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Renee Paquette discusses Jon Moxley's return

During this week's "The Sessions", Renee Paquette talked about her husband Jon Moxley's latest promo, during the episode of his return to AEW Dynamite. On Jon Moxley's promo, Renee Paquette said: “Let's talk about Jon's promo this Wednesday.

But what beauty was it? It's fun to talk about him as Jon Moxley, despite being my husband. Not having seen him on TV for a while now hurt me too. I didn't know what he was going to say or what he was going to do at that moment on TV.

I didn't know what his reaction would be. How he would return to Dynamite and so on. I also noticed a vulnerability in him. His promo was of unprecedented beauty, but not from the point of view of his work, just like the speech a human being makes to other people.

It's incredible. My Twitter profile absolutely exploded in that instant. Many people could relate to him, to what he has been through and to the things he does. Jon caught me off guard. He made me feel weird. Seeing him out there and hearing him talk really thrilled me.

He made me very proud of him. Obviously, I know everything he's been through and it's really nice now to see him again doing his things and what he likes as well as feeling good about himself, both with his mind and with his body”.

Renee Paquette comments on Jon Moxley

On Bully Ray's allegations: “Jon is an incredible man and a crazy wrestler. I couldn't help but love him so much. I know it's about paying attention to him but I didn't like Bully Ray's words at all.

I'm disappointed, I thought he was a nice person. He spoke ill of my husband and my family. I know for a fact that he has my husband's number, so call him and clarify with him. His health is no joke. He didn't have to apologize to anyone.

Bully, on the other hand, must apologize for what he said”. The WWE Hall Of Famer criticized Jon Moxley's promo to AEW Dynamite, arguing that the former WWE Superstar should have apologized to fans for his behavior.

Roman Reigns and Moxley have opened up about their relationship on various occasions in the past. The two have had nothing but praise for each other. Reigns did take a slight jibe at Jon Moxley once for leaving WWE and joining All Elite Wrestling: "Well I guess Ambrose or Moxley really sc**ewed that up, didn't he? He messed around and just left us.

I don't think The Shield will ever be recreated or brought back. That's not just a situation because Mox went to AEW. It's just, we were so good. Honestly, I think we did the reunion thing a little too much the last... three years ago or whatever it was," Reigns said.

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REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The television above the counter at the humble Golden Grill Restaurant here was replaying highlights of this city’s one-time quarterback, who requested a trade out of town, leading a new team to the Super Bowl.

In a lot of places that would lead to understandable bitterness, even outright rooting against someone who skipped off to greener pastures (and warmer, sunnier skies) and then immediately found success. After all, it’s not like Matthew Stafford was to Detroit what Tom Brady was to New England.

Brady delivered six Super Bowls and a generation of glorious memories to Patriots fans before finally leaving to chase (and win) one more in Tampa Bay. Stafford was in Detroit for a dozen seasons and never won even a single playoff game or division title. There are almost no warm thoughts to lean back on. Just unfulfilled potential.

Yet here on a cold Monday morning in Metro Detroit, from the breakfast patrons to the short-order cook, the mood was generally supportive. There was a measure of anger, but most of that was directed at the Lions, not Stafford.

It was a sentiment replayed at conversations across the city, on social media, and in a flood of calls and texts to local radio.

“I’d say only 5-10 percent of people are rooting against him,” said Mike Stone, who hosted the morning show Monday on 97.1 the Ticket and has worked in Detroit sports talk radio since 1994. “People weren’t mad that he left because they understand why he left. They are mad at the Lions.”

The Lions never win. Like, ever. Since 1957 they have a single playoff victory and that was in early 1992, which itself is the longest current postseason drought in the NFL.

The reason they don’t have the high-profile, gut-punch losses such as Buffalo or Cleveland is because they never get to a high-profile game to suffer a gut-punch loss. The 64 seasons of Lions misery is one born out of obscure futility that makes the entire enterprise an abject disaster. What they can’t forget, no one else even remembers.

“The worst franchise in sports history,” Stone said.

Old Barry Sanders highlights can take you only so far.

Stafford arrived here in 2009 as the No. 1 overall draft pick from the University of Georgia to change that. He was strong-armed with a rare combination of confidence and humility, a fabulously rich pro athlete who drove an F-150, never posted on social media and basically spent his free time hanging out with his wife and kids and performing charity work.

“I’m just one of those guys that just wants to win,” he said on the eve of being drafted. “I don’t care how. It doesn’t have to be pretty.”

As Matthew Stafford chases the Super Bowl he never won with the Lions, the mood in Detroit is supportive. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
As Matthew Stafford chases the Super Bowl he never won with the Lions, the mood in Detroit is supportive. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Well it wasn’t pretty. And, the “how” wasn’t the issue; it was the how-few. Stafford was a gunslinger (49,995 yards), fought through injuries, led 39 comeback victories in Detroit and never complained. But he went just 74-90-1 as a starter, plus 0-3 in the playoffs.

He was neither the first nor likely the last good to great player who accomplished very little on the Lions scoreboard. Sanders, a darting running back, retired early rather than keep playing for this franchise. Calvin Johnson, an unstoppable receiver, did the same only to have ownership, in a petty move, reclaim some of his signing bonus.

