Lakers vs. Warriors: LeBron leads stifling defense again as L.A. rolls Golden State

It’s been at least a month since the Los Angeles Lakers had a game like the one they had on Sunday night. Their defense was spectacular at times on Friday but on Sunday they finally got their offense up to speed with their defense in a complete dismantling of the Golden State Warriors, who entered Sunday night having won their last three games.

LeBron James had a game-high 19 points to go with six rebounds, and four rebounds, as well as three 3-pointers, to help pace the Lakers to back-to-back victories. Sunday night marks their first back-to-back victories since losing Anthony Davis to injury exactly two weeks ago.

The Lakers shot 11 for 31 from the 3-point line and they also scored 22 points off of Warriors turnovers, taking advantage of 20 turnovers from the Warriors, which was largely helped by the absence of Draymond Green, who left Sunday night’s game with an ankle injury in the first half and did not return.

LeBron James making his All-Defense case

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Another thing that the return of Dennis Schröder has allowed for has been an even stronger presence on the defensive end for LeBron James. After grabbing four steals in Friday's win over the Lakers, James had two blocks and two steals in Sunday night's win over the Warriors, as well as countless smart rotations, coverage calls, and switches throughout the game. Tonight's win not only strengthened LeBron's case as the NBA MVP for this season, but it also strengthened his case to be on the NBA's All-Defense First Team. James hasn't made an All-Defense team since 2014 and hasn't been on the First Team since 2013. While it may not have been the case during the week without Dennis Schröder, as soon as the Lakers starting point guard returned, so did their amazing defense. And LeBron's voice, as well as his strong body, is usually getting everyone into their right place.



Let's block ads! (Why?)



Sports Flick to exclusively broadcast the Austrian Bundesliga in Australia

Australian sports streaming service Sports Flick has announced they have secured the broadcast rights to the Austrian Bundesliga - only days after SMH reported the Sydney-based company would be telecasting the UEFA Champions League next season.

The exclusive deal with the Austrian league will commence with three rounds remaining of the 2020-21 competition - but then also cover the Championship round and 2021-22 season.

Sports Flick will be telecasting one marquee match-up a week from the Austrian Bundesliga for the rest of this season, which features teams such as Red Bull Salzburg, Rapid Vienna and LASK Linz.

Socceroo midfielder James Holland - who has 15 green and gold caps - is a prominent midfielder for LASK, while international team-mate Jimmy Jeggo has played in the competition recently also.

Although the rumours of Sports Flick's Champions League acquisition are unconfirmed, the company secured Korea's K-League rights for the upcoming season last week.

"Sports Flick has a goal to become the number one location for football in Australia," Sports Flicks' general manager Michael Turner said.

"With football being Australia’s number one grassroots participation sport, fans are craving more football content from across the world. One of our goals is to give fans the chance to watch different competitions and engage with the world’s game."

You can sign up to Sports Flick here to watch content including the UEFA Women's Champions League.

Let's block ads! (Why?)



The Saint Louis School "Experience" brought basketball back

Other then being temperature tested and no fans, KITV4's Cody Krupp felt like he was at a real high school contest. Referees, live stream, score keepers, and announcers. Very strict protocols, gallons of sanitizers, and don't forget to put on your mask.

Let's block ads! (Why?)



The Walking Dead Season 10, Episode 17 free live stream | Time, TV channel, how to watch online ...

Season 10 of The Walking Dead returns to AMC tonight with the first of six episodes that will extend the season. Episode 17 premieres tonight on Sunday, February 28 at 9 p.m. and will be immediately followed by a recap on The Talking Dead.

• Don’t have cable? You can still watch the The Walking Dead LIVE for free with FuboTV(free trial).

Last season, we saw the end of the Whisperer war, but the destruction left in its wake was devastating. Our survivors will have to pick themselves up and try to keep themselves alive as their lives in this dystopian world goes on.

The survivors have now been living in their post-apocalyptic world for years, and while they’ve survived, nothing has come easy. Past traumas will resurface this season, and those old opened wounds will expose characters’ more vulnerable sides.

The remaining survivors will question the state of humanity, the state of their collective community, and the states of their minds. But will they find the inner strength to persevere with their lives, friendships and group intact? Or will they succumb to the horrors in which they live?

Here’s what you need to know in order to watch tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead and the rest of the extended 10th season:

What: The Walking Dead on AMC, Season 10 (extended by six episodes)

When: Sunday, February 28 at 9 p.m. PT/ET (New episodes air every Sunday at 9 p.m.)

TV Channel: AMC

Watch the show live online: If you don’t have cable, you can watch the show LIVE for free with FuboTV (7-day free trial). If you have run out of free trials, you can also watch it on Philo (7-day free trial) and Sling, if you prefer those platforms and their pricing plans.

You can find out more about which channel VH1 is on by using the channel finders here: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV and Dish.

Tim Brown, The Oregonian/OregonLive | @timfsbrown

Subscribe to Oregonian/OregonLive newsletters and podcasts for the latest news and top stories.

More from around the web and on how to watch the latest live sports on TV:

Let's block ads! (Why?)



Wind Chills Below Zero and Strong Winds Monday Night

Scattered rain showers will continue into Monday morning before a strong cold front pushes through the state late Monday afternoon and Monday night.

A few snow showers or a snow squall is possible along the leading edge of the cold front.

A Wind Advisory is in effect for all of Connecticut through Tuesday morning.

The greatest impact will be the wind associated with the arctic front. We are anticipating winds that could gust to 50 mph late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

While we don't expect the wind to be strong enough to create major issues, it could result in some isolated power outages across the state.

The wind coupled with frigid air will result in wind chill values below zero throughout much of the state on Tuesday morning.

