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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 July 13.

• The Phillies are upping their offer to star pitcher Cole Hamels before he becomes a free agent after the season.

• USA Basketball's Olympics team cruised to a win over the Dominican Republic, but Blake Griffin will miss the London Games.

• ESPN blogger Ted Miller has the latest on the cancellation of the planned Big Ten-Pac-12 scheduling alliance.

• Mandatory.com has some interesting facts about the cult classic, “Friday the 13th.”

• Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times believes that Penn State should suspend football for two years.

• It may not the Whizzinator, but already-suspended Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams had the ole “non-human urine” during a previous drug test.

• Check out Texas A&M’s new uniforms as the Aggies prepare to play in the SEC.

• The Washington Nationals have quite the dilemma as they plan on shutting down ace Stephen Strasburg in the middle of a pennant race.

• You have to like a company paying its employees big money to go on vacation, as long as they make sure to truly get away and agree not use Twitter, Facebook or email.

• The ACC will feature some top defensive backs this season.

The “Call Me Maybe” fad is getting a little ridiculous, but mascots tend to be funny. It looks like the Big Ten was a little slow to this video craze, but we’ll give them a break simply because of the Nebraska cheerleaders. Enjoy.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

July 12

• The Freeh Report is out, and it is as damning as the Penn State community feared. It points to a sickening cover-up of Jerry Sandusky’s crimes by Joe Paterno and other top PSU leaders.

• FOX’s Jen Floyd Engel believes Penn State football deserves the death penalty.

• Bleacher Report’s Timothy Rapp looks at how much blame Joe Paterno deserves in the Sandusky-Penn State scandal.

Kobe Bryant stirred up Michael Jordan by saying that the current USA Olympic basketball team could beat the 1992 Dream Team.

• SI.com’s Tom Verducci looks at all 30 MLB teams as they head into the second half of the season.

• A Texas woman owes $179,596.43 in unpaid tolls. Wow.

• College basketball will tip off in a big way with the Duke-Kentucky and Kansas-Michigan State matchups.

• The Saints and Drew Brees seem like they are not even close on a new contract for the star quarterback.

• Today is the 50th anniversary of Mick Jagger joining the Rolling Stones.

• The Cleveland Browns selected former Baylor wideout Josh Gordon in the second round of the NFL’s Supplemental Draft.

• There was a very inspiring and emotional Pat Summitt tribute last night, as the former Tennessee women's basketball coach won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. She represents everything that is good about collegiate sports.

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

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

July 11

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale has some interesting perspective from Chipper Jones and Tony La Russa in their finals All-Star games.

• So how does Melky Cabrera repay the Royals for trading him? He wins the All-Star Game MVP — in Kansas City.

• Bleacher Report tweeted out a picture of the University of Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) football field yesterday, and we were not sure if it was a joke. It was not. The NAIA school probably has the ugliest field in America.

• Dave Miller of the National Football Post looks at non-AQ teams who could make some serious noise during this college football season.

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• The Lakers have already acquired Steve Nash this offseason, and now they have their sights set on big man Dwight Howard.

• The Penn State community is bracing for the release of the Freeh Report.

• This Rockies fan has seen enough bad baseball.

• Unfortunately, Utah and BYU football will not play in 2014 or 2015.

• Nebraska defender Eric Martin goes on an epic Twitter rant. Apparently, he wants….CHECKS!

• Will Jose Canseco ever just go away?

• The day after the All-Star Game tends to be the most barren day in sports during the year, so we went off the beaten path for the Video of the Day. Nowhere in the history of the world has there ever been a man happier about feeding a baby rhino. This guy truly achieves personal nirvana.

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

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

July 10

• Will the Brooklyn Nets be able to engineer a deal for star center Dwight Howard, now that other teams are back in the bidding?

• Prince Fielder won the Home Run Derby, but the hot topic today is Kansas City fans and their non-stop booing of Yankees All-Star Robinson Cano.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee sees an opportunity for the SEC to feature its rivalries on Thanksgiving night.

• ESPN’s Matt Fortuna looks at the compatibility of Notre Dame and the Big Ten.

• How about Kansas coach Bill Self hitting a home run in the Celebrity Softball Game in conjunction with MLB’s All-Star Game?

• The Yankees are telling Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson to stay away from the team after his recent controversial comments.

• Want to play a bad joke on a friend? Send them this minute-long video of Chris Berman calls from last night’s Home Run Derby.

• ESPN’s Marc Stein has all of the details on how the Steve Nash-Lakers deal came together.

• Former Georgia coach Vince Dooley believes the Bulldogs are better off without “bad apple” Isaiah Crowell.

Stanford athletics suffered a terrible loss over the weekend when Peter Sauer, a co-captain on the 1998 Final Four team, died from a head injury suffered during a pickup basketball game.

• Since Royals fans were angry without a local player in the Home Run Derby, we’ll throw them a bone with Bo Jackson’s mammoth home run to lead off the bottom of the first in the 1989 All-Star Game.

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

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

July 9

• FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi has a great column on young MLB stars like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper playing a more exciting brand of baseball than the Steroid Era.

• So in 2003, a gambler bet that Roger Federer would win seven Wimbledons before 2019. Upon his death, the man left the betting slip — which just paid off – to his favorite charity Oxfam.

• ACCSports.com looks at the Robert Nkemdiche saga regarding his power play for other recruits in a “package deal” to Clemson.

• Mandatory.com has an excellent slideshow of “only in America” foods. Check out this awesomeness of bacon, sausage, bacon, corndog pizza, bacon, etc.

• There is plenty of debate regarding the choice San Francisco’s Matt Cain over New York’s R.A. Dickey as the National League’s starter in the All-Star Game.

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg has an interesting look at the league’s programs and how they are defined by past coaches.

• Actor Jon Hamm — Don Draper on the wildly-popular Mad Men and a St. Louis Cardinals fan — talks about watching David Freese’s home run in Game 6 of the World Series on the set of his show.

• CBS’ Bruce Feldman looks at the Penn State scandal and whether or not the NCAA will get involved.

• So apparently the intoxicated drummer for Ted Nugent’s band jumped into a golf cart after a recent show and got a little crazy. Still looks happy in the mug shot.

• Sadly, the inventor of the game “Electric Football” has passed away.

Phillies slugger Hunter Pence took a circuitous route to home plate over the weekend, including bowling over third-base coach Juan Samuel. The former MLB star looks none too pleased about Pence running through him.

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

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)