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


This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 18.

• We've learned that Kate Upton is in fact on the cover of this year's SI Swimsuit issue. It's the back cover, but it's still the cover.

• Those luxurious Sochi accommodations are still making headlines. Canadian bobsledder Heather Moyse had to take a hot bath in a trash can. And Lolo Jones did a little video expose on the horrible food they're feeding the athletes.

Five takeaways from Jimmy Fallon's first Tonight Show.

• Ah, capitalism. Ohio State's Marcus Hall is selling signed photos of his double-bird departure from the Big House last November.

In figure skating, a costume designer is as important as a coach.

Members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot were detained and then released in Sochi. I'm convinced that journalists keep their story alive just to say Pussy Riot.

Rick Pitino's views on social media are a little more complex than they're being portrayed.

• Anyway, without social media, we wouldn't have this hilarious assortment of Twitpics.

Being a pro athlete comes with its share of perks. Obviously.

• What's the deal this year with insane high school buzzer-beaters? Here's another one. Maybe it's just social media bringing them to our attention this year.

• This dude was prepared for the Kiss Cam. Well played.

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