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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.

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for May 4.

• Peter Berg confirms a Friday Night Lights movie, and he is not a fan of Craig James.

• Baseball fans are hoping that Mariano Rivera’s knee injury doesn’t end his incredible career.

• The NFLPA has filed a grievance against Commissioner Roger Goodell, questioning his authority to suspend current and former New Orleans Saints after their bounty scandal.

• ESPN SEC blogger Chris Low details the league’s top prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.

• SB Nation has your Kentucky Derby 138 preview.

• Greg Wallace of has the latest on the arrest of Clemson star receiver Sammy Watkins.

• Utah State and San Jose State are moving from the Western Athletic Conference to the Mountain West in 2013.

• Jon Gold if Inside UCLA says the Bruins spring game will be scaled back because of injury concerns.

• Can Miguel Cotto challenge 42-0 Floyd Mayweather Jr.?

• The Cubs and Reds game had an MLB first yesterday: a shared birthday for the starting pitchers.

• Ahh, the life a Browns fan. Somehow I don’t think the new draftees will change the feeling in Cleveland. Here’s a Video of the Day…

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May 3

• San Diego reacts to the death of Chargers legend Junior Seau.

• Because if venue disagreements, Indiana and Kentucky will not play in basketball next season.

• The Orange County has an interesting look at Jered Weaver’s family after the Angels ace tossed a no-hitter against the Twins.

• SB Nation has a great recap of college conference realignment.

• Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune has the latest on the Notre Dame football arrests.

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett looks at the league’s “Top 6” requirement for a four-team college football playoff.

• Rick Bozich of the Louisville-Courier Journal has an interesting Kentucky Derby column on “Take Charge Indy” trainer Patrick Byrne.

• CBS’ Gary Parrish details how the Grizzlies bounced back from a crushing Game 1 loss to the Clippers.

• Did Colt McCoy’s father hurt his standing with the Browns?

• Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star has the details on Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby taking over as Big 12 commissioner.

• Umpire Tim Welke gives us one of the worst calls of all time in our Video of the Day…

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May 2

• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a classy move today by signing the inspirational Eric LeGrand.

• Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News brings us some funny Saturday Night Live promos from Eli Manning, who will host the this weekend.

• SB Nation looks at the harsh NFL penalties that were handed down to four Saints players for their part in the New Orleans bounty scandal.

• The high school coach of former Alabama backup quarterback Phillip Sims says that the Virginia native lost the QB derby because he was an out-of-state kid.

• ESPN Big 12 blogger David Ubben looks how Kansas and new coach Charlie Weis fared this spring.

• Complex has a flowchart of when your NBA team will win a title.

• ESPN Boston has the details on BC running back Montel Harris being dismissed from the team.

• Butler is leaving the Horizon League for the Atlantic 10 Conference.

• Rest easy, state of Iowa. The new Cy-Hawk trophy has been designed, and both Herky the Hawk and Cy the Cardinal are featured.

• The Bears wasted no time in signing their second-round pick, South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.

• What’s a teenager to do in the nation’s capital? Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper plays some pickup softball in our Video of the Day…

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May 1

• Ravens coach John Harbuagh says the Patriots titles are "stained" because of cheating.

• Roto Professor lucks at the fantasy baseball ramifications of the Rays losing third baseman Evan Longoria for 6-8 weeks.

• Lisa Horne of Fox Sports has an exclusive with Arizona State coach Todd Graham, who says ASU is a destination job and that he never should have gone to Pittsburgh.

• CBS' Brett McMurphy has the details on Conference USA adding six schools in 2013.

• Sharp Football Analysis has an interesting study on Overs/Unders in the high-scoring NFL.

• ESPN Big East blogger Andrea Adelson shows us some much different uniforms for Rutgers football this season.

• Will the recently-retired Hines Ward coach at Georgia one day?

• The Big Ten Network unveils an All-Big Ten Spring offensive team.

• Could Vince Young be the new backup in Buffalo?

• SB Nation breaks down “Amar'e Stoudemire versus the Fire Extinguisher.”

• Nebraska and Cal State Bakersfield have one of the most entertaining dance-offs/improv acts/rodeo impersonations/Greco-Roman wrestling matches/method acting/etc. that you have ever seen during a rain delay. Here’s our Video of the Day…

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April 30

• Will Brinson of CBS has NFL Draft winners and losers.

• Arkansas wide receivers Jarius Wright and Greg Childs played high school and college ball together, and both were drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.

• New idea for the bathroom in your man cave

• Despite having two of the top four overall selections, ESPN Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller says the league had a rough NFL Draft.

• SB Nation in Virginia has the latest on (former) Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims transferring back to his home state to play for the Cavaliers.

• SEC blogger Barrett Sallee looks at how the league’s championship pedigree plays well during the NFL Draft.

• SI’s Stewart Mandel details the favored plan for a college football playoff.

• Miami had the most ACC players selected in the NFL Draft, but no Hurricanes or Florida State Seminoles were selected in the first two rounds.

• Bleacher Report has a slideshow on the NFL’s Draft’s most head-scratching picks.

• Halos Heaven says the Angels are “unclutch” so far this season.

• Rich Eisen of the NFL Network struggled during the first round broadcast on Thursday, and then he went nuts for a punter on Friday night in our Video of the Day…

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