The Heat Should Keep Playing Small Ball

Every NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers is a contrast in styles. While the Pacers rely heavily on a starting lineup featuring two traditional big men, the Heat employ a multitude of flexible lineups favoring speed and shooting. This contrast presents advantages and disadvantages for both teams; each game, each team has to either make the other team adjust or adjust themselves.Through the first three games of Eastern Conference finals, the Heat were making the adjustment, using lineups with two traditional big men far more often than they did during the regular season. And though the Heat won two of the first three games, it didn’t work too well.Miami Heat Minutes Played And Point Differentials, By LineupThe Heat regularly use just three players who could reasonably be categorized as bigs: Chris Andersen, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem. With Andersen unavailable in Game 4 because of a calf injury, the Heat were forced to stay small. They used the combination of Haslem and Bosh for just six minutes together about 13 percent of the game, a single stretch in which they outscored the Pacers by one point. Over the remaining 42 minutes, the Heat’s smaller lineups outscored the Pacers by 11 points. The Heat beat the Pacers 102-90 and lead the series 3-1.For the most part, the Pacers have outscored the Heat when Miami has two big men on the floor; the less Miami does that, the better off it is.Playing these small lineups helps spread the floor, opening driving lanes for the Heat’s ball handlers and stretching the Pacers’ defense. In Game 4, that stretch effect (and the open lanes that resulted) were one of the main factors in the Heat’s series-high 34 free-throw attempts. The Pacers complained about the officiating, but the Heat’s free-throw rate in Game 4 was roughly as far above their season average against the Pacers as their free-throw rate in Games 1 and 2 was below it.The Heat’s small lineups also coincided with the best game in the series from Bosh — 25 points on a 76.2 true shooting percentage. This development shouldn’t have been unexpected. Across the season, Bosh’s true shooting percentage was about 8 percentage points higher when he played without either Andersen or Haslem as compared with when he played alongside one of them.Game 4 gave the Heat firm control over the Pacers and the rest of the series, but it also provided an emphatic reminder: The Heat are at their best with a small lineup on the floor, even with its inherent drawbacks. read more

