Athlon’s Essential Eleven Links of the Day

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

• Several yesterday, and Yankees fans received a strange message regarding Derek Jeter.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee and Michael Felder debate which powerhouse is the top dog in the SEC: ?

• This Australian paper has of distinguishing between North and South Korea’s Olympic medal standing.

• Florida Gators recruiting coordinator and wide receiver coach . His name has been linked to the recruiting scandal at Miami that is currently being investigated.

• Here is of the Olympic all-name team.

• After trouncing Nigeria 156-73, USA Basketball had to play its first defense of the day — against the much-weaker opponent.

• CBS’ Danny Knobler previews .

• Justin Blackmon of the Jaguars is the with his new club.

• Check out this Illinois fan getting from offensive lineman Graham Pocic.

• SB Nation has a fun look at the .

Will Ferrell gets extremely emotional on Conan over the breakup of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Damn Trampires.

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August 2

• Check out , who won a Purple Heart while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and will now walk on at Clemson this fall.

• Will be the ultimate touchdown vulture this season?

• looks at ever made.

• Three Oklahoma Sooners were reinstated by Bob Stoops, while due to neck and back concerns.

• Are in the American League?

• ESPN Notre Dame blogger Matt Fortuna analyzes what will mean for the Irish.

• Where did you have Dennis Rodman in the “” pool?

• Kayla Harrison won for the United States.

• The Cleveland Browns have been sold . Yes, those Browns.

• North Carolina might wear in a game this year.

Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully is a living legend. He has been in the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1982, and the 84-year-old is still going strong today. Hearing Scully describe Twitter on a recent broadcast was golden.

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August 1

• Swimmer Michael Phelps broke by winning his 19th career medal. An amazing 15 of those medals have been gold.

• ESPN’s Jayson Stark hands out “medals” for at the trade deadline.

• Check out this .

• ESPN ACC blogger Heather Dinich has the latest on at Florida State.

• The Pac-12 has been the beneficiary of .

• If you’re looking for a new sport to follow during the Olympics, we suggest becoming a fan of the .

• All-America running back Montee Ball is fine, but he on the Wisconsin campus.

• Has the Olympic ideal really come down to ?

• With the announcement that Eastbound and Down is coming back to HBO, Kenny Powers’ fan are stocking up on .

• UCF will not be seeing the postseason for a while after for recruiting violations.

Missouri offensive lineman Elvis Fisher has some interesting and funny demands before he returns to the field. The SEC has a new sarcasm star.

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---By Patrick Snow ()

July 31

• The MLB trade deadline commences at 4pm EST today, and will have the latest on all the deals. Many believe that Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster will end up with the Dodgers, who have already acquired outfielder Shane Victorino from the Phillies.

• NBC had a major gaffe last night, before the network showed her race.

AJC columnist Mark Bradley examines and scrappy outfielder Reed Johnson from the Cubs.

• Here’s an in Guam.

• The Yankees received good news on , which has no structural damage. That fact may alleviate the need for New York to make a deal for a backup first baseman.

• This could be , who is expected to transfer to USC.

• James Bond is back. Check out , which opens in November.

• Is Houston Rockets head coach regarding the team’s offseason moves?

• A top running back decommits from Oklahoma because .

• The , the 19th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, from the Panthers to the Jets has been voided.

• We go back to Wrigley Field for a second straight day, where this Cubs fan has a slight tactical error with his marriage proposal. But unlike the “Loveable Losers” on the field, everything worked out fine in the end.

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---By Patrick Snow ()

July 30

• NBC’s over the weekend is drawing heavy criticism around America.

• ESPN Big 12 blogger David Ubben had an interesting first-team All-Big 12 vote, .

• Did Packers tight end D.J. Williams really use as an offseason training program?

• France upset the United States in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, with on the last leg of the race.

• FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi thinks the , usually contenders who are acquiring players at the trade deadline, should sell this season.

American Pie star Jason Biggs was and had to return to the United States. No word yet if the monkey was influenced by bath salts.

• Andre Johnson has already in camp, which has the Texans — and fantasy owners — worried.

• Mike Dyer was a star in the BCS Championship Game less than two years ago, but now after being dismissed from another school.

• SMU players fall victim to a different type of scheme.

• How will affect the Dwight Howard saga in Orlando?

• New Illinois football coach Tim Beckman gives us a unique version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at Wrigley Field.

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---By Patrick Snow ()

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