared on a Pittsburgh radio show and .

• Not only were the , but you can’t find anyone that actually likes the way they look. No word yet if the athletes will have their names on the berets like Rusty from European Vacation.

• Staying with unusual looks, check out this season.

• Joe Lucia looks at ten top targets who could be moved soon with approaching rapidly.

• A 48-year man in Oklahoma City while being arrested.

• All eyes were on on the first day of Broncos training camp.

• Next season’s . The opening-night tripleheader will be headlined by the Celtics meeting the Heat and Steve Nash debuting in Los Angeles.

• has a great interactive piece on .

• Apparently . Good thing he has a ton of pitching potential.

• Bears defensive back D.J. Moore decided to reach out to his fans for training camp.

• The fun/nightmare has already started at Jets training camp, as the New York media wades through the Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow quarterback competition. Check out what one reporter says to Sanchez…

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July 26

• Jaguars management has stated that with two years left on his current deal, so the Pro Bowl running back will not report to training camp.

• Who would not want a from the Tampa Bay Rays?

• Wow, a sighting.

are a little different.

• Mark Ennis of Big East Coast Bias has an interesting piece on .

• Bleacher Report’s Michael Felder looks at , who is trying to majorly upgrade his talent level on defense.

• So apparently is “causing a commotion” on Twitter. After extensive research, we see no reason for controversy.

• Will USC coach Lane Kiffin pilfer off of the Penn State roster?

• Gawker breaks down entertainment’s craziest family, .

• It looks like NFL management may be giving up on .

Eccentric San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson is out for the season due to injury, so he has plenty of time on his hands. And Sasqutach from the Jack Links ads is tired of getting punked out in the woods. So naturally, they decided to have a talk show together.

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July 25

• Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was last night in Seattle. The fracture will likely cost the three-time MVP at least six weeks on the disabled list.

• The Dodgers new ownership promised big things when took over earlier this season, and that started last night with .

• Oh, .

• Panthers center Ryan Kalil lets us know that .

• CBS’ Jon Heyman has all the details on to stay in Philadelphia.

The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale .

• ESPN blogger David Ubben has the latest and greatest from .


• The U.S. Olympic basketball in what could be the gold-medal game in London.

• U.S. women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo’s autobiography comes out in August. The Olympian details a rough childhood and says that .

• A group of Penn State football players decided to make a statement on their commitment to the program after the massive NCAA sanctions that were handed down earlier this week.

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July 24

• The of whether or not to transfer could have a big impact on the 2012 college football season.

• Ichiro Suzuki may have faded from his former All-Star level with the Mariners over the last couple of seasons, but he could be .

• Check out the unique and inspiring story of former Iowa State marathoner , a Sudanese refugee who will compete in the 2012 Olympics in London as an independent athlete.

• Michigan has unveiled for the huge season-opener in Dallas versus defending national champion Alabama.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee .

• Leave it to Jack Daniel’s to write ever.

• Jim Young shares some .

• The Marlins dealt veterans Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers yesterday. Could shortstop next?

• As expected, were picked overwhelmingly by the Pac-12 media to win their respective divisions.

• After all of the craziness involving , the Magic may not move him.

• When the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes of the CFL get together, the excitement level is going to be high. We all know that. But former New Mexico State and current Ti-Cat receiver Chris Williams loses his cool and celebrates a little early on this return.

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July 23

• The NCAA delivered its today.

• The NCAA is often criticized, but many around the country believe the controversial organization .

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg looks at of Penn State’s scholarship reductions.

• The Chicago Cubs in St. Louis on Sunday. They may have looked super but played more like , getting outscored 23-1 in a weekend of getting swept by the Cardinals.

• Peyton Manning and the Broncos of the Aurora tragedy.

• looks at . Solo synchronized swimming?

• The SI Golf Group breaks down , from Adam Scott’s collapse to the win for Ernie Els to what it means moving forward.

• The over the weekend and have gone 14-2 in the month of June.

• So Chad Johnson Ochocinco is now back to, well, .

• The pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona (now Roberto Hernandez) must serve a suspension for using a false identity. His Indians teammates welcomed Hernandez back .

• Boxer Adrien Broner looked like he was going for a marriage proposal after his recent fight, but this happened instead.

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Post date: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 11:58
All taxonomy terms: Olympic Gold Medals, Olympics
Path: /olympics/what-country-has-most-gold-medals-over-last-five-olympics

As we head into the in London, we take a moment to look back at the gold medal-winning dominance of the United States over the past five games. Here's a look at how the U.S., China, Russia and other countries stack up in the medal count. 

<p> Most Gold Medals Over the Last Five Olympics</p>
Post date: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 07:16
All taxonomy terms: USA Basketball, NBA, Olympics
Path: /nba/usa-basketball-not-guaranteed-gold

The majority of the 2008 Beijing Olympics “Redeem Team” — the gold medal squad led by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul — returns to defend its global roundball crown. This time, the team will also include Kevin Durant, the NBA scoring champion, Finals runner-up and MVP of the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey (leading a roster with no ’08 Olympians).