Some of the hill towns could see wind chill values close to -20F.

The bitter cold will be short-lived with temperatures moderating once again into the 40s and close to 50 degrees by Wednesday afternoon.

Stay with the NBC Connecticut First Alert Weather Team for updates.

Let's block ads! (Why?)



'It can be lonely being a Black hockey fan'

Growing up in Detroit, the Red Wings were very much part of Everett Fitzhugh's life. How could they not be? After an extended slump from the late 1960s into the 1980s, it was just as Fitzhugh was coming of age as a sports fan that the Red Wings rose to the top of the NHL again with back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1997 and 1998.

But for all of the team's success in that stretch, there was not a single player on the Red Wings roster that looked like Fitzhugh — or, for that matter, that looked like over three-quarters of Detroit's residents: African American. Brian Johnson and Tony McKegney had played 17 games combined for the Red Wings in the 80s, and Nathan Robinson played a handful of games with the team in 2004.

And there certainly wasn't anyone talking about the game that looked like Fitzhugh either.

Still, the team and the game were ubiquitous in the city, and while Fitzhugh grew up playing baseball, he was drawn to the sport.

"There's a huge hockey community and a huge hockey fan base in Detroit," Fitzhugh told Yahoo Sports. "So you're kind of predisposed to it as an early age, no matter where you're from in the city. And no matter who you are, Black or white, people know the game of hockey. You still didn't have a lot of minorities playing the game or maybe interested in the game, but you're definitely exposed to it from an early age, just being in the city."

As a freshman and aspiring broadcaster at Bowling Green State University, Fitzhugh got the chance to serve as color analyst for a hockey game and was instantly hooked.

"I remember calling my mom either that night or the next morning. And I said, 'well, we're going to put all the eggs in the hockey basket'," he recalled. "It was a lot of fun and I genuinely enjoyed it. I pursued my career from there."

Little more than a decade after that first game at Bowling Green, Fitzhugh made history last August when the Seattle Kraken named him their team play-by-play voice, making him the first Black broadcaster in NHL history. He had spent the previous five seasons as the voice of the Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL team.

Fitzhugh knows how significant it is that he will become the voice of a top-tier hockey team.

Seattle Kraken broadcaster Everett Fitzhugh is a
Seattle Kraken broadcaster Everett Fitzhugh is a "first" in the NHL. (Seattle Kraken)

"Representation matters," he said. "I look back to me growing up in Detroit, being that 9-year-old Black kid who really likes the game of hockey, but you didn't see a lot of folks who look like you in the game. I didn't have a lot of those positive Black influences in the game of hockey to look up to. And the ones that I did have, it let me know that there was a place for me and my voice in the game of hockey.

"It can be lonely sometimes, being a Black hockey fan and being able to see other players make their own way at such a young age it was huge and very inspiring for me. Now, fast forward, over 20 years later, I see this as an opportunity to serve as that person that I never had growing up."

The accidental trailblazer

He didn't set out to be a trailblazer. Fitzhugh loves the pace of hockey, the beauty and the grace to be found in the sport, among the speed and the occasional fight. He did what any minor-league team employee does that dreams of making it to the big show: he honed his skills as a broadcaster while also working marketing, public relations, social media and the occasional shift as team mascot for the USHL's Youngstown Phantoms and then the Cyclones.

The Kraken, an expansion team that begins play in the 2021-2022 season, have been deliberate about being a new breed of NHL team: diverse and inclusive, things the league at large continues to struggle with. They sought out Fitzhugh, and his personal goal — "NHL by [age] 40" — got a serious fast-forward, as the Kraken hired him when he was just 31.

But now that he is Black History, Fitzhugh relishes everything that comes with it.

"If you're in that position [as the first], if one finds themselves in that position, you owe it not only to the sport and the culture, but I think you owe it to yourself to take on that responsibility because hockey is a growing game, and you see a lot more Black people, a lot more minorities, a lot more women getting involved in the game."

"It's really great to see. He's going to do what he's done in other jobs he's had in the past: he's going to kill it," said Evan Moore, a culture and entertainment writer for the Chicago Sun-Times who is also co-authoring the upcoming book, "Game Misconduct: Hockey's Toxic Culture and How to Fix It" with Jashvina Shah.

"I don't think a lot of folks have actually heard him call a game, and he does it with a lot of a flair and panache, and I mean, he's engaging," Moore said, preemptively pushing back on anyone who might try to paint Fitzhugh as an "affirmative action hire."

"He's from that school of Doc Emrick and what we have here in Chicago locally with Pat Foley; he has catchphrases and you can tell by talking to him he knows the game, and he's the perfect person to introduce hockey in Seattle."

Moore and Fitzhugh met in 2013 at the Hockey City Classic played at Soldier Field. Fitzhugh was working PR for the college doubleheader, and Moore was there as a member of the media. But as the only two Black men in the press box, they gravitated toward one another, at first offering the head nod familiar to so many Black men in similar situations, and then striking up a friendship over the years.

Fitzhugh one of many diverse hires in Seattle

Under president and CEO Tod Leiweke, the Kraken have quickly become the standard-bearer for what NHL teams should look like off-ice: in addition to Fitzhugh, Tim Ohashi, the team's lead video analyst, is Asian American, vice president of game presentation Lamont Buford is Black, the top two members of the communications department are women (one white, one Black), business executive Sam Bridgman uses a wheelchair, and the team has already partnered with the Black Girl Hockey Club, taking its "Get Uncomfortable" pledge to disrupt racism in the sport and selling special-edition winter hats to help fund BGHC's scholarship program to help subsidize the cost of playing hockey for Black girls and young women.

