Best of FanRag Sports: July 7

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 wide receiver poised to break out, an MLB team that could face tough decisions in the months to come and an Arizona Coyotes player that needs to be paid.

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 06 White Sox at Royals

Royals Face Tough Roster Decisions Ahead

The Kansas City Royals sit in first place in the American League Central Division, but their bats have gone rather cold as of late. There is not much they can do about it since Kansas City does not have too much roster flexibility.

Knuckleball’s Shane Mettlen says manipulating the 25-man roster could be one of the biggest challenges for manager Ned Yost and general manager Dayton Moore this season. Are they willing to expose a struggling player to waivers in order to call up a young player? Those decisions aren’t easy, but they are necessary.


Today’s Slapshot

NHL: DEC 22 Coyotes at Canucks

It’s Time For the Coyotes to Pay Mikkel Boedker

For NHL restricted free agents who have yet to sign a deal, both they and the team can elect to bring their case to arbitration, where a judge will determine an appropriate salary the team can either accept or reject. In the meantime, both sides can continue working toward a deal.

Such is the case with the Arizona Coyotes and forward Mikkel Boedker. The young winger has shown flashes of brilliance, but is yet to fully breakthrough. Slapshot’s Sebastian Noren says it’s time for the Coyotes to pay Boedker and lock him up long-term.


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: SEP 21 49ers at Cardinals

John Brown ready to break out for Arizona Cardinals

Speedy wide receiver John Brown played college football in relative obscurity at Pittsburg State before the Arizona Cardinals took him in the middle rounds two drafts ago. Last season, he emerged as the team’s premier deep threat.

Pigskin’s Sean Cordy says although Brown was overshadowed a bit by the excellent rookie receiver class, he’s poised to break out this season. If quarterback Carson Palmer can stay healthy, he should be able to get the ball deep to Brown early and often in 2015.


Today’s Fastbreak

NCAA BASKETBALL: APR 06 Div I Men's National Championship - Wisconsin v Duke

Utah Summer League Preview

Get ready for the NBA Summer League. There are three locations this year and if you are in the Utah area or follow a team that will be, get all the information you need over on Today’s Fastbreak. Ben Stram breaks down the four teams participating in the Utah region, including which players will be on the rosters.


Today’s U

NCAA FOOTBALL: DEC 29 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl - Arkansas v Texas

Texas Longhorns Football Preview: Trek To The Top

As the college football season draws ever closer, Today’s U has you covered with previews of each team in the major conferences. In this edition, U’s Scott Visy takes a closer look at the Texas Longhorns and what the 2015 season has in store for them.

For more previews in the weeks to come, keep checking Today’s U.


Today’s Knockout


Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald II – Betting Odds Breakdown

Who should you place your wager on in the upcoming Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald fight at UFC 189? Knockout’s Dane Curley breaks down the betting odds and both fighters, giving you all the information you need to know before placing your bets.

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