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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 22:

The USF Sun Dolls dance team took a trip to the beach. Looks like they had fun.

Marshawn Lynch surrounds his Lambo with velvet ropes when he parks it. Sounds about right.

Andrelton Simmons may not be from this world.

A guy grew a beard in the shape of the Washington Nationals logo.

• Good stuff, if a little inside baseball: breaking down Mike Trout's swing.

• Zach Mettenberger got clocked by a rogue Bama fan in a Nashville bar. But it could have been worse.

The highlight of Cliff Lee's evening was a satisfying fart.

• ESPN's "This Is SportsCenter" ad featuring Metallica is pretty funny, as are the bloopers and outtakes.

Andre Drummond treated a bowling ball like a basketball, with amusing results.

The Chargers can boast only the second-best softball team in San Diego. Interesting footnote: Philip Rivers "is a horrible shortstop."

So apparently Rory McIlroy did Jager bombs out of the Claret Jug.

• You'd think a pitcher would be able to throw the ball around the infield. In Shane Greene's case, you'd be wrong.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:37
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 21:

Kim Kardashian has mastered the bikini selfie. At least she has one marketable skill.

A guy used a painful sunburn to create a Dante Exum jersey.

How rare is it for a Hall of Famer to return to the team he started with? Pretty rare, as it turns out.

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols took shots at Fernando Rodney.

Megan Fox says she was star-struck by Russell Westbrook at the Kids Choice Awards.

Rory McIlroy's dad made more off the British Open than Tiger Woods.

Take a peek under David Feherty's hood. Kind of a scary place.

Speed golf: A game I could enjoy watching. (But not playing.)

Some WWE Russian heels referenced the downed Malaysian flight. Oh, well, wrestling's not known for good taste.

I was never going to visit China anyway, but now it's really out of the question.

Anthony Rizzo flipped into the photographer's well to make a sick grab.

• Watch an alert dad grab a foul ball while maintaining his grip on his toddler.

 

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Post date: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:01
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At one point during Sunday's coronation at Royal Liverpool, Rory McIlroy's lead, which was six at the start of the day, had dwindled to two over Sergio Garcia. But this was no Van de Velde moment in the making. McIlroy was really never threatened on his way to a two-shot British Open win and his third major championship. "I got within two,” Garcia said, “but to me, it never felt that close."

 

McIlroy now owns three of golf's four crown jewels, and at 25, he's the third-youngest since The Masters began in 1934 to earn the trifecta, trailing only Jack Nicklaus (23) and Tiger Woods (24). Yes, that's the company that McIlroy is now keeping, and he displays the kind of power ball-striking, poise and desire that marked the two legends at similar stages in their careers.

 

As Woods continues his long, slow fade, it seems that we have entered the Age of Rory. We may never see the kind of dominance that Woods displayed in his prime, when his dreaded A-game left everyone else playing for second, but McIlroy is willing to take the top spot for a test drive. “Golf is looking to someone to put their hand up and try,” said McIlroy. “I want to be the guy who goes on and wins majors and wins majors regularly, wins tournaments. I’ve love to be in that position.”

 

And the lead story for the 2015 Masters has already been written: McIlroy will look to complete the career Grand Slam at a tournament he seems destined to win. “Looking forward to driving up Magnolia Lane next year,” he said.

 

Here are the key stats from the weekend at Royal Liverpool:

16

McIlroy is the 16th player to win at least three of the four major championships. He's the 44th player to win as many as three majors.

 

4

Sergio Garcia posted his fourth runner-up finish in his 62nd major appearance. He's tied with Lee Westwood for most major appearances without a win.

 

7

McIlroy tied Victor Dubuisson for most greens reached in under regulation, with seven. McIlroy eagled two of the final three holes on Saturday to build what turned out to be an insurmountable lead.

 

1

Only one player in the field posted four rounds in the 60s — Rickie Fowler, who went 69-69-68-67 to finish at 15-under, tied with Garcia for second, two shots back. Fowler was second at the U.S. Open and tied for fifth at The Masters. "Going into the year the goal was to be in contention at majors and play well and have chances to win," Fowler said. "And with all the good play, the long-distance goal on that was to be on the Ryder Cup team. With the way I've playing in the majors this year, that's definitely what has given me the opportunity to represent the country."

