Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day

Rounding up the web's best sports links so you don't have to.

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for March 8.

• Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto is making an honest man out of Michael Jordan. The two have announced .

• It's not exactly T.O. and a Sharpie, but .

• The most entertaining showdown of the NASCAR season so far: .

• One more Deadspin link: .

• Mandatory gives us .

• Alphabet soup courtesy of Saturdays Down South: .

• Renaldo Balkman was once a first-round pick of the New York Knicks. .

. Well played, Matt; you're back on my first-round board.

• Michael Phelps is new to golf, but he's quickly learned how frustrating it is. .

• I know Augusta National has admitted women members, but .

the year after winning the thing? Looks that way right now.

• To commemorate Dennis Rodman's bridge-building trip to North Korea, here's the NBA Jam version of his bromance with Kim Jong Un.


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March 7

• Somehow, highly paid baseball players are able to entice some lovely ladies to date and even marry them. , including Ryan Braun's finacee Larisa Fraser (pictured).

• Johnny Football's not the only Aggie capable of video magic. .

• It's Spring Training, but emotions can still run high. . Not the guys you want throwing at you.

. (Is that still what they call it?)

• Nobody's any good at college basketball this year, but that parity has given us plenty of great moments like , where a dismal Georgia Tech team beats Miami at the buzzer.

• Hey, college football players: . Thus ends today's buzzkill.

• North Korea has a weird way of scoring basketball games. For instance: Dunks count three points. Three-pointers that don't touch the iron count four. , and the results are pretty interesting.

• Every SEC team — even Alabama — has spring concerns. .

• King James is making a lucky woman his queen. . I'm expecting mine to arrive today.

• Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes went 1-for-10 at the free throw line against Auburn. As a result, .

. They didn't even seem too mad about it.

• College basketball announcer Dan Dakich got called out by a lone sign-holder for being a Hoosier heartbreaker. Even better, he owned up to it on air.

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March 6

• Hockey doesn't get a lot of love in this column. I'm addressing that shortcoming today by linking to this .

. A glance at the list proves that money equals power.

: He once threw out the first pitch at a Mets game, and he thought golf was a bourgeois sport and said golf carts were proof of laziness. He also banned Coke Zero, but that's another story.

where he'll play a fictional GM for the Cleveland Browns. He chose Cleveland over Buffalo. What does that say about Buffalo?

. Says he gives himself a red card for his behavior at the Honda. That's a soccer term for a no-no, in case you're wondering.

• I doubt that this has ever happened before: . In their defense, it was Senior Night, and they were celebrating the fact that they had already clinched a tie for the Big Ten title. Maybe they were also celebrating .

• This doesn't happen very often, either: .

. It was upset city in the Big South, and there was a buzzer-beater in the Horizon.

, asking her to go to a soccer game and to go drinking with him. Mila proved her awesomeness by playing along.

. Guess who's No. 1? I'll give you a hint: He weighs 270 pounds and just ran a 4.5 40.

• Yankees GM Brian Cashman made two skydiving jumps for charity. On the second, he severely injured his ankle, to the point that the bone was poking through the skin. Not surprisingly, they only released video of the first jump.

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March 5

• They say we all have a twin somewhere. . Judge for yourself. That's Kate's doppelganger in the picture.

• When it comes to uniforms, Oregon State has always been the frumpy older sister compared to Oregon — the Wynonna Judd to Oregon's Ashley. But that's changing. .

• JaMarcus Russell decided that fat and lazy was no way to go through life. , and NFL QB Jeff Garcia is helping out.

• Any A.J. Greens lurking in the SEC ranks this upcoming season? of what to expect at the wide receiver position down south this year.

• The countdown begins: on Thursday, Aug. 29. That's 177 days from today, in case you were wondering.

• Judging from , the Chinese team needs to work on baserunning fundamentals.

. Fortunately, Athlon Sports did not make the list.

• Rory McIlroy realizes he screwed up by quitting at the Honda Classic. .

. Wow. Take that, CJ.

• Deadspin has . It ain't pretty.


• The Golf Boys — Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler and Ben Crane — are at it again. If you like whitebread golf rap (and who doesn't?), you'll love this.

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March 4

• It's March. That means Madness. . Speaking of March, . For me, the best thing is that it's not February. It's early, but .

• Magic Johnson has apparently seen those LeBron James pregame dunks that are better than anything in the official NBA Slam Dunk Contest. .

• Remember that short-lived show "$#*! My Dad Says"? Or the uncensored Twitter version that inspired it? That concept works in other settings, since plenty of people say stupid $#*!. Like, say, .

• JoePos says that shows that he can't handle the truth that he's the No. 1 player in the world. Not yet, anyway.

• Attention, college hoops nerds: .

• If the GIF at doesn't get you to watch that stupid celebrity diving show "Splash," then nothing will.

. Suspension likely to follow.

• Here's a scary thought for SEC coaches: .

. Trouble was, the ball was nowhere in the vicinity, and there's no tackling in baseball.

• This could be the greatest buzzer beater in basketball history. I defy you to send us a better one.

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