Best of FanRag Sports: July 24

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 another Hall of Fame Atlanta Braves pitcher, a position of plight for the Arizona Cardinals and whether or not Steve Spurrier is getting too old.

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


Smoltz continues Braves invasion into Cooperstown

John Smoltz is the latest Atlanta Braves pitcher to get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, following the likes of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and manager Bobby Cox. The Braves dominated the 1990s, making it to the World Series five times in the decade, winning one of them.

Knuckleball’s Don Smalley takes a closer look at Smoltz’s career and the transition he was able to make throughout his career as a starter and closer.


Today’s Pigskin


A decade of futility at tight end for the Arizona Cardinals

Given the retirement of John Carlson, the Arizona Cardinals are in a search of a new starting tight end. They have Troy Niklas and Darren Fells on the roster, but neither have the experience of carrying the load. As such, the Cardinals have reported interest in a few free agents.

Pigskin’s Rob DiRe looks into two names who have emerged as possibilities, Jermaine Gresham and Chris Cooley, while examining the decade of futility that has been the tight end position for the Cardinals. Is it finally coming to an end?


Today’s U


Is Steve Spurrier Starting to Show His Age?

Is Steve Spurrier starting to show his age? That was the topic of discussion for the 70-year-old coach during a press conference on Wednesday. The ‘Ol Ball Coach was responding to Mark Bradley, a writer for Atlanta Journal Constitution, who suggested Spurrier’s time with the South Carolina Gamecocks was limited. Find out what he said.


Today’s Slapshot


Lou Lamoriello is a Perfect Stopgap for Maple Leafs

After nearly 30 years with the New Jersey Devils, Lou Lamoriello resigned from his position with the Devils in favor of becoming the 16th general manager in Toronto Maple Leafs history. As one of the most storied GMs in NHL history, how does he fit in the largest hockey market in North America?

Slapshot’s David Malinowski delves deeper into Toronto’s acquisition and says Lamoriello is the perfect stop-gap for a team looking to get back on track.


Today’s Fastbreak



Jabari Parker’s Short Rookie Season Showed Glimpses of Potential

When Jabari Parker tore his ACL in Phoenix on Dec. 15, it ended his season and what was a promising rookie campaign for the former Duke guard. Even though his season ended prematurely, Fastbreak’s Arik Wonsover says Parker showed enough promise to show he can be successful at the NBA level.


Today’s Knockout


UFC on Fox 16: Dillashaw vs Barao Breakdown and Prediction

Watching UFC on FOX this Saturday? The top fight of the night is the second bout between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao. Knockout’s Jordy McElroy breaks down the fight and gives his prediction. Do you agree?

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