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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 May 4.

• Peter Berg confirms a Friday Night Lights movie, and he is not a fan of Craig James.

• Baseball fans are hoping that Mariano Rivera’s knee injury doesn’t end his incredible career.

• The NFLPA has filed a grievance against Commissioner Roger Goodell, questioning his authority to suspend current and former New Orleans Saints after their bounty scandal.

• ESPN SEC blogger Chris Low details the league’s top prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.

• SB Nation has your Kentucky Derby 138 preview.

• Greg Wallace of has the latest on the arrest of Clemson star receiver Sammy Watkins.

• Utah State and San Jose State are moving from the Western Athletic Conference to the Mountain West in 2013.

• Jon Gold if Inside UCLA says the Bruins spring game will be scaled back because of injury concerns.

• Can Miguel Cotto challenge 42-0 Floyd Mayweather Jr.?

• The Cubs and Reds game had an MLB first yesterday: a shared birthday for the starting pitchers.

• Ahh, the life a Browns fan. Somehow I don’t think the new draftees will change the feeling in Cleveland. Here’s a Video of the Day…

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May 3

• San Diego reacts to the death of Chargers legend Junior Seau.

• Because if venue disagreements, Indiana and Kentucky will not play in basketball next season.

• The Orange County has an interesting look at Jered Weaver’s family after the Angels ace tossed a no-hitter against the Twins.

• SB Nation has a great recap of college conference realignment.

• Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune has the latest on the Notre Dame football arrests.

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett looks at the league’s “Top 6” requirement for a four-team college football playoff.

• Rick Bozich of the Louisville-Courier Journal has an interesting Kentucky Derby column on “Take Charge Indy” trainer Patrick Byrne.

• CBS’ Gary Parrish details how the Grizzlies bounced back from a crushing Game 1 loss to the Clippers.

• Did Colt McCoy’s father hurt his standing with the Browns?

• Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star has the details on Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby taking over as Big 12 commissioner.

• Umpire Tim Welke gives us one of the worst calls of all time in our Video of the Day…

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May 2

• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a classy move today by signing the inspirational Eric LeGrand.

• Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News brings us some funny Saturday Night Live promos from Eli Manning, who will host the this weekend.

• SB Nation looks at the harsh NFL penalties that were handed down to four Saints players for their part in the New Orleans bounty scandal.

• The high school coach of former Alabama backup quarterback Phillip Sims says that the Virginia native lost the QB derby because he was an out-of-state kid.

• ESPN Big 12 blogger David Ubben looks how Kansas and new coach Charlie Weis fared this spring.

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• ESPN Boston has the details on BC running back Montel Harris being dismissed from the team.

• Butler is leaving the Horizon League for the Atlantic 10 Conference.

• Rest easy, state of Iowa. The new Cy-Hawk trophy has been designed, and both Herky the Hawk and Cy the Cardinal are featured.

• The Bears wasted no time in signing their second-round pick, South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.

• What’s a teenager to do in the nation’s capital? Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper plays some pickup softball in our Video of the Day…

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May 1

• Ravens coach John Harbuagh says the Patriots titles are "stained" because of cheating.

• Roto Professor lucks at the fantasy baseball ramifications of the Rays losing third baseman Evan Longoria for 6-8 weeks.

• Lisa Horne of Fox Sports has an exclusive with Arizona State coach Todd Graham, who says ASU is a destination job and that he never should have gone to Pittsburgh.

• CBS' Brett McMurphy has the details on Conference USA adding six schools in 2013.

• Sharp Football Analysis has an interesting study on Overs/Unders in the high-scoring NFL.

• ESPN Big East blogger Andrea Adelson shows us some much different uniforms for Rutgers football this season.

• Will the recently-retired Hines Ward coach at Georgia one day?

• The Big Ten Network unveils an All-Big Ten Spring offensive team.

• Could Vince Young be the new backup in Buffalo?

• SB Nation breaks down “Amar'e Stoudemire versus the Fire Extinguisher.”

• Nebraska and Cal State Bakersfield have one of the most entertaining dance-offs/improv acts/rodeo impersonations/Greco-Roman wrestling matches/method acting/etc. that you have ever seen during a rain delay. Here’s our Video of the Day…

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April 30

• Will Brinson of CBS has NFL Draft winners and losers.

• Arkansas wide receivers Jarius Wright and Greg Childs played high school and college ball together, and both were drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.

• New idea for the bathroom in your man cave

• Despite having two of the top four overall selections, ESPN Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller says the league had a rough NFL Draft.

• SB Nation in Virginia has the latest on (former) Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims transferring back to his home state to play for the Cavaliers.

• SEC blogger Barrett Sallee looks at how the league’s championship pedigree plays well during the NFL Draft.

• SI’s Stewart Mandel details the favored plan for a college football playoff.

• Miami had the most ACC players selected in the NFL Draft, but no Hurricanes or Florida State Seminoles were selected in the first two rounds.

• Bleacher Report has a slideshow on the NFL’s Draft’s most head-scratching picks.

• Halos Heaven says the Angels are “unclutch” so far this season.

• Rich Eisen of the NFL Network struggled during the first round broadcast on Thursday, and then he went nuts for a punter on Friday night in our Video of the Day…

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