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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: July 2, 2014


This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 2:

• We lost to Belgium, but we're still 'Murica, and we still have the 4th of July and photos of Brittney Palmer and Arianny Celeste in American flag bikinis.

American goalie Tim Howard was so good yesterday that he got "randomly" drug-tested after the game.

Some quick-thinking Wikipedia vandal promoted Howard to U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Things Tim Howard could have saved.

Howard's postgame interview was pretty gut-wrenching.

A Belgium player puked on the field. I don't remember any Americans puking on the field.

• Hump Day buzzkill: Re-live Chris Wondolowski air-mailing his potential game-winner against Belgium.

• Jimmy Kimmel does the ambush comedy thing pretty well. Here, he gets idiots to share their favorite Landon Donovan World Cup moment.

Claude Giroux of the Flyers spent the night in jail after grabbing a cop's butt. The most shocking detail: Alcohol was believed to have been involved.

• Big Papi did his part to shorten a Red Sox game, taking off for first before ball four had hit the catcher's mitt.

Watch Sergio Garcia hand out free TaylorMade drivers to unsuspecting golfers at Bethpage.

• The Indians turned a nifty review-aided 7-4-2 triple play.

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