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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: July 31, 2013


This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for July 31.

• July is all but over, but we still have the memories. Here's a rundown of sports-related ladies who wowed us this month, including Matt Stafford's patriotic girlfriend (pictured).

• Speaking of American heroes, one Arizona Cardinals cheerleader did a tour of duty in Iraq.

This is the best use of facial hair I've ever seen. Andy Dalton agrees.

• Nike's latest handiwork: Oregon's football performance center would be the envy of most NFL teams.

• All 12 SEC first-round picks are signed, sealed and delivered to their new teams. Here's a contract rundown.

• While we're talking SEC, here's a ranking of the league's top defensive back units. Vanderbilt is second. I expect to see the sky raining frogs and blood any second.

There's a new Barkley in Philly, and he didn't come to hold a clipboard.

Check out this Manziel profile from Wright Thompson. Johnny Football is starting to worry his parents. Speaking of Manziel, here's the story of one writer's quest to interview the new king of all media.

Some chick from Glee went on Kimmel last night wearing what looked like a bikini top. Might have to start watching Glee.

• You're never too old to get excited for the ice cream man. Just ask the Ravens' Arthur Jones.

• Who doesn't love a good redemption story? The Rays ballboy redeemed himself with this catch after a couple of misses.

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