Articles By Rob Doster

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

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Interesting stuff.

• Serena Williams blamed her bizarre Wimbledon exit on a virus. .

• An American hero died today at age 97. .

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

• An exception to that last rule: . Solid move.

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

 

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Post date: Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:47
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 2:

• We lost to Belgium, but we're still 'Murica, and .

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. I don't remember any Americans puking on the field.

• Hump Day buzzkill: against Belgium.

• Jimmy Kimmel does the ambush comedy thing pretty well. .

. The most shocking detail: Alcohol was believed to have been involved.

• Big Papi did his part to shorten a Red Sox game, .

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

 

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Post date: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:43
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 1:

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

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• While you pretend to work prior to today's knockout match with Belgium, .

• Another time-waster:

, which came from the Naval Academy.

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• If it's July 1, that means that .

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

 

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Post date: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:01
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 30:

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. Brutus Buckeye appears to be getting a little friendly with that cheerleader.

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• A Cubs fan went swimming in the stands during a rain delay.

 

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Post date: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 10:50
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 27:

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

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. He also . Sports Guy was GIF gold last night.

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. Dwyane Wade got nothing on the boys from Brazil.

. In other news, water is wet.

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• Scary Wimbledon GIF: . He finished the match, though.

. This lady is my new hero.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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Post date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 17:05
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 26:

• Colombia, which gave us Sofia Vergara, .

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. Let us know if it works.

• So the U.S. and Germany both advance with a tie.

• To pump up the crowd in Recife,

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• As Derek Jeter turns 40, .

• Very cool: .

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• Relive Vanderbilt's College World Series win with this video of a historic day.

 

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Post date: Thursday, June 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 June 25:

, starting with the lovely Maria Sharapova.

. It wasn't all that far-fetched; . Maybe he's a vampire?

• Naturally, .

• News you can use: .

• So what is LeBron really worth? .

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• Adrian Beltre hates to have his head touched. Miguel Cabrera obviously knows this, because .

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• The NBA Draft is tomorrow, and as a service to GMs, , including Marcus Smart.

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

 

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Post date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:55
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 24:

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• Big Bron news this morning: . Is he hearing the siren song of Dan Gilbert? Oh, and as I write this, "The Decision" is trending on Twitter. (including back to Miami). And .

• For some reason, .

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• Just because: .

• Johnny Football's draft pick hat trick: . It's good to have options.

• Some company put Obama's face on a coffee mug. No problem there, except that .

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

 

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Post date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 10:56
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At a time when golf could use a boost, it got one from two of its marquee names: Tiger Woods announced his return to action, proving his ability to move the needle without picking up a club, and Michelle Wie finally delivered on a decade of unfulfilled promise by winning the Women's U.S. Open. The duo's timing couldn't have been better; following a boring U.S. Open blowout win by Martin Kaymer that was watched start-to-finish only by proud parents and spouses, the game needed a jolt of adrenaline. Cue the return of its transcendent superstar, coupled with a long-awaited major breakthrough by the one player who can stir interest in the women's game, and golf's back on track. Oh, and the Travelers Championship offered a little history of its own, courtesy of champion Kevin Streelman. Here are the key numbers to know from an important weekend in golf.

 

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

 

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

 

24 years, 8 months

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

 

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

 

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

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Post date: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 12:28
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 23:

. That's surfer Anastasia Ashley joining the fun.

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. Lolo Jones took to Instagram to .

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

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• More athletic opulence: .

. He didn't weigh in about Ron Goldman.

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• Note to American exchange students in Germany: .

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

 

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Post date: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 11:07
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 20:

. And I thought American pro athletes did well in the lady department.

• Bizarre World Cup photo of the day: . Not sure what's going on here.

• Today's dollop of schadenfreude: .

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. Money quote: telling LeBron and the other stars to stay, "if you've got the guts."

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• Longform goodness: .

• If you're a 12-year-old at heart like me, you'll enjoy this: . Presenting: Fartzenegger.

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, giving the Bears the league's most punchable QB duo.

• Billy Hamilton made a spectacular ninth-inning, wall-crashing catch.

