Best of FanRag Sports: June 3

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 closer look at tonight’s Stanley Cup Final, the new LeBron James and potential trade destinations for a pair of Cincinnati Reds pitchers.

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: NOV 11 Lightning at Blackhawks

Lightning Will End Blackhawks’ Dynasty Talk

The Tampa Bay Lighting and Chicago Blackhawks will open the 2015 Stanley Cup Final later tonight in Tampa Bay. The Blackhawks are seeking their third championship in the past six seasons and will surely be regarded as a dynasty with a victory.

However, the Lightning had a better regular season record and beat last year’s Eastern Conference champions to get to the final round. They might not be favored to win, but Jon Cooper’s bunch will not be afraid of the moment.

Slapshot’s Andy Dudones says this series will be a long one, and one the Lightning can certainly win.


Today’s Fastbreak

NBA: JAN 25 Thunder at Cavaliers

Cleveland LeBron 2.0 – How LeBron James has Evolved his Game

The LeBron James that will take the court in his fifth consecutive NBA Finals on Wednesday is far different from the LeBron James that donned a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey in his first stint with the team. His game has evolved, his position has changed and he is flat out a better all-around player.

Fastbreak’s Stephen Noh goes in depth on what changes LeBron has made over the years and how it has benefitted his game. James already has two rings on his fingers, but is looking to do what no man has done so far — bring an NBA title home to Cleveland.


Today’s Knuckleball

MLB: APR 17 Reds at Cardinals

Potential Trades for Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake

The Cincinnati Reds are toiling away in the NL Central with a losing record and may very well decide to move on from pitchers Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake sooner rather than later. If their front office decides to blow up their team, Knuckleball’s Kevin Mitchell lists a handful of teams that could be interested.


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: AUG 23 Preseason - Buccaneers at Bills

Important Year for Doug Martin and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is entering a make or break year. Tampa Bay declined to pick up the back’s fifth-year option, meaning 2015 will be the final year of his rookie contract.

Martin flashed a high level of success early in his career, but has been nothing if not inconsistent since. How is the running back preparing for this pivotal season? Pigskin’s Rick Brown chats with Martin to find out.


Today’s U

NCAA FOOTBALL: NOV 08 Kansas State at TCU

Evaluating the Big 12’s Preseason Talent

U’s Sean Cordy evaluates the talent in the Big 12 based on Phil Steele’s preseason All-Big 12 selections. While all predictions like these need to be taken with a grain of salt, there is one area that could be a prelude to success.

Cordy breaks down Steele’s first-team conference selections and how they’ve been able to predict the best teams in the conference in the past.


Today’s Knockout

MMA: APR 20 UFC 145 Weigh-In

Jon Jones Car Accident – 911 Call Video Released

A video from the scene of a hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque on April 26 involving former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has emerged. The incident not only led to the fighter’s arrest, but also to him being stripped of the UFC light heavyweight championship.



NHL: MAY 03 Round 2 - Game 2 - Wild at Blackhawks

Patrick Sharp’s Success Should Be The Envy of The Flyers

Patrick Sharp will play in his third Stanley Cup Final later tonight. Although his 2014-15 season did not live up to expectations, he is a big reason why the Blackhawks are there. With every goal, every assist and every personal or team accolade, Sharp is making the Philadelphia Flyers regret the day they tarded him away.

Scott Erskine takes a closer look at Sharp’s career and why the Flyers should be envious of his success since late 2005.

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