"Shawn Michaels was one"- Former Superstar reacts to The Rock's claim about wrestlers holding ...

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Former WWE Superstar Ahmed Johnson opened up on The Rock's claim that some wrestlers didn't want him to win the WWE title.

In an interview late last year, The Rock revealed that there were a handful of Superstars who did not want him to win the WWE Championship. The Great One said that The Undertaker was one of the few Superstars who supported him during that time of his career.

Ahmed Johnson spoke with Dr. Chris Featherstone on UnSKripted, and answered several fan questions. When asked about The Rock's claim that some wrestlers tried to stop him from becoming WWE Champion in the late 90s, here's what Johnson had to say:

"Shawn... Shawn Michaels was one. Shawn didn't want anybody to have the belt. And they were saying that I was so new, that I hadn't put my time in, to have the belt."

Johnson also stated that the entire Kliq didn't want him to become a Champion, and it had a lot to do with his race. Shawn Michaels was quite possibly the most difficult wrestler to work with back in the 90s. Over the past several years, several wrestlers have opened up on Michaels' engaging in vicious backstage politics in order to hold back other talent.

WWE eventually made The Rock its top Champion

The Rock was given a WWE Champion reign, despite attempts from his peers to not let it happen. In the end, it turned out to be one of the best decisions Vince McMahon ever made. The Rock went on to become a multiple-time WWE Champion, headlined a bunch of WrestleMania events. He engaged in a historic rivalry with Stone Cold Steve Austin, which gave the fans three memorable WrestleMania matches.

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The Rock never faced Shawn Michaels in a singles match, and many fans have speculated that Michaels holding him back in the late 90s was a major reason why The Great One chose to never have a program with him.

The Rock is the most popular wrestler in the world today, thanks to his fame as a Hollywood star. He wrestled his last match in 2016, but there are chances that he will come back for a match with Roman Reigns somewhere down the line.

Published 03 Mar 2021, 10:54 IST

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Eric Bischoff On Paul Wight Never Being The Top Guy In WCW

During the heat of the Monday Night Wars in the 90s, WCW was known for having the NWO, former WWE stars like Roddy Piper and The Ultimate Warrior as well as the dominant Bill Goldberg, but they were also well known for their cruiserweight division. That division featured some of future superstars like Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero.

On the latest episode of the 83 Weeks Podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff talked about the cruiserweights and their frustration being labeled as just small guys who couldn’t be main eventers. Over the years, Bischoff has received flack for underutilizing so many cruiserweight wrestlers who went on to become major players in WWE. Bischoff continued to defend his booking of the division, saying that the talent in that division could’ve made more money if they focused on being the best cruiserweight’s in the world over focusing on becoming main eventers.

“On one hand I understood how a lot of the cruiserweight’s felt, that they didn’t want to just be cruiserweight’s, they wanted a shot to be in the main event,” Bischoff said. “That’s a natural thing for a performer who has the drive and ambition and vision for himself or herself to be the biggest star they can be, it’s a natural thing. I don’t think anybody gets into the entertainment business and says I’m going to be really happy being a co-star, even though being a co-star for a long period of time in your career can be financially beneficial than being a star for a short time, nobody goes into it thinking that.

“It was a source of frustration amongst certain people that were cruiserweight’s, Eddie Guerrero being one of them, Chris Jericho being another. They didn’t want to be confined to that cruiserweight division. I had a hard time understanding that because in my mind, I’d be willing to pay them more money as cruiserweight’s. I had to be able to justify it, I couldn’t just do it because I wanted too.

“It’s my belief that had certain talent decided I’m going to be the best cruiserweight there’s ever been in the history of this industry, they would’ve made the money they wanted to make,” Bischoff said. “They might not have made Hulk Hogan money, but not many people did or do. They would’ve made a lot more money than they did had they decided to kind of s--t all over the cruiserweight division because they wanted to aspire to be something else.”

Paul Wight recently announced he’s leaving the WWE and joining AEW, signing a long-term contract with the company. Wight will make his debut for the company on this coming Wednesday’s Dynamite. Bischoff talked about Wight in WCW and how he never became a massive star with the company. He said the Big Show also never became the top guy in WWE and feels like he never had the star power to be able to.

“Giant never really clicked,” Bischoff said. “He never clicked in WCW, it just wasn’t there for some reason. Despite the fact that he had a successful and long career in WWE, he was never the face, he was never the guy that was in 3-4-5 main events a year. He just wasn’t that guy.

“He was an important guy, a talented individual and a good human being, but he just didn’t have that star power.”

Bischoff also discussed Ted Turner never appearing in a WCW storyline, including when he was fired by Harvey Schiller of TNT. He said Turner had no interest in ever being in a storyline in any way because of his standing outside of the company.

“Ted was never supposed to be a part of the show,” Bischoff said. “Ted would’ve shown up for a show, been happy to sit at ringside, but Ted had no interest in participating on camera in a scene. Ted wasn’t involved in any kind of storyline. Not that he didn’t love wrestling, it’s just that as Ted Turner, head of one of the largest media companies in the world, he didn’t feel like it was the right thing to do.”

If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit 83 Weeks with a h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.

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Zach Wilson over Trevor Lawrence? Chris Simms says yes

When it comes to 2021 quarterback prospects, the biggest question for most analysts is, “Who’s No. 2?” For one analyst, the question of who’s No. 1 is more important.

On Wednesday’s PFT Live, Chris Simms pulled the sheet from his 2021 quarterback draft rankings. He has in the top spot not Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence but BYU’s Zach Wilson.

Simms explains himself in the attached video. He also thinks that, if the Jaguars (as expected) take Lawrence, the Jets should sprint to the podium to take Wilson, resisting any temptation to package the second overall selection to get proven commodities at the position like Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson.

Simms has Lawrence at No. 2, followed by Alabama’s Mac Jones, Kellen Mond of Texas A&M, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, and Trey Lance of North Dakota State. Simms thinks all six could be first-round picks.

