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Link sAUsage: 7 July 2016

NFL: NFC Championship-Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the links from yesterday

Football

Tashawn Manning, the 2016 signee who was diagnosed with leukemia last year, has been keeping himself active despite receiving chemotherapy treatment 5 days a week. Though he lost 45 pounds at the start of therapy, he has gained that weight back. He still plans to enroll at Auburn in January 2017.

Number 4 on al.com’s VIP 20 list is JUCO-transfer John Franklin III. There are a lot of pundits who believe Auburn’s best chance next year will come with Franklin at quarterback. He certainly is the best dual-threat candidate, but we can’t assume that he’s another Nick Marshall until we get a look at him against a defense that has to bring him down.

Brandon Martin, 2017’s number 1 JUCO WR prospect who committed five days ago, decommitted last night. Martin says that Auburn is still in the running. He may end up at Auburn. He may not. To be honest, this is why I don’t follow recruiting until January.

But if recruiting is your thing, be sure to check out the rundown of Auburn targets at The Opening. Unfortunately al.com spent half of the allotted interview time talking to one Alabama verbal commit. I’m sure you’re all shocked.

And finally, Cam Newton was voted as the #1 player in the NFL by his peers. Not bad for a guy who was supposed to be the biggest bust in the history of #1 overall draft picks. Cam was second in the NFL in touchdown passes last year (one fewer than Tom Brady), and his best WR was Ted Ginn Jr. He was one rushing touchdown away from tying for the league lead. He entered the season as the only quarterback to ever win back-to-back NFC South championships, then he won a third straight with a 15-1 record. I’ll stop there, because as a Panthers fan (from before Cam was drafted; I feel like I have to disclose that) I could go on about how great Cam is for a few hours.

Basketball

Anfernee McLemore is the rare young basketball player that focuses on his defense rather than scoring. McLemore may not get a lot of playing time next year as he focuses on adding another 15 pounds to his frame, but he should be a force in a few years. He also did a great job in the classroom in high school, notching a 4.0 GPA.

Women’s Golf

Two incoming freshmen are competing in the European Team Championships. Nastasia Kossacky is competing as an amateur for her native Poland, and Elena Hualde is competing for her native Spain in the European Girls Team Championship. That’s certainly promising for the future of the program.

War Eagle!