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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 30:

 

Matt Harvey's taste runs towards supermodels. Not that he's unique in that; he's just in position to do something about it. 

 

Ponytailed bro Adam Morrison is tears-free these days, but he's still hated by Duke fans.

 

• How good is this Final Four? Coaches aside, there could be eight lottery picks on the floor Saturday.

 

Tiger Woods is outside the top 100 in the World Golf Ranking for the first time since 1996. The No. 1 song at the time? The Macarena. 

 

Aaron Rodgers and Dennis Dodd got into a Twitter slapfight the other night.

 

Chris Mullin to St. John's would seem to make a lot of sense, but I guess we'll see.

 

• Hoops insider Jon Rothstein's Twitter shtick has become a source of comedy.

 

WrestleMania 31 was the other night, in case you're into that sort of thing.

 

Chris Mullin to St. John's seems to make a lot of sense.

 

A team lost a state championship on a seldom-called rim-hanging technical.

 

Matt Stafford's fiancee has his back.

 

• Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and golfer Keegan Bradley got together for some star-studded pickup hoops.

 

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Post date: Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:01
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 26:

 

Seems like Ronda Rousey's been everywhere lately, including lobbying the state of New York to legalize MMA.

 

Slow clap for whoever created this Belichick image.

 

A live mic caught Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes admiring a stenographer's beauty.

 

You can purchase a lock of Andrew McCutchen's hair. But if you do, I'm not sure I want to know you. 

 

Florida RB Adam Lane embraces his identity as a public pants-pooper.

 

Closed captioning bestowed a wondrous nickname on Nik Stauskas.

 

Every Will Ferrell movie, ranked.

 

• The only thing the Hernandez trial was lacking was a bomb threat. Not anymore.

 

Tiger pal Notah Begay says Woods is 50-50 to play The Masters. Glad he was able to clear that up.

 

• Jeff Van Gundy came up with a new SAT-style analogy: Kevin Durant is to the Thunder as Zayn Malik is to One Direction.

 

Kimmel loves to catch people who claim to know about a subject but really don't.

 

• DeMar DeRozan threw a nifty pass to Joakim Noah. On the Bulls bench.

 

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Post date: Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:20
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 25:

 

Kate Upton got back in front of a camera recently.

 

• ICYMI: Pete Carroll videobombed a John Clayton report. Carroll said later he was checking for a ponytail.

 

• This is cool: The best music from the Sweet 16 college towns.

 

Kentucky barely watches tape of its opponents. I'm getting an Apollo Creed in Rocky I vibe from that revelation.

 

Charles Barkley's colleagues tried to shame him. Turns out he's un-shame-able

 

Here's a bracket of sports announcer movie cameos. I've always been partial to Musberger and Fouts in "The Waterboy." In other bracket alternatives, here's a craft beer bracket.

 

That one guy from One Direction decided to go a different direction.

 

Read this story on the Jets's recent quarterback history, but only if you're a masochist or it's for Lent.

 

• When the real world intrudes: Venezuelan unrest is affecting MLB players from that country.

 

The NFL might tinker with the lowly extra point at its May meeting.

 

This year's offseason carousel of bad NFL quarterbacks.

 

• Watch Ronda Rousey armbar Jimmy Fallon into submission.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 14:10
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Reigning FedExCup champion Billy Horschel has worked his way onto the short list of players to watch in the 2015 major championships. He’s also a viable candidate to do something no one else has done — successfully defend the FedExCup. In the pages of Athlon's 2015 Golf Annual, Horschel shares the tee-to-green points of emphasis that he and respected instructor Todd Anderson have focused on during his ascension to the top 15 in the World Golf Ranking.

 

Long and Straight

by Billy Horschel

 

With a lot of amateurs, even when they have good width in their backswing, they lose it by having the right arm come in too close to the body. They lose all the stored power they have. When you maintain the width on your downswing that you had on your backswing, it allows you to create that same power (above). When your hands come closer to your body, you lose that width in your right arm (below), and it becomes a handsy golf swing.

However far away your hands are on the backswing, maintain that same distance with the hands. That way, the right arm stays long, and you create that stored power to unleash on the golf ball.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 13:29
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 24: 

 

The cheerleader matchups of the Sweet 16.

