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Athlon’s Essential Eleven Links of the Day

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for August 10.

• The Lakers acquisition of big man Dwight Howard has some people thinking that Los Angeles is now the NBA’s team to beat.

• There was huge news in the SEC and college football earlier today with the announcement that LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, a Heisman finalist last season, has been dismissed from the team for violating school and team rules.

• To the surprise of no one, Kentucky’s John Calipari topped CBSSports.com's college basketball coaches’ survey as the sport’s biggest cheater. CBS also got some feedback on Cal’s influential “friend”, World Wide Wes.

• Mike Klis of the Denver Post looks at Peyton Manning’s return to the field in his Broncos debut.

• Today is a tough day for Orlando Magic fans, with another All-Star big man leaving them for Los Angeles.

• Tigers manager Jim Leyland believes that his top slugger, Miguel Cabrera, deserves the American League MVP over rookie Mike Trout of the Angels.

• New UCLA coach Jim Mora unfortunately pulled a “Lane Kiffin” with some recent comments, and then he tried to back off.

• Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has no respect for Carl Lewis.

• The Chargers realized every team’s preseason fear last night, losing starting running back Ryan Mathews for four to six weeks to a broken clavicle.

• It looks like the Seattle Seahawks violated NFL rules by practicing Terrell Owens on the first day.

• Check out Amare Stoudemire training in Houston with Hakeem Olajuwon. Amare breaks out the old school short-shorts and even gets in a dig at Jeremy Lin at the end.

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

August 9

• Titans running back Chris Johnson believes he could beat Usain Bolt in the 40-yard dash, and maybe even in the 100 meters if he trained for it. Tennessee fans just hope Johnson can get back to totaling 100 meters in football games.

• ESPN’s Joe Schad sits down with a remorseful Bobby Petrino.

• If you’re going to accidentally dial 911, it probably should not be during a drug deal like this Scranton man. Ryan?

• Can Tiger Woods still reach 19 majors?

• Controversial Titans receiver Kenny Britt seems intent on reviving the old Chappelle Show skit, “When Keepin’ It Real Goes Wrong.”

• The NBA and other factions have expressed a desire for an age limit with Olympic basketball, but SI.com’s Ian Thomsen says that will not happen by 2016.

• They did it. For the third straight Olympics, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won the gold medal in beach volleyball.

• Some ex-Penn State players are not enamored with the decision to add names to the backs of the Nittany Lions uniforms.

• Oregon coaches say there is no urgency to name a starting quarterback.

• New Giants infielder Marco Scutaro had an amazing night in a historic rout of the Cardinals.

• There has been no official word on Grenade Fishing becoming an Olympic sport in 2016. We can only hope.

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

August 8

• NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Cam Newton says he’d like to have a girlfriend, but not one who is just after fame and money. 99 problems...

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett writes that Illinois will play the Washington Huskies at Soldier Field in 2013, and that the Illini and Northwestern are competing heavily for supremacy in Chicago.

• Ah yes, older parents and technology.

• Geoff Calkins of the Memphis Commercial Appealcalls out the critics of Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones.

• CBS’ Bruce Feldman ranks college football’s ten most valuable non-quarterbacks.

• Check out some wonderful photos from the Olympics.

• SI.com’s Chris Mannix examines the state of USA amateur boxing, after the American team failed to win a medal in the Olympics for the first time ever.

• Mandatory.com looks at some of the wildest stunts ever performed.

• Browns’ top pick Trent Richardson has a sore knee and may not play against the Lions in the preseason opener.

• West Virginia has signed head coach Dana Holgorsen to a contract extension through 2017.

• The New York Yankees are 3-7 on their last 10 games. And if things weren’t tough enough, look what happened last night to relief pitcher Cody Eppley via third baseman Eric Chavez.

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

August 7

• Ex-Jets quarterback and current broadcaster Boomer Esiason believes that New York should cut Tim Tebow because his presence is not benefiting the team.

• SI.com’s Andy Staples chronicles how television has changed college football.

• Check out Ricky Gervais jumping in the car with Jerry Seinfeld on their way to grab coffee, and the two comedians commenting on various aspects of life.