Links O' War: Monday July 22nd, 2013

Fungo is back... Links are back... Game film is back later today... Big 12 Media Days kickoff today... Happy Monday!

Here are your morning links!

TCU SPORTS

A Dallas Cowboys cheerleader & ex-TCU Showgirl nails Big Mac Blog challenge - The Big Mac Blog
Emma Mary is one of three former TCU Showgirls who are now Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. She is also the only one who is currently with the team here in Oxnard, and was nice (naive?) enough to be a guinea pig as I grilled and embarrass her with a series of hard-hitting journalist, journalismy questions. Emma is in her third season with the squad, and recently engaged to a big time professional person who is also a TCU alum. They both live in Fort Worth.

A Dallas Cowboys cheerleader & ex-TCU Showgirl nails Big Mac Blog challenge - The Big Mac Blog
Emma Mary is one of three former TCU Showgirls who are now Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. She is also the only one who is currently with the team here in Oxnard, and was nice (naive?) enough to be a guinea pig as I grilled and embarrass her with a series of hard-hitting journalist, journalismy questions. Emma is in her third season with the squad, and recently engaged to a big time professional person who is also a TCU alum. They both live in Fort Worth.

Big 12 Media Days kick off TCU’s second season in the league | Dallas-Fort Worth Sport...
As TCU’s second season in the Big 12 draws closer, hopes and outside respect continue to accelerate. It’s as if the Horned Frogs are no longer newbies to the league and have as legitimate a shot to claim the conference title as any team.

Scout.com: TCU Offers SE Texas 2015 Standout
Coldspring (TX) Oakhurst 2015 linebacker Alec Dunham might be one of the best kept secrets in the Lone Star state at the moment. At least in recruiting circles. That’s likely to change very soon however.

Frogs Add Transfer Washburn to Roster - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site
TCU men’s basketball head coach Trent Johnson has announced the addition of sophomore forward Chris Washburn to the Horned Frogs roster. Washburn, a native of Grand Prairie, Texas, arrives from UTEP, where he played last season as a true freshman.

OTHER SPORTS

Gold Cup 2013: USA will meet Honduras in the semifinals - SBNation.com
The United States had no problem with El Salvador, crushing them 5-1. They'll move on to face Honduras, who held on for a 1-0 win over Costa Rica.

2013 British Open: Phil Mickelson shoots round of his life to win at Muirfield - SBNation.com
Phil Mickelson posts 3-under, 281 at a difficult Muirfield to roll to his fifth major championship and first at the British Open.

Landon Donovan humbly requests you deal with it - SBNation.com
Looks like the USMNT's Gold Cup future just got ... bright. YEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH.

Tyrone Crawford injury: Cowboys DE carted off field - SBNation.com
The Cowboys' defensive end was taken off the field during the team's first practice of training camp with an apparent lower-leg injury.

Matt Kemp injury: Dodgers OF hurts ankle, leaves game - SBNation.com
Kemp injured his ankle in his first game back from a left shoulder injury.

Paul Pierce happy to be 'glorified role player' with Brooklyn Nets - SBNation.com
The former Boston Celtics leading man feels less pressure on a team loaded with All-Star talent.

MLB trade rumors roundup: Matt Garza, Jake Peavy, and more - SBNation.com
The Matt Garza-to-Rangers talks appear to have stalled, and now it appears he may not even be the top pitcher available.

Erik Bedard allows no hits, loses - SBNation.com
The Astros lost to the Mariners on Saturday despite outhitting their opponent and taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning.

TECH/GEEK NEWS

UK to block all online porn by default later this year | The Verge
British Prime Minister David Cameron today will announce an aggressive plan to crack down on online pornography, as part of an ongoing campaign to protect children from its "corroding" influence....

Google's alleged Nexus 7 successor leaks in press shots and Best Buy ad | The Verge
Days after photos and video surfaced of what appears to be an updated Nexus 7 tablet from Google, the @evleaks Twitter account has provided press images to corroborate the claims. The pictures show...

Welcome to Trickster, the alternative Comic-Con for indie artists that takes place in a bar | The Verge
Comic-Con is happening now in San Diego, which means large crowds, long lines, costumes galore, and over-the-top advertising in every direction. But...

The best of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 | The Verge
Comic-Con isn't so much a convention as it is a cultural festival. More than 150,000 people flock to the staggeringly large San Diego Convention Center to snap up collectibles, traipse around in...

Apple testing 13-inch iPad and larger iPhone: WSJ | The Verge
Apple is testing iPhones and iPads with larger screen sizes, according to a supply chain report from The Wall Street Journal. The company is said to be considering an iPad with a screen size of...

Sudden outbreak of measles linked to vaccine fears in the 1990s | The Verge
Fears that vaccines cause autism led to an explosion of measles cases this year in southwest Wales, according to The Wall Street Journal. Between November and July, 1,219 people in southwest Wales...

