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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: January 3, 2014

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 3.

• It's the New Year, but last night was Christmas for Bama haters. Enjoy this heaping helping of Saban-freude. Another upside: We got a lot of Katherine Webb concern-face in what might have been her last moment in the spotlight. .

Greg Doyel takes his medicine from fans for calling Bama the best team in the country.

• A weird night in Miami: LeBron left skidmarks on the American Airlines court last night. His teammate, Dwyane Wade, blew an uncontested layup.

Ice Bowl II: Game-time temp could be minus-5 in Green Bay this weekend. That's bad news for the game's sideline reporter, Erin Andrews.

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• We've brought you several videos of returning soldiers surprising family members. Today, we bring you a dog who's psyched to Skype with his deployed owner.

• Because I'm in that kind of mood: 19 GIFs of animals knocking down little kids. Plus, kids who are lousy at hide and seek.

• Some enterprising Bills fans spent an otherwise lost season posterizing opposing fans in the Ralph parking lot.

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