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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: February 20, 2014

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 20.

• I'm sure you've seen this, but I'm going to link to it anyway: Kate Upton's zero-gravity photo shoot/video for SI.

The Swiss women's hockey team used an empty-netter to win bronze.

A statistical analysis of the best Olympians of the Sochi Games.

• Olympic luger Kate Hansen captured the essence of the Sochi experience: a wolf prowling the hall of her hotel. Some people say it's a dog, but I'm sticking with wolf.

The weirdest sports mascots of all time.

Dwight Howard got in the spirit of the Lakers fans' antipathy toward him.

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• That whole Mayan end-of-the-world thing didn't work out, but don't fret: there's a Norse myth that the world will end this Saturday. Get ready for the Viking apocalypse.

• Speaking of Kate Upton, she joined Instagram yesterday. In 12 hours, despite posting very little, she had more than 420,000 followers.

• An errant shot from Rory McIlroy ended with a fan falling into some cactus, yielding this wince-inducing photo.

In the Richard Petty-Danica Patrick kerfuffle, Tony Stewart is all-in for Team Danica.

• We can all relax: Donkey basketball has been deemed NCAA-compliant.

• Enjoy Brian Williams "rapping" the Sugarhill Gang classic "Rapper's Delight."

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