Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: February 19, 2014

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 19.

Presenting the 12 rookies of this year's SI Swimsuit issue, including Valerie van der Graaf (pictured). Wonder if there was any rookie hazing involved?

• Screen grab of the day so far: Putin reacts to Russia's elimination from the Olympic hockey tournament.

A U.S. bobsledder who didn't make the Olympic cut couldn't resist taking shots at Lolo Jones from the safety of Twitter.

John Calipari's perplexed face is tremendous in slow motion.

How about some slo-mo footage of NFL cheerleaders running the 40 in their work clothes? Oh, and Rich Eisen, too.

Texas A&M is putting in the nation's largest scoreboard — 7,661 square feet. That's three times the square footage of my house.

I had never heard of Meng, the scariest man in wrestling. Now I'm a little sorry I have. Dude's terrifying.

• Sorry to be a hump-day buzzkill, but there's disturbing footage of Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator. Methinks it's time to cop a plea.

• Ho-hum. Just another insane high school basketball buzzer-beater.

Melo consoled himself after a loss by checking out some fan's backside.

So does it matter if Robinson Cano doesn't run out grounders?

• They're a little more serious about their base-brawls in Cuba. This one features a guy swinging a bat at another guy's head.

 

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