Best of FanRag Sports: July 21

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 dwindling hopes of the Detroit Tigers, a goal prediction for Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett and a quarterback who could go No. 1 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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


Tigers Window of Opportunity Closing Fast

The Detroit Tigers are in serious danger of missing the playoffs. They are well behind the Kansas City Royals for the AL Central lead, and are a few games back of a wild card spot. With more than half the season already behind them, Knuckleball’s Shane Mettlen says the Tigers’ window of opportunity is rapidly closing.


Today’s Pigskin


Training Camp Primer: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Today’s Pigskin is running a series of features profiling all 32 NFL teams as they head into training camp at the end of July. Two primers go up per day, so check them out and see if your favorite team has already been evaluated.

In the latest edition of Training Camp Primer, Pigskin’s Rick Brown takes a closer look at the team that had the worst record in the NFL last year, the one with the No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston under center, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Today’s Slapshot


Can Sam Bennett Score 20 Goals?

A top-five draft pick in 2014, Sam Bennett make his NHL debut last season in Calgary and impressed enough to earn a major role on the team during the playoffs. The question now becomes: how well will he do in his first full season at the highest level?

Slapshot’s Sonny Sachdeva says Bennett still has a long way to go before he puts up numbers similar to Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, but there is a very good chance he scores 20 goals next season. It would be the third consecutive season a Flames rookie has done so.


Today’s U


Connor Cook’s Most Valuable Asset Is His Ability to Win

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook has a shot at being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and a big reason why is his ability to win. U’s Chris Murray says throw out his 6-foot-4 frame, his strong arm, his experience in a pro-style offense and his impressive passing statistics, the only number you need to know is his record as a starter: 23-3.


Today’s Fastbreak

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Grading the Top 5: Summer League Edition

The Las Vegas Summer League came to a close on Monday and Fastbreak’s Ben Stram graded how the players in the top five of the 2015 NBA Draft performed relative to expectations.


Today’s Knockout

Photo courtesy of WWE.com

Photo courtesy of WWE.com

The Lasting Legacy of CM Punk vs John Cena Four Years Later – Part 2

Arik Wonsover’s two-part series on the CM Punk vs. John Cena feud was completed on Monday. In this edition, Wonsover evaluates how the business has changed since these two went up against each other four years ago.

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