At first glance, Team USA appears poised to claim its 14th Olympic gold medal in men’s basketball. That, however, is not necessarily a given. There are several potential problems that could derail the overwhelming favorites.


Dwyane Wade (knee), Dwight Howard (back) and Derrick Rose (knee) will be sitting out with injuries. Wade was the leading scorer on the “Redeem Team,” Howard was the national team’s starting center and Rose was the NBA’s MVP in 2010-11. This leaves Team USA without three of the top 10 players in the world.


Andrew Bynum and Rajon Rondo would be potential replacements for Howard and Rose, at center and point guard, respectively. But both have made it clear that they do not want to play basketball during the NBA offseason. “I love my summers. I’ll leave it at that,” said Rondo, the NBA’s assists leader last season.


LeBron just won his first NBA title. Both Durant and Russell Westbrook are fresh off a disappointing defeat. Who knows where the focus of that talented (yet emotional) trio will be in the weeks leading up to London?


Without the imposing 6'11", 265-pound Howard patrolling the paint, Team USA will be forced to lean on reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler for heavy minutes or go small, with LeBron playing more like Karl Malone than Magic Johnson. A quicker lineup lacking size down low may run into a problem against Spain’s wall of 7-footers.


LeBron, Kobe, Carmelo and Durant are all scorers, but Team USA lacks the pure outside shooters that are emphasized under FIBA rules — which include a shorter 3-point line (22'1" compared to NBA’s 23'9" distance), wider lane and no basket interference (unlike NBA). The team’s top playmaker, Paul, may also be its best jump shooter.


In 1992, the “Dream Team” avenged the humiliating 1988 bronze-medal showing. In 2008, the “Redeem Team” got payback for the shocking bronze-medal finish of 2004, while also securing hardware for first-time gold medalists like Kobe and LeBron. Heading into London, the only motivation appears to be national and personal pride. Hopefully that will be enough.

<p> USA Basketball Is Not Guaranteed Gold in London</p>
Post date: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 06:39
All taxonomy terms: dream team, Olympics, NBA, Olympics
Path: /nba/dream-team-still-defines-olympic-greatness

Eleven future Hall of Famers — Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Scottie Pippen, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Chris Mullin and Clyde Drexler — and one college kid, Duke’s Christian Laettner, changed the game of basketball forever with a once-in-a-lifetime, whirlwind tour during the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. “It was like Elvis and the Beatles put together,” said Dream Team head coach Chuck Daly. “Traveling with the Dream Team was like traveling with 12 rock stars. That’s all I can compare it to.”

Arguably the greatest group ever assembled in the history of team sports, the Dream Team posted a perfect 8–0 record, winning by an average margin of 43.8 points en route to recapturing the gold medal — which Team USA was unable to win in 1988 — with a 117–85 victory over Croatia.

But the Dream Team did much more than just run full-court layup lines on offense, suffocate comically overmatched opponents on defense (.365 field goal percentage) and sign autographs for anyone with a pen. Jordan’s breakaway dunks, Magic’s passes and Bird’s 3-point marksmanship inspired a new generation, forever changing who and where basketball was to be played.

On the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Olympics, it is safe to say that the Dream Team made basketball a truly global game.

<p> USA basketball Dream Team Still Defines Olympic Greatness</p>
Post date: Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 05:58
All taxonomy terms: Olympics
Path: /olympics/1972-usa-basketball-team-should-have-won-gold

Before the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Doug Collins was invited to speak to the U.S. men’s basketball team at a Las Vegas training camp. Collins talked about his experience at the 1972 Games in Munich.

A tape was shown to the eventual 2008 gold medalists of the last part of the 1972 gold-medal game between the U.S. and Soviet Union. With three seconds left and his team down, 49-48, Collins was knocked hard to the floor on a drive.

Collins had hit his head on a basket support and was slow getting up. Finally, while still woozy, he drilled two free throws for a 50-49 lead.

“They didn’t show the rest of the finish," Collins said. “They wanted to end it on my two free throws to make it look like we’d won."

That’s the way the 12 players from that 1972 team believe it should have finished. Of course, it didn’t.

In perhaps the most controversial sports ending in history, the Soviets got three more attempts to score. After two questionable clock re-settings, a length-of the floor pass found its way to Alexander Belov, who made a layup at the buzzer for what remains in the record books a 51-50 Soviet win.

To this day, the American players don’t acknowledge the loss. They have refused to accept their silver medals, which sit in an International Olympic Committee vault in Switzerland. Team captain Kenny Davis has put in his will that no one in his family ever can accept his.

“If anybody looks at that game rationally, they believe we should have won," Davis said.

