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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 28:

 

Swimsuit model Genevieve Morton and her friends danced around to "Happy." This does, in fact, make us happy.

 

• I don't know about you, but Navy's new helmets make me want to suit up and run through a brick wall.

 

Georgia State kicked off college football last night by earning its first FBS win.  I believe that moves them ahead of Florida State in the computers.

 

• Why we love college football, part 1,563: South Carolina and Texas A&M fans gathered outside the South Carolina state capitol just to yell at each other.

 

Playing the blame game in the Josh Shaw debacle. Plenty to go around.

 

Did you have any idea Monica Seles was writing young adult romance novels? Me neither.

 

Watch the son of a Nebraska assistant coach who's battling cancer get the news that he's going home. Goosebumps.

 

Andrelton Simmons made another insane play. Oh, and it was a game-saver.

 

• John Daly's country song "Hit It Hard" is getting airplay on Sirius. If you're morbidly curious, click here. It's actually not that bad.

 

Francisco Cervelli took a foul ball to the giblets. Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to play catcher.

 

Twitter and Instagram temporarily blew up with NBA-themed cartoons. Some are clever, some are weird and creepy.

 

• Johnny Football is an aerobics instructor in a new Snickers spot.

 

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

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Post date: Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:46
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 27:

 

Get to know this year's crop of NFL WAGs, including Essential 11 favorite Lindsey Duke, better half to Blake Bortles.

 

Pablo Sandoval took a quality selfie with a fan's camera during a rain delay.

 

Bruce Feldman picks LSU freshman Leonard Fournette to win the Heisman among nine other preposterous prognostications.

 

A Richard Sherman minicamp fight led to six-figure fines for Pete Carroll and the Seahawks.

 

Ned Yost went all James Franklin and complained about Royals attendance last night.

 

• Drunk History is a genius show on Comedy Central that is both hilarious and educational. Enjoy the clip on golfer Babe Didrikson featuring Emily Deschanel. And start DVR'ing the show.

 

What's with the college football media's obsession with food? This story confirms my suspicion that media types are in the business just to abuse their expense accounts.

 

David Chase answers the question: Did Tony Soprano die?

 

A cute Astros fan added to this year's blooper reel of horrendous first pitches. This one might actually be the worst.

 

ESPN realized it had engaged in some creative shark-jumping by reporting on Michael Sam's showering habits.

 

Ranking the best moments of the college football offseason, now that it's mercifully over.

 

• Watch a Korean ballplayer launch a baseball over the massive center field scoreboard.

 

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

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Post date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 10:36
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Tiger Woods is the one golfer who can make news without picking up a club, earning headlines recently when he had parted ways with swing coach Sean Foley. And Tiger's knack for eliciting strong opinions is not limited to fans and media. Over the weekend at the Barclays, we persuaded many of his peers on the PGA Tour to share their anonymous opinions of Tiger, who may be currently out of sight but is never out of mind.

 

Will Tiger ever get back to where he was?

"There is no chance Tiger gets back to being at his absolute dominant best from 2000 and times like that. He was as close to unbeatable as you can get in golf back in some of those stretches. But he can certainly get back to a point where he wins more than once in a season."

 

"I always say, never write off a champion, and Tiger Woods is a champion."

 

"It depends on the definition. Tiger early 2000 is probably unattainable ever again for anyone. But Tiger 2013 with five wins … I could see that potentially happening once more if he can truly get his body right."

 

"Tiger Woods will never be as dominant as he was. He will never strike fear into people the way he once did. He used to beat players with his B and even C game because he had them between the ears, but not anymore."

"Back to his best? No. Back to being number one in the game? He could easily do that if healthy."

 

"I am not prepared to say no. I am probably leaning towards no, but he’s the type that proves people wrong. It is easier for the rest of us if he isn’t at his dominant best!"

 

"I think age catches up with all of us. And while Tiger can be successful again, I don’t think he can ever be as good as he was at his absolute best. That doesn’t mean he can’t be awesome, just not as good as he was."

 

Will Tiger challenge Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors?

"I don’t think so. If he can win one next season, he has a small chance, but if he doesn’t then I think it will be a bridge too far."

 

"Yes. He will win a major or two in 2015, if he really truly can get fit again and then it will be on. You can see the determination in his eyes at majors. All he needs is to be fit and get a little bit of luck and once he gets number 15, over that hump, I think old Tiger will be back."

"I would love to see him get to 18 near the end of his career and then be a great side story at some majors while he’s heading towards retirement. It would be great if he had a Tom Watson Open Championship moment at the Masters."

 

"Probably not. I think golf fans and even some players would like to see it. There was a time you thought he could get 25 but now it seems the number 15 is a hurdle he can’t get over."

 

"Won’t even sniff it. There is just too much talent out here now and his body is not up to the challenge."

 

"Can’t really see it happening any more. But he’s closer than any of the rest of us, and if he did it would be very impressive."

 

"Sadly, I think his chance at that might have gone."

 

Should Tiger change teachers (maybe go back to Butch Harmon)?

Note: We posed this question before the news broke that Woods had parted ways with swing coach Sean Foley.

 

"A coach is a personal choice and you do what feels right for you so for me to suggest who he should go to would be kind of pointless."

 

"I can’t see Tiger going back to someone he has had before. Maybe he might make another change at some point but he won plenty of times since taking on Sean (Foley)."

