Best of FanRag Sports: July 2

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, crazy NBA free agency scenarios and an NFL player who is just going to have to wait on a new contract.

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 21 Phillies at Marlins

Fantasy Focus: Fernandez Amongst Arms to the Rescue

With the fantasy baseball season in full force, there are a number of injured arms working their way back to MLB. Which ones should you pick up right away from and which ones should you ignore?

Knuckleball’s Greg Jewett breaks down six star pitchers who are about to return and help their fantasy owners. If these players are available in your league, are they worth an add for the stretch run? Get the latest information on where these pitchers stand and if they can help you.


Today’s Slapshot

NHL: DEC 31 Maple Leafs at Bruins

Where Phil Kessel Fits With the Penguins

Although July 1 is the big day for free agents to sign around the NHL, it was a blockbuster trade that dominated the news. All-Star Phil Kessel was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a massive deal that netted Toronto a bevy of prospects.

What does the deal mean for the Penguins? Slapshot’s Kate Cimini goes in-depth to break down the trade. One thing is for certain — a goal scorer like Kessel paired with an elite center like Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin is a lethal combination.


Today’s Fastbreak

NBA: MAY 20 Eastern Conference Finals - Game 1 - Cavaliers at Hawks

NBA Free Agency Shuffle

While there are always a few surprises when it comes to NBA free agency, most fans and analysts know where most players are likely heading well before the negotiation period begins. In the age of Twitter and Adrian Wojnarowski, the surprise factor is taken away.

But what if something crazy happens? Fastbreak’s Tom Kenyon comes up with several out-of-the-box signings that will likely never happen, but would shake up the landscape of the NBA. So take a break from all the serious stuff and see a wild destination for LeBron James.


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: DEC 02 Saints at Seahawks

Michael Bennett thinks he’s worth more than his contract, and he’s right

Although he is only one year through a four-year, $28.5 million ($16 million guaranteed) extension, Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett believes he’s worth more money. In fact, he probably is, but he has very little leverage with the Seahawks given their need to give starting quarterback Russell Wilson a new deal and the fact Bennett just got one.

Pigskin’s Rob DiRe says the Seahawks have much bigger fish to fry on the contract front at this time and Bennett will have to play under his current deal, whether he likes it or not.


Today’s U

NCAA FOOTBALL: JAN 02 TaxSlayer Bowl - Iowa v Tennessee

Why Switch to Nike Is Best for Tennessee

Tennessee couldn’t wait for its official switch to Nike and the move was finally made on Wednesday. You make think the choice of apparel is fairly insignificant, but in the ultra-competitive world of recruiting, it could mean the difference to those coming out of high school.

U’s Jason Hall examines what the switch means for the Volunteers and how the sponsorship agreement is so much more than meets the eye.


Today’s Knockout

Image courtesy of AP

Image courtesy of AP

WWE Should Focus On Seth Rollins’ Positives

Today’s Knockout covers all fight sports as well as pro wrestling. In this latest piece, the Author says WWE is making its champion look bad and it’s not good for business. They should focus on accentuating his positives, rather than forcing him to follow a cookie-cutter formula.


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