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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for August 24.

• Last night in a win over the Red Sox, Angels phenom Mike Trout became the youngest player in MLB history to record a 20-homer, 40-steal season.

• Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News calls out the lying career of Lance Armstrong, who will be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping.

• Watching the Little League World Series this week, we wondered what had happened to the cast of The Sandlot. Here’s the answer. "You're killing me, Smalls!"

• ESPN Big 12 blogger David Ubben writes that Texas coach Mack Brown believes his team could have a top five finish this season.

• Titans coaches are not very happy with the NFL’s replacement referees after last night’s game against the Cardinals.

• Dave Miller of the National Football Post looks at USC’s one potential flaw for winning the BCS.

• Have the Sacramento Kings been exploring a move to Virginia?

• CBS’ Scott Miller examines the MVP chances for Pirates star Andrew McCutchen.

Really SportsCenter?

• Check out this list of how each school in the Top 25 got its nickname.

• It’s always impressive to see an athlete turn a flip, but a 235-pound running back in pads right after scoring a touchdown? Here’s Jamie Harper of the Tennessee Titans after reaching the end zone in last night’s win against the Arizona Cardinals.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


August 23

• Nationals manager Davey Johnson finally talks about the club’s plan to shut down ace Stephen Strasburg in mid-September.

• Bleacher Report’s Michael Felder looks at Notre Dame’s decision to name Everett Golson as the starting quarterback.

• Yankees manager Joe Girardi does not like getting heckled after being swept by the White Sox.

• Watch out for this motorist.

• Pete Thamel has the latest on the NCAA’s continuing investigation into controversial Kentucky recruit Nerlins Noel.

• South Florida will not have the services of Notre Dame transfer Aaron Lynch this season, as his waiver for immediate eligibility was denied.

• Apparently this Georgia high school coach went “Brett Favre” with texts to a player’s mom. She got him back.

• It looks like Tennessee will dismiss top receiver Da’Rick Rogers.

• Could Derek Jeter’s quality season be explained by PEDs? One ESPN personality believes so.

• Former Bears defensive lineman Chris Zorich will have to pay back almost $350,000 that cannot be accounted for in the financial records of his charitable organization.

• EA Sports lets us know the genesis of the Ray Lewis and Paul Rudd’s Madden rivalry. Who knew they grew up together?

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


August 22

• Roger Clemens is playing independent baseball at age 50. As Ken Rosenthal points out, a Rocket comeback to the majors would restart his Hall of Fame clock — something that would separate Clemens from being on the same ballot as another suspected cheater, Barry Bonds.

• The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced that they will play a home game in London’s Wembley Stadium for four consecutive seasons starting in 2013. No word if they are changing names to the Shag-uars.

• Mandatory.com presents the Pete Carroll “Web of Corruption.”

• ESPN Stanford blogger Kevin Gemmell looks at David Shaw’s decision to go with Josh Nunes as the Cardinal starting quarterback.

• Xavier has dismissed its top returning scorer, Dezmine Wells.

• Heralded Reds shortstop prospect Billy Hamilton broke the minor league single-season record for stolen bases last night with his 147th steal.

• Texas A&M is letting the Lone Star State know that it is “SEC Country.”

• Kermit as the Most Interesting Man in the World?

• The Clippers do not seem concerned with All-Star point guard Chris Paul’s thumb surgery.

• Did Browns coach Pat Shurmur really remove Joe Haden from practice for being too rough?

• We don’t know how many games the Minnesota Golden Gophers will win this season, but at least their football meeting room looks cool. Nice work Goldy.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


August 21

• Will Eagles quarterback Michael Vick be able to stay healthy this season?

• Five schools — Florida, Michigan Arkansas, North Carolina and Georgia — have cut a deal with Kellogg’s to brand their own Pop-Tarts for a limited time. Why have actual bacon when you could some “Razorback Red?”

• If you ever have car issues in the Palm Beach area, call this business with the epic name.

• CBS’ Danny Knobler has a fun look the Washington Nationals, who currently have MLB’s best record.

• To no one’s surprise, Ryan Tannehill was named the Dolphins starter at quarterback. Hopefully this leads to more Lauren on HBO's Hard Knocks tonight.

• Former North Carolina Tar Heel Julius Peppers has donated $250,000 to a scholarship fund that supports African-American students at the school. His action comes a week after Peppers’ transcript from UNC was released on the internet and raised questions of possible academic fraud.

• It looks like the Texas quarterback battle will continue into the season, as the Longhorns plan to play both Davis Ash and Case McCoy in the opener.

• Is there a future for WAC football? Commissioner Jeff Hurd does not think so.

• The Red Sox’ struggles continue, and yesterday the club fired pitching coach Bob McClure.

• NC State basketball fans are still waiting for McDonald's All-American guard Rodney Purvis to be fully cleared by the NCAA.

• Rangers pitchers Derek Holland and Ryan Dempster give us some MLB highlights as Cubs legendary broadcaster Harry Caray. Well done guys.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


August 20

• The Titans have selected youth over experience at quarterback, choosing Jake Locker as the starter over veteran Matt Hasselbeck.

• Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is one of two new female members at Augusta National Golf Club.

• This guy has quite the resume.

• With Gary Nova being named the starting signal caller at Rutgers, Mark Ennis of Big East Coast Bias writes that this is the first time in recent memory with each team in the league entering a season set at quarterback.

• Will San Francisco’s Melky Cabrera get more than a 50-game suspension for trying to dupe Major League Baseball?

• Sergio Garcia recorded his first PGA Tour win since 2008 in the Wyndham Championship.

• Notre Dame will enter another season unranked in the AP Preseason Top 25.

• Mandatory.com has some scary before and after photos of aging rocker stars.

• Former All-Pro pass rusher Shawne Merriman could not make it work in Buffalo.

• CBS’ college basketball writers examine whether or not players should be paid (above the table).

• Sorry for the non-HD video, but here’s a portion of Kobe Bryant dropping 68 points in 15 minutes in a Chinese charity game over the weekend. Love this PA announcer.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 

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