Sanders and Johnson are Hall of Famers. Stafford may get there too, but it will mostly be because he got out, asking for a trade last January rather than deal with another rebuild under his fourth full-time head coach.

The Rams sent two first-round draft picks, a third-round selection and starting quarterback Jared Goff for Stafford. The Lions went 3-13-1, and the first of those two first-rounders will be in the 30s. There remains suspicion among fans that the Fords turned down better offers to give Stafford his preferred L.A. destination.

Stafford built a lot of goodwill in how he carried himself. “Even people who were down on Stafford the player liked him personally, because what isn’t there to like?” Stone said. “The biggest criticism was that he didn’t publicly speak up to management enough.”

Yet the truth is Stafford was not a complete prisoner of the Ford Family failure. Oh, it played a role. The decision in 2018 — after two wild-card berths in four years — to bring in Matt Patricia as the coach who could push them to a Super Bowl was particularly devastating. In need of a spark, they instead sank.

There were additional bad drafts, bad free agents and a long standing tradition of sticking with mediocrity and/or incompetence too long. It’s an unfathomable cycle. Consider the Rams’ Super Bowl opponent, Cincinnati, is no model franchise, yet is in its third Super Bowl overall and just two years ago went 2-14.

Super Bowl LVI kicks off on Feb. 13 in Inglewood, California. For the second straight season, the NFC champion will be playing at home. (Amber Matsumoto/Yahoo Sports)
Super Bowl LVI kicks off on Feb. 13 in Inglewood, California. For the second straight season, the NFC champion will be playing at home. (Amber Matsumoto/Yahoo Sports)

There were circumstances, as well. At one point the Lions had Stafford, Johnson and Ndamukong Suh anchoring the team, but all three were among the last groups of rookies who signed massive, salary-cap killing first contracts. That left the team with little money to build around them. Had they all been on today’s team-friendly rookie deals, well, it might be like having Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, Micah Parsons ... and tons of money for free agents.

Yet Stafford also didn’t elevate the Lions like someone of his talent could have. At some point, he needed to just go win a playoff game. Great quarterbacks do that. The closest was in 2015, a 24-20 loss to Dallas that is famous in these parts for a picked-up pass interference call that stalled out a Lions fourth-quarter drive. That play came with 8:25 remaining in the game. Stafford got the ball back with 2:39 remaining, down just four points and couldn’t deliver a game-winner.

Even Sunday in defeating San Francisco, Stafford was far from perfect. He threw one pick and had a potentially devastating one dropped late. The Rams benefitted from a 49ers meltdown. Yes, Stafford was good, certainly good enough to get L.A. to the Super Bowl, and yes, just a week prior he led a final-minute comeback to likely end Tom Brady’s career, but he needed help too.

Either way, the mood here in Detroit is supportive. Stafford is still appreciated, still popular. He’s the closest they have to a Super Bowl rooting interest.

But it’s also a reminder they are still stuck with the Lions.

Always and, apparently, forever.

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Warriors' Steph Curry hilariously ignores Kevin Porter Jr. after foul

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Game Recap: Warriors 122, Rockets 108

Stephen Curry recorded 40 points (21 in the 4th quarter, 30 in the 2nd half), five rebounds and nine assists for the Warriors as they defeated the Rockets, 122-108. This is Currys 7th 40+ point game this season, the most in the NBA. Klay Thompson added 14 points (1-8 3pt FG) for the Warriors, while Kevin Porter Jr. tallied 17 points and 11 assists for the Rockets in the losing effort. The Warriors improve to 38-13 on the season, while the Rockets fall to 14-36.

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UFC Fight Night live stream: How to watch Hermansson vs Strickland online and on TV in ...

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Brock Lesnar Will Choose His WrestleMania 38 Opponent on This Week's WWE Raw

Brock Lesnar won the second Royal Rumble match of his career on Saturday night, entering at the No. 30 spot and eliminating five competitors in under three minutes to become the last man standing. Lesnar lost the WWE Championship earlier in the night thanks to outside interference from Roman Reigns and a betrayal by Paul Heyman. WWE then announced that this week's Monday Night Raw will feature Lesnar making his decision on which world champion he'll face at WrestleMania 38 — Reigns or Bobby Lashley. 

"Brock Lesnar had a rollercoaster of a Royal Rumble, losing his WWE Championship to Bobby Lashley in controversial fashion following an attack by Roman Reigns and a seeming betrayal from his advocate Paul Heyman before entering the Royal Rumble Match at No. 30 and running roughshod over the remaining Superstars to earn a World Championship opportunity at WrestleMania 38," WWE.com's announcement read. "After a wild turn of events, The Beast now has a decision to make on who he will challenge on The Grandest Stage of Them All. Will it be The All Mighty or The Head of the Table? The Superstar who took his WWE Title, or the man who handed it to him on a silver platter?"

To commemorate the announcement, WWE then released a Top 10 list of wrestlers throwing out their challenges for WrestleMania matches after winning a Royal Rumble. Lesnar won his first Rumble match back in 2003, then went on to challenge Kurt Angle for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XIX. Despite nearly breaking his neck on a Shooting Star Press attempt, Lesnar beat the Olympic Gold Medalist. 

All signs point to Lesnar challenging Reigns as that's been the rumored WrestleMania 38 for months. Raw will also see Ronda Rousey's first appearance on the show since she went on hiatus after losing at WrestleMania 35. 

