Best of FanRag Sports: July 13

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 Cleveland Browns quarterback whose legacy deserves a second look, an interview with a hockey scout and a full review of UFC 189.

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: JUL 12 Athletics at Indians

Could There Still be a Little Magic Left in the 2015 Oakland Athletics?

The Oakland Athletics go into MLB’s All-Star break nine games under .500 (41-50), 8.5 games behind the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They are also eight games back of an AL wild card spot. Is there any reason for A’s fans to be optimistic?

Knuckleball’s Jennifer Rainwater says there is and lists a few reasons why Oakland may have a little magic up their sleeve for the “second half” of the season.


Today’s Slapshot


Interview with Oshawa Generals Scout Mike Craig

Slapshot’s Ashley March chats with a scout for the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals about what scouts look for in a player and what they see that makes the game look differently from their perspective. If you’ve ever been curious about like as a scout, check out this article.


Today’s Pigskin


Time to revisit former Cleveland Browns QB Tim Couch’s legacy

Remember Tim Couch? The infamous Cleveland Browns quarterback’s legacy in the NFL is attached to the team in which he played for — perennial losers. Couch represents just one on a long list of failed quarterbacks who have called Cleveland home in recent years.

However, Pigskin’s Andy Dudones says it’s about time to revisit the legacy of the ex-QB. Has history been unfair to Couch? Find out.


Today’s Fastbreak

NBA: SEP 29 Los Angeles Clippers Media Day

NBA 2015 Free Agency in Review

Miss any key free agent signings in the NBA? Check out Adam Lukach’s full review of the free agency period so far. What is the impact of DeAndre Jordan going back to Los Angeles? Are the San Antonio Spurs now favorites to win it all next season? Find out.


Today’s U

Photo courtesy of AP

Photo courtesy of AP

Duke Basketball: 5-star SF Jayson Tatum Commits to the Blue Devils’ 2016 class

The Duke Blue Devils landed a huge name on Sunday afternoon, courting five-star small forward Jayson Tatum to Durham. Tatum is the No. 3-ranked player of 2016, per 247Sports. He chose Duke over the Kentucky Wildcats and North Carolina Tar Heels.

U’s Adam Biggers takes an in-depth look at the prospect and what his addition to the Blue Devils means for the university.


Today’s Knockout

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Hype Justified — McGregor TKO’s Mendes at UFC 189

Conor McGregor proved most of his doubters wrong on Saturday night at UFC 189. His late second-round TKO of Chad Mendes proved he could hang with one of the featherweight division’s best.

Knockout’s Jordy McElroy breaks down that fight and others from an amazing fight night this weekend.


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