Best of FanRag Sports: May 23


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 betting preview for UFC 187, a big offseason ahead for the Los Angeles Clippers and an interview with a hockey general manager.

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 Fastbreak

NBA: APR 13 Nuggets at Clippers

DeAndre Jordan at Center of Clippers’ Uncertain Future

The Los Angeles Clippers have a tumultuous offseason ahead. After a gut-wrenching loss to the Houston Rockets in the second round, a series in which they had a 3-1 series lead, Steve Ballmer and company have more than a few decisions to make about the franchise’s on-court future.

DeAndre Jordan is expected to command a max contract, which could put Los Angeles in a financial bind. Austin Rivers is also a free agent and a key contributor off the bench. The last thing the Clippers can afford to do is to break up their “Big Three” of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Jordan, while also cutting depth.

Fastbreak’s Ethan Norof breaks down the Clippers’ offseason and delves into the unthinkable for Clippers fans — losing one of the three players on the roster the team can not replace. It all starts with Jordan’s free agency decision.


Today’s Knuckleball

MLB: MAY 18 Diamondbacks at Marlins

Jennings, Marlins Continue to Fall Flat Fundamentally

The Miami Marlins are struggling mightily right now. They’ve lost all eight games to begin their 10-game home stand. They fired manager Mike Redmond and replaced him with general manager Dan Jennings, but the early results have not be good.

Jennings is winless so far and he has only two games left to find that elusive first win before heading out on the road. However, there is hope. The Marlins have gone 163-151 all-time against the American League.

Knuckleball’s Scott Salomon delves into Miami’s interleague record and what the Marlins have to do in order to get back into the win column.


Today’s Slapshot

OHL: OCT 03 Kitchener Rangers at London Knights

An Interview with Kitchener Rangers GM Murray Hiebert

Slapshot’s Sean Tierney caught up with the general manger of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers for an interview. Murray Hiebert weighs in on some of his Rangers that are draft-eligible this June, the Rangers’ top pick in the OHL Priority Selection, analytics in the OHL and more.

If you are a fan of major junior hockey or just want to pick the brain of a hockey general manager, give this story a read.


Today’s Knockout

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Rumble Johnson vs Daniel Cormier – Betting Odds Breakdown

Planning on wagering a few bucks on Saturday’s main event fight between Rumble Johnson and Daniel Cormier at UFC 187? Before you drop your hard-earned cash at your favorite casino, Knockout’s Dane Curley has all the info you need to know to make an informed decision.

The fight for the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight championship is virtually even on the betting odds, with Johnson coming out as the slight favorite at the time of this writing.

Curley breaks down each fighter’s strengths and weaknesses and helps you not only prepare to watch the fight, but win money doing it.


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: SEP 23 Jets at Dolphins

AFC East’s Most Impactful Veteran Acquisitions

The AFC East, long under the thumb of the New England Patriots, is now up in the air. Take away the fact that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the season, the teams around the Patriots improved this offseason.

The New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins made numerous veteran additions in free agency or via trade this offseason and the division appears to be as competitive as ever. Pigskin’s Stephen Sheehan breaks down the top addition each of the four teams made this offseason and how it helps that team make a playoff run.

Don’t give up on the Patriots yet, but the AFC East is a whole lot more interesting.


Today’s U


Ranking Pac-12 Quarterbacks for the 2015 Season

With the college football season on the horizon, it’s time to break down each conference and team before Saturdays become filled with wild pigskin action on campuses across the country. U’s Tyler Waddell ranks each of the Pac-12’s projected starting quarterbacks, delving deep into the top five.

Two quarterbacks in the states of Arizona and California make the cut, while only one from the state of Oregon is listed.

Who is No. 1? Where does your alma mater’s quarterback rank? Find out on Today’s U.



NHL: JAN 31 Hurricanes at Rangers

Lundqvist Not to Blame for Rangers’ Struggles

The New York Rangers have not performed quite as well as many expected in their Eastern Conference Final series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but turned things around Friday night. The series is tied 2-2 after a Game 4 blowout victory by the Rangers.

Many consider Lundqvist to be the best goaltender in the NHL because of his consistency from season to season. He did not all of a sudden lose his game after being spectacular through the first two rounds of the playoffs, and Friday’s performance showed that.

However, New York still needs to shore things up defensively if they want to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the second year in a row.

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