The Giants Clustered Their Luck

The 41,911 fans who filed into AT&T Park on June 8 got lucky. It was a perfect, 74-degree Sunday afternoon (instead of the notoriously fickle San Francisco weather), and the sky was filled with glorious sunshine. Those in attendance got a taste of baseball glory, too. The Giants beat the Mets 6-4 that day, making it five wins in a row for Los Gigantes. With that win, they improved to 42-21. A year after stumbling to a 76-86 record, the Giants owned the best record in baseball.They’ve been terrible ever since. San Francisco has lost 16 of its last 21 games, the worst record for any major league team during that time. After owning a 9.5-game lead in the NL West on June 8, the Giants have given most of it up, clinging to a half-game lead on the Dodgers. You can find all kinds of reasons for that swoon. Injuries forced journeyman Tyler Colvin and light-hitting rookie Joe Panik to take on regular playing time, with predictably bad results. Mike Morse, an early-season terror at the plate, hasn’t hit a lick for the past month. And closer Sergio Romo turned into a piñata, becoming former closer Sergio Romo in the process.Few could have predicted such a sharp and sudden drop. But one indicator did suggest that regression was coming, sooner or later: cluster luck.In a late-May Grantland column, I wrote about the concept of cluster luck as a way to explain how a series of good (or bad) events coming one after another can propel or punish a team:Joe Peta, a former Wall Street trader, presented cluster luck in his book, Trading Bases. Essentially, the concept boils down to this: When a team’s batters cluster hits together to score more runs and a team’s pitchers spread hits apart to allow fewer runs, that’s cluster luck. Say a team tallies nine singles in one game. If all of those singles occur in the same inning, the team would likely score seven runs; if each single occurs in a different inning, however, it’d likely mean a shutout.You’ll sometimes hear a broadcaster talk about a team that scores in bunches, or a pitcher who knows how to scatter hits. But those streaks don’t tend to last very long, since these aren’t sustainable skills for most teams, or players. So when a team has high cluster luck numbers, it usually means its luck isn’t going to last long. Losses are likely around the corner.Sports analyst Ed Feng, proprietor of ThePowerRank.com, calculates cluster luck by using the Base Runs formula to compare actual runs scored and runs allowed to expected runs scored and runs allowed. When that Grantland article ran just over a month ago, Feng had found that the 32-19 Giants ranked second in the majors in cluster luck. And while Giants hitters had bunched hits together about as well as an average team’s hitters would, their pitchers had been astoundingly fortunate, giving up 22 fewer runs than you’d expect over their first 51 games.1Three days after my Grantland article ran, the excellent Colorado Rockies blog Purple Row published an article that noted how the Giants had put up better numbers than any other team both in high-leverage pitching and hitting situations. So cluster luck wasn’t the only factor at work, nor the only one likely to regress.On Wednesday, Feng updated his cluster luck rankings. Below is the ranking of the 30 teams from luckiest to unluckiest:Whatever luck the Giants had earlier in the season, these latest numbers show that their good fortune has almost completely evaporated. A lot of that pullback falls on Romo. From May 29 to June 28, the team’s erstwhile closer allowed 12 hits in nine and two-thirds innings — subpar numbers for a closer, but not necessarily fatal ones, assuming those hits were spread out. They were not. Romo worked four straight perfect innings from June 4 through June 12, with all 12 of those hits coming in just six appearances. All told, opponents blasted him for 10 runs in those six appearances, netting a 16.88 ERA. The biggest beating came on June 13, when the Colorado Rockies clobbered him for four hits, drew a walk and tallied five runs in just one-third of an inning.2The Rockies have been a house of horrors for Romo this year. His past four outings against them netted this line: three innings pitched, 11 hits, 11 runs.The Giants are a talented team, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them contend for the NL West title, and maybe even make a run at the World Series. They have a young ace in Madison Bumgarner, Tim Hudson enjoying a late-career revival, Tim Lincecum suddenly pitching masterfully, All-Stars Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval heating up after lousy starts, excellent first baseman Brandon Belt due back soon after a long stint on the disabled list, and a general manager who’s made lots of aggressive trades in his 18 years at the helm. The cluster luck regression has come, yet they’re still hanging onto first place.We could see more teams experience cluster luck pullbacks, starting with Seattle. The Mariners boast plenty of front-line talent themselves, with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma at the top of the rotation. Robinson Cano is performing about as well as a guy with six home runs can, and 23-year-old Mike Zunino is emerging as a top defensive catcher and dangerous power hitter. Underrated third baseman Kyle Seager is putting up career-best numbers, and the bullpen is leading the American League both in ERA and in fielding-independent metrics. This is also a team with lots of holes, one that has 36-year-old banjo hitter Endy Chavez leading off every day, to name only the most glaring problem. Yet the Mariners are on fire, having won four in a row, 10 of their last 12, and 27 of their last 43 games.That’s what happens when your hitters bunch together hits better than any other team. Through Tuesday, the Mariners had scored 31 more runs than you’d expect from a club with average hit distribution. That Tuesday game offered a Ph.D.-level course in what happens when your hitters click at the same time. Coming into the sixth inning, Seattle clung to a narrow 3-1 lead. The first two batters of the inning reached on a walk and an infield single, followed by two straight groundouts by the lineup’s 1-2 hitters. Then, an outburst. Cano doubled. Seager doubled. Logan Morrison doubled. Zunino doubled. Michael Saunders singled. Finally, Ackley capped the monster inning with a sixth straight Mariners hit, this one an RBI single. All told, Seattle scored seven runs on seven hits in the sixth, an incredibly tough feat to pull off without the benefit of a single homer.None of this is meant to suggest that the Mariners will fall into an immediate slump, the way the Giants did.3Or that teams with poor cluster luck numbers like the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates will suddenly go on monstrous winning streaks and steamroll the rest of the league. There are good reasons to like the chances of all three of those teams, to varying degrees. They have the best pitcher in the American League, and a supporting cast that’s getting increasing contributions from younger players. After sweeping the lowly Astros, they now play seven straight against the struggling White Sox and Twins. And they recently called up top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker from the minors, a far better fifth starter than Erasmo Ramirez, Brandon Maurer or others Seattle might have considered.Still, the Ms probably shouldn’t settle for the roster they have now. They already opened the vault for Robinson Cano last winter, and they’ve got the ample TV revenue they’ll need to go after other big talents. The cluster luck beast is lurking in the shadows, and the trade deadline is coming up. Might as well try to fight back. read more

