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

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 11.

• I know it's SI Swimsuit day, but in honor of the Olympics, I'll stick to sports: the 23 hottest snowboarders of these Games.

• Thanks to his disgusting eye infection, Bob Costas climbs down off the booster seat for tonight's Olympic coverage and yields to Matt Lauer. First prime-time Olympic coverage he's missed since 1988. Before departing, Bob slammed some vodka with Mary Carillo.

A Canadian gay rights group made a video in which they called luge "a little gay." Actual lugers weren't thrilled.

The Russians kinda struggled in the men's cross country sprint finals. In Russia, the course skis you.

• Sochi isn't alone in being ill-equipped to host a major sporting event. Here are the worst places ever to host big events.

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• Worried about Sochi's stray dog population? Adopt one.

• The NHL's Olympic break could have a disruptive effect on some teams' Stanley Cup runs. So which team is the most screwed?

The Great Cleveland Dumpster Fire rages on.

• Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan had a big night: his dog won best in breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

• Holly Rowe climbed onto the scorer's table for her postgame interview. Holly Rowe will not be denied.

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