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  • Paul Heyman Q&A: Don't expect Conor vs. Brock at WrestleMania 33

    Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 18 days ago

    Paul Heyman is never shy, even when it comes to discussing a rare blunder doing the one thing he’s known for the most — controlling the crowd via the microphone.

    The self-proclaimed advocate of Brock Lesnar had the task of playing a “heel” at the Target Center in Minneapolis in order to promote this Sunday’s WWE “Survivor Series” match against the returning Goldberg, just minutes from where Lesnar wrestled in college and won the 2000 NCAA Heavyweight championship at the University of Minnesota.

    How did it go?

    Let’s just say the crowd had no interest in booing the “Beast” they’ve adopted as one of their own for the last 16 years, as Lesnar nearly cracked a brief smile in the ring at the chants of “Suplex City.”

    “I failed at the task,” Heyman told Yahoo Sports. “Was it an impossible task? Absolutely. But that’s why I’m in the position I’m in.”

    It’s a position that Heyman has been in for the better part of three decades across three companies (World Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling, WWE) and he’s showing no signs of slowing down, even in defeat.

    How has working with Goldberg changed — if any — since 2004?

    So, Brock Lesnar vs. Conor McGregor at WrestleMania 33?

  • Martin Scorsese calls this the 'greatest story never told' … until now

    Bob Condor at The Turnstile 21 days ago

    It’s the greatest story never told, at least that’s what legendary director Martin Scorsese has said.

    Vinny Pazienza, a five-time world champion boxer in three different weight divisions, suffered a broken neck in a car accident that required him to make a decision: Choose spinal fusion surgery that would end his boxing career but guarantee he could walk again or opt for a medieval-like halo literally screwed into his skull that would allow his body to heal naturally but only if he could avoid banging into anything for six months.

    Pazienza chose the halo.

    While there might be better sports stories never told – sports documentary makers are routinely attempting to make the case on all platforms – it is hard to image a better sports comeback story.

    When Ben Younger was approached about possibly directing a movie chronicling Pazienza’s journey, he was moved by the boxer’s story. But Younger spot-checked his instincts by consulting the man who directed arguably the greatest boxing movie of all time in “Raging Bull.”

    Scorsese, who had never before heard Pazienza’s story, reviewed the pitch and was so impressed he signed on to be an executive producer.

  • Sports world reacts to Trump's win, election night coverage

    Yahoo Sports Staff at The Turnstile 28 days ago

    As Donald Trump eventually became president-elect, many Americans were on the edge of their seats, including athletes from across the sports world. Follow their reactions from social media.

    [Follow Yahoo News’ Election Day Coverage]

    Well America is tanking!!! All we can do is Trust The Process…

    — Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) November 9, 2016


    — Thabo Sefolosha (@ThaboSefolosha) November 9, 2016


    — DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 9, 2016

    — Vontae Davis (@vontaedavis) November 9, 2016


    I'm legit worried.


  • Ric Flair voted for Ric Flair for president

    Jay Hart at The Turnstile 28 days ago

    Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton. Jill Stein. Gary Johnson. None of these candidates for president got Ric Flair’s vote.

    No, Ric Flair voted for, obviously, Ric Flair.

    That’s right, in his attempt to Make America WOOOOO Again, the Nature Boy cast a ballot for himself (along with running mate Waka Flocka Flame).

    I’ll just leave this right here… #MakeAmericaWoooooAgain #ElectionDay #Elections2016 #ElectionNight

    — Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) November 8, 2016

    If you are not familiar with the Flair-Flame platform, here is a brief campaign video:

    — Waka Flocka (@WakaFlocka) October 18, 2016

  • The sports world goes out to vote on Election Day

    Yahoo Sports Staff at The Turnstile 28 days ago

    Did you go out to vote on #ElectionDay? You weren’t alone. Athletes and others from around the sports world were right there with you, and documented it on social media, including pitcher Tom Koehler, who honored former Marlins teammate Jose Fernandez, with his vote.

