Best of FanRag Sports: June 2nd

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 Cam Newton signing an extension, re-drafting the 2007 NHL Draft and whether or not a top prospect in Philadelphia is on his way to give the Phillies some hope.

Sit back, relax and take a look back at an exciting weekend in the world of sports. Here is the best of the best courtesy of FanRag Sports.


Today’s Fastbreak

15 March 2011: Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles in Atlanta Hawks 110-85 victory the Milwaukee Bucks at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA.

Offseason Outlook for the Magic

Now that the Orlando Magic have a coach, what are they going to do with their roster? The pieces are there for Scott Skiles to work with, and with the No. 5 draft pick, things could look even better in Orlando. Could the Magic make noise next season in the Eastern Conference?

Today’s Slapshot

28 March 2015:  Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his overtime goal with teammate P.K. Subban #76 during the NHL match against the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre in Montreal Quebec, Canada.  The Canadiens defeated the Panthers 3-2 in overtime.

Re-Drafting the 2007 NHL Draft Class

There’s no doubt the Chicago Blackhawks wouldn’t re-do their selection of Patrick Kane No. 1 overall in the 2007 NHL draft, but not every team can say the same thing. Surely, P.K. Subban wouldn’t fall all the way to 43rd like he did back in 2007. Jamie Benn 129th? Not a chance.

If we went back and did the 2007 NHL draft again, this is how Robert Nasso thinks it would go.

Today’s Knuckleball

06 MAY 2015:      J.P. Crawford of the Threshers during the Florida State League game between the Brevard County Manatees and the Clearwater Threshers at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.

Prospect J.P. Crawford Could Be in Philly Before Long

With the Philadelphia Phillies struggling, are we going to start seeing the kids come up? The main one on Philadelphia fans’ radar is shortstop J.P. Crawford. Freddy Galvis is the current Phillies’ shortstop, but he’s in the middle of a 7-for-52 slump. Meanwhile, Crawford was just promoted to Double-A, after tearing up High-A in 20 games this year to the tune of a .392 batting average and .932 OPS.

Should Crawford make the jump to Philadelphia?


Today’s Pigskin

28 December 2014: Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates near the end of the game in the Carolina Panthers 34-3 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Georgia.

Carolina Panthers smart to try to lock up Cam Newton now

The Carolina Panthers reportedly agreed to a contract extension with quarterback Cam Newton, but is that the right move?

Jake Perper thinks so over at Today’s Pigskin.

Newton still has plenty to prove, but now the Panthers avoid getting in a bidding war for the quarterback.

Today’s Knockout


Best Rivalry in Wrestling = LU’s Fenix vs Mil Muertes

What is the best rivalry in wrestling? You’ll have to go outside of the WWE to find it. Check out the El Rey promotion Lucha Underground to find Finex vs. Mil Muertes.

Don’t believe us? Check out the two videos in the story above and get the background on the two rivals and tell us differently.


Today’s U

December 17th, 2014: Wisconsin Badgers head coach Paul Chryst talks with the media during a press conference at the Nicholas Johnson Pavilion in Madison, WI.

Chryst Likely to Experience Most Success of Three New B1G Coaches

Three new head coaches take the reigns in the Big Ten. Paul Chryst takes over at Wisconsin, Mike Riley heads to Nebraska and Jim Harbaugh left the NFL for Michigan. But who’s going to experience the most success?

At Today’s U, Dustin Schutte believes the answer is Paul Chryst. While Nebraska has talent coming back, and Harbaugh will certainly bring talent to Ann Arbor, will it be Chryst’s familiarity with the program that will separate him early?


30 MAY 2015:  US Womens National Team midfielders Carli Lloyd (10) during the first half of the game between the Korea Republic and the US Womens National Team played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison,NJ. This is the final game of the Send Off Series before the US Womens National Team goes to Canada for the 2015 Womens World Cup.

Disappointing Results from USWNT Friendly

With the World Cup around the corner, the U.S. Women’s National Team saw disappointing results in its friendly against South Korea.

The result–a 0-0–draw wasn’t as much the problem as the play on the field was. Billy Nayden says the team, “clearly looked out of sync. Midfielders missed key passes, strikers couldn’t seem to time their runs properly, and shoddy defense forced Hope Solo to make some miraculous saves to preserve the scoreless draw. While it is just a friendly and players were clearly more interested in maintaining fitness than delivering a result, for the United States to come into a game, just nine days from a World Cup, and fail to score at home for the first time since 2008 is concerning for fans.”

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