Best of FanRag Sports: July 1

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.

Today’s edition features a major NHL trade, craziness in Kentucky and an NBA free agent frenzy.

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 Knuckleball

MLB: JUN 15 Twins at Cardinals

National League Power Rankings Week 12

Fallen out of the baseball loop for a little bit? Just want to see where your favorite team stands? Check out the latest edition of National League Power Rankings over on Today’s Knuckleball. Alex Smolokoff ranks the 14 teams in the NL. Find out why the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets both do not crack the top-five.


Today’s Slapshot


Blue Jackets Add Cornerstone With Brandon Saad Trade

In a blockbuster trade that came seemingly out of nowhere on Tuesday afternoon, the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks traded young forward Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a seven-player trade.

Slapshot’s Franklin Steele breaks down the trade and what it means for the Blue Jackets. Columbus missed out on the postseason last season, but just acquired a player who could be a franchise cornerstone.


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: DEC 14 Bengals at Browns

AFC North not holding back on improving Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns have a long way to go in order to work their way back to the playoffs. Although they finished 7-9 last season, that was good for last place in the AFC North. The Browns have a playoff-caliber defense, but their offense leaves a lot to be desired.

Pigskin’s Andy Dudones says there is another issue — the division they play in. While the Browns have changed their uniforms and hope to change the culture along with it, the rest of the division isn’t waiting around for Cleveland to catch up.


Today’s Fastbreak

NBA: JAN 14 Clippers at Trail Blazers

Buying or Selling on Rumors On Free-Agency Eve

There are a lot of rumors swirling around in NBA land right now. It’s no shock because the free-agent negotiation period opens today, but no players can sign until July 10.

So how do you know which rumors are true and Which are just…rumors? Fastbreak’s Kelly Scaletta breaks down all the noise and tells you what you need to know.


Today’s U

NCAA BASKETBALL: APR 04 Div I Men's Championship - Final Four - Wisconsin v Kentucky

John Calipari Says Next Year Could Get Crazy

It’s hard to be a fan of college basketball and escape the constant buzz that surrounds the Kentucky Wildcats. Even though they lost just about their entire team to the NBA Draft, yet another strong recruiting class is on its way to Lexington.

Head coach John Caliapri said “I hate to say it, but it could get crazy again” on a conference call earlier this week. Oh, Boy. U’s Bobby Reagan takes a look at how the Wildcats can be the team of old with all new players this season.


Today’s Knockout


District Attorney Missing Key Evidence in Jon Jones Case

If you’ve been following the Jon “Bones” Jones incident, some recent developments have put up roadblocks for prosecutors trying to get the fighter in front of a grand jury. Get all the latest information over on Today’s Knockout.


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