Best of FanRag Sports: May 26

Every morning we collect the most entertaining, intriguing and informative stories from around the FanRag Sports network and bring them to you all in one place. Here you can find the top NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NCAA and fight-sport stories of the day prior to get caught up on the news you need to know before starting your day.

In this edition, you’ll find an opinion on how Jahlil Okafor should feel about the Lakers and who cracks the top three our SEC football coaches rankings. One writer celebrates her first story while another turns in article No. 300. Who’s on top of the American League Power Rankings? How come Michael Sam has to settle for the CFL? All of that and more in one easy location.

Sit back, relax and take a look back at an exciting day in the world of sports. Here is the best of the best courtesy of FanRag Sports.

Today’s Fastbreak

06 April 2015:  Duke Blue Devils center Jahlil Okafor (15) clebrates after Duke Blue Devils guard Tyus Jones (5) scores a three point basket in action during the NCAA Championship Basketball game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Duke Blue Devils, at the Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis, IN.

Should Jahlil Okafor Prefer the Lakers?

The Minnesota Timberwolves hold the first pick in the NBA Draft, but speculation has already begun regarding the desire to play there with the big-market Los Angeles Lakers awaiting with the No. 2 overall pick.

Insert Duke’s Jahlil Okafor.

Today’s Fastbreak’s Kelly Scaletta looks into whether or not Okafor really does prefer the Lakers or not, and whether or not he should. Of course the Lakers have the big name and big market, but does all of that matter in this age of the NBA?

Meanwhile, the Timberwolves can offer more money and perhaps a better core with Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Gorgui Dieng, and Shabazz Muhammad. Is that unit closer to competing than one featuring an aging Kobe Bryant, an unknown Julius Randle and cap space?

Maybe Minnesota isn’t a bad option after all.

Today’s Knuckleball

21 MAY 2015:  Houston Astros  second baseman Jose Altuve (27) throws to first base while trying to avoid the slide by Detroit Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) during a regular season game between the Houston Astros and the Detroit Tigers played at Comerica Park in Detroit, MI.

American League Power Rankings: Week Seven

Are the Houston Astros legit? So far, so good for the free-swinging Astros, who’ve won an AL-best 29 games so far this season. Rookie Lance McCullers provided the starting rotation a much needed boost. Can he be the missing piece the rotation has been looking for?

Meanwhile, Billy Beane’s plan continues to smoke in his face. Maybe the A’s aren’t ready to blow up, but it’s getting close. With the worst record in baseball at the end of May, June might just be the beginning of the end for Oakland.

The Indians and Rangers rise, while the Yankees and Mariners are among those that fall this week.

Today’s Slapshot

08 February 2015:  Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) and Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) in action during the NHL game between the Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL.

Ducks and Lightning Could Give NHL an All-Sunny Stanley Cup Final

 In Ashley March’s debut for Today’s Slapshot, she looks at the possibility of an Anaheim Ducks-Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Final. Would that be an even better matchup than the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers?

It would certainly change the narrative regarding hockey in warm-weather states.

Today’s Knockout


Number 300 – That’s A Lot of Wrestling

WWE writer Joey Finnegan uses his 300th article for Today’s Knockout to look back at his most memorable moments and articles since his 100th article posted back in February.

Finnegan takes us back to Wrestlemania, which recaptured his love of the sport, Jim Ross checking out his work and an encounter with Kurt Angle.

Thanks for all of your hard work, Joey. We look forward to reading the next 300.

Today’s Pigskin

Nov. 24, 2013 - St. Louis, MO, USA - St. Louis defensive end Chris Long gestures to the crowd after the Rams forced a fumble on the Chicago Bears' first offensive play of the game. The Rams defeated the Bears, 42-21, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013

St. Louis Rams forming team to contend in NFC West

Having missed the postseason every year since 2004, are the St. Louis Rams ready to make the playoffs in 2015? Sean Cordy thinks so.

It started the with drafting of defensive end Chris Long and continued through the RG-III trade. After stockpiling picks and turning those picks into talent, the Rams look like contenders in the NFC West.

It starts with the defensive front-seven, but the difference-maker will be quarterback Nick Foles. Can Foles and rookie running back Todd Gurley be enough on offense to make up for a weak receiving corps and propel the Rams into the playoffs?

Today’s U

December 30, 2014:  Les Miles LSU Tigers Head Coach during pre game action. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish play the LSU Tigers at LP Field in Nashville Tennessee.

SEC Coaching Rankings: No. 3 Les Miles

The rankings continue over at Today’s U to see who is the best football coach in the SEC. Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze came in at No. 6, just behind Missouri’s Gary Pinkel. Ranked 4th was Georgia’s Mark Richt. But finding his way into the top three is LSU’s Les Miles.

In the last 10 seasons, only Alabama can say they’ve had more success winning than LSU. Miles inherited talent after Nick Saban left for the NFL, but he’s carried it on and kept the program near the top of the country almost every year.

Miles has his fair share of naysayers, and the Tigers won’t be as talented this season as in years past. But don’t count out the Mad Hatter this year, or any other year.


August 23, 2014:  St. Louis Rams DE Michael Sam (96) during the game between the St. Louis Rams and the Cleveland Browns played at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH.  St. Louis defeated Cleveland 33-14.

Michael Sam’s ‘Reality’

Is there an underlying issue as to why Michael Sam had to settle for signing with the Montreal Alouettes out of the Canadian Football League rather than find a spot on a team’s 90-man training camp roster in the NFL? Yes, but it might not be the issue that you think.

Sam is the first openly-gay player to be drafted in the NFL after the Rams took him in the seventh round last year. He was later cut by the Rams before the regular season started and later signed with the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad. He was released before getting a chance to play.

But John McMullen doesn’t believe his sexual orientation is the reason.

Did Sam create his own distraction that began with an agreement to allow Oprah Winfrey to film a documentary on him? It’s the distraction part–in addition to his lack of size and athleticism for the NFL–that is holding him back from the opportunity of playing in the NFL. Will he ever get that chance?

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