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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
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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
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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.

 

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Post date: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 11:43
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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
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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
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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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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 25:

 

Today's Future Erin Andrews: Fox Sports West's Brittany Held.

 

Not sure how I feel about skinny Jason Dufner.

 

Larry Sanders offered a pretty candid explanation of why he's walking away from basketball.

 

Rajon Rondo and Rick Carlisle exchanged pleasantries and whispered sweet nothings during a timeout last night.

 

There are rumors that there's a video of Dez Bryant doing something horrible.

 

Not even A-Rod himself knows if he can play baseball without artificial assistance.

 

Steph Curry is more than just a shooter.

 

• Very cool: A couple of Panthers are donating their flowing locks to a kids cancer charity.

 

The Parks and Rec gang bid farewell last night.

 

Jack Nicklaus has gotten into the ice cream business.

 

Bo Ryan to Mark Turgeon: Imma let you finish, but I have a plane to catch.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 11:38
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 24:

 

• Charlotte McKinney will be on Dancing with the Stars, providing an excuse to link to this slideshow.

 

Michael Sam and gymnast Nastia Liukin are among the other "stars" on this season's Dancing with the Stars.

 

The Cleveland Browns are doing a little re-branding. Yeah, that's what was missing - a slightly different-colored helmet.

 

Kobe went on Kimmel last night and got sad as he watched his teammates living life without him.

 

James Harden dislocated both of Ricky Rubio's ankles on one sick play.

 

Interesting interview with Bill Walton, who was contemplating suicide a few years ago due to chronic pain.

 

Parks and Rec characters ranked. I could not agree more strongly with No. 1.

 

• Trickle-down tanking: Two Tennessee high school girls teams got kicked out of the playoffs for trying to lose to each other to gain more favorable bracket position.

 

Last night, Kansas State fans made a compelling case against court-storming by doing it wrong.

 

Marshawn Lynch is trademarking his most famous quote. Or, basically his only quote.

 

• Another sign that the end is nigh: Some soccer fans actually showed class and humanity.

 

• Watch a very good doggie contribute the cowbell to Don't Fear the Reaper.

 

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

 

People are actually getting tired of Kate Upton's Game of War Twitter promotions. That's how relentless they are.

 

Richard Jefferson dunked on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, leading everyone to say, "Richard Jefferson's still in the league?"

 

Roy Williams and his Tar Heels paid the perfect tribute to Dean Smith on Saturday.

 

Clay Travis asks the important questions about last night's Oscars, like who's hotter, Bradley Cooper or Adam Levine. And here are some so-so memes from a so-so Oscars. The tweet of the night actually came from Athlon buddy @MarkEnnis.

 

The Sixers' new mascot hates the Sixers. That's somehow perfect.

 

This story has the best headline you'll read today.

 

Actor Justin Bartha (the dude from Hangover and National Treasure) saw his opportunity to creep out MSG's Jill Martin during an interview, and he took it.

 

Watch a chubby white Kentucky fan portray Louisville's Montrezl Harrell in a homemade video. It's weirder than it sounds.

 

The old injured-while-celebrating genre never gets old.

 

• Watch Oregon's Dillon Brooks dunk on a passel of Utes.

 

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Post date: Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:16
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 20:

 

Wisconsin hoops star Sam Dekker is winning the WAG sweepstakes.

 

Tom Crean's face said it all after Indiana's loss to Purdue.

 

Bobby Knight had a classic old man get-off-my-lawn moment last night.

 

• For some reason, Jack Nicklaus still thinks Tiger Woods will break his majors record.  Maybe because talking about it brings attention to Jack's amazing majors record.

 

Stupid but strangely mesmerizing GIF from the NFL Combine.

 

• Speaking of the Combine, for some reason Trenton Brown's attempt at a vertical leap reminds me of Costanza demonstrating the special training shoes to the guys at Foot Locker.

 

• In the process of responding (poorly) to Charles Barkley's dis, NBA writer Peter Vecsey called a woman an ignorant slut. Stop digging, Pete.