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Do you think Lesnar will challenge Reigns? Or will WWE try and shake things up between now and WrestleMania? Check out the full results from the Royal Rumble below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

  • WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins def. Roman Reigns via DQ
  • Women's Royal Rumble: Ronda Rousey wins as the No. 28 entrant
  • Raw Women's Championship: Becky Lynch def. Doudrop
  • WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley def. Brock Lesnar
  • Edge & Beth Phoenix def. The Miz & Maryse
  • Men's Royal Rumble: Brock Lesnar wins as the No. 30 entrant

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San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams FREE LIVE STREAM (1/30/22) - NJ.com

The Los Angeles Rams (12-5), led by quarterback Matthew Stanford, will face the San Francisco 49ers, led by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, January 30, 2022 (1/30/22) at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles California.

Fans can watch the game for free via a trial offuboTV.

Here’s what you need to know:

What: NFL Playoffs, NFC Championship Game

Who: San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams

When: Sunday, January 30, 2022

Where: SoFi Stadium

Time: 6:30 p.m. ET

TV: FOX

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Matthew Stafford stood on the sideline helplessly watching Tom Brady be Tom Brady, leading another exhilarating comeback.

This time, though, the seven-time Super Bowl champion left too much time on the clock, giving Stafford a chance to create some playoff magic of his own.

Turns out, 42 seconds was just enough for the Los Angeles quarterback to pull off a Brady-like finish that sent the Rams to the NFC championship game for the second time in four seasons with a 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” Stafford said. “I mean, we sure let ‘em back in the game with a bunch of mistakes on offense. Our defense played outstanding. We’ve got to clean some stuff up, do a little better job in the turnover department.

“This is a tough team, man, this is what we’re all about. Just happy to get a win and keep on moving.”

Stafford threw for 366 yards and two touchdowns without an interception, and the team’s biggest offseason acquisition used a pair of long completions to NFL receiving leader Cooper Kupp to position the Rams for Matt Gay’s 30-yard field goal as time expired.

“Man, I’m still trying to process everything. That was a crazy game,” linebacker Von Miller said after the win over the defending Super Bowl champions. “I knew it was going to come down to the end. All the times that I’ve played Tom Brady, it always comes down to the end. No lead that we had was safe. I’m so proud of these guys. Everybody’s name was called and everybody answered the bell.

“Nobody was perfect, but we still found a way to win it.”

The Rams (14-5) will host next Sunday’s NFC title game against the San Francisco 49ers, aiming for a second trip to the Super Bowl in four seasons.

Brady rallied the Bucs from a 27-3 second-half deficit with help from three of the Rams’ four turnovers, tying the game on Leonard Fournette’s 9-yard run on fourth-and-inches with 42 seconds remaining.

The NFL’s all-time passer leader didn’t get an opportunity to finish the job.

And it’s uncertain if that was the final game for Brady, who’s undecided on retirement.

“I haven’t put a lot of thought into it,” said the 44-year-old quarterback, who led the league with a career-best 5,136 yards passing while also throwing for a league-high 43 TDs during the regular season.

Stafford, obtained in the offseason in a trade that sent Jared Goff to Detroit, led the Rams downfield after the ensuing kickoff, using completions of 20 and 44 yards to Kupp to set up Gay’s third field goal of the day.

“What an interesting game, what an amazing sign of resilience,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “A lot of things didn’t go our way in the second half, but guys kept battling and found a way.”

Earlier, Stafford found Kupp wide open behind the Bucs secondary on a 70-yard scoring play that put Los Angeles up 17-3 early in the second quarter.

“Man, he’s the heart and soul of this offense,” Stafford said. “What he’s able to do down in, down out, whether it’s in the pass game, run game — he’s an unbelievable competitor.”

Stafford, who had never won a postseason game before beating Arizona in the previous week’s wild-card round, completed 28 of 38 passes without an interception. The 13-year veteran also scored on a 1-yard run.

Brady, meanwhile, completed 30 of 54 passes for 329 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked three times and lost a fumble.

Fournette also scored on a 1-yard run for Tampa Bay, which pulled within 27-20 on Brady’s 55-yard TD throw to Mike Evans, who made the catch with Jalen Ramsey in pursuit with 3:20 left.

“A lot of guys made a bunch of different plays to get us back into it,” Brady said. “We got behind. They made us pretty one-dimensional. We showed a lot of fight. But at the end of the day, when you lose a game you lose a game.”

The Bucs (14-5), who lost to the Rams for third time in two seasons, were trying to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the Brady-led New England Patriots during the 2004 season.

Stafford completed nine of his first 12 passes for 176 yards and TDs to Kupp and Kendall Blanton to open a 17-3 lead early in the second quarter.

It was 20-3 at halftime, and the Bucs were fortunate their deficit wasn’t bigger. With the Rams on the verge of scoring again in the closing seconds of the second quarter, Cam Akers fumbled at the Tampa Bay 1 and Tampa Bay’s Antoine Winfield recovered to keep the defending champs to keep from falling farther behind.

