Best of FanRag Sports: July 14

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 the best undrafted NBA Summer League players, a counterpoint on UFC’s Conor McGregor and a look at the future of MLB.

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

MiLB: AUG 26 Class A Advanced - Daytona Cubs at Dunedin Blue Jays

The Future for Five Futures Game Stars

Sunday’s MLB Futures Game was a great way for fans to get a quick look at the future of baseball. Team USA throttled the world team, but the event is about more than just one game.

Knuckleball’s Kevin Michell takes an in-depth look at five prospects you should keep an eye on going forward. Does your team’s top prospect make the list? Find out.


Today’s Fastbreak

NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 15 AAC Championship Ð SMU v UConn

Top 5 Undrafted Free Agents in NBA Summer League

Not every NBA player that finds success in the league is drafted. With only 60 players chosen each year, more than a few quality talents slip through the cracks.

Fastbreak’s Ben Stram breaks down the top five undrafted free agents participating in the NBA Summer League. All the players are from the 2015 draft class.


Today’s Slapshot

NHL: APR 04 Penguins at Blue Jackets

5 Reasons Why the Blue Jackets are a Playoff Team

The Columbus Blue Jackets suffered a ton of injuries last season and it was the biggest reason why they failed to make the postseason. They were a contender just because they are getting healthy, but the addition of Brandon Saad via trade from the Chicago Blackhawks vaults them into serious Metropolitan Division contention.

Slapshot’s Luke Lapinski says the Blue Jackets have a long way to go to earn respect, seeing as they have never won a playoff series, but are ready to make an impact this season. He gives five reasons why Columbus will make the playoffs this season.


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: MAY 08 National Football League Draft

2016 NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0

It’s never too early to take a look ahead to next year’s NFL Draft. Check out Sean Cordy’s latest mock draft, projecting all 32 teams and who they could take in the first round.


Today’s U

NBA: JAN 15 Cavaliers at Lakers

What if CBB’s 1-And-Done Rule Was Created Before 2006?

What if the one-and-done rule was in place earlier than 2006? It’s an interesting thing to ponder considering the number of superstar players who jumped to the NBA following their high school careers. Names like LeBron James, Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant come to mind.

U’s Joe Boozell breaks down seven players and scenarios that would have occurred if the one-and-done rule had been around longer.


Today’s Knockout

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Fair Criticisms for Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor defeated Chad Mendes at UFC 189 on Saturday, silencing many of his critics. However, McGregor did not answer all questions.

Knockout’s Dane Curley says McGregor may have won, but he showed plenty of flaws that could be his downfall down the road. Which ones? Find out over on Today’s Knockout.

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