Marcus Vanderberg

  • The unofficial viewers' guide to Mayweather-Pacquiao

    Marcus Vanderberg at Boxing 26 days ago

    LAS VEGAS — The day is finally here.

    After five years of anticipation, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight is just hours away.

    But before you fire up the grill or settle down on the couch for the evening, here are a few more news nuggets you might have missed throughout the week:

    Banned from the MGM : CNN’s Rachel Nichols and ESPN’s Michelle Beadle both tweeted Saturday morning that their credentials for the fight were apparently blocked by Floyd Mayweather’s camp. Nichols grilled Mayweather on his domestic violence past during an interview last year, and Beadle has never been shy on Twitter in expressing her thoughts on not only Floyd but Manny Pacquiao’s views on homosexuality.

    No fight for me or @MichelleDBeadle. Mayweather's team told my producer the camp was blocking my credential. https://t.co/JTjjXadPp8

  • Ronda Rousey teams up with The Rock, judo tosses Triple H at WrestleMania 31

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Ronda Rousey loves professional wrestling.

    The undefeated UFC’s women’s bantamweight champion has been in the front row of WWE pay-per-view’s in the past and been known to attend Pro Wrestling Guerrilla shows — a local independent wrestling promotion based in Southern California — with her Four Horsewomen (Jessamyn Duke, Shayna Baszler and Marina Shafir). 

    On Sunday at WrestleMania 31, Rousey had a new tag team partner in The Rock. The “Furious 7” stars took part in a segment with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in front of record-setting crowd of 76,796 fans at Levi’s Stadium. The Rock interrupted a segment where Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were berating the crowd. McMahon eventually got so fed up that she slapped The Rock in the face and was told to leave the ring. Before The Rock went to the back, he does a lap around ringside and comes across Rousey, who jumped the barrier to chants of “Ronda’s going to kill you” and followed The Rock in the ring.

    And as for White, he was taking in the WrestleMania show from London:

    😳

  • Five highlights from the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 2 mths ago

    The Turnstile will affectionately be known as The Turnbuckle this week as we count down to WrestleMania 31 from Levi’s Stadium on March 29. Check back all week on Yahoo Sports to get your daily wrestling fix.

    The WWE’s Hall of Fame ceremony took place Saturday night at the SAP Center in San Jose as nine inductees were honored. In case you don’t have four (!) hours to spare in order to watch the entire show, here’s some nuggets that fill you in on what you missed.

    Rikishi pays tribute to his family:

    The number of WWE wrestlers (from The Rock to Yokozuna) to come from the Samoan Anoa’i family tree is impressive and Rikishi is the latest inductee in the Hall of Fame.

    The Bushwhackers acting like … The Bushwhackers:

    This has to be the only suit Luke and Butch own, right?

    Lanny Poffo transforms into The Genius while inducting Randy Savage:

    It took far too long but “Macho Man” Randy Savage was finally inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo, accepted the behalf on his honor and returned to his rhyming ways.

    Kevin Nash thanks his past opponents:

    You have to respect a man who knows he wasn’t the greatest wrestler but could follow someone else’s lead in the ring.

  • Ranking all 30 WrestleManias

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 2 mths ago

    The Turnstile will affectionately be known as The Turnbuckle this week as we count down to WrestleMania 31 from Levi’s Stadium on March 29. Check back all week on Yahoo Sports to get your daily wrestling fix.

    With WrestleMania 31 just days away, Yahoo Sports decided to go back and rank the first 30 pay-per-views. And since wrestling fans love to voice their opinions, leave your feedback in the comments section.

    30. WrestleMania XI

    Hartford Civic Center (Hartford, Conn.)

    If you want my thoughts on Lawrence Taylor’s wrestling skills, check out our top 10 sports cameos list. The highlight of WrestleMania XI might have been Jonathan Taylor Thomas serving as the guest timekeeper in the Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel match.

    Match of the night: Diesel vs. Shawn Michaels

    29. WrestleMania IX

    Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, Nev.)

    Match of the night: Shawn Michaels vs. Tatanka 

    28. WrestleMania XXVII

    Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.)

    A dude (The Miz) who was on “The Real World” headlined WrestleMania. Need I say more?

    Match of the night: The Undertaker vs. Triple H 

  • Top 10 sports cameos at WrestleMania

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 2 mths ago

    The Turnstile will affectionately be known as The Turnbuckle this week as we countdown to WrestleMania 31 from Levi’s Stadium on March 29. Check back all week on Yahoo Sports to get your daily wrestling fix.

    Ever since Vince McMahon’s gamble paid off at WrestleMania I in 1985, celebrities have played a key role in the yearly World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-view. The list is long of the actors and musicians the WWE has called upon during the last 30 years to take part in WrestleMania. But it’s the cameos from the sports world that normally generate the most buzz outside of the wrestling community. We run down our 10 favorites from the last 30 years of WrestleMania.