The Rams built the lead to 27-3 on Stafford’s quarterback sneak, with help along the way from some uncharacteristic mistakes by the Bucs. That included unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for taunting and Brady, who was flagged while arguing unsuccessfully for what he felt should have been a penalty on the Rams for a hit that appeared to bloody his lip.

“He got in my face in an aggressive manner and used abusive language,” referee Shawn Hochuli told a pool reporter of Suh after the game. “As for the hit, we did not think that it rose to the level of roughing the passer.”

The Rams hurt themselves plenty, too, especially while trying to put the game away in the second half.

Kupp, who had nine catches for 183 yards, lost a fumble, and the offense failed to take advantage of Miller sacking Brady to a force a fumble at the Tampa Bay 25 when center Brian Allen snap sailed past Stafford in shotgun formation and recovered by the Bucs.

Finally, Suh forced a second fumble by Akers at the Los Angeles 30, giving Brady an opportunity to tie it in the last two minutes.

“We scratched and clawed. They kept giving us the ball and giving us chances,” Evans said. “We took advantage of them, just couldn’t get the stop at the end.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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01/29 WWE Royal Rumble 2022 audio review - Pro Wrestling Dot Net

By Jason Powell (@prowrestlingnet), Jake Barnett (@barnettjake), and Will Pruett (@itswilltime)

Jason Powell, Jake Barnett, and Will Pruett review the WWE Royal Rumble 2022 event: Royal Rumble matches, Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship, Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship, Becky Lynch vs Doudrop for the Raw Women’s Championship, Edge and Beth Phoenix vs. The Miz and Maryse, and more (72:47)…

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REPORT: Major heat on Shane McMahon for trying to book WWE Royal Rumble around himself

Shane McMahon made his return at the WWE Royal Rumble and while he got a good pop from fans who attended the show, there were people backstage who were upset about how McMahon handled things behind-the-scenes leading up to the show.

Ringside News reports that there is a “substantial amount” of heat on Shane, who also was given the role of lead writer and producer for the Men’s Rumble match. McMahon’s actions were said to be the talk of people in WWE today.

One source on the creative team reportedly said that McMahon “openly buried Jamie Noble” and that he tried to book the Rumble match around himself. It was also noted that McMahon was confrontational and he was adamant about putting himself over. It was described by RSN that he was “fighting with people to do so.”

The RSN source said that McMahon had the entire locker room angry after he was “fighting everyone” and booking himself to be in the final group of wrestlers left in the match.

A source reportedly said, “when Shane is more impactful in the Rumble than Big E or Owens, even people who don’t normally complain are complaining loudly today.”

The final four in the Men’s Rumble were Brock Lesnar, Bad Bunny, Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon.

Related: Backstage WWE morale down after Vince McMahon made several changes to Royal Rumble matches


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San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams: Time, TV, live stream, betting odds for NFC ...

A lot is on the line for the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The winner will punch their ticket to Super Bowl 56.

The Rams (12-5) will host the 49ers (10-7) in the NFC championship game at SoFi Stadium, marking the first time a conference championship will be held in the same stadium as the Super Bowl.

The division rivals "know each other so well," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said, and San Francisco has had the Rams number.

The 49ers enter the NFC title matchup on a six-game winning streak against the Rams. In fact, the 49ers have not lost to the Rams since the 2019 season, including two regular-season wins over Los Angeles this season.

Is the third time a charm for the Rams?

Both teams are coming off close wins in the divisional round. The 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers, 13-10, following Robbie Gould's 45-yard game-winning field goal. The Rams beat the reigning champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 30-27, on a 30-yard game-winning field goal from Matt Gay.

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Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) catches a pass against San Francisco 49ers free safety Jimmie Ward (1) during a Jan. 9 game.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) catches a pass against San Francisco 49ers free safety Jimmie Ward (1) during a Jan. 9 game.

Here's everything you need to know for the NFC championship game:

What time does 49ers at Rams start?

Kickoff is Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET from SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

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What TV channel is it on?

The 49ers at Rams will be shown nationally on Fox with Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analyst), Erin Andrews (sideline) and Tom Rinaldi (sideline) on the call.

How can I watch 49ers at Rams online via live stream?

The game can be streamed on Foxsports.com/live the Fox Sports app and FuboTV.

What are the betting odds for 49ers at Rams?

The Rams are favored by 3.5 points and the over/under is 45.5, according to Tipico Sportsbook.

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A Ja Morant windmill alley-oop from Jaren Jackson Jr. may be the NBA play of the season

Ja Morant finds a way to wow fans even when they come to expect him to do supernatural things. This time he may have outdid even his lofty standards.

The Memphis Grizzlies got a transition block from Desmond Bane on Washington Wizards guard Spencer Dinwiddie. Bane knocked the ball off the glass, where John Konchar recovered and quickly threw a pass to Jaren Jackson Jr., who took two dribbles and lobbed a pass to Morant. The six-foot-three guard cocked it back and finished a windmill that sent FedExForum into a frenzy.

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Morant let out a ooooo after the play. A Wizards defender attempted to take a charge in front of Jackson, but the referees ruled that there was no foul on the play.

The Grizzlies are becoming one of the NBA's most entertaining teams to watch. Morant now has one of the best offensive and defensive plays of the season with this dunk and his highlight block against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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WWE Royal Rumble 2022: Date, start time, confirmed entrants, TV and live stream for Brock ...