 

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Post date: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 10:55
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Lucy Li (pictured above) is at an age when most girls are arranging stuffed animals and gazing at One Direction posters instead of competing in elite sporting events. The 11-year-old golf prodigy is prowling the fairways at Pinehurst No. 2 at the U.S. Women's Open one week after the best male golfers in the world (sans former fellow prodigy Tiger Woods) played the very same venue.

 

"She looks so darn cute," said one-time phenom Michelle Wie, who played in her first U.S. Women's Open at 13. "I was like, 'I don't think I looked that cute when I was 11.' But she just looks so excited, so wide-eyed … And I'm just really so excited for her to be out. It's a memory that will last her a lifetime. What other 11-year-old can say that they played in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst? And she got to see the men play, too." Li, who qualified for the Open by winning her sectional qualifier by seven shots, joins a long list of athletes who've played well beyond their years in a variety of sports.

 

Here's a rundown of prodigies and phenoms by sport:

Youngest Major League Baseball Player

Joe Nuxhall, 15

Cincinnati Reds, 1944

On June 10, 1944, shortly after the D-Day invasion, Joe Nuxhall made a pitching appearance for the Cincinnati Reds at the age of 15 years, 10 months and 10 days. He faced nine hitters, retiring two, and allowing two hits, five walks and five runs. He wouldn't appear in the majors again until age 23 and went on to post a 135–117 big-league record.

 

Noteworthy: Freddie Lindstrom batted .333 in the 1924 World Series as an 18-year-old (including a four-hit game against Hall of Famer Walter Johnson), making him the youngest player in World Series history. Andruw Jones is the youngest player to hit a home run in World Series play, going yard in Game 1 vs. the Yankees in 1996 at the age of 19 years, 180 days, breaking Mickey Mantle's record.

 

Youngest to Play in the four Men's Major Golf Tournaments

 

Masters — In 2013, Guan Tianlang (pictured above) made the cut at The Masters at 14 years, 5 months, making him the youngest to make the cut at a men's major. After Guan played with Tiger Woods in a practice round, Woods said, "It's frightening to think that he was born after I won my first Masters."

 

U.S. Open — Andy Zhang played in the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club at 14 years, 6 months.

 

British Open — Young Tom Morris lived up to his name, appearing in the 1865 British Open at 14 years, 4 months.

 

PGA Championship — Japan's Ryo Ishikawa played in the 2009 PGA Championship and made the cut at age 17.

 

Youngest NFL Draft Pick

Amobi Okoye, 19

Houston Texans, 2007

The youngest NFL player of the modern era, Okoye emigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria and began playing college football for Louisville at age 16, making him the youngest college football player as well. Taken in the first round by the Texans, Okoye made his NFL debut in 2007 at the age of 20 years, 91 days.

 

Youngest NBA Player

Andrew Bynum, 18 years, 6 days

Los Angeles Lakers, 2005

The era of high school draftees yielded a number of 18-year-old NBA players, but none younger than Bynum, who made his debut for the Lakers at the age of 18 years, 6 days. Bynum narrowly beats out Jermaine O'Neal (18 years, 53 days) and Kobe Bryant (18 years, 72 days). Trailblazing prep-to-pro Kevin Garnett made his debut at 19.

 

Youngest London Olympian

 

Adzo Kpossi, 13

Swimmer, Togo

Kpossi, from the West African nation of Togo, competed in the 50m freestyle swimming event at the 2012 London Olympics, finishing 72nd out of 73 swimmers after training at the only pool in her part of Togo — a hotel pool in the city of Sarakawa.

 

Noteworthy: The youngest-ever Olympian is thought to be Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras, who competed in the team parallel bars event at age 10 in the 1896 Athens Games. Swimming legend Michael Phelps competed in Sydney in 2000 at age 15. American Dominique Moceanu (1996 Atlanta Games) is the last gymnast to compete at an Olympic Games legally at the age of 14.

