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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for August 17.

• Former Major League pitcher Tommy John disagrees with the plan to shut down Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg in September.

The Onion has a funny look at Tim Tebow’s “favorite target” at Jets camp.

• NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah previews this weekend’s NFL preseason action.

• Mandatory.com lists some entertaining movies for those of you missing the Olympics.

• Inside the ACC looks at the effects of the North Carolina academic scandal.

• Notre Dame is breaking out a pretty unusual helmet for the Miami game at Soldier Field this season.

• The American League MVP and Cy Young votes will be highly debated.

• Nike is planning a 16-team college basketball tournament in 2017 to celebrate founder Phil Knight’s birthday.

• Check out Chiefs fan Steve Graham, who has the Kansas City logo on his glass eye.

• Ryan Tannehill will start for the Dolphins tonight against the Panthers.

• We are SO ready for college football to begin. Check out these top highlights from last season.

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


August 16

• Mariners ace Felix Hernandez tossed a perfect game against the Rays, and that established an MLB first with three “perfectos” in one season.

• Bleacher Report’s Ian Casselberry analyzes the the very costly 50-game suspension of the Giants’ Melky Cabrera.

• Redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel has won the starting quarterback gig at Texas A&M.

• Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley is footing the athletic bill for many kids in his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, where the school district was going to charge athletes to participate.

• Always nice to enjoy your morning cereal….from the Stanley Cup.

• It was just a “friendly”, but the USA soccer team racked up an historic win in Mexico.

• The NFL Referee's Association is still bickering with the league, who seems content to start the season with replacement refs.

• It looks like Maryland will go with a true freshman at quarterback after C.J. Brown’s season-ending injury.

• FOX Sports releases its preseason Heisman watch.

• Former Georgia coach Jim Donnan has been charged with helping to orchestrate an $80 million Ponzi scheme.

• Russell Westbrook messes with Team USA and Oklahoma City teammate James Harden’s epic beard in this new ad.

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


August 15

• Because of a nationwide helium shortage, the long-time Nebraska tradition of releasing balloons after the first touchdown has been put on hold.

• Speaking of touchdown routines, Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey has found an interesting way to encourage his team not to celebrate.

• For fans of The Big Lebowski, this moment had to be epic. The Dude abides.

• Chadd Scott of ChuckOliver.net looks at the future of the ACC.

• How serious is the spleen injury to Cowboys tight end Jason Witten?

• It looks like the new Champions Bowl will either be played in New Orleans or in Arlington, Texas.

• The new NBA2K13 game will feature the 1992 “Dream Team.”

• The Red Sox clubhouse is a mess…again.

• If you’re a Vikings defender at training camp, do not touch 28.

• The North Carolina academic scandal continues to raise more questions.

• Check out who’s taking batting practice in Toronto: Charlie Sheen. He doesn’t have much of a swing, but at least Rick Vaughn has finally learned that we wear caps and sleeves in the league.

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


August 14

• Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher had arthroscopic knee surgery this morning but still expects to be ready for the season opener against Indianapolis.

• The Red Sox nation is mourning the passing of Boston legend Johnny Pesky, who was a player, manager and broadcaster for the club during a career that lasted more than 60 years.

• Mark Blaudschun has the scoop on new Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco.

• I was told to check out this amazing photo with water and a hair flip. It definitely is…quite the picture.

• San Diego State head coach Rocky Long may not have his team punt this season. Awesome.

• There seems to be some secrecy in Gainesville regarding a shoulder injury to quarterback Jeff Driskel.

• Former Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe may have looked a little strange in a Yankees uniform, but the veteran pitcher notched his first save since 2001 in his New York debut.

• Mandatory.com looks at some strange fast food items from around the globe.

• FOX’s Ken Rosenthal details the promotion of heralded Orioles prospect Manny Machado to the majors at age 20.

• John Carvalho calls out the AJC’s reporting on an investigation regarding Auburn commit Reuben Foster.

Former Bears and 49ers defensive tackle Anthony Adams is now an NFL free agent, and he’s thinking about pursuing his first love — the NBA. Check out his hilarious hoops video.

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


August 13

• FOX Sports’ Greg Couch looks at some of the biggest winners from the London Olympics, including the fans.

• After Rory McIlroy’s dominant PGA win, the Tiger Woods comparisons are bound to begin.

• Many people are inspired by the Olympics and want to be more athletic. This diver is going to need a little more training.

• USC’s Lane Kiffin is giving up his vote in the Coaches’ poll after lying to the media about selecting his Trojans No. 1.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee examines the Auburn quarterback battle.

• First it was Chris Johnson of the Titans. Now Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson thinks he could beat Olympic Champion Usain Bolt in the 40-yard dash.

• Here are some amazing photos from the end of the Olympic Games in London.

• Andrew Luck had quite the debut with the Colts.

• FOX MLB insider John Paul Morosi says goodbye Olympics, hello MLB. He’s bullish on the Rays and thinks the Red Sox “are toast.”

• Should Doug Collins be the next Team USA basketball coach?

• Either James Bond or Marty McFly was navigating through McCovey Cove outside at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 

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