 

Dirk Nowitzki's classic Tweet about Steve Nash provides an excuse to use the classic photo you see above.

 

Crying Villanova piccolo girl's 15 minutes included appearing on Fallon and sitting in with the Roots. That's a productive 15 minutes.

 

Ron Hunter made a graceful Twitter exit from this year's tournament.

 

A couple of soccer teammates had a shoving match over who should take a penalty kick.

 

• This is an amazing story: Michael Graham went from feared and hated mid-'80s Hoya, to hoops washout, to troubled loser, to lottery-winning restauranteur. Only in America.

 

Watch Jon Gruden break down the Battle Royal field.

 

Greg Maddux once solicited advice from an ump during an at-bat.

 

Old Dominion's NIT game provided this fat guy a perfect excuse to take off his shirt.

 

Things are getting chippy in the John Chavis-LSU lawsuit.

 

A Dolphins beat writer accidentally tweeted out a porn link.

 

• Watch Bubba Watson get a pie in the face from January Jones on Fallon. That's a random assortment of people.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:34
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 23:

 

The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders are off to Cancun for their calendar shoot.

 

The best NCAA Tournament photos of the first weekend. For my money, sad piccolo girl was the star of the weekend. That's the face that captures what this tournament is all about for 67 of 68 teams.

 

Ohio State's football captain trolled Oregon after the Ducks' tourney loss to Wisconsin.

 

Old rivals Craig Sager and Gregg Popovich had a friendly meeting.

 

• SEC West schools are realizing that basketball is a sport too. Mississippi State went out and got Ben Howland, who led UCLA to three straight Final Fours a few years ago, and Bama's taking a run at Wichita's Gregg Marshall. Call it the Bruce Pearl effect.

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational champ Matt Every has an Oasis tattoo. Too bad for him they'll probably never get together again, at least until they go broke.

 

• This is just plain bizarre: Adrian Peterson rode into his 30th birthday party on a camel.

 

Nike released the outfits Tiger Woods will wear if he bothers to show up at The Masters

 

• Just when cops needed some good PR, this one helped a lady finish a race and became a viral hero.

 

• Paul Pierce shoved Omri Casspi into a little girl sitting courtside.

 

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Post date: Monday, March 23, 2015 - 13:14
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 20:

 

Enjoy these GIFs of spring training Hooters ball girls.

 

A wild day 1 of the NCAA Tournament included the goaltend call heard round the world.

 

Ron and R.J. Hunter provided One Shining Moment for the ages. I have a feeling they'll still be showing this footage in 2115.

 

• Even on a great day of basketball, nothing gets the degenerate gamblers going quite like a meaningless layup that results in a cover.

 

• Need a reason to root against Kentucky? How about the thought of this guy living forever with this tattoo?

 

USA Today went all access with Hampton, UK's round one sacrifical lamb.

 

The Tom Izzo huddle: There's nothing like it.

 

A soccer player helpfully marked an injured ref's body with vanishing spray. Next time just draw a chalk outline. 

 

Senators fans have a tradition of tossing burgers onto the ice after wins, providing Curtis Lazar with a tasty snack.

 

The most hilariously violent college fight songs.

 

The 63 best NCAA Tournament games of all time at each round and region.

 

• LSU's collapse culminated with a clumsy buzzer beater by NC State. Just how Mark Gottfried drew it up.

 

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Post date: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:24
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Reigning FedExCup champion Billy Horschel has worked his way onto the short list of players to watch in the 2015 major championships. He’s also a viable candidate to do something no one else has done — successfully defend the FedExCup. In the pages of Athlon's 2015 Golf Annual, Horschel shares the tee-to-green points of emphasis that he and respected instructor Todd Anderson have focused on during his ascension to the top 15 in the World Golf Ranking.

 

Balance of Power

by Billy Horschel

 

To get the most out of your golf swing and feel the most powerful with it, you want to make sure you're balanced in your setup. You don't want to be too much on your left foot, because then when you turn, you turn around on your left side. With a driver, you want to feel like there's more weight on your right side — maybe 60-40, or 65-35. That allows you to feel like you're loading power into your right hip. From there, I try to feel like my left hip moves towards the target, while my upper half and my left shoulder stay closed.