 

"Yes, he should go back to his 2000 swing with Butch. But he won’t."

 

"Butch is probably one of the game’s best coaches but I’m not sure Tiger is the type to go back. The only person who probably knows what fit is best is Tiger himself."

 

"At this point I don’t think it would matter who Tiger had coaching him. Probably someone with experience in minimizing strain on the back."

 

"I would not be surprised if he changes again very soon. But he won’t got to Butch."

 

Are Tiger’s problems purely physical?

"Not purely but it is a big part. Back surgery, or any surgery in golf is hard to overcome. It is one thing to be healthy again but the difference out here is so close between players anything slightly off can be magnified."

 

"Almost. He still seems very determined to win."

 

"I haven’t seen his doctor's notes, nor am I a doctor, so I cannot judge how much of it is physical and what isn’t. I am sure there are some mental scars, because when you have injuries it is very hard not to be thinking about them."

 

"When you have physical problems it is almost always followed by mental issues as you worry about the injuries and other things instead of just playing golf."

 

Even in light of his serious health concerns, many of Tiger's contemporaries are reluctant to write off the 14-time major champion.

 

Will Tiger be missed on the Ryder Cup team?

"No doubt. Of course his presence will be missed. You can’t tell me at least half the European side would not be a little afraid if it came down to a singles match against Tiger on Sunday."

 

"Is that a trick question? The guy is a 14-time major winner with tons of team play experience. Even half fit he would be missed."

 

"Of course. It is impossible to replace his experience and determination and will to win."

 

"A little bit, yeah, but the team will be better off not having to try to carry an unfit Tiger. He probably wouldn’t have wanted to sit out at all so it could have been a difficult situation for Tom Watson."

 

"A fit Tiger would have been a big weapon for the U.S. team, but unfit, he may have just been a passenger and could have actually provided the Europeans with more confidence."

 

"Yes. You can’t buy experience like his."

 

"Not in the shape he was in. The European team will be full of stars, and any unfit golfer would have trouble earning points against them."

 

Can golf thrive without Tiger at the top?

"Yes. Maybe not at the same level, at least for a while, but there is always new talent coming. Rory (McIlroy) and Rickie (Fowler) and guys like this can carry the torch of new viewers."

 

"Not like it did when he was at his best. But with some careful planning and the right moves the transition, whenever it comes, could be smoother."

 

"It survived and thrived in times before Tiger and it will do the same again."

 

"I think so. It is up to all of us to provide quality golf, quality contests and relate to the fans as best we can."

"It will take golf a long time to get back to the massive popularity it had when he was dominant. Plus things like cost to play, time to play and other issues need to be sorted to help the sport grow."

 

"Yes, but it needs young guys to keep playing well. People like dominance in sports. Guys like Rory, Rickie, Jason Day and the like need to take the torch."

 

"The game was around well before Tiger and will be around 300 years after him. All sports have their ups and downs."

 

Can Rory McIlroy fill the post-Tiger void?

"If he gets on and stays on these dominant runs he can. But doing that will be one almighty task. It might fall on Rory and a few other guys with him."

 

"It doesn’t need to just be Rory. But maybe a few guys in a so-called rivalry with him. If a handful of guys like Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama or even guys a little older like Adam Scott and Bubba Watson could consistently go toe to toe with him it could get really exciting."

 

"The fans certainly seem to have warmed to him and he’s playing great, so why not?"

 

"Yes he can. But so can at least 10 other guys should they get on similar runs."

"Golf could really move into an era now where a handful of guys are in the mix in the big events creating great Sunday finishes over and over again." 

 

"Sure. He showed at the British Open he can play the dominant golfer and then at the PGA Championship the way he made the turn when it looked he was being beaten and stepped it up to win shows he is more than the real deal."

 

Compiled by Ben Everill

Follow him on Twitter @beneverill

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Post date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 12:45
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 26:

 

• We may not care about tennis, but I think we can all agree that it boasts some of sports' loveliest ladies, like Maria Sharapova.

 

The Yankees haven't lost since Shawn Kelley bought a rubber horse head. If they lose, that head will wind up in someone's bed.

 

The Ginger Hammer unleashes its wrath against poolside beer drinking.

 

Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus may be baseball's best comedy team.

 

• According to Mike Schmidt, Bud Selig had a plan in place to reinstate Pete Rose before Charlie Hustle screwed it up.

 

I think we can all agree that Bucknell football takes the best headshots.

 

Alec Baldwin wore a suit to the U.S. Open and nonchalantly caught an errant ball.

 

Tennessee is getting pretty creative with its recruiting, although I bet this kid's never read Rolling Stone, since he's under 50. 

 

Seahawks fans are still having fun at Michael Crabtree's expense.

 

Master photobomber Chris Bosh struck last night at the Emmys. His victim: Matthew McConaughey.

 

• This is alarming: Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen had his truck torched. Imagine what will happen when the season goes south.

 

• Watch a solitary bee disrupt the proceedings at the U.S. Open.

 

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

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Post date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:45
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 25:

 

• It's college football week. Here are the sexiest fan bases in the world's greatest sport.

 

• A guy promised on Twitter to buy the world drinks if Michael Sam sacked Johnny Manziel and gave the money sign. Sam delivered, and the guy did, too, sort of.