 

Youngest NHL Hockey Player

Armand (Bep) Guidolin, 16

Boston Bruins, 1942

Guidolin made his NHL debut with the WWII-ravaged Boston Bruins on Nov. 12, 1942, at the age of 16 years 11 months, becoming the league's youngest player ever. He later went on to coach Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr.

 

Noteworthy: Defenseman Larry Hillman is the youngest player to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup, winning the Cup with Detroit in 1955, at the age of 18 years, 2 months, 9 days. (This is a record that can't be broken under the current rules as a player must be eighteen years old by September 15 to be eligible to play in the NHL that season.)

 

Youngest Driver in a Sprint Cup Race

Tommie Elliott, 15

Altamont-Schenectady Fairgrounds, 1951

Elliott was a driver from Bloomfield, N.J., who competed in seven career races at the highest level of NASCAR, posting four top 10s. He made his debut at the tender age of 15 years, 7 months, 5 days, finishing 15th at Altamont-Schenectady. Next-youngest: Darryl Sage, who ran at the Nashville Speedway in 1982 at 17 years, 2 months, 2 days.

 

Youngest Grand Slam Tennis Champion

Martina Hingis, 15

Tennis bad girl Martina Hingis burst onto the scene by winning a doubles title at Wimbledon in 1996 at at age 15 years and 9 months, with partner Helena Sukova. Hingis went on to become the youngest Grand Slam singles winner in the 20th century by winning the Australian Open in 1997 at age 16 years and 3 months.

 
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Post date: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 14:30
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 19:

: Alejandra Buitrago of Colombia.

• Longform read of the day: , who tossed a no-no last night — although .

, although they left early.

• You could make the case that — no walks, 15 Ks.

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. It went over about as well as you'd expect.

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. When I was 11, I was shooting in the 60s. For nine holes. Maybe eight.

• This is fun: .

, courtesy of our friend Photoshop.

• Kimmel and Amare pranked Metta World Peace. Good stuff.

 

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Post date: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 10:38
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 18:

• Best World Cup discovery so far: (pictured).

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• This is interesting: .

• Is this real life? . As someone asked, will there be an online coin flip before the game?

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• Jimmy Graham is arguing that he's a wide receiver. .

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• Hey, United Airlines: .

• Brock Holt saved Jonny Gomes' bacon with a spectacular catch.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 10:50
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 16:

• Got World Cup fever? No? This will help: .

. Of course, the Big Fundamental's kids are fundamentally adorable.

. One key stat: highest average winning margin in NBA Finals history.

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. On Father's Day.

• Weekend's best GIF: .

. Apparently thought the "native areas" were ugly on TV. Well, I'm not a fan of that native area on top of Trump's head.

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• Tragic news this morning: .

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• Days after Charles Barkley went after the fat women of San Antonio, .

• ESPN analyst and friend of Athlon Buster Olney made a sweet barehanded grab of a Jason Heyward foul ball.

 

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Post date: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 11:32
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Martin Kaymer dismantled the storied Pinehurst No. 2 layout with a 65-65 start, then put it on cruise control for an eight-shot U.S. Open win that was never, ever in doubt. The weekend's utter lack of drama, despite the best efforts of the NBC crew in its U.S. Open swan song, shouldn't detract from what Kaymer accomplished in winning his second career major and adding the Open to last month's Players Championship win in what is becoming an impressive resume for the 29-year-old. Had Tiger Woods done what Kaymer did this weekend, there would have been hosannas from the rooftops. He was that dominant.

 

Kaymer had ascended to the top spot in the World Golf Ranking early in 2011, when he was the reigning PGA Championship winner. But he was ill-prepared for his stint at the top, and a round of swing changes saw Kaymer plummet in the rankings and disappear from leaderboards. Kaymer's clinching putt at the 2012 Ryder Cup — where he had been a non-factor — provided a faint echo of former greatness and seemed to spark a resurgence. Flash forward to today, and Kaymer possesses two of golf's most prestigious trophies, winning the Players and U.S. Open in back-to-back months.

