Best of FanRag Sports: July 8

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 an NBA team that just keeps winning, a top player the New York Rangers are in danger of losing and whether or not the Oregon Ducks can win the Pac-12 without Marcus Mariota.

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: JUN 13 Athletics at Angels

Angels’ Offensive Holes Won’t Be Easy to Fill

The Los Angeles Angles are in desperate need of more offense, but finding a way to get some may prove to be a tough task. Poor offseason decisions, coupled with the Josh Hamilton fiasco, have put the Angles in a place they do not want to be — in playoff position, but in serious danger of a quick exit.

Knuckleball’s Jennifer Rainwater says Los Angeles is looking at a problem they may not be able to fix at the trade deadline. A lack of top prospects leaves them out of the sweepstakes to grab a big bat. They may be forced to rely on Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to generate a majority of the offense for the rest of the season.


Today’s Fastbreak

NBA: OCT 08 NBA Global Games Tour - Spurs at ALBA Berlin

The San Antonio Spurs Just Keep On Winning

Every time you think the San Antonio Spurs’ championship window is closing, the franchise does something to make sure it stays wide open. Who would have thought the Spurs would be the team to win the LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes with a four-year, $80-million deal?

Fastbreak’s Ari Temkin says the Spurs have done everything right, from draft day to development to free agency. In the end, they just keep winning — even though the end of their run always seems just over the horizon.


Today’s Slapshot

NHL: MAR 18 Blackhawks at Rangers

What Should the Rangers Pay Derek Stepan?

The New York Rangers are in a battle against the salary cap and it may cost them a young, homegrown talent. Derek Stepan is a current restricted free agent who has filed for salary arbitration. The Rangers likely have enough money to pay him for his services next season, but are in serious danger of losing him in the not-too-distant future.

Slapshot’s Tom Urtz Jr. says Stepan is worth the money the Rangers will have to pay. He offers a break down of what the center brings to the team and what his value is.


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: APR 30 National Football League Draft

San Diego Chargers will be more balanced and dangerous in 2015

The San Diego Chargers may be in the midst of a whirlwind of rumors off the field, but on it they are poised to have a playoff-caliber season. The biggest reason why? The have something they’ve lacked in recent years: balance.

Pigskin’s Jon Schlosser says after years of quarterback Phillip Rivers carrying the load, the addition of first-round running back Melvin Gordon allows San Diego to establish a running game not seen since LaDainian Tomlinson’s departure.


Today’s U

NCAA FOOTBALL: DEC 05 Pac-12 Championship Game - Arizona v Oregon

Oregon Ducks Football Preview: No Mariota, No Problem?

Today’s U’s series of college football previews continues and one program of note is Oregon. The Ducks enter 2015 without quarterback Marcus Mariota as a starter for the first time in three years. Can they succeed without him?

U’s Kyle Kensing says they have won the Pac-12 without him before and are poised to do so again. How good can they be this season? Find out.


Today’s Knockout


Chad Mendes vs Conor McGregor – Betting Odds Breakdown

Who should you place your wager on in the upcoming Chad Mendes vs Conor McGregor 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.

It may not be the Aldo-McGregor bout we once thought would happen, but it’s still well worth watching.

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