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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: August 19, 2014


This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 19:

Enjoy the cheerleaders of the AP Top 25, starting with the top-ranked Noles.

Leave it to Johnny Football to enliven an otherwise dreadful Browns-Skins preseason snoozer. He'll see your casually racist nickname and raise you a middle finger. To his credit, Manziel was visibly embarrassed when he was informed that the brass was aware of what he'd done. Brian Orakpo, who had Manziel running for his life, was amused by the gesture.

Tiger and Rory went on Fallon to awkwardly shill for Nike.

Jay Feely defends the lowly extra point.

• Colin Cowherd blamed racer Kevin Ward Jr.'s death on "Southern culture." Mike Huckabee (about whom I have mixed feelings) told Cowherd to shut his pie hole (which I endorse).

Kate Upton took the ice bucket challenge. Trust me before you click — it's far better in your mind than it actually was. Here's a funny compilation of ice bucket fails (language alert at the link).

Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Clippers fans in a very Steve Ballmer-y way.

David Letterman paid tribute to Robin Williams, his friend for almost four decades.

• The Rhode Island Little League coach gave a great post-game speech after his team's loss.

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