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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: September 12, 2014

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for September 12:

• Plenty of weak matchups in college football this weekend, but the cheerleader matchups are pretty good.

There were an alarming number of purple No. 27 jerseys on display in Baltimore last night. Perhaps the news cycle is a little behind up there.

James Brown addressed the Ray Rice elephant in the room in an eloquent opening to CBS' Thursday night game.

An attempted celebratory mid-air bump sent a high school football coach flying.

Inspirational story of the day involves basketball player born with one hand.

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Bill Simmons and his readers contemplate the ongoing employment of Roger Goodell.

Hey look — Tiger actually won something!

• Scary moment last night: Giancarlo Stanton got carted off in an ambulance after being beaned in the face. The beaner, Mike Fiers, offered a heartfelt apology via Twitter.

A Houston defensive back was apparently being controlled by a gamer with slow reflexes.

People showed up at a high school rivalry game wearing t-shirts featuring the mug shot of a student at the opposing school.

• First-pitch follies: Joakim Noah botched his first try, but got a mulligan and threw a strike.

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