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Athlon's Essential Eleven Links of the Day: April 27


This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for April 27.

• SI’s Peter King details how Morris Claiborne surprisingly ended up in Dallas, as well as other first-round thoughts.

• CBS’ Pete Prisco is not sure what the Cleveland Browns were thinking with their picks of Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden.

• ESPN’s Andrea Adelson has the story on West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin, who the Seahawks selected in first round’s biggest surprise.

• Will the NBA adopt a “two and done” rule? That change would definitely have huge ramifications for college basketball.

• Shutdown Corner looks at the NFL Draft’s first round, which was dominated by trades.

• SportsGrid has a humorous take on the absolutely awful Charlotte Bobcats.

• Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times previews this weekend’s matchup of first-place teams, with the Nationals taking on the Dodgers.

• The Big Ten had to wait until No. 23 to have a player drafted, but then finished the first round strongly.

• Will Miami be talking more about new quarterback Ryan Tannehill or his wife? Not going to question the new signal caller’s decision making one iota. 

• It sounds like Vikings star Adrian Peterson is ahead of schedule in recovering from a torn ACL.

• So you want to be a first-round pick? Sounds like Mr. Irrelevant might be the way to go in our Video of the Day…

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for April 26.

• ESPN previews tonight’s NFL Draft.

• The Daily Dolphin analyzes whether Miami should draft Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

• Best car ad ever?

• Dave Miller of the National Football Post looks at the  ongoing talks for college football to move towards a four-team playoff.

• Kobe Bryant needs 38 points tonight to win the NBA scoring title. The Lakers already have the Western Conference No. 3 seed locked up, so how much will he play?

• Berry Tramel looks at the surprising news that true freshman Wes Lunt will be the Oklahoma State starting quarterback

• Would the Bills trade up to the No. 3 pick to get USC’s Matt Kalil?

• The Orange County Register looks at the Angels’ bad start and the struggling Albert Pujols.

• Clarence Hill has the Cowboys first-round possibilities down to four prospects.

• Could the Patriots trade up this year, instead of down like most past drafts?

• ESPN is reporting that the Pro Bowl might be shelved, and it’s doubtful that anyone will miss it. I remember only one play in Pro Bowl history, and it’s our Video of the Day…

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for April 25.

• SB Nation Dallas has the latest on who the Cowboys might draft at No. 14.

• Bleacher Report SEC blogger Barrett Sallee says new Arkansas coach John L. Smith “ascended to the Les Miles level of quotable SEC coaches” in his opening press conference in Fayetteville.

• Could Giants defender Osi Umenyiora be headed out of New York? Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News has the latest.

• It looks like Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel is being traded to the Atlanta Falcons on the eve of the NFL Draft.

• Could the Vikings shake up the draft and trade out of the No. 3 pick?

• Royals Review wonders if Kansas City manger Ned Yost could be fired with the team losing 12 straight game, including 10 of those at home.

• Could Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict, and his first-round talent, go undrafted?

• ESPN Pac-12 blogger Kevin Gemmell looks at the still-in-flux UCLA quarterback situation for Jim Mora in his debut season.

• Jim Young of looks at Virginia Tech’s mishandling of the Seth Greenberg firing.

• The Wall Street Journal looks at the management failures of ex-NBA stars like Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas.

USC football players in an organic chemistry class? Just doesn’t sound right for guys coached by Ed Orgeron, but our Video of the Day explains…

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for April 24.

• Chris Bahn of has the Razorback reaction to John L. Smith’s hire in Fayetteville.

• New Jersey State Police are being investigated for possibly escorting a group of high-dollar sports car racers, including Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, in a 100+ mph race down the Garden State Parkway to Atlantic City. Maybe they were trying to get away from Snooki?

• Future Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who recently decided to retire, has one of the coolest “first pitches” ever before the Rangers-Yankees game.

• Gobbler Country’s Josh Parcell looks at the legacy of former Virginia Tech basketball coach Seth Greenberg.

• Adam Kramer of Bleacher Report believes Arkansas made a solid hire with John L. Smith.

• Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett has thoughts on the league’s primetime games this season.

• Would Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis hold out again? The National Football Post says it could happen.

• The San Diego Union-Tribune dispels the rumors that San Diego State was considering not joining the Big East next season

• SB Nation in New Orleans has the latest on eavesdropping charges against Saints GM Mickey Loomis. The franchise categorically denies the accusations and may counter with legal action.

• Jon Gold of Inside UCLA looks at the impact of Ben Howland’s top-rated recruiting class after big man Tony Parker committed to the Bruins.

• Check out this “fake pass” by Tony Allen of the Grizzlies in our Video of the Day.

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for April 23.

•’s “Hot Clicks” is now five years old, and Jimmy Traina celebrates with his 10 most memorable moments and 20 best videos. Wow Kate Upton, just wow.

• Here’s to hoping that Robert Griffin III is more accurate with the Redskins than with meeting hottie Alex Morgan of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team.

• Erin McLaughlin of Bleacher Report says Everett Golson made the best case to be the Notre Dame starting quarterback during the Irish spring game.

• Oh the irony, a guy named “World Peace” is ejected from the Lakers-Thunder game for a vicious elbow. Deadspin has the video of the thug formerly known as Ron Artest.

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett recaps the Ohio State spring game, where 81,112 turned out to see Urban Meyer’s “debut”.

• Rays Index has the video of retried NBA center Matt Geiger doing his best Steve Bartman impression. Although he appeared to be ejected, reports surfaced later that Geiger was only “relocated”. Tampa Bay is just glad to have someone – anyone – show up.

• SB Nation in Cleveland makes the case for the Browns drafting Alabama running back Trent Richardson with the No. 4 overall pick.

• Would Gus Malzahn be the right hire at Arkansas? A decision is expected soon in Fayetteville.

• Boston Globe columnist Tony Massarotti looks at what’s ailing the last-place Boston Red Sox. Think Bobby Valentine is wearing his old mustache disguise around Beantown already?

• The Omaha World-Herald has an in-depth Q&A with Nebraska coach Bo Pelini following spring ball.

• NC State’s defense dominated the spring game. Can the Wolfpack challenge Clemson and Florida State in the ACC’s Atlantic Division?

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