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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for June 15.

• The nation’s top-ranked recruit for the Class of 2013, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., has verbally committed to Clemson.

• The Heat beat the Thunder in Game 2, but fans and media are still debating the LeBron James-Kevin Durant no-call at the end.

• Mandatory.com has some funny Dad quotes for Father’s Day.

• Bears cornerback Charles Tillman doesn’t like a math problem in a Chicago school regarding the team’s chances of beating the Packers.

• Pacers center Roy Hibbert used Twitter to invite area fans to the movies to watch Prometheus, his treat.

• Harpo’s in Columbia, Mo. already has a signature sandwich called “the SEC.”

• Check out Carlos Santana of the Indians running into a rather large Reds fan.

• Miami football may not receive a ruling in its pending NCAA case until after National Signing Day next year.

Is it college football season yet?

• CBS’ Jon Heyman has an interesting interview with former Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, whose lifestyle has changed in the minors.

• We want to say an early Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there. With that in mind, the Video of the Day had to be Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. hitting back-to-back home runs against the Angels on September 14, 1990.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


June 14

• CBS’ Scott Miller says San Francisco’s Matt Cain stepped out from behind the shadow of Tim Lincecum after tossing the first perfect game in Giants’ history.

• Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he doesn’t know how to avoid hits. Throw the ball?

• Who doesn’t like a good bar fight between hip-hop crews? TMZ says that the entourages for Chris Brown and Drake got into it last night at a New York City nightclub. Hopefully Brown hit men this time.

• The Interleague battle of Ohio has produced a war of word between Reds manager Dusty Baker and Indians starter Derek Lowe.

• Former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is facing more doping allegations.

• Sports radio shock jock Jim Rome stirred up NBA Commissioner David Stern yesterday with his implication that the league’s draft is fixed.

• North Dakota State football won the FCS Championship back in January. However, the NCAA sent the school’s championship banner to its top rival, the University of North Dakota.

• Will the Miami Heat ruin Oklahoma City’s perfect postseason home record in Game 2 tonight?

• ESPN ACC blogger Heather Dinich analyzes the schedule of Florida State, who many consider the league favorite this season.

• Gawker questions London’s ability to throw a good party for the Summer Olympics.

San Francisco’s Matt Cain tossed just the 22nd perfect game in MLB history last night. The final play was a little dicey, but the Giants got it done and the celebration ensued.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


June 13

• Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins looks at the Thunder victory in Game 1, with Kevin Durant starring as the best player on the court.

• With the BCS meetings kicking off in Chicago, ESPN’s Mark Schlabach has a good summary of each conference’s preferred format for a college football playoff.

Real-life mobster Henry Hill, who was played by Ray Liotta in the 1990 Martin Scorsese classic Goodfellas, has passed away at the age of 69. “When I was broke, I'd go out and rob some more. We ran everything. We paid off cops. We paid off lawyers. We paid off judges. Everybody had their hands out. Everything was for the taking. And now it's all over.

• Say what you want about Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees, but tying MLB and New York legend Lou Gehrig’s all-time record for grand slams (23) is an amazing accomplishment.

• Nationals phenom Bryce Harper has an interesting response to a Toronto reporter’s question on how he’ll celebrate his big home run in Washington’s 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.

• Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Cribbs, a Kent State alum, is chartering a bus for fans of the Golden Flashes to go watch the school’s baseball team in its first-ever trip to the College World Series. Well done Josh.

• Arkansas has unveiled its new uniforms by Nike. The white helmet may get some reaction among Razorbacks fans.

• Check out this “GIF” based on Facebook and the movie, The Social Network.

• The Phillie Phanatic is known as one of baseball’s best mascots, but now he/it is being sued by a fan. Looks like a tough summer in Philly with the team in last place and now this.

• Will the Senior Bowl start allowing juniors to play?

• We all like when race car drivers trade some paint on the track, but you rarely see a racer cut across the infield and T-bone another car on purpose. And of course, a fistfight ensued. No word yet if a Laughing Clown Malt Liquor sponsorship was on the line.

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

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


June 12

• SI.com breaks down the NBA Finals, which start tonight in Oklahoma City.

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg clarifies the league’s stance on a college football playoff.

• Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post is fired up by the release of some early college football spreads.

• Mandatory.com looks back at “the toughest John Wayne’s moments.” Love the comment, “Watch and learn, emo kids. This is how you’re supposed to do it.”

• Notre Dame and Navy play every season (including in Ireland this year), and it looks like the Fighting Irish may rekindle the Army series soon.

• United States Olympic (as well as UConn) women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma is being sued for discrimination.

• SportsGrid has the story of Temple basketball player Khalif Wyatt, who pulled an "Ed Norton in Rounders" and solicited a prostitute during his 21st birthday celebration in Atlantic City. And of course, she was an undercover cop.

• ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky has the latest on Andrew Luck’s first practice with the Indianapolis Colts.

• The Memphis Grizzlies may be sold to one of the world’s 10 youngest billionaires.

• Jay Tate of the Montgomery Advertiser has the details on the search for a third suspect in the Auburn homicides. There is also debate if federal and local law enforcement fired tear-gas into the wrong Alabama house last night as part of that search.

• The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is alive and well in early June. Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, a Michigan native, belts out “Hail to the Victors” as he’s leaving the stage from a recent concert — in Columbus, Ohio.

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

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


June 11

• The best story of the weekend may have been the Stony Brook baseball team, who defeated SEC power LSU to advance to the College World Series.

• Speaking of LSU, I can’t think of many better commencement speakers than Tigers head football coach Les Miles.

• Nancy Grace’s first novel The Eleventh Victim, the Lifetime Movie Network and former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jennie Garth in the Essential 11? Yep, especially with the casting of NBA personality Metta World Peace as a detective opposite Garth.

• Bleacher Report’s Adam Kramer tries to build the perfect college football quarterback.

• Many boxing fans were upset by the decision in the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight. The Big Lead believes a rematch was ready to go even before the first fight began.

• Who ya got: LeBron James and the Heat or Kevin Durant and the Thunder?

• Gizmodo believes that Apple has added some cool features for sports fans to Siri.

• Did Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams give away some of the team’s defensive schemes on social media?

• The Cubs have won the bidding war for Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler. I’m sure the marketing people already have the “Soler Power” shirts ready to sell.

• On a sad note, the Auburn community is still in mourning and looking for answers after tragedy struck the weekend.

• There are many ways to celebrate a team win and your MLB-leading 20th save of the season. Apparently Indians closer Chris Perez likes to celebrate with his buddies, Ralph and Earl. Here’s our slightly disgusting Video of the Day…

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

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 

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