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 June 1.

• It looks like .

• We all know that Boise State has the “smurf turf”, but this season?

• CBS’ Brett McMurphy details that will be hotly debated this summer.

Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla thinks t.

•’s Lee Jenkins breaks down last night’s , the Spurs first loss since April 11.

• There is sad news in the basketball world today, as at the age of 52.

• We have no idea why that Justin Combs, son of millionaire hip-hop legend Sean “Diddy” Combs, is getting a football scholarship to UCLA.

• examines how long can stay in the AL East race.

•  will join the NBC this fall and be a part of the Sunday night NFL studio show.

• Some good college basketball matchups were announced today, with taking place from Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

• As you all know, the first Friday in June is always National Donut Day. So to celebrate, we give you everyone’s favorite donut connoisseur in our Video of the Day…

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---By Patrick Snow ()

May 31

• With the league-owned New Orleans Hornets winning the No. 1 overall draft pick, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski addresses another chapter in a long-debated topic —

• Kentucky's John Calipari kills for a second time this spring.

•  to Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg’s piece on the league he covers and a college football playoff. Battle at the Mothership?

• has a slideshow of . I mean really, the Potty Putter?!

• The Colts were the NFL’s most consistent winner over the past decade until Peyton Manning’s injury in 2011. Now with No. 18 in Denver, the franchise is and avoid blackouts.

• The Dodgers have had a great 2012 so far, but could be crushing.

• Deadspin says that sports fans are calling a “money grab.”

• Is the window closing for the current stars of the ? Jerry Jones says he decides when and where the windows are for his team.

• Does want to stay with its current 10-team model?

• Life is just never normal in .

• We hate to see anyone get hurt, but some aspiring chefs and Hell's Kitchen viewers might enjoy this. During a charity soccer game, chef Gordon Ramsay is taken out by former Man U star Teddy Sheringham in our Video of the Day…

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---By Patrick Snow ()

May 30

• HBO announced that the new season of . We see the star of the show being Lauren Tannehill, the wife of first-round draft pick Ryan Tannehill.

• SEC coaches want , not just conference champions.

• Steven Tyler has purchased , not your average toy in the attic.

• Michigan verbal commit Logan Tuley-Tillman posted a picture on Twitter recently , causing some Buckeyes fans to taunt him on the internet. For any OSU fans that may want to go to Peoria, Illinois and meet him, Tuley-Tillman stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 314 pounds. Tread lightly.

• How well will fit with the Texas Rangers?

• Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report recaps in Florida.

• The Phillies season keeps getting worse with the news that with a shoulder injury.

• So how’s your doing? You can hear the Winklevii laughing from here.

• How does Mark Richt try to keep the state’s No. 1 recruit, Robert Nkemdiche, from leaving the state? Hire his former coach as , of course. However Nkemdiche’s current coach played at Alabama, so the Dawgs may be done in by the Crimson Tide system.

• We end on a sad note. at the age of 56. Senior baseball columnist Scott Miller pens a moving tribute.

• The next time your little leaguer makes an error, have him watch Pirates shortstop Josh Harrison’s throw to third base against the Reds. Wow. Here is our Video of the Day…

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---By Patrick Snow ()

May 29

•  back in MLB?

• I got so excited when of a story. However, it quickly turned to disappointment with this crazed shoplifter. Also, who poses for a mug shot like it’s one of those “glamour” deals in the mall?

• The .

• This was obviously before the Heat-Celtics series, but . Hate to think what their logo would look like in her world.

• College baseball’s NCAA Tournament starts this week. , and make sure to check out some compelling competition and some future MLB stars before next week’s draft. 

• ESPN blogger Edward Aschoff has the latest from .

• We often wonder exactly what world Metta World Peace lives in — .

• Is another Nick Fairley arrest a signal that ?

• The current Angels momentum could be derailed with .

• TCU’s depth has taken a hit as .

• The Twins had a special moment over the Memorial Day weekend, reuniting Master Sgt. Robert Buresh — returning home from Afghanistan — with his daughters prior to the game. Here's our Video of the Day...

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

---By Patrick Snow ()

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