 

MLB, reading the writing on the wall, is trying to speed up the game.

 

Kung Fu Panda needs to back away from the plate. The dinner plate.

 

Oscar predictions, for those who care or are in a pool of some sort.

 

Jon Stewart and WWE star Seth Rollins are in a beef.

 

• Watch Bill Belichick use his finger to sop up gravy of some sort.

 

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Post date: Friday, February 20, 2015 - 12:32
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 19: 

 

• Marginally safe for work: the girls of Mardi Gras on Instagram.

 

An artist made a dress entirely of game-used Mets baseballs. If it was the Mets, they weren't all that used.

 

Here's A-Rod's pre-written apology letter for his horrible steroid-free 2015 season. And here's Frank Caliendo recycling a bit by reading A-Rod's first apology letter in Morgan Freeman's voice.

 

Jay-Z thought Boomer Wells was Curt Schilling and asked him about the bloody sock game.

 

• Cool tribute: The Las Vegas Strip dimmed its lights in honor of Jerry Tarkanian.

 

So there was a controversial non-call at the end of an otherwise great UNC-Duke game.

 

Danny Almonte, the Little League lightning rod of yesteryear, weighed in on the Jackie Robinson West scandal.

 

Golden Tate to Russell Wilson: Bro, squash those rumors that I did your wife.

 

Charles Barkley sprayed a firehose of hate toward the media.

 

Retired Ram Jeff Zgonina is trying his hand at the dog show thing. The best part: Picturing him prancing around in front of the judges.

 

• Watch the Ginger Hammer run the 40-yard dash in the NFL office.

 

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Post date: Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 10:43
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Sometimes athletes have to make their own luck. Or at least that’s what these guys think they’re doing.

 

On this Friday the 13th — a day when we’re all on the lookout for black cats in our paths or broken mirrors — let’s celebrate the athletes who think a bit, um, differently.

 

We thought that it was appropriate to find the 13 most superstitious people in sports, with their seriously strange quirks, habits and talismans, and present them here:

 

Turk WendellMen's Fitness magazine once named pitcher Turk Wendell, whose 11-year major league career (1993-2004) included stops with the Cubs, Mets, Phillies and Rockies, the most superstitious athlete of all time. Wendell wore a necklace made from teeth and bones of animals he had hunted. He would leap over the chalk lines and draw crosses in the dirt on the pitcher's mound. He insisted that his contract figures end with his jersey number of 99. Wendell would eat four pieces of licorice during games he pitched, but don't worry about his dental health — he would also brush his teeth in the dugout between innings.
 
Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs didn't compile a .328 career batting average and accumulate 3,010 hits by accident. The superstitious athlete ate chicken every day before a game; took batting practice at 5:17; ran sprints at 7:17; and wrote the word "Chai" (Hebrew for "life") in the dirt before his plate appearances. Speaking of his love of chicken, Boggs' Twitter account is @ChickenMan3010.
 
They take their curses seriously in the U.K. The Birmingham City football club labored under a gypsy curse that came about due to the stadium's location atop the site of a Romany cemetery. Football club manager Barry Fry, who led the Birmingham City team from 1993 to 1996, took the advice of a clairvoyant to break the curse: He peed in all four corners of the St. Andrew's pitch. So did it work? "Well, we started to win and I thought it had," Fry said in an interview. "Then they sacked me, so probably not."
 
Slugger Jason Giambi (A's, Yankees, Rockies, Indians) addressed a hitting slump with his choice of undergarments. His personal slump-buster was a fancy piece of butt floss — a gold thong. If that’s not disturbing enough, try this: Teammates would ask to borrow it when they encountered slumps of their own.
 
How obsessed was power-hitting outfielder Larry Walker (Expos, Rockies, Cardinals) with the number 3? He set his alarm clock for 33 minutes past the hour, took batting practice in groups of three swings and was married on November 3 at 3:33 P.M. He bought 33 tickets in section 333 of Olympic Stadium to give to under-privileged kids during his time in Montreal. On one of his contracts, he asked for $3,333,333.33. Appropriately enough, Walker's career stats include plenty of threes: His career batting average was .313, and he hit 383 career homers.

