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Brock Lesnar Flagged By USADA For Potential Anti-Doping Violation

Former WWE and UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar has been flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a potential anti-doping violation that stems from an failure of an out-of-competition drug test that took place on June 28th.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that USADA received the results on July 14th, five days after Lesnar’s UFC 200 fight against Mark Hunt. Per their policy, USADA has not disclosed the substance that Lesnar tested positive for.

Below is the UFC’s official statement regarding the matter:

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Brock Lesnar of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 28, 2016. USADA received the testing results from the June 28, 2016 sample collection from the WADA-accredited UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory on the evening of July 14, 2016.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The Nevada State Athletic Commission also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed in close proximity to Lesnar’s bout at UFC 200 in Las Vegas.

Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

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Director of WWE Swerved Reveals There Was A "DO NOT SWERVE" List, Almost Blinding Kofi Kingston, More

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Ben Pluimer one of the co-executive producers and director of WWE Swerved which airs on the WWE Network recently took part in an Ask me anything on Reddit. He confirmed that there was intial backlash from WWE Superstars to the show when it first launched and there was aDO NOT SWERVE list.The backlash was real. When superstars heard about the prank show, we would have to sneak into venues through back doors so they didnt see us. They got to know some familiar faces and if they saw any of us, they would spread the word. Sometimes they

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Eric Bischoff Talks His New WWE DVD, How He Would Book Roman Reigns and Pro Wrestling's Future

Eric Bischoff was special guest on episode 125 of The Ross Report on which he discussed a number of topics including his new WWE DVD, Eric Bischoff: Sports Entertainment’s Most Controversial Figure, how he would book Roman Reigns, and the future of professional wrestling.

On His New WWE DVD:

“I was tentative at first because, as we all know, history is written by the victors and WWE has their own point of view about history, as they should. And we’ve all heard it. We’ve all seen it. But I was a little reluctant to just kind of completely open up and particularly bringing in my personal life to the extent that I did and my family and not having any control at all over anything, just hoping for the best and hoping that it would be a well balanced and thoughtful documentary and it was more than I could have hoped for. I think the WWE and the entire team that worked on the project really made an effort to produce something that was a little different than what the audience has seen before, at least when it comes to my career, so I texted Vince [McMahon] after I saw it, the final cut, and told him that I was both very proud and very grateful that they produced it because it’s something that’ll live, it’ll be around long after I am.”

On Booking Roman Reigns:

“I’d like to think that what I would do is I would watch the reaction, much like I used to do when I’d sit up in the stands, behind the curtain, kind of find the cheapest seat in the house and just try to feel like a fan is, I would sit back and I would try to watch it and then I would react to it, but I would react to it in a very seamless way that felt organic and natural as possible and I would let the story and character go where the story and character needed to go based on the kind of social interaction that I was seeing even if it was not the direction I wanted to go in in the first place. You have to adjust. At some point, you’ve got to go, ‘okay, I wanted to go left, but I kind of need to go right,’ but I’d do it slowly and gradually and make it feel organic.”

On The Future of Professional Wrestling:

“When we reach that point where all that ‘highspotitis’ as I like to call it, has kind of come and gone, because that’s what’s en vogue right now. Everybody wants to see that crazy crap. It doesn’t matter if there’s a story. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense. They just want to see Cirque du Soleil. That’ll run its course and it always comes back to story. So here’s where I think the future is bright: when it comes back to story, and it will, and when we’ve adjusted to the fact that our big time characters don’t need to be 6’6″ [and] 350 lbs., you’re going to find a lot more talent that can deliver because they won’t be doing six hurricanranas in a row and taking 15 dropkicks to the skull and getting up and doing a backflip. I mean, they won’t be doing that anymore because that will have run its course. Look, everything comes back to story. Shakespeare is still Shakespeare because story rules. It’ll come back to that.”

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Murray open to Eubank Jr war

Last Updated: 15/07/16 2:58pm

Martin Murray is hungry for more big fights

Martin Murray is hungry for more big fights

Martin Murray is hungry for more big fights

Martin Murray is looking to face Chris Eubank Jr after the British middleweight champion failed to finalise a deal with Gennady Golovkin.

