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Friday Links O' War: July 11, 2014

We're 50 days away from TCU's season. Can you smell it yet?

Three TCU defenders on Nagurski Watch List | Fort Worth Star Telegram

TCU safety Sam Carter, defensive end Devonte Fields and defensive tackle Chucky Hunter are on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented to the nation’s top defensive player.

Big 12 Well-Represented in Watch Lists | Big 12 Sports

The Conference was again well represented in preseason watch lists as the Bronko Nagurski and Outland Trophy lists were announced on Thursday.

Royals' top pick Finnegan makes debut |

Left-hander Brandon Finnegan, the Royals' first pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, made his professional debut on Thursday with Class A Advanced Wilmington. He threw two perfect innings against Potomac in Game 2 of a doubleheader, a game that was suspended in the sixth inning due to rain.

Cron upholding family name in Missoula |

The younger brother of Angels rookie C.J. Cron and son of Chris Cron, Arizona's new Minor League hitting instructor, Kevin has excelled for Rookie-level Missoula during the first 16 games of his professional career. A first baseman and designated hitter like his older brother, he hit two home runs and plated five runs Thursday en route to the Osprey's 11-5 victory at Grand Junction's Suplizio Field.

Cubs' Arrietta ready to lead in final start of half | Chicago Tribune

With the departures of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, Jake Arrieta said he’s ready to take on a more prominent role with the Chicago Cubs as he makes his final start of the first half Friday against the Atlanta Braves.

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