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The Rock Surgery?, Cena, Punk & Lesnar Hurt, HHH Suffers Burns

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

NHL

– Flyers’ G Ilya Bryzgalov sounded off Tuesday after the team’s 4-1 loss to the Islanders. Bryzgalov, 32, was asked about the recent acquisition of G Steve Mason and the contract extension he received earlier this week, and whether or not he was worried about the possibility of a compliance buyout.

“To be honest, I don’t care. Really, I don’t care. I have no control on this, so why should I care?”

“You know, I have no control in this. I can’t read the people’s mind. I can’t project things what they’re thinking, that’s why I’m not worried about things I can’t control. I maybe want one thing and they want a different thing.”

When asked if he’d enjoy his off day by heading to the Beach on Long Island, the Russian was quick to make light of the situation.

“You can call it whatever you want, but it’s not a beach. A beach is somewhere in the Caribbean, somewhere in Florida where it’s warm and you can swim. Here is dark water.”

Bryz was signed to a 9-year/$51M contract by the Flyers in the summer of 2011, and has 7-years/$34.5M remaining on it. The salary cap is due to drop from $70.2M this season to $64.3M next season. He has a 17-15-3 record this season with an .896 SV% and a 2.88 GAA.

– The Canadiens have agreed to terms with G Peter Budaj on a 2-year/$2.8M contract extension. Budaj, 30, has played in eight games with the Habs this season, posting a 6-1-1 record with a 2.28 GAA, a .917 SV% and one shutout.

– Updating a previous item, Bruins’ F Carl Soderberg could be in Boston by this weekend. The deal the two sides reached is for this season plus two more. He’ll make $600K this season, including a $500K signing bonus, then $1M per season for each of the next two years.

– According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the NHL, NHLPA, IOC and IIHF will meet Friday in New York City as they continue to negotiate regarding the NHL’s involvement in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Per LeBrun, issues still remain, and nothing is expected to be announced or agreed upon Friday.

– Canucks’ F Alex Burrows told the Vancouver Sun Monday that he’d like to try and return one of Milos Raonic’s serves. On Tuesday, Raonic tweeted: “Let’s do it Alex!!!” Burrows added,

“It might happen, you never know. It would be something. I think I could handle one and then, on the next stroke, he’d probably kill me. But I would love to try. He’s such a good server, probably the best in the world. Maybe if he served on skates, I would probably have a better chance.”

Canucks’ F Henrik Sedin, who has seen Burrows play tennis, rated his linemate’s chance of returning a Raonic serve in one word.

“Impossible. I would love to see that because we played against Rebecca Marino and it was almost impossible to return her serve — and I think Raonic has a little faster serve than she does. Burr can play tennis, for sure, but I don’t think he would have a chance if Raonic goes full out.”

– Check out this funny parody video featuring Canucks’ F Ryan Kesler saying Allen Iverson’s famous line:

NFL

– The Patriots have agreed to terms with WR Julian Edelman on a 1-year contract. Edelman finished with 21 catches for 235 yards and three touchdowns in nine games in 2012, while averaging 15.5 yards per punt return with one punt return touchdown.

– The Patriots have submitted a 1-year offer sheet on Steelers’ RFA WR Emmanuel Sanders. They’ll have five days to match the offer, which may be tricky. If the Steelers don’t match the offer for the 26-year-old, New England will forfeit a 3rd-round pick (No. 91 overall) in this month’s draft and likely try to sign Sanders to a long-term contract.

– Free agent RB Bernard Scott (knee) will meet with the Raiders Wednesday and the Bengals later this week, according to USA Today. Scott, six months removed from an ACL tear, will go through some drills in Oakland to prove his health.

NHL

– Senators’ D Erik Karlsson (torn Achilles) remains without a timetable, according to his agent Craig Oster. Oster told the Ottawa Citizen via email, “Erik is continuing to progress. He and the organization are going to ensure that he is fully healthy and at minimal risk of complications before he considers a return to play. The healing process seems to be going well. No definitive timelines.” Karlsson hasn’t played since February 13 when his left Achilles was cut by Penguins’ F Matt Cooke’s slate.

– Devils’ F Ilya Kovalchuk (shoulder) skated again Wednesday during the team’s optional practice. “We did definitely more shots and a little battle there at the end, so it’s good. It feels good, so it’s definitely a step in the right direction.” Kovalchuk could return as early as Friday.

– According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Penguins’ D Kris Letang (broken toe/groin) could return on Thursday or Saturday. Letang, who’s been out for two weeks, says he hasn’t suffered a setback despite being projected to miss 7-10 days. “I feel fine. It’s good to be back practicing. I want to make sure I’m 100%.”

MLB

– Yankees’ SS Derek Jeter (ankle) has resumed on-field hitting, according to the AP. Jeter took 32 swings in batting practice Wednesday at the team’s minor league complex, and also ran for the second consecutive day. The Yankees are reportedly aiming for him to be activated around May 1.

– Red Sox’ DH David Ortiz (heels) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Pawtucket. Ortiz has been playing in extended spring training games this week without issue. Barring setbacks, he’s expected back with the team next week.

– The Rangers have placed LHP Matt Harrison (lower back strain) on the 15-day DL retroactive to April 7.

– The Reds have placed LHP Sean Marshall (left shoulder tendinitis) on the 15-day DL retroactive to April 8. Marshall has been experiencing shoulder fatigue since the end of spring training.

WWE

– Following up on the news of The Rock being injured at WrestleMania, he tore his abdominal and abductor muscles, as well as his groin during his match against John Cena. He immediately flew home to be checked out by doctors and is heading overseas very soon to begin filming the movies Hercules. Initially, there was a lot of heat on The Rock, because it was unclear why he left town so abruptly when he was scheduled to appear on RAW. WWE’s creative team was not informed that The Rock would not be on RAW until the afternoon, which required massive rewrites to the RAW script. Shortly before WWE Raw went on the air, ring announcer Justin Roberts addressed the live crowd explaining that The Rock suffered a strained abdominal muscle and he would not appear on tonight’s show as previously advertised. Throughout the night, The Rock was booed by the live crowd whenever he was shown on the big screen.

According to the PWInsider, as of Tuesday night, it’s believed The Rock will not require surgery to repair the injury. Any potential procedure would delay the shooting of his new movie Hercules, so if Rock does eventually need surgery, expect it to be held off until after shooting is complete.

– According to F4WOnline, Brock Lesnar was knocked out at WrestleMania 29 after a knee from Triple H about five minutes into their match. Lesnar was “out on his feet” and there is speculation that Lesnar suffered a concussion.

– According to F4WOnline, CM Punk (leg) underwent X-rays on Sunday night, which he may have injured in the top rope elbow table spot during his match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29. Punk reportedly will be undergoing an MRI this week, but will be at RAW next week. Punk was kept off of Monday’s RAW to sell the effects of his match against Undertaker.

– According to F4WOnline, it’s expected that WWE Champion John Cena will defend his title against Ryback at Extreme Rules on May 19. The seed for the feud was planted Monday with Ryback’s apparent heel turn.

– WWE Champion John Cena spoke to HollywoodLife.com on Monday and revealed that he worked WrestleMania 29 with a broken thumb and food poisoning. Cena also appeared on The Crossover yesterday and said his favorite WrestleMania match other that his own was The Undertaker vs. CM Punk. ”I thought it was great. I just didn’t want it to end.” When asked if that could have been The Undertaker’s final match, Cena said, ”I think he is going to show up for WrestleMania next year.”

– Check out the video of Dolph Ziggler cashing in Money in the Bank on RAW:

Several WWE Superstars congratulated Ziggler on the title win. Here are some of their tweets:

John Cena: “No problem Champ! Congrats RT @HEELZiggler: “@JohnCena: Read all about it… The Champ returns to Boston’s @tdgarden tonight for SmackDown!” – @BostonGlobe”

-thanks for the plug, bro”

AJ Lee: “Congratulations to my baby Ziggy @HEELZiggler . No one works harder or deserves it more. No one. I’m so happy right now.”