 

7

At 64, Tom Watson shot a final-round 68 to finish at 1-over. He was seven shots better than a player he'll be considering for his Ryder Cup squad, Tiger Woods.

 

$340,000

Rory McIlroy's dad, Gerry, and three friends placed a bet of 400 pounds back in 2004 that Rory would win the Open before he turned 26. The quartet will cash a check worth $340,000 for Rory's efforts.

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Post date: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:36
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 18:

 

The cheerleaders of the NFL have been spending their offseason on calendar shoots in exotic locations.

 

• The other day, John Daly was wearing SpongeBob pants. Today, it was pants with drawings of well-endowed ladies. Hope he packed enough pants for the weekend; looks like he's going to make the cut.

 

Tim Howard sent a tweet asking the Knicks if they had any cap room.

 

• This is shocking and disappointing: Several of today's top golfers couldn't name the four Beatles. That's like Pop Culture 101, fellas.

 

• For some insane reason, Tyler Seguin let a Stars fan tee up and hit a ball off his junk.

 

MLS MVP Mike Magee made a Ferris Bueller parody. Never heard of him, but it's well done.

 

Watch a guy use a child's slide and trampoline to beclown himself. I bet his last words will someday be "Watch this."

 

• Jimmy Fallon is livin' the dream. Last night, he played flip cups with Miranda Kerr.

 

Haloti Ngata goes beast mode with a 150-pound dumbell.

 

• A guy wanted A.J. Hawk to tackle him at a celebrity golf tournament. A.J. Hawk happily obliged.

 

• Pickin's are so slim in Miami that D-Wade has taken to playing ball with a dolphin.

 

• Sonny Gray pranked some unsuspecting New Yorkers.

 

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Post date: Friday, July 18, 2014 - 11:08
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 17:

The ESPYs red carpet was a smokeshow last night, thanks to hotties like Jessica Alba.

• There's something comforting about a pro golfer three-putting from two feet, as Ernie Els did today. I also like it when one snaps a club in anger, as Henrik Stenson did today. And to complete the trifecta, Tiger Woods drilled some guy in the head. Even when you're great at it, the game sucks sometimes. Oh, and Tiger apparently called for some divine judgment on photogs who clicked in his backswing.

• Didn't watch the ESPYs; forgot they were on. Apparently the best thing that host Drake did was blow in Lance Stephenson's ear. I will say it is funny to see Maria Sharapova make Floyd Mayweather look like Peter Dinklage.

• So I'm not totally cynical about the ESPYs: Stuart Scott gave a moving speech after winning the Jimmy V Award.

So Texas A&M paid Cedric Ogbuehi more than $50,000 to return to school. And it was legal.

Joel Embiid made an idiot of himself on Twitter by somehow not knowing that Kim Kardashian was married to Kanye.

Vanderbilt retired jersey No. 1 in honor of a young fan who's fighting for his life.

• Roger Federer and Lindsey Vonn played tennis atop a Swiss glacier thanks to Lindt Chocolate.

 

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Post date: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:55
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 16:

Photos have surfaced of Kate Upton's Mexican vacation with Justin Verlander. No wonder Verlander's been distracted this season.

• Over in Liverpool, John Daly is honoring the game and its traditions the best way he knows how: with SpongeBob pants.

• Yeah, Jeets: The word Jeter was spoken 100 times in last night's broadcast. Here are all 100.

Adam Wainwright admitted to grooving a couple of meatballs for Jeter, and all hell broke loose on social media. Though some would argue that the incident exposed the All-Star Game for the farce that it is.

CBS News tweeted out its congratulations to Michael Jeter.

The 10 clutchest quarterbacks in the NFL.

A killer and a rapist got into a jailhouse brawl over LeBron James.

The Ol' Ball Coach is still winning at life, as he proved at SEC Media Days.

Jennie Finch vs. Adrian Peterson was like Randy Johnson vs. John Kruk.

Floyd Mayweather on Ronda Rousey: "I don't know who he is."

• Some Internet wizard edited LeBron into a classic Dumb and Dumber scene.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 10:41
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 15:

Shane van der Westhuizen is a South African model who belongs on your radar. Just copy and paste the name for future reference.

ESPN baseball reporter Tim Kurkjian out-Sagered Craig Sager in his Zubaz suit at the celebrity softball game.