St Helens’ Murray (33-4-1-KO16) was most recently in action on June 25 when he was outpointed by fellow former world title challenger George Groves at super-middleweight.

Although both men billed that clash as a last-chance saloon in terms of world title ambitions, Murray’s desire still seems to be burning brightly enough. Certainly more brightly, he claims, than Eubank Jr’s desire to face Golovkin ever did.

No hurry for Murray

Glenn McCrory believes Eubank Jr should face Murray

He told Sky Sports: “Everyone keeps telling me they’d like to see me in with Eubank Jr and it’s a great fight I’d like to be involved in. I’m putting it out there that I’m ready and available if he wants to fight.

“I said it all along that he wouldn’t fight Golovkin. I said it was a publicity stunt and it turned out that way. It’s quite clever how they’ve done it because they were never going to fight him but they’ve talked the fight up and if and when he does fight him, it’s even bigger now.

Eubank is a very good fighter and he’s improving all the time but someone like myself – an experienced, strong middleweight, he’s not ready for.

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“He won’t fight me either, even though it’s a fight everyone wants to see. He won’t fight me, because if he does then he’ll lose and he’ll never get that Golovkin fight then.

“Barring Golovkin, I’ve said for years that I don’t think there’s anybody out there at middleweight who’d beat me. I think Eubank Jr is a good fight for me but I think it’s one I’d win very comfortably, if I’m honest.

Chris Eubank Jr lit up the O2 Arena before beating Tom Doran

Chris Eubank Jr lit up the O2 Arena before beating Tom Doran

Chris Eubank Jr lit up the O2 Arena before beating Tom Doran

“I rate Eubank Jr. He’s a very good fighter and he’s improving all the time but someone like myself – an experienced, strong middleweight, he’s not ready for in my opinion. He likes standing toe to toe and he likes having a go and I like having a fight so it’d be a great one to watch.?

“I can mix it with the super-middleweights but I feel like I’ve got more advantage at middleweight. I moved up because I found it hard to make but also, I didn’t know where I was going to go. Now there are big fights out there.”

Murray remains the man to have taken WBA Super, WBC and IBF champion Golovkin (35-0-KO32) the furthest, lasting until the 11th round in Monaco in February 2015.

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Huck wants Bellew in Britain

Last Updated: 15/07/16 1:13pm

Marco Huck is determined to make it back to the top quickly

Marco Huck is determined to make it back to the top quickly

Marco Huck is determined to make it back to the top quickly

Former world champion Marco Huck is hoping to regain a cruiserweight title against new WBC king Tony Bellew.

The Serbian-born German (39-3-1-KO27) equalled Johnny Nelson’s record of 13 consecutive WBO world cruiserweight title defences before a shock 11th-round stoppage defeat to Krzysztof Glowacki in August 2015.

Now, having bounced back with a stoppage defeat of Ola Afolabi, Huck has told World Boxing News: “I would be willing to take on Tony Bellew immediately, I mean why wait until October?

Huck equalled Johnny Nelson's record of WBO defences

Huck equalled Johnny Nelson's record of WBO defences

Huck equalled Johnny Nelson’s record of WBO defences

“Fighting in Britain has always been a dream of mine, anyway. But to be honest, I doubt it will happen anytime soon. He knows I would smash him to pieces. He is scared of me and will take easier options to hold on to his belt for a while.

“We did get in touch with them but never heard anything back and I think that pretty much says it all.

“I will return to the ring in August or September. I am ready to go and want to get back to doing what I do best.”

Another of Bellew’s possible future opponents is David Haye, and Huck accepted that a match-up between the two former sparring partners would make a lot of sense.

Tony Bellew with a textbook example of how to call out an opponent

Tony Bellew with a textbook example of how to call out an opponent

Tony Bellew with a textbook example of how to call out an opponent

The 31-year-old added: “Obviously, that would be an interesting fight. Two strong and powerful Brits facing each other is always an exciting fight. It’s one of those fights where I cannot pick either one. I would just enjoy watching the fight.”

Bellew (27-2-1-KO17) claimed the vacant WBC with a thrilling third-round stoppage of Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park back in May.