Scoff if you will (and scoff you will), but Simms has done a very good job of evaluating incoming quarterbacks. He loved Patrick Mahomes in 2017, and he had Lamar Jackson as his top prospect in 2018 until some of the people he knows in league circles shamed him into dropping Lamar behind Josh Allen. (Both are pretty good.) Last year, he loved Justin Herbert, putting both Herbert and Jordan Love ahead of Tua Tagovailoa. (Both Herbert and Love were behind Joe Burrow.)

Time will tell, as it always does. Regardless, Simms is willing to go against the crowd — and he’s definitely doing that here.

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Pacers guard, ex-Sixer T.J. McConnell sets insane NBA record in one half

Ex-Sixers fan fave T.J. McConnell sets insane NBA record originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Former Sixers cult hero and current Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell is known for his pesky style of play and his penchant for forcing turnovers in the backcourt. He's the guy you love to have on your team and hate to play against.

And now he owns a truly wild NBA record.

McConnell racked up nine - NINE - steals in the first half of Wednesday night's game against the Cavaliers, setting a record for most steals in a half by a player.

That's just insane. Here's a highlight reel of all nine:

McConnell finished the night with a triple double: 16 points, 13 assists, and 10 steals. What a ridiculous line from a player many didn't believe belonged in the league during his early days as a member of the Process Sixers.

And, while it might be surprising that he literally set an NBA record, it shouldn't be too much of a shocker that he made his mark in the steals department: despite averaging just under 25 minutes per game, McConnell ranks tied for second in the entire league in steals per game with 1.7, which is tied for the highest mark in his career with his second season in Philadelphia back in 2016-17. 

Only Jrue Holiday, who plays seven more minutes per game than McConnell, is averaging more steals per game, and McConnell is the only player in the Top 10 in steals per game who plays fewer than 25 minutes each night.

His career has been built on hard work and hustle, so it only makes sense that McConnell would set a record by busting his butt for the entire first half. What a guy.

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With the pressure off, Harden's at his best

James Harden insists he hasn’t changed, that the same qualities he was criticized for in Houston are now lauded in Brooklyn.

"I get credit now, previously I wasn't getting credit," Harden said Wednesday after a satisfying triple-double performance for the Brooklyn Nets against his former Rockets squad. "Same leadership, I've been the same person. I haven't changed one bit."

It looks the same, the step-back triples, the pounding of the basketball into submission, but it feels different watching Harden with the Nets — freed from the responsibility of carrying a franchise, from being a culture setter.

Harden can be the greatest version of himself as a No. 2 even though he has spellbinding talents of No. 1, maximizing a team’s ceiling the way Snoop Dogg used to enhance a song the moment that voice unexpectedly aided a beat. Harden’s game is like that. At its best: smooth and destructive, effortless and efficient, as long as the other parts are working in some level of concert, as long as too much isn’t placed on his plate.

His prolonged exit from Houston was equally ugly and irresponsible but somehow, necessary, to get to this point. The lack of a packed house prevented him from feeling a possible mob mentality approach from a scorned fan base, and in time his contributions will be properly contextualized — perhaps from the sheen of a champion.

It was clear his connection to Houston was genuine, from the work he has done as a citizen to help from last month’s winter storm that devastated the area, to the way he openly spoke on his affection for the city, the affection we all know he has for its unique nightlife and the greatest individual stretch the franchise has experienced since Hakeem Olajuwon roamed the floor at The Summit over two decades ago.

Harden lived in the awkward space of being a superior talent who could bend the rules, maximize the numbers and produce historically without being great enough to overcome dynastic teams or even sometimes, his own poorly-timed performances in the playoffs.

It’s impossible to mention the playoff failures without noting his teams won an average of 52 games between 2012-2019.

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James Harden returned to Houston on Wednesday night as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

He was also the common denominator with strained on-court relationships with fellow star players Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.

There’s plenty of players tagged with carrying a franchise, but only a few are good enough to get to the doorstep of team greatness, thus creating the label of being a choker or even having his individual accomplishments diminished in the face of something better.

“You know, I think people underrate what an accomplishment it was for these Rocket teams to go toe to toe with the Warriors twice,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “I mean, those are, you know, some of the greatest teams to ever play the game. And that the fact that before that Rockets team, you know, the year before they took him to seven [games], I felt like nobody thought anyone could get close to them.

“And we forget about it and just say oh, 'they weren't good enough.’ Well, I mean, that was a huge amount of ground they closed that year to compete with the Warriors and Game 7 and to do it again [the next year]. And so sometimes you just need a little bit of luck and a balance and they didn't get that but that shouldn't diminish what they accomplished here.”

And while it’s true history won’t absolve him of those weird closing performances and ugly flameouts, he can add a sizable postscript in the meantime. Anthony Davis could be the ultimate No. 2 in today’s game, with all the gifts of a franchise player without appearing to want the weight that comes with it, willingly ceding that space to LeBron James.

But Harden can be the most interchangeable No. 2 with No. 1 talent.

“I think he's a No. 1 guy, but he's playing with other No. 1 guys,” Nash said. “So and since he can share responsibility, there is help. That can just take a little bit of the pressure off. But James is as good as anybody out there. And he's a No. 1 guy.”

While playing with Kevin Durant — and to a lesser degree, Kyrie Irving — seems perfect, why couldn’t he fit in Miami next to Jimmy Butler, the bucket-getter alongside the culture-setting ass-kicker?

Or next to Joel Embiid in Philadelphia as the ball-preying perimeter option on the floor, and off-court troll?

Or next to Nikola Jokic in Denver, confusing defenses with wizard-like passes and cuts?

There are only a few No. 1’s in this star-studded league, players whose names immediately elicit thoughts of a championship because of their myriad ways of excellence. Teams are created in their image, and their personalities are consistent, often the lifeblood of a champion. That’s James, Durant, Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard and Jokic. More recently, it appears Embiid and Luka Doncic are entering that stage.