 

With amateurs, when they get up to the top, the left shoulder and left hip move forward at the same time. To create power, you want to create a coil, or some resistance — more of a rubber band effect, where you stretch the rubber band even more in your left lat.

So when I get up to the top, I want my left hip to go toward the target while my left shoulder stays back behind the golf ball. From there, the left hip unwinds, and the upper body follows. The club feels more like a whip, following behind everything else.

 

Todd Anderson's Keys

• Load into your right hip on the backswing (above) to create coil between your upper body and lower body, keeping the right elbow in front of the chest on the backswing

 

• Unwind from the ground up and release the energy into the ball

 

 

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Post date: Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 14:31
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 18:

 

SI swimsuit model Samantha Hoopes gets you ready for March Madness.

 

• Strange times at the 'Cuse: AD Daryl Gross is out, and coach Jim Boeheim will retire in three years.

 

Watch March Madness announcers imitate each other's signature calls.

 

• The Madness has begun: Hampton's coach called Jesus during his postgame presser, and the big guy hung up on him. Also, the Hampton bench players pulled off a Major League free throw celebration. Too bad they won't be around long.

 

This WSJ writer throws cold water on the whole nasty business of March Madness.

 

• In case you're interested, here's POTUS revealing his bracket

 

• The Spurs allowed a Larry Bird-style performance from some guy named Alexey Shved in a loss to the Knicks, prompting Gregg Popovich to call his team "pathetic."

 

Reggie Jackson was shocked to learn he had 20 assists last night.

 

The office of NFL Commissioner is too dignified for Between Two Ferns.

 

• DeAndre Jordan fulfilled a fantasy that many of us harbor: He wiped boogers on JJ Redick.

 

• Watch Kevin Nealon describe his pranking at the hands of the Manning brothers.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:20
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 17: 

 

The 68 cheerleading squads of March Madness 2015.

 

This dunk over assorted home appliances is pretty amazing.

 

Notable St. Patrick's Day moments in sports history. And here are things you think are Irish, but aren't.

 

• Possible game-changer: Chris Borland walks away from football at age 24 over health concerns. His fellow NFLers were quick to react.

 

Tommy Lasorda's dance moves will haunt your dreams.

 

Ashley Judd got defensive over her and Dickie V's public displays of affection.

 

Rory replaces Tiger as the cover boy for EA Sports golf.

 

Fun with the Tim Tebow Eagles tryout.

 

Evander Holyfield is going to rearrange Mitt Romney's handsome face for charity.

 

• Colin Kaepernick showed off his uncommon athleticism.

WAY UP! I feel Blessed! @iam_objxiii @kingjames @cameron1newton @chrisbrownofficial @wardell30 @klaythompson @tytaylor2 @_elling10

A video posted by colin kaepernick (@kaepernick7) on

 

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Post date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 11:03
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 16: 

 

Dick Vitale and Ashely Judd creeped out the entire world on Selection Sunday.

 

• Scenes of March Madness: Georgia State coach Ron Hunter tore his Achilles celebrating, while Frank Kaminsky gave the Big Ten trophy a sensual massage.

 

• In case you're still working on your bracket, here are five double-digit Cinderella candidates.

 

• And, if you're lazy or haven't watched any hoops this year, here's a handy automated blind bracket maker.

 

John Calipari isn't taking anything for granted.

 

My Athlon colleagues have made their picks. I notice that they didn't ask me.

 

This article contends that UCLA's inclusion in the field was a mistake, but not a conspiracy.

 

Manu Ginobili took a ball to the face from a careless ref. So he teed up the ref.

 

Mississippi State football is having a rough offseason. Can't handle prosperity, I guess.

 

Christian Laettner took the occasion of the "I Hate Christian Laettner" 30 for 30 to apologize for stomping on Aminu Timberlake.

 

Shooter McGavin is making a quasi-return to the big screen.

 

• After kissing Ashley Judd, Dick Vitale went on an epic rant about Murray State's exclusion from the tourney.

 

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Post date: Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:51
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 13:

 

Ronda Rousey says no thanks when it comes to fighting a man, but not because she thinks she'd lose.

