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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: April 1, 2014

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 1.

• It's only Tuesday, but it's not too early to celebrate the cheerleaders of the Final Four.

• Check the calendar before believing anything you read today. And in the spirit of April 1, here are 17 pranks you can play on your friends.

• Apparently not a prank: The U.S. World Cup team's popsicle-flavored second jerseys.

• It was a rough Opening Day all around. Don Baylor broke his femur on the ceremonial first pitch at the Angels game. An Orioles dad was left hanging on both a high-five and a fist bump by his kid. Cubs catcher Welington Castro took a foul tip to the giblets. And the mayor of New York got booed as he threw out the first pitch at the Mets game.

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Awkwardly worded headline of the day. Looks like they're trying new strategies to attract fans to Citi Field.

• Conversely, lying juicer Ryan Braun got a standing ovation. Sometimes there's no justice.

Orson Charles of the Bengals was arrested for first degree wanton endangerment. Translation: He pulled a gun on a dude during a case of road rage.

• Sure signs of spring: warmer temps, blooming flowers and Nick Saban nuking a reporter for a carelessly worded question.

• The Falcons tried their hand at an April Fool's Day prank. Judge the results for yourself.

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