Steve Spurrier held court at SEC Media Days today, and of course it was glorious.

• If the Yankees are just playing out the string, tonight may be Derek Jeter's real national send-off. Of course, the Captain will have a tough time topping Cal Ripken's last All-Star Game.

MLB mascots gathered for a class photo.

• Tight end, wide receiver, longsnapper, doesn't matter: Jimmy Graham got paid today.

Dick Vitale live-tweeted a Lionel Richie concert, and it was awesome with a capital a.

Hidden images in sports logos. Many of these I was aware of, but not all.

• Cool old story that is new to me: 20 years ago, Jason Grimsley snuck into the umpire's room and stole Albert Belle's corked bat.

Anyone who's dealt with Comcast will appreciate this recording of a man being slowly driven insane by a Comcast rep.

• Watch Rudy explain the college football playoff.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 10:47
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 14:

Rihanna revealed her loyalties at the World Cup, then proceeded to party with the victorious Germans.

• To the victor goes the spoils: Germany's Mario Gotze celebrated with smokeshow WAG Ann Kathrin Vida Brommel.

LeBron captured footage of the idiot who invaded the pitch at the World Cup yesterday.

A clever Twitter user with lots of time on his hands gave the impression that the World Cup was fixed.

• It's time for SEC Media Days. Here's a fun sampling of quotes from past years, including the wisdom of one Lester Miles.

Interesting account of SI's LeBron exclusive. It was so exclusive, even the mag's ad sellers didn't know.

• Monday morning buzzkill: A long, sobering account of a sexual assault on a college campus involving an athlete.

• I'm not a Family Guy fan, but I gotta admit that this guy nails his Peter Griffin impersonation.

Matthew Stafford's significant other does a pretty amazing worm.

• Interesting detail from this Mickelson story: He drank a $40,000 bottle of wine out of the Claret Jug.

• This is strange: KISS is starring on MLB-themed t-shirts.

• One legend pays tribute to another, as Jordan honors Jeter with this star-studded commercial.

 

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Post date: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 10:45
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Tiger Woods came out of the gate with Jack Nicklaus' major championship record as his ultimate target. That number — 18 career major championship wins — seemed utterly out of reach, until Tiger started winning majors with alarming regularity.

 

For a long time, Woods was well ahead of Nicklaus' career pace, but a drought that has now exceeded six years in duration has put a serious dent in Tiger's major aspirations. Of course, Nicklaus won his last major at age 46, giving Woods eight more years of viability on the major championship scene, a reasonable assumption considering the similarity of their career trajectories, although Woods' health issues are now bringing that into question.

 
Here are the final four majors of Nicklaus' career, all of which came at age 38 and beyond:

1978 British Open (age 38)
1980 U.S. Open (age 40)
1980 PGA Championship (age 40)
1986 Masters (age 46)

 

Woods turns 46 in December 2021. Between now and then, counting this week's British Open, there will be 30 major championships contested; Woods needs to win five of them to reach his career Holy Grail of 19 major championships.

 

Of course, Tiger has already moved well past Nicklaus into second on the Tour's all-time wins ledger. Tiger trails only Sam Snead, who won 82 times over a 30-year span; Woods has crammed his 79 wins into 17-plus stellar, occasionally storm-tossed seasons on Tour.

 

Jack still thinks he'll do it, and the Golden Bear even gives Tiger a shelf life that lasts until age 50. "If he's healthy, I think Tiger's got 10-plus years to play top-quality tournament golf," Nicklaus said. "I've said many times, he's got a little over 40 tournaments to play the major championships, he's only got to win five to pass my record. As good a player as he is, I don't think that should be a big deal."

 

No big deal for the guy who's already in the clubhouse with 18. A slightly bigger deal for a guy with a bad back who hasn't hoisted any major hardware in more than six years.

 

So let's compare the two legends through their age-38 seasons (although Tiger still has more golf to play in 2014).


Bottom line from the data presented here: Tiger's building the better overall career, but Jack remains the greatest performer in major championship history. That's the carrot that Tiger is still chasing, and he's running out of time to get there.

