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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: August 21, 2013

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Aug. 21.

• There was an Internet rumor yesterday that Maria Sharapova was going to change her name to Sugarpova to hawk candy. Not true, but it's an excuse to link to a slideshow of Ms. Sharapova, who's lovely by any name.

The 12 biggest bromances in sports. My favorite is the May-September thing that Pop and Tim Duncan have going.

• Speaking of bro-ness, the pool dunk craze led these 10 bros to translate three balls, two rooftops, a trampoline and an above-ground pool into Internet immortality.

• The one-trick ponies of college sports: Schools with the biggest football-basketball success discrepancies.

Watch a dog go to great lengths to avoid a bath, including going limp and playing dead.

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An Astros rookie erased his first hit in the most Astros way possible.

• I know absolutely nothing about action and adventure sports, except that they yield really cool photos.

• Online sports content these days is one big rank-a-palooza. Here are the top 10 SEC linebackers of the BCS era.

Yasiel Puig got benched, then hit a game-winning homer.

• This is kind of meta: Watch Mike Tyson play Mike Tyson Punch-Out in the green room at Fox Sports 1.

Brandon Phillips fed a troll on Twitter with a pretty stout comeback.

• Watch a passed ball get sucked into another dimension, allowing Paul Konerko to score.

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