Amanda Huber comments on Dynamite tribute show for her late husband

Amanda Huber comments on Dynamite tribute to her late husband

Amanda Huber took to her Instagram to comment on AEW’s special tribute show honoring her late husband, Jon Huber.

This past Wednesday’s episode of AEW Dynamite was a special celebration of life episode honoring Jon Huber, who was known in AEW as Brodie Lee, and Luke Harper in WWE.

Huber passed away last Saturday at the age of 41. 

Below is taken from Amanda Huber’s Instagram post. 

“I tried so hard to use photos that captured last night and I’m unsure if photos could do it justice. I’m not even sure I have words that can come close but I’ll try…

The entire show was perfect, from top to bottom. The little Easter eggs, the tributes, the matches, and the moments.

I’m not sure what it looked like on tv, and I’m sure sometime soon, I’ll see for myself. But I can tell you in person, the love in that building last night was real. It radiated all night long. You could feel it in the air. It was devastating and beautiful and a testament to one of the best people to walk this earth.

I will never ever ever be able to thank @tonyrkhan and the @allelitewrestling family enough. No words will ever work. All I can say is that AEW is the most amazing community and Tony is easily the kindest & most genuine person I’ve ever met. He loved my husband. He loves wrestling. He loves AEW. And he loves my family. Real, authentic love.

I’ve been around wrestling a long time. I’ve seen the absolute worst sides of this business. I don’t think I’d believe it either if I didn’t live it myself, but please believe me when I say everything last night from @aewontnt was heartfelt and genuine. Not a single person was disingenuous. Nobody was just “putting on a show”. It was real and raw emotion and just fucking beautiful.

And in the words of @brodielee “Are you crying?! You little bitch…. it’s always fucking something with you @silvernumber1 “

Yup. All of us. Little bitches.

*Also there were so many photos I was tagged in & saved and forgot who send them. So if I’m using your photo please let me know and I’ll gladly credit you*”

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Drugmakers to hike prices for 2021 as pandemic, political pressure put revenues at risk

Drugmakers including Pfizer Inc, Sanofi SA, and GlaxoSmithKline Plc plan to raise U.S. prices on more than 300 drugs in the United States on Jan. 1, according to drugmakers and data analyzed by healthcare research firm 3 Axis Advisors.

The hikes come as drugmakers are reeling from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has reduced doctor visits and demand for some drugs. They are also fighting new drug price cutting rules from the Trump administration, which would reduce the industry's profitability.

The companies kept their price increases at 10% or below, and the largest drug companies to raise prices so far, Pfizer and Sanofi, kept nearly all of their increases 5% or less, 3 Axis said. 3 Axis is a consulting firm that works with pharmacists groups, health plans and foundation on drug pricing and supply chain issues.

GSK did raise prices on two vaccines - shingles vaccine Shingrix and diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine Pediarix - by 7% and 8.6%, respectively, 3 Axis said.

Teva Pharmaceuticals Inc hiked prices on 15 drugs, including Austedo, which treats rare neurological disorders, and asthma steroid Qvar, which together grossed more than $650 million in sales in 2019 and saw price hikes of between 5% and 6%. Teva hiked prices for some drugs, including muscle relaxant Amrix and narcolepsy treatment Nuvigil, as much as 9.4%.

More price hikes are expected to be announced on Friday and in early January.

In 2020, drugmakers raised prices on more than 860 drugs by around 5 percent, on average, according to 3 Axis. Drug price increases have slowed substantially since 2015, both in terms of the size of the hikes and the number of drugs affected.

The increases come as pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer are playing hero by developing vaccines for COVID-19 in record time. The hikes could help make up for lost revenue as doctors visits and new prescriptions plummeted during the global lockdown.

Pfizer plans to raise prices on more than 60 drugs by between 0.5 % and 5%. Those include roughly 5% increases on some of its top sellers like rheumatoid arthritis treatment Xeljanz and cancer drugs Ibrance and Inlyta.

Pfizer said it had adjusted the list prices of its drugs by around 1.3% across all products in its portfolio, in line with inflation.

"This modest increase is necessary to support investments that allow us to continue to discover new medicines and deliver those breakthroughs to the patients who need them," spokeswoman Amy Rose said in a statement, pointing in particular to the COVID-19 vaccine the company developed with Germany's BioNTech SE.

It said that its net prices, which back out rebates to pharmacy benefit managers and other discounts, have actually fallen for the last 3 years.

France's Sanofi plans to increase prices on a number of vaccines 5 percent or less and will announce more price increases later in January, spokesperson Ashleigh Koss said.

None of the company's price increases will be above the expected growth rate of U.S. health spending of 5.1 percent, she said.

Slashing U.S. prescription drug prices - which are among the highest in the world - was a focus of U.S. President Donald Trump, after making it a core pledge of his 2016 campaign. He issued several executive orders in late 2020 meant to cut prices, but their impact could be limited by legal challenges and other problems.

A federal judge earlier this month blocked a last-minute Trump administration rule aimed at lowering drug prices that was set to be implemented at the beginning of the year. It was challenged by drug industry groups including PhRMA, the nation’s leading pharmaceutical trade group.

