Best of FanRag Sports: June 29

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 team primed to dethrone the Seattle Seahawks, some old antics by the Boston Bruins and a controversial end to a boxing title fight.

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 Knuckleball

MLB: JUN 10 Mariners at Indians

Mariners on Losing End of Trumbo Deal

It’s been four weeks since the Seattle Mariners traded Wellington Castillo, Dominic Leone, Jack Reinheimer and outfielder Gabby Guerrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Mark Trumbo and Vidal Nunez. The Marines hoped that trading for Trumbo would help fix their offensive woes. So far, the results have not been there.

Knuckleball’s Jennifer Rainwater says this is just another move in the same direction as recent trends in Seattle — sign a big bat who ultimately falls flat. Think Robinson Cano.


Today’s Slapshot

NHL: FEB 10 Stars at Bruins

Bruins Up to Familiar Tactics Following Dougie Hamilton Trade

The Boston Bruins have been following an alarming trend as of late — moving out young, talented players primarily for reasons having little to do with their play on the ice. Sometimes it’s incidents away from the rink, sometimes it’s money related, but in the end, stars continue to be traded out of Boston.

Slapshot’s Franklin Steele says this weekend’s Dougie Hamilton trade is very similar to ones made in the past. The Bruins sell extremely low on valuable assets and lose out in the end.


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: NOV 02 Cardinals at Cowboys

Which NFC West team has best chance of dethroning the Seattle Seahawks?

Which team has the best chance at knocking the two-time defending NFC champions off their NFC West perch? None other than the team that would have done it last season if they stayed healthy: the Arizona Cardinals.

Pigskin’s Sean Cordy takes a close look at each of the three other teams in the NFC West and their likelihood of usurping the Seahawks. The Cardinals get the nod in the end, but how close are the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers?


Today’s Fastbreak

NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 29 Div I Men's Championship - Elite Eight - Duke v Gonzaga

Justise is Served: How the Miami Heat Won the NBA Draft

Duke wingman Justise Winslow slid to the Miami Heat at No. 10 in last week’s NBA Draft. It was a steal for Miami and the main reason why Today’s Fastbreak’s Nekias Duncan says the Heat are the big winners of draft night.

To be honest, this almost feels TOO good to be true; like, is there something everyone else in the top 10 knows that the Heat (and Celtics) missed? If that isn’t the case, Winslow represents, by far, the best value pick in this year’s draft. Any time a top 5-6 talent in a draft class nearly slides outside of the lottery right into your lap, you have to be happy.


Today’s U

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: FEB 04 National Signing Day - Terry Beckner Jr

SEC Impact Freshmen: Missouri Tigers

The SEC is chock full of young, budding stars just waiting to break out. More than a few of those players are freshmen. U’s Jason Hall breaks down Missouri’s freshman class and grades each player you need to know heading into next season.


Today’s Knockout

Photo courtesy of AP

Photo courtesy of AP

Bradley Claims Vacant Belt after Wild Finish

The boxing world is no stranger to a little drama and controversy. Such was the case this weekend as Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley defeated Jessie Vargas after a strange stoppage that was not a stoppage late in the fight. Find out how Bradley claimed the vacant welterweight title over on Today’s Knockout.

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