Big E Langston: “Congratulations to the new World Heavyweight Champion @HEELZiggler. Best tag team partner/double dutcher/lasagna chef I’ve ever known.”

Amy Schumer: “Um, @HEELZiggler i feel like we should get back together”

Edge: “Proud of my boy @HEELZiggler finally where he belongs. So deserving. Hard work pays off”

X-Pac: “@HEELZiggler I couldn’t be happier for you. You deserve last night & much more. I’m not ashamed to say I marked out for that.”

Curt Hawkins: “I hope all the guys on the @WWE roster see @HEELZiggler as a true inspiration. Because I certainly do.”

Beth Phoenix: “Congrats to @HEELZiggler on his well deserved championship win! Looong overdue!”

Michael McGuillicutty “If seeing @HEELZiggler win the World Heavyweight Championship didnt give u goosebumps, something is wrong with u… What its all about! #WWE”

Carlito: “After carrying around the MITB briefcase for 8 years, he finally cashed it in to become WHC! Congrats Dolph Ziggler!”

As expected, the majority of the WWE locker room was very happy for Ziggler after his big World Heavyweight title win on RAW. Ziggler is seen as one of the real workhorses on the roster and has been working very hard to reach the main event level.

– Triple H tweeted this picture following his match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 29, explaining what the white powder on his body was while he made his entrance:

For those wondering… Stuff stuck to me at mania was dry ice. Gave me 2nd degree burns on torso & arms pic.twitter.com/35Q4KUxcXo

– Scott Hall underwent hip surgery this morning. Diamond Dallas Page tweeted the following update

RT @inspiredmovie: @SCOTTHALLNWO just got out of surgery & all went well! Surgeon said hip looked bad & now he should feel much better

Scott then followed up with the following:

Twitter World Order recovering in the hospital. So many prayers answered. Thanks… Egg whites soon…

Any dudes ever had a tube shoved up in your… you know? Not fun… removing it is gonna be worse. A small pain to endure to walk again…

– Monday’s WWE RAW scored a Trendrr.tv social media score of 518,787, up a sharp 70 percent from last week. Raw ranked #1 on cable TV Monday night, but was crushed by the NCAA college basketball championship game on CBS, which had a social media score of over 2 million.

TVByTheNumbers reports that Monday’s post-WrestleMania 29 edition of WWE RAW drew a 3.45 rating with 4.61 million viewers. This was up around 300,000 from last week, but probably not the strong showing WWE was hoping for. Here are the hourly numbers:

Hour 1: 4,490,000
Hour 2: 4,780,000
Hour 3: 4,560,000

– Check out Randy Orton forgetting his lines during a promo with Sheamus on Raw:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UExJAJkZFEA

– According to F4WOnline, at one point, there was talk of Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger at Extreme Rules in a submission match, however, their feud now appears to be over.

– WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley says the elbow drop he gave to Chris Jericho at the Hall of Fame ceremony was not scripted. Foley told Raj Giri of WrestlingINC:

“It came as a complete surprise to me, as did CM Punk coming out doing the very un-bad-guy thing with doing the three count and hugging me on stage. For that one night, there are no good guys and bad guys.”

– During a recent interview with CBS0-19 in Cleveland, WWE Superstar Alex Riley was asked why he stopped appearing on television:

“I don’t know, it’s a very competitive company. There’s a lot of people here and a lot of talent. So you have to constantly re-invent yourself and constantly be entertaining on a daily basis and find new ways to entertain and I’m trying to do that.”

“I was shoved into a main event spot very early in my career, which I don’t think a lot of people quite get that opportunity, so I was very lucky to get that opportunity. I wanna earn it, a lot of that had to do with Miz, so when I come back this time it’s going to be all me and I want to earn it.”

– According to F4WOnline, John Cena has been inviting many famous Boston natives to tonight’s SmackDown tapings, including players from the Boston Red Socks and actors Mark Wahlberg and Ben Affleck may be there.

– The pre-game and post-game show that we saw at WrestleMania featuring Jim Ross, Dusty Rhodes, Scott Sanford and Kofi Kingston will be a part of all WWE pay-per-views moving forward, according to F4WOnline. No word on whether the hosts will stay the same, but expect to see the “analysts desk” format again.

– Check out John Cena’s promo after Raw went off the air:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GcMJi1JUczE#!

– The WWE In Your House DVD and Blu-Ray will be released on April 30.

– Rey Mysterio was not in attendance for Monday’s RAW from East Rutherford, New Jersey. He tweeted that he flew back home to San Diego on Monday afternoon.

– Check out the crazy fans from Raw chanting several different things during the show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsBOiNAYWtM&feature=youtu.be

The crowd continued on the subway, singing Fandango’s theme song:

According to the PWInsider, Vince McMahon enjoyed the rowdy crowd at RAW, even though they buried several matches and did their own thing for most of the night. It was understood at RAW that the post-WrestleMania show is comprised of die hard fans, many of whom travel from around the world to be in town that weekend. The song has been gaining mainstream attention now, as it’s #14 on the UK Singles Charts under “ChaChaLaLa.” Prior to the weekend, the song was outside the top 1,000.

– Jimmy Hart noted on Twitter that WWE officials are negotiating with Turner on ways they can release WCW theme songs.

– Here’s the latest Backstage Fallout video from Monday’s RAW:

– WWE will hold its annual shareholders meeting at WWE headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut on Friday, April 26.

– On Monday’s RAW, Big E Langston accidentally knocked into AJ Lee while stretching before his match against Daniel Bryan. AJ Lee tweeted about the incident:

If I wasn’t forced to wear a padded bra, that E backhand would’ve hurt pretty bad. #WonderBrasSaveLives #MilesBeneathTheSurface

– The Shorty Awards took place on Monday night, which recognize excellence in social media. WWE was nominated in six categories but surprisingly did not win any awards.

TNA

– TNA Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky provided an update on Tuesday regarding her recent knee injury. She tweeted:

“Dr.’s diagnosis: my kneecap popped out & popped back in. Significant swelling & fluid in the joint. MRI shows no tears or serious damage.”

“Thanks to all my #PigeonArmy peeps for ur well wishes. I’m a toughie and am healing well. Love u guys.”

Sky noted last week that she does not expect to miss ring time. The injury took place at the March 28 Impact Wrestling taping from Jonesboro, Arkansas, which aired last Thursday night. Sky was teaming with Taryn Terrell against Gail Kim and Tara. Sky grabbed her left knee during the match and was checked out by doctors after the match.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Kx6rv2YA-4E

Kemp Not Ready for 2013?, Cueto & Pettitte Updates

Monday, October 8th, 2012

MLB

– During Dodgers’ OF Matt Kemp’s (left shoulder) surgery Friday, it was discovered that the injury was “worse than expected, raising doubts about whether he will be at full strength for the start of next season,” according to the LA Times. The Dodgers were hoping Kemp only needed a “clean-up” procedure on the shoulder, but he had to have his labrum reattached to the socket. Kemp should be ready for the start of next season, but his power may be sapped over the first month of the season. In comparison, teammate 1B Adrian Gonzalez had a similar procedure in October of 2010 and was ready for Opening Day after being limited to 11 spring training contests, but hit just one homerun in April. Kemp will begin physical therapy in 7-10 days and will be allowed to begin swinging a bat in January.

– Reds’ RHP Johnny Cueto (back) is hoping to be ready to pitch in Game 3 of the NLDS on Tuesday. Cueto suffered back spasms while warming up Saturday, and left the game after retiring just one batter and throwing eight total pitches. “I would say, yes. I really feel better. We’ll see (Sunday).” Cueto admitted the pain was more in his right side, meaning the injury could be on his oblique, rather than his back as initially believed. Stay tuned.