President-elect Biden has also vowed to reduce drug costs and to allow Medicare, a U.S. government health insurance program, to negotiate drug prices. He has support from Congressional Democrats to pass such legislation, which the Congressional Budget Office has said could cost the industry more than $300 billion by 2029.

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10 Current WWE Wrestlers Worthy Of Headlining A Hall Of Fame Class

While many fans like to claim that WWE is nowhere near as great as it was in the good old days, the truth is that there are still a ton of wrestlers in the company who are among the best of all-time. As a matter of fact, a lot of today's active superstars are going to one day become a WWE Hall of Fame member, and there is no questioning their qualifications.

RELATED: 10 Wrestlers Who WWE Pulled The Trigger On Way Too Late

With The Undertaker recently retiring, the last of the early '90s WWE superstars have finished up their careers. However, since the end of the Attitude Era and start of the Ruthless Aggression Era, there are a ton of stars who will go down among the best in history, and many of them have the right to headline their own WWE Hall of Fame class.

10 Randy Orton

Randy Orton

There is no doubt that the second that Randy Orton decides to end his in-ring professional wrestling career, he will be a first-ballot WWE Hall of Fame inductee. No one will be good enough to headline that year outside of Orton himself.

Orton is a 14-time world champion, with every title won in WWE. Only John Cena and Ric Flair won more world titles. He also won the Royal Rumble twice and has competed in two different WrestleMania main events.

9 Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan

Throughout his time in the company, WWE has tried to discount everything that Daniel Bryan has achieved in his career. Despite wanting to push other stars, fans forced the company's hand to make Bryan the top star.

Before coming to WWE, Bryan was considered one of the best wrestlers on the planet, and then he came to WWE and became a five-time world champion against all odds. There are a couple of names that could headline a WWE Hall of Fame class over Bryan, but he deserves it.

8 The Miz

The Miz

No one would have thought The Miz would become a WWE Hall of Fame superstar during his early years in the company. Fans disrespected him, and there is still a large number that doesn't give him the respect he deserves.

The Miz is one of the best modern-day heels in WWE and has achieved almost everything a person could in the ring. He is a former world champion and has won 19 total titles in WWE, including the Intercontinental Championship eight times.

7 Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar

The year that Brock Lesnar enters the WWE Hall of Fame, no one else will matter. The man has done everything a person can do in WWE, and from his debut to his last appearance, there was not a person who seemed like a bigger star in the industry than Lesnar.

RELATED: 5 WWE/Media Crossovers That Worked (& 5 That Were Embarrassingly Bad)

Lesnar is an eight-time world champion and is the only man in history to win the WWE Championship and the UFC Heavyweight Championship. He is a true superstar and no one could overshadow him at the WWE Hall of Fame.

6 Big Show

Big Show

The first man to ever gain induction into the WWE Hall of Fame was Andre the Giant. When Big Show finally decides to stop wrestling and hang up his boots, he will join Andre in the Hall as one of the true great giants in professional wrestling history.

There is a chance he does not headline if he goes in the same year as a Randy Orton or Brock Lesnar. However, there are plenty of chances for Big Show to headline his own class, and the seven-time world champion deserves it.

5 Rey Mysterio

Rey Mysterio

Rey Mysterio is still going strong today, as he has now brought his son Dominik into the sport to follow in his legendary footsteps. However, when it comes to his legacy, Mysterio will stand the test of time as the man who really brought the Lucha style to WWE and achieved the most success of anyone who came before or after him.

Mysterio, at only 5 ft. 6 in., is a three-time world champion and the ultimate underdog. As a Latino superhero, Mysterio deserves to headline the WWE Hall of Fame when he retires.

4 Sheamus

Sheamus

Sheamus still has a ways to go before he retires. That is good news because a couple of years ago, it looked like he would have to retire early because of serious injuries. Since his last return, Sheamus has been going strong and still looks like a superstar.

RELATED: 10 WWE Wrestlers Who Won The Most Titles Without A World Championship

Sheamus is a four-time world champion and the first Irish world champion in WWE history. He has also won the tag team titles five times, all with Cesaro, and is one of the company's best brawlers. There are also his United States Title reign, King of the Ring win, and Royal Rumble victory to take into account. Even if he doesn't headline, he is a shoo-in for the WWE Hall of Fame.

3 Jeff Hardy

Jeff Hardy

There was no doubt that the Hardy Boyz were a guaranteed lock for the WWE Hall of Fame. That chance seemed to disappear when Matt Hardy left the company to help AEW grow, and his chances dissipated quickly. However, Jeff Hardy chose to re-sign with WWE, and if everything goes right, he could retire there.

If that happens, Jeff is a guaranteed Hall of Fame superstar and is good enough to headline a class in the right year. He is a three-time world champion, five-time IC champion, and nine-time tag team champion.

2 Kofi Kingston

Kofi Kingston

Kofi Kingston looked like a lifetime mid-card talent until 2019. That was the year that the long-time WWE superstar finally stepped up and won the world championship from Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania. At that point, he proved he was a true legend and a bonafide Hall of Fame star.

He won the Intercontinental and United States Titles on multiple occasions and is a 13-time tag team champion. Kofi deserves a Hall of Fame induction all his own, but don't be surprised to see New Day headline their own class one day.

