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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for April 5.

• The "Evil Dead" remake opens today. Those who weren't planning to see it might want to check out this slideshow of one of the stars, Jessica Lucas. It might change your mind. That's her in the photo, by the way.

• Final Four weekend is finally here. Check out Athlon's previews of the semifinal matchups here and here.

• Note to this weekend's Final Four teams: They can't take away what you've accomplished. Well, then again, maybe they can. Here are the most infamous vacated wins teams in NCAA history.

• Looking to lose some money this weekend? A quick and dirty guide to casino games.

• God in a Goldfish cracker? You be the judge.

• Legendary film critic Roger Ebert died yesterday. Here's a collection of his reviews of some legendary sports films. He loved "Raging Bull"; hated "Kazaam." Okay, so some are no-brainers.

• Slam dunk contests have gotten kinda tired, but Doug Anderson's winning dunk in the College Slam Dunk contest was pretty sweet.

The Auburn synthetic pot report is only a day old, but there are already holes.

• After Brittney Griner Instagramed this photoshopped photo of her dunking on Brandon Knight, I want Cubes to draft her just so they can both be humiliated.

This Lithuanian under-18 hockey player does not like to lose. He may not get another opportunity after this display.

• Just when you thought you couldn't root for Kevin Ware any harder, he goes on Letterman and kills. Ware for President.

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April 4

• Anybody watching Splash, the celebrity diving show? Reminder: It features Katherine Webb, as you can see in the photo.

• According to somebody who tracks these things, there were only 21 pitches in MLB last year that failed to even reach 60 mph. Last night, Paul Maholm uncorked one of these speed-limit-observing eephus balls to strike out Chase Utley.

If you click on this link and giggle, it's time to grow up. (Full disclosure: I giggled.)

• Tired of adults grabbing baseballs away from kids in the stands? Click and enjoy. Sometimes justice does prevail.

• Need a little help getting pumped for the Final Four? Bookmark this GIF.

• Long-form piece of the day: The twilight of Don King.

• If you grew up in the '80s, you probably loved WWE. If so, you'll love this classic pro wrestling slideshow.

Three SEC quarterback battles that will extend into the fall.

• Another day, another scandal: Auburn allegedly did all kinds of bad stuff while winning the national title.

Tiger Woods is on the cover of SI for the 21st time. But he's still not talking.

One CarGo robbed another of a home run last night.

• Falling down, back to the basket: Danilo Gallinari had the Jazz right where he wanted them.

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April 3

• The Golf Channel's Holly Sonders wants you to get fit and will appear on the cover of Golf Digest's upcoming fitness issue. Holly, you have our attention.

• News Yu can use: Rangers ace Yu Darvish came up one out short of a perfect game, leaving headline writers and Twitter comedians to try to outdo each other with puns. USA Today gathered some of them up

• After that explosive video showing him abusing his players, Rutgers coach Mike Rice is out the door. Moral of the story: If you're going to be a bullying jackass, at least be a successful one.

Meanwhile, on the other coast, there's a ref scandal. Good times for college sports.

Jay-Z decided he didn't have enough to do, so he started a sports rep agency. First client: Robinson Cano.

• Bob Costas quoting Ludacris? Bob Costas quoting Ludacris.

• I doubt this will make David Stern's Christmas letter: A former NBA player was indicted yesterday for murder and gang activity.

• In happier NBA news, Nate the Great scoffs at your silly double-teams.

• An SEC market report entering this year's NFL Draft: the risers and fallers.

Evan Longoria threw a guy out from his butt yesterday.

• Bubba Watson is living the life. He has a green jacket, and now he has a hovercart.

• Chivalry is dead, and this guy might be, too, after ducking out of the way of a home run ball and allowing his girlfriend to take it in the face.

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April 2

• Yes, it's April 2, but it's not too late to note that March was a good month for fans of the ladies. Here are the women who wowed in March, including MLS' Houston Dynamos girls.

• For a day, anyway, the Mets rule the Big Apple. Of course, I wouldn't bet the house on either New York team.

• Bryce Harper hit two home runs, but to me, A.J. Burnett's rosin bag explosion was the highlight of Opening Day.

How this year's Final Four teams were built.

• What's next for Kevin Ware? Time Magazine has details.

• April Fools Day joke, or real Mississippi State recruiting letter? You decide.

POTUS follows the Marshall Henderson example: If you miss, just keep jacking.

This announcer attempts to say 'get your peanuts' but instead blurts out a well-known part of the male anatomy. No thanks - I'll stick with the popcorn and Cracker Jack.

This is good news - I hope it's me they're talking about.

Five SEC players who will go from no-names to household names during 2013.

• When rookie hazing and April Fools Day collide, you get Dion Waiters' car consumed with popcorn.

• This insane alley-oop had its origins when both players were still outside the arc.

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April 1

• The SEC was shut out of the Final Four, along with their comely cheerleading squads. SEC fans will have to settle for this hoops cheerleader slideshow.

• The Final Four is set, much like Kevin Ware's horribly mangled leg. I won't inflict the horrific video of his injury on my readers; instead, here's Ware holding the Regional Championship plaque post-surgery. And here's SI's Luke Winn on Ware and the injury aftermath.

Observations from a regional final weekend that was at times thrilling, at times stomach-turning and at times dreadfully boring.

• Despite today's date, everything you read here is true. But if you're jonesing for some April Fools Day humor, here are some epic April 1 pranks over the years. And here's a clever prank that the Canadiens played on a overly excited rookie.

• Yes, baseball was played last night, but today is the real Opening Day, meaning that Mets pitcher Jon Niese's wife will be observing an unusual tradition.

• Athlon offers up the 10 greatest baseball-themed ad campaigns in history.

The New Yorker sticks a dagger in the hearts of Yankees fans with their latest cover.

• These guys should be glad they don't work in the real world: 20 athletes who would be fired if they had regular jobs.

• Boy, California cops are cracking down on those helmet laws. Even if you have an oversized head that no helmet could fit.

• In this year of the airballed free throw, Andre Drummond of the Pistons outdid himself. Watch and enjoy.

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