 

A vanquished Chicago Little Leaguer taught the world about sportsmanship.

 

• In case anyone cares, Brittney Griner dunked in the WNBA playoffs.

 

Yasiel Puig turned a double play into a triple play through wanton stupidity.

 

Haloti Ngata kind of kicked a Redskins player.

 

• So apparently Queen Bey brought the house down at the VMAs. Her daughter Blue Ivy agreed. So did Eric LeGrand, who shocked the Twitterverse with a little jab at his own paralysis.

 

Longform piece on wideform quarterback Jared Lorenzen.

 

• Cops spotted Alan Branch vomiting out of his car. The Bills then vomited him off their roster.

 

• Troy Aikman and Joe Buck made a bizarre Mexican soap opera parody.

 

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

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Post date: Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:23
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 22:

 

• Apple doesn't fall far from the tree: Jean-Claude Van Damme's rather attractive daughter did the splits for her ice bucket challenge.

 

• Speaking of solid ice bucket challenge performances, Win McMurry of the Golf Channel gets a gold star.

 

• The SI cover jinx strikes a 13-year-old: Mo'ne Davis' LLWS is over.

 

• After last night's Keystone Showdown debacle, Snoop Dogg made his feelings about Steelers OC Todd Haley known via Instagram. Strong language warning, naturally.

 

Things are getting testy at Bills camp. They're all realizing they live in Buffalo.

 

"John from Kentucky" called Mike Francesa to defend John Calipari's coaching.

 

So now V. Stiviano is claiming that Donald Sterling's gay and she was his beard.

 

There's a Premier League text message scandal erupting involving racism, homophobia, all the biggies.

 

Grantland is doing a bracket of best SNL cast members. I think I'd have to go with Phil Hartman.

 

• Don't know about you, but I'm not man enough to play rugby.

 

More compelling evidence that Jim Harbaugh is just an overgrown kid.

 

• Indiana coach Kevin Wilson had a nice post-practice run on a slip 'n' slide.

 

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

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Post date: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:18
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 21:

 

• There's a new "Sin City" movie opening. For your clicking convenience, here's a compilation of the ladies of the Sin City movies, including the latest star, Eva Green.

 

More fodder for the Manziel haters, courtesy of the elder Manziel.

 

Mo'ne ran out of magic last night. And here's a helpful reminder that Miss Davis is just a kid, not a commodity.

 

• This one's for the Notre Dame haters: Deadspin's Drew Magary relentlessly trolls the Domers.

 

Great news in Jim Kelly's battle with cancer.

 

Interesting longform read about a powerful AAU leader-slash-drug kingpin.

 

The Cubs can't win even when they try to win.

 

• Undercover boss: Vernon Davis visits his own Jamba Juice store to check up on things.

 

Watch two crazy bros kayak down a storm drainage ditch.

 

Here's a compilation of hot female celebrities doing the ice bucket challenge. You're welcome.

 

• A fan lost his beer to a foul ball, so the Brewers broadcasting crew bought him another one.

 

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

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Post date: Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:38
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 20:

 

• Forget Manziel: Blake Bortles is the rookie star of the preseason, mainly because of GF Lindsey Duke.

 

• I'm linking to this story mainly because I like the headline: Johnny Football Becomes Johnny Bench. Then there's this: Manziel reportedly lost the job based on his frat-boy behavior.

 

• DISH continues to use college superstars-turned-pro flameouts like Jamarcus Russell and Matt Leinart to great effect in its advertising.

 

• My favorite GIF in a long time: Chip Kelly belly-flopping into a plastic pool in lieu of the ice bucket challenge.

 

• My second-favorite GIF today: Yasiel Puig pulls off a nifty move with his batting helmet.

 

• Speaking of those ubiquitous ice buckets, one bucket was not enough for the Hulkster. And then there's Alabama Boss, whose ice bucket challenge included beer, a lawn chair and a shotgun.

 

Fantasy football has gone too mainstream for comfort.

 

Bo Pelini delivers a touching message to young cancer patient Jack Hoffman.

 

Former NFL ref Mike Carey avoided doing Redskins games because of the name.

 

• Bobby Bowden did a Reddit Ask Me Anything and gave a memorable answer.

 

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

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Post date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:18
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 19:

 

Enjoy the cheerleaders of the AP Top 25, starting with the top-ranked Noles.

 

Leave it to Johnny Football to enliven an otherwise dreadful Browns-Skins preseason snoozer. He'll see your casually racist nickname and raise you a middle finger. To his credit, Manziel was visibly embarrassed when he was informed that the brass was aware of what he'd done. Brian Orakpo, who had Manziel running for his life, was amused by the gesture.

 

Tiger and Rory went on Fallon to awkwardly shill for Nike.

 

Jay Feely defends the lowly extra point.

 

• Colin Cowherd blamed racer Kevin Ward Jr.'s death on "Southern culture." Mike Huckabee (about whom I have mixed feelings) told Cowherd to shut his pie hole (which I endorse).

 

Kate Upton took the ice bucket challenge. Trust me before you click — it's far better in your mind than it actually was. Here's a funny compilation of ice bucket fails (language alert at the link).

 

Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Clippers fans in a very Steve Ballmer-y way.

 

David Letterman paid tribute to Robin Williams, his friend for almost four decades.

 

• The Rhode Island Little League coach gave a great post-game speech after his team's loss.

