Best of FanRag Sports: May 29

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 new ways to spice up the MLB Draft, a look at what the new Buffalo Sabres’ head coach needs to do upon arrival and whether or not the Cleveland Cavaliers’ path to the NBA Finals is a sign of weakness.

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 Slapshot

NHL: DEC 31 Penguins at Devils

5 Challenges Dan Bylsma Faces with Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres hired Dan Bylsma to be their next head coach on Thursday. The Sabres have a long way to go before becoming playoff contenders following a season in which they posted the worst record in the league. However, things are looking up in Buffalo with the No. 2 overall pick in its back pocket and a number of quality prospects in the system.

Slapshot’s Franklin Steele breaks down five challenges Bylsma faces once he gets to New York, including developing a relationship with the best winger he has ever coached. What else must Bylsma do? Find out on Today’s Slapshot.


Today’s Knuckleball

MLB: JUN 05 First-Year Player Draft

Potential Changes to Fix the MLB Draft

The MLB Draft does not have the same glitz and glamor around it as the drafts for the other sports. What can MLB do to change that? Unfortunately there is not much the league can do about the time it takes for players to get from the draft to the Majors (typically longer than other sports), but there are some other things that can be done.

Knuckleball’s Spencer Morris lays out four proposals MLB could easily implement to improve the draft process and make it more fan friendly.


Today’s Fastbreak

NBA: MAY 15 Eastern Conference Semifinal - Bulls at Heat - Game 5

Tom Thibodeau Just Worked Too Damn Hard

Tom Thibodeau was unceremoniously fired from his position as head coach of the Chicago Bulls on Thursday. And by unceremoniously, we mean security escorting him out of the building.

It’s no secret Thibodeau was not liked by the Bulls’ front office and his firing was essentially a fait accompli, but his exit speaks volumes about the organization and what his players think of him.

Fastbreak’s Kelly Scaletta says Thibodeau just tried too hard and it wore on the players and people on the front office. Scaletta believes it was time for a change, even if that meant a security escort out of the Bulls’ facilities.


Today’s Pigskin

NCAA FOOTBALL: OCT 18 Marshall at Florida International

Miami Dolphins UDFA LB Neville Hewitt could be diamond in rough

The Miami Dolphins’ signing of linebacker Neville Hewitt following the conclusion of the most recent NFL Draft is a very intriguing one. The former Marshall linebacker was the 2014 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.

It will be an uphill battle for Hewitt to make the roster, but he does have a chance. Miami is also a place Hewitt wants to play.

“Coach Duffner called me at the beginning of the fifth round and said they had four picks in that round (9, 13, 14, 20) so I didn’t know what they were going to do,” Hewitt said. “He ended up texting me and said they’d be making me a Dolphin by the end of the day. I just felt comfortable with them during the whole process, felt like they really wanted me. I told my agent that if it was possible, that’s where I wanted to go.”


Today’s U

NCAA FOOTBALL: JAN 01 College Football Playoff Semifinal - Allstate Sugar Bowl

SEC Coaching Rankings: Full List and Analysis

Today’s U series on SEC coach rankings has come to an end with this final edition that includes breakdowns of each of the 14 coaches in the conference. Take a look back at each of the individual rankings for each coach and a full analysis of the conference.


Today’s Knockout

MMA: JUL 10 UFC 100 Weigh In

Michael Bisping vs Thales Leites – The Final Count

What makes a fight must-win? Knockout’s Dane Curley examines that idea with a focus on Michael Bisping. “The Count” has never lost back to back fights and a win against Thales Leites could open up the door for him to compete against the six remaining elite fighters in his division.

Want any of these to happen?

Bisping vs Machida
Bisping vs Jacare
Bisping vs Romero
Bisping vs Diaz
Bisping vs Mousasi
Bisping vs Silva

It all starts with a win against Leites.



NBA: JAN 25 Thunder at Cavaliers

How Good Are The Cleveland Cavaliers?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the Eastern Conference’s representative in the NBA Finals, but they had a fairly easy path to get there. While injuries did take their toll at times early in the postseason, there was not a lot of fire power in Cleveland’s way.

LeBron James will participate in his fifth consecutive NBA Finals and looks to do what no man has done before him — lead the Cavaliers to a championship.

Can they beat the Golden State Warriors? Only time will tell. But the path to get there was a lot harder for Golden State to navigate than it was for Cleveland.

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