11:40 LRN Newscast July 31

Jimmy Graham’s old number 80 still fits like a glove after 8 years away from the Saints. The former first-team All-Pro tight end resigned with the team that drafted him in 2010 despite not having played football in two years. Graham was a standout for the New Orleans offense for years but the Saints traded him to Seattle in 2015. Graham says the move shocked and hurt him…

Cut 17 (21) “…for me.”

Graham spent 3 years with the Seahawks before joining Green Bay for two years and finally moving to Chicago in 2020 and 2021. The 37 year old hasn’t played an NFL down in two years but he’ll add some veteran experience to a young position group featuring 4th-year tight end Juwan Johnson and ne free agent signing Foster Moreau who spent the first four years of his career with the Raiders behind Darren Waller.

12 athletes, coaches, and journalists were inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame over the weekend. The Class of 2023 was headlined by two-time Super Bowl MVP and New Orleans native Eli Manning. Five former Tigers were also inducted: College World Series champion Paul Mainieri, two-time track and field USA Olympian and world champion Walter Davis, All-American pitcher Paul Byrd, and LSU receiving legend Wendell Davis. Rounding out the class were WNBA legend Alana Beard, Tulane running back Matt Forte, 11-time state champion high school coach M.L. Woodruff, six-time national powerlifting champion Walter Imahara, long-time MLB player and coach Ron Washington, second-ever woman president of the state sports writers’ association Lori Lyons, and over 100-time LSWA honors winner Bruce Brown.

After a 3-0 victory over Vietnam to start the World Cup, the US women’s National Team came back to finish with a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands. The US and Dutch are tied at the top of group E with the Americans having the tie breaker. They’ll play their final game of the group stage against Portugal Tuesday morning. A win could give the team the easiest path through the knockout stage, but The US would still advance with a draw. They’ll kick off 2:00 A.M. tomorrow morning.