1 John Cena

John Cena

Is John Cena still an active wrestler? He has not retired and has said that he still plans to return to WWE when the time is right in the future. He is a lot like The Rock, although he is likely to wrestle more matches in the future than The Rock.

If Cena retires, the only men who could headline a Hall of Fame over him are The Rock and Undertaker. Outside of those two, Cena will own his own WWE Hall of Fame class as a 16-time world champion.

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Jim Ross On How Much Shawn Michaels Was Paid During Four-Year WWE Hiatus, Vince ...

On a special episode of the Grilling JR Podcast dedicated to the career of Shawn Michaels during 1997 through 1998, Jim Ross talked about the bond and relationship between Michaels and his boss Vince McMahon. Ross went in depth as to why they had such a bond and conversations he had with McMahon about Michaels.

"Vince told me one time, 'I see so much of myself in Shawn Michaels'," Ross recalled. "He'd give all of these descriptions: he's defiant, he's creative, he's high strung. Yeah and both of you are insecure, both of you are afraid of your own shadow, both of you are wondering when the other shoe will drop. So yeah, maybe you are right."

During a special episode of Raw on a Thursday of February 1997, Michaels walked down to the ring and relinquished his WWF Championship in the infamous "lost my smile" promo. Michaels dropped the belt because he had to supposedly rehab a knee injury. Ross discussed when he first found out that Michaels would be forfeiting the belt and the backstage response.

"I guess earlier that day," Ross said. "He was volatile Conrad. Anything you heard about Shawn was not going to be a total shock, you kind of got used to it. I'm not sure if he lost his smile because he was injured, or lost his smile because he couldn't handle the pressure. He was influenced by outside sources that would like to pour gas on the fire. I knew that day and I was very uncomfortable with it.

"Once you get the message it's going to happen in a production meeting, it was like jeez, that's pretty extreme. Maybe give him the benefit of the doubt and something really is wrong, didn't know. I always thought his feelings were hurt more than his knee or his back and I don't know if that's why. He had a hard time handling and accepting being the top guy in the territory."

Ross noted the issues that so many talents had with Michaels. He said Michaels was just treated by McMahon differently than anyone else.

"He was protected," Ross said. "He was in his own little sphere that Vince built for him so nobody said nothing, not to his face. I had endless conversations with talent about 'What are you going to do about Shawn? Why does Vince tolerate that s--t? How can you let that go?' All the time. You can't give them any valid reason, other than to say that's the boss' decision and my job is not to question his decision but to make his decision happen. I'm doing my job.

"If you have an issue with how Vince McMahon is managing Shawn Michaels, may I suggest you go meet with Vince McMahon, don't confront, converse and let's see where you get with it, then come back and tell me what the results were. I don't think anybody ever took my advice or tried it. They'd like to b---h about it Conrad, but nobody wanted to die on that hill."

Michaels left WWE in 1998 and did not return as a wrestler until 2001 as a completely changed man. Ross talked about what happened with Shawn's contract when he left the company for four years. He strongly believes Shawn just wanted to leave WWE and join WCW but Vince McMahon wasn't going to let that happen.

"I don't know if it was pressure from Vince, Vince loved him," Ross said. "It's proven. We paid Shawn $750,000 a year for about 4 years to do nothing because he was Vince's guy. Every time we'd go over budgets and things [I'd say] what do you want to do about the Shawn contract? 'Nothing. Leave it alone.'

"Vince didn't have to do that. All Shawn wanted to do was go play with Kevin [Nash] and Scott Hall. It would've been nice for WCW to get the gift of Shawn Michaels wouldn't you think? So [Vince] took good care of him. I really believe he wanted to go have fun working a very limited schedule with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall in Atlanta for WCW and he was trying to get there. McMahon says ain't no way in hell this is happening. If I have to pay you to sit your little ass at home, I can do that and I will do that. Shawn got blocked on what he wanted to do, he didn't get his way to leave WWE."

Ross noted how well it's worked out for Michaels since he came back to the company in 2001. He said that Michaels not going to WCW and taking those four years off to find himself was the best thing that could have ever happened to him.

"Look how it's worked out for him," Ross said. "He's got a job, I'm sure he's getting benefits, I'm sure he's making a damn good living, he's moved his family to Florida. At the end of the day, it really came out good for him in that respect. That was all because Vince's dedication and commitment to taking care of Shawn once again reverting back to Vince saying I see a little bit of myself in this guy and for some reason, I'm drawn to him."

Over the years there have been unfounded rumors that Michaels and McMahon were secretly lovers, which Bret Hart once referenced on ˆ, although Hart admitted that he did not know that for sure. Ross absolutely destroyed those rumors and denied ever even hearing them. He said it's probably just something made up by a wrestler to try and make an excuse for as to why Michaels accomplished more than they did.

"Are you kidding?" Ross asked when the story was presented to him. "I've never even heard that. I swear to God, I've never heard that. Are you serious? I think it's laughable as hell. That's the funny thing about the business, the talents that make up these stories and excuses about their own downfall because they can't accomplish what they want. They are just as much a nuisance and a plague as the guys that are stirring all the s--t. One feeds the other.

