Articles By Rob Doster

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 3.

. That's the photo at right.

• Planning your college football attendance schedule? .

. A called himself a "huge idiot." No arguments here.

• Hakeem, Patrick and the White Bronco: .

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. Fortunately, it was a wiffle ball.

. Hey, we've all been there, right? No?

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• Sometimes you just have to stop eating your sandwich and applaud Robinson Cano.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:39
Path: /golf/5-key-stats-memorial
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It was an eventful finish for Hideki Matsuyama at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. First, the 22-year-old Japanese phenom went double bogey-bogey at 16-17 to lose his lead to Kevin Na, who had finished off a 64 a couple hours earlier. Then he snapped the head off his driver on the 18th tee with a seemingly gentle club slam. Undaunted, he proceeded to post birdie on the toughest hole on the course for the fourth straight day to force a playoff with Na before finally finishing off his day with a driver-less, scrambling par to earn his first career PGA Tour win in his Memorial debut.
All in all, not a bad way to spend a Sunday. "I’m really, really happy,” Matsuyama said through his interpreter. “It’s a dream come true to win at Mr. Nicklaus’ course."
Matsuyama credited his experience of playing on the International Presidents Cup team last year with partner Adam Scott for his comfort level with the tricky Muirfield layout. "It had a great effect on how I played this week,” Matsuyama said. “I owe a lot to him."
The tournament host was suitably impressed. "I just think you've just seen the start of what's going to be truly one of your world's great players over the next 10 to 15 years," Nicklaus said.

Here are some key numbers from a wild weekend:

1 Matsuyama's ball-striking was beyond reproach this weekend. He ranked first in the field in proximity to the hole on his approach shots, averaging 25 feet, the fourth-best mark by a field leader in an event this season

7 Bubba Watson's double bogey 7 at 15, the easiest hole on the course, came courtesy of a drive that he launched into an adjoining subdivision. "I made one bad decision," he said. "If I hit 4-wood off the tee instead of driver on the par 5, we make 5 and we win by one. But I made double, so we lost by one."

+4 World No. 1 Adam Scott was tied for the lead before playing the final seven holes in 4-over par. "The whole thing is frustrating as I stand here right now," Scott said after a 71. "But everyone is going to feel like that. We all could have done something different. If we all did, who knows what the result would be?"

40 Kevin Na moved to 40th in the Official World Golf Ranking, qualifying him for the U.S. Open. Na had planned to play in a 36-hole qualifier Monday morning.

0 Phil Mickelson, embroiled in an insider trading investigation, finished T-49 and has yet to post a top-10 finish this season as he focuses on the tournament he wants most, the U.S. Open.

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Post date: Monday, June 2, 2014 - 11:26
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 2.

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• Some photos need no commentary. Like this one: .

• A little piece of history: . Both lost.

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. I guess he's multi-tasking.

. Uh, Donald, it's a little late to be doing damage control.

• The dangers of auto-fill: .

. At least the situation called for it.

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• Got half a minute to kill? . Spoiler alert: It drops.

• Florida pulled off a hidden ball trick. Didn't prevent their elimination from the NCAA Regionals.

 

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Post date: Monday, June 2, 2014 - 10:45
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 30.

• Remember Olympic figure skater Ashley Wagner? The one who wore her displeasure with the judges on her face? .

. Seems to be working, last I checked his score today.

• So, (and Dubya's after 9/11 was the best).

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. Well played.

He apparently arrived in Stillwater from the year 1996.

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. A sneak preview: My coworker used to joke "I'm allergic to most nuts, but not donuts!". Until Bill brought in peanut butter donuts. He died in the ambulance.

• Say what you will about Yasiel Puig: .

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• Pop's exchanges with reporters are money, every time.

 

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Post date: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 11:21
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 29.

• Tom Brady's lady has still got it. . Not exactly safe for work.

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• Speaking of LeBron, .

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• Providing the best commentary on the evening's activity: . Replace Mark Jackson with this lady.