It doesn’t mean Harden isn’t worthy, or two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo or even Davis. There’s a major gap in Antetokounmpo’s game or his development yet to be solved, and even still, for their manufactured beef last season, he and Harden could fit on the same roster if it came to it.

But Harden could align himself next to nearly all of them, and look to be in his element and just as potent as he did as a solo act in Houston. The freedom to just play and not be burdened by the ancillary things, to raising the ceiling of a team compared to the responsibility of ensuring the bottom doesn’t fall out of the floor, shouldn’t be criticized as much as acknowledged as a special space.

“This league is tough no matter what,” Harden said. “How you separate yourself from being one of the elite players in this league is doing it playing at a high level consistently every single night. It's great, it's easy for somebody to have a great game every once in a while, you know, but you separate yourself as far as being one of the ones, top five, top 10 in this league, when you do it every single night at the highest level.

“So that's what I pride myself on no matter, if I was in a situation where I was in Houston or my situation now. My thought process is try to play well every single night and try to make an impact on the game.”

Kevin Garnett was a culture setter in Minnesota, but was viewed as an underachiever until he got to Boston. Then Paul Pierce and Ray Allen did all the things Garnett wasn’t as equipped to do and (voila!), Garnett is now a culture-setter and champion guy — even though he didn’t change much from one stop to the next.

The turn, if Harden has embraced it as it appears he has, could be just as seismic, and we could find out in July.

And if so, we’ll all be singing a different tune.

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Syracuse women's basketball vs. Boston College (3/4/2021): Live stream, TV schedule for ACC ...

Syracuse Women’s Basketball heads to Greensboro, N.C. to begin the ACC Tournament against Boston College on Thursday, March 4 at 2:30 p.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum (3/4/2021).

The game will be broadcasted on YES Network, which is available to stream live on AT&T TV.

The Orange head into the ACC Tournament with a 12-7 overall record and 9-7 record in conference. Syracuse is coming off a 68-61 loss to #2 North Carolina State. Orange guard Kiara Lewis had 29 points in the loss and the Orange will look to Lewis to help secure a victory over Boston College.

“I thought that Kiki (Kiara Lewis) was phenomenal tonight,” head coach Quentin Hillsman told Cuse.com. “She had 29 points and she was really in attack mode. She really kept us in the basketball game. If it wasn’t for her, we would have lost this game by 20-plus points. She was phenomenal.”

According to Charlie Creme’s bracketology, the Orange sit at a projected 8th seed in the NCAA Tournament. No matter the results of the ACC tournament the Orange should be a lock for March Madness. Any wins that the team secures during their time in Greensboro will only bolster their chances at a higher seed when the NCAA committee convenes in a few weeks.

Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Here are the local channel numbers for the YES Network in Central New York:

-Spectrum: Channel 53 and 321 (SD & HD)

-Verizon Fios: Channel 576 (HD) and 76 (SD)

-DirecTV: Channel 631 (SD & HD)

-Dish Network: Not available

-New Visions: Channel 762 (HD) and 76 (SD)

YES Network available to stream on AT&T TV.

If you have a cable subscription, you can watch it for free online or through tablets, mobile and streaming devices using Fox Sports Go or the Fox Sports Go app. You’ll need the online sign-in info for your cable or satellite provider to access the free stream.

Out of market fans can catch the game on ESPN.com/watch with a cable provider login.

What is the ACC Tournament schedule?

Here are the rest of the games on the schedule for the ACC Tournament. All times ET.

Thursday, March 4,

  • No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Wake Forest at 12:00 p.m.
  • No. 5 Syracuse vs. No. 13 Boston College at 2:30 p.m.
  • No. 7 Virginia Tech vs. No. 10 Miami at 6:00 p.m.
  • No. 6 Notre Dame vs No. 11 Clemson at 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 5 (Quarterfinals)

  • No. 1 Louisville vs. Game 2 Winner at 12:00 p.m.
  • No. 4 Florida State vs. Game 3 Winner at 2:30 p.m.
  • No. 2 NC State vs. Game 4 Winner at 6:00 p.m.
  • No. 3 Georgia Tech vs. Game 5 Winner at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 6 (Semifinals)

Saturday, March 7 (Championship)

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Watch Kings vs. Lakers: How to live stream, TV channel, start time for Wednesday's NBA game

Who's Playing

Los Angeles @ Sacramento

Current Records: Los Angeles 24-12; Sacramento 13-21

What to Know

This Wednesday, the Sacramento Kings are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 120.29 points per matchup. They will take on the Los Angeles Lakers at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Golden 1 Center after having had a few days off. If the contest is anything like Sacramento's 136-122 victory from their previous meeting in August of last year, the scorekeeper will be kept real busy.

The Kings were just a bucket short of a win on Sunday and fell 127-126 to the Charlotte Hornets. Sacramento's defeat shouldn't obscure the performances of shooting guard Buddy Hield, who shot 8-for-15 from beyond the arc and finished with 30 points and seven assists, and small forward Harrison Barnes, who had 28 points and six assists in addition to six rebounds.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles came up short against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, falling 114-104. Small forward LeBron James put forth a good effort for the losing side as he had 38 points and six assists along with five boards.

Sacramento is the favorite in this one, with an expected 4-point margin of victory. But bettors beware: they are only 4-8 against the spread when favored.

With both teams hitting sour notes in their previous games, they will no doubt be looking to produce a better outcome in this one. We'll see which team satisfies their hunger and which team leaves with an empty stomach.

How To Watch

  • When: Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET
  • Where: Golden 1 Center -- Sacramento, California
  • TV: The Sports Network
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Kings are a 4-point favorite against the Lakers, according to the latest NBA odds.

The line on this game has moved quite a bit since it opened, as it started out with the Lakers as a 4-point favorite.