Everett Fitzhugh will serve as the radio voice of the Seattle Kraken. (Seattle Kraken)
Everett Fitzhugh will serve as the radio voice of the Seattle Kraken. (Seattle Kraken)

In other words, for Seattle so far, hockey really is for everyone.

"He was a hockey fan for a long time growing up," Moore said. "We all know in sports there's a good ol' boy network and friend-of-friends, and we have all seen these people in these situations ending up hiring folks who remind them of themselves. In hockey's case, it's a white man hiring another white man. But this is someone who got a job based on his merits and he happens to be Black too."

Since being announced as the Kraken's new radio voice, Fitzhugh has been in contact with two young Black men who are aspiring hockey broadcasters, calling games at their respective colleges, who reached out to him. He's happy to be a sounding board and offer encouragement.

And to be aspirational to other kids like he was back in Detroit, who love hockey and now see themselves not just on the ice, but in key roles off it.

"For me, it's important to show that 9-year-old Black kid in Detroit today that there is a place for him or her in this game of hockey. And that goes for the next generation of hockey fan, a broadcaster, media member, player, whatever the case may be. There is a space for that kid in the game of hockey today," Fitzhugh said.

"I hope that there is a young kid right now who is getting into the game of hockey, who was starting to watch hockey, to play hockey. I hope there is a young broadcaster that I haven't met yet. Who is kicking on my heels right behind me, ready to break into broadcasting."

Let's block ads! (Why?)



WATCH: 5 Greatest X-Division Triple Threats of All Time Wrestling News - WWE News, AEW News ...



Posted By: Ben Kerin on Feb 28, 2021

WATCH: 5 Greatest X-Division Triple Threats of All Time

With a #1 contendership three-way looming next week on Impact Wrestling, the company has released a video featuring the Top 5 GREATEST X-Division Triple Threats of all time.

The inaugural and 6-time X-Division titleholder, AJ Styles is featured in three of the matches, which are:

#5: Kenny King vs Chris Sabin vs Suicide - TNA Slammiversary (2013)
#4: Manik vs Rohit Raju vs Chris Bey - Hard to Kill (2021)
#3: Low Ki vs Jerry Lynn vs AJ Styles - NWA-TNA PPV #11 (2002)
#2: Petey Williams vs Chris Sabin vs AJ Styles - TNA Final Resolution (2005)
#1: Christopher Daniels vs Samoa Joe vs AJ Styles - TNA Unbreakable (2005)  

Please enable JavaScript to view recent forum posts and cloud tags.

Post Your Comments...

» More News From This Feed

Feb 28

Feb 28 - There were some problems for fans who tuned into Sunday's eliminator matches for the AEW women's tournament on Bleacher Report. International fans were unable to watch the broadcast, which led to AEW[...]

Feb 28

Feb 28 - The IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships have unified to create the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. New Japan Pro Wrestling chairman Naoki Sugabayashi announced the news to Tokyo [...]

Feb 28

Feb 28 - On the Kurt Angle Show Podcast, Angle had revealed that Jason Jordan was heading to main event status before his injury. “I was excited because I wanted to pair up with Jason and Chad when th[...]

Feb 28

Feb 28 - Big E looks back at his amateur powerlifting career (including an 800-pound deadlift) and talks about an incredible opportunity that John Cena gave him while Big E was still in FCW. Watch WWE 24: Big [...]

Feb 28
New ROH Tag Team Champions Crowned
We have new ROH Tag Team champions. On the most recent episode of ROH Television, Dragon Lee & Kenny King won the ROH Tag Team Titles after defeating Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham in a Pure R[...]

Feb 28 - We have new ROH Tag Team champions. On the most recent episode of ROH Television, Dragon Lee & Kenny King won the ROH Tag Team Titles after defeating Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham in a Pure R[...]

Feb 28

Feb 28 - With a #1 contendership three-way looming next week on Impact Wrestling, the company has released a video featuring the Top 5 GREATEST X-Division Triple Threats of all time. The inaugural and 6-time [...]

Feb 28

Feb 28 - The latest episode of 'WWE Top 10' has been released looking at The Miz’s “must-see” title defenses ahead of his match with Bobby Lashley on Monday's Raw.  Watch below. As The[...]

Feb 28
New IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Crowned
NJPW have a new IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion following Sunday morning’s NJPW Castle Attack night 2. El Desperado defeat BUSHI and El Phantasmo to win the championship, which was vacated after [...]

Feb 28 - NJPW have a new IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion following Sunday morning’s NJPW Castle Attack night 2. El Desperado defeat BUSHI and El Phantasmo to win the championship, which was vacated after [...]

Feb 28

Feb 28 - Dean Ho (Dean Higuchi) has sadly passed away at the age of 80 years old. Ho competed in North American in Pacific Northwest Wrestling, World Wide Wrestling Federation and Big Time Wrestling during th[...]

Feb 28

Feb 28 - On an recent episode of Renee Paquette's Oral Sessions, The Miz spoke about when he found out he was set to win the WWE Championship again. Below is what The Miz had to say "I had no idea. I walke[...]

Feb 28

Feb 28 - A report from Lucha Libre Online reveals WWE Raw’s average viewership in India for the month of January this year exceeded 4 million viewers, more than doubling U.S. viewership for the same mont[...]

Feb 28

Feb 28 - Jake Roberts was a part of an angle where Jerry Lawler mocked Roberts battle with alcoholism, and he tried to force feed Jake beer. Roberts recalls his reaction to this event in an interview with Insi[...]

Feb 28

Feb 28 - AEW has announced the official rules for their Casino Tag Team Battle Royal at AEW Revolution pay-per-view, which takes place next Sunday live on PPV and B/R Live. The match will start with two teams[...]