"It's none of your business how Vince manages Shawn. That's not what you're here for. You are not here to evaluate the chairman of the board's managerial ability and leadership qualities. That's not why we hired you. You're here to become a viable member of this company, get better at what you do, improve your skill sets, and help us draw money. Worry about your own s--t and not everybody else's."

On several occasions Ross said Michaels would say things or do things that were distasteful to so many backstage but never was punished for because of his relationship with the boss. Ross explained why Michaels never punished Shawn and stated the reason being his potential with the company.

"It's like defending your son who continually gets in trouble," Ross said. "Simple as that. He was always going to be the protector of Shawn Michaels. I believe it was because he knew out of all those clouds and distractions, Shawn was going to be one of the biggest stars we ever had sooner or later."

Ross finally stated that he doesn't think anybody has ever had that type of relationship with McMahon that Michaels did. He said it was just a unique bond that nobody could ever understand and even though Michaels raised hell, McMahon would always be there to have his back.

"I don't think he had that father-son type thing, uncle-nephew deal like he had with Shawn in my run there," Ross said. "I know he was very close with [Steve] Austin for a while, Taker of course and still to this very day. But Shawn's relationship with the old man, in my opinion, was a little bit different than a lot of the other talent."

"It was just a very unique bond that they had, I don't see anybody else that was ever there that Vince felt as strongly about and tolerated as much. Vince has said to me 'I don't know how much longer I can do this, he's driving me crazy.' He's just dedicated, he's loyal to Shawn. He saw that Shawn could help the company in a big big way if he just got his head on right."

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

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De La Hoya, Garcia, Canelo, Reynoso Have Newfangled Relationships To Navigate

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The top shelf of Golden Boy’s cupboard was left barren once Canelo Alvarez filed a lawsuit against the promotional company and DAZN and was later released from his contract.

The development was arguably the biggest in boxing during 2020.

Even after all of the fractures in their relationship had surfaced in recent years, it was a prolific knockout punch Hall of Fame fighter Oscar De La Hoya never saw coming.

De La Hoya seemingly lost a back-breaking hand once Alvarez severed their decade-long alliance and became a promotional and network free agent.

Yet, De La Hoya believes he still owns a sizable bankroll. His chips, however, are not the ones you find at casinos. It comes in human form in blue-chip prospect Ryan Garcia, the 22-year-old Victorville-bred social sensation who trains alongside Alvarez and Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso.

Garcia will look to further prove he’s not fool’s gold and help De La Hoya rebuild the coffers when he takes on 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell on Saturday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The DAZN stream begins at 3 p.m. ET.

“After this fight, I will consider Ryan not just the face of Golden Boy Promotions, but the face of boxing,” De La Hoya told BoxingScene.com in an interview. “Not having Canelo on our roster is something that we can live with and move on from. Ryan has the opportunity to surpass whatever Canelo has accomplished.”

De La Hoya is making what could perhaps be a company-shifting bet by letting it ride with Garcia, who certainly has the skills and ceiling to develop into one of boxing’s next big budding stars.

The Golden Boy even went as far as saying Garcia is the best prospect he’s ever promoted, a label he once bestowed on Vergil Ortiz Jr.

“We’ve promoted a lot of young prospects. Ryan Garcia has that overall package. If handled correctly by the people around him, then Ryan will go very, very far,” said De La Hoya. “I knew from the beginning that he had something special.”

De La Hoya knows all too well about realizing potential, much like he did his entire career shortly after capturing Olympics gold at the 1992 Summer Games, and all the way to retirement as a six-division champion in 2008.

What he can’t seem to identify, though, is how he lost his golden touch with Alvarez, or why it unraveled.

“I still don’t know till this day what exactly I did wrong handling [Canelo’s] career,” said De La Hoya. “We build him to be the biggest star in boxing, and there is nothing wrong with that.”

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Alvarez and De La Hoya’s relationship went south shortly after Alvarez signed a 10-fight, $365-million deal with streaming service DAZN at the behest of the promoter in 2018. Alvarez’s contract with Golden Boy called for him to have final approval for all of his opponents. His deal with DAZN called for the OTT platform to have final say on future foes.

When Alvarez was backed into a corner to face Gennadiy Golovkin in a trilogy, he fought back and got himself out of the mess once he realized his separate contracts didn’t mesh with one another.

“Instead of trying to become the very best inside of the ring and reaching glory, the business side of boxing has messed with a fighter’s head,” said De La Hoya. “It’s polluted their head. Make the fights, and then the money will come. A lot of fighters have so many people in their ears nowadays. Everybody thinks they are an expert.”

The upstart Garcia has Alvarez and Reynoso in his ear, and he has to navigate what has suddenly become a murky love triangle between him, the gym and his boss.

Garcia has increasingly grown close to Alvarez despite a language barrier ever since he started training under the same San Diego roof with the Mexican star in 2018.

Garcia had his fair share of public and sporadic sparring sessions with De La Hoya last year on social media as well.

They smashed their misunderstandings in September 2019 and signed a lucrative contract extension that binds Garcia to Golden Boy until 2024. Peace was restored, business was usual, but Garcia has maintained that he and De La Hoya still have not had breakthroughs in their relationship.

“I don’t get into that. I just focus on my fights,” Garcia told BoxingScene.com in an interview. “I want to accomplish my dreams. I can’t be worried about what’s going on with who and who.”

