Best of FanRag Sports: June 20

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 LeBron James’ Cleveland return, a player who has paved the way for mid-major basketball stars and a big milestone that may be completely meaningless.

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: APR 16 Round 1 - Game 1 - Jets at Ducks

Options for the Ducks and Matt Beleskey

The Anaheim Ducks have a bit of a conundrum on their hands. Forward Matt Beleskey is set to enter free agency once July 1 rolls around and he is coming off a sensational postseason run, helping the Ducks reach the Western Conference Final. His success in the regular season has not lived up to his most recent playoff run.

Slapshot’s Sonny Sachdeva says the Ducks have a choice to make this offseason, but need to avoid the trap of paying a premium for a short sample size of performance.


Today’s Fastbreak

NBA: JAN 25 Thunder at Cavaliers

LeBron James’s Cleveland Return, Rise and Future

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin believes LeBron James and Kevin Love will both opt of of their current contracts, becoming free agents, but will return to the team. However, despite getting all the way to the NBA Finals before losing to the Golden State Warriors in six games, the Cavaliers still have a lot of growing to do.

Fastbreak’s Adam Lukach takes a closer look at what the 2015-16 Cavaliers may look like and the pressure any team faces to win immediately with LeBron on the roster.


Today’s Knuckleball

MLB: APR 21 Yankees at Tigers

Rodriguez Hits 3000, But Does Milestone Mean Anything?

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez collected his 3,000th hit on Friday night, but does it matter? On the surface, of course it does. Getting 3,000 hits is an amazing feat that should be celebrated.

However, this is Alex Rodriguez and everything he is associated with has a deflating feeling. Is this still a marketable milestone? You’ll have to ask the Yankees. But Knuckleball’s Jacob Jordan evaluates what the hit means and if we should care about any A-Rod milestone anymore.


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: AUG 07 Preseason - Cowboys at Chargers

Signs of Chargers move too obvious to ignore

All signs appear to point toward the San Diego Chargers being done with San Diego, with their eyes on the greener pastures of Los Angeles. If the Chargers are indeed on their way out, they leave behind a large football legacy.

Pigskin’s Shane Theodore is a Chargers fan and believes his favorite team’s intention is to skip town. In his latest column, he discusses how he fell in love with the team and what the change in location meands for the city of San Diego and Chargers fans.


Today’s Knockout


Joanna Champion vs Jessica Penne – Betting Odds Breakdown

Knockout’s Dane Curley breaks down the betting odds for Saturday’s fight between Joanna Champion vs Jessica Penne. He also helps you spell Joanna’s last name, since it’s technically not “Champion” as cool as that would be.

Jedrzejczyk is the heavy favorite in this women’s strawweight fight. Should you bet the underdog? Find out.


Today’s U

NBA: MAY 25 Western Conference Finals - Game 4 - Warriors at Rockets

Steph Curry Paving the Way for Mid-Major Stars

Stephen Curry’s NBA success, including winning the NBA championship earlier this week, has paved the way for other stars at mid-major programs to get attention from NBA squads, says U’s Sam Benson.

Curry is a novelty when it comes to mid-major stars. Not many more MVPs will likely come out of Davidson, nor will the face of the NBA soon be an Atlantic 10 alumnus. But Steph has whipped up the roadmap for any mid-major star to make a living in the league—his recipe for success.

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