NCAA vote may allow studentathletes in ads

Active Ohio State student-athletes have never been allowed to appear in corporate advertisements. That will change for the Buckeyes and all Division I student-athletes if the NCAA Division I Athletic Council passes proposed legislation, which would allow game clips of current players to appear in advertisements. The council is expected to vote today at the NCAA convention in San Antonio. The relationship between the corporation and the university would have to be clearly stated. For example, Nike Inc., which outfits OSU’s athletic teams, could use highlights from this football season in its ads as long as it included something like “a proud corporate sponsor of Ohio State athletics,” said Michael Rogers, NCAA Amateurism Cabinet chairman. The cabinet is in charge of drafting the proposed legislation to alter current standards of amateurism, but it is not the only council involved. “This is a highly collaborative process,” Rogers said. “You try to get all of the stakeholders involved.” In doing so, he said, the cabinet reviewed proposed legislation from previous years along with feedback from university presidents and input from student-athlete advisory committees. “I know the issue but I’m just going to have to think about that,” OSU President E. Gordon Gee said in an interview with The Lantern. “I’m not a corporate guy. I’m an old- school guy. I don’t believe in playoffs or anything. Anything that is a slippery slope toward professionalization I have to be very careful about.” Despite the reduced restriction on the use of student-athletes’ images, many limitations will remain. “Direct endorsement is clearly prohibited, (and) then there are some other limits and … consents that have to be obtained,” Rogers said. “The last thing we are trying to do is exploit student-athletes.” Others argue that the new legislation will do just that. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany firmly opposes the legislation and told The Chronicle of Higher Education it was “the essence of exploitation.” Rogers said he understands his committee’s decision will be controversial. With “something like this you are never going to come up with a piece of legislation that everyone thinks is perfect,” he said. “What you try to do is strike the right balance.” If the athletic council feels that balance has been struck and passes the legislation, it will move on to the Division I Board of Directors for final approval. The committee can also choose to defeat the rule change or send it back to NCAA members for further review. If that is the case, Rogers said he expects his committee to be responsive. “I’ll be interested to see what they say and respond accordingly,” he said. “If we need to retool it or tamper it in some fashion, we can certainly do that.” The OSU compliance office did not respond to multiple requests for comment on its stance on the legislation. read more

Hubble Detects Luminous Elliptical Galaxy in Space

first_imgStay on target The Hubble Space Telescope’s Messier catalog shows some of the most breathtaking objects that can be observed from our planet’s Northern Hemisphere, including a bright elliptical galaxy that might be a newborn star hub.Known as NGC 4621 (Messier 59), this galaxy is featured in the deep-sky objects catalog put together by French comet-hunter Charles Messier in the 18th century, however, Johann Gottfried Koehler, a German astronomer, is credited for finding the galaxy right before Messier listed it in 1779, said a NASA press release.According to modern observations, Messier 59 is classified as an elliptical galaxy, one of the three main types of galaxies including irregulars and spirals. Out of the trio, ellipticals tend to be the oldest and filled with ancient, red stars that show little signs of new star formation. Unlike other elliptical galaxies, Messier 59 might be on a whole new level: Astronomers say the galaxy shows signs of star formation, since there are some newborn stars that are present in a disk near the heart of Messier 59.Do you follow trends — or do you break them?This galaxy — Messier 59 — is an elliptical galaxy. Ellipticals tend to be full of old, red stars. Messier 59, however, breaks this trend, w/ some newborn stars residing near the core in this @NASAHubble image: https://t.co/mTvKMZpb5g pic.twitter.com/Tlpfu0ijt0— NASA (@NASA) June 2, 2019Messier 59 is positioned roughly 50 million light-years away from Earth and it’s located in the 2,000-strong Virgo cluster of galaxies in the constellation of Virgo. At the center of Messier 59, there’s a supermassive black hole, which is around 270 million times as big as the sun. According to NASA, the best time of year to spot it is in May, even though there isn’t much of a detail difference between observing it with smaller or larger telescopes.More on Geek.com:NASA Fits 265,000 Galaxies Into Single ‘Hubble Legacy Field’ ImageHubble Spots Stunning Spiral Galaxy 30 Million Light-Years AwayNew Hubble Measurements Confirm Universe Is Expanding at a Faster Rate Watch: Here’s What It’s Like to Fly Through the Orion NebulaHubble Spots Stunning Spiral Galaxy 30 Million Light-Years Away last_img read more

