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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: August 18, 2014


This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 18:

Jessica Alba threw out the first pitch for the Dodgers and didn't shame her family. That's all we ask out of our ceremonial first pitchers.

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This guy's punishment for coming in last in his fantasy baseball league — an embarrassingly revealing calendar that includes Body Issue and Constanza spoofs — is no doubt giving sadistic commissioners across the land evil ideas.

The Rams have invited several Ferguson-area high school football players to their preseason game this Sunday as a respite from the chaos. Haven't those kids suffered enough?

The Falcons back who got jacked up by Jadeveon Clowney sees nothing special about Jadeveon Clowney.

An ice-bucket challenge I can get on board with: the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders.

The manager of the Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans released a little pent-up frustration.

Jose Reyes' hair makes him look like a sponge is growing out of his head.

No Nadal at the U.S. Open. My interest in that event is waning fast.

Read this bizarre story of a married Kliff Kingsbury fan "breaking up" with him.

A fan in New Jersey created a corn maze tribute to the Captain.

• Worried that Peyton Manning has been underexposed, Gatorade is releasing a slew of new Manning commercials.

• Asdrubal Cabrera made a nifty behind-the-back flip to start a double play.

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