Davis has scheduled a team reunion for late August in his native Kentucky. It’s likely the first time all those Olympians have gotten together since 1972.

“It’s going to be a celebration of what a bunch of young guys went through as teammates in 1972, and how it forged our lives," said Collins, who will be an NBC basketball analyst this summer in London for a fourth straight Olympics and says “emotions still become a little raw’’ during medal ceremonies.

Collins, now the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, went on to become a notable NBA player, coach and broadcaster. Tom Henderson (1978 Washington) and Bobby Jones (1983 76ers) won NBA title rings. Tom McMillen went on to serve three terms in Congress.

“Really, it was a basketball highjacking," McMillen says now. “It’s one of those things that’s like groundhog day. It pops its head up generally on anniversaries."

McMillen said the Americans were “political pawns" during the Cold War. Entering the 1972 Olympics, Team USA had won seven straight Olympic basketball gold medals, and the Soviets badly wanted to end that streak.

The Munich Games are most notable for being interrupted by Palestinian terrorists, who captured and eventually killed 11 Israeli coaches and athletes. That does put matters in perspective for the basketball players.

“They came out of there in caskets and we were able to come back home and live full lives," Davis said.

The Games were stopped for 24 hours after the Sept. 5 tragedy. On Sept. 9, the gold-medal game was played.

The Americans fought back from a 10-point second-half deficit to take the lead on Collins' free throws, which McMillen calls “the two gustiest free throws in the history of basketball." The Soviets inbounded, but play was stopped with one second left when a Soviet coach ran out to protest that his team had called a timeout. Great Britain’s William Jones, the international basketball head who had no Olympics jurisdiction and had said before that America’s domination of the sport wasn’t good, then came out of the stands to rule the clock be reset to three seconds.

A long Soviet pass went awry. The Americans ran onto the court to celebrate wildly.

“I feel to this day that we actually won the gold medal twice," Bobby Jones said.

But the Soviets got a third try when it was ruled the clock had been reset improperly. Again given three seconds, the Soviets finally took advantage, as a long inbound pass went to Belov, who scored in between Jim Forbes and Kevin Joyce, who both went sprawling.

“Now, I just leave the room," Forbes said of the replays. “You get tired of seeing yourself look up and watching the guy score the winning basket."

Forbes, who said Belov bumped him, was very angry after it happened but said he’s “not bitter" anymore. Still, Forbes, a longtime high school basketball coach in El Paso, Texas, avoids talking to his players about the game.

“If I complain, I don’t want my players to think that they can have an excuse if we lose," Forbes said.

The Americans still don’t believe they lost, even though a protest was denied by a 3-2 vote, with the votes against them all from Communist bloc nations. McMillen 10 years ago unsuccessfully petitioned the IOC to award duplicate gold medals.

“It was a really good team," Collins said. “But we are bonded together through pain, through the feeling that the game was sort of taken away from us."

Years later, at least there is the option of turning off the game with three seconds left.

--- By Chris Tomasson

<p> 1972 USA Basketball Team was robbed in the gold medal game versus the Soviet Union.</p>
Post date: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 05:55
All taxonomy terms: MLB
Path: /mlb/ask-athlon-sports-baseball-statistics

Q: What the heck does OPS stand for, and how is it computed?

— Bob Perron, Jacksonville, Fla.

A: Bob, it’s not nearly as mysterious as it sounds. OPS simply stands for on-base percentage plus slugging percentage. Combining those two key offensive stats provides a convenient method for judging a player’s offensive value. It’s not the be-all and end-all — no single stat is — but it’s a valuable way to measure production.

Charlie Miller, Editorial Director

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<p> Explaining baseball's OPS</p>
Post date: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 15:39
All taxonomy terms: NFL
Path: /nfl/ask-athlon-sports-jim-brown

Q: Do you agree that Jim Brown is the greatest running back in history?

— Al Gabel, Rockford, Ill.

A: Al, I have to agree with you. Brown redefined greatness at his position with numbers that dwarfed any before him. When Brown arrived on the scene as the Browns’ first pick in 1957, there had been eight 1,000-yard seasons in NFL history, and no one player had produced more than two such seasons. Brown had seven 1,000-yard seasons in his nine years. His career average of 104.3 rushing yards per game is still an NFL standard, and he amassed 126 touchdowns rushing and receiving in 118 career games. But numbers on a page don’t do justice to Brown’s unique greatness. He possessed a combination of power, speed and durability that still serves as a benchmark for running backs. Despite taking a constant pounding, he never missed a game in his NFL career. The fact that he retired at the peak of his powers only adds to his mystique. They were doubtless thinking of Jim Brown when they coined the cliché: “They know what’s coming, but they just can’t stop it.”

