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Athlon’s Essential Eleven Links of the Day


This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for May 11.

• After the Lakers Game 6 loss, Kobe Bryant calls out Andrew Bynum in an interview with Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

• Florida State athletic director Randy Spetman tells the Orlando Sentinel that the Seminoles are committed to the ACC and not looking at the Big 12.

• The Cardinals will retire former manager Tony La Russa’s No. 10 tonight in St. Louis.

• Bud Withers of the Seattle Times has some interesting thoughts on the Pac-12 North.

• Big East Coast Bias recaps a “turbulent” week in Big East news.

• How much does Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett care about the team?

• Pacers coach Frank Vogel says Miami is the “biggest flopping team in the NBA.”

• The SEC is looking into using wireless communication for its officials this season. The new system would not affect that Alabama is never called for holding.

• Could Boise State stay in the Mountain West instead of leaving for the Big East in 2013?

• Just like we all predicted, the Orioles-Rays series this weekend will be for AL East supremacy.

• As we prepare for Mother’s Day (go get that card now!), check out the intensity of Denver big man Javale McGee’s mom during the Lakers-Nuggets series. She could give George Karl some minutes off the bench. Here’s our Video of the Day…

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

 May 10

• Have you ever typed in “Find Chuck Norris” into Google? Here’s the result.

• Could Tiger Woods hit a golfing low point tomorrow?

• Bob Nightengale of USA Today examines Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton’s potential deal in free agency.

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett is correct in questioning Terrelle Pryor’s credibility after the troubled quarterback’s latest interview.

• Last September it was beer and fried chicken issues for Boston Red Sox hurler Josh Beckett. Now it’s a controversial golf outing.

• Is everyone else freaked out by this week’s Time cover like I am?

• Could former Big 12 boss Dan Beebe be returning to another authoritative post in college football?

• So two West Virginia football players were arrested for allegedly stealing Doritos and Gatorade. Gotta wonder about that offseason training?

• The momentum in Minnesota seems to be heading in the direction of the Vikings getting a new stadium.

• Would Razorbacks fans really want to own Bobby Petrino’s former motorcycle?

• You probably heard about the Heat announcer saying Amar’e Stoudemire was “extinguished” from the game when he fouled out. But check out what the Knicks forward does to Shane Battier in our Video of the Day…

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

May 9

• Bleacher Report has an interesting slideshow ranking all 16 four-home run games in MLB history after Josh Hamilton’s amazing performance on Tuesday night.

• So it looks like Keyshawn Johnson may still be getting fined these days, and it involves the Kardashian sisters.

• CBS’ Bruce Feldman ranks college football’s “freakiest” athletes.

• ESPN’s Elizabeth Merrill details the tragedy-laden story of the 1994 San Diego Chargers.

• It looks like Coby Fleener of the Colts can join the media if the whole “NFL” thing does not work out.

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• Vikings great Cris Carter admits to putting bounties on opponents during his NFL career.

• The always-dramatic Osi Umenyiora of the Giants comments on the player safety and the NFL.

• The NCAA is looking into the recruitment of Kentucky signee Nerlins Noel, but his former principal says “they didn’t ask me any investigative-type questions.” 

• The SEC has a scary number of top defensive ends, and Barrett Sallee ranks them.

• Andray Blatche of the Wizards has an interesting explanation for teammate James Singleton’s jumper.

So apparently Harvard baseball players like to choreograph their road trips. Just can’t see the Winklevoss twins doing this. Enjoy the Video of the Day…

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

May 8

• CBS’ Tony Barnhart says any college football playoff should involve the four best teams, regardless of conference.

• ESPN Big East blogger Andrea Adelson thinks the league’s new commissioner should put football first.

• SportsGrid thinks the best attraction at the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto fight was the champ’s girlfriend.

• It’s always nice when the first hit of your MLB career is a pinch-hit three-run homer off an All-Star closer. Well done, Jordany Valdespin of the Mets.

• T.J Simers of the LA Times looks at the inspiring play of the Clippers’ Chris Paul.

• Jon Heyman states that Andy Pettitte’s contradictory testimony in the Roger Clemens trial will cost him a Hall of Fame vote.

• The Big Lead has photos of Tom Brady and Tim Tebow at the same black-tie function. Can the internet handle this?

• ESPN SEC blogger Edward Aschoff looks at the league’s top defenses.

• Will the Minnesota Vikings get a new stadium?

• Jim Young of takes a detailed look at the hiring of new Virginia Tech basketball coach James Johnson.

• Every MLB fan wants to catch a home run ball. Unfortunately, things didn’t go so well for this unlucky couple at a Rays game in our Video of the Day…

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May 7

• CBS’ Brett McMurphy has the latest on the ouster of Big East commissioner John Marinatto and some possible replacements.

• Deadspin has the video and story of a strange woman walking onto the court during the Nuggets-Lakers playoff game.

• Chadd Scott of dispels the Florida State to the Big 12 rumors.

• The New York Daily News summarizes Eli Manning’s performance on Saturday Night Live.

• Check out Notre Dame’s cleats for the season opener in Ireland against Navy.

• Missouri football marketing now has a footprint all over the South.

• Where will the first-place Washington Nationals turn to replace injured right fielder Jayson Werth?

• Ben Buchanan of Over the Monster says the Red Sox have hit a new season-low after losing to the Orioles, 9-6 in 17 innings, with DH Chris Davis getting the pitching victory.

• ESPN Big 12 blogger David Ubben continues his look at the Bedlam Series and its effect on the Big 12.

• The 49ers are working with quarterback Alex Smith to correct mechanical flaws.

• Rookie phenom Bryce Harper of the Nationals becomes the first teenager since 1964 to steal home. ESPN breaks it down in our Video of the Day…

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