 

Michael Jordan's superstition inspired an NBA fashion trend. Jordan insisted on wearing his North Carolina Tar Heels shorts under his Bulls uniform, and to cover up his old college basketball trunks, he started wearing longer shorts. Naturally, the rest of the NBA followed suit.

Mercurial NBA guard Jason Terry (Hawks, Mavs, Celtics, Nets) has the habit of sleeping in the shorts of the team he is playing the next day.
 
Beloved Phillies legend and Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, who played in Philadelphia from 1948 to 1959 before ending his career with the Mets, slept with a lot of old bats in his day. Literally. In order to keep track of a bat that was treating him particularly well, Ashburn would take the bat to bed with him. 
 
Chicago Black Hawks legend Stan Mikita, who led the NHL in scoring four times during a remarkable career that spanned four different decades (1958-80), also led the league in Most Unusual Superstition: Mikita would flick a lit cigarette over his left shoulder before taking the ice for a game.
 

Goalie Pelle Lindbergh, who played for the Philadelphia Flyers from 1981 to 1986, would drink a Swedish beer called Pripps during each intermission, with two ice cubes — no more, no fewer.
 
There must be something about goalies. Patrick Roy, whose career included stints with Montreal (1984-95) and Colorado (1996-2003), is considered by many the greatest goaltender in NHL history. He might also be the strangest, since he befriended the posts. That's right — Roy would touch and talk to the net posts, thanking them if a shot went awry or clanged off of one of them. Roy would also step over the red and blue lines on the ice, and he would avoid reporters on game day.
 
For the Celtics of the 1960s, Bill Russell's puke became a good-luck totem. According to Sports Illustrated: "If he threw up before a big game, the Celtics were sure everything would be all right. If he didn't, then Boston's coach, Red Auerbach, would tell Russell to go back to the toilet and order him to throw up." Russ must've done an awful lot of puking, considering that he led the Celtics to 11 championships in his 13-year career.
 
Rafael Nadal, who has won 13 Grand Slam singles titles, is a candidate for Greatest Tennis Player of All Time. He's also the GOAT when it comes to superstitious eccentricities, which he refers to as his "routines." His assortment of quirks is a category unto itself.

• Nadal has rituals involving his water bottles. He brings two bottles to each match, with one slightly warmer than the other, and sips from both during the match. The label of both has to be facing the court.

• During his recent run to the U.S. Open crown, Nadal ate the same meal at the same restaurant every night. The New York Post reported that Nadal consumed Chilean sea bass, fried rice and noodles at a Manhattan Chinese restaurant every evening when he wasn't playing a night match.

• Before every point, Nadal makes sure that his socks are pulled up at the same height. Prior to a match, he'll spend 30 seconds or more pulling his socks up and down.

• Nadal never steps on the lines before or after any point. He also crosses the lines right foot first.

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For Friday The 13th: The 13 Most Superstitious People in Sports
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 13:

 

The SI Swimsuit megasite includes shots of Caroline Wozniacki. What were you thinking, Rory?

 

Drake is everywhere, and it's getting on people's nerves. Including Paul Pierce.

 

What did LeBron James' hand say to Joakim Noah's face? Slap!

 

• Is Charles Barkley's shtick tired? This writer uses a lot of words to say so

 

Ray Rice apologized to Baltimore.

 

Sally Jenkins wonders if Tiger Woods even wants to play golf anymore.

 

Meet the Michael Jordans of other disciplines, from yodeling to jousting.

 

Jimmy Fallon was NBA All-Star ripper and rip-ee.

 

Watch a defenseman deliver a brutal check to a linesman.

 

Keith Olbermann finds Jimmy Haslam's plausible deniability about Johnny Football highly implausible.