– LHP Andy Pettitte indicated to the NY Post this weekend that he intends to return for the 2013 season. ”I know one thing: I know the competition and the desire to compete is still there, and I don’t feel like I kind of got that itch out from the 70 innings or so that I threw this year. I was expecting to do a little bit more work than that.” Pettitte posted a strong 2.87 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 12 starts during the regular season. He will turn 41 years old next June.

– Dodgers’ C A.J. Ellis (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery Friday and will miss 6 weeks. Ellis should be 100% for the start of spring training next February. The 31-year-old batted .270/.373/.414 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI in 133 games this season.

– Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy has resigned. Tracy was given an extension last offseason, but it only guaranteed his 2013 salary. Tracy posted a 294-308 record. The Rox finished with a franchise-worst 64 wins this season.

MMA

– Former WWE Superstar Batista spoke to MMAJunkie.com on Saturday night following his MMA debut against Vince Lucero. Here are some highlights of what Batista said about:

Training with Stephan Bonnar: “I don’t know if [working with me] energized him, but the day he got the call for Anderson Silva, he came to practice the next day, and he beat the living hell out of me. And I think it’s because he put his game face on. It was a different Stephan Bonnar.”

His performance: “I think Stephan Bonnar is going to be a little disappointed. He called me, and the two things he said was, ‘Keep your hands up and your chin down.’ And I did neither of those things. I think I was so nervous. … I was terrified walking out there.”

His MMA career so far: “My head coach, Josh Rafferty, said, ‘We’re all so proud of you, you went through a two-month camp, you never bitched, you never complained, you showed up for every practice, you never asked for a practice off, you never asked for a round off, and you gave everything you have.’ And that meant more to me than getting my hand raised tonight.”

Lucero taking the fight on short notice: “You’ve got to respect a guy for that,” Lucero said. “I had nothing to lose, and he had everything to lose, putting his name out there. How can you not respect that?”

What he hopes to get out of his career: “Nothing. I do it because I love it. I have no ulterior motives. I think it’s obvious after tonight that I won’t be a world champion.”

WWE

– In celebration of WWE’s first-ever CM Punk video release, CM Punk: The Best in the World, the official WWE website has published an article ranking the Straight Edge talent’s 15 greatest moments under the WWE banner.

#15 Aug. 1, 2006: Defeats Justin Credible in his WWE debut
#14 Sept. 1, 2007: Defeats John Morrison for ECW Championship in a “Last Chance” match
#13 Jan. 3, 2011: Takes control of The Nexus
#12 SummerSlam 2011: Defeats John Cena to unify the two WWE Championships
#11 Retains the WWE Championship in the 2012 Elimination Chamber
#10 March 12, 2010: Menaces Rey Mysterio on SmackDown
#9 Jan. 19, 2009: Defeats William Regal for the Intercontinental Championship
#8 Forms The Straight Edge Society
#7 Survivor Series 2011: Defeats Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Title
#6 June 30, 2008: Cashes in Money in the Bank on Edge to win the World Heavyweight Championship
#5 WrestleMania XXVIII: Retains the WWE Championship against Chris Jericho
#4 WWE Over the Limit 2012: Defeats Daniel Bryan in a “dream match”
#3 Wins Money in the Bank (and then wins it again)
#2 June 27, 2011: The “Pipe Bomb”
#1 Money in the Bank 2011: Wins the WWE Championship and leaves through the crowd as his contract expires

– Here’s the latest Are You Serious video – and as usual, it’s dripping with #GarbageJuice.

– WWE Diva Kaitlyn turned 26 years old on Sunday.

BOXING

– Professional featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz released a statement on earlier this week that he’s gay.

“I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself. I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.”

“I don’t want to hide any of my identities. I want people to look at me for the human being that I am. I am a professional sportsman that always brings his best to the ring. I want for people to continue to see me for my boxing skills, my character, my sportsmanship. But I also want kids who suffer from bullying to know that you can be whoever you want to be in life, including a professional boxer, that anything is possible and that who you are or whom you love should not be impediment to achieving anything in life.”

“I want to thank my family, especially my mom, who’s my inspiration and my best reason to continue to live and my brother and my sister. I want to thank my friends for their love and support. And I also want to thank my team for believing in me and being so supportive not only in this decision, but throughout my career. I am and will always be a proud Puerto Rican gay man.”

NFL

– The Bengals have placed RB Bernard Scott (knee) on the IR, ending his season. It’s believed Scott tore his left ACL. He finishes with just eight carries for 35 yards.

NBA

– Knicks’ F Amare Stoudemire is excited about the post game he learned from Hakeem Olajuwon and promises that he’s entering a “new era” this season. ”I’m ready to step into a new era of my career. It’s going to benefit my career and I’ll become more of a complete player, having an all-around game.” Amare averaged just 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds last season.

– Knicks’ F Marcus Camby (left calf) will miss 7-10 days. An MRI revealed the injury and Camby will miss (at least) the first two preseason games as a result.

NHL

– The NHL and the players’ association are expected to resume labour negotiations this week in New York. The sides are likely to meet Wednesday and Thursday in New York, a union spokesman told The Associated Press in an email. The plans and the agenda are expected to be worked out Monday. On Friday, the sides held an unannounced meeting in Toronto to discuss where they were and how to move the process forward. Officials on both sides were in contact Saturday and Sunday, leading to the meetings. The lockout reached its 22nd day Sunday. The NHL cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season Thursday, wiping out 82 games from October 11-24.

– Flyers’ F Jakub Voracek (sprained right knee) could be sidelined for 4 weeks, according to his KHL squad Lev Praha. The injury occurred on Saturday during the third period of a 4-3 loss to SKA St. Petersburg.

– Red Wings’ F Henrik Zetterberg has signed with Zug of the Swiss Elite League.

TNA

– Dark Angel (aka Sarita in TNA Wrestling) has returned to Mexico following a near two-month excursion in Japan for all-women’s league STARDOM’s 5 STAR Grand Prix Tournament. Despite recent friction between the veteran wrestler and CMLL, she will return to the promotion this Tuesday for their show in Guadalajara. While she was away, CMLL falsely advertising her for multiple shows in an effort to hurt her reputation. Organization officials were reportedly displeased with the wrestling standout for taking it upon herself to work a two-month tour for the Japanese promotion when their official women’s wrestling partner in the country is REINA. It was also claimed that Dark Angel arranged her own deal with the Japanese promotion, thus shutting out CMLL of financial compensation.

HHH’s Haircut, Hart Back to Montreal Screwjob, Angle/Punk

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

WWE

– Check out Triple H’s new, very short haircut:

– WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart will be appearing at Monday’s RAW from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada for “Pat Patterson Appreciation Night” – the site of the infamous Montreal Screwjob. Bret tweeted this about his homecoming:

Yes, I was asked by WWE to be in Montreal this Monday and I’ll be there. That’s one off the bucket list.