 

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

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Post date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:37
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 18:

 

Jessica Alba threw out the first pitch for the Dodgers and didn't shame her family. That's all we ask out of our ceremonial first pitchers.

 

This guy's punishment for coming in last in his fantasy baseball league — an embarrassingly revealing calendar that includes Body Issue and Constanza spoofs — is no doubt giving sadistic commissioners across the land evil ideas.

 

The Rams have invited several Ferguson-area high school football players to their preseason game this Sunday as a respite from the chaos. Haven't those kids suffered enough?

 

The Falcons back who got jacked up by Jadeveon Clowney sees nothing special about Jadeveon Clowney.

 

An ice-bucket challenge I can get on board with: the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders.

 

The manager of the Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans released a little pent-up frustration.

 

Jose Reyes' hair makes him look like a sponge is growing out of his head.

 

No Nadal at the U.S. Open. My interest in that event is waning fast.

 

Read this bizarre story of a married Kliff Kingsbury fan "breaking up" with him.

 

A fan in New Jersey created a corn maze tribute to the Captain.

 

• Worried that Peyton Manning has been underexposed, Gatorade is releasing a slew of new Manning commercials.

 

• Asdrubal Cabrera made a nifty behind-the-back flip to start a double play.

 

 

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 15:

 

• In honor of Shark Week, enjoy this slideshow of hot girls with sharks.

 

A Frenchman surrendered his 3000m steeplechase win for excessive premature celebration.

 

• The opening day of the SEC Network gave rise to this mesmerizing GIF of a Mississippi State cowbell shaker.

 

Arian Foster continues to frustrate the media in Houston with his useless answers to their useless questions. Speaking of Foster, remember never to share a hot tub with the guy. Click here to find out why.

 

Watch Lil Wayne freestyle over the SportsCenter theme.

 

• The star of college football's offseason has been Bo Pelini. Relive his greatest hits.

 

The most cringeworthy moments in sports history, from Eminem to the Buttfumble.

 

Dog the Bounty Hunter is coming for War Machine.

 

A tiny Indiana town saved itself through sports.

 

Everything you need to know about MLB's new Commissioner.

 

• I'm as sick of the Ice Bucket Challenge as anyone, but what Paul Bissonnette did with it is impressive.

 

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

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Post date: Friday, August 15, 2014 - 10:45
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 14:

 

Some WAGs really have a hang of this Instagram thing, like Matt Harvey's GF Ashley Haas.

 

Today is the birthday of Tim Tebow and the SEC Network. Someday soon, this will be a holiday in the states of the old Confederacy.

 

Brian Hoyer has at least one supporter in Cleveland.

 

Joe Nathan showed his displeasure with the home fans.

 

Tiger's withdrawal from consideration for the U.S. Ryder Cup team was a rare show of PR savvy from Team Tiger.

 

Little League sensation Mo'Ne Davis challenged Clayton Kershaw to a pitch-off, and Kershaw's up for it.

 

• Apparently, telling a woman you're a New York Jet doesn't work too well at the clubs, cause Jets players are taking to Tinder to find love.

 

• I'm immature enough to find this funny: 25 ball-to-the-face GIFs.

 

• Weird celebrity dating news: Floyd Mayweather's new girlfriend is the ex of dead Lakers owner Jerry Buss.

 

Watch as pigeons interrupt Miguel Cabrera's at-bat.

 

• Or, watch tiny South Korean schoolchildren try sour Warhead candy without prior warning.

 

• There was a scary collision last night involving top Twins prospect Byron Buxton.

 

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

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Post date: Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 10:49
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 13:

 

• It stays hot in South Beach: The Miami Dolphins cheerleaders recently held a fashion show and calendar unveiling.

 

25 awesome athlete toys. It's good to be rich and famous.

 

Michigan Men need only one sucker punch to lay a dude out.

 

Cowboys, Raiders and fans brawled yesterday.

 

• Mike Gundy is a man, he's 47, and he's a terrible white-guy dancer.

 

Yasiel Puig's routine fly ball ended with a bat flip that endangered the life of Matt Kemp.

 

As the headline at the link says, Kansas' crimson chrome uniforms scream desperation.

 

Olympic athletes are learning to hold their breath for five minutes.

 

An ugly glimpse at how the news sausage is made.

 

Falcons coach Mike Smith: "We want to be the biggest pr--ks." It's good to have goals.

 

• Ever wonder how a dog would react to a levitating weiner? Wonder no more.

 

• Watch a sportscaster name-check each Robin Williams movie in his segment.

 

 

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

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Post date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 10:46
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 12:

 

Hot celebrity alumni of the Pac-12, including yummy Oregon Duck Kaitlin Olson.

 

Jimmy Fallon awarded amusing superlatives to PGA Tour golfers.

 

This Robin Williams riff on golf has been making the rounds since yesterday's gut punch. (Language warning) And here's an interview Williams did in 2013 with Dan Patrick. One more — a guide to binge-watching Robin Williams movies.

 

• I lied — here's one more: Conan, Andy Richter and Will Arnett learned of Williams' death while taping Conan's show. They proceeded to pay a heartfelt tribute.

 

Watch a Pennsylvania sports anchor punch a guy in a Batman shirt who interrupts a live interview.

 

Five Cal Poly football players broke into a frat house apparently looking for Xanax.

