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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 July 27.

• Former NFL player and current agent Ralph Cindrich appeared on a Pittsburgh radio show and essentially accused Alabama coach Nick Saban of cheating.

• Not only were the United States’ Olympic uniforms made in China, but you can’t find anyone that actually likes the way they look. No word yet if the athletes will have their names on the berets like Rusty from European Vacation.

• Staying with unusual looks, check out Nebraska’s alternate uniform for the Wisconsin game this season.

• Joe Lucia looks at ten top targets who could be moved soon with MLB’s trade deadline approaching rapidly.

• A 48-year man in Oklahoma City repeatedly told police that he was Justin Bieber while being arrested.

• All eyes were on new Denver quarterback Peyton Manning on the first day of Broncos training camp.

• Next season’s NBA schedule was released. The opening-night tripleheader will be headlined by the Celtics meeting the Heat and Steve Nash debuting in Los Angeles.

• has a great interactive piece on how Olympians compare over time.

• Apparently Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Bauer likes to rap. Good thing he has a ton of pitching potential.

• Bears defensive back D.J. Moore decided to reach out to his fans to borrow a television for training camp.

• The fun/nightmare has already started at Jets training camp, as the New York media wades through the Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow quarterback competition. Check out what one reporter says to Sanchez…

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

July 26

• Jaguars management has stated that Maurice Jones-Drew will not get a new contract with two years left on his current deal, so the Pro Bowl running back will not report to training camp.

• Who would not want a ‘Zim Bear’ from the Tampa Bay Rays?

• Wow, a Gary and Ace sighting.

Northwestern’s new uniforms are a little different.

• Mark Ennis of Big East Coast Bias has an interesting piece on Charlie Strong and Louisville using preseason predictions as motivation.

• Bleacher Report’s Michael Felder looks at an excellent recruiting start for Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, who is trying to majorly upgrade his talent level on defense.

• So apparently Audrina Patridge’s bikini is “causing a commotion” on Twitter. After extensive research, we see no reason for controversy.

• Will USC coach Lane Kiffin pilfer leading rusher Silas Redd off of the Penn State roster?

• Gawker breaks down entertainment’s craziest family, the Jacksons.

• It looks like NFL management may be giving up on expanding to an 18-game schedule.

Eccentric San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson is out for the season due to injury, so he has plenty of time on his hands. And Sasqutach from the Jack Links ads is tired of getting punked out in the woods. So naturally, they decided to have a talk show together.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

July 25

• Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was hit in the hand by a pitch last night in Seattle. The fracture will likely cost the three-time MVP at least six weeks on the disabled list.

• The Dodgers new ownership promised big things when took over earlier this season, and that started last night with their acquisition of three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez.

• Oh, the irony.

• Panthers center Ryan Kalil lets us know that Carolina will win this year’s Super Bowl.

• CBS’ Jon Heyman has all the details on Phillies star pitcher Cole Hamels signing a contract extension to stay in Philadelphia.

The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale visits with victims of the Aurora tragedy.

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• ESPN blogger David Ubben has the latest and greatest from Big 12 Media Days.

RIP George Jefferson.

• The U.S. Olympic basketball easily handled Spain last night in what could be the gold-medal game in London.

• U.S. women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo’s autobiography comes out in August. The Olympian details a rough childhood and says that she was conceived during a conjugal visit.

• A group of Penn State football players decided to make a statement on their commitment to the program after the massive NCAA sanctions that were handed down earlier this week.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

July 24

• The decision for some top Penn State players of whether or not to transfer could have a big impact on the 2012 college football season.

• Ichiro Suzuki may have faded from his former All-Star level with the Mariners over the last couple of seasons, but he could be a valuable asset to the Yankees.

• Check out the unique and inspiring story of former Iowa State marathoner Guor Marial, a Sudanese refugee who will compete in the 2012 Olympics in London as an independent athlete.

• Michigan has unveiled a special uniform for the huge season-opener in Dallas versus defending national champion Alabama.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee ranks the SEC’s head coaches.

• Leave it to Jack Daniel’s to write the nicest cease-and-desist letter ever.

• Jim Young shares some entertaining stories from ACC Media Days.

• The Marlins dealt veterans Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers yesterday. Could shortstop Hanley Ramirez be leaving Miami next?

• As expected, USC and Oregon were picked overwhelmingly by the Pac-12 media to win their respective divisions.

• After all of the craziness involving Dwight Howard this offseason, the Magic may not move him.

• When the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes of the CFL get together, the excitement level is going to be high. We all know that. But former New Mexico State and current Ti-Cat receiver Chris Williams loses his cool and celebrates a little early on this return.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

July 23

• The NCAA delivered its sweeping sanctions on the Penn State football program today.

• The NCAA is often criticized, but many around the country believe the controversial organization got it right when it comes to Penn State’s punishment.

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg looks at the damaging effect of Penn State’s scholarship reductions.

• The Chicago Cubs dressed as “Superheroes” in St. Louis on Sunday. They may have looked super but played more like Nick Fury, getting outscored 23-1 in a weekend of getting swept by the Cardinals.

• Peyton Manning and the Broncos have reached out to the victims of the Aurora tragedy.

• looks at some unusual past Olympic events. Solo synchronized swimming?

• The SI Golf Group breaks down the dramatic British Open finish, from Adam Scott’s collapse to the win for Ernie Els to what it means moving forward.

• The Oakland A’s swept the Yankees over the weekend and have gone 14-2 in the month of June.

• So Chad Johnson Ochocinco is now back to, well, Chad Johnson.

• The pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona (now Roberto Hernandez) must serve a suspension for using a false identity. His Indians teammates welcomed Hernandez back with three birthday cakes.

• Boxer Adrien Broner looked like he was going for a marriage proposal after his recent fight, but this happened instead.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)