Best of FanRag Sports: June 18

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 NBA Finals MVP, the biggest scandal in professional sports and a closer look at the differences between the 2015 Chicago Blackhawks and their 1938 counterparts.

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


Andre Iguodala’s Journey to NBA Finals MVP

Despite not starting a single game in the regular season and not starting in the playoffs until Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala won the NBA Finals MVP award after his team beat the Cavaliers 4-2 in the final round on Tuesday night.

Fastbreak’s Shawn Woods breaks down Iguodala’s career and takes the reader through the ups and downs of his career.


Today’s Slapshot


Things Have Changed for the Blackhawks Since 1938

A lot has changed for the Chicago Blackhawks since the last time they won the Stanley Cup on home ice, back in 1938. For one, there is no longer a space between “Black” and “Hawks.” The strangest and most interesting aspect about comparing the 2015 and 1938 teams is the location of the Stanley Cup.

The long-told story states that the Stanley Cup was not in the building at Chicago Stadium when the Black Hawks won in 1938. A few night ago, the Cup was delayed in getting to the United Center due to bad weather.

Slapshot’s David Malinowski delves into the history of the Blackhawks and how the team and sport has changed over the years.


Today’s Knuckleball

MLB: NLDS-Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals’ Sin May Cost People Their Freedom, Not Just Jobs or Draft Picks

While some have snickered at the revelation that the St. Louis Cardinals hacked the Houston Astros. However, this is no normal sports scandal. While these transgressions usually end with a hefty fine or suspension, this one could result in jail time.

Knuckleball’s Scott Salomon says this scandal will go down as the biggest scandal to hit professional sports since the 1919 Black Sox Scandal. There is also a good chance one or more individuals lose their freedom.


Today’s Pigskin

NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 21 FIU at Louisville

5 under the radar players for the Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers were a playoff team last season, but fell well short of the ultimate goal of winning a seventh Super Bowl championship. However, the Steelers drafted well and are poised to lead the AFC North in 2015.

Pigskin’s Justin Ruoff takes a look at five players who are flying under the radar that can be a major help to the Steelers this season. Get to know these players now so when they make an impact you can tell your friends “I told you so!”


Today’s U


Which Maty Mauk Will We See in 2015?

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk’s play is nothing if not inconsistent. U’s Jason Hall takes a closer look at the young quarterback and whether or not he can continue to allow the Tigers to compete in the SEC.

To this point Mauk has been a Jeckyl and Hyde quarterback. Sometimes he shows the elusive playmaking ability that grabbed the conference’s attention during Missouri’s first surprise division title run. In other instances, he’s looked loss or in over his head.


Today’s Knockout


Around the Ring – Boxing News and Weekend Previews 

Knockout’s Frank Shala breaks down an exciting weekend ahead in the world of boxing, as well as breaking news about the biggest storylines from around the sport. This is a must-read for any boxing fan.

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