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 September 4:

 

• Beyonce turns 33 today. .

 

. In other news, Yao Ming is still freakishly huge.

 

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. Wonder if he still climbs in bed with his parents.

 

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. He's made his caddie a rich man, so he can do whatever he wants.

 

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. Please let her win something.

 

• Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke did her legendary dance before racing a car.

 

 

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Post date: Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:06
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for September 3:

 

• You're running out of time to choose a clever Fantasy Football team name. .

 

• Ever wonder what today's quarterbacks would look like bald? .

 

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. They should just acknowledge that it's impossible not to overreact.

 

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. Let's hope he's salvagable at this point.

 

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, as she continues to excel at life.

 

• Watch a fleet-footed, plus-sized ball girl snag a plastic bag out of midair at the U.S. Open.

 

 

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Post date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 10:39
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for September 2:

 

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• Even after a relentless media campaign, .

 

 

• All us hackers can take a little sadistic pleasure in .

 

(no, not the celebrity nude photo hack).

 

 

• "Singer" Iggy Azalea, girlfriend to Laker Nick "Swaggy P" Young, .

 

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yesterday and gave the game ball to the team president, who's battling cancer.

 

• Louisville's Corvin Lamb put an exclamation point on Week 1 in college football with an electrifying kickoff return against Miami.

 

 

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With today's announcement of the captains' picks, the teams are finalized, and the buildup to golf's most pressure-packed event can begin in earnest. After a miracle comeback at the Ryder Cup Matches at Medinah in 2012, Europe is the prohibitive favorite to retain the Cup on home turf, as Tom Watson takes a shorthanded American team to Scotland for the most pressure-packed event in golf. Can a U.S. team led by crafty veteran Phil Mickelson and young gun Rickie Fowler upset a European powerhouse led by four-time major champion Rory McIlroy and Ryder Cup maestro Sergio Garcia?

 

Today, European captain Paul McGinley put the finishing touches on his team with the selection of Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Scot Stephen Gallacher, a Ryder Cup rookie who will delight the partisans at Gleneagles. Tom Watson countered with Keegan Bradley, who had a successful pairing with Phil Mickelson in 2012 at Medinah, along with Barclays winner Hunter Mahan and 2012 U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson. So, at last, here are the respective 12-man teams making the trip to Scotland:

 

Team USA

Tom Watson, Captain

Raymond Floyd and Andy North, Vice Captains

 

Keegan Bradley*

Ryder Cup Record: 3-1-0

 

Rickie Fowler

Ryder Cup Record: 0-1-2

 

Jim Furyk

Ryder Cup Record: 9-17-4

 

Zach Johnson

Ryder Cup Record: 6-4-1

 

Matt Kuchar

Ryder Cup Record: 3-2-2

 

Hunter Mahan*

Ryder Cup Record: 3-2-3

 

Phil Mickelson

Ryder Cup Record: 14-18-6

 

Patrick Reed

Ryder Cup Record: First appearance

 

Webb Simpson

Ryder Cup Record: 2-2

 

Jordan Spieth

Ryder Cup Record: First appearance

 

Jimmy Walker

Ryder Cup Record: First appearance

 

Bubba Watson

Ryder Cup Record: 3-5

 

 

Team Europe

Paul McGinley, Captain

Des Smyth and Sam Torrance, Vice Captains

 

Thomas Bjorn

Ryder Cup Record: 3-2-1

 

Jamie Donaldson

Ryder Cup Record: First appearance

 

Victor Dubuisson

Ryder Cup Record: First appearance

 

Stephen Gallacher*

Ryder Cup Record: First appearance

 

Sergio Garcia

Ryder Cup Record: 16-8-4

 

Martin Kaymer

Ryder Cup Record: 3-2

 

Graeme McDowell

Ryder Cup Record: 5-5-2

 

Rory McIlroy

Ryder Cup Record: 4-3-2

 

Ian Poulter*

Ryder Cup Record: 12-3

 

Justin Rose

Ryder Cup Record: 6-3

 

Henrik Stenson

Ryder Cup Record: 2-3-2

 

Lee Westwood*

Ryder Cup Record: 18-13-6

 

*Captain's Pick

 

 

Missing in Action

The U.S. team, already an underdog, faces even longer odds with the absence of some key players:

• Tiger Woods

Ryder Cup Record: 13-17-3

Tiger's balky back is his latest physical impediment and caused him to shut it down for the year following a missed cut at the PGA Championship. Despite his lackluster Ryder Cup record, his experience and aura will be missed. Said one PGA Tour pro: "You can’t tell me at least half the European side would not be a little afraid if it came down to a singles match against Tiger on Sunday."

