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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: June 24, 2014


This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 24:

Maria Menounos modeled bikinis in Bora Bora, and our cameras were there.

• Big Bron news this morning: King James has exercised the early termination option in his Miami contract. Is he hearing the siren song of Dan Gilbert? Oh, and as I write this, "The Decision" is trending on Twitter. Here's a quick rundown of where James could take his talents (including back to Miami). And here are the best Twitter reactions.

• For some reason, the Sixers considered but then rejected this Ballin' Ben Franklin logo.

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian participated in the Brewers Sausage Race and — wait for it — got smoked.

Evan Turner ran out of gas in his Ferrari, and fortunately, his buddy was there to document the event.

A 17-year-old knuckleballing girl threw BP to the Rays

• Just because: Here's Queen Elizabeth admiring the "Game of Thrones" throne.

• Johnny Football's draft pick hat trick: He's now been drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters. It's good to have options.

• Some company put Obama's face on a coffee mug. No problem there, except that they intended to use English soccer player Chris Smalling's face.

• Jeff Samardzija went Bo Jackson and broke his bat over his knee after a failed bunt attempt.

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