 

• You've probably heard of "Garfield Without Garfield." Now, enjoy "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" without the Kardashians.

 

"Field of Dreams" immortalized in a butter sculpture.

 

• Note to self: Never wink at Diego Maradona's lady.

 

• A 65-year-old former bowler made a nice catch at Wrigley yesterday.

 

 

 

--Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 11:

• We missed Anna Kendrick's 29th birthday last week. We'll try to make amends with this slideshow.

 

Hip-hop fans longing to hear a sweet Peyton-Eli jam have had their prayers answered.

 

• A little something to whet your college football appetite: The 113 best GameDay signs of all time.

 

The Tony Stewart video doesn't prove anything, except that a tragedy occurred.

 

Yasiel Puig snapped his bat on a checked swing without hitting the baseball. Yasiel Puig is not human.

 

If you didn't enjoy the PGA Championship because Tiger wasn't in it, you should quit watching golf. But it is okay to be a little weirded out by that ending.

 

• Rory didn't just win — he saved the Wanamaker Trophy from some clumsy PGA official.

 

The weekend that sports Twitter went insane.

 

A 13-year-old girl pitched her team into the Little League World Series.

 

Even the players get bored during a 19-inning marathon.

• Jay Bruce robbed Giancarlo Stanton of a homer.

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Jack Nicklaus once said of Tiger Woods that he "could win as many Masters as Arnold (Palmer) and me combined." That's 10 green jackets, if you're counting.

 

Earlier, this week, the Golden Bear made similar comments about the heir to Tiger's throne atop the world of golf. "I think Rory (McIlroy) is an unbelievable talent," Nicklaus said. "I love his swing, I love his rhythm, I love his moxie. He's got a little swagger there, it's a little bit cocky but not offensive. I like that. I like the self-confidence in a young man. He's got an unbelievable amount of speed in his golf swing, he obviously hits the ball a heck of a long way. And he hits in there consistently and how he controls it. I think Rory has an opportunity to win 15 or 20 majors or whatever he wants to do if he wants to keep playing."

 

After a thrilling PGA Championship win in the gathering gloom at Valhalla Golf Club, McIlroy is well on his way to making a prophet out of the course's architect. After earning his fourth major championship at age 25, McIlroy has earned his comparisons to a young Tiger and a young Nicklaus — the only two men of the modern era to win major No. 4 at a younger age.

 

Like Woods, McIlroy has now won majors in every conceivable way — comfortably (two eight-shot wins) and in grind-it-out fashion (yesterday's nerve-rattling march to the Wanamaker Trophy). He's also won a major in a way Tiger never has — by making a final-round charge from behind. Rory made the turn on Sunday facing a three-shot deficit, with the players in front of him (specifically Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson) eliciting pine-rattling roars from the record galleries. But on 10, needing a jump-start, McIlroy pulled a Tiger-esque rabbit out of his Nike cap, drilling a 3-wood laser within 10 feet on the difficult par 5 and calmly draining the eagle putt. From there, it was a (literal) sprint to the finish for McIlroy, who posted a back-9 32 and a 16-under par finish.

 

Now that the Woods era seems to be truly on the wane, it's time to anoint a new king. Science tells us that nature hates a vacuum, and after two eight-shot wins in majors in the last 14 months, Rory McIlroy looks ready to fill the void at the top of golf. And more than that, Rory looks likes he could be the kind of historic force in the game that Woods was. The proof comes when you compare the two at similar points in their careers. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/golf/rory-mcilroy-vs-tiger-woods-tale-tape#sthash.26glTo4h.dpuf
Now that the Woods era seems to be truly on the wane, it's time to anoint a new king. Science tells us that nature hates a vacuum, and after two eight-shot wins in majors in the last 14 months, Rory McIlroy looks ready to fill the void at the top of golf. And more than that, Rory looks likes he could be the kind of historic force in the game that Woods was. The proof comes when you compare the two at similar points in their careers. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/golf/rory-mcilroy-vs-tiger-woods-tale-tape#sthash.26glTo4h.dpuf

With the Woods era seems to be truly on the wane, it's time to anoint a new king. Science tells us that nature hates a vacuum, and with four major championship wins at age 25, McIlroy is more than ready to fill the void that Tiger has left at the game's apex. And more than that, Rory looks likes he could be the kind of historic force in the game that Woods was. His win delivered the kind of ratings bonanza once reserved for Tiger in his prime. In fact, the 2014 PGA earned the tournament's best ratings since Woods' loss to Y.E. Yang in 2009 — in retrospect, possibly Tiger's last gasp in major championship golf.

 

McIlroy wisely continues to dismiss all the talk about chasing down the major totals of Woods (14) and Nicklaus (18). He’s just enjoying the moment.


“I'm on a nice track at the minute and I'm on a nice path,” he said. “I've still got a long way to go, but to be in their company at this age is very special.”

 

Rory's reluctant to make the comparison, but we're not. Here's a look at Tiger and Rory at similar points — Tiger through the 2000 PGA Championship, which he also won at Valhalla in a spirited duel with Bob May, and Rory following yesterday's win for the ages. Clearly, Tiger's breathtaking run at the dawn of the 21st Century will be impossible for anyone to replicate, but Rory's on his way to a legendary career of his own.

