Best of FanRag Sports: June 22

September 21, 2014: Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) during a NFL game between the Houston Texans and the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ The Giants defeated the Texans 30-17

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 wide receiver whose age is of no concern, a young NHL team that needs to be wary of the salary cap and a breakdown of UFC Fight Night in Berlin.

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: JUN 10 Stanley Cup Final - Game 4 - Lightning at Blackhawks

Tampa Bay Lightning Have Salary Cap Problems Ahead

The Tampa Bay Lightning finished two wins shy of winning the Stanley Cup, but have a young group of players poised to wreck havoc on the league for years to come. However, the Lightning must consider how the salary cap could break apart their team.

Slapshot’s Robert Nasso takes a look at Tampa Bay’s cap situation and the direction general manager Steve Yzerman needs to go in order to make the Lightning the next great team, rather than a one-and-done flash in the pan.


Today’s Knuckleball

MiLB: JUL 02 AZL Indians at AZL Diamondbacks

Braves Win Big by Snagging Toussaint From Diamondbacks

The Atlanta Braves were major beneficiaries of a salary dump by the Arizona Diamondbacks late Saturday night. The full trade: injured starter Bronson Arroyo and minor league pitching prospect Touki Toussaint to Atlanta in exchange for utility infielder Phil Gosselin.

In essence, the D-Backs gave up their 2014 first-round pick in exchange for a bench-caliber player and to free up some cash.

Knuckleball’s Gary Phillips looks at this deal as a big win for the Braves, who continue to stockpile young assets in their rebuild.


Today’s Fastbreak

NBA: APR 19 First Round - Game 1 - Celtics at Cavaliers

Is David Blatt the Right Man for LeBron James?

The situation in Cleveland between LeBron James and head coach David Blatt is an interesting one. The duo led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals this season, before ultimately falling to the Golden State Warriors in six games. Is David Blatt the Right Man for LeBron James?

Fastbreak’s Anthony Beers calls the question itself “cringe-worthy,” but it is certainly one that must be asked. James will opt out of his current deal, but will likely return to the Cavaliers. Will he make any comments about Blatt to owner Dan Gilbert?

Who knows? But one this is for sure: Gilbert will choose James over Blatt if it comes down to that.


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: SEP 21 Texans at Giants

Andre Johnson’s age shouldn’t concern Indianapolis Colts

Although wide receiver Andre Johnson is getting up in age at a position that does not typically age well, the Indianapolis Colts should not worry about their free agent acquisition. Johnson still has plenty in the tank and gets to work with a star quarterback (Andre Luck) for the first time in his career.

Pigskin’s Nathanael Rutherford says Johnson has been nothing if not consistently productive throughout his NFL career. The Colts can expect much of the same this season.


Today’s U

NCAA FOOTBALL: DEC 30 Music City Bowl - Notre Dame v LSU

2015 SEC Offensive Line Breakout Candidates

U’s Stephen Sheehan says playing offensive line in the SEC is one of the hardest jobs in college football. As a result, the teams that have rocks at key positions along the line of scrimmage are more likely to win.

Sheehan breaks down the top candidates along offensive lines in the SEC to breakout in 2015.


Today’s Knockout


Jedrzejczyk Dismantles Penne in Bloody Duel

Joanna Jedrzejczyk dismantled her opponent Jessica Penne Saturday night at UFC Fight Night in Berlin. In doing so, she changed the perception of the women’s strawweight division.

Knockout’s Jordy McElroy breaks down the fight and the other matches on the card for a full recap of the night’s events.

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