 

Will Ferrell's personal fantasy camp was a raging success.

 

Kyrie Irving's 57 points were not your garden variety 57 points

 

Mike Tyson has a pretty interesting-sounding documentary coming out.

 

Bill Walton's on-air musings reached new levels of weird.

 

It was a great, great week in GIFs.

 

This Ronaldinho Vine must be seen to be believed.

 

Kimmel persuaded POTUS to do the mean tweets bit.

 

Rick Pitino was a bit terse with a student reporter after Louisville's loss.

 

Interesting read on a Dodgers parody Twitter account.

 

The Butler Bulldog puked on the court before the game but fought through it. Good doggie.

 

• John Wall blocked two shots on one play.

 

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Post date: Friday, March 13, 2015 - 12:25
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 12:

 

• In honor of the fast-approaching baseball season, here are MLB's hottest WAGs.

 

Whenever Jags fans try something like this, it just comes off as sad and desperate.

 

A high schooler executed an insane behind-the-back alley-oop from halfcourt

 

Enjoy these mesmerizing GIFs of things being destroyed by a golf ball.

 

• I was unaware of the existence of this footage: Michael Jordan shatters a backboard in high school.

 

• Just when you lose hope for humanity, you read something like this, and things don't seem so bad.

 

The Colts are clearly making a Super Bowl play. As are Chip Kelly and the Eagles. What an offseason.

 

• This is cool: Virtual reality technology is becoming a tool in football preparation.

 

An elderly security guard got trampled by a court storm.

 

There's a prehistoric beast loose on a Florida golf course.

 

• This slo-mo Vine of a lady getting hit in the face by a ball has a can't-look-away car-crash quality to it.

 

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Post date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 11:24
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2015 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

 

No. 20: Zach Johnson

 

Born: Feb. 24, 1976, Cedar Rapids, Iowa | Career PGA Tour Wins: 11 | 2014 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2014 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,353,417 (19th) World Ranking: 26

 

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Johnson has won 11 times on tour, with four of those wins coming in Texas, three in Georgia, and two in Hawaii. It is clear that under the right conditions and on the right courses, he is formidable. The right conditions are when the fairways are fast and hard to hit, such as on the typical winding bermuda layouts common to the South, which allow him to make up for his lack of length and take advantage of his laser straight drives. One would think his game would serve him well in the U.S. Open, but those firm fast greens have never been receptive to his low ball flight. But if it rains at Chambers Bay this year and gets windy the way it did at Augusta National when he won in 2007 with a record high score, he would be tough to beat, as he will be at Whistling Straits for the PGA Championship where he finished third in 2010.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 39
Wins: 1

2014 Performance:
Masters - Cut
U.S. Open - T40
British Open - T47
PGA Championship - T69

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - 1 (2007)
U.S. Open - T30 (2011)
British Open - T6 (2013)
PGA Championship - T3 (2010)
Top-10 Finishes: 6
Top-25 Finishes: 10
Missed Cuts: 15

 

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.

 

Athlon's 2015 Golf annual provides in-depth previews of this year's four majors, including the top 30 players to watch this season. One of these elite players, Billy Horschel, also takes you tee to green with full-swing instruction and short game essentials. BUY IT NOW.

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Post date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 09:59
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 11:

 

Enjoy some Charlotte McKinney swimsuit outtakes.

 

Amar'e Stoudemire is ripping his new Mavericks teammates, but at least he's looking sharp while doing so. 

 

It was a wild day in the NFL. And once again, SportsPickle managed to hack into Chip Kelly's voicemails. They're revealing.

 

• Will Ferrell is turning Cactus League into his own personal fantasy camp. He plans to play all nine positions in various games.

 

Michael Jordan is the highest-paid retired athlete, but 85-year-old Arnold Palmer just had his best endorsement year ever, making $42 million. Apologies to LeBron, but Arnie's still the King.

 

Watch a little kid execute a perfect topspin lob against Roger Federer.

 

Clay Travis points out that Oklahoma is strong against racism, but weak against domestic violence.

 

John Daly says the "randomness" of PGA Tour drug testing is bull----. Get out your checkbook, John.

 

Blues defenseman Barrett Jackman scored the game-winning goal from center ice.

