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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: September 17, 2014


This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for September 17:

The top 35 cheerleading squads of the NCAA. This list will require extensive study to assess.

The Nats and Orioles clinched, leading to celebrations like the one in the photo above and the one seen here where Adam Jones smashes pies into fans' faces, and also conjuring visions of a Beltway World Series.

• No matter your opinion of Adrian Peterson, I think we can all agree that the Vikings are stumbling around cluelessly.

• In addition to a new contract, LeBron James also has new hair.

Greg Doyel caught up with the fainting goat kid from Arkansas State.

Blake Griffin hit Open Mic Night at the Laugh Factory. I'm afraid to watch it; let me know how he did.

A Cubs fan lost his wedding ring onto the field while giving high-fives. That's the most Cubs fan thing possible.

Watch Texas A&M punter Drew Kaiser campaign for the Heisman Trophy. If I had a vote, he'd get it.

Dwight Howard's problems with authority extend to red lights.

Lolo Jones' stint on Dancing with the Stars was … ill-fated.

• Why do celebrities even throw out first pitches? Charles Barkley bounced one last night.

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