Feb 28
Rob Van Dam Comments On Being In Talks With WWE
During a recent appearance on the That 90’s Wrestling Podcast, Rob Van Dam (RVD) talked about being featured in an upcoming WWE Icons documentary on WWE Network: “They [WWE] contacted m[...]

Feb 28 - During a recent appearance on the That 90’s Wrestling Podcast, Rob Van Dam (RVD) talked about being featured in an upcoming WWE Icons documentary on WWE Network: “They [WWE] contacted m[...]

Feb 28

Feb 28 - During a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Tony Khan discussed Sting taking a powerbomb from Brian Cage and the idea behind the AEW Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament. On Sting taking a p[...]

Feb 28
WWE Applies To Trademark Term For Drew McIntyre
WWE recently filed to trademark the term "Scottish Warrior" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a nickname used for Drew McIntyre. Here is the description that was filed: “Ente[...]

Feb 28 - WWE recently filed to trademark the term "Scottish Warrior" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a nickname used for Drew McIntyre. Here is the description that was filed: “Ente[...]

Feb 28
Big Cass Makes His Return To Pro Wrestling
Big Cass made his return to pro wrestling this weekend. The former WWE Superstar made his return at the Lariato Pro Wrestling show on Saturday night. The show was taped for IMPACT+. Cass hasn’[...]

Feb 28 - Big Cass made his return to pro wrestling this weekend. The former WWE Superstar made his return at the Lariato Pro Wrestling show on Saturday night. The show was taped for IMPACT+. Cass hasn’[...]

Feb 28
Matches Announced For This Week’s AEW Dark
AEW has announced the match card for this week’s episode of AEW Dark. There will be 14 matches airing on Tuesday at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT. - VSK vs. Chuck Taylor- Steve Stetson vs. Orange Cassidy wi[...]

Feb 28 - AEW has announced the match card for this week’s episode of AEW Dark. There will be 14 matches airing on Tuesday at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT. - VSK vs. Chuck Taylor- Steve Stetson vs. Orange Cassidy wi[...]

Feb 28
Positive Update On The Future Of NWA
As reported yesterday, NWA pulled all their video on their YouTube channel, which naturally led to speculation about the future of the promotion. In addition, They have also taken the merchandise off[...]

Feb 28 - As reported yesterday, NWA pulled all their video on their YouTube channel, which naturally led to speculation about the future of the promotion. In addition, They have also taken the merchandise off[...]

Feb 28

Feb 28 - On the most recent edition of Busted Open Radio, WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry discussed having another match in WWE. Henry's last match for WWE was at the Greatest Royal Rumble in April 2018. &ldq[...]

Feb 27

Feb 27 - Today on Talking Smack, a match for next week's Smackdown was announced. Daniel Bryan will go up against Jey Uso. If Bryan wins, he gets a Universal title match against Roman Reigns at the Fastlane [...]

Feb 27

Feb 27 - During a recent interview with Busted Open Radio, Ric Flair commented on Big Show leaving WWE for AEW: "To answer your question, I was just with him, and I did not see it happening. He did not[...]

Feb 27
NWA Removes All Video Content From Their YouTube
NWA has removed/disabled all of its video content from its YouTube channel. The removal includes all of the NWA Powerrr episodes with speculation mounting that the company is about to shut down. The[...]

Feb 27 - NWA has removed/disabled all of its video content from its YouTube channel. The removal includes all of the NWA Powerrr episodes with speculation mounting that the company is about to shut down. The[...]

Feb 27

Feb 27 - The Rock was posting on social media today, and he had gone back to the times he did toasts with Steve Austin at WWE events. The Rock retweeted a photo of him and Austin sharing a beer while inside t[...]

Feb 27

Feb 27 - AEW President Tony Khan recently spoke with Wrestling Observer Live during which he revealed Trent from Best Friends was the hardest person he had to convince to join AEW. "Trent was probably the h[...]

Let's block ads! (Why?)



With no owner involvement, Pete Carroll is calling the shots in Seattle

Whether it happens this year or next year, it seems inevitable that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson officially will ask the Seahawks to trade him. When the official request comes — or when the offers arrive from the Cowboys, Bears, Raiders, or Saints — who with the Seahawks will decide whether it’s time to move on from Wilson?

For most teams, the buck stops with the owner. In Seattle, it stops with the head coach.

Former Seahawks owner Paul Allen stayed deep in the background. His sister, Jody, has assumed an even lower profile since inheriting the team following his passing. Some in league circles believe the Seahawks essentially have become a corporation, with Vulcan Inc. (founded in 1986 by Paul and Jody Allen to oversee the family’s diverse business activities) and not Jody Allen running the team.

By all appearances, Vulcan isn’t actively running the team. Instead, it appears that Vulcan Sports and Entertainment (a division of Vulcan Inc.) defers to coach Pete Carroll as the de facto CEO of the Seahawks subunit. Indeed, Carroll is both the coach and the executive V.P. of football operations. Which confirms that he’s the ultimate football authority with the Seahawks, a team that has no direct or indirect ownership meddling of any kind.

The question becomes whether the slow boil of #LetRussCook gone wrong will prompt someone from Vulcan to start asking questions, or whether Jody Allen will start doing so herself. That would be a true break from precedent, however. Carroll is the one who has the power to decide what’s in the best interests of the team. Carroll is, by all appearances, the one who will decide whether to trade or to not trade Wilson.

So that’s why, as Wilson believes, Carroll answers to no one. As long as he presides over a team that is reasonably successful and ridiculously profitable (it’s hard for an NFL team to not be ridiculously profitable), no one will tell him what to do or how to do it.