The 2019 trainer of the year and power broker Reynoso is promising nothing but a harmonious and business-first relationship moving forward with De La Hoya as he transforms the still-green boxer.

“We’re all mature. We’re all professionals here,” Reynoso told BoxingScene.com in an interview. “We all understand our responsibilities, them as a promoter, me as a trainer. I’m here to put Ryan in the best condition to fight. They do their thing, and I do my thing. I’m very happy that Golden Boy opened the doors for Saul and myself. We’re open to working with all promoters.”

De La Hoya said, “I do worry, absolutely,” that the newfangled relationship dynamics could eventually create problems in the future between him and Garcia.

“Ryan knows what he wants, and we’re on the same page — it’s a matter of keeping a close relationship with him and giving him advice,” he said. “The same thing that he’s going through now, I went through as well [with my promotional contract with Bob Arum]. I had all those whispers in my ear as well. I know exactly what they’re telling him and what he’s going through.”

In addition to Garcia, the other top fighter in Golden Boy’s stable is fast-rising welterweight Ortiz Jr.; champions like Jaime Munguia and JoJo Diaz rank right after them.

De La Hoya and company will surely look to restock the cabinets once the upcoming Olympics class turns pro.

They’re also familiar with the feeling of being left on the canvas and being counted out after a massive star exodus.

As De La Hoya was in rehab battling substance abuse in 2013, and splitting with his powerful right-hand man and former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer in 2014, he lost fighters he built over the years in Deontay Wilder, Danny Garcia, Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, among many others high-profiled boxers, to Al Haymon’s PBC as part of a settlement.

“I’ve been in this position before. It doesn’t worry me whatsoever,” De La Hoya said in what Golden Boy’s vitality looks like in a post-Alvarez world.

De La Hoya is certainly making an effort to play nice with Alvarez in order to one day repair the relationship. He even took to Twitter on the night of Alvarez’s decision win over Callum Smith and wrote, “good luck tonight.”

“We have to weather the storm. We have to come back stronger and harder and make these big fights happen for Ryan,” said De La Hoya. “I love the Gervonta Davis fight next for him. This is the beginning for Ryan. If he beats Campbell, the sky's the limit.”

De La Hoya, meanwhile, isn’t limiting himself with any entities no matter how improbable it may seem.

“I have no doubt that our paths will cross and we’ll be promoting Canelo again very soon,” said De La Hoya. “My New Year’s resolution is for all promoters to work together and grow the sport.”

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How sports looked different in 2020

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We spent so much of 2020 apart from one another. We stayed in our homes, wary and uncertain, as days stretched to weeks and weeks to months. We waited in silence for something, anything to change.

And then everything changed.

Stadiums became hospitals and polling stations. Voices rose up in unison, often from unexpected venues, to demand equality and justice for all. Sports weren’t just sports anymore — they were a desperately needed release, a platform for social messaging, a chance to recapture some bit of pre-pandemic normalcy.

The games returned, but the stands remained mostly empty. The Lambeau Leap became the Lambeau Loneliness. Stuffed animals and cardboard cutouts silently watched an entire season of baseball. Screens of fans rejoicing in their homes were an unsatisfying replacement for actual live fans reveling courtside. Fake crowd noise couldn’t cover up the silence.

This was a year literally unlike any other in sports history. In 2021, we’ll be back together again, and louder than ever before. Here, courtesy of Albert Corona, is a look at how the sports world looked a little different in 2020. — Jay Busbee

(Editors note: Use the purple dot to scroll across each photo.)

The NFL draft

NASCAR

Team travel

The press conference

The NBA

Baseball

College football

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Raptors vs. Knicks: How to Watch, Live Stream, & Odds for Thursday's Game

It might not exactly be a must-win game for the Toronto Raptors (0-3) taking on the New York Knicks (2-2) on New Year's Eve, but it's pretty close.

The Raptors have built up double-digit leads in all three games they've played this season only to see them squandered when the offence has stagnated. They're the first team in the last 20 years to drop to 0-3 despite having double-digit leads in all three games, according to ESPN.

So far this season those lulls have come while Kyle Lowry has been on the bench. The team is plus-14 with Lowry on the floor and minus-40 in the 33 minutes he's sat this season. That's an issue they're going to have to figure out soon, not just because it's unsustainable this year, but also because counting on a 34-year-old on the final year of his contract is not a good plan for the future.

Against New York, the Raptors will have to stop a young, still-developing group led by Canadian RJ Barrett and Julius Randle. The Knicks are riding a two-game winning streak after knocking off the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers. They're a team that's going to look to score in the paint and it'll be up to Toronto's new bigs to deter the Knicks inside scoring.

Plan on tuning in? Here's everything you need to know!

Game Details

Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks

Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM EST.

Location: Amalie Arena

How to Watch

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O/U: 215.5

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Campbell: I Didn't Perform To Best Of My Ability Versus Lomachenko

Luke Campbell doesn’t want to hear about moral victories.

Much has been made of the 2012 Olympic Gold medalist and former two-time title challenger serving as the toughest test in the young career of unbeaten contender Ryan García (20-0, 17KOs). The storyline is usually assigned to the fighter deemed as the gatekeeper in the equation, a measuring stick to the young gun on the rise.

