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  • George 'The Animal' Steele, WWE Hall of Famer, dead at 79

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 7 days ago

    George “The Animal” Steele, the iconic World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame wrestler, passed away Thursday night at the age of 79, the WWE announced on Friday. Steele reportedly died from kidney failure and had been in and out of hospice care for nearly a year, according to TMZ.

    Born William James Myers, the Michigan native received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State and master’s from Central Michigan.

    Steele joined the WWE in 1967 after briefly playing football in the short-lived United Football League. Steele feuded with champion Bruno Sammartino before developing the green-tongue, turnbuckle-eating, hairy “Animal” heel gimmick he was best known for.

    Steele would have a babyface run in the WWE in the mid-1980s and feuded with the “Macho Man” Randy Savage over the admiration of Miss Elizabeth, Savage’s on-screen valet and actual wife.

    Steele would retire from wrestling full-time in 1988 due to Crohn’s Disease. The chronic illness forced Steele to have his colon removed in 2002.

    George Steele was a one of a kind performer who could make fans smile or boo…and his competitors laugh or cry…

  • Tom Brady makes the 'List of Jericho'

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 18 days ago

    Tom Brady might be the greatest quarterback of all time, but even the five-time Super Bowl champion is not immune from making “The List.”

    WWE wrestler Chris Jericho felt some kind of way that Brady has been labeled the G.O.A.T. — a nickname the United States champion has dubbed himself and worn on the back of his wrestling tights.

    Jericho called out Brady Monday night on “Raw” as he was the latest person to make the “List of Jericho.”

    Not everyone in the WWE has beef with Brady and the Pats.

    Earlier on Monday, Paul “Triple H” Levesque sent a heavyweight championship title to the New England Patriots following Sunday’s thrilling Super Bowl 51 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

    — Triple H (@TripleH) February 6, 2017

  • Iran bars U.S. wrestlers from World Cup in response to President Trump's executive order

    Jackie Bamberger at The Turnstile 21 days ago

    Iran will bar U.S. wrestlers from a major international meet this month, the country’s foreign ministry announced Friday. The decision is in response to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order, which bars visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran.

    Iran announced Saturday that it would bar all U.S. citizens from visiting the country in response to Trump’s executive order. The U.S. wrestlers thought they would receive a special exemption to be able to compete in the Freestyle World Cup, which will take place in western Iran from Feb 16-17.

    “Training comes to a halt. We’re like ‘OK, what do we do now? Where do we go? Where do we compete?'” said Jordan Burroughs, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion, to the Associated Press. “I’m just bummed. I love Iran. I love their people, and I don’t get into politics. I wasn’t going to make a political stance. I was going to compete.”

    “I’ve been encouraged this week by the cooperation and friendship of the Iranian Wrestling Federation and USA Wrestling,” Lalovic said. “As we’ve seen over the years, wrestling is a sport that unites people and nations.”

  • A.J. Styles Q&A: WWE champ calls out 'Today' show co-hosts

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 28 days ago

    Before next weekend’s Super Bowl between the Patriots and Falcons, two WWE competitors representing Massachusetts and Georgia will battle at the Royal Rumble from the Alamodome in San Antonio.

    John Cena (West Newbury, Mass.) challenges A.J. Styles (Gainesville, Ga.) for the WWE championship. Cena, a 15-time world champion and media darling, needs no introduction. Your mom is aware of John Cena at this point of his well-documented career.

    She is likely not aware of Styles, a relative newcomer to the mainstream WWE audience compared to his competition on Sunday. But his body of work is just as impressive as Cena.

    This week marks one year since Styles made his WWE debut at last year’s Royal Rumble in Orlando. Since then, he’s gone on to defeat Cena twice and eventually win the WWE championship last September at “Backlash.” Prior to coming to WWE, Styles wrestled all around the world, headlining shows for such promotions at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling.

    All roads in professional wrestling seemingly lead to the WWE and Styles has adapted to his new surroundings.

    What’s been your favorite moment during your first year in the WWE?

  • Triple H Q&A: 76ers rookie Joel Embiid is talented and entertaining

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    Triple H has as many names as he does roles within World Wrestling Entertainment.

    When “The Game” isn’t wrestling part-time, you can find Triple H leading the charge of NXT, the company’s newest and buzziest brand based out of Florida, or back at WWE headquarters in Connecticut where Paul Levesque is the executive vice president of talent, live events and creative.

    The most important role and title, however, might be the one of Dad.

