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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 June 1.

• It looks like the Red Sox will attempt to trade third baseman Kevin Youkilis.

• We all know that Boise State has the “smurf turf”, but will Maryland really play on a black field this season?

• CBS’ Brett McMurphy details the different college football playoff models that will be hotly debated this summer.

Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla thinks the Rockies should move All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to third base.

•’s Lee Jenkins breaks down last night’s Oklahoma City Thunder victory, the Spurs first loss since April 11.

• There is sad news in the basketball world today, as former Notre Dame and Bulls star Orlando Woolridge has passed away at the age of 52.

• We have no idea why some California taxpayers are upset that Justin Combs, son of millionaire hip-hop legend Sean “Diddy” Combs, is getting a football scholarship to UCLA.

• examines how long the surprising Baltimore Orioles can stay in the AL East race.

• Former Steelers receiver Hines Ward will join the NBC this fall and be a part of the Sunday night NFL studio show.

• Some good college basketball matchups were announced today, with the SEC/Big East Challenge taking place from Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

• As you all know, the first Friday in June is always National Donut Day. So to celebrate, we give you everyone’s favorite donut connoisseur in our Video of the Day…

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

May 31

• With the league-owned New Orleans Hornets winning the No. 1 overall draft pick, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski addresses another chapter in a long-debated topic — is the NBA Draft Lottery rigged?

• Kentucky's John Calipari kills the Indiana basketball rivalry for a second time this spring.

• ESPN SEC blogger Chris Low has a witty response to Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg’s piece on the league he covers and a college football playoff. Battle at the Mothership?

• has a slideshow of the worst infomercial products ever. I mean really, the Potty Putter?!

• The Colts were the NFL’s most consistent winner over the past decade until Peyton Manning’s injury in 2011. Now with No. 18 in Denver, the franchise is hiring a marketing firm to sell tickets and avoid blackouts.

• The Dodgers have had a great 2012 so far, but star Matt Kemp going back on the disabled list could be crushing.

• Deadspin says that sports fans are calling ESPN’s iPhone radio app a “money grab.”

• Is the window closing for the current stars of the Dallas Cowboys? Jerry Jones says he decides when and where the windows are for his team.

• Does the Big 12 want to stay with its current 10-team model?

• Life is just never normal in Allen Iverson’s world.

• We hate to see anyone get hurt, but some aspiring chefs and Hell's Kitchen viewers might enjoy this. During a charity soccer game, chef Gordon Ramsay is taken out by former Man U star Teddy Sheringham in our Video of the Day…

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

May 30

• HBO announced that the new season of the popular series “Hard Knocks” would feature the Miami Dolphins. We see the star of the show being Lauren Tannehill, the wife of first-round draft pick Ryan Tannehill.

• SEC coaches want the best four teams to play in the proposed college football playoff, not just conference champions.

• Steven Tyler has purchased the first-ever 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, not your average toy in the attic.

• Michigan verbal commit Logan Tuley-Tillman posted a picture on Twitter recently burning Ohio State recruiting material, causing some Buckeyes fans to taunt him on the internet. For any OSU fans that may want to go to Peoria, Illinois and meet him, Tuley-Tillman stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 314 pounds. Tread lightly.

• How well will Roy Oswalt fit with the Texas Rangers?

• Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report recaps Day 1 of the SEC meetings in Florida.

• The Phillies season keeps getting worse with the news that ace Roy Halladay’s will miss six-to-eight weeks with a shoulder injury.

• So how’s your Facebook stock doing? You can hear the Winklevii laughing from here.

• How does Mark Richt try to keep the state’s No. 1 recruit, Robert Nkemdiche, from leaving the state? Hire his former coach as Georgia’s “Director of On-Campus Recruiting”, of course. However Nkemdiche’s current coach played at Alabama, so the Dawgs may be done in by the Crimson Tide system.

• We end on a sad note. Deputy Managing Editor Craig Stanke passed away yesterday at the age of 56. Senior baseball columnist Scott Miller pens a moving tribute.

• The next time your little leaguer makes an error, have him watch Pirates shortstop Josh Harrison’s throw to third base against the Reds. Wow. Here is our Video of the Day…

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

May 29

• Barry Bonds back in MLB?

• I got so excited when beer, bacon, cheese, and chicken wings were in the first sentence of a story. However, it quickly turned to disappointment with this crazed shoplifter. Also, who poses for a mug shot like it’s one of those “glamour” deals in the mall?

• The L.A. Kings public relations staff “out-tweets” Conan O’Brien.

• This was obviously before the Heat-Celtics series, but a Miami TV host has a rather interesting name for Philadelphia’s basketball team. Hate to think what their logo would look like in her world.

• College baseball’s NCAA Tournament starts this week. Here’s the bracket, and make sure to check out some compelling competition and some future MLB stars before next week’s draft. 

• ESPN blogger Edward Aschoff has the latest from the SEC meetings in Destin.

• We often wonder exactly what world Metta World Peace lives in — or what calendar he uses.

• Is another Nick Fairley arrest a signal that the Lions have become the Bengals 2.0?

• The current Angels momentum could be derailed with a Jered Weaver injury.

• TCU’s depth has taken a hit as the Frogs prepare for Big 12 play.

• The Twins had a special moment over the Memorial Day weekend, reuniting Master Sgt. Robert Buresh — returning home from Afghanistan — with his daughters prior to the game. Here's our Video of the Day...

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)