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WATCH: GGG v Brook press day

Last Updated: 15/07/16 2:43pm

Kell Brook and Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin's first press conference

Kell Brook and Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin's first press conference

Kell Brook and Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin’s first press conference

Two undefeated world champions went face-to-face for the first time in New York. Watch the Gennady Golovkin v Kell Brook press conference.

Much has been made of IBF world welterweight champion Brook accepting the challenge of leaping up two divisions to face middleweight king Golovkin, who holds the WBA Super, WBC and IBF belts.

The pair boast flawless records with Brook 36-0-KO25 and Golovkin 35-0-KO32 – combining for a staggering 71 victories and 57 stoppages.

At The O2 on September 10, Brook has the big fight he’s always wanted even if many feel it’s literally too big. Can he avoid those heavy hands for long enough to register himself and upset the Kazakh? The world can’t wait to find out.

So with the fight less than two months away, the two met in New York for their opening press conference. Did the insults fly or was there an instant mutual respect?

Find out by watching the first Golovkin v Brook press conference. Just click the video.

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Does Deontay hit hard?

Last Updated: 15/07/16 1:02pm

Deontay Wilder has been preparing for his next world title defence and Eric Molina has felt the full force of his punches during sparring sessions.

‘The Bronze Bomber’ is one of the most dangerous punchers on the planet and will seek out a 36th stoppage win when he defends his WBC heavyweight title against Chris Arreola on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

Wilder revealed on his Twitter account that Eric Molina is helping him

Wilder revealed on his Twitter account that Eric Molina is helping him

Wilder revealed on his Twitter account that Eric Molina is helping him

Eric Molina was halted by Wilder in the ninth round when they fought last June, but ‘The Drummer Boy’ was happy to help the champion prepare for Arreola and offered insight into their bruising sparring sessions in his Alabama gym.

What were your first impressions of Wilder’s gym?

It was very tough to train down there, different from down here in Texas. I used to training with an air conditioner and cooler, but in Wilder’s gym, he does train very hard.

He’s got a great team behind him and he loves the sport. You can definitely feel the energy from being around him.

How many rounds did you spar with Wilder?

It just depends. Anything from two to four rounds. Just depends on what type of day he was having.

On my part, I’m not one of those that likes to get too spicy as far as sparring goes. But I can say there were a couple of days where they were harder for him than others. That’s not just for him, that’s anybody in general. Every day is different.

Deontay Wilder has been preparing to defend his WBC belt on Saturday

Deontay Wilder has been preparing to defend his WBC belt on Saturday

Deontay Wilder has been preparing to defend his WBC belt on Saturday

What are his strengths?

It was one full year to the day that I got back in the ring with him. I feel in that year he’s calmer in the ring, more patient. His jab is sharper, his reflexes defensively have got better, his balance is better, and his power has got a bit stronger.

But all around, I feel that he’s improved.?

How hard does he hit?

All heavyweights hit hard, don’t get me wrong, but Wilder has the power naturally to knock anyone out at any given second with one punch.

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Wilder ready for Arreola

Last Updated: 16/07/16 1:07am

Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola pose during the final press conference for Saturday's heavyweight showdown in Alabama

Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola pose during the final press conference for Saturday's heavyweight showdown in Alabama

Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola pose during the final press conference for Saturday’s heavyweight showdown in Alabama

Deontay Wilder has vowed to take out the frustration of his postponed world title defence on Chris Arreola when the pair meet in the ring in Birmingham, Alabama at the weekend.

Wilder faces Arreola on Saturday night,? live on? Sky Sports, in the fourth defence of his WBC heavyweight title after a scheduled defence against Alexander Povetkin was called off due to a failed drugs test.

Deontay Wilder is keen to get back to work against Chris Arreola

Deontay Wilder is keen to get back to work against Chris Arreola

Deontay Wilder is keen to get back to work against Chris Arreola

“I’ve wanted to hit somebody since May,” said the undefeated knockout specialist, who boasts a record of 36 wins, with 35 by stoppage.

“Does he deserve the title shot, no he doesn’t,” added Wilder about replacement Arreola, who is attempting to win a world title at the third time of asking.

“But for this situation that we’re in with the short notice, is he the perfect guy? You’re right, he is.”