Superman and Batman will face off in 2015 | The Verge
In an announcement made today at Comic-Con 2013, Warner Bros. will bring Superman and Batman together in a follow-up to this year's Man of Steel. Originally reported by the Los Angeles Times, the...

FBI hair analysis may have falsely convicted thousands, including some on death row | The Verge
The FBI will examine hair sample evidence from more than 2,000 cases dating as far back as 1985. McClatchy reports that under the initiative the bureau will investigate cases in which hair samples...

Dubai offers gold as weight-loss incentive | The Verge
A 30-day weight-loss challenge launched last Friday in Dubai offers citizens solid gold for shedding weight. Citizens that signed up for the program will be offered 1 gram (0.035 ounces) of gold...

Batman Superman Crossover Film 2015 Justice League 2017 | Geekosystem
DC announced at their San Diego Comic Con panel that Superman won't be alone in the follow up to Man of Steel. He'll be joined by Batman, and it looks like the film will kick things off for putting a Justice League film together. Zack Snyder is returning to direct with David S. Goyer writing the script. Get pumped, everybody.

Jesse and the Rippers Reunion on Late Night | Geekosystem
Remember earlier this week when I got all excited because Jesse and the Rippers were reuniting on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon? Well it happened Friday night, and it didn't disappoint. Aunt Becky even makes an appearance. My guess about what they'd play was right and wrong. They did play the Full House theme Everywhere You Look but it was part of a medley including Forever, Little Sister, and The Hippie Hippie Shake.

Chris Carlson 3D Chalk Donkey Kong M.C. Escher Art | Geekosystem
M.C. Escher's art featured things like staircases that march ever upwards -- or downwards, depending on how you look at it. Artist Chris Carlson demonstrates Escher's staircase beautifully by combining it with video game icon Donkey Kong. The staircase builds up into an impossible loop that is demonstrated when DK tosses a barrel that falls down until it returns where it started.

Chipotle Twitter Account Hacked @ChipotleTweets | Geekosystem
One of two things is going on right now with the official Chipotle Twitter account. It's either being used by someone at Chipotle who doesn't understand how Twitter works, or it's been hacked by someone who doesn't understand how hacking Twitter works. Either way, it's bound to right itself eventually, so take a look while you can, and don't worry -- we have screen shots!

Lower Risk of Dementia Associated With Later Retirement | Geekosystem
It might feel like work is killing you, but it's also giving your brain mental exercise that could help keep you sharp in the future. A wide-ranging study from France has found that those who retired later had a lower risk of developing dementia, the condition of mental deterioration whose leading cause is Alzheimer's disease. These new findings are consistent with past studies that have discovered the importance of keeping the brain active in order to reduce the risk of cognition-related disorders in old age.

Moon Landing 44 Year Anniversary Tweets | Geekosystem
Humans first walked on the Moon 44 years ago today. It was a momentous occasion for Earth as a whole, and showed exactly what a properly funded space program can accomplish. The 44th anniversary of something is an odd number to celebrate, but it hasn't stopped Twitter users from remembering the event. My feed is loaded with people commenting on the Moon landing. Here are some of the best ones.

Cassini Picture With Earth In Background | Geekosystem
If you love photos from space but are always secretly bummed out that you're not in them, today is your lucky day. NASA's Cassini probe is snapping a picture of Saturn today, and hundreds of millions of miles distant in the background of the resulting image, you'll be able to see the Earth. That's right -- today and today only, you have the opportunity to photobomb NASA. Make it count, people.

Colorado Town Wants to Put Bounty on Drones | Geekosystem
The adorable-sounding town of Deer Trail, Colorado, has drafted an ordinance to create hunting licenses specific to drones and put a bounty on downed UAVs. While the townsfolk haven't actually seen a drone flying over town yet, they really seem to be against the whole principle of the thing.

BUSINESS/FINANCE/OTHER

Weak Europe, Asia a drag on McDonald's earnings
McDonald's reported quarterly earnings and revenue that just missed analysts' expectations on Monday.

Four-week rally in US crude rekindles ‘flash crash’ fears
The risk of a disorderly decline in U.S. crude futures is growing after a four-week rally sent prices to 16-month highs.

Are 'no contract' wireless plans a good choice?
If you're a gadget lover who wants the latest smartphone, then you should consider a "no-contract" wireless plan.

Pump prices jump 12 cents, AAA sees further rise
American motorists are bracing for further increases in gas pump prices this summer after average prices rose 12 cents.

UBS shares jump after mortgage settlement with US
Shares of Swiss bank UBS rose 2.2 percent on Monday after it pre-announced second quarter results that were better than expected.

Apple's developer website attacked, can't rule out stolen data
Apple's main website for developers remains shut after intruders tried to steal sensitive information last week.

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