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Athlon's Essential 11 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 November 30.

• Yesterday, we featured a slideshow of Bama cheerleaders. Awaiting the Tide should they win tomorrow: the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. In the interests of equal time, a look at the Irish cheerleaders.

• One of the Powerball winners apparently picked his numbers based on . This is the first time since 1985 that being a Royals fan has actually paid off.

• One of those former Royals was Bo Jackson. It's his 50th birthday, which officially makes both him and me old. To celebrate, .

• Time Magazine is . Candidates include sports figures Gabrielle Douglas, Michael Phelps and Roger Goodell. Wait, what? Roger Goodell? Might as well vote for Kim Jong Un, who, hilariously, is currently leading the voting. I guess they do have Internet in North Korea.

• Speaking of power-mad commissioners, after their loss to the Heat last night.

• My favorite headline of the day sits atop .

in the painful history of Rutgers football happened last night.

• We have a Big Blue crisis on our hands: Last night the Wildcats were held to the lowest point total of the Calipari era, but even more shocking, . That is not John Calipari basketball, folks.

, based on his admittedly limited experience with the club.

• God bless the Internet: over the interwebs.

• Looks like Jon Gruden has . Again. Will the Vols finally drop their embarrassing pursuit of Gruden and accept that they're in the Friend Zone? They're starting to look like Duckie from "Pretty in Pink."

• Forty-one years ago today, "Brian's Song" aired for the first time, and grown men wept openly. Here's Billy Dee Williams delivering Gale Sayers' moving soliloquy from that classic film.

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November 29

• As Alabama makes final preparations for its SEC title game showdown with Georgia, enjoy .

• Speaking of the SEC, . No pressure or anything.

• Last night in Boston: . Judging from Kris Humphries' scratches, Rajon Rondo fights like an eight-year-old girl.

. Comes in handy on fourth-and-inches (h/t Conan O'Brien).

• Michael Jordan was recently banned from a swanky country club for wearing cargo shorts. That brings to mind .

. I'm expecting Secretariat-at-the-Belmont type results.

• Shortly after making an honest woman out of soccer star Hope Solo, . Early indications are that Hope will be flying solo for much of her married life.

• It's early, but so far, Duke has been college basketball's best team, and its best player.

. Somebody's bringing howitzers to this year's gun show.

• I somehow missed this story of yesterday. Boy, is hockey desperate to stay in the headlines.

• Fresh off her triumph in "Liz and Dick," Lindsay Lohan celebrated by Yes, I know that's a poorly constructed sentence, but it reads funnier, doesn't it?

• Today's video features a disturbing yet strangely hypnotic musical tribute to the Heisman front-runner. As the top commenter says, it's like watching an episode of "Twin Peaks."

 

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November 28

• College football is winding down, meaning that there are some long, cold, lonely months ahead. Enjoy some of our favorite to soften the blow.

• It's anchors away in the golf world as of 2016. Golf's ruling bodies are , although players have some time to adjust, which is a good thing, considering that three of the last four major champions use the long stick.  on the ruling.

• Athlon's Braden Gall goes deep in comparing .

• The intrigue mounts in the chatter.

• If you hate it when officials think they're part of the show, then you have to hate the NBA's Joey Crawford. It's the law. Check out his .

• This isn't sports, but it caught our attention. Angus T. Jones, the half-man of TV's "Two and a Half Men," ripped his show for being "filth." He might be right, but that's called biting the hand that feeds you. .

• They've made a 30 for 30 short film on the Arnold Palmer — the drink, not the man. It actually looks pretty good. explains, and also features one of my favorite "This Is SportsCenter" spots.

• Ever wonder why athletic departments are so concerned with money? .

• When you air 514 episodes, it's tough to remember what you did say, 320 episodes ago. .

• If, for some reason, you need an excuse not to run, . Good enough for me.

• It hasn't been a very good year for Danica Patrick, whose losses included every race as well as her marriage, but that doesn't mean we don't still care. In today's video, Danica discusses her divorce and other matters.

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November 27

• Athlon recently conducted an with college basketball players at top programs. Among the nuggets we uncovered: Players like 'em some Kim Kardashian. Shocking, I know.

• Few people can be said to have transformed sport as we know it. , who died today at 95, was one of those people. RIP.

• Three years ago today, Tiger Woods hit a tree with his car, and life was never the same. He surely doesn't want to relive that night, but you might. what Deadspin was saying at the time.

• It's the fifth anniversary of another shocking event, this one far more tragic — the death of Sean Taylor. Some thoughts from a writer who knew him.

• In case you missed it, Colorado football coach Jon Embree was fired yesterday. He didn't take it well. Fans of awkward press conferences should click .

• No fan base expresses its anger quite as entertainingly as the folks in Philly. of some ticked-off Philly fanatics.

that Texas coach Mack Brown can identify talent; he just doesn't know what to do with it.

• Jets fans won't have to heckle any more. He's hanging up the funny hat and Sanchez jersey and slinking off into the sunset.

• I think is a fair question. Maybe it's time to drop the charade of the student-athlete.

• I know, Twitter is where news is broken these days. But it's also where you go to get gems like .

• Even with shaved heads, are strangely hot. And it's for a good cause. Everyone wins.

• Today's video is a couple months old, but it's new to me, so here it is: A Lingerie Football League player goes all Earl Campbell on a hapless defender. I'll leave jokes about her team's name to others.

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November 26

• I know it's old, in Internet terms. I know you've probably seen it by now. But I just can't get enough of of Mark Sanchez's forced fumble at the hands, or rather, the cheeks, of his teammate. It's the Jets' 2012 season, captured in one two-second sequence.

• Today's  features the ever-fabulous 49ers cheerleaders.

needs a quick tutorial on how mirrors function. I think the puzzled lady to her left can help. 

. Today's victim, the South Carolina Gamecocks.

• A Thanksgiving leftover: .

• Speaking of NFL players behaving badly, . Matt Schaub called to say Boone got off easy.

• The most aggressive play all season by a Tennessee defender came courtesy of .

for the catch of the year in college football, and nominations are closed.

• Okay, fine: for catch of the year.

• College football's pecking order in one sentence: .

• Did Bill O'Brien say what I think he said? .

• In today's featured video, superstar ref Ed Hochuli unleashes a debate: Is buttocks a singular or plural word?

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