 

Rory McIlroy-Tiger Woods Career Comparison (Through Their PGA Championship Wins at Valhalla)

 

 Tiger WoodsRory McIlroy
Tournaments won (worldwide)    2415
Majors won         54
Cumulative winning margin in majors      37 strokes19 strokes
Major top 5s      87
Major top 10s1110
Total weeks at No. 1 in the World   12141
Largest winning margin in major15 strokes8 strokes (twice)
Lowest scoring avg. for a season            67.79 (2000)68.87 (2012)
   
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Nobody brings more excitement and passion to his job as an NFL player than Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. We caught up with AD — arguably the best offensive player in football — this offseason to talk about the game, his place in football's hierarchy, and his life-threatening food allergy.

 

Q. What are your goals this season as far as yards, TDs, etc.?

A. I always set a goal of 2,000 or 2,500 yards. I like to aim high, I am always competing against myself to be better. That’s what keeps me hungry. And a championship – that’s the most important goal because that’s for the entire team and all the fans.

 

Q. What's your best work-out tip for an average guy?

A. Regular conditioning is key for everyone and anyone. And when you’re pushing yourself, I’ve learned the value of taking care of your body in between workouts. Things like stretching, icing, massages, those things that help your body repair itself, can be overlooked, but the recovery is just as important as the workouts themselves.

 

Q. Do you get nervous before a game?

A. Nerves are energy — I try to focus my energy on getting pumped up. I’ve been playing football since I was seven and I still love suiting up for a game, the ritual of getting ready, and that adrenaline flow as you step onto the field. From the moment I get to the locker room to suit up, I’m focused on the game.

 

Q. Do you play fantasy football? 

A. I don’t play, but if I did, I would probably draft Calvin Johnson or Peyton Manning – gotta give it to him, he’s one heck of a quarterback.

 

Q. What's been the toughest game loss you've ever had playing football?

A. That one is definitely the NFC Championship Game after the 2009 season. We felt like we had the team to do it and had a great chance to win the Super Bowl that year, but the Saints got us in overtime.  That was a tough one to take.

 

Q. Do you play Madden NFL? If so, do you play as yourself?

A. I play a few games and Madden is definitely one of them. I play as the Vikes sometimes, sure, but I switch it up too.

 

Q. Do you believe in the Madden cover curse?

A. Nah. I’m just going to work hard and bring it every single day on the field. Same as always.

 

Q. Who's the best running back in the NFL — other than yourself?

A. My top five running backs in the league, not including me, are Marshawn Lynch, LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster, Jamaal Charles and Maurice Jones-Drew. There’s a lot of talent out there.

 

Q. Where do you think you rank among running backs all-time?

A.  Number one. I feel I’m the best.

 

Q. What do you feel is the biggest problem facing the NFL today?

A. Right now there is so much discussion about things not related to the game on the field. We need to focus on the players and the game, and not have side issues pull the focus.

 

Q. What do you want to do after your NFL playing days are over?


A. That feels like a long way off. Right now I’m focused on football and what my goals are on the field this season. But that said … who knows, maybe one day you’ll see me on the big screen or as the next name in real estate. 

 

Q. Do you want to retire in your prime like Barry Sanders or hang around as long as possible like Brett Favre?

A. I don’t like to look too far ahead but I believe that I can play at a high level for many more years. Maybe ask me again in a few years when I reach my prime. 

 

Q. Should the NFL expand its schedule to more than 16 games?

A. Expanding the schedule isn’t about the sport or players, it’s about selling more advertising time. I think that the NFL needs to base its decisions on what is best for the players and the game.

 

Q. Who would you want to play Adrian Peterson in a movie?

A.  Will Smith — when he pumps up, there’s a resemblance, right?

 

Q. Your discovery of your own food allergy sparked your involvement with a campaign to raise awareness about life-threatening allergic reactions (Ready2Go.com). What can you tell us about your allergy, and about the campaign?


A. I didn’t know that I had a life-threatening allergy until I experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis, during training camp two years ago. After eating one of my favorite foods, seafood gumbo, my eyes started itching and my throat started to swell to the point that I was having trouble breathing. It was pretty scary because I didn’t know what was happening and I didn’t know what to do. Fortunately, when I called my athletic trainer, he recognized the symptoms of anaphylaxis and knew how to respond. He ran to my room with two EpiPen (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors and I administered one in my outer thigh. In the meantime, he called 911 so I could get emergency medical care. I’ve learned a lot of people are like I was – they don’t know how to respond to anaphylaxis. That’s why I’m partnering with Mylan Specialty on the Ready2Go campaign to encourage people to avoid their allergic triggers, know the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and be prepared to respond if it occurs. I am also encouraging those concerned about life-threatening allergies to talk to their doctor to determine if treatment is the right option for them. The fact is that life happens, and if you have a life-threatening allergy you have to be prepared. 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 8:

• This just in: Nina Dobrev is cute. Now back to our regular programming.

• Scandal brewing: TMZ caught the head of NFL officiating getting off the Cowboys' party bus.

A Bama fan's attempted Wheel of Fortune burn of Auburn doesn't hold up to scrutiny.

Chris Wood wore more pairs of pants in the first round of the PGA than Tiger had birdies.

• This is interesting: Maddux and Glavine came up with the "Chicks dig the long ball" tag line.

Coach Ted Lasso has made a welcome return.