 

Is it possible that Marshawn Lynch has played his last snap of football? Let's hope not.

 

• In honor of All-Star Weekend, here's Larry Bird's winning 3-point contest three-peat from 1988. He actually did a lot of clanging, but everybody remembers the raised finger at the end.

 

• The end of regulation between North Dakota State and Denver was crazy.

 

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Post date: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:29
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 12:

 

• Good news, fellas: Supermodel Irina Shayk is looking for a loyal man.

 

Bill Belichick laughed on Letterman. We're in the end times.

 

Tiger's taking time off to work on his golf game. Wish I had that luxury. Of course, Woods needs to heal from the humiliation of his recent struggles; good buddy Notah Begay says he embarrassed himself at Torrey Pines.

 

Dwight Howard finished off his in-game interview by sexually harrassing a teammate.

 

Jameis Winston: From plummeting down draft boards to likely No. 1 overall pick.

 

This story has my favorite headline of the day.

 

The UNC shootings hit home for an NC State player.

 

Karl Malone is still willing to trade punches with Kobe.

 

Keith Olbermann wasn't content to let Charles Barkley simply beclown himself.

 

50 Cent says Floyd Mayweather is scared to death of fighting Manny Pacquiao.

 

• Nick Young put Steve Blake on the floor with a nasty crossover.

 

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Post date: Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 11:08
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 11: 

 

There are supermodels in the streets of Downtown Nashville today for SI's Swimsuit Fan Festival.

 

25 years ago today, Buster Douglas shocked the world. I literally leapt from my chair that night. Here's one of many great reads on the subject floating around the interwebs today.

 

• Kentucky nearly lost its unbeaten season last night. Here, an apparently insane person makes the case that we should root for UK to finish unbeaten.

 

Way to dump all over our feel-good story, Jackie Robinson West grown-ups.

 

Athlon contributor Brandel Chamblee has written again on his favorite subject: Tiger's struggles.
 

Classic footage from MLB's archives.

 

Swaggy P: A dolphin tried to kill me.

 

A story on the strange and punchable Tom Crean.

 

Charles Barkley had unkind things to say about Rockets GM Daryl Morley and analytics.

 

Jim Harbaugh dropped Rick Ross lyrics on Twitter haters.

 

• Watch an old geezer charge the mound at Rockies fantasy camp.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:32
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 10:

 

Happy 20th birthday to LPGA star Lexi Thompson. I'd say she has a few good years left.

 

Jameis Winston flew around with a jetpack.

 

• Is Peyton coming back? All signs point to yes

 

Jeremy Lamb's pregame handshake is totes adorbs.

 

Some guy wrote Knicks owner James Dolan a nasty letter, and got one in return.

 

This Florida State throwdown in which the player's hand never touches the rim has renewed debate over what constitutes a dunk.

 

Sports Pickle analyzes the obvious photoshopping on the SI Swimsuit cover.

 

• Speaking of the Swimsuit issue, Caroline Wozniacki appears in this year's edition.

 

Eventful night for Kevin Durant: He dropped 40, laid out Kenneth Faried with a flagrant and then threw the ball at him.

 

Derek Dorsett had to hop/limp to the bench like an old man after breaking a skate.

 

K.J. McDaniels had a sweet self-serve alley-oop.

 

• The new "This Is SportsCenter" ad riffs on the Katy Perry halftime sharks.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 11:03
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 9: 

 

Jason Day's win yesterday was just a reminder that he has a hot wife.

 

Dean Smith left quite a legacy in his 83 years. And he did pretty well on the court, too: Here are Dean's best wins at North Carolina.

 

Iowa's Adam Woodbury went full-on Moe Howard against Maryland.

 

Willie Cauley-Stein had an utterly monstrous slam against Florida.

 

Peter King with a pretty cool oral history of the end of the Super Bowl.

 

• Apparently, Warren Sapp's colleagues at NFL Network aren't going to miss him.

 

• Interesting: The more aggressive a golfer is, the better the results (typically). Romeo, hand me the 3-wood.