 

Watch a fifth grade girl dunk on a 9-foot goal. I'm pretty sure I couldn't do that.

 

• Here's Loui Eriksson's amazing goal set to "Louie, Louie."

 

 

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Post date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 11:09
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 10:

 

Dustin and Paulina's unconventional love story, in pictures.

 

• Speaking of the happy couple, Dustin's kid is already talking smack with his onesies.

 

Some guys jumped Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and two teammates at a Wacka Flocka concert, then bragged about it on Twitter

 

Check out this classic Belichick-themed wedding save-the-date card.

 

Longform thoughts on reversing the unwatchability of college basketball.

 

The Dummies' Guide to March Madness. I think I qualify.

 

The fallout of the racist OU frat video is already having recruiting implications. For his part, Barry Switzer is sticking up for the frat boys.

 

• Interesting question: Is Patrick Willis, who will retire never having played in his 30s, a Hall of Famer?

 

Gronk & Co. had a bro-down at the Clippers game.

 

Derek Zoolander and Hansel made an appearance at a fashion show. Hansel is so hot right now.

 

• The real Michael Bolton makes an appearance at Initech.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 11:46
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 6: 

 

Meet Caitlin Arnett, possibly the world's hottest Rockies fan. Not that there's a huge pool.

 

Syracuse just got its hand smacked by the NCAA, to the tune of 200 vacated wins and 12 lost schollies. Jim Boeheim, asleep at the switch when it comes to compliance.

 

• Today's big NFL news: Brandon Marshall to the Jets. But who will be throwing to him?

 

• More NFL news: Reggie Wayne, "one of the greatest men ever to wear the horseshoe" according to owner Jim Irsay, won't be re-signed.

 

• Baby daddies aside, there's a scoring crisis in college basketball.

 

Craig Sager made a heartwarming return to television last night.

 

Watch this newscast kick it to a traffic reporter who's stuck in the McDonald's drive-thru.

 

Harrison Ford gave some golfers a story that will last them a lifetime.

 

You gotta watch this alley-oop video. Trust me.

 

• For your snow-bound enjoyment: Spring break fail GIFs.

 

Duncan Keith of the Blackhawks made a little's girl's dream come true.

 

• This blindfolded dunk failed to go as intended.

 

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Post date: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:29
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 4:

 

Meet Sasha Digiulian, an extremely cute extreme athlete.

 

Someone in Detroit is not happy with Ndamukong Suh's decision to test the free agent waters. Apparently he's the first player in history to chase the money.

 

Watch some Russian pee-wee hockey players brawl, cheap shots included. 

 

Kentucky passed a test, dodged a bullet, choose your cliche. But will it help them in the long run?

 

Twenty-five years ago today, Hank Gathers collapsed during a game and died. Boy, time flies.

 

Shane Battier's karaoke event included a lot of awkward dancing and quasi-singing.

 

Last night's old-fashioned one-for-one McCoy for Alonso blockbuster almost sent Adam Schefter into a ditch. Of course, the trade is all just part of Chip Kelly's master plan.

 

This Murray State pitcher has an insane leg kick.

 

There are an awful lot of baby daddies in college basketball

 

Jim Harbaugh, good samaritan.

 

• Otto Porter forgot to play defense at an inopportune moment.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:16
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 3: 

 

The lovely and talented Allison Brie will be appearing in an upcoming issue of GQ Mexico.

 

Glen Davis' epic videobomb was the highlight of Chris Paul's postgame interview.

 

Enjoy this hynotic GIF of Jon Stewart kicking wrestler Seth Rollins in the junk.

 

Romo-to-Bryant is an expensive combo for the Cowboys — 30 percent of their cap space.

 

The top 101 NFL free agents. My Titans could use 15-20 of these. Heck, how about 53?

 

Is this the world's best sandwich?

 

Mavs owner Mark Cuban will play the president in Sharknado 3.

 

• Gluttons rejoice: It's Free Pancake Day at IHOP.

 

Curt Schilling went nuclear on some Twitter lowlifes who made disgusting comments about his daughter.

 

Marshawn Lynch has a way of standing out in a crowd.