    10. Lawrence Taylor (WrestleMania XI)

    9. Muhammad Ali (WrestleMania I)

    The very first WrestleMania in 1985 didn’t lack star power as boxing legend Muhammad Ali served as a guest referee in the main event between Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff. Ali — who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s the year prior — received a standing ovation from the Madison Square Garden crowd.

    8. Mickey Rourke (WrestleMania XXV)

    7. William Perry (WrestleMania II)

    6. Bob Uecker (WrestleMania III)

    5. Akebono (WrestleMania 21)

  • Mexican wrestler dies following match with ex-WWE superstar Rey Mysterio

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 2 mths ago

    Tragic news out of Mexico as Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion wrestler Pedro Aguayo Ramirez (better known as Hijo del Perro Aguayo) died Friday night in Tijuana while taking part in a tag-team match with former WWE performer Rey Mysterio.

    Mysterio delivered a dropkick and landed his patented “619” on  Ramirez — a move where a wrestler has his head draped on the second rope and receives a kick to the face. Unfortunately the move didn’t go off as planned. Via PWTorch.com:

    UPDATE (8:15 p.m. ET): Figure Four Online is reporting that Ramirez (Aguayo Jr.) might have already been knocked out before Mysterio delivered the "619.":

    Sources who were at Hospital del Prado in Tijuana have said that the initial cause of death was cervical spine trauma coming from when the ropes snapped his neck.

    Several wrestlers tweeted their condolences, including TJ Perkins, who was one of the wrestlers in the match:

  • Ticket prices announced for May 2 Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

    Marcus Vanderberg at Boxing 2 mths ago

    LOS ANGELES — Well, the good news is the public will indeed have a chance to purchase tickets to the May 2 megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

    The bad news? It’s going to cost you a lot.

    Mayweather’s right-hand man Leonard Ellerbe announced at the conclusion of Wednesday’s press conference that tickets for the fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas would range from $1,500 to $7,500. The sale date will be announced in the coming days.

    To put those prices in comparison, the most expensive ticket made available to the general public for Mayweather’s rematch against Marcos Maidana was only $1,500.

    There’s no word on how many tickets will be made available to the general public, but considering this fight has been five long years in the making, expect to hit the refresh button early and often on your computer.

    Despite the absurdity of those prices, selling out the 16,800-seat arena will likely happen in a matter of seconds.

  • WWE physician slaps CM Punk with defamation lawsuit for podcast

    Marcus Vanderberg at Cagewriter 3 mths ago

    Last year’s podcast “pipe bomb” from CM Punk could ultimately be a costly one.

    WWE senior ringside physician Dr. Chris Amann filed a defamation lawsuit against CM Punk (real name Phil Brooks) and Colt Cabana (real name Scott Colton) on Thursday in a Chicago court for comments that were  made on “The Art of Wrestling” podcast last November that "repeatedly and falsely impugned his integrity" as a doctor . Dr. Amann is seeking more than $1 million in compensatory damages and an undisclosed amount in punitive damages. Cabana, the real-life best friend of CM Punk, is the host of "The Art of Wrestling."

    The two-part podcast was the first time CM Punk spoke publicly about his abrupt departure from the company and one of the main reasons for quitting was alleged medical malpractice.

    CM Punk claimed the WWE didn’t follow proper concussion protocol, rushed him back to the ring following elbow surgery and misdiagnosed a “fatty deposit” that allegedly developed into staph infection. Those accusations were directed in part at Dr. Amann.

  • 'Macho Man' Randy Savage to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 4 mths ago

    Another year, another mended WWE relationship.

    Two years ago, Bruno Sammartino — who was the longest-reigning WWE champion of all time and outspoken critic of the current wrestling product — was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

    Last year before his tragic death, the Ultimate Warrior headlined the class of 2014 following an 18-year absence from the company.

    This year, it’s finally Randy Savage’s time in the spotlight.

    The WWE announced on “Monday Night Raw” that the “Macho Man” will be part of the class of 2015 on the eve of WrestleMania 31 on March 28 in San Jose, Calif.

    "I had no thoughts. I was so excited,” Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo, said Monday on the WWE Network. "Intellectually, there was nothing. It was all emotional. I was happy for the fans. They waited for Bruno Sammartino for so many years and now they waited for Macho Man."

    Savage?

    Not so much.

    Why?

    Dig it.

  • Our 10 favorite MS-DOS sports games

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 4 mths ago

    Long before the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, your video game options as a kid consisted of a home console like the Nintendo Entertainment System or a floppy disk and computer that ultimately took up half your desk.

    Well, we are happy to tell you that you can now relieve your childhood memories of playing sports video games (and while on the clock at work) thanks to The Internet Archive, a non-profit library that has added 2,500 MS-DOS games to play for free.

    We’ve gone through the extensive list and picked out our 10 favorite sports titles.

    Happy gaming!

    John Madden Football— The O.G. of video football games. Nobody does it better. 

    NHL '94 — Jaromir Jagr is the last active NHL player from the iconic hockey game.

    Double Dribble — Nothing says slam dunk like a slow-motion graphic.