 

"I think this year he had been trending in the right direction, and then broke through at the Players again, which I think was huge for him, huge for his confidence," said Rory McIlroy, who finished tied for 23rd, 15 shots back. "Because he's a hard worker and it's always great to see your work paying off. He saw that and then he sort of continued it since. ... So good to see him back where he belongs. He's a really talented guy and a really good guy and obviously a great player."

 

Here are some key numbers from Kaymer's weekend cruise.

 

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International players have now won eight of the last 11 U.S. Opens. Kaymer joins Retief Goosen (2004), Michael Campbell (2005), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Angel Cabrera (2007), Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011) and Justin Rose (2013).

 

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Kaymer becomes the first player to win the Players Championship and the U.S. Open in the same season. Only seven others — Lee Trevino, Jerry Pate, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Tom Kite, Lee Janzen and Tiger Woods — have won both in their careers. Kaymer won the Players on Mother's Day and completed his wire-to-wire U.S. Open win on Father's Day. Wonder what he has in store for Grandparents Day.

 

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Only four players — Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Kaymer — have won a major, a Players Championship and a World Golf Championship in their careers. Can you say Big Four?

 

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Anyone searching for compelling storylines during a drama-free weekend didn't have to look far down the leaderboard. Erik Compton, who finished tied for second with Rickie Fowler, is perhaps the Tour's pre-eminent profile in courage. Compton is on his third heart, having survived two heart transplants, and he played spectacularly well in only his second major championship appearance. "I finally had that feeling of putting myself on the map,” Compton said. “I don't have anything to really prove to anybody anymore. If I never played golf again for the rest of my life, I think that I have made my mark in this game."

 

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Phil Mickelson was the story entering this tournament, as he was attempting to complete the career Grand Slam at the site of his first of a record six U.S. Open runner-up finishes. But he was never a factor, finishing tied for 29th. He leaves Pinehurst undaunted. "I believe in the next five years I'm going to have three or four really good chances, and I do believe I will get it," Mickelson said. "I'm not upset or disappointed, I will have more chances. And right now, given the way I have been playing heading into this tournament, it was really a long shot."

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Post date: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 10:44
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 12:

 

• We're still celebrating Kate Upton's 22nd birthday here at Essential 11 Links.

 

• Big weekend in sports: World Cup, U.S. Open, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup. To celebrate, .

 

• Old and busted: the Heat's Big Three. .

 

• LeBron had a lot of defenders following cramp-gate. .

 

. And, for something completely different, . Still more World Cup goodness .

 

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• This is cool: .

 

• Last night's web gem: .

 

• In case you missed it: .

 

• Speaking of mocking, Coco Crisp shamed the premature fireworks after robbing the Angels of a home run.

 

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

 

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• Yoenis Cespedes botched his attempt at fielding a fly ball. .

 

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• Watch Kobe handle Kimmel's 3 Ridiculous Questions.

 

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 10.

• Kate Upton turns 22 today. .

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. Paid for by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation (not Mike Shanahan).

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• In honor of the Padres' drafting of Johnny Football, .

• Going to Brazil for the World Cup?.

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. Fortunately, he didn't ruin it.

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• Watch a high school kid get his first career varsity hit: a walk-off homer in the state championship game.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 10:59
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Equipment manufacturers have gone back to the future, dusting off some iconic brands with new versions. Adams Golf has resurrected the Tight Lies fairway wood, the club that took the small company to new heights in the 1990s. COBRA Golf has launched a new line of easy-to-hit drivers, fairways, hybrids and irons for men and women called the Baffler XL, a family of clubs that takes inspiration from the original Baffler driver built 40 years ago. PowerBilt is offering a contemporary version of the Countess, a women's set that originally debuted in 1968. Most intriguing of all, Callaway Golf revived the Big Bertha with two new drivers in 2014, the Big Bertha and Big Bertha Alpha. Phil Mickelson already has one in his bag.

