Last Updated: 5th October, 2019 14:45 IST WWE: Brock Lesnar Defeats Kofi Kingston In Seconds To Win The Title WWE: SmackDown’s Friday night premier saw Superstar Brock Lesnar end Kofi Kingston six-month reign as World Wrestling Entertainment Champion in mere seconds Akhil Nambiar SUBSCRIBE TO US WWE: Title challengeOn September 17, Kingston and New Day had defended the title against Orton and The Revival in a six-man tag-team match on SmackDown. But they were soon challenged by Lesnar and Paul Heyman. Friday’s SmackDown saw Lesnar subdue the champion to claim the title for himself.Also Read | WWE News: Draft Predictions For Upcoming Monday Night RAW 2019 SmackDown’s Friday Night Premier saw Brock Lesnar end Kofi Kingston six-month-long reign as WWE champion in mere seconds. Kingston had successfully defended his title against Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe, Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton before he was knocked out for counts by Lesnar before stunned audiences at the Staples Centre in LA.Also Read | WWE Hell In A Cell:Here Are The Top Moments From The Demonic StructureKingston entered the ring very much as the champion and immediately tried to get the upper hand by charging at Lesnar. Unfortunately for him, Lesnar was on his guard, promptly picked up Kingston and had him down for the counts. Kingston first won the WWE title in Wrestlemania 35. The win, which came after 11 years since he joined WWE, also brought to an end his long-standing feud with Bryan and Vince McMahon.Also Read | WWE SmackDown: Will The Rock Face Randy Orton At WrestleMania 36? But no WWE fight is over without a twist in the tail. As Lesnar celebrated his easy win, his celebrations were interrupted by Rey Mysterious and Cain Velasquez who confronted him.It was a treat for the crowd, who were robbed of a Championship fight earlier. Velasquez took on Lesnar and got in some shots before the victor of the earlier match managed to escape. But it seems we will soon have another feud in WWE SmackDown if that intense stare between Velasquez and Lesnar is anything to go by.Also Read | WWE: Rise And Fall Of The Eras; How RAW And SmackDown Started Written By First Published: 5th October, 2019 14:45 IST LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE COMMENT FOLLOW US
Another seven days fly by in esports. The week started slow in terms of industry news but picked up as time went by with some noteworthy announcements on Thursday and Friday to beckon us into the month of June.The most discussed news item of the week will undoubtedly be Riot’s decision to offer costly franchise spots in the NA LCS. Elsewhere, Las Vegas has paved the way for esports betting with the Senate Bill 240, Thorin became an ambassador of ESP (Esportspools) and mouz signed up its second big name sponsor in as many weeks in the form of Vodafone. There was also a partnership agreed between BT Productions (part of BT Sport) and London based creative agency Attention Seekers which will see far more esports and gaming content arriving on BT in some form and at some point. Remember, you can sign up to our esports industry newsletter, the ESI Dispatch here, for a once weekly report to ensure you never miss a trick. Riot offer franchise spots for the NA LCSRiot announced details of its plans to franchise spots in its NA LCS series this week. These slots are worth $10m (£7.7m) a go for exisiting organisations, giving the reports of Overwatch League slots a run for their (incredible amounts of) money. This model will not go live until 2018 and there will be a revenue share clause. Another notable and impressive stat is that players will see a minimum salary of $75,000 (£58,000). The players too will have an opportunity to share in the league’s revenues, and there’ll be a Players’ Association. Read all about it here. Thorin becomes an ambassador of ESPEsports historian and expert Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields became an ambassador for ESP, an esports focused fantasy and betting operator. The Canadian company has been in business since 2015 and is looking to expand its offering in esports betting.Thorin said of the partnership: “I am very excited to work with ESP moving forward. There are many shady betting sites trying to enter the esports space. However, ESP is nothing like that. They make sure everything is done by the book, ethically, and they care about the safety of the users. ESP’s product is very well cut, and I am looking forward to using it myself.”Find out more here. Vodafone announced as head sponsor of mousesportsAfter an exciting announcement last week in which it was revealed that mouz had got Dr.Pepper on board, this week saw an even more impressive achievement. With the help of JvM Sports Agency, the head sponsor of mousesports will henceforth be none other than Vodafone. You can read about it here. The same colours means it’s an ideal fit and a huge company to sponsor the German organisation in which is arguably the biggest fortnight it their history. “In Vodafone, we have found a strong and attractive brand that shares our passion and wants to shape the growth of mousesports and esports together. Connectivity is the lifeblood of esports and we are glad to not only have gained the best, but also the internationally most renowned partner”, commented mousesports CEO Cengiz Tüylü.Las Vegas and Senate Bill 420There has already been some, very limited, regulated esports betting taking place in Las Vegas to date. That could all be set to change after Brian Sandoval, Nevada State Governor, signed a bill (Senate Bill 420) which essentially paves the way for esports betting to be legalised in the state.This is no great surprise considering the amount of casinos making their move into esports in the past six months. Read all about it here, and more information on why it’s a very exciting time for esports in Las Vegas right now. BT Productions agrees partnership with Attention SeekersFollowing its coverage of FIFA on BT Sport, the channel isn’t satiated. BT Productions has agreed a deal with creative agency Attention Seekers which’ll bring more gaming and esports content to BT Sport. The agency, which has previously worked with the likes of EA and Xbox One, will work in BT’s Stratford studio and look to put together a series of programmes focused on gaming and esports. No more specifics have yet been revealed about the content. Phil Tucker, Attention Seekers Founder commented: “We are great admirers of BT’s forward thinking as evident from its approach to sports broadcasting and firmly believe this partnership will deliver programming that will position gaming as part of the mainstream entertainment mix, be it pro-esports, competitive gaming or entertainment based Gaming formats.”The full story can be accessed here.
Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona to leave Arsenal’s Champions League hopes hanging by a thread in the Champions League last 16.Lionel Messi struck a brace as Barcelona’s late show saw them secure a 2-0 victory at Arsenal and take a commanding grip of this Champions League last-16 tie.The visitors rolled into town boasting the much-heralded MSN in attack but they were largely nullified in the first half as Arsene Wenger’s game-plan to restrict and counter appeared to be working.The hosts were resolute and organised in defence and it showed as the Catalans failed to muster an effort on target in the first half of a Champions League match for the first time since November 2013. Arsenal could have capped their positive display with a goal but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fluffed an early opening.It proved to be costly as Barcelona grew as the game wore on and typically it was the combination of Barca’s triumvirate that broke the home side’s hearts with 19 minutes to go. It took just 16 seconds for Neymar, Luis Suarez and Messi to ruthlessly break on the hosts, with the Argentine providing a composed finish to net his first ever goal against Petr Cech.Arsenal’s hopes were all-but completely dashed seven minutes from the end when substitute Mathieu Flamini’s first act was to bring down Messi, giving the Argentine the chance to fire a cool spot kick into the left-hand corner. The result leaves the Gunners on the verge of an exit after losing a last-16 home match by a two-goal margin for the fourth time in a row. Realistically Arsenal needed to take an advantage to the Nou Camp for the second leg on March 16 and will now surely just go through the motions as the holders look to put the seal on their march into the last eight.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
It has been a wild start to the 2019-20 NHL season.There have been five head coaching changes and four interims currently serving as bench boss. Allegations tied to some of the coaches have resulted in the creation of NHL-mandated policies requiring teams to report inappropriate activity, both physical and verbal. Other changes were made simply because the team was underperforming. In the case of the Dallas Stars, we have almost no clue what the reasoning was for the change. Dishonorable mentionsSpeaking as though this is a list you don’t want to land on, it feels inappropriate to call Jeremy Colliton and David Quinn “honorable” mentions. They should be mentioned, however, because although both men are in their second season behind their respective benches, neither team has shown much improvement from last year.Colliton’s Chicago Blackhawks are worse so far in 2019-20 than they were last year with a win percentage of just 0.484. Last season, Colliton took over for Joel Quenneville and the Hawks finished 36-35-12, missing the playoffs for the second-consecutive season. If things don’t start looking up, Colliton’s chances of departure will start going up.Quinn, on the other hand, has shown minute improvement from last season’s 32-36-14 record. His team now has an above-.500 record (15-12-3) but is still on the outside looking in, four spots behind the second wild card. In New York, fans not only want success but expect it. Is that fair? Who’s to decide? Either way, the seat is heating up bit-by-bit. FIRED: Mike Babcock | Bill Peters | John Hynes | Jim Montgomery | Peter DeBoerRegardless of how teams get to the point of firing their head coach, they do — and while there is plenty of time to get things turned around, there are a few coaches who could be on the chopping block next.Bruce Boudreau, Minnesota WildThe Central Division is arguably the toughest in the NHL and this year is no different. While the St. Louis Blues were able to claw back from last place in the standings last year, it’s unlikely lightning will strike twice.While the Wild sit sixth out of seven in the division (thanks, Chicago) with 33 points, it’s not looking great for Minnesota’s playoff or much less, Stanley Cup dreams. Finishing last in 2018-19 and following it up with a second-to-last performance so far this year doesn’t bode well for four-year Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau.Sure, finishing second and third in the first two years of your tenure buys you a little time, but with every loss memories of the “glory days” fade just a little more. For a team that is still looking for its first Stanley Cup, the leash may be a little shorter.MORE: Sharks add Ricci, Nabokov to coaching staffJeff Blashill, Detroit Red WingsEveryone knew, coming into this season, that the Red Wings would be bad — but not this bad. We are halfway through December and Detroit is still three victories away from its 10th win! The Red Wings are on-pace to finish 18-56-8. For reference, 10 teams already have 18 wins this season and no team has finished with fewer than 44 points (the Red Wings’ projection) since the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999-00 with 39 points (14-57-7-4).Here’s a little blast from the past: records consisted of wins, losses, ties and overtime losses, there were 28 teams in the league at the time and more than half of them have changed their primary logo since then. Oh yeah, and the Atlanta Thrashers still existed.Jeff Blashill’s team is last in the league in: goals-against with 129 (15 more