– At Tuesday’s WWE SmackDown tapings from Moline, Illinois, WWE teased two more potential matches for the upcoming Night of Champions pay-per-view. The Prime Time Players became the #1 contenders to the WWE Tag titles. The date of their title match was not announced, but it’s expected they’ll wrestle Kofi Kingston and R-Truth at Night of Champions. Also at the SmackDown tapings, WWE continued Randy Orton’s feud with Dolph Ziggler, with a match at this month’s PPV also looking like a real possibility. The following matches are confirmed for Night of Champions:

WWE Championship Match: CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena

World Heavyweight Championship Match: Sheamus (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio

WWE Divas Championship Match: Layla (c) vs. Kaitlyn

Intercontinental Title Match: The Miz (c) vs. TBA

WWE United States Title Match: Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. TBA

WWE Tag Title Match: Kofi Kingston & R-Truth (c) vs. TBA

– Cody Rhodes is firing back at NXT Champion Seth Rollins for taking issue with The Miz declaring Rhodes the “Future of WWE” on Monday’s RAW. Cody has now issued the following video response and says he is open to wrestling Rollins at the September 14 NXT live event, which both wrestlers will be attending:

– Former WWE Superstar Lex Luger spoke with Wrestle Reaction Radio. The highlights:

Lex Luger on the PG rating and how it affects the business: “I think [WWE] draws from a broader audience with the PG versus the edgier style…a lot of parents have always told me, especially if they have younger kids, which of course, you have to keep them in mind for your branding, those ten and unders..the parents don’t like to have to watch the show with their hand on the channel changer the whole time…so, I like it to be a little more broadbased myself, personally, but I understand why it tends to always go towards the edgier storylines…”

On Kevin Nash’s recent comments about Eddie Guerrero/Chris Benoit: “I don’t know what context that was in…it’s definitely an outrageous quote. I do think size was emphasized more in our era and fans got used to that, but I think there’s been a huge transition…I understand Kevin. He likes to stay controversial. He’s a very sharp guy, marketing-wise, and I know Kevin will make those statements, but I remember, back when I worked with Kevin, he put Rey Mysterio over in the middle of the ring…to me, the diversity now of high-flyers, big guys, little guys, in-between guys, guys that still have the muscled physiques with height, guys who don’t, different body types, getting away from that reputation of WWE being all drug-enhanced. I love what they’re doing now.”

On never winning the World Heavyweight Championship in WWF during his ’93-94 run: “In spite of some of the rumors I’ve heard through the years, I was never promised a world title from Vince McMahon. Timing’s everything..and the company’s going through a huge transition from, I think, the economy at that time..there were circumstances going on where wrestling was down, we were in Europe a lot because house shows were down in the U.S. …there’s a lot of economic factors going on as far as who would be champion and who wasn’t…Bret [Hart] was sort of thinking about retiring…there were a lot of things going on back then, and they gave me an incredible run with that Lex Express, the SummerSlam was a spectacular event…the buyrate from that pay per view was not what they wanted..I think they just decided to head in a different direction…”

On whether or not he actually named “The Kliq”: “I don’t know if I can take sole credit for that..I would like to maybe give Davey Boy [Smith] the credit for that. Davey Boy and Owen Hart. I used to travel with them and they were much more clever and entertaining than I, so if there were any names put out there, I would really have to give them credit for that, not me. I just went along with it.”

On “The Narcissist” gimmick and what he thought about its potential: “I had trouble grasping or getting my arms around what [Vince McMahon] wanted to do…once we did it and he took me out, introduced me at the WrestleMania as these girls at Cesar’s Palace carry out these huge mirrors, that was a lot of fun and I was definitely gaining some momentum. It was quite the shock when he came to me and said ‘I’m gonna dress you in red, white, and blue and have you come off a helicopter and slam Yokozuna and become a good guy, but once again, Vince McMahon does things that a lot of us would doubt. He’s very daring and he did it. But yeah..in retrospect, I would have a little more time as The Narcissist because that really was a lot of fun and I did think it was gaining some momentum.”

On leaving WWE and going to WCW: “Money was definitely a factor but the contract I was offered at the time by WCW, for my career earnings, was not really a big inducement. Eric Bischoff was not a big fan of Lex Luger personally and really wanted me to prove myself a little bit…Eric took wonderful care of me after that…but at the time, it wasn’t really a large contract offer by some of the other standards in the industry. But in WWE at the time, my contract had run out..and this is unprecedented, some people don’t grasp this..but I had no contract. Vince and I went on just a handshake, a temporary agreement, for over five months…and I had talked with Sting, a few weeks before the initial Nitro show, and just out of casual conversation with Sting, I mentioned I wasn’t under contract with WWE…Sting was blown away by that, so he went to Eric Bischoff..and that’s how the whole thing started..”

– Former WWE Superstar Pete Gas spoke with Inside the Ropes Radio. The highlights:

On meeting Hulk Hogan for the first time, when he was a teen: “Vince was renting a house near where the house he’s in now was being built. Vince was cool, he let us drink in the house. He let us drink beer but the one condition would be we gave him our keys and we weren’t allowed to leave. He knew kids would be kids and so he would go and get us some beer. So we’re swimming in the pool and we hear Vince’s car pull up and we hear a Harley Davidson coming up with it, so we go out and see Hulk Hogan get off the bike, coming towards the house and he’s carrying our beer. So at the 15th Anniversary of Raw, I had mentioned that to Hogan. I went over and introduced myself and fortunately he remembered me. I was honored. I told him, “The last time I saw you” and I’m telling him the story and he’s looking at me and he says, “so I was carrying your beer?” and I was like “Well, yeah I guess if you think about it you were.” And he said “So you owe me one? Go get me a f—ing beer!” I went up to the concession stand and got him a beer, I guess that was my payback.”

How The Mean Street Posse was formed: “It was the idea of a few people. Vince Russo, Ed Ferrara, and Chris Chambers who really ran with it. They wanted Shane to have some heat going into WrestleMania. One day Shane called us to come to his office, I’ll never forget it was a Friday. Rodney and I used to work out at the Titan building. He called us into his office. He says to us, “Sunday at 10 o clock can you go over to the studio, and dress really preppy. Here’s the script.” He then ripped it up and said “f— the script” and told us to tell stories about what we did as kids and he told us Chris Chambers would splice it and fix it and we’d be on Monday Night Raw. It was supposed to be a 2-3 week little stint. They brought us to Albany the week before WrestleMania for Raw. By the time we got to WrestleMania, I remember sitting in the front row, Isaac Hayes was in the row behind taking pictures of us. There were a bunch of signs with our name on it. We went and about ten days later, Shane handed us checks and he said, “Do you guys have any vacation time?” and he said, “We wanna take you on the road for a little while.”

On Bradshaw almost injuring him early in his career: “We were facing Farooq and Bradshaw, The Acolytes. Bradshaw went to hit me with a steel chair and I took it, straight to the head. Now Shane had told us certain things about respect and that after the matches you shake hands and thank the other guy for the match. So I wasn’t going to let him know I was hurt, so I shook his hand afterwards and said thank you. He told me six months later that through doing that I earned his respect. The next day, two specific people approached me. Mick Foley checked if I was OK, and Chris Jericho, who told me that I’d proved I was tough and next time to put my hands up if I get hit with a chair shot.”

Thoughts on Shane leaving the WWE and relationship with Vince: “They’re very close. Vince was the best man at his wedding. There’s no animosity there. Shane keeps things very close to himself. Shane had something to prove to himself, he wanted to do something for himself and start his own business. As far as his relationship with his family, they’re so close. A couple of weeks ago, Shane’s company went public and he was in New York ringing the bell and I know his father was right by his side.”

– Cable television network TNT has announced that WWE superstar and Hollywood heavyweight Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has signed onto star in a new “action-packed competition series that will set out to find the next great hero” – coming Summer 2013.

– In the midst of Cody Rhodes’ “obsession” with unmasking Sin Cara, WWE.com has published photos of the high-flying Superstar with his mask removed. His face, however, is not visible in the photos.

– WWE announced Wednesday that for the first time, the organization will hold events in Egypt.

TNA

– Kurt Angle is back at it again on Twitter. WWE Champion CM Punk calls himself the “Best in the World” – and Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine recently gave Punk their endorsement by ranking him at #1 on this year’s PWI Top 500 list. Kurt Angle, a vocal critic of Punk in recent months, doesn’t agree with Punk being ranked at #1 – or him being in the top 10 at all. Angle tweeted on Tuesday

Punk is not in top 10. Pwi is About title Runs. Not Wrestling. Orton is Better. AJ, Roode, Aries, Me: are Better.

