Best of FanRag Sports: July 11

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 big decision for the Oklahoma City Thunder, a young Red Wing’s new deal and a major concern for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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: MAY 09 Royals at Tigers

These Royals Aren’t Ready to Fall Apart Without Alex Gordon

Kansas City is certainly going to miss All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon, but to think the first-place Royals will simply fall apart in his absence is misguided. It’s tough to shake the reputation of losing the Royals have, but they are not the team of old.

Knuckleball’s Shane Mettlen says the Royals will be just fine in the interim. He says it’s time to stop finding a reason Kansas City will fail and instead let the season play out as it may.


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: DEC 13 Eagles at Giants

Offensive Line a Huge Question Mark For Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles made an abundance of moves this offseason and their 10-6 roster from last season looks significantly different from it did a year ago. Is the team truly any better or just different? That remains to be seen. However, there is a big hole they need to fill if they want to return to the postseason.

Pigskin’s Chris Murray says the Eagles have major question marks along the offensive line. It does not matter how good DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles are if the offensive line cannot block for them.


Today’s Slapshot

NHL: MAR 31 Senators at Red Wings

Red Wings Get Gustav Nyquist Extension Just Right

The Detroit Red Wings re-signed young goal scorer Gustav Nyquist on Friday, ensuring a core piece of their youth remains with the team for the next four seasons. He will make an average annual salary of $4.75 million.

Slapshot’s David Malinowski says the Red Wings got the deal just right. They will get value comparable to the salary paid for the next four years, and by the end of the contract, it will be a value. They can reevaluate the situation again when Nyquist is 29.


Today’s Fastbreak

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Big Decision

Enes Kanter signed a maximum offer sheet from the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday. The deal is worth around $70 million. Kanter’s decision does not end there as he is a restricted free agent and the Oklahoma Thunder have the right to match any offer and have claimed they will do so.

Fastbreak’s Shawn Woods ponders what the best decision for the Thunder would be. He breaks down the positives and negatives of matching Portland’s offer. What do you think Oklahoma City should do?


Today’s U

NCAA FOOTBALL: OCT 25 Michigan at Michigan State

Michigan Wolverines Football Preview: Harbaugh Begins Reconstruction Process

Today’s U has a series of college football previews going live every day leading up to the 2015 season. The one we will highlight today is on the Michigan Wolverines.

The Jim Harbaugh era has already begun, and the Wolverines are attempting to rebuild their program into a national powerhouse. Get primed for the upcoming season with all the info you need to know about Michigan.


Today’s Knockout


Ring of Honor is Worth Watching After Transition to Destination America

Are you a professional wrestling fan looking for a new promotion to watch? Why not give Ring of Honor a try? Knockout’s Michael Wonsover puts together a full review of the show and tells you why he recommends giving the show a watch.

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