 

Tiger Woods-Jack Nicklaus Career Comparison (Through Age-38 Season)

 

 TIGER WOODSJACK NICKLAUS
Tournaments won    7968
Majors won         1415
Major winning % (as professional)      21.922
Major top 5s      3146
Major top 10s3855
Longest streak of top-5 in majors   67
Longest streak of top-10 in majors813
Lowest scoring avg.             9 times8 times
Money leader      10 times8 times
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Post date: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:22
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 11:

This Belgian beauty was spotted in the crowd at the World Cup and earned a modeling gig. She then lost the gig because she's a hunter. It's a strange world.

The Jeter farewell tour marches on, with personalized guitars and Lego mosaics.

• Apparently LeBron is still ticked about Dan Gilbert's letter. So the Deadspin kids fixed it for him.

Today's get-off-my-lawn hot sports take on LeBron.

Derek Jeter is part-owner of a company that produces underwear that cools your junk? Is this real life?

It's a Yankees-Mets GIF-off.

• Warning: Once you read the headline at this link, it can't be un-read.

This Korean ballplayer's head-first slide is painful to watch.

Hilariously awkward left-hanging GIFs.

• Watch a planeload of Argentines go nuts when they find out their soccer team won.

 

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Post date: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 10:48
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 10:

• Rory McIlroy seems to have rebounded nicely from his breakup with Caroline Wozniacki. He's reportedly dating model Nadia Forde.

• LeBron tracker: He's heading to Brazil to watch the World Cup final while Cleveland stews.

A Rangers fan took a screamer off the gut and had a bruise to show for it.

Like Rory, Johnny Manziel seems to have a new lady friend.

Maybe we should stop worrying and learn to love the flop.

Vince Young thinks his 2010 blow-up with Jeff Fisher effectively ended his career. I happen to agree.

• This is interesting: Tracking the Alabama plane during recruiting season. It pays off with players like this: Watch future Bama wideout Calvin Ridley make an insane one-handed catch at The Opening.

USA Today chose a restaurant as a top-10 place for Southern biscuits a year and a half after it closed. I imagine the biscuits are a little stale by now.

Steelers linebacker Vince Williams seemed to be taken by surprise by his headshot.

David Price wore a Batman helmet to the ballpark.

• Everything's coming up Rory: New girlfriend, shot 64 today, hit a 436-yard drive.

 

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Post date: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 11:04
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 9:

• In honor of Germany's historic 7-1 beatdown of Brazil, enjoy this slideshow of German superfans.

Prince Fielder Body Issue photoshops yield Internet gold.

• Brazilians waxed: Germany's first-half explosion took out the host country at the World Cup. While it was happening, one kid captured the mood of an entire nation.

Newspapers in Brazil did their best to capture the shock and awe.

• This is hilarious: An anti-gambling ad backfires with Germany's huge win.

• Schadenfreude alert: As the rout grew, so did the audience.

College football's All-Freak Team: physical anomalies at every position.

• Irony, or something: A guy who wrote a book on surviving the Running of the Bulls unscathed has been gored at the Running of the Bulls.

Advanced stats have made their way to Ultimate Frisbee. What's next, calculating WAR for duck-duck-goose?

• Have a hankering for a two-foot taco? The Rangers got you covered.

• Germany's goals get the Jim Ross treatment.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:45
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 8:

• According to her Instagram account, Bar Refaeli spent the weekend jumping around in a bikini.

• Ever wanted to see Prince Fielder naked? The new ESPN Body Issue is scratching that particular itch. To borrow a phrase from Seinfeld, that's not good naked.

A fan shown sleeping at a Yankees game is suing ESPN for $10 million. In his defense, it really wasn't a flattering image. Wonder if I'm risking a subpoena by linking to it?

The skies over MLB parks last night were nuts.

• This is old, but still funny: The White Sox had a white poncho giveaway, and a Klan rally broke out.

NBA/NFL logo mashups are better than they sound.

Jimmy Fallon provided the Young to Crosby, Stills and Nash.

• Something for the nerds: J.K. Rowling published a new Harry Potter story on her website.

Watch a lingerie football player go Earl Campbell on a hapless opponent.

Dick Enberg proved that even the greats have off nights.

• The cops are out of control. This one prevented Hunter Pence from catching a foul ball.

• That crafty old Derek Jeter is getting by on his wits these days.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 10:44
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 7:

• Judging from her Instagram account, Amanda Dufner enjoyed her Fourth of July weekend.