ATP

– Andy Roddick’s career officially came to an end with a 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-4 loss to Juan Martin del Potro in the Round of 16. The former world No. 1 Roddick captured his lone Grand Slam title at the 2003 U.S. Open and was the 2006 runner-up to Roger Federer in New York. Roddick also succumbed to Federer in three Wimbledon finals, including their epic five-set battle at the All England Club in 2009, when the Swiss finally prevailed in a 30-game fifth set.

“For the first time in my career I’m not sure what to say. I’ve loved every minute of it.”

“It’s been a road with a lot of ups and a lot of downs. I love you guys with all my heart.”

MLB

– Athletics’ RHP Brandon McCarthy (head) is “conscious and doing well” at Summit Hospital in Oakland, according to the team’s Twitter page. Doctors want him to stay overnight for further observation, and he will not travel with the A’s on their flight to Seattle Thursday afternoon. McCarthy, 29, received a CT scan, but results of the exam are not yet known. The righty had to exit Wednesday’s start after he was struck in the back of the head by an Erick Aybar line drive. He did not lose consciousness on the play.

– Dodgers’ RHP Kenley Jansen (heart) threw a side session Wednesday. He’s still on blood-thinning medication and will be for the next nine days, but is hoping to return on September 17. The 24-year-old closer has a 2.54 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP in 56 2/3 innings this season.

– Pirates’ 2B Neil Walker (lower back tightness) remains out indefinitely. Walker missed his ninth straight game Wednesday. Walker said that he has “pushed the envelope a little more, in terms of throwing and moving laterally” the last few days, however, he’s only tried swinging once and “had to back away,” according to manager Clint Hurdle.

– Angels’ RHP Jered Weaver (right shoulder) has returned to California to be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum. Weaver continues to feel some discomfort after he was hit by a comebacker during Sunday’s start against the Mariners.

– Blue Jays’ C J.P. Arencibia (broken right hand) will rejoin the team Friday. e’s played in rehab games for High-A Dunedin, picking up two hits over nine at-bats. Arencibia has been sidelined since July 25.

– Rays’ RHP Jeff Niemann (right shoulder) doesn’t need surgery and doesn’t have any sort of major structural damage after a Wednesday examination by Dr. James Andrews. Niemann is expected to resume throwing in a few weeks and could return before season’s end. He has a 3.08 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 38 innings (eight starts) this year.

– The Padres have signed OF Chris Denorfia to a 2-year/$4.25M contract extension. Denorfia would have been eligible for arbitration this winter, so the deal buys out one year of free agency. He has a .290/.346/.445 batting line with six homers and nine steals this season. The 32-year-old is also a career .314/.380/.445 hitter against lefty pitching.

UFC

– UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones defended his decision to not accept a replacement fight for UFC 151.

“I had to do what’s right for myself by turning down that fight, Dana had to do what was right for himself by putting the blame on everyone else except for himself. The lesson to be learned is, at the end of the day, you have to protect yourself and your family.”

“I think in the future, this can make me and Dana even better off. For him to get out how he felt about me in that situation, it will help me look at things more business-oriented. A lot of good can come out of it. Fighters can learn the lesson of doing what’s best for themselves and not feeling like puppets. I think the UFC has learned a lesson of making sure they stay loyal to the fans and give them full cards.”

“I’ve been dealing with a lot of controversy,” Jones said. “A lot of insults right now. People tell me, ‘You’re the champ, you’ve got to take the fight.’ Being the champ wasn’t given to me. I don’t owe anybody anything.”

– UFC president Dana White hinted that a Georges St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva could happen in the near future. He told FUEL TV’s UFC Tonight,

“I think we’re pretty close. If Georges St-Pierre beats Condit, that could be the next fight. These guys want to fight each other now. If you’re a fighter and you’ve dominated as long as Anderson has, and you’ve been great as long as Georges has, you finally want to say, ‘I want to test myself. I think I can beat this guy.’”

It was often assumed that GSP would have to move up to middleweight to challenge Silva at 185. However, White says the fight would take place at a catch weight.

“They’ll probably do the fight at 180 (pounds). At one point, it sounded like Anderson wanted to go to 170. He wanted to take Georges’ welterweight title. Then it was 180, the catch weight, because Georges doesn’t want to go to ’85. Georges said, ‘If I have to make a move to go to ’85, I’d have to stay at ’85.’ So we figured a 180-pound catch weight makes sense. If that fight happens, it will probably happen at Dallas’ Texas Stadium.”

NHL

– According to Predators’ D Shea Weber’s agent, Jarrett Bousquet, his client’s contract does not contain a no-trade or a no-movement clause. Weber signed a 14-year/$110M offer sheet from the Flyers on July 24, which was matched by Nashville. Under the current CBA, which is set to expire on September 15, Weber cannot be traded in the first year of his deal, but can be moved at any time afterward. He has yet to return to Nashville.

– The Senators have signed F Zack Smith to a 4-year/$7.52M contract extension with a $1.88M cap hit. The deal will begin after the 2012-13 season. Smith registered 26 points and 98 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Sens last season.

– The Hurricanes have signed F Patrick Dwyer to a 2-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season. Dwyer is entering the final season of a two-year deal he signed in June 2011. He will earn $650K this season, while the extension will pay him $900K for each of the following two campaigns. Dwyer, 29, notched five goals and seven assists for 12 points in 73 games last season. He was second among the team’s forwards in blocked shots with 62.

– NHL labour talks remain in recess five days after negotiations broke down, and 10 days before the league has threatened to lock out its players. There has been no word from either the NHL or the NHL Players’ Association as to when negotiations will resume. The current deal is set to expire September 15. Talks broke off Friday after the two sides traded counteroffers. Union chief Don Fehr said the NHLPA’s proposal did not bear fruit. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman accused the union of stonewalling. Concerns are being raised that NHL players could be heading home to Russia and play in the event of a lockout. The Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League is prepared to welcome NHL players with open arms.

NFL

– Steelers’ RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, and was not wearing a brace. Mendenhall appears ready for Week 1 despite having no preseason reps.

– Panthers’ RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) was held out of practice Wednesday, but is “optimistic” he’ll play Sunday against the Bucs. Stewart was able to run and cut on the side.

– Bengals’ RB Bernard Scott (hand) will not play in Week 1 against the Ravens.

NBA

– Marc Spears of Yahoo! reports that the Nets have agreed to sign UFA F Andray Blatche to a 1-year contract at the veteran’s minimum. Blatche will presumably come off the bench at the four.

MLS

– Toronto FC captain Torsten Frings (hip) will miss the remainder of the 2012 season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery. He will return for pre-season action in 2013. Frings is in his second season with Toronto. In two seasons, he has started in 33 league matches, scoring two goals and adding three assists for Toronto FC.

EPL

– England defender Ryan Bertrand, 23, signed a new 5-year contract with Chelsea on Wednesday, four months after rising to prominence for the European champion at the end of last season.

PARALYMPICS

– Check out this incredible table tennis shot by Great Britain’s David Wetherill against Germany’s Thomasz Kusiak:

– Former Formula 1 driver took the Paralympic gold medal Wednesday in paracycling — a hand cycle powered by the arms — at the Brands Hatch race track, posting a time of 24 minutes 50.22 seconds. The victory capped an incredible journey for the 45-year-old who almost died in a horrific accident at a 2001 CART race in Germany.

Flyers Re-Signing Jagr?, Orton Update, 1000th Raw News

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

NHL

– According to a Czech Republic newspaper, F Jaromir Jagr is “on track to reach agreement” to remain with the Flyers. Jagr’s comments after the Flyers were eliminated from the postseason suggested that he would not be back, but GM Paul Holmgren said the two sides had positive talks shortly afterward. “I think it is fair to say that I have expressed interest in Jaromir returning to the Flyers. I think Jaromir has expressed his interest in the Flyers. He had a good year and I think he liked it here.” The Czech report calls his chances of playing for the Flyers 65%, 30% possible that he signs with a different NHL team, and the remaining 5% that he would head back to the Czech Republic to play for HC Kladno, which is the team he owns and his father operates.