. Apparently holding a clipboard doesn't do much for arm strength. I also read that this didn't actually happen, but I'm running with it. Sorry, Charlie.

• Luis Sardinas did a sweet bat flip and trot to first. .

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• 50 Cent isn't the only celeb to throw an abysmal first pitch. .

• Enjoy this routine game-ending walk-off triple play.

 

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Post date: Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:41
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 27.

• Good news, fellas: .

• The weekend's best sports photo (of the ones I've seen, anyway): .

• The weekend's best sports fan: .

. People are disgusting.

• A palate-cleanser after that last story: .

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• Cool story: Astros prospect Conrad Gregor launched a three-run dinger. .

. Light on his feet for a big fella.

. The reaction is priceless.

, so chill out, pearl-clutching reporters.

• The pool dunk genre has been taken about as far as it can go. But here's one last link to a pool dunk video to kick off the summer. The best part is watching the brahs celebrate their achievement.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 10:29
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 15.

. He could do a lot worse.

. Hard to blame him.

. Spoiler alert: Manziel's winning.

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. I hope they've cleaned it up.

• Just because: .

• In observance of High Blood Pressure Month, .

Hey, it's a start.

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• This amazing, game-ending diving catch happened in a high school game.

 

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Post date: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 12:51
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 13.

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. Yikes. What sort of voodoo is the old man practicing? Of course, I think the real culprit is that stupid visor the lady insists on wearing.

. Is this what we've come to?

• Tis the season for celebrity commencement speakers.. In another, . No problem there.

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• Today's public service: . You can infer from this link that I'm implying that many people are idiots.

. The dumpster fire that is Scarlet Knight athletics rages on.

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• The life of LeBron: chat with Jay Z and Beyonce, then steal and slam.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 12:15
All taxonomy terms: Jim Furyk, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Golf
Path: /golf/5-key-stats-players-championship
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Years removed from a major championship win and a brief stint at No. 1 in the World Golf Ranking, Martin Kaymer has returned to the top of the PGA Tour heap with a win in the Tour's flagship event, the Players Championship at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.
It wasn't easy. Swing changes and poor play saw Kaymer plummet in the rankings; he entered this week at No. 61 and in the midst of a worldwide winless drought that dated to late 2012.

But blister-inducing work on the range and some valuable one-on-one time with countryman Bernhard Langer have brought him full circle, culminating with a win on Mother's Day that was made even more meaningful by memories of his mother, whom he lost to cancer six years ago. "To win on Mother's Day ... we show our parents way too little,” Kaymer said. “We always need some occasions to show them, which is what you realize when they're not there anymore. So to win on those days, it adds a little bit of a nice thing to the whole week. I think about her every day. I don't need a Mother's Day.”
There were tense moments down the stretch. A three-shot lead heading into a weather delay was trimmed to one after a double-bogey on 15, and Kaymer needed a semi-miraculous par save on the notorious par-3 17th to fend off Jim Furyk, who closed with a 66.
Don't expect Kaymer to rest on his hard-earned return to prominence.

“You don’t get to No. 1 in the world for no reason, and I think he appreciates the good things a little more now," said Kaymer's caddie Craig Connelly. "He’s a brand new Martin. He’s obviously a much-improved golfer, but the mindset is the old Martin.”
Here are the key numbers from the weekend at TPC Sawgrass.

28'6" Martin Kaymer's par-saving putt at the par-3 17 covered a circuitous 28 feet, six inches and featured about six feet of break. In other words, an answered prayer. Kaymer is the first player in the SHOTLink era of tracking measurements to make a putt from 28 feet or greater on his 71st hole of play and win the event by a stroke.

-17 Rory McIlroy played the back nine in a record 17-under this week on his way to a T6 finish. McIlroy birdied No. 18 all four days and in each of the final two rounds he birdied all three holes of The Gauntlet (Nos. 16-18).

5'11" Kaymer's underrated scrambling was a key part of his victory. In 10 trips to greenside bunkers over the four days, Kaymer averaged a proximity to the hole of five feet, 11 inches on his recovery shots, allowing him to convert seven of them successfully.