And as to the question of whether the Seahawks would be better off choosing Wilson over Carroll given the expected shelf life of their respective careers, don’t assume that Wilson will be playing longer than Carroll will be coaching. On the same day nearly four years ago that Patriots owner Robert Kraft expressed hope that Bill Belichick will coach the team into his 80s, Carroll told PFT Live, “Why stop there?

Regardless of whether Wilson or anyone else thinks Carroll has earned the right to run the Seahawks without significant oversight or scrutiny, Jody Allen and Vulcan Inc. have decided that he has. Which means that, if/when Wilson will be traded, it will happen only if Carroll decides that it’s the right thing to do.

Thus, the challenge for Wilson, his agent, and/or any of the four teams to which Wilson will accept a trade becomes getting Carroll to decide that it’s the right thing to do, and the right time to do it. If Wilson doesn’t want to be there and if his public comments from 19 days ago to Dan Patrick are a sign of open discontent to come, Carroll eventually may decide that it makes much more sense to accept multiple draft picks and/or players and to move forward with someone else at quarterback.

Ultimately, it’s a decision that Carroll, and presumably Carroll alone, will make.

With no owner involvement, Pete Carroll is calling the shots in Seattle originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

Let's block ads! (Why?)



AEW Women's Eliminator Tournament Update Following Bleacher Report Special

All Elite Wrestling hosted a special three-match card on Bleacher Report on Sunday night, featuring two pivotal matches in the ongoing AEW Women's Eliminator Tournament. The first bout saw Ryo Mizunami defeat Emi Sakura to officially win the Japanese side of the bracket, while Thunder Rosa managed to roll up former AEW World Champion Riho and move on to the finals of the US division. Rosa will face Nyla Rose on YouTube on Monday night, and the winner of that match will take on Mizunami at AEW Dynamite: The Crossroads this Wednesday.

The winner of the tournament gets a shot at Hikaru Shida's AEW Women's World Championship at Revolution on March 7. This past week saw Shida become the longest-reigning champion in AEW history, beating the previous record set by Jon Moxley.

Check out the updated card for Revolution below:

  • AEW World Championship: Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley (Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch)
  • AEW Women's World Championship: Hikaru Shida vs. Thunder Rosa/Nyla Rose/Ryo Mizunami
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks vs. Chris Jericho & MJF
  • Sting & Darby Allin vs. Brian Cage & Ricky Starks
  • Cody Rhodes vs. Scorpio Sky vs. Penta El Zero Miedo vs. Rey Fenix vs. Max Caster/10 vs. TBA (Face of the Revolution Ladder Match, Winner Gets a TNT title match)
  • Hangman Page vs. Matt Hardy (Big Money Match)
  • Miro & Kip Sabian vs. Orange Cassidy & Chuck Taylor
  • Casino Tag Team Royale (Bear Country vs. Silver & Reynolds vs. Evil Uno & Stu Grayson vs. Santana & Ortiz vs. The Butcher & The Blade vs. Private Party vs. Top Flight

And here's what's on the docket for this week's Dynamite, which has been given the special title of The Crossroads:

  • Cody Rhodes & Red Velvet vs. Shaq & Jade Cargill
  • Jurassic Express vs. FTR & Tully Blanchard
  • Paul Wight's arrival in AEW
  • Chris Jericho & MJF's press conference
  • Matt Hardy, Private Party & TH2 vs. The Dark Order
  • 10 vs. Max Caster (Face of the Revolution Qualifier)

Let's block ads! (Why?)



2/28 AEW Women's Championship Eliminator tournament results: Powell's live review of Yuka ...

By Jason Powell, Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

AEW Women’s Championship Eliminator tournament
Streamed February 28, 2021 on the

Excalibur checked in on commentary and hyped the three matches. He said he would be joined by Taz on commentary for the matches…

1. Hikaru Shida, Mei Suruga, and Rin Kadokura vs. Emi Sakura, Veny, and Maki Itoh. Prior to the match, Itoh sang and danced in the ring. Shida’s team offered handshakes, but their opponents declined and ended up attacking them to start the match.

Sakura performed a pair of nice backbreakers on Kadokura. Veny tagged in. She ran the ropes and was tripped by Suruga. Kadokura took advantage of it and performed a missile dropkick. Veny fought back briefly, but Kadokura executed a Northern Lights Suplex for a near fall.

Kadokura put Veny down with a DDT and then tagged in Shida, who performed a springboard double stomp. Shida applied a cattle mutilation hold until Veny put her foot on the ropes. Veny came back with a facebuster and a springboard moonsault on Shida.

Later, Shida stacked up Veny and Itoh in the corner, then Shida suplexed Sakura into them. Shida followed up with a running knee lift from the floor. Back inside the ring, Shida performed a meteora move for a two count. After a series of backbreakers, Shida and Sakura traded chops while Excalibur said that Shida has never beaten Sakura in a singles match.

Shida and Suruga performed double team moves on Sakura, who eventually pulled them together in a collision spot. Sakura them up breifly, then hit them with a flying body press. Veny tagged in and performed a top rope moonsault onto Shida at ringside.

Sakura and Veny hit back to back top rope moves on Shida. Veny went for the cover, but it was broken up. Veny went for a suplex, but Shida avoided it and then blasted her with an elbow. Veny performed a German suplex on Shida, and then Itoh gave her a headbutt. Veny put Shida down with a sit-out powerbomb for a two count.

Veny went up top, but Kadokura cut her off. Shida superplexed Veny, the followed up with another suplex for a two count. Shida ran the ropes and threw a knee to Veny’s head and had the pin, but it was broken up. Shida’s partners cleared Veny’s partners from the ring. Shida performed a falcon arrow on Veny and got a two count. Shida followed up with her running knee strike finisher and pinned Veny.

