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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: July 25, 2014


This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for July 25:

• Instagram has gone from novelty to national treasure thanks to models like Kayla Lewis and photos like these.

Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel sent a message to a heckler via a signed baseball.

• So apparently, life in the Ohio State marching band is like Caligula's palace.

• Walter Payton would have turned 60 today. Click here to remember just how great he was.

• This is bizarre: A phantom current in the pool might have affected the 2013 swimming world championships.

Is Derek Jeter the Last American Hero?

• Another question: What does the Ray Rice wrist slap say about the NFL's attitude toward women?

Sam Ponder shared her thoughts about the Rice situation via Twitter, and then the knuckle-draggers emerged to prove her point for her.

• Today in irrelevant roided-up '90s has-beens: Jose Canseco is dead to Mark McGwire.

The Longhorns made a Texas-sized typo in their football media guide.

• Like a scene from "Fletch": A minor league GM got a prostate exam during the seventh-inning stretch while singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

• Ryan Raburn made the worst throw in the history of throws. Carly Rae Jepsen called to say you're doing it wrong.

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