– Rangers’ F Marian Gaborik (torn labrum in right shoulder) underwent successful surgery on Wednesday, and will miss the next 5-6 months, jeopardizing his availability for the 2012-13 season opener. Gaborik said he suffered the injury in Game 3 of the Rangers’ first-round series against the Senators, and it impacted his ability to shoot. He had five goals and 11 points in 20 playoff games after he recorded 41 markers and 76 points over 82 regular-season games.

MLB

– A source told Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona that the D’Backs are a “long, long shot” to add Red Sox’ 3B Kevin Youkilis this summer. Arizona already has a maxed-out budget, and Youk is making a $12M salary.

– The Rangers have placed LHP Derek Holland (left shoulder fatigue) on the 15-day DL. Holland lost 10-15 pounds over the last two weeks while fighting a stomach virus and has struggled to regain strength all over his body. He has a 5.10 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and a 59/24 K/BB ratio.

NBA

– Heat’ F Chris Bosh (abdominal) is playing without a minutes restriction in Thursday’s Game 6 against the Celtics.

NFL

– According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals’ RBs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Bernard Scott said they are expecting to be used in a committee this season.

– Titans’ WR Kenny Britt (knee surgeries) says he’s “doing good” with his rehab, and “everything’s going as planned. “This will be my second and a half week out (from surgery). We did some running in the pool yesterday, we did some strengthening today, and I’ll be running on the field tomorrow.” Britt was in good spirits and upbeat about his recovery. “I’m itching and I’m scratching. I just want to be out there playing football.” Asked if he’ll be ready for Week 1, Britt said “I’m praying for it.”

– Eagles’ president Joe Banner has been replaced by COO Don Smolenski. Banner, 59, has been a part of the team since 1994. Banner is now a “strategic adviser” to owner Jeffery Lurie, but is “a free agent,” as the owner said. The Eagles are denying that the move was a result of a power struggle between Banner and head coach Andy Reid. GM Howie Roseman will assume all of the cap and contract negotiations Banner previously handled.

WWE

– Suspended WWE superstar Randy Orton has issued his first public statement since his second Wellness Policy violation was announced. Orton stated that his suspension ends in 50 days, which would allow him to return to action on Friday, July 27. That would mean Orton’s suspension began on Monday, May 25–the night he appeared on RAW and laid out The Miz with an RKO. Orton did not appear at WWE’s SmackDown tapings the following night and his suspension was announced on Wednesday May 27. When asked if he will be returning Orton if he will be returning as a heel because of the suspension, Orton said, “we can only pray.” Finally, a fan asked Orton why he was suspended. Orton replied:

“When I’m able to tell you, I will. Until then, don’t believe everything you read!”

– According to the Wrestling Observer, WWE is going all-out for the upcoming 1,000th RAW celebration on July 23rd and plans to treat the show as a PPV-caliber event. WWE has reached out to dozens of legends to appear at the show, including the usual suspects (Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Sgt. Slaughter, Jim Duggan, Gene Okerlund, Jimmy Hart) as well as many top names from the Attitude Era. WWE is even considering bringing in Bobby Heenan, but his health situation might prevent him from appearing. There has been talk of incorporating several vintage production techniques to the show, similar to what we saw on the special “Old School” RAW back in 2010. The plan is to announce several big matches for the 1,000th RAW and promote the show hard in the weeks leading up to it. WWE has reached out to the Undertaker and wants to promote his television return several weeks in advance as well.

– According to the Wrestling Observer, as a way of giving Ryback an extra edge to get him over with live audiences, WWE has been announcing that the jobbers hail from the rival city of where the event is being held. For example, when WWE was recently in Columbia, South Carolina, it was announced the jobbers hailed from Clemson, North Carolina. Clemson is a rival school of the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

On last week’s Raw, Arthur Rosenberg and Stan Hansky (indy wrestlers Kirby Mack and Stoney Hooker) jobbed to Ryback. Prior to the squash, they read a poem together, which was meant to be a rib on Lanny “The Genius” Poffo, brother of the late “Macho Man” Randy Savage. The belief is that Poffo was ribbed because of his recent comments about Randy Savage refusing to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame unless the entire Poffo family (including their father, Angelo Poffo) was inducted as well.

– Today’s wrestling birthdays include hardcore legend Mick Foley (46) and WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel.

– According to the Wrestling Observer, Triple H has been added to next week’s WWE SmackDown tapings (6/12) from the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. Triple h appeared at this week’s SmackDown tapings and laid out Drew McIntyre with a pedigree in a segment that won’t air on television, so it’s possible he’ll have a similar role at next week’s tapings.

– It was announced on Wednesday that WWE will be sponsoring JBL’s mission to climb the highest point on each of the seven continents. Proceeds from the adventure will go towards Bermuda’s Family Center, which helps underprivileged children. JBL will begin with Russia’s Mt. Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe. He will then go to Mts. Vinson, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Cartensz Pyramid and finish with Mt. Everest in 2014. In an interesting note, JBL plans to place a WWE flag at the top of each of the seven mountains.

TNA

– TNA star Sting participated in a conference call on Wednesday to promote this weekend’s Slammiversary pay-per-view. Here are some highlights:

Sting said he was very close to signing with WWE before last year’s WrestleMania. He was looking forward to wrestling the Undertaker and said he was surprised the deal didn’t come together. Aside from a few younger stars in TNA, Undertaker was one of the few remaining people he wanted to wrestle before retiring.

He has talking with a publisher about writing an autobiography.

When asked about the future top stars of TNA, he named Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, James Storm and Magnus.

Once he retires, he’s interested in working for TNA behind the scenes, possibly in a creative role.

Sting plans to retire with TNA. Every year, he expects it will be his last, but he finds it hard to walk away when TNA is “not quite there” in terms of being a company that can truly compete with WWE. His interest and motivation have gone up in the last year.

When asked about the TNA Hall of Fame, Sting says he should not be the first inductee because guys like Jeff Jarrett and AJ Styles are far more deserving.

– According to the Wrestling Observer, with the recent TNA departure of Alex Shelley, there have also been reports that his Motor City Machine Guns partner Chris Sabin is also looking to leave the company when his contract expires in August. The latest on Sabin’s status is that he has indeed talked about leaving, but plans to wait a few more months before making his final decision.

– Former TNA knockout Karen Jarrett posted the following tweets directed at Dixie Carter and her brother Todd Carter, President of Panda Energy International (TNA’s parent company):

“Hey Todd, no one can stand ur sister @TNADixie she continues to run the company in the ground!!! What r u gonna do???”

“@TNADixie have some guts and call me out……..”

“Everyone has dirty laundry I’m thinking it’s about home for @TNADixie to be exposed!!!”

It’s been rumoured for quite some time that Karen Jarrett will be returning to television soon.

Packers/Finley, Hurricanes/Ruutu, Backstage Heat on The Rock

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

NFL

– The Packers have signed TE Jermichael Finley to a 2-year/$15M contract. The contract locks in Finley through his age-26 season, and he’ll be able to test the free agent waters as a 27-year-old in 2014. Finley, 25, finished the 2011 season with 55 catches for 767 yards and eight touchdowns. , with the latter two being career-highs that could continue to rise next season.

– Alabama RB Trent Richardson (knee scope) will not participate in on-field drills at the Combine after undergoing a scope 3 weeks ago. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that the surgery was “minor,” and it sounds arthroscopic in nature. Richardson plans to work out at the Crimson Tide Pro Day, but he won’t run the 40-yard dash or participate in drills or jumps in Indianapolis. The injury could negatively affect his draft stock.

