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Links O' War: Wednesday July 31st, 2013

Today is reporting day... Welcome to college football season, everybody.


Here are your morning links!


Report: SRO “Spirit Passes” are the only tickets left for TCU-LSU matchup at AT&T Stadium | College Sports Blog
We knew TCU’s season-opening matchup against LSU was one of the most-expensive college football tickets this season. It’s also becoming one of the hardest to get.

TCU football reports Wednesday, a month from LSU showdown | Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News - S...
The TCU football team reports to campus Wednesday, one month from its season opener Aug. 31 against LSU in the Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium.

Former TCU sprinter Jon Drummond keeps life on track | Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News - Sports...
The former TCU great won an Olympic silver medal on the 4x100 meter relay in Atlanta in 1996 and a gold medal on the same relay at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

John E. Hoover: Patterson, players prove TCU brings more than a defensive scheme to the Big 12 | Tulsa World
Most everyone last year figured TCU couldn't keep it up.

Top Ten Greatest TCU Horned Frogs |
Athlon looks at the 10 greatest players since 1967.


Shot creation's value is a function of team construction -
The vexing question on the importance of shot creation is further complicated by team dynamics.

Elegy of a race car driver: The good times, hard life, and shocking death of Dick Trickle -
The elegy of a chain smoking, beer drinking, stock car racing legend who took his own life two months ago.

MLB Biogenesis scandal: 'Majority' of players indicted will accept suspensions, per report -
Plea deals are reportedly being ironed out for the majority of the players linked to the Biogenesis scandal.

Jake Peavy traded to Red Sox in 3-way deal -
The Red Sox reportedly swooped in on the Jake Peavy sweepstakes late Thursday and nabbed the 32-year-old righty from the White Sox. The Tigers are believed to be involved as well.

NBA free agency rumors roundup: The Brandon Jennings saga ends in Detroit, Dejuan Blair joins Mavs -
Brandon Jennings will be traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton and Slava Kravtsov.

NFL news: Sidney Rice goes to Switzerland, Ed Reed uncertain of return date -
Injuries continue to be the story around NFL training camps. Percy Harvin and Mario Williams received second opinions on Tuesday while Sidney Rice traveled to Switzerland for treatment for his knee.

Barry Church injured by cherry Jolly Rancher -
The Dallas Cowboys safety missed practice due to a root canal he needed after chipping his tooth on a cherry Jolly Rancher.

Tony Stewart escapes injury after flipping 5 times in sprint car race -
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart flipped five times after crashing in a sprint car race Monday night in Canada.

Cliff Lee rumors: Phillies say 'little chance' of pitcher being traded -
The Phillies are asking for a lot in return for Cliff Lee, and Ruben Amaro Jr. doesn't envision anybody biting.

The Daily Win: Dumbest athlete photo uploads ever -
What happens when athletes have cell phone cameras and very little common sense is almost always gold. Gold, Jerry, gold!

MLB Trade Deadline: If the Nationals want to sell, what do they have? - Baseball Nation
Less than you think.

The worst MLB trade deadline in recent memory - Baseball Nation
Wait, this is horrible.


The disunited state of Android | The Verge
An extensive survey has detailed what the Android market looks like with stunning clarity. OpenSignal (OS) looked at some 682,000 devices currently in use — the same sample size as its 2012...

Nvidia Shield review | The Verge
Last summer, I bought an iPad 3. I convinced myself I’d use it for everything: showing off wedding photos, reading all those neglected articles I save to Pocket, and as a second monitor for my...

Dialogue controls your smartphone from your Mac, lets you make and record phone calls | The Verge
As Apple continues to refine its mobile and desktop operating systems, the company has slowly integrated messaging and other mobile-centric features into Mac OS. With an Apple ID, Mac and iOS...

Buying a camera: everything you need to know | The Verge
By David Pierce and Vlad Savov Cameras are everywhere. There’s one in your laptop, two in your phone, and probably a pair in your tablet that you’ve never used. There’s maybe one in your...

Samsung claims innocence in face of benchmark-rigging allegations | The Verge
Samsung has responded to allegations made by AnandTech, claiming that it is innocent of any wrongdoing. Yesterday, the site reported that Samsung engineered the Galaxy S4's benchmarking performance...

Google steps back from net neutrality, claims banning servers is 'industry standard' | The Verge
It looks like Google is starting to see that whole net neutrality thing a little differently now that it's in the business of providing internet service. In a response to the FCC this week, the...

The world’s most expensive smartphone: Brazil’s black market for gadgets is booming | The Verge
Mercado Livre is Brazil's version of eBay, and it's full of electronics. Visit the site at any moment, and you'll find hundreds of vendors selling their unlocked iPhones, with many priced at nearly...

Nintendo sold just 160,000 Wii U systems worldwide last quarter | The Verge
Nintendo made an operating loss of 4.92 billion yen (about $50 million) on net sales of 81.5 billion yen ($832 million) in the first quarter of its financial year ending March 2014, the company...

Syrian president recruits Instagram in ongoing propaganda war | The Verge
Embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched an official Instagram account earlier this month, marking his latest efforts to control the propaganda war being waged in parallel with bloody...

BlackBerry BB10 update reportedly deleting text messages at random | The Verge
A new over-the-air update meant to improve the operation of BlackBerry 10 smartphones includes a flaw that affects SMS on some devices. N4BB reports that the BlackBerry 10.1 MR update, billed as a...

Police don't need a warrant to seize phone location data, US court rules | The Verge
The Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that historical cellphone location data is not protected by the Fourth Amendment, allowing police to access the data without a search warrant. The...