Rob Doster, Senior Editor

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<p> Is Jim Brown the NFL's best all-time running back?</p>
Post date: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 15:36
All taxonomy terms: MLB
Path: /mlb/ask-athlon-sports-will-clark

Q: I loved to watch Will “The Thrill” Clark play baseball, from his first at-bat in the majors, a home run to straightaway center field in Houston against another great, Nolan Ryan. Do you think Clark will ever get into the Hall of Fame?

— Steven Lunn, Santa Maria, Calif.

A: Early in his career, Clark looked like the reincarnation of Ted Williams, making six All-Star teams in his first nine years in the league. Clark was a sweet-swinging prodigy who earned the nickname “The Natural” in addition to the catchier “Will The Thrill.” Injuries, though, derailed Clark’s bullet train to Cooperstown. After his fifth season in the league, he never reached 150 games played in a season, so his career numbers just aren’t Hall-worthy. He had plenty of great moments, though — none greater than the 1989 National League Championship Series, when he batted .650 and pounded 13 hits in five games.

Charlie Miller, Editorial Director

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<p> Should Will Clark be in the Baseball Hall of Fame?</p>
Post date: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 15:33
All taxonomy terms: College Football, College Basketball, NFL, NBA, MLB
Path: /college-football/athlon%E2%80%99s-essential-eleven-links-day-8

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for July 20.

• NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah looks at the Ravens and their likelihood of before camp.

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg reports that to give the conference commissioner emergency powers to fire coaches or other athletic department officials.

• American Brandt Snedeker shot . He now stands at 10-under, tying the record for the lowest 36-hole score in Open history.

• Stephen Colbert opines on .

• Here’s a review of the , although I’m still not sure how you play three centers on the second-team offense.

• The Pac-12’s best position battle may be at Oregon, where will compete to lead the Ducks potent offense.

• Team USA basketball in an exhibition game in Manchester.

• The Wolfpacker’s Ryan Tice has the video of with the ACC media.

• Check out ; he must be exhausted.

• The Royals and Rockies have . Lefty Jonathan Sanchez heads back to the NL West while Jeremy Guthrie goes to Kansas City.

Steve Nash is now with the Lakers, and he is already feeling the whole Hollywood thing. Check out his impersonation of Vito Corleone from The Godfather.

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July 19

• Alabama’s Nick Saban thinks to nine games.

• CBS’ Danny Knobler writes that , but that a reunion with Cliff Lee could also be interesting.

• With “The Dark Knight Rises” debuting, has put together .

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee has of his motivational phrase, “Get your piss hot.”

• Jarrod Rudolph of says if a three-team trade can be executed between Los Angeles, Orlando and Cleveland.

• Michael Vick believes .

• FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi looks with the trade deadline approaching.

• “Mad Men” and “American Horror Story” had with 17 each.

• In the Penn State aftermath, the Big Ten may look at a plan where .

• It looks like Under Armour is getting into .

• After enjoying a pizza on the mound while throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis introduce the Cubs lineup in their own unique way. Who knew Chicago’s second baseman walks on the beach naked?

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July 18

• Steelers safety Troy Polamalu tells The Dan Patrick Show that and that he’s definitely lied to doctors to get back on the field.

• Missouri wideout T.J. Moe was an entertaining quote machine at the SEC Media Days. However, Bleacher Report’s Michael Felder believes on his Big 12-SEC assessment.

• Most of us would be thrilled to just make it to a 90th birthday. One Maine man decided .

• Were the Knicks wrong to ?

• Russ Mitchell questions whether Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long .

• A and his much younger fiancée model Kiana Kim? This does not sound like Hall of Fame material.

• Tiger Woods is in a good position this weekend at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

• University of Miami safety from the team.

• You probably heard that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch got a DUI over the weekend. For a guy who signed a four-year, $31 million deal earlier this year, it was .

• CBS’ Jon Heyman sees Cubs starter Ryan Dempster (33 consecutive scoreless innings and five straight wins) as in this month’s trade market.

• Now that Jeremy Lin has officially signed with the Rockets, Knicks fans may be singing this Gotye tune.

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July 17

Ray Rice of the Ravens and Matt Forte of the Bears got paid yesterday, but others like .

• The polarizing as a Pac-12 analyst. We hope this does not affect the tweeting of @NotBillWalton.

• SB Nation’s Jon Bois and Spencer Hall compose .

• Team USA basketball struggled a little in its second exhibition game, .

• Matt Hayes warns to not get too used to so much SEC love.

• So apparently . Giggity.

• Shaq Thompson may be the best freshman football player in America this fall when he hits the field as a Washington Husky, but has been brutal.

• How will Knicks fans react if ?

• Brandel Chamblee compares , from Tom Watson to Jack Nicklaus to Tigers Woods.

• Former North Carolina and Miami coach .

• With the British Open approaching, the group Improv Everywhere did a wonderful faux production of the tournament on a mini-golf course. These little kids get the complete television experience with commentators, full graphics, audience, etc. Enjoy.

