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CBS Sports Names 140 Must-Follow Athletes on Twitter

CBS Sports has compiled an interesting list of the 140 must-follow athletes on Twitter, tweaking the definition of “athlete” to include most people in the sports world, including coaches, owners and Kate Upton, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Is Upton an athlete? Uh, do you really want to quibble? Just follow her and be quiet.

To make this list of must-follow athletes, the tweeter needed to be interactive, informative, charitable, funny and (for the most part) not oblige his or her followers’ requests for retweets because the athlete is the “fan’s favorite player.” Athletes, coaches, and owners were eligible to make the list.

Al Davis of the Raiders did not make the cut. Jameson Fleming, who compiled the list, does a commendable job of selecting representative tweets from many of the athletes and explaining the reasons why they’re worth a follow. Sports media personalities like Bill Simmons and Jason Whitlock were not included, which is fine because Upton was included.

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Big Lead Sports, TXNSports.com Join Forces For NFL Draft Preview Show

Big Lead Sports is partnering up with TXNSports.com for an NFL Draft show featuring some of the biggest football commentators in the game.

On April 25, Cris Collinsworth, Boomer Esiason, Howie Long and Phil Simms will provide a breakdown of the 2011 NFL Draft, streamed live and promoted across all of Big Lead Sports’ digital platforms.

“We are proud to work with 16W Marketing and TXN on the launch event and online platform,” said Chris Russo, Big lead Sports CEO. “The key to success today is to provide fans with high quality content from leading experts. Working with TXN, we can deliver a great event and a unique online experience for our 19 million users.” Read more

Carmelo Anthony Came to New York and MSG Made an Emotional Ad

And not for nothing, but Carmelo Anthony‘s wife La La Vazquez – who told her Twitter followers “I wanna thank the city of Denver 4having us for almost 8 wonderful seasons. I wish the team, city & fans the best. Thank u for being awesome” – will star in a reality show tentatively called La La’s Full Court Life. It will show Vazquez as she and her husband “prepare for a sudden move to New York City” that we’ve all known was coming for seven months.

SI Drops The Hammer On Lance Armstrong

Sports Illustrated has new details on the case against Lance Armstrong in this week’s issue.

Below are excerpts from Selena Roberts and David Epstein‘s article, which claims Armstrong had three tests with unusually high testosterone-epitestosterone levels.

ARMSTRONG TIED TO THREE TESTS INDICATING UNUSUALLY HIGH TESTOSTERONE – EPISTOSTERONE LEVELS

According to Dr. Donald Catlin’s estimate, his lab at UCLA performed more than two dozen tests of Armstrong between 1990 and 2000. In May 1999, USA Cycling sent a formal request to Catlin for past test results – specifically, testosterone-epitestosterone (T:E) ratios – for a cyclist identified by a source with knowledge of the request as Lance Armstrong. Three results indicated high T:E ratios, specifically: a 9.0-to-1 ratio from a sample collected on June 23, 1993; a 7.6-to-1 from July 7, 1994; and a 6.5-to-1 from June 4, 1996. Read more

Joe Posnanski's Top 10 Sports Stories of 2011

Tiger Woods. LeBron James. Derek Jeter. Roger Federer. Tim Tebow. Philles Rotation. Peyton Manning. Bill Cowher. Serena Williams. Jimmie Johnson.

Not a bad list. Not a bad list, at all.

The Miz: "I Brought The Championship To Cleveland, Not LeBron."

Fresh off capturing the WWE Championship, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin joined Bill Simmons on The B.S. Report on Thursday.

Along with discussing his time on The Real World and achieving his childhood dream of winning the title, the Cleveland native added his two cents in on the LeBron James situation.

“I hate LeBron James,” Mizanin said. “I’m from Cleveland. Do you have any idea what it’s like to be from Cleveland and have that happen to you? When a guy goes on an hour show called The Decision and you think he’s going to say Cleveland. I brought the championship to Cleveland, not LeBron.”

Now that’s awesome.

Phil Simms Out This Week With Back Injury

NFL on CBS lead analyst Phil Simms won’t be in the booth this week while recuperating from scheduled surgery on an ailing back.

Dan Fouts will replace Simms and work alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz. The duo will call the San Diego-Oakland game on Sunday.

Simms is expected to return next week.

Stories About Athletes Overspending Are Always Fun

We’re going back to England.

In Sabatoge Times (yeah, not really sure what it is), Rohan Ricketts writes about the trials and tribulations of being a young, rich athlete.

Ricketts, who played for squads including Arsenal, Tottenham, England’s U-21, and Toronto FC, offers up some telling anecdotes. Read more

Charles Barkley Offers a Curious Defense of Brett Favre

Brett Favre found a hero: Charles Barkley.

The outspoken TNT analyst thinks the media should leave the much-maligned Minnesota Vikings quarterback alone.

“This is just the media trying to make it a story because they’ve got juicy, gory details basically. But its not a story,” he told the USA Today.

Except it is a story. The NFL ensured it would become one when it decided to investigate the matter even though Jenn Sterger – the alleged victim – clearly just wants the matter to go away.

Back to Sir Charles:

“Listen, if Brett Favre sent that women pictures, it ain’t up to me to decide whether that’s right or wrong. But it’s not a news story. He didn’t break any laws. That’s between him, the girl and his wife. He’s got to answer that. It would be totally different if she wanted to file sexual harassment charges against him. But she is not saying anything. The media’s trying like hell to make it a story.”

Eh, not so much. Blame the NFL’s officials for this issue truly gaining legs.

(h/t Fang’s Bites)