Undrafted rookie Matt Scott puked twice before throwing a touchdown pass for the Bengals.

• This is possibly good news: Judd Apatow will be producing a Lonely Island movie.

Sal Paolantonio asked Ray Rice how his wife had encouraged him before the game. Good job, good effort, Sal.

38 years ago today, the White Sox wore those infamous unis with shorts.

Ian Poulter has a Rich White Guy beef with British Airways.

• Johan Kok, a club pro from Brentwood, Tenn., had the shot of the opening day at the PGA Championship — on his first hole of the championship.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 7:

• Leading off today: Hottest alumni of the Big Ten, including geek goddess Zooey Deschanel of Northwestern.

• They're off and running at the PGA Championship, where we're reminded yet again that, somehow, John Daly is a former major champion. Athlon photographer Harrison McClary is there, too.

• Greg Oden allegedly punched a lady, giving us another classic mug shot.

The NBA Rookie Transition Program is doling out helpful advice like stirring hot soup instead of blowing on it, and don't cover your neck in tattoos.

Metta World Peace is changing his name again. I won't ruin it for you; just click.

• Remember Lions QB Scott Mitchell? He got really fat and is going on The Biggest Loser, along with other former athletes like tennis player Zina Garrison.

Matt Williams scolded the media over Bryce Harper-to-the-minors talk.

• After Adam Dunn's pitching performance, here's how position players have fared on the mound this year.

Watch an Australian sportscast disappear into the weeds. All that's missing is "Boom goes the dynamite."

Allegedly scandalous behavior at the World Wide Leader.

There's a petition to get Weird Al for the Super Bowl halftime show. I could get behind this.

• Umpire Laz Diaz showed off his salsa moves with the Philly Phanatic.

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 6:

Possibly inebriated swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen really seemed to enjoy throwing out the first pitch in LA Tuesday night. I'm with her; the only way to enjoy that nerve-wracking experience would be to get hammered first.

Nothing draws a crowd like Jayson Werth garden gnomes.

These Kobe-Jordan comparison videos are absolutely amazing. You'd almost think one was imitating the other.

Here's a Hard Knocks episode 1 recap.

Cleveland's David Murphy got confused by an extra ball bouncing on the grass. Write your own joke; I'm too lazy.

Ian Kinsler joins the "worst throw of all time" sweepstakes.

• Not sports-related, but kind of inspiring: Commuters in Australia combined to lift a train off a guy's leg.

• LolMets: The Mets gave away toy trucks with Phillies logos on them.

Get to know new Spurs assistant Becky Hammon.

The Duf-man shares his secrets in an amusing video.

Kentucky lineman Cory Johnson is a regular guy. Very regular.

• Our lives are complete. We've now seen Adam Dunn pitch a complete inning.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 5:

Enjoy a gallery of the spectacular Samantha Hoopes.

• Wow. LeBron is scary skinny. Dude, you can afford to eat.

• How adorbs is this? Justin Verlander tossed girlfriend Kate Upton a baseball, eliciting a precious reaction.

Hard Knocks starts tonight, and the teaser features a tasty brawl.

An excerpt of Paul Finebaum's book focuses on joyless winner Nick Saban.

A little Tuesday schadenfreude for the Puig haters out there.

Play "Spot the Typo" on this Michigan State locker room sign. Hint: A word is not spelled accurately.

The eight least disgusting sports injuries of all time. That's right, I said least.

18 underrated beers to get you through the dog days.

Chris Bosh is launching a line of ties. The name? Mr. Nice Tie. Seriously.

What current NFL stars are first-ballot Hall of Famers?

• Ezequiel Carrera made the catch of the year last night. Move over, Jim Edmunds.

 

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Golf was in the news for a variety of reasons this weekend, not all of them positive. Let's start with the good news.

 

Rory Fills the Void

Tiger Woods' ongoing struggles with his health and his golf game have left a vacuum at the game's apex. Fortunately, Rory McIlroy has proved more than ready to slide seamlessly into the role of golf's standard-bearer. McIlroy followed up his dominant British Open win with another high-profile, big-money triumph at the WGC-Bridgestone, a win that allows him to retake the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. McIlroy quickly erased a three-shot deficit to Sergio Garcia, shooting a final-round 66 to Sergio's 71 for a three-shot win at Firestone Country Club. McIlroy is overpowering golf courses with his length off the tee; this weekend, he produced drives of 349 yards, 345 yards, 331 yards and 330 yards. 

 

"If you're hitting arguably the hardest club in your bag that well, then the other stuff should sort of fall in line,” said McIlroy. “Whenever I drive the ball well, I always put myself in positions where I can attack flags and try and make birdies, but when I'm swinging it well with a driver that sort of funnels through the rest of my game."


Garcia is now 3-for-12 in converting 54-hole leads. “I didn't feel comfortable on the greens at all,” said Garcia, who missed five putts inside 10 feet. “With the spin of the greens changing quite dramatically after the rain, they got a little bit -- they were quite slow from the last three days. I started kind of second-guessing myself every single putt, and because of that, I didn't -- the good putt I hit, I misread, and the bad ones, obviously, weren't going the right direction either.”


Still, the McIlroy-Garcia duo has produced consecutive 1-2 finishes in big-time events. At 34, Sergio's still young enough to provide a compelling foil for McIlroy for the next decade.

