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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day


This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for April 12.

• Sergio Garcia was your first-round co-leader at The Masters after shooting a bogey-free 66. Probably won't hold up, but in Sergio's honor, here's a picture of one of his ex-girlfriends, tennis player Martina Hingis.

A kid who has probably never shaved shot a 73 at The Masters yesterday and birdied No. 18. Sports makes me feel inadequate sometimes.

Scandal brewing at Augusta National: They've changed the pimento cheese recipe.

• Baseball vied for its share of headlines last night with a Dodgers-Padres brawl that resulted in a fractured Zack Greinke collarbone. To hear the great Vin Scully call the brawl, click here. The confrontation even extended into the parking lot after the game.

• Sometimes blue-chippers just don't pan out. But these SEC 5-star recruits are ready to emerge.

• Reality TV is often the last stop for has-been athletes on their road to oblivion. Here are the most cringe-inducing reality show athletes of all time.

Chadwick Boseman talks about playing the great Jackie Robinson in the movie "42," which opens today.

Did you know that Kobe Bryant tried to launch a rap career? Me neither.

Charging the opposing dugout wielding a bat is no way to prove to the Cubs that you're worth your $30 million contract.

Metta World Peace made a comment that was bizarre even by Metta World Peace standards.

• The Lions have signed YouTube kicking sensation Havard Rugland to a contract. Judging from his video, he's got a shot. Guy's phenomenal.

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April 11

• Hello, friends: The Masters is underway. I'm expecting big things from Dustin Johnson at Augusta this week. Which could mean an 18th hole greenside shot of Dustin's girlfriend Paulina Gretzky late Sunday afternoon. Which would have Bobby Jones spinning in his grave.

• Alternately, should Tiger Woods win, we'll get a glimpse of his current companion, skier Lindsey Vonn, already decked out in her Augusta finery.

Let's enjoy this little tradition as long as we can.

• Augusta is all about tradition, but there is something a little different about The Masters this year.

• Today's history lesson: Grantland looks back at GQ's piece on Tiger Woods from April 1997.

• It's no Bubba Watson hovercraft, but Michael Jordan has a tricked-out golf cart.

Kobe's line last night: 47 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four blocks, and three steals. How was your night? For the hard-core Kobe lovers, here's video of every one of those 47 points.

• Getting you ready on the outside chance they're our future overlords: 10 bizarre facts about North Korea.

• Also not sports-related: The New York Post-iest headline ever ran today.

The Manning boys have a little fun with ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

• Either a nod to Cubs lore, or some sort of bizarre satanic ritual: Someone delivered a goat's head to Wrigley Field.

• Let's hope this isn't an omen for Rory McIlroy, but his girlfriend/par-3 caddie Caroline Wozniacki proved that she should stick to tennis yesterday.

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April 10

• Somehow, some way, rich professional golfers are able to score some attractive companionship. Coed presents the WAGs of the 2013 Masters, including Kandi Mahan, wife of Hunter and former Cowboys cheerleaders (pictured).

One golfer, Rory McIlroy, is putting his WAG to work. Caroline Wozniacki will be caddying for him at the Par 3 contest today.

This collection of golf trick shot videos includes a nifty Masters tradition: skimming the ball across the pond at 16 during practice. Vijay Singh managed to hole one using this unusual method.

• It's a slow sports day, so I'll throw a little Seinfeld your way: the best Seinfeld character nicknames. Vegetable Lasagna for the win.

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The UConn women won their eighth national championship last night, routing Louisville. But you know that eight isn't enough for Geno Auriemma; it only ties him with Pat Summitt.

The case for South Carolina QB Connor Shaw, the SEC's most underrated player.

Last night, LeBron got caught in midair with nothing to do. So he bounced it off the backboard for a self-assist. That's why he's King James.

• In case you missed it: Papa John himself really enjoyed Louisville's win the other night.

• Pay college football players? Bob Stoops says they're already getting plenty.

Russell Westbrook threw down last night. My favorite part of the clip is Kevin Durant's expression. He knows a good tomahawk when he sees one.

Jermaine O'Neal was apparently too tired to play an overtime period, so he just goaltended a potential game-winner.

• Today's video provides ammo to those who say that Denard Robinson is a runner, not a thrower.

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April 9

• As we close the books on the NCAA Tournament, we present Coed Magazine's roundup of the sexy superfans of this year's championship game.

• A lackluster tournament was redeemed by a classic title game. With the dust and confetti settling, Athlon picks the winners — and the losers — of this year's NCAA Tournament.

• A couple of great moments from last night captured in GIF form, courtesy of Deadspin: Rick Pitino thinking he's being shot at immediately after the game; and the best block we've seen this year (that was called a foul).

• That abysmal foul call wasn't the only thing that tainted what was a great game. John Beilein made a colossal coaching blunder late in the final minute of action.

• They can't all be Shining Moments. The best GIFs, photos and sundry stupidity from the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Four-fifths of the Fab Five watched the game together. Wonder if Chris Webber was screaming timeout reminders to John Beilein.

• This seems dumb, NCAA edition (Vol. 516): Louisville's men's team is not allowed to go watch the women try to win the title tonight. That would be an extra benefit, dontcha know.

• Ever stop to wonder why college football even exists? A fascinating history lesson from Saturday Down South.

• Tonight's the Masters Champions Dinner. We're betting that Bubba Watson picks a better menu than some of these stomach-churning choices over the years.

• Bad officiating is not limited to college basketball. A baseball game ended late last night with one of the worst strike three calls you'll ever see.

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April 8

• We bid a fond farewell to college basketball with this slideshow of the lovely ladies of March Madness. Until next year...

College basketball crowns its champion tonight. Neither Michigan nor Louisville has won the national title since before any of tonight's participants were born. In a few hours, that changes.

• Because I support the troops, I fully support this woman, in her full dress uniform, hilariously mocking Jim Boeheim

• Speaking of Boeheim, he and reporter Greg Doyel got into it at the postgame presser. They later made up, but this is what happens when curmudgeons collide.

• Last night, Blake Griffin took a breakway, went in for the finger roll, then decided at the last second, what the heck, I'll dunk it.

• Head coaches get the glory, but some of college football's most essential work is done by the assistants. Here are the 10 best assistant coach hires in the SEC this offseason.

• Sports movies provide fertile ground for debate. Here's a list of the 50 worst sports movies of all time. Hey, I liked The Waterboy. But I'll let them have Rocky V.

• This weekend, Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye got absolutely de-cleated in highly amusing fashion. He needed to have that giant head of his on a swivel.

• It's Masters Week, y'all. Take a pre-Masters tour of Augusta National.

Brandon Crawford's Giants World Series ring looks especially giant on the hand of his baby daughter.

• Prepare your eyes for some salty discharge: This weekend, a 7-year-old cancer patient ran for a touchdown at Nebraska's spring game.

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