Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 3 days 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?
Yahoo Sports Staff at The Turnstile 3 days 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.
Thank You!!! #44 pic.twitter.com/Z8Vz0dbSXR
— Chris Paul (@CP3) January 20, 2017
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Yahoo Sports Staff at The Turnstile 7 days 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.
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— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) January 16, 2017
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— Steve Smith Sr (@89SteveSmith) January 16, 2017
Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 8 days 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:
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.
Yahoo Sports Staff at The Turnstile 10 days 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.
Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 20 days 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.”
Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 1 mth ago
Shad Gaspard, a former WWE wrestler, halted an armed robbery over the weekend … a feat no less impressive even though it turned out the robber was armed with only a BB gun.
According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, Gaspard was at a Coral Springs, Florida convenience store when a man demanded Gaspard buy him a beer. When Gaspard refused, the man pulled a gun on him. At that point, Gaspard thought, “[Expletive] this … I’m not dying in Florida,” and then things turned very ugly for the would-be robber.
Per Pro Wrestling Sheet’s report, Gaspard took the gun, which turned out to be a BB gun. He then chased down the escaping robber, slammed his head into the door, and then immobilized him with a rear naked choke hold. Gaspard’s friends, including his former tag-team Cryme Tyme partner JTG, all of whom had been outside in a car, then called the police.
“I thought it was a real gun the entire time and honestly, I just didn’t want anyone to get hurt,” Gaspard said. “I just kept thinking about how I wanted to make sure I got home to my son.”
Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile 2 mths ago
Bob Condor at The Turnstile 2 mths 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.
Yahoo Sports Staff at The Turnstile 2 mths 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.
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.