    [Follow Yahoo News’ Election Day Coverage]

    I am voting today because I had a friend who fought really hard for the chance to vote. This would have been his first chance. #jdf16

    — Tom Koehler (@TKREFRESH22) November 8, 2016

    ✔️ #iVoted

    — Chris Paul (@CP3) November 8, 2016

    A photo posted by Drew Brees (@drewbrees) on Nov 8, 2016 at 5:58am PST

    Go Vote.

    Be AMERICAN!! Get out and vote!

  • Bill Simmons' 'Any Given Wednesday' canceled after one HBO season

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    HBO has canceled Bill Simmons’ sports/culture talk show “Any Given Wednesday” after a single season of declining ratings. The final episode will air Nov. 9.

    “Any Given Wednesday” featured Simmons, the best-known sportswriter of the internet era, in a variety of formats, from stand-up monologues to skits to longform interviews. The show kicked off with a profane bang, as Ben Affleck unleashed a curse-filled rant for the ages defending Tom Brady against the NFL, Roger Goodell and pretty much everyone on Earth:

    The show would never hit those viral heights again, and after a brief ratings bump, began a precipitous slide downward. The show improved on its lead-in only twice in its run, and bottomed out last week with an estimated 82,000 viewers, a 75 percent drop from its high-water mark:

    For the Any Given Wednesday tabulators. #OOF

  • Presidential Bracket Sports Edition – Election Day: Manning vs. Jordan

    Yahoo Sports Staff at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    So it’s come down to this, two of the most popular and charismatic athletes of the last 30 years: Peyton Manning vs. Michael Jordan.

    These two survived a field of 64, and one of them, come Nov. 7, will be your choice as the most presidential sports figure in America (whatever that means).

    The time has come for you to decide America. Will it be Peyton “Omaha and Beyond” Manning or Michael “The Air apparent” Jordan? It’s your choice. Vote early and vote often.

  • 'Losing Isn't Everything': New book shows other side of championships

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    The Chicago Cubs and their fans are bathing in the warm glow of well-deserved victory right now, and will be for quite some time. Winning the first world championship in more than a century will do that for you. But what about the other team in the World Series? How will history recall the Cleveland Indians, and how will the players deal with the fact that victory was within their grasp but they couldn’t close the deal?

    Every winner’s story is the same, but every loser suffers alone, and in often heartbreaking ways. That’s the premise of “Losing Isn’t Everything,” a new collection of interviews by Fox Sports’ Curt Menefee and former Yahoo Sports editor Michael Arkush. Over the course of 15 chapters, the duo interviewed some of the most notable “losers” in sports history, seeking to determine how exactly they fell short, how they handled their pain in the immediate aftermath of the loss, and how they’re doing today.

    “Losing Isn’t Everything” is on sale now.

  • Presidential Bracket Sports Edition – Final 4: Aaron vs. Manning; Jordan vs. Phelps

    Yahoo Sports Staff at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    In what can only be described as a come-from-behind victory on the scale of Reagan over Carter, Peyton Manning rallied in the closing hours to catch and ultimately zip by Bill Belichick and into the Final 4 of the Yahoo Sports Presidential Bracket: Sports Edition.

    Manning is joined by Hank Aaron, Michael Jordan and Michael Phelps, a quartet of heavyweights, each of whom represent the best of the best from their respective disciplines.

    We’re about to find out who America will choose. Voting is officially open. And remember to vote early and vote often.

  • Presidential Bracket Sports Edition – Elite 8: The Hoody is still alive

    Yahoo Sports Staff at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    We started with 64 candidates, and now we’re down to eight in Yahoo Sports’ Presidential Bracket: Sports Edition.

    The questions you, the voters, must now answer are becoming clearer: Do you trust The Hoody in the White House? Do you favor a strategist (Coach K) over an executor (MJ)? Has Michael Phelps won enough gold medals to earn your vote? And are you that smitten with Ken Griffey Jr.’s killer smile?

    Voting for the Elite 8 is open. Vote early and vote often.