England’s Campbell didn’t cross the Atlantic Ocean just to serve as a footnote in García’s career, but rather the one responsible for ruining it.

“I want to prove that I’m the best in the division,” Campbell emphatically stated during Thursday’s final pre-fight press conference ahead of their scheduled 12-round main event (Saturday, DAZN, 5:00 p.m. ET). “I want to beat the best in the division.” 

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That moment has yet to come for Campbell, having twice come up short on the title stage. The 33-year old southpaw from Hull, England dropped a narrow decision to then-lightweight titlist Jorge Linares in September 2017 and falling well short in a 12-round defeat to Vasilily Lomachenko in their multi-belt title fight last August in London.

Campbell was credited for proving to be a handful for the supremely skilled Lomachenko (14-2, 10KOs), though he has taken such feedback as false praise. No longer interested in being a runner-up, the British southpaw has conducted some serious soul searching over the past 16 months, along with preparing himself for a career-defining performance on Saturday.

“My strategy is to win by any means possible,” insists Campbell. “Everybody’s said I performed well against Lomachenko. Me myself, I know I didn’t perform to the best of my ability.

“I’ve watched it back, I’ve trained and have brought myself to be the best I can be.”

The scheduled 12-round bout will air live on DAZN from American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The winner will become the mandatory challenger to the lightweight title currently held by Devin Haney (25-0, 15KOs), who will be on site as part of the DAZN broadcast team.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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USA vs. Sweden: Live score, highlights, updates from 2021 World Juniors

Before the ball drops in New York City's Times Square, the puck will drop in Alberta between two hockey powerhouses playing for big stakes. The United States and Sweden will meet in the final 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship preliminary game with positioning in the quarterfinals on the line.

If the United States wins in regulation, then it will take the top spot in Group B and get a meeting with Slovakia. If the U.S. wins in overtime, then it will finish second in the group and face Germany. If it loses, then it will face Finland.

Team USA's spirits are high after it bounced back from an early loss to Russia with lopsided wins over Austria (11-0) and the Czech Republic (7-0). Trevor Zegras has been a force with 10 points (five goals, five assists) in just three games. Captain Cam York has chipped in six points, including five helpers. The Americans got goals from Arthur Kaliyev and Cole Caufield and a strong performance in net from Spencer Knight against the Czechs; if head coach Nate Leaman can get a spark from those guys, then the U.S. could be ringing in the new year on a roll.

The U.S. will be without Patrick Moynihan, who is sitting because of an injury. The Devils prospect took a late, high (and, many would say, dirty) hit against Austria (the player was suspended two games for the hit) and was knocked around against the Czechs, as well. With Moynihan out, the Americans will dress 12 forwards and eight defensemen, with Senators prospect Tyler Kleven slotting in on the back end. Knight is back in net after a strong start against the Czechs.

Sweden had its preliminary-round winning streak snapped at 54 with an overtime loss Wednesday night to Russia. It scored the tying goal in the waning moments of the third period but Russia netted the game-winner in the dying seconds of the extra session. The one plus for the Americans is that Sweden played a physical contest just one night ago, but beyond that, this will not an easy meeting. 

Sweden is a force, led by the noise-making "Terror Twins," Alexander Holtz and Lucas Raymond. Throw in blue-liners Philip Broberg, Victor Soderstrom and Tobias Bjornfot, and the U.S. will definitely have its hands full. While the initial chart listed Calle Clang making his first start of the tournament the chart was incorrect and it'll be Hugo Alnefelt in net.

Sporting News has all the action as the United States looks to end 2020 on a high note and take the top spot in Group B.

(All times Eastern)

USA vs. Sweden score, highlights from 2021 World Juniors

11:09 p.m. — Per NHL Network, USA has not allowed a goal in two hours, two seconds with a goalie in net.

Second period: USA 4, Sweden 0

11:07 p.m. — Knight makes a good shot on the point shot through traffic.

11:05 p.m. — Soderblom rings one off the pipe. Sweden comes close but that's the closest they'd get on the power play.

11:04 p.m. — Kaliyev gets called for tripping and gives the Swedes their first power play of the game.

11:01 p.m. — Five minutes to go in the period, USA is outshooting Sweden 27-22.

10:58 p.m. — Spencer Knight doesn't know where the puck is and is leaning the wrong way on a wrap-around attempt but kicks out the pad at the last second to keep Sweden off the board.

10:42 p.m. — Goalie change for Sweden. Hugo Alnefelt is out. Jesper Wallstedt is in.

10:41 p.m. — GOAL. Off a scramble in the slot, Arthur Kaliyev feeds Alex Turcotte standing on the doorstep and far side. Turcotte stuffs the puck in and gets his first of the tournament. USA leads 4-0.

10:40 p.m. — On the penalty shot, Victor Soderstrom stickhandling and he had space after he pulls Knight out of position but loses control of the puck as he goes to his forehand and doesn't even get a shot off.

10:39 p.m. — Arvid Costmar breaks in and is pulled down by Jackson Lacombe— and we get a penalty shot!

10:36 p.m. — GOAL. Two minutes into the period. One pass across the royal road after a clean faceoff win by Trevor Zegras and Ryan Johnson buries it. USA leads 3-0.