WrestleMania season kicks into high gear with the men's and women's Royal Rumble matches along with two high-stakes world title matches.

WrestleMania 38 takes place over two days on April 2 and 3, from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

But the road to pro wrestling's marquee annual event begins on Saturday with the 35th Royal Rumble, which emanates at The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis.

The event is highlighted by the 30-person Men's and Women's Royal Rumble matches. Other bouts include Brock Lesnar defending the WWE Championship against former titlist Bobby Lashley, Roman Reigns putting his record-breaking Universal title reign at stake when he faces former Shield teammate Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch putting her Raw Women's title on the line against Doudrop and a grudge match with Edge and Beth Phoenix taking on The Miz and Maryse. 

The Royal Rumble always features surprise returns and unexpected happenings. Royal Rumble 2022 should be no different, and a card we will remember for many years to come. 

Here is everything you need to know about WWE Royal Rumble 2022.

What time does WWE Royal Rumble 2022 start?

Date: Saturday, Jan. 29
Time: 8 p.m. ET

The Royal Rumble begins with the kickoff show starting at 7 p.m. ET and the main show getting underway at 8 p.m. ET. The main card is expected to last around four hours.

How to watch WWE Royal Rumble 2022?

United States: Peacock, PPV
Everywhere but the U.S.: WWE Network (Premium subscription), $44.99 (PPV)

The Royal Rumble will be live on Peacock in the United States. You can purchase a premium subscription for $4.99 per month.

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The Royal Rumble takes place from The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis. It is the first time the Royal Rumble has taken place at the venue.

WWE Royal Rumble match card

  • Men's Royal Rumble Match (Participants include Randy Orton, Riddle Kevin Owens, Happy Corbin, Madcap Moss, AJ Styles, Rey Mysterio, Dominik Mysterio, Austin Theory, Johnny Knoxville, Kofi Kingston, Big E, Damian Priest, Sheamus, Sami Zayn, Omos, Montez Ford, Angelo Dawkins, Chad Gable, Otis, Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode)
  • Women's Royal Rumble Match (Participants include Carmella, Dana Brooke, Nikki A.S.H., Queen Zelina, Rhea Ripley, Tamina, Aliyah, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Natalya, Shayna Baszler, Shotzi, Brie Bella, Lita, Nikki Bella, Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, Mickie James, Summer Rae, Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan)
  • Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Bobby Lashley (with MVP) Singles match for the WWE Championship
  • Becky Lynch (c) vs. Doudrop Singles match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship
  • Edge and Beth Phoenix vs. The Miz and Maryse Mixed tag team match
  • Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth "Freakin" Rollins

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Mock draft 4.0: Stock risers in the first round

The top three prospects in the 2022 NBA draft remain the same with Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith and Chet Holmgren playing consistently and competing for the No. 1 spot. At No. 4, it gets interesting. There are a few players who helped their draft stock tremendously to start the second half of the college season. 

Shaedon Sharpe is reportedly now eligible for the 2022 draft, but there's a ton of gray area whether he'll enter this year's draft or stick with his original plan and play at Kentucky next season

Before we break down the latest look at the first round, here are seven players who are shooting up draft boards and where they're now projected in Yahoo Sports' latest mock draft. 

No player has climbed draft boards faster than Davis and has impressed scouts with how consistently he is playing at a high level. The guard matchup of the season took place Jan. 3 when Wisconsin played at Purdue. Numerous NBA scouts and front-office personnel were in West Lafayette to watch Davis go head-to-head with Jaden Ivey. Davis put together one of the most impressive performances of the college basketball season with 37 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and three steals. 

Since that game, teams in the Big Ten have done whatever they could to stop him offensively. Despite double-teams, Davis still finds ways to score, averaging 24.6 points per game this month. Davis, a former high school quarterback, is looking a little bit like Jalen Suggs 2.0 with his toughness and playmaking ability. Questions still surround his outside jumper and whether or not he can be a primary ball handler in the NBA.

Wisconsin's Johnny Davis has shot up 2022 NBA draft boards.
Wisconsin's Johnny Davis has shot up 2022 NBA draft boards with this consistent play this month. (John Fisher/Getty Images)

Murray does a little bit of everything from scoring, rebounding, blocking shots and forcing turnovers in 30 minutes per game. Murray went from a three-star prospect in high school to a potential All-American in two years. He is leading the Big Ten in scoring and is shooting 57% from the field. Murray is a grab-and-go forward with a solid handle in the open court and had back-to-back double-doubles last week against Rutgers (13 points, 13 rebounds) and Minnesota (25 points, 10 rebounds).

Sharpe was the No. 1-ranked player coming out of high school. He left high school early and arrived on the Kentucky campus in November. At first, many believed the NBA would recognize December as his graduation date, making him ineligible for this year's draft, but Sharpe is a true fifth-year senior and could technically play for Kentucky this semester and enter the draft. Head coach John Calipari double-downed on Sharpe still planning on playing at Kentucky for the 2022-23 season, telling reporters before the game at Auburn, “It doesn’t change anything. He plans on being here next year. He’s watching. Whether I play him or not this year, if he’s ready to be in games, I’ll put him in."