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July 16

• Yes, that was in the Yankee Stadium stands over the weekend.

• Bleacher Report’s Adam Kramer knows that , but they might be the most qualified.

• Approximately 30 riders in the Tour de France’s 14th stage suffered flat tires . Wile E. Coyote on the Champs-Élysées?

• ESPN blogger Edward Aschoff previews the always-entertaining and heavily-attended .

• Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has already verbally torched ESPN’s Skip Bayless this offseason, and with ESPN’s Bill Simmons.

• “” is back. Magnets!

• Bears quarterback Jay Cutler gives us at a Cubs game this weekend

• The Bobby Valentine-Kevin Youkilis war of words has heated up again .

• The SEC has released of the college football season.

• New Knicks point guard Jason Kidd is .

The play of the weekend had to be San Diego’s Everth Cabrera stealing home against the Dodgers. The Padres were losing 6-5 in the ninth inning and down to their last strike when Cabrera caught Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen off guard. He steals home, forces a bad throw by Jansen and Will Venable scores as well to give the Padres a surprising lead.

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Post date: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 11:39
Path: /olympics/how-fast-usain-bolt

Usain Bolt is chasing “living legend” status, as the Jamaican sprinter arrives in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics as the undisputed fastest man alive. But how does he measure up against history’s best ever? Or maybe this year’s fastest thoroughbred sprinter? Or a street-legal sports car going from parked to peak speed? Here’s the fictional tale of the tape over 100 meters.

<p> Usain Bolt looks to dominate the Olympics in London.</p>
Post date: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 06:52
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Links, College Basketball, NFL, NBA, MLB
Path: /college-football/athlon%E2%80%99s-essential-eleven-links-day-7

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for July 13.

• The Phillies are before he becomes a free agent after the season.

• USA Basketball's Olympics team cruised to a win over the Dominican Republic, but .

• ESPN blogger Ted Miller has the latest on .

• has some interesting facts about the cult classic, “.”

• Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times believes that .

• It may not the Whizzinator, but during a previous drug test.

• Check out as the Aggies prepare to play in the SEC.

• The Washington Nationals have quite the dilemma as in the middle of a pennant race.

• You have to like , as long as they make sure to truly get away and agree not use Twitter, Facebook or email.

• The ACC will feature this season.

The “Call Me Maybe” fad is getting a little ridiculous, but mascots tend to be funny. It looks like the Big Ten was a little slow to this video craze, but we’ll give them a break simply because of the Nebraska cheerleaders. Enjoy.

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July 12

• The , and it is as damning as the Penn State community feared. It points to a sickening cover-up of Jerry Sandusky’s crimes by Joe Paterno and other top PSU leaders.

• FOX’s Jen Floyd Engel believes .

• Bleacher Report’s Timothy Rapp looks at in the Sandusky-Penn State scandal.

by saying that the current USA Olympic basketball team could beat the 1992 Dream Team.

•’s Tom Verducci looks at as they head into the second half of the season.

• A Texas woman owes. Wow.

• College basketball will tip off in a big way with .

• The Saints and Drew Brees seem like for the star quarterback.

• Today is the of Mick Jagger joining the Rolling Stones.

• The Cleveland Browns selected in the second round of the NFL’s Supplemental Draft.

• There was a very inspiring and emotional Pat Summitt tribute last night, as the former Tennessee women's basketball coach won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. She represents everything that is good about collegiate sports.

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July 11

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale has some interesting perspective from .

• So how does for trading him? He wins the All-Star Game MVP — in Kansas City.

• Bleacher Report tweeted out a picture of the University of Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) football field yesterday, and we were not sure if it was a joke. It was not. The NAIA school probably has .

• Dave Miller of the National Football Post looks at during this college football season.

• The Lakers have already acquired Steve Nash this offseason, and now they .

• The Penn State community is bracing for .

• This Rockies fan .

• Unfortunately, in 2014 or 2015.

• Nebraska defender Eric Martin goes on . Apparently, he wants….CHECKS!

• Will ever just go away?

• The day after the All-Star Game tends to be the most barren day in sports during the year, so we went off the beaten path for the Video of the Day. Nowhere in the history of the world has there ever been a man happier about feeding a baby rhino. This guy truly achieves personal nirvana.

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July 10

• Will the Brooklyn Nets be able to engineer a deal for star center Dwight Howard, ?

• Prince Fielder won the Home Run Derby, but the hot topic today is of Yankees All-Star Robinson Cano.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee sees an opportunity for .

• ESPN’s Matt Fortuna looks at .

• How about in the Celebrity Softball Game in conjunction with MLB’s All-Star Game?

• The Yankees are telling after his recent controversial comments.

• Want to play a bad joke on a friend? Send them from last night’s Home Run Derby.

• ESPN’s Marc Stein has all of the details on .