Irresponsible Video Game Predictions for E3 2019

first_img Are you actually excited for E3 this year? Normally, that would be an easy “Yes!” After all, E3 is that special time of the year when everyone in the whole video game industry gathers to show off its future toys. That includes the public now, too. But even with the extra attendees, something about the energy of this year’s upcoming show just feels… lower. Fewer folks are going. Bigger games are being shown off outside of the event. And really we’re just stuck in a bit of a limbo since no one is quite ready to talk about the next-generation Xbox, PlayStation 5, or even the upgraded Nintendo Switch that are all clearly in the works.Still, we expect to see plenty of awesome video game announcements at E3 2019. And here are some predictions, along with some rumors and leaks, about what those announcements will be.NintendoNintendo will still deny the existence of a Switch mini but seeing portable-friendly games like Pokemon, Fire Emblem, Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing, and an actual remake of a Game Boy Zelda game all back to back will pretty much give it away.Super Mario Maker 2 is already shaping up great (aside from a weird lack of online co-op with friends) but the last-minute reveal of a new theme will put it over the top for the June Launch. And that theme will be Super Mario… Odyssey!Animal Crossing just barely makes its 2019 release window by launching in December. But the wait will be worth it when we see not just how big these new towns are but their intimacy as well. Politics are back, baby!Another surprising Microsoft game will wind up on Switch whether it’s Ori, Rare Replay, or the Halo Master Chief Collection.Now that 64GB cards are about to be a thing, even more surprising ports will wind up on Switch including, finally, Grand Theft Auto V.Retro Studios gets its old projects off its plate, Metroid Prime Trilogy HD and Star Fox Grand Prix, before fully committing to Metroid Prime 4.Pikmin 3 is our last Wii U port for a good long time. Retail listing leaks have already pointed to the existence of a new Contra, Witcher 3 on Switch, some kind of roller derby battle game from Ubisoft, Watch Dogs Legion set in London where you control strangers, a Darksiders reboot, and a post-Activision Destiny 2 expansion set on the moon.Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers project looks so much like Destiny/Anthem but for superheroes that it just raises hype for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3.At Bethesda, Fallout 76 gets a massive overhaul on the level of Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, but Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6 hibernate until they can be fully introduced for next-gen. Doom Eternal makes this easier to swallow.Ubisoft’s next Nintendo collaboration is a Mario+Rabbids sequel with more Mario RPG elements alongside the tactics gameplay. Fire Emblem but for Mario.EA finally makes a Star Wars game that doesn’t break any laws.Cyberpunk 2077 steals the show yet again.Half-Life 3 is a Playdate exclusive. Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutPlay These E3 2019 Video Games Right Now Third-Party SonyWhile many games shown off at E3 will wind up on PlayStation 4 (and probably the PlayStation 5) Sony itself has already said it won’t be attending the show this year. We already made our guesses as to why that’s happening. So Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima, and Last of Us 2 all being no-shows isn’t a prediction, it’s a fact. Hopefully Knack 3 somehow slips under the cracks though.For more on what to expect at E3 2019 check out this feature on our sister site PCMag.com Stay on target MicrosoftA Microsoft character will appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and we really hope it’s Master Chief.A new Battletoads is still a bad idea.Halo Infinite will be a barely disguised launch title for the next Xbox.Xbox cloud gaming will be better received in the wake of Google Stadia.No one will talk about the recent Sony/Microsoft partnership.In gratitude for Microsoft getting behind the original Titanfall, Xbox will get some kind of exclusive content in Apex Legends season two.There’s a new Forza.Final Fantasy VII remake appears on this stage just to mess with Sony.last_img read more

