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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: December 12, 2013

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 12.

Today is actress Jennifer Connelly's 43rd birthday. She's held up pretty well, don't you think?

• GIF gold: Muhammad Ali dodges 21 punches from Michael Dokes, then does a little celebratory shimmy. Guy really was the greatest.

Enjoy this college football GIF-stravaganza.

John Harbaugh was wearing a mic for Baltimore's miracle win over Minnesota.

50 mind-blowing facts about sports movies. My favorite: In "The Hurricane" starring Denzel Washington, there's a poster in Hurricane Carter's prison cell of Malcolm X. Only it's not Malcolm X on the poster; it's Washington portraying him in the movie "Malcolm X." Pretty meta.

The Texas Rangers spent a pick in today's Rule 5 Draft on Russell Wilson. Yes, the Russell Wilson who might win a Super Bowl with the Seahawks this year. Hey, it only cost $12,000, and we're talking about it, so why not?

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Athlon's own Braden Gall takes you down Auburn's improbable path to the national championship game.

You know things are bad in Washington when John Madden emerges from his comfy retirement to blast Mike Shanahan.

Ever wonder what Mack Brown and Nick Saban would look like with each other's hair? Wonder no more.

• Speaking of Coach Saban, here are 10 things to consider while we wait for news about his job status.

Justin Timberlake, who can do no wrong, serenaded Roy Hibbert with "Happy Birthday."

• Amir Williams of Ohio State gave a candid interview on live television. Almost too candid.

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