• Former Georgia coach Vince Dooley believes the Bulldogs .

over the weekend when Peter Sauer, a co-captain on the 1998 Final Four team, died from a head injury suffered during a pickup basketball game.

• Since Royals fans were angry without a local player in the Home Run Derby, we’ll throw them a bone with Bo Jackson’s mammoth home run to lead off the bottom of the first in the 1989 All-Star Game.

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July 9

• FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi has a great column on playing a more exciting brand of baseball than the Steroid Era.

• So in 2003, a gambler bet that before 2019. Upon his death, the man left the betting slip — which just paid off – to his favorite charity Oxfam.

• looks at regarding his power play for other recruits in a “package deal” to Clemson.

• has . Check out this awesomeness of bacon, sausage, bacon, corndog pizza, bacon, etc.

• There is plenty of debate regarding as the National League’s starter in the All-Star Game.

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg has an interesting look at the league’s programs and .

• Actor Jon Hamm — — talks about watching David Freese’s home run in Game 6 of the World Series on the set of his show.

• CBS’ Bruce Feldman looks at the Penn State scandal and .

• So apparently jumped into a golf cart after a recent show and got a little crazy. Still looks happy in the mug shot.

• Sadly, the inventor of the game “” has passed away.

Phillies slugger Hunter Pence took a circuitous route to home plate over the weekend, including bowling over third-base coach Juan Samuel. The former MLB star looks none too pleased about Pence running through him.

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<p> The best sports links from the NFL, college football and basketball, MLB, the NBA, NASCAR and the world of entertainment.</p>
Post date: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 11:45
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy, Fantasy Football, NFL, NFL, Fantasy, Overtime
Path: /nfl/50-funny-fantasy-football-team-names

NFL action is getting closer by the day, which means it’s time to plan your fall road trips and to name your 2012 fantasy football team. It’s tough to win your league every season, but you can have the best team name each year. Here’s our list for 2012, in no particular order of awesomeness.

Vick in a Box

Henne Given Sunday

Cassel Greyskull

Joe Buck Yourself

I'm thinking RBs

Somewhere Over Dwayne Bowe

Suh Girls, One Cup

Drinkin’ Fortes

Forgetting Brandon Marshall

James Starks of Winterfell (Does the Packers running back watch Game of Thrones?)

Show Me Your TDs

Breaking Bademosi (The Browns cornerback has to be a fan of Walter White.)

The Gould Standard

I Pitta the Fool

Just a Big Roos


Tonsil Shockey

Makin’ It Wayne

Stephen Cooper Advertising (The Chargers pass rusher has to like Mad Men.)

Jersey Leshoure

Jake’s Hurt Locker

The Road Wilfork

The Big Legursky (The Steelers right guard plays by the rules.)

Cruz Control

Revis and Butthead

Red Hot Julius Peppers

My Mornhinweg Jacket

The Celek Few

Succop to the Boss (I’m sure the Chiefs teammates get along well with Romeo Crennel.)

Snyder’s Cash for Clunkers

Golden Tate Bridge

A Boy Named Suh

In the Garden of Weeden

Vinatieri Strokes (The legendary kicker has to watch The League.)

Coples Therapy

The Blair White Project

Joe Adams Family

Ginn and Juice

Planet Alterraun (The Titans defensive back has to love Star Wars.)

Flacco Seagulls

Get a Kluwe

All Torian Vehicle

Madu Men

Skeltons in the Closet

Drayton Florence and the Machine

Ming the Mercilus (Is the Texans rookie a fan of Flash Gordon?)

Never Forsett

DeMarco Polo

Jacquizz Show

Taken to the Woodhead

A few extras...

The Red Barron (Bama fans can substitute crimson.)
Belichick Yo Self
Sergio Kindle Fire
Corn on the Kolb
Fitzgerald and the Tantrums
Insane Clowney Posse
Dontay Moch Draft
Nate Potter and the Nocturnals
Press Your Luck
Scobee Snacks

And some former favorites...

Ron Mexico’s Perro
Favre Dollar FootLong
Burressted Development
Straight Cash Homey
Where Tai Streets Has No Game

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Post date: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 06:07
All taxonomy terms: College Football, College Basketball, NFL, NBA, MLB
Path: /college-football/athlon%E2%80%99s-essential-eleven-links-day-6

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for July 6.

• The New York Daily News previews .

• ESPN Big 12 blogger David Ubben looks at .

? This guy is awesome.

• So the Knicks have an agreement with Jason Kidd, but will they match ?

with the team’s good play this season.

• CBS’ Gary Parrish believes that in forgoing the NBA and returning to school.

• Sports Illustrated’s Phil Taylor catches up with .

• We all like , but this Missouri man takes it to a new level.

• We usually hear about All-Star Game snubs, but here is for the first half of the MLB season.

• Many fans and media were critical of .