 

Jordan Leopold's daughter wrote a heart-rending letter begging for her dad to be traded to the Blue Jackets. And he was.

 

• Hassan Whiteside and Alex Len exchanged pleasantries last night.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 12:37
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 2:

 

This slideshow of NASCAR WAGs shows that drivers take a back seat to no one in the hot significant others department.

 

• MVP candidates getting testy: James Harden nailed King James right in the plums.

 

The Duke student newspaper broke a blockbuster story regarding the basketball program.  Coach K will not be pleased.

 

• It's March, meaning it's a good time to let KenPom count down the most tense NCAA Tournament games since 2010.

 

Here are the 30 Nicest Guys on the PGA Tour. I can personally vouch for No. 2.

 

Colleague David Fox lays out the smorgasbord of sports options on Netflix.

 

Marshawn Lynch shared his thoughts on The Call with the media. The Turkish media.

 

Watch Ronda Rousey's latest title defense. Trust me, you have time. Just don't blink.

 

Meditations on the passing of three cultural icons.

 

Longform read from Charles Pierce on Tark the Shark.

 

Nationals second sacker Danny Espinosa has an insane 'stache.

 

• Shades of Shaq: NIU center Pete Rakocevic destroyed a goal yesterday.

 

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Post date: Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:29
All taxonomy terms: Marc Leishman, Golf
Path: /golf/top-30-golfers-2015-majors-no-28-marc-leishman
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2015 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 28: Marc Leishman

Born: Oct. 24, 1983, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia | Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 | 2014 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2014 Earnings (PGA Tour): $2,558,657 (32nd) World Ranking: 52

Brandel Chamblee's Take

In 2009, Leishman became the first Australian in the history of the PGA Tour to win Rookie of the Year honors. And though he has won only once on Tour through 2014, when asked who they think will break through with a major win soon, many of the caddies point to this talented Aussie. In 2013, he finished fourth at The Masters, and last year he finished fifth at the Open Championship in addition to finishing in the top 10 in the last two WGC events. His upright swing gives him a powerful high ball flight and a heavy hit that sets up perfectly for the tucked pins on hard greens that one faces at the majors as well as many other events along the way.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 14
Wins: 0

2014 Performance:
Masters - Cut
U.S. Open - DNP
British Open - T5
PGA Championship - T46

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T4 (2013)
U.S. Open - T51 (2011)
British Open - T5 (2014)
PGA Championship - T12 (2013)
Top-10 Finishes: 2
Top-25 Finishes: 3
Missed Cuts: 6

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.

 

Athlon's 2015 Golf annual provides in-depth previews of this year's four majors, including the top 30 players to watch this season. One of these elite players, Billy Horschel, also takes you tee to green with full-swing instruction and short game essentials. BUY IT NOW.

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Post date: Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:36
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-february-27-2015
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 27:

 

Margot Robbie, who is slowly taking over the Internet, has a movie opening. Oh, and Will Smith's apparently in it, too.

 

Some guy caught a monster catfish. Nature is terrifying.

 

• Yesterday was dominated by the llamas. Oh, and the dress. The Internet is a weird place. 

 

• Of course, the self-righteous among us ordered us to stop focusing on the dress and think about more important stuff.

 

Kevin Stallings went a little nuts, but nothing like the hot takers online.

 

• Borrowing a page from his idol Seve's playbook, Sergio Garcia hit a ball that was totally submerged, and made par.

 

So why don't the Yankees just dump A-Rod?

 

The Jackie Robinson of the NBA died yesterday.

 

Jay Cutler has lost Jon Gruden. And Gruden loves everybody.

 

Grantland had a bracket to pick the best Second Banana of all time. His name is George, and he lives with his parents. This is the second contest he's won.

 

• Here's the offending Kevin Stallings comment, which ESPN's cameras helpfully picked up.