Hikaru Shida, Mei Suruga, and Rin Kadokura beat Emi Sakura, Veny, and Maki Itoh in roughly 13:30.

Afterward, Sakura attacked Shida from behind and was quickly cleared to ringside. Shida tossed Itoh to the floor and then Sakura put the boots to Itoh…

Powell’s POV: A mix of good wrestling and comedic moments with the AEW Women’s Champion winning for her team.

2. Yuka Sakazaki vs. Ryo Mizunami in the Japan bracket finals. Excalibur said the U.S. finals would be held on a YouTube show on Monday night, and the tournament finals would take place on Wednesday’s Dynamite. He also pointed out the tape on Sakazaki’s neck, shoulders, and back.

Mizunami was dominated the bulk of the early action. Sakazaki came back with a step-up kick and then dropped Mizunami with an elbow. Mizunami stuffed a suplex attempt, but Sakazaki rolled her into a leg lock submission hold. Mizunami came back with a clothesline and a leg drop for a two count and then applied the same submission hold that she won her opening round match with.

Sakazaki escped the submission hold and applied a triangle. The referee stepped in because it looked like Mizunami was fading, but she powered up Sakazaki and powerbombed her to break the hold. The wrestlers exchanged strikes and then Mizunami dropped Sakazaki with a big clothesline. Mizunami threw some forearms and went for a lariat, but Sakazaki dazed her with a punch.

Sakazaki hit a Magical Girl splash for a near fall. She followed up with a 450 splash attempted, but Mizunami avoided it. Mizunami executed a uranage slam. Both wrestlers got to their feet and Mizunami threw a headbutt. Sakazaki rolled Mizunami into a pin for a two count. Sakazaki performed a huracanrana for another two count.

A short time later, Mizunami speared Sakazaki and then performed a short-arm clothesline for a good near fall. Mizunami followed up with an inside hook into a slam that led to the three count…

Ryo Mizunami defeated Yuka Sakazaki in 14:20 to win the Japan bracket to advance to the finals of the tournament.

Powell’s POV: A good match. I’m legitimately surprised to see Mizunami advance to the finals, but I’m also not complaining.

3. Riho vs. Thunder Rosa in a U.S. bracket semifinal match. The winner will face Nyla Rose in U.S. final. Riho and Rosa shook hands before the match. The other matches were filmed in Japan, while this match was taped at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville.

Rosa had the first prolonged stretch of offense and got multiple two counts. Riho came back with a Northern Lights Suplex and got a two count. Rosa charged her in the corner, but Riho kicked her. Riho ended up performing a double stomp onto Rosa’s abdomen. Riho performed a cross body block for a near fall.

Rosa stuffed a suplex attempt and then drove her shoulder into Riho in the corner. Rosa performed a running clothesline on Riho in the corner and followed up with double knees. Rosa delivered a running dropkick in the corner and then covered Riho for a two count.

Later, Riho caught Rosa in the ropes and drilled her with a double stomp that led to another two count. Rosa came back with a clothesline for a two count of her own. Riho rolled Rosa into a pin for a two count. Rosa rolled Riho into a pin and scored the pin…

Thunder Rosa defeated Riho to advance to the finals of the U.S. bracket.

Rosa will face Nyla Rose in the U.S. bracket finals on Monday’s YouTube special, and the winner will face Ryo Mizunami in the tournament finals of Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite.

Powell’s POV: A good back and forth match with plenty of near falls. Riho is great, but it’s nice to see Rosa advance to the finals for a fresh matchup with Rose. Join me for my live review of their match as it streams on YouTube.

Listen to "11/18 Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast With Jason Powell (Episode 136): Court Bauer on the MLW restart, pandemic precautions, and more" on Spreaker.

Let's block ads! (Why?)



5 Best matches of the week from WWE, AEW, IMPACT Wrestling, and NJPW (February 21st-28th ...

Another week gave fans seven days full of stellar matches from IMPACT Wrestling, WWE, and AEW. While they weren't the only companies who on shows this week, they definitely walked away with some of the most exciting bouts. These promotions featured bouts that delivered exemplary in-ring action and fascinating storytelling. Of course, there was one match from NJPW that could be considered the best bout of them all.

Honorable Mentions this week:

  • Pretty Deadly defeat Gallus for the NXT UK Tag Team Championship
  • IMPACT Wrestling Six-Man Tag: Winners face off in a Triple Threat to determine the X-Division No. 1 Contender

The first match on this list featured a break-out moment for Jake Something, as he battled for a world championship on IMPACT Wrestling.

#5 TNA World Championship: Jake Something vs. Moose (c) on IMPACT Wrestling

Jake Something stepped into Moose
Jake Something stepped into Moose's spotlight

IMPACT Wrestling had a lot of fantastic in-ring action this week, and the show focused on the evolution of Jake Something. While the six-man tag was stellar, many fans finished the show with a new view of Jake Something.

The big man battled his former tag team partner, Deaner in a surprisingly exciting Tables Match to open the show. Jake won the match before he got speared through a table by TNA World Champion Moose.

IMPACT Vice President Scott D'Amore subsequently declared that Moose's title is a legitimate world championship, as he reinstated it and set up a world title match between Moose and Jake.


Jake started off by attacking Moose during his entrance, and he stepped into Mr. IMPACT Wrestling's spotlight to take it for himself. This assault gave fans a compeling image, as it hinted that the company views Jake like a star.

Though he was worn out from his match with Deaner, Jake fought his heart out in this war with Moose. He nearly pinned the champion several times over with stiff clotheslines, Michinoku Drivers, and sit-out powerbombs. Jake threw everything he had at Moose, and he more than proved he was worthy of the main event spot.