Here's Johnny Football appearing to roll up a $20 bill in a Vegas restroom. A rolled-up $20 no doubt has many uses. I just can't think of them.

King James' agent is giving Cavs fans hope that LBJ could be lured back to Cleveland. If it doesn't happen now, that's just cruel. If it does happen, we need to credit this Ohio cupcake shop with breaking the news on Twitter.

Here's a fascinating chart of Twitter usage during World Cup shootouts.

We saw some vintage Federer at Wimbledon. Guy's still the GOAT.

• Nerd alert: Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley made his own Star Wars movie right on campus.

Minor leaguer Jon Maciel matched Randy Johnson over the weekend in an unusual category: bird kills.

Josh Gordon of the Browns got arrested for DUI in P.J. Hairston's car, then got bailed out by a convicted felon.

• Got 16 seconds? Watch Ronda Rousey destroy Alexis Davis.

Bryce Harper learned the hard way that if you're going to try to break your bat over your knee, you better succeed, or you look stupid and get linked to.

• Don Draper makes his pitch to LeBron to come back to Cleveland.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 3:

Nerd dreamgirl Olivia Munn turns 34 today.

Robin Lopez took a selfie next to Sideshow Bob. Yes, Robin, we see the resemblance.

LeBron Jr. caught a tuna, much to his dad's delight.

Mark Mulder live-tweeted his initial viewing of the movie "Moneyball." Interesting stuff.

• Serena Williams blamed her bizarre Wimbledon exit on a virus. Martina Navratilova ain't buying it.

• An American hero died today at age 97. RIP, Louis Zamperini.

A heroic beer vendor caught a foul ball in his bucket and thwarted a couple of obnoxious ladies' attempts to grab it from him, giving it instead to a little girl. Can we all agree that adults who go after foul balls are just the worst?

• An exception to that last rule: This woman who caught a foul ball and put it in her bra for safe keeping. Solid move.

A nation breathlessly awaits updates from Johnny Manziel's Fourth of July weekend.

John Calipari's 20 questions every recruit should ask a potential coach are a pretty slick way of directing said recruits to Kentucky.

A homeless man showed up at the GMA set intending to kill Michael Strahan.

• The perils of live television: Jerry Remy lost a tooth while on the air.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 2:

• We lost to Belgium, but we're still 'Murica, and we still have the 4th of July and photos of Brittney Palmer and Arianny Celeste in American flag bikinis.

American goalie Tim Howard was so good yesterday that he got "randomly" drug-tested after the game.

Some quick-thinking Wikipedia vandal promoted Howard to U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Things Tim Howard could have saved.

Howard's postgame interview was pretty gut-wrenching.

A Belgium player puked on the field. I don't remember any Americans puking on the field.

• Hump Day buzzkill: Re-live Chris Wondolowski air-mailing his potential game-winner against Belgium.

• Jimmy Kimmel does the ambush comedy thing pretty well. Here, he gets idiots to share their favorite Landon Donovan World Cup moment.

Claude Giroux of the Flyers spent the night in jail after grabbing a cop's butt. The most shocking detail: Alcohol was believed to have been involved.

• Big Papi did his part to shorten a Red Sox game, taking off for first before ball four had hit the catcher's mitt.

Watch Sergio Garcia hand out free TaylorMade drivers to unsuspecting golfers at Bethpage.

• The Indians turned a nifty review-aided 7-4-2 triple play.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 1:

• It was a solid month in sports-related ladies, thanks largely to the World Cup.

Waffle House fires the first salvo of the U.S.-Belgium showdown.

• While you pretend to work prior to today's knockout match with Belgium, read a primer on today's opponent.

• Another time-waster: Gaze on this photo of what one commenter calls "Mount Douchemore."

Here's the story of that "I believe" chant, which came from the Naval Academy.

There's not enough scoring in soccer, says ... Kareem?

This guy pretty much nails his Nick Saban impersonation, right down to the hand through the hair and his use of the words "opportunity" and "process".

Here's a fun video of an old and wrinkly Mick Jagger calling the Monty Python gang old and wrinkly.

Aaron Hernandez is Mr. July in this Florida Gators calendar. Available at Target.

• If it's July 1, that means that Bobby Bonilla just got another $1,193,248.20 from the Mets.

