Best of FanRag Sports: June 6

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 the start of an era of college football parity, an NHL player whose career is in limbo and a player the Buffalo Bills must extend sooner rather than later.

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: APR 21 Round 1 - Game 4 - Predators at Blackhawks

News of Blackhawks’ Defensive Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

The Chicago Blackhawks may only be rotating four defensemen consistently, but that does not mean the team has a fatal flaw on the blue line. The fact that they are playing in, and leading, the Stanley Cup Final is a testament to their depth on offense and the quality of their top two defensive parings.

Slapshot’s Daniel Friedman says reports of the Blackhawks’ defensive demise have been greatly exaggerated, and the team can still win the Stanley Cup by continuing down this path for another 3-6 games. His advice: “Stop waiting for their perceived lack of defensive depth to be exposed, because you’ll be waiting for a while.”


Today’s Fastbreak

NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 14 Sun Belt Championship - Louisiana Lafayette v Georgia State

NBA Draft Profile: R.J. Hunter

Fastbreak’s Phillip Taggart profiles 2015 NBA Draft hopeful R.J. Hunter. Projected to be a late first-round pick, Hunter hopes to make a name for himself as a shooting guard at the NBA level.

Is your favorite team picking near the back of the first round? If so, find out more about this 6-foot-6 guard, check out Today’s Fastbreak.


Today’s Knuckleball

MLB: MAY 14 Cardinals at Indians

Lonnie Chisenhall Will Break Out Any Day Now

After a breakout 2014 season in which he set career highs in nearly every category with 13 home runs, 59 RBI and a slash line of .280/.343/.427, Lonnie Chisenhall is having a rough 2015 campaign. However, some of the underlying numbers say a turnaround is right around the corner.

Knuckleball’s Jake Weiner delves deeper into Chisenhall’s struggles this year and explains why he will look more like his 2014 self very soon.


Today’s Pigskin

NFL: DEC 08 Bills at Buccaneers

Marcell Dareus extension a necessity for Bills

The Buffalo Bills have one of the more talented rosters in the NFL, especially on the defensive side of the ball. While the Bills have a number of quality defenders, Marcell Dareus stands above the rest.

The defensive tackle is one of the best players at his position in the game and has wrecked havoc on offensive lines in the AFC East. In his first four seasons in Buffalo, Dareus has 201 tackles, 28.5 sacks, 11 pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Pigskin’s Chris Smith says the Bills need to make extending Dareus a top priority. If they wait too long, they may be forced to use the franchise tag as leverage, which could hurt Dareus’ relationship with the team.


Today’s U

NCAA FOOTBALL: NOV 29 South Carolina at Clemson

College Football Is Entering An Era of Parity

Will the introduction of the College Football Playoff and with the ACC and Big Ten on the rise, college football is headed for unprecedented parity. The Ohio State Buckeyes won the national championship last season after defeating the two teams most thought were the best in the country, Alabama and Oregon.

U’s Kyle Kensing says the days of one conference dominating bowl games is over, as the rest of the country is catching up to the SEC. While the SEC is still at the top, Kensing says there ismore company now than at any other time in the last decade.


Today’s Knockout


Strongman Spotlight – Zydrunas Savickas

Knockout’s Dane Curley profiles strongman Zydrunas Savickas, a man he calls the most consistent strongman of all time. Check out Today’s Knockout for a full profile on the man they call “Big Z” and find out what his goals are for this year and next.



NHL: FEB 17 Kings at Blackhawks

Mike Richards’ Enigmatic Career in Limbo

Mike Richards is a winner. He has won at every level he’s played. However, his career is at a sudden crossroads. For the first time in his career, Richards was sent to the American Hockey League, the minor league affiliated with the NHL.

Scott Erskine takes a closer look at Richards’ career and whether or not his time with the Los Angeles Kings, or even the NHL as a whole, is coming to an end at the age of 30.

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