There has been no word from Sharpe on what he plans to do, but regardless, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard will be a potential top-10 pick in this draft class or next year's draft. He's one of the most explosive guards and is a walking highlight reel when he has space in the open court. Sharpe has a consistent 3-point shot and reads the defense well off the pick-and-roll. 

A.J. Griffin — No. 13 (new to list)

Griffin finally started to see consistent playing time at Duke after limited minutes due to a preseason knee injury. He was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and had a lot of draft hype entering his freshman season. Griffin has great size and is a bully wing who will use his 222-pound frame to punish defenders. He had his best game of the season against Wake Forest where he had a season-high 22 points and added four rebounds. After the impressive performance, future Duke head coach Jon Scheyer gave Griffin high praise in an Instagram post saying, "Shoutout to AJ and his hard work and incredible attitude. The best is yet to come!"

There are still a lot of question marks as to what kind of player Griffin will be at the next level, but he continues to come back from injuries and play at a high level which will give teams late in the lottery a lot to consider about this high-risk, high-reward prospect. 

Blake Wesley — No. 16 (from No. 27)

Wesley was an under-the-radar recruit who stayed home to play for Mike Brey at Notre Dame. The 6-foot-5 guard has had an up-and-down season, but he has been more consistent lately. He has averaged 18.3 points in January and racked up 12 steals in six games. Wesley could test the NBA waters and return to improve his draft stock, possibly moving into the top 10 or top five in the 2023 draft (similar to the path Jaden Ivey has taken). Regardless of what Wesley decides, he is now on NBA scouts' radar and is a player to watch. 

A first-round dark horse, Williams looks like a completely different player after transferring to Wake Forest from Oklahoma. He's leading a competitive ACC in scoring, averaging 20.4 points per game. Williams has significantly improved his usage rate on the court at Wake Forest, playing 33.6 minutes per game and averaging 1.3 points per possession in transition, according to Synergy Sports. He recorded a triple-double earlier this season (16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists) and has great vision in the half-court set, averaging more than five assists per game. Williams is one of the older players in the draft at 22, but there is some value to a veteran player in the mid-to-late first round for a team looking for a plug-and-play guy to add experience.   

Tari Eason — No. 25 (new to list)

Eason transferred to LSU from Cincinnati this season and has found more freedom in Will Wade's offense, averaging 16.3 points per game during conference play. Eason is a tremendous athlete and loves to play above the rim whenever possible. He looks significantly more comfortable on the court compared to last season and has good pace and patience to his game. Eason recorded two double-doubles in the past six games and had one of the most impressive dunks in transition in a win over Tennessee last week. 

Complete 2022 NBA mock draft projections

(Draft order is from Tankathon as of Jan. 23.)

Ht./Wt.: 6-10, 250 pounds | Class: Freshman | Duke: 17.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.7 apg

Banchero's passing has improved in the past month, and he is showing scouts why he should be considered as a hybrid primary ball-handler in the NBA. He's averaging four assists in January and nearly had a triple-double in an OT loss to Florida State where he finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. 

Paolo Banchero dribbles the ball during a game.
Duke forward Paolo Banchero remains locked into the top spot in Yahoo Sports' 2022 NBA mock draft. (Jim Dedmon/USA TODAY Sports)

Ht./Wt.: 6-10, 220 pounds | Class: Freshman | Auburn: 15.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.1 apg

The Tigers are the No. 1 team in the country, and Smith has a lot to do with that. He doesn't force anything on the offensive end and is a better perimeter threat than Banchero, shooting 42.3% from 3-point range. He has a complete all-around game, and there are teams that will consider him for the top spot in June. 

Ht./Wt.: 7-0, 196 pounds | Class: Freshman | Gonzaga: 13.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.4 bpg

Holmgren continues to have a solid season, and he's starting to dominate the lane in the WCC like scouts expected him to do from the start of the season. In a recent game against San Francisco, Holmgren finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in 32 minutes. Scouts are still worried about his slight frame, but Holmgren has been proving people wrong since high school and has found ways to play against bigger, stronger players and compete at a high level. 

Ht./Wt.: 6-4, 195 pounds | Class: Sophomore | Purdue: 16.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.9 apg

Ivey might have lost the head-to-head battle against Davis, but he showed consistency behind the arc early, shooting 42.4%. He had a near-perfect game in a win against Butler, going 6-for-6 from three and finishing with 22 points. The NBA is a shooter's league, and as of now, Ivey has the slight edge on Davis.

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 194 pounds | Class: Sophomore | Wisconsin: 22.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg

Ht./Wt.: 6-8, 215 pounds | Class: Sophomore | Iowa: 22.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.2 bpg

Ht./Wt.: 6-11, 250 pounds | Class: Freshman | Memphis: 10.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.5 bpg

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 215 pounds | Class: Freshman | Kentucky: Has not played this season

Ht./Wt.: 6-4, 198 pounds | G League Ignite: 17.7 ppg, 3.2 apg

G League Ignite guard Jaden Hardy looks to shoot against Grand Rapids Gold forward Manny Camper.
G League Ignite guard Jaden Hardy looks to shoot against Grand Rapids Gold forward Manny Camper at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas on Dec. 19, 2021. (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)

Ht./Wt.: 6-6, 210 pounds | Class: Sophomore | Arizona: 17.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.3 apg 