 

Watch a McDonald's worker lose his s--- after getting fired.

 

LeBron admitted that he tried to motivate Kevin Love via Twitter.

 

Malcolm Butler's not quite ready for his moment in the spotlight.

 

• The Brow's legend grows with a walk-off 3.

 

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Post date: Monday, February 9, 2015 - 11:43
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 6: 

 

Introducing another SI Swimsuit rookie, Hailey Clauson.

 

• Brian Williams got caught in a lie, and the Internet sprang into action.

 

Tiger withdrew yesterday, citing an inability to activate his glutes. Hate it when that happens. If this spells the end, then Tiger can sit on his glutes and count the $1.3 billion he's earned.

 

Pete Carroll cried at 4:50 am Tuesday morning. Boy, coaches keep tight schedules.

 

• In case you're not on Gronk overload, here he is dancing to MC Hammer.

 

Everyone cheats, all the time.

 

Chris Paul called out a lady ref after last night's game. Off to sensitivity training with him.

 

A handy flowchart for analyzing your team's recruiting class.

 

Watch a giant high school football player dominate the competition in small-town North Dakota.

 

• I know some of you are excited for "Better Call Saul." So this one's for you.

 

• Tom Hanks reunited with a former co-star at last night's Rangers game.

 

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Post date: Friday, February 6, 2015 - 11:02
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Dustin Johnson called his victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship "one of my biggest wins," and he relied on his driver during a stellar weekend, leading the field with an average of 328.3 yards off the tee with his smooth, rhythmic swing. Here, Dustin and his instructor, top-ranked teacher Butch Harmon, share Dustin's secrets for producing those jaw-dropping tee shots.

 

DUSTIN JOHNSON'S EFFORTLESS POWER

If I feel like I have to try to hit one far, then I'm not swinging correctly. Butch Harmon and I always talk about effortless power, instead of power with effort.

When I'm on the launch monitor, when I'm swinging really hard — which I never do on a golf course — I can get one 330-335 in the air. A normal swing, when I'm on the golf course, it's going to fly maybe 300. Anywhere between 290 and 300. Obviously, I can step it up once in a while and maybe fly one 310. But I never like swinging with that mindset. I don't want to hit it hard. Maybe when I'm on the driving range and just goofing around I'll smash 'em sometimes for fun. But on a golf course, I might swing 85 to 90 percent at the highest.

My keys to effortless power:

• Obviously, keeping my right knee flexed, letting my arms get back down in front of the clubhead — those things slow me down a little bit and keep me from over-swinging. Some of the longest drives I've ever hit are ones that I felt like I hit easy and smooth.


Great balance. I'm never coming out of my shoes. If I'm swinging correctly, I'm in balance. You'll notice that if I'm not swinging well, if I've gotta work to hit one far, then I'm not going to be in balance. When I'm swinging correctly, I'm going to hit it even further, and I'm going to stay balanced.

Butch Harmon's Take:

What I want amateurs to notice about Dustin's swing on the tee is his beautiful rhythm and balance. The middle of the clubhead makes contact with the ball with a nice, smooth tempo, and he has a balanced finish.

That rhythm and balance allow Dustin to make a good, aggressive, confident swing without over-swinging. Dustin has tremendous self-confidence with the driver, and that confidence is required on the tight driving holes of the PGA Tour.

Other things to notice:

• Dustin maintains an unusual bowed left wrist at the top of his backswing. I haven't worked to fix that, because it works for him.

• His flexibility and athleticism allow him to use a strong, fast unwind as he approaches the impact position. That allows him to unleash tremendous power on the golf ball.

• Dustin's head rotates through as his body unwinds, and that allows him to generate clubhead speed.

• Two keys: We've worked on a level shoulder turn, and we've worked especially hard on keeping the flex in his right leg.

 

 

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Post date: Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 12:10
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 5:

 

SI has released the cover of its swimsuit issue, and resentment of Derek Jeter growsHere are five things you need to know about cover model and Jeter gal-pal Hannah Davis.