Over/Under: -112

See NBA picks for every single game, including this one, from SportsLine's advanced computer model. Get picks now.

Series History

Sacramento have won ten out of their last 19 games against Los Angeles.

  • Aug 13, 2020 - Sacramento 136 vs. Los Angeles 122
  • Feb 01, 2020 - Los Angeles 129 vs. Sacramento 113
  • Nov 15, 2019 - Los Angeles 99 vs. Sacramento 97
  • Mar 24, 2019 - Los Angeles 111 vs. Sacramento 106
  • Dec 30, 2018 - Los Angeles 121 vs. Sacramento 114
  • Dec 27, 2018 - Sacramento 117 vs. Los Angeles 116
  • Nov 10, 2018 - Los Angeles 101 vs. Sacramento 86
  • Apr 01, 2018 - Sacramento 84 vs. Los Angeles 83
  • Feb 24, 2018 - Los Angeles 113 vs. Sacramento 108
  • Jan 09, 2018 - Los Angeles 99 vs. Sacramento 86
  • Nov 22, 2017 - Sacramento 113 vs. Los Angeles 102
  • Apr 07, 2017 - Los Angeles 98 vs. Sacramento 94
  • Feb 14, 2017 - Sacramento 97 vs. Los Angeles 96
  • Dec 12, 2016 - Sacramento 116 vs. Los Angeles 92
  • Nov 10, 2016 - Los Angeles 101 vs. Sacramento 91
  • Mar 15, 2016 - Sacramento 106 vs. Los Angeles 98
  • Jan 20, 2016 - Sacramento 112 vs. Los Angeles 93
  • Jan 07, 2016 - Sacramento 118 vs. Los Angeles 115
  • Oct 30, 2015 - Sacramento 132 vs. Los Angeles 114

Injury Report for Sacramento

  • Jabari Parker: Game-Time Decision (Covid-19)
  • Hassan Whiteside: Out (Covid-19)
  • Tyrese Haliburton: Out (Calf)
  • Chimezie Metu: Out (Wrist)
  • Robert Woodard II: Out (Hamstring)

Injury Report for Los Angeles

  • Jared Dudley: Game-Time Decision (Neck)
  • Alex Caruso: Game-Time Decision (Neck)
  • Kyle Kuzma: Game-Time Decision (Heel)
  • LeBron James: Out (Ankle)
  • Marc Gasol: Out (Covid-19)
  • Anthony Davis: Out (Calf)

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fuboTV Secures Market Access Agreements for Forthcoming fubo Sportsbook in Indiana, New ...

NEW YORK--()--fuboTV Inc. (NYSE: FUBO), the leading sports-first live TV streaming platform, today announced it has secured market access agreements for its forthcoming fubo Sportsbook in Indiana and New Jersey through Caesars Entertainment Inc.

The agreements will bring fubo Sportsbook to a minimum of three states at launch following fuboTV’s previously announced market access agreement in Iowa through Casino Queen. fubo Sportsbook is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of this year, subject to obtaining requisite regulatory approvals in each jurisdiction.

“We could not be more excited to bring fubo Sportsbook to market in the fourth quarter, and today’s market access licenses for Indiana and New Jersey will help us reach even more consumers at launch,” said David Gandler, co-founder and CEO, fuboTV.

Yesterday, fuboTV announced it closed its strongest fourth quarter and year in its history, topping $100 million in quarterly revenue for the first time ($105.1 million actual). fuboTV ended 2020 with 547,880 paid subscribers, including 92,800 net subscriber additions in the fourth quarter. The company also announced further progress on fubo Sportsbook including agreements with Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association to become an Authorized Gaming Operator of each league. For more information, read fuboTV’s shareholder letter available on the company’s IR site.

About fuboTV

fuboTV (NYSE: FUBO) is the leading sports-first live TV streaming platform offering subscribers access to tens of thousands of live sporting events annually as well as leading news and entertainment content. With fuboTV, subscribers can stream a broad mix of 100+ live TV channels, including 42 of the top 50 Nielsen-ranked networks across sports, news and entertainment - more than any other live TV streaming platform (source: Nielsen Total Viewers, 2020). Continually innovating to give subscribers a premium viewing experience they can’t find with cable TV, fuboTV is regularly first-to-market with new product features and was the first virtual MVPD to stream in 4K. fuboTV was also the first U.S. virtual MVPD to enter Europe with the 2018 launch of fuboTV España. fuboTV launched fubo Sports Network, the live, free-to-consumer TV network featuring live sports and award-winning original programming, in 2019.

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Big E On How The New Day Saved His Career

On the latest episode of WWE’s The Bump, the panel displayed the premiere episode of Samoa Joe’s “Grit and Glory,” where the two-time NXT Champion speaks with Superstars on how they began their journeys to become the big named entertainers they are now. This week, Joe spoke with the Intercontinental Champion, Big E. The first thing they discussed was how Big E found his perseverance to continue forward in WWE.

“For me, it was a matter of finding my voice and what’s authentic for me,” Big E replied. “I know the first seven years of my career I thought I had to be this big tough guy. But in a world where you have guys taller and bigger, that role was already filled. It was my time with The New Day that allowed me to be free and to be uninhibited. I just learned to trust myself, trust my instincts, and be unafraid. That’s what allowed me to be here and to have my career still.”

After losing his Intercontinental Championship for the first time in 2013, Big E recalls the nosedive his career took on the main roster. Despite the negativity one feels when they aren’t showcased anymore, he kept his chin up and kept pushing forward for his next big opportunity regardless of how long it took.

Big E admits that if it weren’t for Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, he thinks his career in WWE would have been over.

“Well, for anyone who ended up watching during our early years, you know it was not easy at all. It was a rough start, for sure,” he admitted. “We realized from an early period and our time together that we had a special chemistry and a special bond. A lot of that bond was forged through the tough times. We had that mentality of we either gotta sink or swim on our own merits. I viewed it as this could be my last opportunity, so I gotta give it my all.