Deontay Wilder will return to Sky Sports screens when he takes on Chris Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama on July 16

Deontay Wilder will return to Sky Sports screens when he takes on Chris Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama on July 16

Deontay Wilder will return to Sky Sports screens when he takes on Chris Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama on July 16

Arreola (36-4-1-KO31) returns to the ring for the first time this year after his December win over Travis Kauffman was changed to a no decision following a positive test for marijuana.

The 35-year-old battled to a draw against Fred Kassi in his previous fight and beat Curtis Harper 15 months ago in his first bout after losing a title contest to Bermane Stiverne.

Chris Arreola is determined to upset the odds against Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola is determined to upset the odds against Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola is determined to upset the odds against Deontay Wilder

“This is my third opportunity,” said Arreola, who was stopped on his stool after 10 rounds by Vitali Klitschko in 2009 in his first title shot. “I can’t let this opportunity slip away.

“I respect Deontay. But once the bell rings, it’s time to go fight and it’s time to get that title. I want that title.”

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Wilder agreed a voluntary defence against Arreola in a bid to stay active in his quest to unify the division and to distance himself from the legal fallout that followed the postponement of the Povetkin bout.

Alexander Povetkin was due to face Deontay Wilder in May

Alexander Povetkin was due to face Deontay Wilder in May

Alexander Povetkin was due to face Deontay Wilder in May

The Russian, who tested positive for a trace of newly-banned drug meldonium, claims a new test has proved he was clean and his camp are now threatening to sue.

Wilder knocked out Polish challenger Artur? Szpilka in his last fight in January.

Wilder polishes off Polish challenge

Deontay Wilder destroys Artur Szpilka with a stunning knockout

“This is the longest stretch that I’ve been out of the ring and I’m anxious to get back in and continue my quest to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” added Wilder.

“This is another fight in that process.”

Wilder, however, is not planning on taking challenger Arreola for granted.

“When you’re in the hurt business, you have no choice but to stay focused on the test that lies at hand because if you’re not focused, you can get knocked out.”

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WWE SmackDown Results: July 14, 2016

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The Final Fight on Thursday Night.

Ten nights before Battleground, the 882nd edition of WWE Thursday Night SmackDown and the last SmackDown before next Tuesday’s WWE Draft came to you from the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. Over the past few months, we have seen vignettes during RAW and SmackDown featuring Darren Young and WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund with Backlund vowing to “make Darren Young great again” and, this past Monday night on RAW, that proclamation would take one big step towards becoming a reality as Darren Young did the improbable by winning a big battle royal to become the new #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Championship as Darren Young will challenge The Miz for the Intercontinental Title a week from Sunday at Battleground! With the biggest opportunity of his career coming up at Battleground, Darren Young and his mentor Bob Backlund would be on SmackDown as the new #1 Contender would join Intercontinental Champion The Miz and his wife Maryse on Miz TV. What will Darren Young have to say about becoming the new #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Title? What will The Miz have to say about defending the title against Darren Young?

Match Results

  • Sasha Banks def. Dana Brooke (with Charlotte) by submission to the Bank Statement.
  • Non-Title: Dolph Ziggler def. Rusev (with Lana) by roll-up following a distraction from Zack Ryder.
  • AJ Styles & Karl Anderson (with Luke Gallows) def. Enzo & Cass by Enzo Amore tapping out to AJ Styles’ Calf Crusher following a distraction from Luke Gallows.
  • Kalisto (with Sin Cara) def. Tyler Breeze (with Fandango) by pin with the Salida del Sol.
  • Non-Title: Dean Ambrose def. Kevin Owens by DQ after Seth Rollins interferes.
  • Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens def. Dean Ambrose & Sami Zayn by Seth Rollins pinning Sami Zayn following the Pedigree.

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Preacher S01E07: He Gone – Jessie’s no longer one of the good guys

Now that we’re going into the final part of Preacher’s first season, it’s easier to see what this show is really about. The pilot, and second episode, would have us believe that Preacher was going to be a high concept adventure show, full of creative action set pieces, coffin black humour, and larger than life characters. Since those first two episodes the show has kept two of those aspects. There’s a slight whiff of budgetary concerns over the reason there’s been less action than first thought, but in its place we have been given a, slightly askew, study of three characters (four if you count Eugene) who once prided themselves as being outsiders, but are now looking for a connection.