goals than the next-worst), goal differential at minus-62, penalty-kill percentage at 72.5 percent and a home record of 4-11-1 — although the New Jersey Devils are making it close at 4-7-5 (but in case you forgot, they already fired their coach).Those aren’t just bad numbers, those are get-out-of-Dodge numbers. Fortunately, the Red Wings are a staple of the league and there is precisely a zero percent chance of relocation, but the same cannot be said for their coach.POWER RANKINGS: Detroit Red Wings at the bottomJohn Tortorella, Columbus Blue JacketsColumbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has a solid resume, and while it’s true that the team suffered some blows this offseason due to free-agency departures, it may be time for a complete rebuild — and that includes the head coach.Torts has a 634-507-146 record as a head coach. He has made the playoffs 11 times, winning one Stanley Cup in 2003-04 with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He would likely be able to find a job should his tenure in Columbus end. I hear there is a team in the Pacific Northwest who might be looking for a coach — Seattle, is it?However, in each of the previous two seasons, the Blue Jackets have finished with a lower seed than the year prior and it looks like the trend will continue this go-round. Sure, they had a higher point total at the end of 2018 (98) than 2017 (97) despite dropping a spot in the standings, but those seeds matter and Tortorella’s squad, no matter how impressive their series win over the Lightning was last season, does not look poised to make magic again in 2019-20.Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay LightningSpeaking of the Lightning, what is going on in Tampa Bay?Are they a bad team? Not by any stretch; but are they an underperforming team? Absolutely.Many analysts (and fans) had the Lightning clinching a playoff spot before the season even began. Some even picked them to win the Cup. And while preseason predictions are almost always laughable at the end of the campaign, hardly ever has there been what looks like such a major miss this far into a season.Jon Cooper has been the man in Tampa Bay since he took over the last 16 games of the 2012-13 season, and he’s had major success. His teams haven’t won fewer than 42 games in a season through six full campaigns. In fact, they’ve only missed the playoffs once (2016-17) and made the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014-15. On the other side of the token, they’ve been swept in the first round twice during his tenure and are currently sitting three spots out of a wild-card berth at 15-11-3.The deciding factor for the Lightning will be how much they value what Cooper did for them then versus what he is doing for them now.
Travis Hazel, popularly known as “Fifty”, who allegedly murdered a Linden resident was on Friday arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The 31-year-old of Silver City, Wismar, Linden stood before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan and had the indictable charge read to him. The prosecution is contending that on September 15, 2018 at Co-op Crescent, Mackenzie, he murdered 55-year-old Leron Barron.Hazel, who was unrepresented, was subsequently remanded to prison. The case will continue at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on October 8.Initial investigations revealed that there was an argument between Barron, who was known to do odd jobs around the Mackenzie Market, and the suspect, during which the suspect allegedly armed himself with a piece of wood and dealt the now deceased a severe beating before fleeing the scene. The badly wounded man was later taken to the Linden Hospital Complex where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Meanwhile, Guyana Times was told that persons who witnessed the incident have indicated that the now deceased man had accused the suspect of being involved in the sale of cocaine, and a confrontation ensued. Reports also indicate that the deceased man was also involved in another confrontation with another man on the fateful day as well.A post-mortem examination conducted gave the cause of death as brain haemorrhage due to blunt trauma to the head.
A man has been held on bail by Gardai on suspicion of a number of robberies and trespassing charges in Co Donegal.Ryan Harkin was arrested by Gardai in Buncrana and appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday. The court was told how Harkin was apprehended after allegedly being caught “rummaging” around a man’s car.The man managed to hold on to Harkin before Gardai arrived and arrested him.Harkin, aged 24, of Rockmills Apartments, Strand Road, Derry sought bail after spending a number of days in custody.However Garda Inspector David Murphy said he was objecting to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the offence and that he feared Harkin would flee the jurisdiction.After a number of legal submissions by barrister Ciaran Elders, instructed by solicitor David Henry, Judge Alan Mitchell refused bail.Harkin is to appear at Harristown District Court today.Judge Mitchell was told that the Direction of Public Prosecutions had not given any direction for the case yet.Suspect In Donegal Break-ins Refused Bail was last modified: August 5th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bailDerrydonegalRyan Harkinsuspect