75 Kaymer found the green in regulation 75 percent of the time — 54 of 72 — to rank third in the field.

$54K With his third-place finish, Sergio Garcia moved within $54,000 of Tiger Woods on the all-time Players Championship money list. Garcia has made 11 consecutive cuts at the Players and won the event in 2008.

Here's Kaymer's tournament-clinching par save at 17.

 

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Post date: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:52
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 12.

• NFL WAG of the day: , fiancee of Lions pick Kyle Van Noy. She also happened to give one of the more nonsensical answers in pageant history.

• Busy weekend: .

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• Unable to play the "I was misquoted" card, .

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• Martin Kaymer won the Players Championship on the strength of an insane par-saving putt on 17.

 

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Post date: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:47
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 9.

. This one includes Kyndal Kaire, linked to newly minted Brown Johnny Manziel.

• No surprise here - .

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• Of course, the Browns managed to poop a little on their special night thanks to .

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• Note to teams spending high picks on wide receivers: .

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. An awful lot of Drake there.

• Inspirational video of the day. Prepare for chills and/or tears.

 

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Post date: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 10:50
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 8.

. See if you don't agree.

• Inevitable, but still amusing: .

. Where was Roger Goodell when this was approved?

• This seems right: .

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. He even got air.

. Don't ever change, Yasiel.

. Nice park you got there, Padres.

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• Goal of the night: Evgeni Malkin's spinning no-look job.

 

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Post date: Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:58
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 7.

, including Blake Bortles' better half Lindsey Duke (pictured).

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by some dude who was being chased by the cops.

. It's worth your time.

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• Weird story: .

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• Charles Barkley riffs on the fat women of San Antonio. I'm sure they appreciate the support.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 10:39
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Dustin Johnson hopes to avoid the bunkers at TPC Sawgrass this week, but if he finds one, he has a simple five-step plan of attack for getting out. As DJ returns to action at this week's Players Championship, we caught up with him to get his simple approach to bunker play.

 

Here's my five-step approach in the bunker:

 

1. Open the club, so that the face is wide open.

 

2. I'm going to make a cut swing, so I set up square to the target then drop my left foot back.

 

3. Then, you kind of swing down your feet line so you come up a little higher and softer. I'm always aiming left, and the cut swing propels the ball toward the target.

 

4. You want a real stable base. I usually dig my feet down a little bit deeper than some players, with a little wider stance.

 

5. I always want to keep my weight toward my left foot, forward, so I'm not falling backwards with the ball in the air.

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Post date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 17:28
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 6.

Who cares?

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• Teddy Bridgewater honored a promise he made to his mom in the third grade: .

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• The choreographed pool dunk genre never gets old. .

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• Watch a 3-star recruit throw himself a Hail Mary. Should be worth an extra star.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 11:28
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 5.

• Ah, college. , where coeds disrobe down to their unmentionables and run around.

. Can't deny that Cubes cares about his players.

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• Peyton Manning is on Letterman tonight. . Not bad, but he wasn't quite as comfortable in front of the camera.

. You'll notice that he seizes the opportunity to remind us that he's the defending champion at this week's Players. Well played.

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. Sounds like a script for "My Bodyguard 2."

• Clown-on-clown violence: .

• Jim Gray to boxer Marcos Maidana: .

• Need a quasi-football fix? Enjoy this missed field goal return by Gene Simmons' LA Kiss Arena League team.

 

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Post date: Monday, May 5, 2014 - 10:59
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 2.

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, complete with chalkboard and tabletop signage. We've come a long way, baby.

• Interesting historical NFL Draft factoid: .

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• Saturday brings an NBA first: .

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• This is pretty amazing: .

. No, Jeets.

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• The best of times, the worst of times: .

• Feel-good video of the day: Bat boy with Down syndrome hits a home run.

 

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Post date: Friday, May 2, 2014 - 12:44
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 30.