 

The retro theme has certainly raised some eyebrows in the golf industry, but new ideas and concepts continue to dominate the marketplace. Here’s a look at a handful of hot products for Father's Day 2014:

 

Golf Clubs

 

Cleveland Golf 588 Woods – The 460cc titanium head of the 588 Custom Driver offers the greatest combination of distance, forgiveness and accuracy of any driver Cleveland Golf has ever made. An adjustable hosel creates 12 different settings to precisely tune loft, lie and face angle. The back of the sole has an adjustable weight screw to optimize swing weight. The line includes 588 Fairway woods and 588 hybrids. Variable face thickness helps both maximize distance and playability. The hybrid features a slightly offset face and Gliderail Technology. Website: .

 

TaylorMade Golf SpeedBlade Irons - The ‘Speed Pocket’ of the SpeedBlade irons is wider and longer than the successful Rocketballz line. The handlebar-shaped slot in the sole of the 3-7 irons enables a large area of the face to flex and rebound at impact, resulting in faster ball speed, higher launch and better feel. This improvement allows shots hit below the center of the face, where most golfers miss, to come out higher and longer. More skilled players might gravitate toward the newer Tour Preferred MB, Tour Preferred MC and Tour Preferred CB irons released in January. Website: .

 

Adams Golf New Idea Hybrid irons – High handicappers can rejoice that Adams Golf continues to look after their needs. A revolutionary wraparound slot helps these new hybrid irons generate higher ball speeds and more forgiveness, especially on mis-hits. Extensive research revealed that 15-plus handicap golfers make the majority of contact nearly a half-inch toward the toe. These irons enhance the face speed in the area. Adams recently signed Ernie Els to an endorsement contract, proving that its equipment can satisfy the game’s elite, too. Website: .

 

Scotty Cameron Futura X Dual Balance mallet putter – Master craftsman Scotty Cameron has created another magic wand that coaxes balls into the hole with striking consistency. The club’s advanced perimeter stability weighting in the head, a 50-gram counterweight in the butt of the shaft and the 15-inch grip that reduces hand action all work together to promote a smoother, more stable stroke. The proper length of a Dual Balance putter is 38 inches, three inches longer than a conventional putter length. Two of the hottest players in golf, Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth, use Scotty Cameron putters. Website:

 

Miura K-Grind Wedge – The distinctive fluted sole of this popular 56-degree wedge is known for producing high-spin exits from bunkers. Two new recently introduced lofts, 52 and 60 degrees, make this short-game weapon more versatile than ever. Katsuhiro Miura, a one-man wizard of craftsmanship, has built Miura Golf, Inc., based in Vancouver, Canada, into the world’s preeminent maker of quality forged golf clubs. Its wedges are second to none. Website: .

 

Golf Balls

 

Nicklaus Golf Balls – Jack Nicklaus has thrown his hat into the competitive golf ball industry. Forget about launch monitors and ball testing. Players choose their Nicklaus ball — the Nicklaus Black, Nicklaus Blue and Nicklaus White — based on the color of the tees they tend to play from. A percentage of every golf ball sold will be donated directly back to the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation to support pediatric programs and hospitals nationwide. Balls sold through the website listed below will be cheaper — the Black for $32 and Blue and White for $28 — than those sold at pro shops nationwide (costing between $46-$50) to encourage consumers to donate to the cause. Website: .

 

NIKE Golf RZN Golf Balls - For the second time in three years, Nike Golf has unveiled another industry first. Building on the success of the 20XI ball, Nike Golf has introduced its innovative Speedlock RZN core technology with four golf balls — the RZN Platinum, RZN Black, RZN Red and RZN White — designed to deliver more distance, better feel and a more consistent, stable ball flight. The new Speedlock RZN core technology features an interlocking core that connects with the compression layer to form a tighter bond. This ‘Speedlock’ harnesses energy for more explosive results. Website: .

 

Golf Shoes

adidas Golf adizero one shoes – Weighing less than 10 ounces, the second generation of the adizero line weighs 10 percent less than last year’s innovative Tour shoe, already among the lightest in golf. The seven spikes strategically located on the sole are three fewer than the Tour shoe, yet still maintain traction and stability on the ground. Seven flashy color patterns will be available by May 1. Website:

 

Ecco Street EVO One – Ecco dominates the casual street shoe market with a stylish look that functions at a high level. The Street EVO One comes in high-grade cow leather or genuine camel leather versions. Both combine the award-winning ECCO-Dynamic Traction System (E-DTS) with an array of stabilization and weather-resistant features. Its design cups and cushions the heel, delivering comfort and support. The Danish company owns its own factories, a key component in delivering a quality product. Website: .