 

• If you have time to kill, browse all 52 SI Swimsuit covers in the issue's history

 

Didn't take USC fan Snoop Dogg long to get on board with his son's decision to attend UCLA.

 

Packers DL Letroy Guion had some interesting cargo in his ride, including a sizable amount of weed and cash.

 

Belichick sticks up for Carroll. Smart, especially since his own management of the end of the game was not flawless.

 

Gregg Popovich took a halfcourt heave right in his melon.

 

J.J. Watt with a helpful reminder to yesterday's college football signees.

 

The NBA got a little cute with its January Player of the Month award.

 

Gronk is living the life.

 

• Today's palate cleanser: Watch a Tennessee orthodontist make 41 one-handed catches in a minute.

 

• The Heat committed the most absurd turnover in history last night.

 

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Post date: Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 12:00
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 4: 

 

Sounds like Charlotte McKinney might be in the SI Swimsuit Issue. That's not terrible news.

 

• It's Christmas for recruiting nerds. If you're one of them, here's a live blog to follow.

 

Ohio State's Brutus Buckeye had some Signing Day fun at Jim Harbaugh's expense.

 

This 5-star kid also had some fun with NSD, picking UCLA over ITT Tech and University of Phoenix. We approve of poking fun at this sometimes ridiculous process.

 

D'Qwell Jackson, instigator of DeflateGate, has been arrested for punching a pizza delivery guy.

 

Golf lost an overlooked pioneer.

 

Gregg Popovich explains why he is such a tool to courtside reporters.

 

Anderson Silva becomes the A-Rod of MMA.

 

• Speaking of A-Rod: Good news, ladies, he's back on the market.

 

Longform read on the shooting prowess of Steph Curry.

 

Kevin Durant had a testy Twitter response to a writer over Thunder criticism.

 

• Today's moment of zen from DeMarcus Cousins.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 11:04
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 3:

 

Meet SI Swimsuit rookie Kelly Rohrbach.

 

Gronk killed it on Kimmel, reading from his erotic fan fiction and describing the end of the Super Bowl as calling for haymakers. 

 

Tom Brady says he would be happy to give his MVP truck to Malcolm Butler. How generous from the guy with untold millions and a supermodel wife.

 

• Interesting observation: Bill Belichick used the Broncos' failed gameplan of a year ago to beat the Seahawks.

 

Here's a slideshow of Tiger's style evolution over the years.

 

Reggie Jackson's layup hung on the rim for an impossibly long time.

 

Storylines to watch on National Signing Day.

 

• I can't stop watching this Vine: Do not leave Russell Wilson hanging.

 

• This news is burning up my Twitter timeline: "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee is finally publishing a second novel.

 

A Nevada brothel quickly capitalized on the Warren Sapp news.

 

Bill Raftery will bring a dose of onions to the Final Four broadcasts.

 

• Watch Henrik Lundqvist head the puck to a teammate.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 10:41
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 2: 

 

Katy Perry got a commemorative tattoo following her Super Bowl halftime performance. I'd say she earned it.

 

• As usual, the Internet rose to the occasion with an amusing assortment of memes, including some at the expense of that bizarre Nationwide commercial.

 

• Now that one last Super Bowl party is out of the way, Johnny Manziel has entered rehab.

 

Here's Grantland's analysis of the halftime show.  

 

Interesting analysis of the Seahawks' immediately regrettable decision to pass. And here's an even longer read about the inexplicable call.

 

• In case you were wondering why Doug Baldwin got flagged after his TD, here's why

 

The camera caught Richard Sherman's memorable reaction to the Patriots interception.

 

Madison Avenue tugged at the heartstrings last night.

 

Well crafted, Seattle Times.

 

So the Madden simulation accurately predicted the final score. Kinda spooky.

 

• Not surprisingly, emotions ran high as the Super Bowl ended.

 

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Post date: Monday, February 2, 2015 - 10:44

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