“I didn’t want my career to dissolve based on me passively accepting anything I was given if it didn’t feel right. So I knew this was it. I knew this was something special.”

You can watch Big E’s full interview here. If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit WWE’s The Bump with a h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.

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AC Milan send message to Chelsea over Fikayo Tomori transfer

AC Milan have the option to sign Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea
AC Milan have the option to sign Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea (Getty)

AC Milan have been pleased with Fikayo Tomori’s impact but admit their option to purchase the centre-back from Chelsea is ‘very high’.

The 23-year-old struggled to secure a regular role under Frank Lampard this season and was allowed to leave the club in the January transfer window.

AC Milan signed Tomori on loan for the remainder of the season and have the option to buy him this summer for €30 million (£26m).

‘The boy has proved to be strong, he integrated well,’ AC Milan’s sporting director Frederic Massara told DAZN.

‘We are convinced of his qualities, there is a very high option to buy and we will evaluate whether to go on but we are very satisfied with his impact so far and we are happy to have him with us.’

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Tomori’s current contract with Chelsea expires in June 2024.

Fikayo Tomori has made seven appearances for AC Milan so far
Fikayo Tomori has made seven appearances for AC Milan so far (Getty Images)

Speaking last week, AC Milan’s technical director, Paolo Maldini, also stressed that Tomori’s clause is ‘very high’.

‘Tomori is a good talent and we have a buy-option clause,’ Maldini told Sky Italia.

‘The price is very high. AC Milan will decide at the end of this season and we will discuss it with Chelsea’s board.’

Tomori has made seven appearances in all competitions since joining AC Milan earlier this year.

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It sounds like the Bears have a massive offer on the table for Deshaun Watson

In a weird way, it’s an exciting time to be a Chicago Bears fan. Because while the Bears will likely be in for another mediocre season that will result in the firings of general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy, the offseason has been one where imaginations have run wild thanks to the league’s quarterback carousel.

The Bears have been linked to two potential star quarterbacks that could be traded in Houston’s Deshaun Watson and Seattle’s Russell Wilson. The mere thought of Watson or Wilson in a Bears uniform has been the most exciting part of this offseason.

It’s not a question of whether Chicago would be willing to give up substantial compensation for either Watson or Wilson, it’s a matter of whether the Texans or Seahawks will pounce on the opportunity to take advantage of a team desperate for a quarterback.

And while it seems like a pipe dream at this point, one NFL insider is adding fuel to the fire of a possible Watson to the Bears trade.

According to ESPN insider Jeff Darlington, it sounds like Chicago has a massive offer on the table for Watson.

“It’s gonna be tough to find a team that’s willing to give up as much as the Bears will right now,” Darlington said, an indication that Chicago might be the highest bidders at this time.

Although that doesn’t matter unless the Texans deal Watson, a move that feels inevitable as Watson doubled down by saying he’ll never play for Houston again.

The Bears are a team ripe for being taken advantage of, as Darlington noted. And desperation never felt so good for Bears fans.

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Jazz's Donovan Mitchell goes on explicit rant after Sixers beat Utah in wild comeback

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Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz were leading the Sixers for the majority of Wednesday night's clash between the two best teams in the NBA. And then they blew a lead late in the fourth quarter, and got smoked in overtime. It happens, especially when the frontrunner for MVP is playing on the other side.

But Mitchell apparently was none too happy with some refereeing down the stretch, especially a few calls that went the Sixers' way in overtime, and the young gun was ejected in OT.

He threw a little bit of a tantrum on his way out:

Mitchell didn't stop there, though!

In his postgame press conference, Mitchell went on a bit of a rant about the refereeing, whining about unfair treatment:

He also threw in a couple of expletives, which I'll let you click through and see for yourself instead of embedding them here.

Look. It's one thing to complain about refereeing. He's wrong - while some will point to the free throw disparity, that's what happens when you shoot 19 more threes than your opponent, and when your opponent has the most dominant big man in the league - but he can do it.

But when Mitchell says "We won this game, in my personal opinion"?

Oh, buddy. That... that's just sad.

You didn't win, Donovan. You lost. Your team blew a lead when Doc Rivers put in an all-bench unit, let Furkan Korkmaz smoke you off the baseline for a runner to tie it up, and then went 1-of-9 in overtime because you knew you couldn't contain the best player in the league.

You can be upset, and you can express that frustration, but don't say things that make you sound like the sorest - and silliest - loser in the league.

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UFC 259: Dominick Cruz feels he's the greatest bantamweight of all-time

People like or dislike fighters based on their performance. Nothing more, nothing less. That's just the way it is.

Fans view Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, and Fedor Emelianenko as the greatest mixed martial artists of all-time. They feel that way because of the wins they garnered and the championship they won. 

The lower weight classes aren't viewed the same way as the upper weight divisions. More people want to see knockouts, whereas the lower divisions, which are featherweight, bantamweight, flyweight, and women's strawweight, quite often have to use their speed, skill, and fight IQ to emerge victorious. One of the best to do it is Dominick Cruz, who returns on Saturday at UFC 259 against Casey Kenney.

Cruz (22-3) has had one of the most outstanding careers in MMA history. He's a former WEC and two-time UFC bantamweight champion. Cruz defended the WEC title twice before the company merged with the UFC at the end of 2010. The native of California defended the belt twice before a series of knee injuries sidelined him for nearly three years. Cruz went on to regain the title from TJ Dillashaw in January 2016. After winning the rubber match against Urijah Faber at UFC 199 to successfully retain the belt, Cruz lost the strap to Cody Garbrandt 2017. Injuries once again set Cruz back and this time put him on the sidelines for almost three-and-half years. But this go-around didn't give Cruz the fairy tale ending like the last time around, losing to then-champion Henry Cejudo. 

