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Best of FanRag Sports: June 28

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 big trade for the Edmonton Oilers, the extinction of the NFL fullback and why the Chicago Cubs should not worry about Jon Lester.

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: SEP 30 Preseason - Islanders at Bruins

Oilers Shake Up Blue Line With Griffin Reinhart Trade

After days of speculation that the Edmonton Oilers were going to trade their second first-round pick to the New York Rangers for goaltender Cam Talbot, they instead moved that pick, along with their second rounder, to the other New York team in exchange for defenseman Griffin Reinhart.

Slapshot’s Sonny Sachdeva looks at what the Oilers will now do with their core group of defensemen with Reinhart in the fold. Oh, and Edmonton managed to acquire Talbot later in the draft anyway.

 

Today’s Knuckleball

MLB: MAR 11 Spring Training - Dodgers at Cubs

History Says Lester’s Slow Start No Cause for Concern

Despite all the hype surrounding him coming into this season, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester has yet to live up to expectations in the Windy City. However, there is plenty of time for him to turn things around and help the Cubs succeed right now.

Knuckleball’s Ryan Davis says while Lester has not looked like an ace so far this season, history suggests a turnaround is coming. He says Lester should be low on the Cubs’ list of worries.

 

Today’s Fastbreak

NBA: JUN 19 Golden State Warriors Championship Parade

The Treachery of the Championship Blueprint

The great thing about the Golden State Warriors’ championship blueprint is that it has been around for awhile and is repeatable. They did not draft in a way that was groundbreaking, nor did their skill sets revolutionize basketball.

They drafted well and filled needs as they opened. In other words, they drafted quality players instead of system fits.

Fastbreak’s Ari Temkin says the NBA has not changed as much as people believe.

 

Today’s Pigskin

NFL: JAN 18 AFC Championship Game - Colts at Patriots

Death of the fullback: How a position becomes an endangered species

Once an integral part of an NFL offense, the fullback position is dying, and some may argue it’s already dead. Many teams do not even bother to carry a single fullback on the roster nowadays. The game has changed to a faster, safer version — everything the fullback is not.

The position is no longer as practical as it used to be. Pigskin’s Ryan Wooden takes an in-depth look at how the fullback position became extinct.

 

Today’s U

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Darrick Suber and Rider’s One Shining Moment

U’s Mark Hostutler walks readers through Darrick Suber’s journey and the one shining moment for Rider, a small college in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Suber’s heroics that year as a senior are relived annually during college basketball’s championship week. Down a point to Wagner with four seconds left in the Northeast Conference title tilt, the host Broncs had possession of the ball 94 feet from their basket. Suber cradled the in-bounds in front of Wagner’s bench, traversed the floor in four dribbles, and drilled a floater from the elbow at the buzzer.

 

Today’s Knockout

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WWE’s Diminishing Tag Team and Intercontinental Titles

Today’s Knockout covers more than just UFC/MMA, they also cover WWE and other professional wrestling companies. In his latest article, Arik Wonsover discusses the recent trend of two major divisions whose titles are becoming less and less meaningful.



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