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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 August 3.

• Several MLB Facebook accounts were hacked yesterday, and Yankees fans received a strange message regarding Derek Jeter.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee and Michael Felder debate which powerhouse is the top dog in the SEC: Alabama or LSU?

• This Australian paper has a very interesting way of distinguishing between North and South Korea’s Olympic medal standing.

• Florida Gators recruiting coordinator and wide receiver coach Aubrey Hill has resigned. His name has been linked to the recruiting scandal at Miami that is currently being investigated.

• Here is another member of the Olympic all-name team.

• After trouncing Nigeria 156-73, USA Basketball had to play its first defense of the day — angrily denying questions on running up the score against the much-weaker opponent.

• CBS’ Danny Knobler previews this weekend’s most important MLB series.

• Justin Blackmon of the Jaguars is the only 2012 selection who has yet to sign with his new club.

• Check out this Illinois fan getting a rather interesting autograph from offensive lineman Graham Pocic.

• SB Nation has a fun look at the Olympic trampoline competition.

Will Ferrell gets extremely emotional on Conan over the breakup of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Damn Trampires.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

August 2

• Check out the inspiring story of Daniel Rodriguez, who won a Purple Heart while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and will now walk on at Clemson this fall.

• Will Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow be the ultimate touchdown vulture this season?

• looks at some of the dumbest bets ever made.

• Three Oklahoma Sooners were reinstated by Bob Stoops, while promising OU center Ben Habern is ending his football career due to neck and back concerns.

• Are the Yankees still the favorite in the American League?

• ESPN Notre Dame blogger Matt Fortuna analyzes what the suspensions to quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese will mean for the Irish.

• Where did you have Dennis Rodman in the “person least likely to write a children’s book” pool?

• Kayla Harrison won the first-ever gold medal in judo for the United States.

• The Cleveland Browns have been sold for over $1 billion. Yes, those Browns.

• North Carolina might wear white helmets in a game this year.

Los AngelesDodgers announcer Vin Scully is a living legend. He has been in the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1982, and the 84-year-old is still going strong today. Hearing Scully describe Twitter on a recent broadcast was golden.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

August 1

• Swimmer Michael Phelps broke the all-time Olympics record by winning his 19th career medal. An amazing 15 of those medals have been gold.

• ESPN’s Jayson Stark hands out “medals” for baseball’s winners and losers at the trade deadline.

• Check out this Olympic volleyball player’s interesting name.

• ESPN ACC blogger Heather Dinich has the latest on the dismissal of senior cornerback/punt returner Greg Reid at Florida State.

• The Pac-12 has been the beneficiary of Penn State’s top two transfers.

• If you’re looking for a new sport to follow during the Olympics, we suggest becoming a fan of the Australian synchronized swimming team.

• All-America running back Montee Ball is fine, but he experienced a scary moment on the Wisconsin campus.

• Has the Olympic ideal really come down to tanking badminton matches?

• With the announcement that Eastbound and Down is coming back to HBO, Kenny Powers’ fan are stocking up on Myrtle Beach Mermen gear.

• UCF will not be seeing the postseason for a while after being sanctioned by the NCAA for recruiting violations.

Missouri offensive lineman Elvis Fisher has some interesting and funny demands before he returns to the field. The SEC has a new sarcasm star.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

July 31

• The MLB trade deadline commences at 4pm EST today, and will have the latest on all the deals. Many believe that Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster will end up with the Dodgers, who have already acquired outfielder Shane Victorino from the Phillies.

• NBC had a major gaffe last night, promoting the gold medal of swimmer Missy Franklin before the network showed her race.

AJC columnist Mark Bradley examines the Braves acquisition of red hot pitcher Paul Maholm and scrappy outfielder Reed Johnson from the Cubs.

• Here’s an interesting political candidate in Guam.

• The Yankees received good news on Mark Teixeira’s injured wrist, which has no structural damage. That fact may alleviate the need for New York to make a deal for a backup first baseman.

• This could be decision day for Penn State leading rusher Silas Redd, who is expected to transfer to USC.

• James Bond is back. Check out the trailer for Skyfall, which opens in November.

• Is Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale angry with management regarding the team’s offseason moves?

• A top running back decommits from Oklahoma because he wants to play in the SEC.

• The trade of offensive tackle Jeff Otah, the 19th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, from the Panthers to the Jets has been voided.

• We go back to Wrigley Field for a second straight day, where this Cubs fan has a slight tactical error with his marriage proposal. But unlike the “Loveable Losers” on the field, everything worked out fine in the end.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

July 30

• NBC’s tape-delayed coverage of the Olympics over the weekend is drawing heavy criticism around America.

• ESPN Big 12 blogger David Ubben had an interesting first-team All-Big 12 vote, selecting Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein at running back.

• Did Packers tight end D.J. Williams really use cow-wrestling as an offseason training program?

• France upset the United States in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, with Ryan Lochte being passed on the last leg of the race.

• FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi thinks the Phillies and Red Sox, usually contenders who are acquiring players at the trade deadline, should sell this season.

American Pie star Jason Biggs was attacked by a monkey in Gibraltar and had to return to the United States. No word yet if the monkey was influenced by bath salts.

• Andre Johnson has already suffered a slight groin injury in camp, which has the Texans — and fantasy owners — worried.

• Mike Dyer was a star in the BCS Championship Game less than two years ago, but now he’s a runner without a team after being dismissed from another school.

• SMU players fall victim to a different type of “pay for play” scheme.

• How will Jacque Vaughn’s hiring affect the Dwight Howard saga in Orlando?

• New Illinois football coach Tim Beckman gives us a unique version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at Wrigley Field.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)