Best of FanRag Sports: June 10

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 the best arenas for home-court advantage, the fairness of MLB All-Star voting and a San Diego Chargers defensive end who must live up to his big payday.

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: MAR 21 Flyers at Oilers

Edmonton Oilers: Top-Six Forward Grades

The Edmonton Oilers have one of the most dynamic offensive units in the NHL. All-Star talent like Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle lead the charge, while young talent like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov also provide offense. While the team has been bad in recent years, the offensive potential in their top-six is not.

Slapshot’s Sonny Sachdeva breaks down Edmonton’s top-six forwards and grades them based on their 2014-15 performance. How’d they do? Find out.


Today’s Fastbreak

NBA: MAY 19 Western Conference Finals - Game 1 - Rockets at Warriors

Ranking the Top-5 Home Courts in the NBA

When the playoffs roll around in any sport, the topic of home-court (or field) advantage gets a lot of attention. The ability to have the home crowd behind you can be the difference between winning and losing the mental game on any given night. But which arenas provide the most advantage?

Fastbreak’s Phillip Taggart picks the top five home courts in the NBA. He says the best home courts all share similar characteristics. They are loud, boisterous arenas, have a loyal and educated fan base and visiting teams truly struggle to leave with a win.


Today’s Knuckleball

MLB: MAY 18 Phillies at Rockies

Amaro’s Future in Philadelphia Tied to Hamels’ Elsewhere

Philadelphia Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is squarely on the hot seat and the only way he may be able to save his job is to garner a massive haul for star pitcher Cole Hamels. Although we are already in the second week of June and Hamels continues to toil away on a team going nowhere, that’s not the reason for Amaro’s job being in trouble.

The Phillies are a mess and have been for a few years now since being World Series contenders and winners. Knuckleball’s Ethan Norof says Amaro’s fate may already be sealed, but he must win the eventual Hamels trade.


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: NOV 24 Chargers at Chiefs

With extension Corey Liuget faces heightened expectations

San Diego Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget just got a big-money extension and is now forced to live up to it. At 25 years old, Liuget has had some success, but not the level of success of other players at his position have that are making the same money.

Pigskin’s Shane Theodore says now that Liuget has been in the NFL for a few years and just got his big payday, it’s about time he puts it all together on the field and asserts himself.


Today’s U

NCAA BASKETBALL: NOV 05 Freed-Hardeman at Murray State

What’s Next for Murray State with Steve Prohm Gone for Iowa State?

As the coaching carousel turns, there is always one team or one school left out in the cold. When the Chicago Bulls fired Tom Thibodeau, they replaced him with Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg. With their head coaching job now vacant, Iowa State turned to the leader of Murray State, Steve Prohm, to lead their squad.

Murray State is the last horse on the ride, at least to this point. So where do they go from here? U’s Kyle Kensing takes a look at what the future holds for Murray State basketball and says its next move will start its mid-major life cycle all over again.


Today’s Knockout


Bader Not Happy being Snubbed for UFC Title Shot

Ryan Bader, despite being on a four-match winning streak, was passed up for a UFC light heavyweight championship match in favor of Alexander Gustafsson. Bader had this to say about the man chosen instead of him:

“Gus is a great fighter. He’s awesome. But he just doesn’t deserve that shot right now coming off of a loss like that.”

Knockout’s Jordy McElroy says what’s best for business isn’t always best for the sport and the title shot should have gone to Bader instead of Gustafsson.



MLB: JUN 07 Rangers at Royals

Today’s Sports Page – MLB on the Brain

Tuesday’s edition of the Sports Page focuses on MLB. Pat Whitehurst delves into the five biggest questions in baseball today, including whether or not the All-Star Game voting process is fair.

Despite playing in a small-ish market and being a team without many superstars, the Kansas City Royals have a number of players who are leading the vote at their given position. Is that best for baseball?

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