– Appearing on ESPN’s NFL Live Wednesday, Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer said the Bengals are hoping to increase RB Bernard Scott’s role in 2012. ”They want to go with more than one featured back. I think they want to work Bernard Scott in a little more.” Cedric Benson won’t be back, and Reedy mentioned draft prospects Lamar Miller and Trent Richardson, as well as free agent Michael Bush potentially pair with Scott. Scott, 28, averaged a career-low 3.39 YPC in 2011.

– After speaking to the Falcons, the player rep for free agent DE John Abraham, 34, believes his client is headed for the open market. Atlanta will now look to the draft and free agency for a new right DE. Mike Smith’s defence tied for 22nd in sacks and ranked 20th against the pass.

– The Patriots have released DT Mike Wright and G/C Rich Ohrnberger. Ohrnberger was actually waived and will be subject to the waivers process. Wright, 30, ended the last two seasons on injured reserve with concussions and is contemplating retirement. His release saves the Patriots $2.355M in base salary. A once-valuable interior pass rusher, Wright led New England in sacks in 2010 with 5.5.

NHL

– The Hurricanes have signed F Tuomo Ruutu to a 4-year/$19M contract extension worth $4.75M annually. The deal also has a no-trade clause for the first three seasons. Ruutu is now the third highest paid player on the team behind F Eric Staal and G Cam Ward. The 28-year-old has 17 goals and 13 assists through 57 games with the Hurricanes this season. The impending UFA was a hot name approaching Monday’s trade deadline, but this extension ensures he’ll remain in Raleigh.

– Lightning’ F Vincent Lecavalier (broken right hand) could return in 3 weeks if his recovery goes well, according to GM Steve Yzerman. An MRI exam revealed that the fractured bone is not displaced and that it just requires time to heal, which means he could be back by the middle of March. Yzerman added that the timetable may be pushing it. “These things, generally, can take three to six weeks. Three is on the early side. We just have to wait and see how the bone heals and go from there.”

– Flames’ F Chris Butler (left thigh laceration) will miss the next 3 weeks. Butler sustained on Tuesday night against the Oilers. Butler was hurt when he crashed into his own net while trying to break up a two-on-one rush by the Oilers. He fell awkwardly on his leg and had to be helped off the ice. The 25-year-old has two goals and 11 assists in 60 games for Calgary this season.

– Leafs’ D Dion Phaneuf and Devils’ F David Clarkson got into another fight on Tuesday night. Enjoy:

– Capitals’ F Mathieu Perrault scored a goal off his face against the Senators yesterday. Check it out:

WWE

– According to F4WOnline, earlier this week, text messages from a WWE superstar who asked to remain anonymous were published that were complaining about The Rock coming back to WWE and getting a huge payday without elevating anybody but himself. To follow up on the backstage heat on The Rock, there is said to be “more than a few people” in WWE that are very angry about The Rock being featured so prominently at WrestleMania. The feeling amongst the disgruntled talent is that The Rock does not work for WWE full time and is taking a valuable spot at the top of the card, when that spot could be used to elevate an up and coming full-time wrestler. The other side of the argument is that The Rock is a special attraction, should not be featured as a full-time performer and brings so much interest and extra pay-per-view buys that he more than covers his price tag and everybody earns more with The Rock on the card.

– Despite WWE.com stated Tuesday that Shaquille O’Neal would not be competing at WrestleMania XXVIII, the 15-time NBA All-Star appeared on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning Wednesday stating that he would.

– WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim General Manager of Raw John Laurinaitis’s campaign to not only become the permanent Raw General Manager, but take over Theodore Long’s job as General Manager of SmackDown is expected to culminate with a winner takes all match at WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami, Florida. The Wrestling Observer reports that a Laurinaitis captained team of heel WWE stars will likely face a babyface team captained by Long at the PPV extravaganza with the winning captain becoming General Manager of both Raw and SmackDown. There is also talk that the bout would replace the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.

– It was reported last week that Brodus Clay was removed from television due to Vince McMahon’s unhappiness with the voluminous grappler’s ring work. According to the Wrestling Observer, the WWE head believes he’s unsafe and reckless in the ring; he doesn’t want him competing until his ring work is brought up to par. Eyebrows were raised backstage about McMahon pushing forth talent safety since Mark Henry and Cody Rhodes competed on this week’s Raw SuperShow hurt. Clay dismissed last week’s negative report via Twitter, writing, “Don’t believe the hater hype plant funk still in orbit ya dig!”

– According to the Wrestling Observer, following Rey Mysterio’s visit backstage at last week’s Raw SuperShow in San Diego, California, any mention of his name to WWE brass reportedly resulted in a very negative speech. There has been underlying friction on management’s part due to tough contract negotiations and not returning from injuries as early as they’d like. Also, some feel because of his small stature, he’s lucky to be employed to WWE.

– WWE has not followed up on Kharma’s appearance last month at the Royal Rumble because she hasn’t fully recovered from giving birth on December 31, 2011 and isn’t ready to work a full-time schedule. She competed in the Rumble Match because creative felt it would create a good story since it wasn’t expected.

– A commercial promoting WWE’s Over the Limit PPV event on May 20, 2012 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina is advertising a Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and Sheamus.

– According to the Wrestling Observer, a match involving the WWE Divas is expected to take place WrestleMania XXVIII although some company officials are against utilizing the women for the sake of it since the affair would take away time from the bouts people are most interested in seeing. It’s also been suggested as the pre-show dark match.

– Former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis spoke with DivaDirt.com. The highlights:

Working in ROH vs working in WWE: “I’m much more relaxed! I’m very relaxed at Ring of Honor. I don’t feel the pressure that I did at WWE. But I’m also, so I think that a lot of it comes with maturity and being comfortable in your own skin. I’m more confident in myself than I was when I was in WWE. That goes with being outside of WWE and starting to see the world through different eyes. Now coming back into wrestling and being like, ‘You know what? This is where you have fun’, and I just want to have fun with my wrestling career now. I don’t want to be stressed out or worrying about where’s my next storyline. I don’t want to be worrying about all that stuff.”

Why she’s returning to the ring: “There was a lot of things I wanted to accomplish that I didn’t get to accomplish before. I never really felt like I was that great in the ring, and then I also felt that I didn’t get a whole lot of time to be in the ring. My goal is to go out there and do the best that I can, and if I get out there and I’m like, ‘Okay, this is it for me and I’m not going to wrestle anymore’, that’s one thing. Or if I get out there and I’m like, ‘You know what? I really want to continue moving forward with this part of wrestling’ then that’s what I’m going to do. But there was so many things I wanted to accomplish in the ring and so many things I loved doing in the house shows that I never got to really show off on WWE TV.”?

“I never won a championship and that was a big thing for me. I didn’t want to win the greatest championship in the world and I didn’t need to hold it forever, but just winning it by a fluke would’ve been nice, just to say I was on that great list.”

“There’s just a lot of things I want to accomplish in the ring.”

Being backstage recently at a WWE Raw taping: “I stood there and talked to Vince for probably 10-15 minutes, just shooting the shit. I talked to him about the new network. I told him that I thought the show was great as of late, I really enjoyed last week’s episode. I talked to him about, ‘How’s the family?’ and ‘Give Linda my best’. At the same time that I’m not there, it’s still part of my family. Sometimes I don’t like the things that John Laurinaitis does but at the same time, for a long time I was on the road with him all the time. He’s the one that initially called me and sad, ‘Maria, we want you to go down to OVW’, so you still have to have an appreciation.”

“At the end of the day, wrestling’s still a business and I try to remember that every day when I do anything with wrestling.”

– Monday’s post-Elimination Chamber RAW Supershow drew a a 3.2 rating and averaged 4,629,000 viewers. The show did hours of 3.3 and 3.19.

– WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2012 inductee Ron Simmons appeared on the Busted Open radio show this week and said he’d love a role in one of The Rock’s movies. Simmons, who worked closely with The Rock when both men were members of the Nation of Domination stable, had this to say about The Rock’s success in Hollywood:

“As far as getting as big as he did, I don’t even think he knew he would get this big. I can say I am proud of him and the only thing I would like for him to do is offer Farooq a part in one of his movies. Let me be a stand in, I don’t even need a speech, just offer me something (laughing).”

John “Bradshaw” Layfield inducting Simmons into the WWE Hall of Fame is not official but it is the planned idea. Layfield wrote Tuesday on Facebook in regards to inducting his longtime tag team partner,

“As far as who is inducting Ron into the HOF-I would consider one of my greatest lifetime honors if I am chosen. However, it hasn’t been announced-SO, if I knew who was I couldn’t say. And, if I don’t know I couldn’t say either obviously. So, I wait on the announcement like everyone else.”

– With the recent announcement that WrestleMania 29 will take place from New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, it’s worth noting that WWE has still not decided on a location for the historic WrestleMania 30 event, which will take place in 2014. The bidding deadline for potential WrestleMania 30 host cities is approaching soon.

– According to the Wrestling Observer, after a show last night in Largo, FL, at Gasoline Alley, Brian Knobs came into the dressing room and was giving a lot of the wrestlers an earful about how they didn’t know how to work and didn’t get it. Knobs then specifically told that to New Jack, saying that New Jack didn’t know how to wrestle. New Jack then punched Knobs in the face, knocking him into the wall. Knobs then came back and pulled New Jack to the ground, but New Jack got up from the ground a lot faster than Knobs and when Knobs was down, he kicked him in the face, knocking him out in front of everyone. I’m sure more versions will surface from other eye witnesses in the next few days.

– WWE officials have talked lately of cutting and/or repackaging bottom level WWE Superstars and developmental talent. However, moves are not expected until after WrestleMania as it is their prime focus.

– Vince McMahon is looking to tap into digital publishing as he feels it could be a major revenue stream for WWE as early as this year. His belief is based on what colleagues have told him about the Amazon Kindle, an e-book reader.

UFC

– UFC President Dana White called boxer Floyd Mayweather a racist. Mayweather initially weighed in on Knicks’ G Jeremy Lin’s success:

“Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.”

White gave his thoughts on Mayweather’s comments:

“First of all, what [Mayweather] said, I think, is racist. He’s made a couple of racist comments. And yes, Floyd, you’re racist with the stuff that you’ve said,” White said.

“And you say African-Americans don’t get it? Really? Kobe Bryant doesn’t get any praise? Michael Jordan never got any praise? The list goes on and on of guys who completely get praised for being great NBA basketball players. Not only can [Lin] compete and make it in the NBA, the guy is tearing it up and is breaking records, you knucklehead.”

“The other thing you said was that Manny Pacquiao should make some sushi somewhere. Sushi is from Japan. He’s from the Philippines, dummy.”

MLB

– Nationals’ 3B Ryan Zimmerman reiterated Wednesday that he will cut off contract talks with the team if an agreement isn’t reached by Saturday. ”It’s not fair for me to answer questions about that every day. We’ve got a good team and everybody has to worry about baseball. Everyone’s here already and they’re working and that’s what it needs to be about. It needs to be about that, and not whether this gets done or doesn’t. … If it gets done, great. If it doesn’t, I’ve got two years left and we’ll play it out.” Zimmerman’s agent, Brodie Van Waganen, is in Nationals’ camp, so there’s still a chance something could get done in the next few days. If not, the two sides will likely reexamine the situation during the offseason. He remains under team control through 2013.

– Phillies’ 1B Ryan Howard (torn left Achilles) took live batting practice Wednesday for the first time since undergoing surgery in October. Howard is pleased with his recovery thus far, but doesn’t want to put a “time limit” on his return. The 32-year-old just started swinging a bat two weeks ago and since his leg was immobilized for much of the winter, he’s not close to being in game shape. Manager Charlie Manuel hasn’t ruled out the possibility that Howard could get some action during spring games, but it’s doubtful he’ll return before May.

– Reds’ 2B Brandon Phillips said Wednesday that he hasn’t spoken with the team about an extension since December. ”It’s been a long time. I thought it would be over with by now. It is what it is. The only thing I can do is go out there and play the game, do what’s best for the team.” Phillips is thought to be open to in-season negotiations, but the lack of dialogue between the two sides could mean he’s destined for free agency. Phillips’ agent is expected to make a trip to the Reds’ spring training complex later this spring to meet with GM Walt Jocketty.

– Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that RHP Roy Oswalt will not sign with either the Red Sox or Rangers, “at least not now.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss was told by a friend of Oswalt that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if he signs on with the Cardinals. A decision could come as early as today.

– Braves’ OF Michael Bourn said Wednesday that he has not engaged in any long-term contract talks with the Braves. Bourn will earn $6.845M this season in his final year of arbitration eligibility. He batted .294 with a .734 OPS, 50 RBI and 61 stolen bases between Houston and Atlanta last season.

– Braves’ RHP Tommy Hanson (concussion) is out of workouts through the weekend. Hanson suffered a mild (Grade 1) concussion after blowing a tire and banging his head on the way to Braves camp early Monday morning. He’s expected to work out lightly Thursday on an exercise bike but won’t take part in fielding drills or step atop a mound until at least Monday.

– The Angels signed RHP Jason Isringhausen to a minor league contract. Isringhausen struggled to attract free agent interest this offseason despite posting a 4.05 ERA and 44/24 K/BB ratio across 46 2/3 innings last year for the Mets.

– Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that RHP Jon Garland is no longer an option for the Indians after skipping his scheduled physical on Monday. It was reported earlier this week that the Indians had signed Garland to a minor league contract, but he had to pass a physical in order for it to be official. Since he didn’t take one, he remains a free agent. The 32-year-old posted a 4.33 ERA over nine starts with the Dodgers in 2011 before undergoing season-ending rotator cuff surgery in July.

NCAAB

– A kid was caught making an obscene gesture during a Missouri / Kansas State game. Check it out:

NBA

– Warriors’ G Stephen Curry (right foot) left Wednesday’s game with a tendon injury in his foot and did not return, and team doctors think he might have plantar fasciitis. X-rays were negative, but Curry was in considerable pain and wasn’t able to return in the second half. The Warriors are off until Tuesday, but his status won’t be known until seeing how his foot responds to treatment.

– An MRI on Hawks’ F Joe Johnson (knee) showed no structural damage, confirming the original diagnosis of tendonitis. Johnson will miss the All-Star Game, and will be re-evaluated him prior to their first game after the break next week.

– Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reports that F Wilson Chandler is considering sitting out the season and testing the free agent market in the offseason. Marc Stein of ESPN reported late last night that only the Pacers, Kings and Cavs have enough cap space to sign Chandler to an offer sheet, with at least three other teams showing interest. Chandler has to get an offer sheet before March 1 in order to play with any team other than the Nuggets. Chandler is expected to be vying for a multi-year contract from Denver.

– Bucks’ F Drew Gooden (wrist) says the torn ligament in his wrist is similar to Lakers’ G Kobe Bryant’s injury, and that he hopes to return to action next week, just after the All-Star break. ”It’s probably a similar injury to what Kobe (Bryant) has. It sounds like we’re going through the same thing…I think this rest during the break will do me good, and I look forward to be back in uniform after the break and take it from there.”

– Knicks’ G Jeremy Lin spoke with Nets’ F Kris Humphries after a recent Nets/Knicks game, where Lin told Hump that the boos he’s getting are unwarranted.

“He’s a really nice guy. He just said, ‘Hey, I don’t know why they boo you, but I think it’s crap, and you’re playing really well.’ That was nice of him to say. He’s a really nice guy. … It’s nice to see great things happen for nice people.”