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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 July 6.

• The New York Daily News previews .

• ESPN Big 12 blogger David Ubben looks at .

? This guy is awesome.

• So the Knicks have an agreement with Jason Kidd, but will they match ?

with the team’s good play this season.

• CBS’ Gary Parrish believes that in forgoing the NBA and returning to school.

• Sports Illustrated’s Phil Taylor catches up with .

• We all like , but this Missouri man takes it to a new level.

• We usually hear about All-Star Game snubs, but here is for the first half of the MLB season.

• Many fans and media were critical of .

• Check out this minor league baseball footage from the Joliet (Ill.) Slammers last week. The video will be calm for about 45 seconds, and then the weather gets serious as the tarp blows everywhere. Then, the Slammers announcer tries to give a serious account of the happenings while “It’s Raining Men” is blaring on the PA system.

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---By Patrick Snow ()

July 5

• How will impact the Lakers and the Western Conference?

• Bleacher Report’s Michael Felder looks at .

• Adidas will be providing Andy Murray with some new shorts at Wimbledon, which led to .

• Richard Justice looks at after the slugger was dealt to the Marlins yesterday.

• Many fans have been disappointed with , while others think it is excellent.

• ESPN SEC blogger Chris Low presents .

• Check out this .

• Boston’s David Ortiz hit career home run No. 400 yesterday, but in Oakland.

• The on behalf of Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita regarding the Saints’ bounty scandal.

• New Arkansas coach John L. Smith is .

San Diego was supposed to have the usual, big-city fireworks display on July 4th. These shows usually last 15-20 minutes, unless you have technical issues and set off all of the fireworks at once. Premature pyrotechnics — it could happen to any city. Here’s the 30-second display:

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

---By Patrick Snow ()

July 4               

We hope that everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July. Our Video of the Day shows the famous play by former MLB outfielder Rick Monday, who saved an American flag from being burned in 1976 at Dodger Stadium.

July 3

• Saints quarterback Drew Brees regarding the team’s use of the franchise tag.

• Acting legend Andy Griffith passed away today at the age of 86. His incredible television and cinematic career is well documented, but some of his early comedy work like is priceless.

• When will to the lineup?

• Check out this .

• ESPN ACC blogger Heather Dinich has the latest on .

• Joe Fortenbaugh examines instead of blowing a million dollars in a weekend.

• Anyone in Michigan getting married soon? You can have than any of your friends.

• CBS’ Matt Norlander looks at .

• I know it’s a popular leisure game, but is anyone else a little hesitant on the “?”

• What is with shedding so much salary?

NFL Rookie of the Year Cam Newton recently hosted a prep skills challenge at the IMG Academies in Florida. The Panthers superstar fires up the high school prospects when he loses a bet.

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

---By Patrick Snow ()

July 2

• MLB insider Ken Rosenthal looks at .

• College football fans or just men in general, .

• From his Twitter account, it looks like in grade school.

• Tiger Woods , the AT&T National, at Congressional. Is he the British Open favorite?

• Ever caught a 70-pound catfish, ?

• Check out the , son of you know who. Wonder when the nerdy glasses trend will end?

• The continues in Orlando.

• NBA No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis .

• Former Mississippi State hoopster .

• Missouri and Texas A&M are now . How will they compete in 2012?

• Anything with LSU coach Les Miles is pretty damn entertaining. And his new EA Sports NCAA Football 2013 commercial with Mike the Tiger is awesome.

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

---By Patrick Snow ()

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