A Red Sox ballgirl had a nice fifth inning.

• One last piece of World Cup prep: this tasty hype video.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 27:

• The Golf Channel learned long ago what drives viewership, as this slideshow reveals.

The best NBA Draft moment last night came courtesy of a guy who'll never play a minute in the league.

Bill Simmons let his Celtic flag fly during the draft last night. He also expressed via an eyeroll his disdain over the Hornets helping the Heat. Sports Guy was GIF gold last night.

10 things you learn behind the scenes at the NBA Draft.

Ranking World Cup floppers. Dwyane Wade got nothing on the boys from Brazil.

Shia LeBeouf behaved like a crazy person last night. In other news, water is wet.

A woman who's days away from giving birth ran the 800 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Championships.

• Scary Wimbledon GIF: Novak Djokovic fell on his shoulder and screamed in pain. He finished the match, though.

A lady attacked a 2,800-calorie Beltre Burger at a Rangers game. This lady is my new hero.

A guy had no clue in Final Jeopardy but salvaged the situation as best he could.

• Vin Scully told a story about bird poop as only Vin Scully can.

 

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Post date: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 11:00
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It might have been the most welcome round of 74 in PGA Tour history.

 

It had been 109 days since Tiger Woods last put club to ball on the PGA Tour. Before today, his last competitive round was a Sunday 78 at the Cadillac Championship on March 9 prior to his surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his back at the end of March.

 

His return to action was a little inauspicious. In Thursday's opening round of the Tour's Quicken Loans National at Congressional, where Woods is the tournament host, Tiger scuffled to a 3-over par 74.

 

But there was plenty to like, starting with the fact that he was out there to begin with after what many feared with a career-threatening back problem. Clearly rusty, Woods stood on the fifth tee (his 13th hole of the day) at 6-over par, but birdies on three of the last six holes salvaged his round and provided glimpses of the old Tiger.

 

"I think the hard part was just getting into the rhythm of playing competitively," Woods said. "You play with your buddies all day for cash and stuff but it's just not the same. It's not the same as tournament golf, different level. Adrenaline is rushing and I hit the ball further out here than I do at home. It unfortunately took a while to get the feel for it. My feels were off.

 

"I made so many little mistakes. So I played a lot better than the score indicated, which is good."

It's a slightly different Tiger than the singular superstar who left everyone playing for second when he would arrive with his self-proclaimed "A" game. Woods seems more human now, more fragile, finally vulnerable to the same aches and pains of aging as the rest of us.

 

But there's no less pressure. A Tour that suffered declining ratings and waning interest in his absence doesn't mind a bit that he might have rushed his return to action. Tiger's still the meal ticket, the bell cow.

 

Of course, it just so happens that his return coincides with the British Open's return to Royal Liverpool, a course that Woods dismantled in winning the 2006 Open. Being truly back for Tiger is still about winning majors, and he knows that, whether he admits it or not.

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 25:

Presenting the hottest ladies of Wimbledon 2014, starting with the lovely Maria Sharapova.

So 167 people cashed in on a prop bet that Luis Suarez would bite someone at the World Cup. It wasn't all that far-fetched; dude's a serial biter. Maybe he's a vampire?

• Naturally, the Internet was quick to react to the Suarez chomp with some entertaining memes.

• News you can use: Step-by-step instructions on fleeing the office to watch U.S.-Germany.

• So what is LeBron really worth? Based on his WAR, he's pretty badly underpaid.

A San Antonio billboard took a shot at King James.

This Marlins kid's Fan Cam performance has to be seen to be believed.

• Adrian Beltre hates to have his head touched. Miguel Cabrera obviously knows this, because he promptly touched Beltre's head after the latter's 2,500th hit.

The 911 call from the Hope Solo domestic violence incident is kinda freaking terrifying.

• The NBA Draft is tomorrow, and as a service to GMs, here are some first-round bust candidates, including Marcus Smart.

• Watch a foul tip embed itself in Jose Lobaton's mask.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 24:

Maria Menounos modeled bikinis in Bora Bora, and our cameras were there.

• Big Bron news this morning: King James has exercised the early termination option in his Miami contract. Is he hearing the siren song of Dan Gilbert? Oh, and as I write this, "The Decision" is trending on Twitter. Here's a quick rundown of where James could take his talents (including back to Miami). And here are the best Twitter reactions.