Despite the long layoffs and the series of unfortunate injuries, it's hard to deny Cruz's standing as the best to do ever compete at 135 pounds. It's an assessment that Cruz agrees with.

"I do. I really do," Cruz explained to DAZN News. "I look at the things that I've done, and you can think of maybe six, maybe seven fighters tops who have defended the title three times in one year. I know I've been labeled as somebody who's been laid off a lot. But I'm one of those seven fighters, seven champions who's defended the title three times in one year. That's a very heavy pace. That's a very strict regiment that I kept. I'm very proud of that. Not to mention, I did clear out my division. There was a point where I beat every contender in the top 10. That's what it takes to me to be one of the greatest.

"In the past, I was on the pound-for-pound list as well. I had beaten the number one pound-for-pound fighter when I was ranked number two in the pound-for-pound list. I've done a lot of things statistically. That makes me that I believe. Right now, I'm still competing 16 years later. So that for sure, that's what I need to know for me to be the greatest now. But mostly, it's the defenses that I had, the level of competition that I faced, and how long I was able to retain that title even with an injury. People want to say, 'Yeah, you had the title for a long time, but he's injured a lot. But when I came back from the injury, I was still facing the number one fighter on the planet after that layoff. Not being in there, not competing, while these fighters were that still makes me the best at that moment, regardless of the layout." 

Cruz-Kenney is the featured UFC 259 prelim. More often than not, the prelims are seen by more people than the actual pay-per-view. The last time Cruz appeared on the prelims' prime spot was his 61 second knockout of Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 178. It's a position Cruz has no problem taking and feels the UFC has an excellent reason to put him in this slot. 

"The UFC knows what they're doing," Cruz said. "I didn't pick my position on the card. They did. I think that was a strategy on their part. They've got a former world titleholder that's fighting on the top of the prelims. You got to think of me as a lead batter for the baseball team. I'm the lead batter. That's how you got to look at it. They're putting Casey Kenney against me because he shows up, and he fights. He doesn't lay down. It's going to be a fun fight to watch." 

For Cruz, the fight with Kenney isn't about the path to another championship or to cement his legacy. He knows where he stands at this stage of the game. Those things are etched in stone. To him, it's just about getting back into the Octagon, snapping a two-fight losing streak, and scoring his first win in over four years.

"It takes a huge weight off my shoulders against my own self," Cruz admits. "I'm doing this for me. I'm testing myself right now. I've won these championships. I've competed at the highest level against the best. What I haven't done is compete at a high level after a three-and-half-year layoff and have two losses. That's a new chapter for me. That's a new test for me.

"Some people might look at it as this isn't a championship-level fight. I look at it just as difficult because of the circumstances I've faced leading into this. I've suffered a broken ulnar and my blown-out shoulder. I have to start brand new from scratch after those two rehabs. People don't know what those rehabs have been like for me for those injuries. They're very difficult and very strenuous. A lot of hours have gone into that. For me, it's about showing myself who I am all over again and doing my job."

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Communications Services Down As Investors Rotate Out Of Growth Sectors - Communications ...

Communications services companies fell as investors rotated out of growth sectors and into sectors that benefit from higher Treasury yields, such as financials.

Google plans to stop selling ads based on individuals' browsing across multiple websites, shaking up the digital advertising industry that was built, in part, on tracking technology.

Kevin Mayer, a former senior executive of the Walt Disney and architect of its successful Disney+ streaming service, has been named chairman of DAZN Group, a sports-streaming platform, DAZN said.

Verizon said it resolved an internet routing issue that affected some customers.

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Liverpool vs. Chelsea: Time, TV schedule, live stream for big Premier League match

Liverpool looks to stop a brutal slide down the table with its second win of the week when it faces Chelsea on Thursday in Premier League play.

The Reds downed Sheffield United 2-0 on the weekend, their first league victory since Jan. 31. Once high-flying and in genuine contention for the title, Jurgen Klopp's injury-riddled side now simply looks to stop the bleeding as it has fallen to sixth place.

Just above Klopp's men is fifth-place Chelsea, which has been on an opposite trajectory. The Blues haven't lost a Premier League contest since Jan. 19, bringing themselves from mid-table misery to challenging for a Champions League berth.

Chelsea lost the last meeting between these sides way back on Sept. 20 (highlights below), but the teams have completely changed since then.

While Liverpool continues to deal with high-profile injuries to Virgil van Dijk and several others, Chelsea's run under new boss Thomas Tuchel has now reached nine games without a loss (all competitions).

Liverpool vs. Chelsea: What time is kick-off?

  • Date:  Thursday, March 4
  • Time:  3:15 p.m. ET

The match kicks off at 3:15 p.m. ET at Anfield.

How to watch Liverpool vs. Chelsea: TV channel, live stream in Canada

The Premier League is available exclusively on DAZN in Canada.

DAZN is not a linear channel but is a global live sports streaming service. In addition to the Premier League, DAZN has the streaming rights for the Champions League, Europa League, Serie A and more. All remaining matches of the 2020-21 season will be shown on DAZN Canada.

Can I watch Liverpool vs. Chelsea for free?

In Canada, DAZN offers new customers a free 30-day trial period. You can learn how to sign up for a free trial here .

The free-trial period includes access to all of DAZN's live and on-demand programming.

How much does Liverpool vs. Chelsea cost on DAZN?

  • Monthly subscription: $20 CAD
  • Annual subscription: $150 CAD

A monthly subscription to DAZN is $20 CAD and an annual subscription is $150 CAD.

The subscription gives users access to all live and on-demand Premier League content, as well as DAZN's additional programming, which includes other major European soccer leagues (Champions League, Europa League, Serie A) as well as other live sports.

For current subscribers, Premier League matches are already included in the cost of a subscription.

What devices are supported on DAZN?

