Athlon’s Essential Eleven Links of the Day

Rounding up the web's best sports links so you don't have to.

<p> The best sports links from the NFL, college football and basketball, MLB, the NBA, NASCAR and the world of entertainment.</p>

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for August 10.

• The has some people thinking that Los Angeles is now the NBA’s team to beat.

• There was huge news in the SEC and college football earlier today with the announcement that , a Heisman finalist last season, has been dismissed from the team for violating school and team rules.

• To the surprise of no one, Kentucky’s John Calipari topped's college basketball coaches’ survey as . CBS also got some feedback on Cal’s influential “friend”, .

• Mike Klis of the Denver Post looks at in his Broncos debut.

• Today is a tough day for Orlando Magic fans, with for Los Angeles.

• Tigers manager Jim Leyland believes that his top slugger, Miguel Cabrera, over rookie Mike Trout of the Angels.

• New unfortunately pulled a “Lane Kiffin” with some recent comments, and then he tried to back off.

• Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt .

• The Chargers realized every team’s preseason fear last night, for four to six weeks to a broken clavicle.

• It looks like the Seattle Seahawks by practicing Terrell Owens on the first day.

• Check out Amare Stoudemire training in Houston with Hakeem Olajuwon. Amare breaks out the old school short-shorts and even gets in a dig at Jeremy Lin at the end.

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---By Patrick Snow ()

August 9

• Titans running back Chris Johnson believes , and maybe even in the 100 meters if he trained for it. Tennessee fans just hope Johnson can get back to totaling 100 meters in football games.

• ESPN’s Joe Schad sits down with .

• If you’re going to accidentally dial 911, it probably like this Scranton man. Ryan?

• Can Tiger Woods ?

• Controversial seems intent on reviving the old Chappelle Show skit, “When Keepin’ It Real Goes Wrong.”

• The NBA and other factions have expressed a desire , but’s Ian Thomsen says that will not happen by 2016.

• They did it. For the third straight Olympics, in beach volleyball.

• Some ex-Penn State players are not enamored with of the Nittany Lions uniforms.

• Oregon coaches say .

• New Giants infielder Marco Scutaro in a historic rout of the Cardinals.

• There has been no official word on Grenade Fishing becoming an Olympic sport in 2016. We can only hope.

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---By Patrick Snow ()

August 8

• NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Cam Newton says, but not one who is just after fame and money. 99 problems...

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett writes that in 2013, and that the Illini and Northwestern are competing heavily for supremacy in Chicago.

• Ah yes, .

• Geoff Calkins of the Memphis Commercial Appeal .

• CBS’ Bruce Feldman ranks .

• Check out some .

•’s Chris Mannix examines the state of USA amateur boxing, after the American team for the first time ever.

• looks at some of the ever performed.

• Browns’ top pick and may not play against the Lions in the preseason opener.

• West Virginia has signed head coach Dana Holgorsen to .

• The New York Yankees are 3-7 on their last 10 games. And if things weren’t tough enough, look what happened last night to relief pitcher Cody Eppley via third baseman Eric Chavez.

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---By Patrick Snow ()

August 7

• Ex-Jets quarterback and current broadcaster Boomer Esiason believes that because his presence is not benefiting the team.

•’s Andy Staples chronicles .

• Check out on their way to grab coffee, and the two comedians commenting on various aspects of life.

• Joe Posnanski looks at the mystery that is .

• He’s back. Controversial wide receiver after not playing in the NFL last season. Is there anything left in the tank at age 38?

• The Wisconsin Badgers will wear , as will the Cornhuskers. Both schools have adidas-designed uniforms, and this game will feature the block “W” versus the block “N.”

• USA basketball easily took care of Argentina, 126-97, but after receiving a cheap shot.

• It appears that after the 2012 season.

• Angels ace Jered Weaver is after only 20 starts.

• So how did you stack up in the today?

Dodgers legendary broadcaster Vin Scully is hysterical as he does play-by-play of Rockies manager Jim Tracy getting kicked out of the game. The fun starts a little over a minute into the video; that is “blinkin’ fertilizer.”

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---By Patrick Snow ()

August 6

• A huge story is brewing in the NFL, with ESPN reporting that . The NFL denies the report, but this controversy is going to get very interesting.

• Check out this great interactive presentation by the New York Times on throughout Olympic history.

• If you missed it last Friday night in London, the combination of made for a wonderful visual.

• Dave Miller of the National Football Post looks at some of .

• How cool is it that the Upton brothers — — both hit career home run No. 100 on the same night?

• ESPN/ABC has released its lineup of for the upcoming season.

• He may not medal in the 400-meter run, but of South Africa has inspired everyone at the Olympics.

• The and a 4.5-game lead in the NL Central, and their next 18 games are against opponents who currently have a losing record.

• Want a Patriots Super Bowl ring? you go.

• The extra wild card spot for the MLB postseason .

• Obviously bored in the fourth quarter of last night's Hall of Fame game, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock decides to sing Play that Funky Music for America. His “performance” starts about 30 seconds in to our Video of the Day.

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---By Patrick Snow ()


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