• Check out this minor league baseball footage from the Joliet (Ill.) Slammers last week. The video will be calm for about 45 seconds, and then the weather gets serious as the tarp blows everywhere. Then, the Slammers announcer tries to give a serious account of the happenings while “It’s Raining Men” is blaring on the PA system.

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July 5

• How will impact the Lakers and the Western Conference?

• Bleacher Report’s Michael Felder looks at .

• Adidas will be providing Andy Murray with some new shorts at Wimbledon, which led to .

• Richard Justice looks at after the slugger was dealt to the Marlins yesterday.

• Many fans have been disappointed with , while others think it is excellent.

• ESPN SEC blogger Chris Low presents .

• Check out this .

• Boston’s David Ortiz hit career home run No. 400 yesterday, but in Oakland.

• The on behalf of Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita regarding the Saints’ bounty scandal.

• New Arkansas coach John L. Smith is .

San Diego was supposed to have the usual, big-city fireworks display on July 4th. These shows usually last 15-20 minutes, unless you have technical issues and set off all of the fireworks at once. Premature pyrotechnics — it could happen to any city. Here’s the 30-second display:

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July 4               

We hope that everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July. Our Video of the Day shows the famous play by former MLB outfielder Rick Monday, who saved an American flag from being burned in 1976 at Dodger Stadium.

July 3

• Saints quarterback Drew Brees regarding the team’s use of the franchise tag.

• Acting legend Andy Griffith passed away today at the age of 86. His incredible television and cinematic career is well documented, but some of his early comedy work like is priceless.

• When will to the lineup?

• Check out this .

• ESPN ACC blogger Heather Dinich has the latest on .

• Joe Fortenbaugh examines instead of blowing a million dollars in a weekend.

• Anyone in Michigan getting married soon? You can have than any of your friends.

• CBS’ Matt Norlander looks at .

• I know it’s a popular leisure game, but is anyone else a little hesitant on the “?”

• What is with shedding so much salary?

NFL Rookie of the Year Cam Newton recently hosted a prep skills challenge at the IMG Academies in Florida. The Panthers superstar fires up the high school prospects when he loses a bet.

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July 2

• MLB insider Ken Rosenthal looks at .

• College football fans or just men in general, .

• From his Twitter account, it looks like in grade school.

• Tiger Woods , the AT&T National, at Congressional. Is he the British Open favorite?

• Ever caught a 70-pound catfish, ?

• Check out the , son of you know who. Wonder when the nerdy glasses trend will end?

• The continues in Orlando.

• NBA No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis .

• Former Mississippi State hoopster .

• Missouri and Texas A&M are now . How will they compete in 2012?

• Anything with LSU coach Les Miles is pretty damn entertaining. And his new EA Sports NCAA Football 2013 commercial with Mike the Tiger is awesome.

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Post date: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 12:25
All taxonomy terms: College Football, College Basketball, NFL, NBA, MLB
Path: /college-football/athlon%E2%80%99s-essential-eleven-links-day-5

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for June 29:

• Probably  of draft day. Hard not to root for this guy.

• So, . Job's not so easy without Michael Jordan, is it?

• All lovers of college football — in other words, everyone reading this — should add  to their bookmarks.

• Not sure what a pimp cup is. Guess we'll have to ask .

• Turning internet memes into charity — .

• Reliving 

• Speaking of Iron Mike,  might be the greatest tweet in history.

•  has a little bit of everything you love about the NBA Draft — Adam Silver, Knicks fans going nuts after a pick and a chubby kid doing the Mutombo. 

• Hey,  — stick to your day job.

•  dodged the truth for as long as he could.

• Apparently,  gambled and lost that he could buy Twitter followers without detection. 

June 28

 . This one really got us when Stephen A. Smith showed up. Even better than the real thing.

• You think we've got lingering racial issues in the U.S.?  actually ran in an Italian newspaper. 

• Ever wonder what Anthony Davis would look like with other people's eyebrows? 

• Bob, we love ya, .

• You may be tired of cautionary tales in sports, but  another one, and it's pretty sad. 

•  is just what you want to read about your franchise on draft day. 


• Can't wait for the new Spider-Man movie?  are here for you. 

• Is  considering a career change?

• Fat guys launching home runs is what softball is all about — 

• Aaron Rodgers' peers voted him the best player for 2012.  was his reaction. 

June 22

• Joe Posnanski looks at with the Miami Heat.

• Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman .

• SmartCar USA has to a critic.

• Mark Ennis of Big East Coast Bias looks at .

• Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is tired of hearing about .

• How big of an impact will make with the New York Giants?

• Would Maryland really ?

• SportsGrid gives us some funny video of at the Euro2012.

• It sounds like .

• A recent violated an NCAA rule.

• You knew LeBron James winning a title would not play well in Cleveland. Local
weatherman Mark Johnson cannot get through the forecast without showing his frustration with the Heat beating the Thunder.