10:34 p.m. — In the first minute of action, Sweden gets to chances including one by Lucas Raymond that Spencer Knight stops.

10:33 p.m. — Period is underway.

First period: USA 2, Sweden 0

10:14 p.m. — A good first period for the Americans. Spencer Knight stopped nine shots as the Americans put 14 on net, including the two from bad angles that resulted in goals. 

10:10 p.m. — With two seconds left, Alex Turcotte gets an extra love tap in on the goalie and the Swedes introduce themselves to him.

10:05 p.m. — Americans head to the power play.

9:53 p.m. — After making save Alnefelt is out of position but Alex Turcotte can't stuff the puck in. Victor Soderstrom with a stick save and a beauty.

9:44 p.m. — GOAL. Trevor Zegras throws the shot on next from the halfwall on the left boards and it finds daylight above the shoulder of Alnefelt. USA leads 2-0.

9:43 p.m. — Teams swap scoring chances. 

9:39 p.m. — GOAL. just 1:09 into the game, Drew Helleson throws the puck on net from the corner and below the goal line and it somehow goes in. USA leads 1-0.

9:37 p.m. — Game on and as the ref said: "Let's finish 2020 right here."

Pregame

9:37 p.m. — Silky mitts.

8:45 p.m. — Lines are here.

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Dream11 Super Smash T20 NK Vs WF Live Stream, Pitch And Weather Report, Match Preview

The Dream11 Super Smash T20 2020 season is all set to continue with Match No. 7 on Friday, January 1 at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. The upcoming match will see the Northern Knights (NK) take on the Wellington Firebirds (WF). The match is scheduled to commence at 11:40 AM IST. Here's a look at the NK vs WF live streaming details, how to watch NK vs WF live in India and where to catch NK vs WF live scores.

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Dream11 Super Smash T20 2020: Tournament preview ahead of NK vs WF

The ongoing Dream11 Super Smash T20 2020 premiered on December 24 and will run until February 14. A total of six teams are participating in the tournament that forms a part of the New Zealand domestic season. 32 matches will be played between teams in a double round-robin format, which will be followed by a preliminary final and a final.   

The upcoming game is only the second match for the Northern Knights this season. They are placed at the bottom of the points table as they lost their opening fixture to the Central Stags by 45 runs. On the other hand, the Wellington Firebirds are placed second on the table due to their unbeaten run so far in the tournament.

Also Read | Yograj Singh Opens Up On BCCI's Decision To Decline Yuvraj's Comeback To Domestic Grid

Dream11 Super Smash T20 live: NK vs WF live stream details

None of the Dream11 Super Smash T20 live matches is available for television audience in India. However, fans who wish to watch the NK vs WF live streaming, as well as the rest of the tournament, can do so on the multi-sports aggregator platform FanCode. For NK vs WF live scores and other updates, one can also visit the social media handles and websites of New Zealand Cricket.

Dream11 Super Smash T20 2020: Weather prediction for NK vs WF

As per Accuweather, the weather prediction indicates that there is only a 10 per cent chance of rainfall during the match. The temperature is expected to hover between 19 and 21 degrees Celsius during the course of the match.

Dream11 Super Smash T20 2020: Pitch report for NK vs WF

The pitch is known for favouring batsmen as the average first-innings score at the venue has been 204 in the past five matches. The captain winning the toss is likely to bat first, as chasing teams have lost all of the last five matches here.

Also Read | 'Neil Wagner A Born Fighter': NZ Pacer's Lauded For Playing Pak Test With Fractured Toes

Dream11 Super Smash T20 2020: NK vs WF squads

Here is a look at the NK vs WF squads for the upcoming match.

NK vs WF: NK squad

Tim Seifert (wk), Katene Clarke, Dean Brownlie, Henry Cooper, Anton Devcich (c), Brett Hampton, Scott Kuggeleijn, Zak Gibson, Joe Walker, Brett Randell, Matthew Fisher and Frederick Walker.

NK vs WF: WF squad

Devon Conway (wk), Finn Allen, Rachin Ravindra, Troy Johnson, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell (c), Fraser Colson, Jamie Gibson, Logan van Beek, Peter Younghusband, Hamish Bennett and Ian McPeake.

Also Read | Kane Williamson's Dominating 129 Vs Pakistan For 23rd Test Hundred: WATCH

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Impact Wrestling Viewership Down For The Final 2020 Episode, Totals For The Year

Tuesday's Best Of 2020 Part 2 edition of Impact Wrestling drew 103,000 viewers on AXS TV, according to Showbuzz Daily. The show drew a 0.01 rating in the key 18-49 demographic.

This week's Impact episode did not make the Cable Top 150 and the key demo ranking is not available. The show ranked #140 for the night on cable in viewership.

These numbers are down from last week's Best Of 2020 Part 1 show, which drew 133,000 viewers with a 0.03 rating in the key demo. Last week's episode ranked #145 for the night in viewership but did not make the Cable Top 150 for the 18-49 demo.

This week's Impact viewership is down 22.6% from last week's show, and 75% down in the 18-49 demographic rating. This was the second lowest Impact viewership of the year, behind the 78,000 viewers the show drew on September 8, which went head-to-head with WWE NXT Super Tuesday II that night.

