Best of FanRag Sports: June 11

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 slumping All-Star, a trade deadline goat finally living up to expectations and an offense that could be the NFL’s best.

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: MAY 25 Western Conference Final - Game 5 - Blackhawks at Ducks

Antoine Vermette: From Trade Deadline Bust to Stud

After coming over from the Arizona Coyotes at the trade deadline, center Antoine Vermette struggled to adapt to his new team. He failed to score in 19 regular season games with the Chicago Blackhawks and found himself up in the press box as a healthy scratch early in the playoffs.

But lately Vermette is living up to his cost, scoring a pair of game-winning goals this postseason, including the one that gave the Blackhawks a victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Slapshot’s Pavel Kofman walks through how Vermette went from deadline bust to postseason hero in his latest article.


Today’s Fastbreak

NBA: JUN 09 Cavs Fan Fest

The Art of LeBron James

LeBron James may very well be one of those athletes that is appreciated more once his career is over than he is in the moment. That is what Ari Temkin says in his latest article for Today’s Fastbreak.

James is having a sensational NBA Finals, but no matter what he does, people demand he do more or be different. Temkin says fans have continually judged LeBron on an incomplete sample.

“His career was born, has grown and now mastered in this knee-jerk, judgmental social media spotlight.”


Today’s Knuckleball

MLB: MAY 27 Mariners at Rays

Fantasy Focus: Robinson Cano, Behind the Numbers

Ever since leaving the New York Yankees two years ago, second baseman Robinson Cano’s numbers have been declining — specifically his power numbers. The move away from Yankee Stadium to Safeco Field was sure to cause a dip in power, but Knuckleball’s Greg Jewett says the problem is deeper.

Using batted ball data and contact statistics, Jewett takes a deeper look at Cano’s issues and whether or not they will continue. Yes this is a fantasy baseball story at heart, but it has real baseball implications.


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: SEP 14 Cardinals at Giants

New York Giants have potential to be top offense in NFL

The New York Giants have all the parts to be one of the best offenses in the NFL. Led by Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz at wideout and two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning, the Giants hope a steady passing offense will lead them to a postseason return.

Pigskin’s Billy Nayden breaks down the Giants’ offense from the quarterbacks to running backs to receivers to offensive line.


Today’s U

NCAA BASKETBALL: NOV 16 Buffalo at Kentucky

Why Kentucky Will Still be Good in 2015-16

No, the sky is not falling in Lexington, Kentucky. Losing seven (!) players to the NBA Draft in one offseason is never good, but to think the Wildcats will fall into obscurity is just nonsense.

U’s Bobby Reagan says Kentucky fans need to take a deep breath. The Wildcats will be fine next year. They are starting the season with another top-5 ranking and are the favorites to win the SEC.


Today’s Knockout


J&J Security – Overcoming Odds and Entertaining Fans

Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury’s in-ring careers were supposed to be over long ago, but both have resurfaced as members of The Authority as J&J Security. After being tormented by their “boss” and WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins, they finally got back in the ring and actually picked up the win.

Knockout’s Arik Wonsover breaks down the match and walks the reader through how both men got to this point.

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