Growing ‘Alien’ Exoplanets Circle Distant Star in New Astronomy Image

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on target Astronomers have captured an image of two “alien” exoplanets circling PDS 70, a young star that is located about 370 light-years from Earth, according to a new study.PDS 70 is the only second multi-planet system to be photographed following a four-planet system that was orbiting the star HR 8799, Space.com reported. Unlike HR 8799, PDS 70’s planets are not fully developed yet and still growing by carving out a wide gap within a planet-forming disk that surrounds the sun-like star, said a NASA press release. The study, which was recently published in the journal Nature Astronomy, suggests that forming planets can be responsible for some of the disk gaps astronomers have spotted in PDS 70 and other young star systems.“With facilities like ALMA, Hubble [Space Telescope], or large ground-based optical telescopes with adaptive optics, we see disks with rings and gaps all over,” Julien Girard of the Space Telescope Science Institute said in the press release. “The open question has been, are there planets there? In this case, the answer is yes.”According to the study, PDS 70 is roughly 6 million years old and it’s slightly smaller than our sun. The young star is surrounded by a disk of dust and gas with a big gap extending from approximately 1.9 to 3.8 billion miles.Exoplanets PDS 70 b and c. (Photo Credit: ESO / S. Haffert-Leiden Observatory)PDS 70 b, the innermost planet that was first spotted in 2018, is placed within the disk gap about two billion miles from its star and it could weigh from 4 to 17 times as much as Jupiter. PDS 70 c, a newly discovered planet, is near the outer edge of the disk gap roughly 3.3 billion miles from the star and it’s not as massive as PDS 70 b. The inner planet (PDS 70 b) circles the star twice in the time it takes the outer planet (PDS 70 c) to orbit around one time.PDS 70 c was detected from the ground with the European Southern Observatory’s (ESA’s) Very Large Telescope (VLT)’s MUSE spectrograph. Astronomers on the team were very surprised to find the second planet while using a new observing mode developed to study galaxies and star clusters.Our team is excited to present the first evidence for a circumplanetary disc (CPD)! CPDs are discs of gas and dust believed to surround giant planets (e.g. Jupiter) when they are born, and be the birthplace of their moons. Our results suggest newborn planet PDS 70 b has a CPD! pic.twitter.com/8ph2RdQrhx— Valentin Christiaens (@Valentin__C) June 4, 2019“This new observing mode was developed to study galaxies and star clusters at higher spatial resolution,” said Sebastiaan Haffert of Leiden Observatory. “But this new mode also makes it suitable for exoplanet imaging, which was not the original science driver for the MUSE instrument.”NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope might be able to study this “planet nursery” and other planet systems with a similar observation technique in the future. This would allow scientists to measure the density of gas and the temperature within the disk, which would improve their understanding of the formation of gas giant planets.More on Geek.com:NASA’s Planet Hunter Finds First Earth-Sized ExoplanetAstronomers Observe ‘Super-Jupiter’ Exoplanet for First TimeKepler’s First Exoplanet Candidate Confirmed, 10 Years Laterlast_img read more

Watch: Bubbles Move Around and ‘Gurgle’ in Gel-Like Water at ISS

first_img Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSISS Astronauts Study What Happens to Concrete Mixed in Space Stay on target A lack of gravity could cause objects to act funky in space, and a recent video from Canadian Space Agency (CSA) cosmonaut David Saint-Jacques demonstrates how bubbles and water can behave differently when they are away from Earth.Shaking a plastic bag filled with water will generate a couple of tiny air bubbles, which head to the top of the bag, but if you do the same task in space, these bubbles act weird. Saint-Jacques’ footage captured different-sized air bubbles moving and gurgling around a bag with a gel-like substance, which is actually some H20, Space.com reported. With the air bubbles, scientists can better understand how items could change in zero gravity environments.“Odd behaviour of air bubbles in water in the absence of the effects of gravity.” – @Astro_DavidS#DareToExploreVideo: CSA/NASA pic.twitter.com/p3g1myuIua— CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) June 1, 2019Water has this bizarre “disguise” in space due to a lack of gravity. On our planet, air doesn’t weigh as much as water and this causes it to rise upward and break apart through water droplets. At the Space Station though, these air bubbles like to “hang out” in water because there isn’t a force holding the water below them.Saint-Jacques is scheduled to return to Earth on June 24, until then, he will take part in a couple of other experiments, including setting up the Bio-Analyzer, a Canadian technology that can quickly test blood, saliva, urine, and other body fluids, and finalizing the Bio-Monitor, a Canadian smart shirt system that can easily measure astronauts’ vital signs at the Space Station.More on Geek.com:Growing ‘Alien’ Exoplanets Circle Distant Star in New Astronomy Image‘Double Asteroid’ Speeding By Earth at 43,000 MPH Captured in PhotoStunning Images of a Sunset on Earth Captured From Spacelast_img read more