 

• Dustin Johnson

Ryder Cup Record: 3-3

Johnson is in golf exile, either self-imposed or Tour-imposed, while he deals with "personal challenges." The eight-time winner on Tour was a bright spot for a disappointing U.S. team in 2012, winning his singles match and posting a match record of 3-0. "As one of the longest hitters in the game with an undefeated record of 3-0 at Medinah in 2012, he has clearly been an asset for the United States team," said U.S. captain Tom Watson.

 

• Jason Dufner

Ryder Cup Record: 3-1

Like Johnson, Dufner was a stalwart for the 2012 U.S. team, posting a 3-1 record and winning his singles match against Peter Hanson amid a U.S. collapse. Dufner couldn't defend his 2013 PGA Championship title due to an arthritic condition in his neck.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:24
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 29:

 

• I must admit to being unfamiliar with . Consider that oversight remedied.

 

, because Bill Murray is awesome.

 

• Johnny who? .

 

• Les Miles is a teacher above all else. .

 

• Vanderbilt got destroyed by Temple, but on the upside, .

 

• Tim Tebow might have a future in this broadcasting thing. If nothing else, .

 

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. Welcome to LA, Sark.

 

. That's just wasteful.

 

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. Mayweather-Pacquiao.

 

• Watch Nick Foles go undercover as a waiter to surprise fantasy football drafters.

 

 

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

 

This does, in fact, make us happy.

 

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

 

.  I believe that moves them ahead of Florida State in the computers.

 

• Why we love college football, part 1,563: .

 

. Plenty to go around.

 

Me neither.

 

. Goosebumps.

 

. Oh, and it was a game-saver.

 

• John Daly's country song "Hit It Hard" is getting airplay on Sirius. . It's actually not that bad.

 

. Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to play catcher.

 

. Some are clever, some are weird and creepy.

 

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

 

 

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

 

, including Essential 11 favorite Lindsey Duke, better half to Blake Bortles.

 

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among nine other preposterous prognostications.

 

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• Drunk History is a genius show on Comedy Central that is both hilarious and educational. . And start DVR'ing the show.

 

This story confirms my suspicion that media types are in the business just to abuse their expense accounts.

 

 

. This one might actually be the worst.

 

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, now that it's mercifully over.

 

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

 

 

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

 

Will Tiger ever get back to where he was?

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Will Tiger challenge Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors?

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Are Tiger’s problems purely physical?

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Will Tiger be missed on the Ryder Cup team?

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Can golf thrive without Tiger at the top?

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Can Rory McIlroy fill the post-Tiger void?

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Compiled by Ben Everill

Follow him on Twitter @beneverill

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

 

• We may not care about tennis, but I think we can all agree that , like Maria Sharapova.

 

. If they lose, that head will wind up in someone's bed.

 

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• According to Mike Schmidt, .

 

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, although I bet this kid's never read Rolling Stone, since he's under 50. 

 

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. His victim: Matthew McConaughey.

 

• This is alarming: . Imagine what will happen when the season goes south.

 

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

 

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 25:

 

• It's college football week. in the world's greatest sport.

 

• A guy promised on Twitter to buy the world drinks if Michael Sam sacked Johnny Manziel and gave the money sign. .

 

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• In case anyone cares, .

 

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• So apparently . Her daughter . So did .

 

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• Cops spotted Alan Branch vomiting out of his car. .

 

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

 

 

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

 

• Apple doesn't fall far from the tree: .

 

• Speaking of solid ice bucket challenge performances, .

 

• The SI cover jinx strikes a 13-year-old: .

 

• After last night's Keystone Showdown debacle, . Strong language warning, naturally.

 

. They're all realizing they live in Buffalo.