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Why else would Cassidy stick around Annville, become hopelessly in love with Tulip after one eventful encounter, and be the worst (and this week, the best) surrogate for Jessie’s conscience? Why else would Tulip stick around Annville, help out at the church, and put her plans for vengeance on pause as she waits for Jesse? Finally, why else would Jesse stick around Annville?

He Gone finally gives us some clues to Jesse’s connection to, as Diamond Joe Quimby would put it: this jerk-water burg. Last week’s excellent Sundowner ended with Jesse hitting rock bottom, using the word of Genesis to send Eugene to hell. A slip of the tongue, or hubris? Now that he’s hit rock bottom he spends the entire episode rolling around in it. Instead of trying to deal with what he’s done to Eugene, Jesse goes ahead with his plan to cure the town, and in a very neat piece of direction, in an episode full of them, he walks out of the church as the light from under the door transforms into a cross as he passes through. This is an action that defiantly says “damn the consequences, this is surely Gods plan”. Except when he has the undivided attention of his flock, both inside and outside the church thanks to the nifty new PA system, he holds back. Sure he tells everyone to serve God, but his words don’t have the power of Genesis behind them, and now the rot starts to set in. As this very long day continues, full of bible plays, and hash browns with vanilla extract (more on that later), all of Jesse’s plans go sour.

Just like last weeks episode, He Gone is concerned with communication and the power of words, and their effect on who hears them. Everyone was talking last week, but no one was communicating. A few wrong words sent Eugene to hell and, as week see this week, Jesse’s got a bad history with this.

It turns out Jesse blames himself for his father’s murder because, after his father sends a young Tulip into foster care, Jesse prays that God kill him. As if right on que his father dies at the hand of someone who has the same tattoo on his arm that Jessie has on his back in the present. In Jesse’s mind he’s done the same thing again, damned someone he cared for through a few angry, but powerful, words.

At the end of this episode everyone seemingly knows where they stand but it’s Jesse’s guilt and judgement that gets them there. Tulip, who enjoys a free-running sequence in order to get her uncle’s pants back, continues to help out at the church, and rebuke Cassidy’s advances. She’s here for Jesse, and Jesse makes clear, at an uncomfortable dinner in which The Big Lebowski is dragged through the mud again, that he doesn’t want her.?

Cassidy finally reveals his supernatural origins in a typically weird scene that begins with him hitting Jesse with a fire extinguisher. Cassidy saw what happened to Eugene, and after Jesse’s half-hearted attempt to justify his rash behaviour, Cassidy proves that Jesse is not fit to decide who is judged by walking into the sun and setting himself on fire. It’s unclear exactly what happens to Cassidy, but it’s safe to assume that Jesse saved him thus proving Cassidy’s point.

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Now to the case of the vanilla extract which, as it turns out, is very flammable. It’s quite fitting, especially for this show, that something so mundane as a cooking screw-up perfectly encapsulates the philosophical problem of its lead character. The power of Genesis has given Jesse an opportunity to be one of the good guys, a mantra that has an all new meaning after the circumstances of his father’s death are revealed. Tulip keeps saying that Jesse is really a bad man, but he’s been trying so hard to be good. You could even say that he is trying to be vanilla. But his best intentions go up in flames, just like those hash browns, with Jesse frozen in contemplation over the sins he has committed. The path to hell is paved with good intentions, intentions just as flammable as that vanilla extract.

This is particularly felt through Eugene’s absence, whether it’s his empty room, or the empty seat his father keeps for him in church. Sure he shot the Loach’s daughter, and then himself, but his path? to redemption was on his own terms. In the last few weeks Jesse took that path away from him with an easy fix, and then damned him when Eugene confronted him. The penny has dropped for Jesse. Despite the fact that he still won’t give Genesis up, he is beginning to repent for what he’s done to Eugene. Although, ripping up the floorboards, and trying to dig into hell yelling “come back” seems like another accident waiting to happen.

8/10 He Gone doesn’t have the fireworks of last? week’s? episode, but the way this episode, and the show itself, is tearing their hero down has to be commended. Now with Quincannon on the warpath, and Jesse turning a corner, the end of this first season is looking to be an exciting prospect.

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