    A father to three daughters with his wife, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H recently lent his voice in the animated sequel “Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania” alongside John Cena, The Undertaker, and his father-in-law, Vince McMahon.

    “For them it’s very cool. Extra cool that I’m in it. Extra cool that their grandfather, that they call Pop, is in it,” Triple H said. “It’s a cool experience for them and these are movies that they love anyways, so to have us in them is just a super bonus.”

    Yahoo Sports spoke with Triple H this week to discuss Ronda Rousey’s marketability, his biggest fan in the NBA and the challenges he faces running NXT.

    When were you first made aware that 76ers rookie Joel Embiid was such a Triple H fan?

  • Sports world reacts to Inauguration Day, Presidential transition

    Yahoo Sports Staff at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    On Inauguration Day, as the presidency changes hands from noted sports fan Barack Obama to Donald Trump, athletes from across the sports landscape took to social media to react to the transition of power.

    [White Mamba Minute: Which NBA player would make a good President?]

    Thank You!!! #44

    — Chris Paul (@CP3) January 20, 2017

    Thank you! @barackobama #ButlerGroup

    A photo posted by Butler Group Homes (@butler_group) on Jan 20, 2017 at 7:45am PST

    Two of the greatest days In American history! #FarewellObama (Photos: WH/AP)


  • Sports world celebrates MLK Day

    Yahoo Sports Staff at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and athletes from around the sports world celebrated the day with thoughtful posts about Dr. King and his important messages.

    I have the same DREAM! Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr!

    A video posted by dwyanewade (@dwyanewade) on Jan 16, 2017 at 7:27am PST

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    — Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) January 16, 2017

    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King Jr.

    A photo posted by Russell Wilson (@dangerusswilson) on Jan 16, 2017 at 8:43am PST

    He spoke, He stood and He die for something greater than himself! Today we honor and celebrate a great Man #MLKDAY

    — Steve Smith Sr (@89SteveSmith) January 16, 2017


  • Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka has passed away, family reports

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    The family of wrestling star Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka has reported via Instagram that he has passed away. No cause of death was immediately released, although he had been in hospice care since mid-December. Tamina Snuka posted the following image on Instagram on January 15:

    I LOVE YOU DAD #FOREVERMYDAD #RestWell #FamiliesAreForever #BestDad #SnukaLegacy

    A photo posted by SaronaSnuka (@saronasnukawwe) on Jan 15, 2017 at 11:19am PST

    Snuka was one of the early stars of the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE), and his theatrical, daredevil style set the stage for much of wrestling’s current image and persona. Here he was as The Undertaker’s first “victim” in Wrestlemania VII:

    Snuka’s career began tapering off in the mid-1990s, and by the 2000s he was only appearing in cameo and non-wrestling roles. However, in 2015 even those appearances were halted when a legal matter from Snuka’s past resurfaced.

    Snuka was 73, and is survived by his wife and four children.

  • When it comes to sports, the president has many duties

    Yahoo Sports Staff at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    The job of President of the United States come with many responsibilities including Head of State and Commander in Chief of the armed forces.

    But what roles will Donald Trump assume in the sports world as president?

    The longest standing tradition: throwing out the first pitch. William Howard Taft began the tradition in 1910 and since then every single president – except Jimmy Carter – has tossed a ceremonial changeup at least once.

    Perhaps the more frequent ceremony for the President is hosting league champions at the White House. In 2016 alone, President Obama hosted the Denver Broncos, Alabama Crimson Tide, Cleveland Cavaliers, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Penguins, L.A. Sparks, Villanova Wildcats and – for the fourth time – the UConn Lady Huskies. Plus, the 2016 World Series Champion Cubs will be Obama’s final championship visit on Monday.

    If things do get rocky in South Korea (2018) or Japan (2020), Trump could make the call to boycott the Games, as Jimmy Carter did for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

  • Homicide charges against Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka dismissed

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    A Lehigh County, Pa. judge has dismissed homicide charges against former pro wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, who had been accused of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Argentino 34 years ago.

    Judge Kelly L. Banach ruled in a one-sentence decree that Snuka is not competent to stand trial, saying “it would be unjust to resume the prosecution.” Experts clashed on Snuka’s competence, with doctors called by the defense indicating that Snuka is in hospice care and has only six months to live, but psychiatrists called by the prosecution contending that Snuka was faking dementia for the judge and the cameras.

    “I don’t believe he’s faking it,” Banach said in June. “No offense, but I don’t think he’s smart enough to fake it.”