Ht./Wt.: 6-8, 205 pounds | Class: Freshman | Baylor: 10.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 197 pounds | Class: Freshman | Kentucky: 13.6 ppg, 4.4 apg 

Ht./Wt.: 6-6, 222 pounds | Class: Freshman | Duke: 8.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg

Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 172 pounds | Overtime Elite: 17.4 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 8 apg

Post Lottery 

Ht./Wt.: 6-9, 220 pounds | Class: Freshman | Milwaukee: 13.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 185 pounds | Class: Freshman | Notre Dame: 15 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.2 apg

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 215 pounds | Class: Senior | Kansas: 20.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji handles the ball.
Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji handles the ball during a game against Texas Tech on Jan. 8, 2022 in Lubbock, Texas. (John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

Ht./Wt.: 6-7, 175 pounds | G League Ignite: 15.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.3 apg

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 213 pounds | Class: Junior | Duke: 15.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.8 apg

Ht./Wt.: 6-6, 200 pounds | Australia | G League Ignite: 11.3 ppg, 4.4 apg

Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 171 pounds | Class: Freshman | Tennessee: 13.3 ppg, 4.9 apg

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 210 pounds | Class: Senior | Wake Forest: 20.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 5.1 apg

Wake Forest guard Alondes Williams shoots the ball as Virginia center Francisco Caffaro defends.
Wake Forest guard Alondes Williams shoots the ball as Virginia center Francisco Caffaro defends during their game on Jan. 15, 2022. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 195 pounds | Class: Freshman | Alabama: 8.4 ppg, 3.9 apg

Ht./Wt.: 6-10, 205 pounds | Serbia | Mega Basket: 10.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg

Ht./Wt.: 6-8, 216 pounds | Class: Sophomore | LSU: 16 ppg, 7.1 rpg

Ht./Wt.: 6-4, 221 pounds | Class: Freshman | Duke: 11.9 ppg, 3.2 apg

Ht./Wt.: 6-7, 240 pounds | Class: Junior | Ohio State: 19.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.7 apg

Ht./Wt.: 6-7, 179 pounds | Class: Freshman | Nebraska: 15.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Bryce McGowens brings the ball up the court.
Nebraska's Bryce McGowens brings the ball up the court against Purdue on Jan. 14, 2022. (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Ht./Wt.: 6-6, 230 pounds | Class: Freshman | Stanford: 11.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.8 apg

Ht./Wt.: 6-8, 200 pounds | Class: Sophomore | Colorado: 13.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg

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Report: Odell Beckham Jr. warned friend, edge rusher Von Miller against coming to Browns

While with the Cleveland Browns, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. apparently told friend and then Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller to not come to his former team.
While with the Cleveland Browns, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. apparently told friend and then Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller to not come to his former team.

While still with the Browns, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. told friend and defensive standout Von Miller to not come to Cleveland, according to a Sports Illustrated report.

While they both rehabilitated injuries in Colorado Springs last offseason — Miller a patella tendon, Beckham an ACL — Miller told Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop that he and Beckham daydreamed about playing together.

Miller was then with the Denver Broncos, who traded him to the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 1. Beckham, unable to mesh with starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, forced a divorce from the Browns in early November, was released and signed with the Rams.

“Don’t come to Cleveland,” Miller said Beckham told him.

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With Miller and Beckham now both in Los Angeles, that dream of playing together has come true, and the Rams will play in the Super Bowl if they can beat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. The Rams have gone 0-2 against Niners this season.

Since signing with the Rams, Beckham has caught 25 passes on 43 targets for 287 yards and five touchdowns in eight regular-season games and 10 passes on 12 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown in two playoff games.

Miller has added some punch to an already potent Rams defense with five sacks in eight regular-season games and two sacks in two playoff games.

Browns analysis: What went wrong for the Cleveland goes far deeper than Baker Mayfield's injury-plagued season

Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Von Miller (40) celebrates with defensive end Aaron Donald (99) after Miller sacked Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and caused a fumble during the second half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Von Miller (40) celebrates with defensive end Aaron Donald (99) after Miller sacked Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and caused a fumble during the second half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Report: Former Browns WR OBJ warned Von Miller to stay away from team

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AEW Confirms Rematch For Wednesday's Dynamite - Wrestling Inc.

Ruby Soho vs. Nyla Rose is now official for AEW Dynamite.

Soho vs. Rose was set up on this week’s Beach Break edition of Dynamite as Rose issued a challenge during a promo with Vickie Guerrero, demanding that she get a match with Soho. The match was then confirmed during Friday’s Rampage as Rose mocked how Soho plays the air guitar during her entrance. AEW then confirmed the bout for Dynamite.

You can see the Rampage video below.

This will be the second bout between Soho and Rose. Soho defeated Rose during the Holiday Bash edition of Dynamite on December 22, in a match for the AEW TBS Title Tournament. Soho would then advance to the finals, but come up short against inaugural TBS Champion Jade Cargill.

Next Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite on TBS will air live from the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. Below is the updated line-up, along with the video from Rampage:

* Ruby Soho vs. Nyla Rose

* Malakai Black and Brody King vs. PAC and Penta El Zero Miedo

* CM Punk vs. MJF

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Report: WWE Wants Jeff Hardy BACK - WhatCulture.com

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WWE has made a play to bring Jeff Hardy back to the company within the past few weeks.