 

-- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

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Post date: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 11:43
All taxonomy terms: Louis Oosthuizen, Golf
Path: /golf/top-30-golfers-2015-majors-no-29-louis-oosthuizen
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2015 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 29: Louis Oosthuizen

Born: Oct. 19, 1982, Mossel Bay, South Africa | Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 (7 on European Tour)  | 2014 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2014 Earnings (PGA Tour): $946,134 (101st) World Ranking: 44

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Oosthuizen is hard to put on this list, because the Tour’s ranges are littered with players whose veins are coursing with ambition, and sometimes one wonders if Louis has a pulse at all. And yet, one can not deny his obscene talent. Players, caddies and all who have a chance to witness his game in full flight are agog at what he can do with a ball, as we all were in watching him win the Open Championship by seven shots in 2010 with a driving exhibition that had longtime observers struggling for comparisons. His up-and-down game seems to rise with his interest, and with that being the case he ended 2014 on a high note. I would love to see him play with great intensity for an entire season, and if he did, he could easily do this year what Martin Kaymer did last year.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 25
Wins: 1

2014 Performance:
Masters - 25
U.S. Open - T40
British Open - T36
PGA Championship - T15

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - 2 (2012)
U.S. Open - T9 (2011)
British Open - 1 (2010)
PGA Championship - T15 (2014)
Top-10 Finishes: 3
Top-25 Finishes: 7
Missed Cuts: 12

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.

 

Athlon's 2015 Golf annual provides in-depth previews of this year's four majors, including the top 30 players to watch this season. One of these elite players, Billy Horschel, also takes you tee to green with full-swing instruction and short game essentials. BUY IT NOW.

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Post date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 17:32
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-february-26-2015
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 26:

 

• Big news day for Ronda Rousey: She's embroiled in a verbal catfight with Arianny Celeste (pictured); she wants to win her upcoming bout so she can afford Pacquiao-Mayweather tickets; and she's rooting for Pacquiao cause he was nice to her.

 

Kevin Garnett got a nice welcome in his return to Minnesota.

 

• Sad: Josh Hamilton's apparent relapse. The booger sugar's bad news. 

 

Curt Schilling to Twitter creepers: Hands off my daughter.

 

• Picture this: LeBron James and LeBron James Jr., both in the NBA, circa 2024.

 

Here's video of Bill Belichick trying to figure out how to set the clock in his car.

 

Florida State's Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 30 points in the final 4:39 of his team's loss to Miami. That's not a misprint.

 

Long read about the latest round of brouhahas over analytics.

 

• On top of everything else, Aaron Hernandez is a bad tipper. Or at least bad at math.

 

• Zach Randolph launched a halftime buzzer beater from beyond halfcourt.

 

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Post date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 14:44
All taxonomy terms: Charl Schwartzel, Golf
Path: /golf/top-30-golfers-2015-majors-no-30-charl-schwartzel
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2015 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 30: Charl Schwartzel

Born: Aug. 31, 1984, Johannesburg, South Africa | Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 (9 on European Tour)  | 2014 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2014 Earnings (PGA Tour): $1,997,482 (44th) World Ranking: 29

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Schwartzel has been ranked as high as sixth in the world and has won events overseas by 12, 11 and six shots, and in 2011 he won The Masters by birdieing the final four holes, which was an unprecedented accomplishment in the 75-year history of that tournament. With one of the most beautiful swings in the game, it is a wonder that he doesn’t win more often, The Masters being his lone PGA Tour victory, especially given that his Sunday scoring average was the lowest on tour for 2014. Looking closer though, it is clear that he plays his best golf, more often than not, when all chance of winning is gone; only one time on the PGA Tour in the last two years has he bettered his position on the final day of an event when he was in the top ten after 54 holes. His fourth-round 78 at the 2013 US Open, when he was just one off the pace starting the day, is a prime example. At 30 years old he has plenty of time to add to his already enviable record, but to do so he needs play like the man who stole The Masters from so many potential winners four years ago.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 32
Wins: 1

2014 Performance:
Masters - Cut
U.S. Open - Cut
British Open - T7
PGA Championship - T15

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - 1 (2011)
U.S. Open - T9 (2011)
British Open - T7 (2014)
PGA Championship - T12 (2011)
Top-10 Finishes: 3
Top-25 Finishes: 13
Missed Cuts: 11

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.

 

Athlon's 2015 Golf annual provides in-depth previews of this year's four majors, including the top 30 players to watch this season. One of these elite players, Billy Horschel, also takes you tee to green with full-swing instruction and short game essentials. BUY IT NOW.

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Post date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 16:14

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