DAZN is available on web browsers at DAZN.com  and also has apps available for all of the following TV and streaming devices:

Mobile Devices TV & Streaming Devices Game Consoles
iPhone, iPad Amazon Fire TV Playstation 4, Pro
Android phones, tables Amazon Fire TV Stick Playstation 5
Amazon Fire tablet Android TV XBox One, One S
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Major programs facing major coaching questions

With conference tournaments already underway around college basketball and a handful of prominent coaching jobs already open, we’re entering the throes of speculation season in college basketball.

What initially projected as a quieter year with both tighter budgets and inherent flaws that come with judging a COVID-19-addled season has flashed the potential to become more active than anticipated.

Here’s a look at the questions that will define the college basketball coaching carousel over the next few weeks.

1. Has Sean Miller coached his last game at Arizona?

This is considered a 50-50 proposition. The confluence of looming NCAA sanctions, pedestrian performance (17-9, 11-9 Pac-12) and a looming decision on Miller’s future with just one year remaining on his contract have created a pressure point. Here are the options: the school is going to decide to fire him, there will be a mutual parting of ways or some type of toothless extension lacking significant guaranteed money that would enable the fifth season of this awkward tap dance. (Predictably, there’s no imminent clarity on the severity of NCAA sanctions in sight.)

Miller’s ability to navigate the self-inflicted mine-field of both the federal investigation and subsequent plodding NCAA investigation have been more impressive than anything the Wildcats have done on the court since 2017. Arizona hasn’t won an NCAA tournament game since the federal investigation went public, although it was projected as a No. 5 seed before the 2020 tournament was canceled.

If there weren’t diminishing returns on the court, the argument for Arizona to muscle through another year with Miller may be more prominent. But Arizona’s middling program trajectory and the school’s decision to self-impose an NCAA ban this year are signs the Miller era is sputtering to an unsatisfying finish. We should know better in the next few weeks where that finish line is, as Arizona’s season is already over.

Miller, 52, looks exhausted by it all. Could he expedite his inevitable spin through the NBA — a la Kelvin Sampson — and return to college basketball as a rehabbed commodity? Or does he return and risk facing the NCAA comeuppance that’s long considered an inevitability?

The Athletic has reported five potential Level I NCAA violations in a case that’s currently amid the Independent Accountability Review Process. (That IARP process projects to somehow make NCAA investigations even slower, a nearly impossible feat achieved by the champions of bureaucracy.)

The outcome there is expected to be harsh when it does arrive. The variable will be if Miller is around when the NCAA finally decides.

2. What’s Archie Miller’s status at Indiana?

It’s an uneasy March for the Miller boys, as younger brother Archie is flailing at Indiana with four straight losses and a loud din of dissatisfaction around the state.

The feeling around Indiana is that things are shaky, but there’s yet to be any tangible momentum by the school to fire Archie Miller for his third non-NCAA tournament season in four years. (Indiana appeared on the cusp of reaching the NCAAs last year, projected as a No. 10 seed.)

The buyout of more than $10 million is borderline untenable in normal times and even more awkward amid a pandemic. Can Indiana’s athletic department can pull off paying out that money and rallying the cash for a $30 million contract — and potentially another huge buyout — to lure someone like Chris Beard, Scott Drew, John Beilein, Bobby Hurley or Mick Cronin? Probably not, as that would take sophistication, savvy and some groundwork that no one has seen any signs from in Bloomington. The backchannels are quiet, so far.

The biggest worry for new IU AD Scott Dolson should be that there’s little pathway on the current roster or via committed recruits to obvious improvement. There’s also not a no-brainer replacement, as hiring the caliber of coach Indiana would want is a high-wire act they don’t appear prepared to navigate. (We spoke about this at length on the Yahoo Sports College Podcast this week.)

Look for Archie Miller to be the face of next season’s coaching carousel. (The good news is that was Shaka Smart this season, and he’s saved himself.) Miller’s buyout also dips to nearly $3.5 million next season, which seems much more prudent. Until then, let the jokes about IU as a football school continue.

Former athletic director Fred Glass’ gave this job description before hiring Miller: “The expectations for Indiana University basketball are to perennially contend for and win multiple Big Ten championships, regularly go deep in the NCAA tournament, and win our next national championship — and more after that.”

IU is a long way from that.

3. What’s next for Georgetown and Patrick Ewing?

The difficult part about hiring legends is the potential of parting ways with them. There’s been few tangible signs the Patrick Ewing experiment at Georgetown is poised for any kind of outsized success, as he’s 58-57 and 26-43 in the Big East with no NCAA appearances — either real or projected — or postseason wins in his four seasons.

Don’t expect Georgetown to fire Ewing. This has been a painful year for the school and athletic department, as the death of John Thompson Jr. still lingers over the Georgetown family.

If Ewing decides to return, it’d likely be with staff shake-ups or something to ignite the school’s pedestrian roster. Something needs to change, as Georgetown is bland and Big East coaches are hoping Ewing sticks around.

The Hoyas do have the No. 6 Rivals.com recruiting class coming, which is a life preserver of hope and optimism for a program in need. That includes Rivals.com five-star shooting guard Aminu Mohammed, who is the first five-star to sign with the school since Isaac Copeland in 2014. But it’s going to take more than one strong class to put this hire on the trajectory of Juwan Howard at Michigan. Ewing’s reputation as a recruiter prior to the pandemic was considered apathetic. He needs to reverse that. Fast.

Georgetown hasn’t reached the NCAAs since 2015. The incoming class is the first sign that Ewing can navigate the recruiting world. Could Ewing see that catering to 15-year-olds doesn’t fit his skill set and just scoot back to the NBA?

And that would lead to the larger question of whether Georgetown could hire from outside of its family? Could Ed Cooley, Shaka Smart, Tommy Amaker, Bobby Hurley, Jeff Capel or Mike Boynton revive the lagging brand and on-court product?

Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

4. What’s next for Frank Martin at South Carolina?

This will be the fourth consecutive year for Martin missing the NCAA tournament at South Carolina, and he’s gone just once in his nine seasons there. (He reached the NCAAs four of five seasons at Kansas State.) Martin has twice suffered from COVID-19 during this trying season, making it tricky to grade South Carolina’s 6-13 record.

That lone NCAA trip at South Carolina resulted in a Final Four bid in 2017, which was euphoric and historic. But the euphoria has worn off and that Final Four run is becoming a distant memory, even if it did deliver four of the six NCAA wins in program history. At 4-11 in the SEC, the Gamecocks’ only dollop of relevance this season came when the NCAA hit the program with two years of probation for the actions of former Martin assistant Lamont Evans. (Martin was not named in the findings.)

Martin has always been a popular name bandied around in other searches, and there will be inevitable chatter at New Mexico and DePaul this year. But Martin makes more than $3 million per year, and there are few jobs that pay in that neighborhood that would welcome his performance. (He has two years remaining on his contract and would be owed nearly $6.5 million if fired.)

The uncertain future of South Carolina AD Ray Tanner further muddles Martin’s future, as Tanner isn’t expected to be around close to the nearly three years he has remaining on his deal. South Carolina just hired Shane Beamer in football and linked him with an AD who isn’t expected for the long haul. Can they do the same in basketball?

5. Where are the schools with openings looking?

Wichita State already hired interim coach Isaac Brown, who has the Shockers 13-4 and 9-2 in AAC play.

That leaves Penn State and Boston College with the two most intriguing open jobs on the board, and they have the potential of overlapping pools.

We’ll start with BC, which has decided internally to pay competitively with its ACC peers both in terms of head coach salary and staffing. (BC made similar commitments when hiring Jeff Hafley in football a year ago.)

Down the road, the new athletic administrative regime has made clear that it’s committed to upgrading the practice facilities, which are currently considered the worst in the ACC. BC has planned on a sizable commitment to address that deficiency.

So who comes? The race is wide open, as candidates cast a wide range — St. Bonaventure’s Mark Schmidt, Northeastern’s Bill Coen, Michigan assistant Howard Eisley, UMBC’s Ryan Odom, Vermont’s John Becker and Purdue assistant Micah Shrewsberry.

Penn State is a bit further along in the search than BC, and their pool is expected to include Schmidt, Odom, Shrewsberry and Dennis Gates of Cleveland State. Gates is the speculative favorite because of his past relationship with Penn State AD Sandy Barbour, as the two overlapped at Cal.

6. Others to watch

There’s a handful of major jobs still in flux:

  • Minnesota — The expectation is that Richard Pitino’s job is in the crosshairs. He’s had bad injury luck this season, but just two NCAA appearances in eight seasons have turned his departure into an expectation. His buyout is less than $2 million.

  • Iowa State — Can Steve Prohm survive his winless Big 12 season? He’s gone 12-20 and 2-19 in back-to-back years, which puts his future in flux. His buyout is significant at nearly $5 million, and the potential of a departure has increased as things have turned hopeless on the court.

  • Kansas State — Don’t expect Kansas State to fire Bruce Weber, but this will be an off-season where some changes on his staff and other aspects of the program could occur. The program needs to change trajectory in a hurry for Weber to stay long-term, but he’s considered safe.

  • Utah — The future of Larry Krystkowiak is an interesting topic, as he’s making $3.75 million per year but hasn’t reached the NCAAs in five seasons. It’s hard to imagine Utah forking over a reported $6.7 million buyout, which means some type of departure agreement would be needed. Would a change do both sides good?

  • DePaul — The only thing consistent about DePaul the past two decades it appearing on lists like this. Dave Leitao is slogging through his sixth season there, as they are 4-13 and 2-13 in Big East play. New AD DeWayne Peevy’s job is to change the narrative of DePaul as the sport’s laughing stock. Could Loyola’s Porter Moser cure the apathy?

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Yankees Takeaways from Wednesday's 4-1 win over Blue Jays, including Corey Kluber's perfect start

Corey Kluber full body shot pitching in Yankees spring training
Corey Kluber full body shot pitching in Yankees spring training

The Yankees came away with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in seven innings on Wednesday night.

Here's what you need to know about Wednesday's win...

- Corey Kluber made his Yankees spring debut, as he got the start on the mound. Kluber worked a very easy top of the first inning, needing only nine pitches. He struck out Rowdy Tellez on a 92mph sinker to end the frame.

- Kluber kept on rolling through the second inning, striking out two more Jays, giving him two perfect innings. His night was done after that, but it was very impressive debut, as he needed just 22 pitches (15 strikes) to retire all six batters that he faced, striking out three Blue Jays.

- Acting manager Carlos Mendoza had DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, and Aaron Hicks batting in the first three spots in the order, which very well may be the case come Opening Day. The trio didn’t do much damage on Wednesday, though, going a combined 0-for-5. Judge reached base in his second at-bat on a hit-by-pitch, but was then pulled for a pinch-runner.

- The Yankees showed some power in fifth inning, as Gary Sanchez blasted an opposite field home run and Derek Dietrich followed up with a two-run bomb of his own. For Sanchez, it was his second home run early on this spring, a great site for Yankees fans after how badly Sanchez struggled in 2020.

- Following Kluber’s strong start, the Yankees also pitched Adam Warren, Nick Goody, Luis Cessa, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Kyle Barraclough. Cessa allowed the only Blue Jays run in the top of the fifth, surrendering a Josh Palacios double and an RBI single by former Yankee Breyvic Valera.

- Batting clean-up, Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts.

- Jay Bruce continues his red hot start to spring, as the veteran started at first base and went 2-for-2 with a double and single.

- Robinson Chirinos lifted a solo home run for the Yankees in the bottom of the seventh inning, pushing the Yankees' lead to 4-1. The game was then called after both teams had a chance to bat in the seventh.

What's next

The Yankees are back in action on Thursday afternoon, when they take on the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Fla..

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