Unfortunately, Jake didn't have enough left in the tank. Had he not already wrestled an extremely physical match in the opener of IMPACT Wrestling, fans might have seen a new TNA World Champion on Tuesday. Though it wasn't his night, Jake showed the fans exactly what he was made of. Don't be surprised if he's holding a title by the end of the year.

Published 01 Mar 2021, 02:10 IST

Let's block ads! (Why?)



Claressa Shields vs. Marie-Eve Dicaire: Date, fight time, odds, TV channel and live stream

Unified women's junior middleweight champion and top pound-for-pound female boxer Claressa Shields returns to the ring for the first time in 14 months on Friday as she battles IBF titlist Marie-Eve Dicaire for the undisputed junior middleweight championship at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Shields' hometown of Flint, Mich., in what will be an all-women's fight card. The vacant WBA title is also at stake. 

A Shields (10-0, 2 KOs) win means she would be the first fighter in the four-belt era to become an undisputed champion in two separate weight classes. The fight had been scheduled for last May but was scrapped due to the coronavirus. 

In January 2020, the two-time Olympic gold medalist (2012, 2016) dropped down to 154 pounds and beat Ivana Habazin via unanimous decision to win the WBC and WBO junior middleweight titles to become the quickest person to claim three championships in three different weight classes. For the 24-year-old, she steps back into the ring after the most extended layoff of her career with the chance to make herstory one more time.

"I'm excited to be fighting another undefeated champion and to have the opportunity to make history by becoming the first fighter - male or female - to be undisputed champion in two weight divisions in the four-belt era," Shields said in a press release.

Dicaire (17-0) began her combat sports career in karate at six years old and became a black belt and a five-time world champion. The 34-year-old then turned her attention to the sweet science and reached the pinnacle when she defeated Chris Namus to win the IBF title in December 2018. She has defended the belt three times, but it doesn't get any bigger than facing quite arguably the best women's boxer in the world in a high-stakes showdown. 

"I'm happy to finally be able to get back in the ring and face Claressa Shields," Dicaire said. "It's been a year now that I've been preparing exclusively for this fight. I'm used to making history in women's boxing.

History will take place. But who will make it? Shields or Dicaire?

Here is everything you need to know about Claressa Shields vs. Marie-Eve Dicaire.

What time is Claressa Shields vs. Marie-Eve Dicaire

  • Date: Friday, March 5
  • Time: 9 p.m. ET (main card)
  • Main event:  11:30 p.m. ET (approximate)

The main card begins at 9 p.m. ET. Shields and Dicaire are expected to make their ring walks about 11:30 p.m. ET, although the exact time depends on the length of the earlier bouts.

How to watch Shields vs. Dicaire

  • Pay-Per-View, FITE.TV

Shields vs. Dicaire is available on pay-per-view and can be streamed on FITE.TV.

How much does Shields vs. Dicaire cost?

The Claressa Shields vs. Marie-Eve Dicaire fight is on pay-per-view and FITE.TV for a suggested retail price of $29.95. Contact your local cable/satelitte company for exact pricing. 

Where is the Shields vs. Dicaire fight?

Shields will fight Dicare at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint, Mich.. It will mark the first time Shields competes in her hometown venue. Dicaire also fights there for the first time.

Claressa Shields record and bio

  • Name: Claressa Shields
  • Nationality: American
  • Born: March 17, 1995
  • Height:  5-8
  • Reach: 68 inches
  • Total fights: 10
  • Record: 10-0 with two knockouts.

Marie-Eve Dicare record and bio

  • Name: Marie-Eve Dicare
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Born: July 29, 1986
  • Height: N/A
  • Reach: N/A
  • Total fights: 17
  • Record: 17-0 with zero knockouts.

Claressa Shields vs. Marie Eve Dicare fight card

Main card

  • Claressa Shields vs. Marie-Eve Dicaire in a WBC/WBO/IBF/WBA Women’s Junior Middleweight Unification
  • Raquel Miller vs. TBA; Women's Middleweight
  • Nadia Meknouzi vs. Samantha Pill; Women's Super Middleweight
  • Logan Holler vs. Schemelle Baldin; Female Middleweight
  • Danielle Perkins vs. Monika Harrison; Female Heavyweight

Let's block ads! (Why?)



Morikawa does something only Tiger accomplished

On a course that was supposed to keep the world’s best in check, Collin Morikawa still got to 18 under as he won the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession Golf Club. Here’s everything you need to know from Sunday in Bradenton, Florida:

Leaderboard: Collin Morikawa (-18), Viktor Hovland (-15), Brooks Koepka (-15), Billy Horschel (-15), Scottie Scheffler (-14)

What it means: At just 24 years old, Morikawa is now part of some exclusive company. No, it has nothing to do with the Workday Slam (Morikawa also won the Workday-sponsored event at Muirfield Village last summer). Rather the Cal product is just the second player under the age of 25 to win both a major and a WGC. The first was Tiger Woods.

WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession: Full-field scores | Full coverage

How it happened: Morikawa entered the final round with a two-shot advantage at 15 under. He got off to a slow start, bogeying No. 2, and briefly lost his lead to Horschel on the fifth green. Horschel birdied first and Morikawa quickly matched to tie. From there, Morikawa’s putter came alive. He sank birdie putts between 7-12 feet on Nos. 7, 9 and 12, but his biggest make was a converted 12-foot par at the par-3 11th hole, which helped Morikawa keep his comfortable cushion on the back. Hovland was the only other player who got close, pulling to within a shot after birdies at Nos. 12 and 13 – his birdie at the latter came after he got up and down from a near impossible spot near the edge of the woods. However, bogeys on two of Hovland’s next three holes ended his chances. Morikawa parred each of his last six holes, including two par 5s, yet still was able to win by three shots. He sunk an 11-footer at the last for good measure.

