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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 31.

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett believes in the season opener against defending champion Alabama.

• SI’s Andy Staples looks at on the road at Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks pulled out a 17-13 victory.

• The San Francisco Giants have an awesome promotion on Tuesday: it’s .

• The NFL and will meet today to try and solve their labor issues.

• It’s a , with Clemson taking on Auburn and NC State battling Tennessee.

• Gotta love from the Chive.

• UCLA beat Rice in despite having three extra points blocked.

• The NCAA has surprisingly in its academic violations case.

• The Lakers will retire .

• It sounds like against coach Billy Gillispie.

• It was great to finally see some college football last night, and Kent State’s Andre Parker gave us a classic highlight on opening night. He runs the wrong way after picking up a punt, but then for some reason the Towson players tackle him. Holy Moly!

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---By Patrick Snow ()

August 30

• The college football season is here! Russ Mitchell of CFN believes that in tonight’s opening contest.

• ESPN Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller has the latest on .

• A potential ?

• Giants defender Mathias Kiwanuka , saying the G-men have been “whupping his ass for a long time.”

• Former Notre Dame running back and current Irish radio broadcaster Allen Pinkett that “to have a successful team you've got to have a few bad citizens.”

• Former Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett .

• It’s been an interesting year for NBA big man Kris Humphries. There was his well-publicized marriage and quick divorce from Kim Kardashian, and now he’s . Lovely.

• It was quite a night for Nationals rookie Bryce Harper, who in Washington’s 8-4 win over the Marlins.

• When will star running back Maurice Jones-Drew ?

• The Dodgers due to elbow issues.

• My thoughts during the NFL preseason have been that the replacement refs (after they get acclimated to the pro game) would not be that much worse than the regulars, but calls like this one in the Patriots-Giants game last night do not help.

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

---By Patrick Snow ()

August 29

• Brent Zwerneman has the latest on a ton of Texas A&M news. Saturday’s game against Louisiana Tech , and the Aggies will play Arkansas at Cowboys Stadium .

• Twins All-Star catcher and hometown hero Joe Mauer by the club.

• We hope Hurricane Isaac does not affect this year.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee looks at between Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and former Auburn star Cam Newton.

• Michael Vick won’t be the first guy to wear Kevlar in Philly, but the Eagles are hoping will protect the oft-injured quarterback.

• has compiled its “.”

• Even with their new acquisitions, the Dodgers to another injury.

• Three suspects in have been arrested.

• Loyola (Md.) will leave the MAAC after this season .

• Florida coach Will Muschamp still for Saturday’s game against Bowling Green, although both Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett will play in the first half.

• Check out Masters champ Bubba Watson pulling a prank on Alex Miceli of the Golf Channel.

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---By Patrick Snow ()

August 28

• Former Oregon quarterback Nate Costa believes . We do not agree.

• Penn State has chosen this year for obvious reasons. Hopefully other sports entities will ban the song as well, simply for the reason that it’s cheesy and insufferable.

• This was .

• Mark Ennis of Big East Coast Bias looks at and wonders what Joey Galloway is thinking. We concur.

• Saturday Down South’s Kevin Duffey calls out that the SEC is powerful because of ESPN.

• CBS’ Jeff Borzello looks at .

• ESPN stirs up an .

• Sometimes you choose the game; .

• Check out what with his bullpen time.

• Mike Wallace has .

• Yes, the rumors are true. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones does “rap” in this new Papa John’s commercial.

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

---By Patrick Snow ()

August 27

• It’s a pretty sad commentary that for basic behavior, but that is the case in Dallas.

• Bleacher Report’s Ian Casselberry calls the Dodgers-Red Sox blockbuster .

• This Fox News anchor on President Obama's visit there.

• has an extensive slideshow and grades of .

• Tropical Storm Isaac has affected in a big way.

• The downward spiral of Vince Young continues with .

• Carolina Mudcats utility man Justin Toole in a 4-2 win over Salem on Saturday.

• Former NBA tough guy Charles Oakley .

• Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel provides insight into , who won at The Barclays over the weekend.

• Are the Angels ?

• Check out this bare-handed grab by Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth. Use two hands, kids.

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

---By Patrick Snow ()


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