Best of FanRag Sports: June 5

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 an injured Met, a forgotten Splash Bro and likely replacements for Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State.

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 Fastbreak

NBA: JAN 23 Kings at Warriors

Why Klay Thompson is the Most Interesting Man in the NBA Finals

While Stephen Curry gets the majority of the attention on the Golden State Warriors, and rightfully so, don’t forget about the other Splash Bro, Klay Thompson. Many were surprised when Golden State elected to keep Thompson rather than pursuing Kevin Love via trade, but it worked out for the Warriors in the end.

Fastbreak’s Jake Weiner explores why keeping the combo of Curry and Thompson together was the right move and how Steve Kerr has been able to build the team around them. The Splash Bros. play off each other incredibly well — maybe well enough to win a championship.


Today’s Slapshot

CHL: MAY 25 Memorial Cup Championship- Edmonton Oil Kings v Guelph Storm

A Proposal to Improve the Memorial Cup

The 2015 Memorial Cup ended with the Oshawa Generals defeating the Kelowna Rockets 2-1 last Sunday to win the the most coveted prize in major junior hockey. However, the tournament may be leaving something to be desired.

Slapshot’s Ian Gooding puts together a proposal to change the format of the Memorial Cup to make it more exciting for fans and a little more fair. Should the host city continue to get an automatic bye into the tournament? If not, how will the Memorial Cup decide who gets in? Find out.


Today’s Knuckleball

MLB: APR 06 Mets at Nationals

David Wright’s uncertain status leaves Mets in holding pattern

New York Mets third baseman David Wright has been on the shelf with a back injury since mid-April and the status for his return is unknown. In the meantime, the Mets have come back down to Earth after their 15-8 start, and now are hovering just a few games above .500.

Knuckleball’s Brent Holloway takes a closer look at how the Wright situation leaves the Mets in a state of limbo. Are they able to hit enough to keep pace with the Washington Nationals in the NL East? Are they heading in the wrong direction with or without Wright and should push their plan to compete back a year?


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: DEC 21 Patriots at Jets

NFL 25 at 25: No. 7 Muhammad Wilkerson

Today’s Pigskin’s NFL 25 at 25 series continues, breaking down the 25 best players in the NFL who are 25 years old or younger. Thursday’s edition featured New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson.

Flying a bit under the radar despite his success, Wilkerson is starting to become a household name on a Jets defensive line that could be scary good in 2015. Pigskin’s Rob DiRe says Wilkerson could be the second-best player at his position behind only J.J. Watt, who some consider to be the best overall player in football.


Today’s U

NCAA BASKETBALL: FEB 12 Valparaiso at Wright St

Who Will Replace Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State? 

In the worst kept secret in professional sports, Fred Hoiberg left the Iowa State Cyclones to take the head coaching job with the Chicago Bulls. The Cyclones are now forced to find a new head basketball coach on the fly.

U’s Bobby Reagan breaks down five likely candidates for the job and gives his prediction for who will ultimately take the role.


Today’s Knockout


No Thanks Dana – Gustafsson Not Worthy of Title Shot

According to Dana White, it appears Alexander Gustafsson could be the No. 1 contender for Daniel Cormier’s light heavyweight title. That’s strange because the last time we watched Gustafsson fight, he was lying face down on the canvas at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden in front of his hometown fans.

Knockout’s Jordy McElroy says UFC asking fans to forget the fact Gustafsson is coming off a first-round TKO loss is asking a lot. Find out who he thinks should get a shot at the light heavyweight title instead.



SOCCER: JUL 23 NWSL - Portland Thorns FC at Washington Spirit

Quiet Summer Ahead For Spanish Soccer

This summer is poised to have a surprising absence of Spanish soccer. Spain failed to qualify for both the U20 World Cup and U21 Euros. However, there will be some Spanish flair in the Women’s World Cup.

Matt Ramirez breaks down the state of Spanish soccer and how they got to this point.

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