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June 21

• The BCS commissioners have decided to to college football’s Presidential Oversight Committee. A playoff should be in place for the 2014 season, although there are many details still to be decided.

• CBS’ Tony Barnhart looks at the details of a college football playoff that still need to be worked out, including .

• Rob Zombie’s next project will be writing, directing and producing . The idea has been described as “Rocky meets Boogie Nights on ice.”

• Just one win away from a title, are taking nothing for granted.

• Will Ohio State play its ? ESPN Big East blogger Andrea Adelson looks at the Buckeyes “encroaching right into the heart of Bearcats territory.”

• Make sure to check .

• Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch reflects on , who passed away 10 years ago. His death still affects many in the baseball world and in St. Louis.

• It sounds like free agent receiver Plaxico Burress is of the Jets.

• tells against the Braves.

• The next time , be careful out there.

• Many of you are not LeBron James fans, but the Heat superstar is on the verge of finally winning a ring. For those who do not like this fact, we recommend that you remember him as Alexander — the Solid Gold dancer.

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June 20

• Get ready America; the polarizing from a championship ring.

• Lisa Horne looks at , including Texas, Florida, Notre Dame and Georgia.

• With Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter debuting this week, takes would look like.

• Is Brett Favre (you know, that former Vikings QB) ?

• Speaking of Minnesota, about the team.

• Would NBA teams spread as a pre-draft smokescreen?

• Ryan Leaf admits being “” in court.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee believes that Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel, a former Tigers verbal commitment.

• Check out for The Dark Knight Rises.

• Will the Padres like the Mets did this season?

Bryce Harper, the 19-year-old phenom of the Washington Nationals, has been very likeable for baseball fans this season. But then last night, he changed his walk-up song to Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend.” Ouch. Hopefully, it was just a rookie prank or a lost bet.

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June 19

R.A. Dickey of the Mets continued his stellar season last night . He’s probably the best story in baseball right now and should be the NL starter in the All-Star Game.

• ESPN SEC blogger Edward Aschoff is not sure that for a college football playoff.

• We had to get a couple of sports links in before this one. There is a distinct possibility that with GQ could crush the internet for a while.

• I’ll admit that our profession is guilty of some overkill when it comes to the polarizing Tim Tebow. But a story that includes a , and throwing a summons complaint on the ground at police in front of Dunkin Donuts? Now you’ve got us.

• Chadd Scott of questions .

• The former Blockbuster, Carquest, MicronPC, Tangerine and Champs Sports Bowl is now .

• Mike Tyson…. ?

• NHL legend Wayne Gretzky won four Stanley Cups as a player, and it looks like as well.

• Be careful Massachusetts residents. There’s nothing quite like . Seriously.

• The Lakers were taken out by the Thunder in the NBA playoffs, but the scary .

• I’m still not exactly sure why parents film their children watching games instead of enjoying the experience with them, but it does make for some entertaining video. This little man, a big Oklahoma City fan, just loses it about a minute in and states “I hate Miami!!”

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June 18

• The great LaDainian Tomlinson, after 11 NFL seasons and 145 rushing touchdowns, .

• The wait is over Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his fans, as the popular driver at Michigan.

• Webb Simpson became with his victory in the U.S. Open.

• So apparently actress/model Jenny McCarthy, girlfriend of Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, likes to send nude pics. Accidently, .

• How sick are the Thunder ?

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg breaks down at Ohio State.

• Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times looks at .

• Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News details what it will take for .

• The Nationals have .

• Gizmodo has some .

• The bonehead of the weekend has to go to tennis player David Nalbandian, who inexplicably did this while leading at the Queen's Club final in London.

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Post date: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 12:30
All taxonomy terms: News
Path: /news/ask-athlon-sports-baseball-history

Q: In the early days of baseball, it’s my understanding that a “courtesy runner” could at times take the base in the place of an injured player, although the injured player would remain in the game. It was the option of the opposing team to allow the courtesy runner, and to designate a slow player to take the base. I don’t believe the courtesy runner was entered in the box score. Who was the last courtesy runner in the major leagues?

— Edward Rhoades, Ramsey, N.J.

A: Edward, you really know your baseball history. There was such a thing as a courtesy runner, and it was distinct from the pinch-runner, which is obviously still in use today. Here’s the scoop from one of our favorite websites, “In the early days of baseball, when rosters were much more limited, there were courtesy runners in addition to pinch-runners. A courtesy runner was put in when the normal runner was temporarily incapacitated by an injury. A courtesy runner had to be agreed by the opposite manager, and his presence in the game was not considered as an official substitution. He could therefore be used again once his running duty was completed, or could be a player already in the lineup, and the player for whom he ran would usually return to the game in the next half-inning. In contrast with pinch-runners, courtesy runners tended to be slow baserunners. The last courtesy runner in a Major League Game was used in 1949.”

Charlie Miller, Editorial Director

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Post date: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 15:18