This is according to Dave Meltzer in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter. He writes that WWE head of talent relations John Laurinaitis contacted Jeff with an offer including a 2022 Hall of Fame induction a few weeks ago, but Hardy turned it down.

In response, Jeff asked for the company to return his drug test results, as he believed he wasn't going to test positive for recreational substances. Jeff's brother, Matt, made a similar point in December, stating that the public would feel better about his sibling's WWE release once those results were made public.

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Meltzer states Jeff and his wife waited six weeks to get the results back.

Part of WWE's drive to bring Hardy back is that the company doesn't want to see him in AEW, where they feel the Hardy Boyz could become a revitalized act opposite such tag teams as The Young Bucks, FTR, and more. As things stand, however, Jeff is still bound to a non-compete clause until 9 March.

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Hardy was released from WWE in early December, having walked out mid-match during a house show main event earlier in the month. It was later revealed that WWE had offered Jeff the chance to go to rehab, which he rejected.

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Colombia vs. Peru LIVE STREAM (1/28/22): Watch CONMEBOL 2022 FIFA World Cup ... - NJ.com

Colombia faces Peru in a CONMEBOL 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Friday, November 28, 2022 (1/28/22) at the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Fans can watch the match with fuboTV.

Here’s what you need to know:

What: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier

Who: Colombia vs. Peru

When: Friday, January 28, 2022

Time: 4 p.m. ET

Where: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez

TV: N/A

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Jordan Morris, Tim Weah, Sergiño Dest and Gyasi Zardes returned from injuries to make the U.S. roster ahead of the next three World Cup qualifiers.

Gio Reyna and Aaron Long were left off along with defenders John Brooks and Tim Ream, and forwards Daryl Dike, Jordan Pefok and Josh Sargent — who scored his first two Premier League goals as the 28-man roster was announced Friday.

Training starts Monday ahead of the Jan. 27 match against El Salvador in Columbus, Ohio. The Americans play Canada three days later on artificial turf at Hamilton, Ontario, and host Honduras on Feb. 2 at St. Paul, Minnesota, with frigid weather forecast for all three games.

“We expect to embrace the conditions and enjoy the conditions,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said Friday. “All we want at the end of this window is to be in position for the March window to qualify for the World Cup.”

Second in qualifying with 15 points after eight of 14 games, the U.S. is one point behind Canada.

Mexico and Panama have 14 points each, followed by Costa Rica (nine), Jamaica (seven), El Salvador (six) and Honduras (three).

The top three nations qualify for this year’s tournament in Qatar, and the fourth-place team advances to a one-game playoff in June against the Oceania champion, likely New Zealand.

Brooks was left off for the third straight window.

“He has the opportunity to play a role with us in the future,” Berhalter said. “He wouldn’t be the best fit for this particular window. We’re hoping that he regains his form for Wolfsburg.”

Behalter called Ream “probably the best center back on the ball that we have.”

“Some of the game plan for this January window we think suits other players a little bit better,” Berhalter said.

Defender Joe Scally, who returned to the field for Borussia Mönchengladbach on Jan. 15 following a positive COVID-19 test, was left off, as was Venezia midfielder Gianluca Busio, initially picked before a positive test.

“We have to be very cautious with COVID,” Berhalter said. “It’s spreading like wildfire, and there’s a chance that anyone that is coming into camp can potentially be excluded based on that.”

Twenty-three players were on the roster for November’s home win over Mexico and road draw at Jamaica. Thirteen have been training in Phoenix since Jan. 7.

“We don’t expect the players to be 90-minute fit,” Berhalter said. “We expect to be approaching it in a platoon type of method where we put guys on, we take guys off.”

Among wingers, Morris played until the 78th minute in the 1-0 exhibition win over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Dec. 18, his first international appearance since tearing his left ACL on Feb. 20.

“Amazing amount of speed,” Berhalter said. “His timing, his movement has been very good, and I think the next thing to come is his finishing.”

Weah recovered from a quadriceps injury to enter in the 68th minute for Lille on Tuesday in his first action since Dec. 1. RB Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson is in the midst of the Austrian Bundesliga’s two-month winter break and hasn’t played a competitive match since Dec. 11.

Among right backs, Dest returned from a back injury and a positive COVID-19 test. He entered in the sixth minute of extra time of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey match against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday, his first match appearance since Dec. 8. The same day, DeAndre Yedlin played his first match for Galatasaray since Dec. 18.

Zardes missed the November games with a sprained left knee and last played a competitive match on Oct. 20 for Columbus.

Reyna has been sidelined since injuring his right hamstring during the Americans’ opening qualifier at El Salvador on Sept. 2.

“We thought the best thing for him to do was to stay at Dortmund, train these weeks and try to get into their squad,” Berhalter said.

Players will average 24 years, 294 days when training starts Monday.

Defenders George Bello, DeJuan Jones and Auston Trusty were cut from the group that had been training along with Long, and midfielders Djordje Mihailovic and Jackson Yueill.

Long is regaining fitness after tearing his right Achilles tendon on May 15. Defender Sam Vines was dropped after being on the November roster.

Midfielder Tyler Adams, Yedlin and goalkeeper Zack Steffen enter with yellow cards and would be suspended if assessed another.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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