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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 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'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.

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---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’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.

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---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.

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

• Check out some wonderful photos from the Olympics.

•’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.

• 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.

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---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.

•’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.

• Joe Posnanski looks at the mystery that is Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt.

• He’s back. Controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens has signed with the Seattle Seahawks after not playing in the NFL last season. Is there anything left in the tank at age 38?

• The Wisconsin Badgers will wear an alternate uniform for the Nebraska game, as will the Cornhuskers. Both schools have adidas-designed uniforms, and this game will feature the block “W” versus the block “N.”

• USA basketball easily took care of Argentina, 126-97, but Carmelo Anthony was not celebrating after receiving a cheap shot.

• It appears that Dodge will pull out of NASCAR after the 2012 season.

• Angels ace Jered Weaver is an amazing 15-1 after only 20 starts.

• So how did you stack up in the Google Olympics today?

Dodgers legendary broadcaster Vin Scully is hysterical as he does play-by-play of Rockies manager Jim Tracy getting kicked out of the game. The fun starts a little over a minute into the video; that is “blinkin’ fertilizer.”

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

August 6

• A huge story is brewing in the NFL, with ESPN reporting that the league has offered to lessen the suspension of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma if he drops a civil lawsuit against commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL denies the report, but this controversy is going to get very interesting.

• Check out this great interactive presentation by the New York Times on Usain Bolt’s speed versus other sprinters throughout Olympic history.

• If you missed it last Friday night in London, the combination of the Olympic rings and the moon made for a wonderful visual.

• Dave Miller of the National Football Post looks at some of college football’s best coordinators.

• How cool is it that the Upton brothers — B.J. of the Rays and Justin of the Diamondbacks — both hit career home run No. 100 on the same night?

• ESPN/ABC has released its lineup of college football announcing crews for the upcoming season.

• He may not medal in the 400-meter run, but double leg amputee Oscar Pistorius of South Africa has inspired everyone at the Olympics.

• The Cincinnati Reds have the best record in baseball and a 4.5-game lead in the NL Central, and their next 18 games are against opponents who currently have a losing record.

• Want a Patriots Super Bowl ring? Here you go.

• The extra wild card spot for the MLB postseason will add some suspense to September.

• Obviously bored in the fourth quarter of last night's Hall of Fame game, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock decides to sing Play that Funky Music for America. His “performance” starts about 30 seconds in to our Video of the Day.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)