• For some reason, the Sixers considered but then rejected this Ballin' Ben Franklin logo.

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian participated in the Brewers Sausage Race and — wait for it — got smoked.

Evan Turner ran out of gas in his Ferrari, and fortunately, his buddy was there to document the event.

A 17-year-old knuckleballing girl threw BP to the Rays

• Just because: Here's Queen Elizabeth admiring the "Game of Thrones" throne.

• Johnny Football's draft pick hat trick: He's now been drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters. It's good to have options.

• Some company put Obama's face on a coffee mug. No problem there, except that they intended to use English soccer player Chris Smalling's face.

• Jeff Samardzija went Bo Jackson and broke his bat over his knee after a failed bunt attempt.

 

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At a time when golf could use a boost, it got one from two of its marquee names: Tiger Woods announced his return to action, proving his ability to move the needle without picking up a club, and Michelle Wie finally delivered on a decade of unfulfilled promise by winning the Women's U.S. Open. The duo's timing couldn't have been better; following a boring U.S. Open blowout win by Martin Kaymer that was watched start-to-finish only by proud parents and spouses, the game needed a jolt of adrenaline. Cue the return of its transcendent superstar, coupled with a long-awaited major breakthrough by the one player who can stir interest in the women's game, and golf's back on track. Oh, and the Travelers Championship offered a little history of its own, courtesy of champion Kevin Streelman. Here are the key numbers to know from an important weekend in golf.

 

109

It's been 109 days since Tiger Woods last put club to ball on the PGA Tour. His last competitive round was a Sunday 78 at the Cadillac Championship on March 9 prior to his surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his back at the end of March.

 

24

There have been 24 major championships since Woods' last major win, the 2008 U.S. Open. His return coincides with the return of the British Open to Royal Liverpool, a course that Tiger dismantled in winning the 2006 Open.

 

24 years, 8 months

Michelle Wie has finally won her first major at the age of 24 years, 8 months, after a decade in the public eye. But it's worth pointing out that Wie is slightly younger than Annika Sorenstam was when she won the first of her 10 career major titles. There's plenty of time for Wie to deliver on her youthful promise after nearly being derailed by a premature hype machine. After threatening a late collapse with a double bogey at 16, Wie collected herself with a 25-foot birdie bomb at 17, using her distinctive table-top putting stance, to clinch a two-shot win over Stacy Lewis at Pinehurst No. 2.

 

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Speaking of that unusual putting stance, it may earn some snickers, but Wie is getting results. She didn't have a single three-putt on Donald Ross' treacherous greens at Pinehurst No. 2 in shooting 68-68-72-70, and she had 25 one-putts.

 

7

Almost consumed in the Woods-Wie hype, Kevin Streelman made history at the Travelers Championship with seven consecutive closing birdies, a record for a tournament winner. The birdie binge gave Streelman a one-shot win over K.J. Choi and Sergio Garcia. Making the turn, Streelman told his caddie that he would shoot a closing 29. His prediction was off by a stroke; he closed with a 28 at TPC River Highlands. "I had 10 one-putts in a row," Streelman said. "That's something I've definitely never done before."

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 23:

Hot celebrity Instagram photos: an ever-growing genre. That's surfer Anastasia Ashley joining the fun.

Michelle Wie won the Women's U.S. Open and then had some fun with the trophy.

American soccer fans were understandably sad after yesterday's stunning draw with Portugal. Lolo Jones took to Instagram to capture the gamut of U.S. emotions.

• See what the draw means for the U.S. moving forward by clicking here.

PGA Tour golfer Hunter Mahan's mansion is for sale, and it's insane.

• More athletic opulence: The new Clemson players lounge is essentially a Dave and Buster's.

Darnell Dockett apparently doesn't blame OJ for killing his wife. He didn't weigh in about Ron Goldman.

A man was struck by lightning, then took cell phone footage of his smoking boot.

• Note to American exchange students in Germany: If someone dares you to climb into a giant marble vagina, don't do it.

Watch a College World Series fan take advantage of his moment on camera.

• Marcell Ozuna's game-ending strike from left field to home might be the highlight of the Marlins' season.

 

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