 

Golf Fashions

Tommy Hilfiger Golf - Preppy, with a splash of attitude, defines Tommy’s fashions. Its spring 2014 golf collection celebrates the energy and spirit of coastal destinations like California’s trendy Monterey Peninsula all the way to the traditional country clubs of East Hampton in New York. A palette of tonal blues and turquoise accents color certain polo shirts and sweaters inspired by the California lifestyle. Other pieces toned in sophisticated greens, navy blues and whites mimic the classic look of East Coast heritage. Special fabrics and cottons combine comfort with performance. Website: .

 

TravisMathew – The Spring 2014 Huntington Collection hearkens back to California of the 1960s. As children of the postwar baby boom became teenagers, the so-called “Age of Youth” became a time of freedom and exploration. The Huntington Beach-based golf outfitter wanted to capture what it calls “A Wonderful Time” with its hip patterns, styles and colors. These cool and casual golf outfits can be worn on the course and to the party afterward. Website: .

 

Sunice Pro Sport Collection – This Canadian sportswear company makes cold and wet weather tolerable with lightweight and fashion-driven layering pieces. The new Triberg, a super lightweight and four-way stretch jacket, is the category’s most breathable piece. It’s 100 percent windproof and highly water repellent. The sharp Malaga vest incorporates the same features. The Harvey, York, and Huntley all provide new design options for Sunice’s Windstopper-lined sweaters. Website: .

 

Golf Accessories

 

Sun Mountain H2NO Golf Bags – This line’s popularity in Europe comes down to its walker-friendly design and waterproof characteristics. The integrated handles on top and swinging legs make it easy to pick the bag up or set it down. The E-Z Fit Dual Strap System distributes weight equally across each shoulder. The bag bottom still fits snug into a golf cart for riding. Multiple pockets organize and store items with ease. Website: .

 

Bushnell Golf – Three new Bushnell products help golfers answer the age-old question: What club should I use? The NEO XS Golf GPS Watch is not only preloaded with over 33,000-plus courses in more than 30 countries, but it also features market-leading battery life and can be used as an odometer on the course or while exercising away from golf. The Pro X7 range finder and the more compact Tour Z6 JOLT use JOLT Technology, where vibrations alert golfers when they’ve hit the pin, and Second Generation E.S.P. (Extreme. Speed. Precision.) for faster, more accurate readings. Website: .

Under Armour Fire Sunglasses – Made for the elite athlete such as spokesman Hunter Mahan, the new UA Fire offers a wide field of view through its ArmourSight Shield lenses. Adjustable nose pads create a snug fit. They’re versatile enough for baseball as well as golf. Website: .

 

Oakley Belts – Oakley’s unique custom belt program launched last year, allowing customers to mix and match belt buckles with leather straps of all colors. The new aluminum Golf Pro Series Buckles ($25) are interchangeable with the Premium Belt Straps ($70) or the Reversible Leather Belt Strap ($45), which has stripes on one side and a solid color on the other. Website: .

 

Practice Aid

SKLZ - Want to hone your game at home? Create your own practice range just about anywhere with the Glide Pad and Quickster Net by SKLZ, an innovative company of sports training equipment located in Carlsbad, Calif. The Glide Pad (costing $99.99) gives way when golfers strike it, allowing them to hit down and through. Its sliding mechanism simulates natural turf movement and helps reduce shock and injury during practice. The 6-foot-by-6-foot Quickster Net ($99.99) is easy to set up and take down. Website: .

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• This phenomenal diving catch helped send Texas Tech to Omaha.

 

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• Norichika Aoki learned first hand about the strength of Yadier Molina's arm.

 

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• Slightly terrifying moment from the Rays-Marlins game. Terrifying for Casey McGehee, anyway.

 

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