 

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involving racism, homophobia, all the biggies.

 

. I think I'd have to go with Phil Hartman.

 

• Don't know about you, but .

 

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

 

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 21:

 

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

 

, courtesy of the elder Manziel.

 

. And , not a commodity.

 

• This one's for the Notre Dame haters: .

 

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• Undercover boss: .

 

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. You're welcome.

 

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

 

 

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

 

• Forget Manziel: Blake Bortles is the rookie star of the preseason, .

 

• I'm linking to this story mainly because I like the headline: . Then there's this: .

 

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

 

• My favorite GIF in a long time: in lieu of the ice bucket challenge.

 

• My second-favorite GIF today: .

 

• Speaking of those ubiquitous ice buckets, . And then there's Alabama Boss, whose .

 

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

 

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 19:

 

, starting with the top-ranked Noles.

 

. He'll see your casually racist nickname and raise you a middle finger. To his credit, . Brian Orakpo, who had Manziel running for his life, was .

 

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• Colin Cowherd blamed racer Kevin Ward Jr.'s death on "Southern culture." .

 

. Trust me before you click — it's far better in your mind than it actually was. (language alert at the link).

 

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, his friend for almost four decades.

 

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

 

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 18:

 

. That's all we ask out of our ceremonial first pitchers.

 

— an embarrassingly revealing calendar that includes Body Issue and Constanza spoofs — is no doubt giving sadistic commissioners across the land evil ideas.

 

. Haven't those kids suffered enough?

 

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. My interest in that event is waning fast.

 

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• Worried that Peyton Manning has been underexposed, .

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

• In honor of Shark Week, enjoy .

 

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• The opening day of the SEC Network gave rise to .

 

with his useless answers to their useless questions. Speaking of Foster, remember never to share a hot tub with the guy. .

 

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• The star of college football's offseason has been Bo Pelini. .

 

, from Eminem to the Buttfumble.

 

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

 

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 14:

 

, like Matt Harvey's GF Ashley Haas.

 

. Someday soon, this will be a holiday in the states of the old Confederacy.

 

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• Apparently, telling a woman you're a New York Jet doesn't work too well at the clubs, cause .

 

• I'm immature enough to find this funny: .

 

• Weird celebrity dating news: .

 

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• Or, .

 

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

 

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 13:

 

• It stays hot in South Beach: .

 

. It's good to be rich and famous.

 

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• Mike Gundy is a man, he's 47, and .

 

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It's good to have goals.

 

• Ever wonder how a dog would react to a levitating weiner? .

 

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

 

 

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 12:

 

, including yummy Oregon Duck Kaitlin Olson.

 

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. (Language warning) And . One more — .

 

• I lied — here's one more: Conan, Andy Richter and Will Arnett learned of Williams' death while taping Conan's show. .

 

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• You've probably heard of "Garfield Without Garfield." Now, .

 

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• Note to self: .

 

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

 

 

 

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

• We missed Anna Kendrick's 29th birthday last week. .

 

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• A little something to whet your college football appetite: .

 

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. Yasiel Puig is not human.

 

. But it is okay to be a little weirded out by .

 

• Rory didn't just win — .

 

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• Jay Bruce robbed Giancarlo Stanton of a homer.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Q. Do you get nervous before a game?

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

 

Q. Do you play fantasy football? 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Q. Do you believe in the Madden cover curse?

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

 

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

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

 

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

A.  Number one. I feel I’m the best.

 

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

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

 

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


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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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


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

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

• This just in: . Now back to our regular programming.

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

 

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

• Leading off today: , including geek goddess Zooey Deschanel of Northwestern.

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

• Greg Oden allegedly punched a lady, .

like stirring hot soup instead of blowing on it, and don't cover your neck in tattoos.

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• Remember Lions QB Scott Mitchell? , along with other former athletes like tennis player Zina Garrison.

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• After Adam Dunn's pitching performance, .

. All that's missing is "Boom goes the dynamite."

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

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

. I'm with her; the only way to enjoy that nerve-wracking experience would be to get hammered first.

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. You'd almost think one was imitating the other.

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. Write your own joke; I'm too lazy.

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• Not sports-related, but kind of inspiring: .

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

 

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