 

Tiger's Back

And not in a good way. After hitting an awkward shot and apparently tweaking his ailing, surgically repaired back, Woods limped through nine holes before walking off the course and into the headlines with his latest physical setback. Tiger had sounded the alarm prior to the Bridgestone with these ominously prescient comments: "There's no comparison between a knee and a back. The knee is so much easier to deal with and rehab from than coming back from a back. I've had Achilles injuries, obviously knee surgeries, but this thing is just way different. Most of the people I talked to who have had the procedure have no idea how I'm even back here playing." Woods has yet to rule out this week's PGA Championship, but his season, and his spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, are very much in jeopardy. Here's what Woods had to say following his withdrawal.

 

 

DJ's Leave of Absence

Dustin Johnson was contending for a FedExCup and was expected to be a stalwart for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Now, his future on Tour is up in the air following his announcement that he was taking a leave of absence to deal with "personal challenges," challenges that include reports of a third failed drug test. Not only must the Tour deal with the body blow of a young star's fall from grace, but it also must deal with the public relations fallout of its secretive disciplinary approach. "With regard to media reports that Dustin Johnson has been suspended by the PGA Tour, this is to clarify that Mr. Johnson has taken a voluntary leave of absence and is not under a suspension from the PGA Tour,” Ty Votaw, PGA Tour vice president, said on Friday. That exercise in semantics did no one any favors, Johnson included.

 

Notes

• Adam Scott took his loss of the No. 1 world ranking in stride. "It's all good,” said Scott, who had spent the last 11 weeks at No. 1. “It's been a lot of fun. Obviously, Rory's in incredible form at the moment. He'll be the man to beat next week, by the looks of things, and I'll be gunning for him for sure."

 

• The last player to win consecutive starts entering the PGA Championship was Tiger Woods in 2009 when he won the Buick Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational before finishing runner-up to Y.E. Yang at Hazeltine. In retrospect, that's looking like Woods' last gasp in major championship golf.

 

• Phil Mickelson, after bemoaning the state of his game, fired a final-round 62 at the Bridgestone, a round that included 10 birdies, one of them coming on this tasty hole-out from the fairway at 13.

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 4:

Yesterday was Evangeline Lilly's 35th birthday. A belated Happy Birthday to Lost's most annoying castaway.

The first Manning Face of 2014 is epic. Let me be the 1,000th person to say that Eli's already in midseason form.

• Andy Dalton, the star of this classic GIF, just signed a $115 million deal with the Bengals.

Clemson QB Cole Stoudt pulls off the mannequin prank.

The Paul George injury could have long-term consequences.

Two boxers had a hilarious confrontation in a restaurant. Had to be staged.

Under Armour's ballet ad is pretty cool.

Tiger's body continues to betray him. Although his caddie is reportedly scouting this week's venue, which sounds like a hopeful sign.

Rory and Sergio are vying to fill the Tiger void. Not surprisingly, Rory's better at it.

A baseball hater's guide to surviving August.

McKayla Maroney got in on the first pitch act with a nice mini-floor routine.

• The D-backs beat the Pirates in controversial fashion.

 

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

There's a new Miss Hooters International 2014. Mazel tov.

• As a part of his offseason charm offensive, Bo Pelini modeled Nebraska's new uniform.

• Now that her social calendar has opened up, Caroline Wozniacki is training for a marathon. She's also looking smoking hot. What were you thinking, Rory?

Joel Embiid photoshopped Rihanna into his Twitter avatar.

Phil Hughes tried to field a ball that was nowhere in his vicinity.

• Bad day on Twitter for ESPN's Jim Bowden: He stole a scoop from a fake account, then claimed he was hacked.

• Bizarre, convoluted story from college hoops: Former Bull Rick Brunson pretended to be Patrick Ewing to get a massage, possibly costing Temple a five-star point guard (Brunson's son). Got it?

Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt tweeted a screen shot of his playbook. It's, um, uncomplicated.

• Jimmy Fallon can persuade celebs to do anything. Last night, he and Julia Roberts threw balls at each other's faces and watched it back in super slo-mo.

• Texas A&M running back Brandon Williams was so excited to christen the new locker room john that he took to Twitter to announce the news.

Redskins rookie kicker Zach Hocker put himself in his teammates' hands, with disastrous results.

• News blooper of the day: A TV station accidentally aired a Spiderman assault video over a Ray Rice apology report.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 31:

• July's finally over; here are the ladies who wowed us this month.

Jags owner Shad Khan, just chilling.

George W. Bush's visit with Derek Jeter included some awkward pawing.

The blockbuster Jon Lester deal finally happened. Guess the A's are serious.

• The WSJ asking the tough questions: Which college football coaches are the biggest chatterboxes?

Watch a timelapse video of the field turf going in at Notre Dame Stadium.

ESPN's ombudsman compared Stephen A. Smith's verbal skills to Tim Tebow's quarterbacking acumen. Ouch.

A WaPo letter-writer defended the good name of Fred Flintsone against Ray Rice comparisons.

Keyshawn Johnson sent out iPads as wedding invitations. Guess he didn't want to spring for a calligrapher.

"Sharknado 2": More sharks, bigger tornadoes.

Long but interesting read about NFL players and stem cell treatment.

• Manny Machado's cannon should be illegal.

 

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