Round of the day: Carlos Ortiz capped his tournament in eagle-birdie to shoot 6-under 66 and climb 20 spots on the leaderboard to T-15.

Shot of the day: Hovland’s charge may have been short-lived, but we’ll be talking about this up-and-down birdie for a while.

Biggest disappointment: Rory McIlroy. OK, so he didn’t have much of a chance to win on Sunday, but considering he played the front nine in even par and the back side in 12 under for the week, that’s a disappointing split.

Quote of the day: "It just saved my life this week." – Morikawa on an early-week chipping tip from Paul Azinger

Let's block ads! (Why?)



Tatis gets no-trade, hotel suite, right to buy luxury suite

NEW YORK (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. gets a full no-trade provision through 2028 as part of his $330 million, 14-year contract with the San Diego Padres.

After that he will have the ability to block a trade to 13 teams for the remainder of the deal.

However, the 22-year-old Tatis already has two years of major league service, so if he remains in the major leagues he would acquire the right after 2028 to block trades under the collective bargaining agreement as a 10-year veteran who has been with his team for five years or longer.

His contract calls for a $10 million signing bonus payable within 30 days of approval of the contract by the commissioner's office and a $1 million salary this year, his last season before he would have been eligible for arbitration.

He gets $5 million in 2022, $7 million in 2023 and $11 million in 2024, the three seasons he would have been eligible for arbitration.

Tatis receives $20 million each in 2025 and 2026, the first two seasons after he would have become eligible for free agency, $25 million apiece in 2027 and 2028, and $36 million in each of the final six seasons.

He also gets a hotel suite on all road trips, and the right to purchase a premium luxury suite and four of the best available premium season tickets for all Padres' home games.

Tatis' deal, announced Monday, exceeds in length the $325 million, 13-year agreement in November 2014 between Miami and Giancarlo Stanton, who was traded to the New York Yankees in December 2017, and the $330 million, 13-year contract ahead of the 2019 season between Philadelphia and Bryce Harper.

He has baseball's third-largest agreement by amount, trailing Mike Trout's $426.5 million, 12-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels that started in 2019 and Mookie Betts' $365, 12-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers that begins this season.

Tatis will give up a percentage of his salary to a company called Big League Advance as part of a contract in which he accepted an up-front payment several years ago. While the details of Tatis' deal with the company are not known, a lawsuit filed by Francisco Mejía in 2018 said Mejia received $360,000 as part of agreements in which he agreed to repay the company 10% of future earnings. The lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice.


More AP MLB coverage:

Let's block ads! (Why?)



Serhii Bohachuk vs. Brandon Adams: Date, fight time, odds, TV channel and live stream

Top ranked junior middleweights look to crack through into the upper echelon of the weight class.

Junior middleweights look to break through as Serhii Bohachuk meets Brandon Adams in a Ring City USA main event on Thursday from the Municipal Boxing Gym Felix Pagan Pintor in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The bout was supposed to happen in December but Bohachuk contracted COVID-19 the week of the fight, so it got rescheduled for this date.

Bohachuk (18-0, 18 KOs) is a hard-hitter from Ukraine who has finished every opponent he's stepped inside the ring with. Like many boxers, the 25-year-old didn't get much ring time in 2020 because of the coronavirus and only ended up fighting once when he stopped Alejandro Davila in September. Now, Bohachuk looks to make a lasting impression in his first main event on American television as he treks towards world title contention.

"The question is: 'Are they ready for me?' I will always be ready for the big world title fights," Bohachuk stated to Boxing Social. 

Adams (22-3, 14 KOs), the season five winner of "The Contender", rebounded from his unanimous decision loss to WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo in June 2019 with a knockout win of Sanny Duversonne in December. 

It should be an exciting main event as a win for Bohachuk or Adams vaults them into the top five.

Here is everything you need to know about Serhii Bohachuk vs. Brandon Adams.

What time is Serhii Bohachuk vs. Brandon Adams

  • Date: Thursday, March 4
  • Time: 9 p.m. ET (main card)
  • Main event:  11:30 p.m. ET (approximate)

The main card begins at 9 p.m. ET. Bohachuk and Adams are expected to make their ring walks about 11:30 p.m. ET, although the exact time depends on the length of the earlier bouts.

How to watch Bohachuk vs. Adams

  • NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports App

Bohachuk vs. Adams is available on NBC Sports Network and can be streamed on the NBC Sports Network app. 

How much does Bohachuk vs. Adams cost?

The Serhii Bohachuk vs. Brandon Adams fight is not on pay-per-view and is available only on the NBC Sports Network.

Where is the Bohachuk vs. Adams fight?

Bohachuk will fight Adams at Municipal Boxing Gym Felix Pagan Pintor in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. It will mark the first time Bohachuk and Adams compete at the venue.

Serhii Bohachuk record and bio

  • Name: Serhii Bohachuk
  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Born: April 24, 1995
  • Height:  6-0
  • Reach: 73 inches
  • Total fights: 18
  • Record: 18-0 with 18 knockouts.

Brandon Adams record and bio

  • Name: Brandon Adams
  • Nationality: American
  • Born: July 31, 1989
  • Height: 5-9
  • Reach:  70 inches
  • Total fights: 25
  • Record: 22-3 with 14 knockouts.

Serhii Bohachuk vs. Brandon Adams fight card

Main card

  • Serhii Bohachuk vs. Brandon Adams; Junior Middleweight
  • Denielito Zorrill vs. Ruslan Madiyev; Junior Welterweight
  • Bryan Chevalier vs. Carlos Zambrano; Featherweight

Let's block ads! (Why?)