Impact drew a total of 8.010 million viewers in 2020, for an average of 154,038 viewers per episode. 2019 totals are not available for comparison.

The Cheez-It Bowl college football game on ESPN at 5:30pm topped the night on the Cable Top 150 with a 0.80 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. The bowl game also topped the night in viewership on cable with 3.200 million viewers.

To Tell The Truth on ABC topped the night in the 18-49 demographic for network TV with a 0.57 rating. NCIS on CBS topped the night on network TV in viewership with 4.719 million viewers.

Below is our 2020 Impact Wrestling Viewership Tracker with Totals: (Archived ratings data courtesy of WrestleNomics)

January 7 Episode: 200,000 viewers
January 14 Episode: 182,000 viewers
January 21 Episode: 150,000 viewers
January 28 Episode: 188,000 viewers
February 4 Episode: 174,000 viewers
February 11 Episode: 176,000 viewers
February 18 Episode: 186,000 viewers
February 25 Episode: 195,000 viewers
March 3 Episode: 161,000 viewers
March 10 Episode: 151,000 viewers
March 17 Episode: 163,000 viewers
March 24 Episode: 172,000 viewers
March 31 Episode: 122,000 viewers
April 7 Episode: 148,000 viewers
April 14 Episode: 151,000 viewers
April 21 Episode: 132,000 viewers
April 28 Episode: 145,000 viewers
May 5 Episode: 140,000 viewers
May 12 Episode: 175,000 viewers
May 19 Episode: 145,000 viewers
May 26 Episode: 152,000 viewers
June 2 Episode: 133,000 viewers
June 9 Episode: 138,000 viewers
June 16 Episode: 148,000 viewers
June 23 Episode: 136,000 viewers
June 30 Episode: 151,000 viewers
July 7 Episode: 135,000 viewers
July 14 Episode: 156,000 viewers
July 21 Episode: 163,000 viewers
July 28 Episode: 157,000 viewers
August 4 Episode: 134,000 viewers
August 11 Episode: 182,000 viewers
August 18 Episode: 147,000 viewers
August 25 Episode: 171,000 viewers
September 1 Episode: 102,000 viewers
September 8 Episode: 78,000 viewers
September 15 Episode: 170,000 viewers
September 22 Episode: 200,000 viewers
September 29 Episode: 168,000 viewers
October 6 Episode: 156,000 viewers
October 13 Episode: 154,000 viewers
October 20 Episode: 146,000 viewers
October 27 Episode: 139,000 viewers
November 3 Episode: 116,000 viewers
November 10 Episode: 127,000 viewers
November 17 Episode: 146,000 viewers
November 24 Episode: 149,000 viewers
December 1 Episode: 166,000 viewers
December 8 Episode: 221,000 viewers with a 0.08 rating in the 18-49 demographic
December 15 Episode: 177,000 viewers with a 0.04 rating in the 18-49 demographic
December 22 Episode: 133,000 viewers with a 0.03 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Best Of 2020 episode)
December 29 Episode: 103,000 viewers with a 0.01 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Best Of 2020 episode)

2020 Total: 8.010 million viewers over 52 episodes
2020 Average: 154,038 viewers per episode

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Tottenham – Leeds: How to watch, start time, team news, odds

Tottenham – Leeds: Spurs will look to make the most of their three additional days of rest and snap their current four-game winless run (0W-2D-2L) when they host Leeds United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 7:30 am ET, on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Jose Mourinho’s side was handed the extra time off during the festive period when Wednesday’s clash with Fulham was postponed due to the Cottagers’ increase in COVID-19 cases. As a result, Tottenham will have gone five days between games compared to just three for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

As for Leeds, it was a hugely successful outing on Wednesday — their most dominant display of the 2020-21 Premier League season — as they thrashed West Bromwich Albion to the tune of 5-0. The club has since come under heavy public scrutiny for a tweet which prompted a wave of social-media abuse at England women’s national team legend Karen Carney.

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Here is everything you need to know ahead of Tottenham – Leeds this Saturday with team news, odds, stream link and more.


Team news: Tottenham – Leeds (INJURY REPORT)

Tottenham: QUESTIONABLE: Lucas Moura (undisclosed), Carlos Vinicius (undisclosed) | OUT: Giovani Lo Celso (hamstring), Gareth Bale (calf)

Leeds: QUESTIONABLE: Diego Llorente (groin), Liam Cooper (abdominal), Mateusz Klich (thigh) | OUT: Gaetano Berardi (knee), Adam Forshaw (groin), Robin Koch (knee)


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Tottenham (-134) | Leeds (+320) | Draw (+300)

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Prediction: Tottenham – Leeds

While Spurs have struggled in recent weeks against sides that sit deep and defend — as that’s what they wish to do themselves — Leeds will gladly take the initiative and offer Harry Kane and Son Heung-min the avenues they require to create ample scoring opportunities. Based on recent evidence, pressing and attacking Spurs is the last thing any team should plan to do, but that’s the Bielsa way. Spurs 3-2 Leeds.


How to watch Tottenham – Leeds: stream and start time

Kickoff: 7:30 am ET Saturday
TV: NBCSN
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com

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