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• Is it me, or is

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• Along those same lines, .

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• Unfortunate slip of the tongue: .

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• Oprah as Clippers owner? .

• This has potential: .

is useless to me, because all of them are. But now I'm depressed.

• David Aldridge brought the Sterling story home last night.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 14:19
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Dustin's win at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in November, his eighth in his seven seasons on Tour, was a career-defining moment. Going against what was essentially half of the European Ryder Cup team, Johnson faced some final-round adversity before sealing the win with a 20-yard pitch-in for eagle on the par-4 16th hole at Sheshan International in Shanghai. As Dustin prepares to return to action next week at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, we asked him to share how he executed that critical shot at a critical moment.

Just walking up to it, it appeared to be a pretty normal shot as far as being one of my stock pitch shots where I'm going to fly it onto the green, and it's going check and then release. I saw the read, and I had an easy read. You obviously have a lot of things that have to go right, but if you hit it correctly, you've got a chance for it to go in. It becomes a putt once it gets on the green.

I had the face pretty square, maybe slightly, slightly open. I think it's important to use your shoulders and your body when executing this shot. You've got to have some movement. If you watch the pros, they don't use just arms on this shot. You've got to have some rhythm, and getting your shoulders and body involved gives you that rhythm.

 

Butch Harmon says:

You saw the beautiful flight, spin and control when Dustin pulled off that shot. Most amateurs keep their body perfectly still, but you have to have a little body rotation.

And this is important, too: There's no divot. He merely brushes the ground.

 

 

 

Here is the shot that gave Dustin the most prestigious win of his career thus far:

 

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Post date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 20:43
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 28.

• It's Hug An Australian Day. , including Miranda Kerr.

• Cool story: .

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by hugging her while a ginger watched with his soulless eyes.

. Wonder how he celebrated?

• Wow - . Speaking of Sterling, Phil Mushnick did something stupid: .

in the Richmond garage.

• Vince Young is desperate for a job.

• The sounds of disorderly conduct: .

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• Watch David Lough go airborne to make a diving catch.

 

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Post date: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 11:02
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 25.

, including Anastasia Ashley (pictured).

• I run hot and cold on Frank Caliendo, but .

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at UK.

• Lolo Jones uses Twitter for good, and for ill. . Another Olympian, hockey player Meghan Duggan, also .

• Even Tommy John himself is alarmed at .

It's good to have a hobby, I guess.

• The headline says . It's the only softball catch I've seen this week, so the headline's correct.

• Need something to fire you up?

• Ah, the old hidden ball trick. Pay close attention.

 

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Post date: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 17:37
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 24.

. Mazel tov.

after Pineda got busted with it on his neck last night. Of course, .

. I apparently live in some vague Cardinals-Braves nether region.

• This is helpful, cause it seems important: . Of course, the school itself has done what it can .

• Kinda cool: .

, where he performed as a member of the Beatles on Aug. 29, 1966. The Beatles liked it so much they promptly stopped touring forever.

, who captured the hearts of college basketball fans.

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• And now for something completely different: .

• The Colbert Report welcomed UK coach John Calipari last night.

 

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Post date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 13:30
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 23.

• We like to support our friends across the pond, so .

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. Prompting some of those reactions, no doubt: .

• From ski jumping to military drills to rodeos: .

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• Image-conscious rapper Drake used a lint roller courtside. I think he probably regrets that decision.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 14:05
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 22.

. Mild NSFW warning.

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• Holy cow: .

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• NFL CBA quirk of the day: .

• On this day in 1991, .

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• Today's dose of schadenfreude: .

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. Or else he's just trolling.

• Kevin Durant's four-point play was insane.

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Post date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 13:09
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 21.

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• A year ago, .

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. Irony alert: The game program had a picture of Harper with the caption "Nothing but Hustle."

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. Photo looks like more, but not much more.

. Still working out the spring kinks, I guess.

• Watch Blake Griffin douse a fan with water after a bad call.

 

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Post date: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:54

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