These Are the Games You Should Check Out in June 2019

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form June isn’t exactly brimming with many big titles but it is a better month than May. The big releases on this list are obviously Super Mario Maker 2, Judgement, and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night for the pure fact they’re entirely new games. The rest of this list comprises of remakes and remasters. If you’re already played these games, then it’s a bummer. However, if you’ve never tried them, now is a good as time as any to dive in.Super Mario Maker 2Platform: Nintendo SwitchRelease date: June 28Many Wii U games have found a renewed life on Nintendo Switch. Many (myself included) expected a port of Super Mario Maker since that is one of the best games on the system. Instead of a port, Nintendo went and developed a full-on sequel, appropriately called Super Mario Maker 2. Like the original, players can create their very own Super Mario Bros. stages and share them with others. That last point is a big part of the reason for the series’ popularity. It is very cool seeing how creative the player base can get. I’m never good with these create-whatever-the-hell-you-want type of games so I’ll just play other people’s levels and curse them for being so difficult.Pre-order Super Mario Maker 2 on AmazonJudgmentPlatform: PlayStation 4Release date: June 25We’ve seen a number of Yakuza titles released in the West this generation but things have slowed down in 2019. Thankfully, the same developers are delivering a new IP called Judgment. Like Yakuza, you go around fictionalized Japanese cities and towns beating the crap out of thugs and partaking in all manner of strange mini-games. The big difference is you play as a cop instead of a criminal. On top of brawling, you’ll have to inspect crime scenes for clues and question citizens in order to further your investigations. Like I said, there’s not a new Yakuza game this year, so Judgement will fill that void.Pre-order Judgment on AmazonBloodstained: Ritual of the NightPlatforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox OneRelease date: June 18Koji Igarashi has been developing Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night for what seems like ages, so it’s awesome to see the game actually releasing. In case you don’t know, Igarashi was in charge of Castlevania games like Symphony of the Night. Since Konami (at the time) didn’t want to make an old-school Castlevania entry, he decided to form an independent studio and develop a game in that style. I’ve played numerous Bloodstained demos over the years so I’m very excited to have the finished product in my grubby hands. I expect I’ll sink many hours into Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night this summer.Pre-order Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on AmazonCrash Team Racing Nitro-FueledPlatforms: PS4, Switch, Xbox OneRelease date: June 21Crash Bandicoot returned to the gaming landscape two years ago with Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Since that game performed so well, it’s no surprise to see Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled get the HD spit n’ polish. Like N. Sane Trilogy, Nitro-Fueled features completely redone character and environmental models along with high-res textures. It has all of the tracks from the original title, along with some from Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing. I personally never got into the Crash games back in the day, though I did enjoy N. Sane Trilogy (until it became frustratingly difficult). I’ll probably skip Nitro-Fueled, but if you’re into kart racing games, you should dig this one.Pre-order Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled on AmazonThe Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIPlatform: PlayStation 4Release date: June 4The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel released on PS4 back in April and its sequel drops this month. How is that possible? Because both titles are ports of PS3/PS Vita games. The Legend of Heroes is one of those JRPG franchises I’ve heard of but never got around to playing. From what friends who are fans tell me, the games feature deep turn-based RPG mechanics and an even deeper lore. I’m not sure how I feel about sinking a million hours into a JRPG these days, but the series does look intriguing. If you’re into the genre, it might be a good time to check out Trails of Cold Steel II (along with its predecessor) to pass the long summer months.Buy The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II on AmazonOctopath TravellerPlatform: PCRelease date: June 7Formerly a Nintendo Switch exclusive, Square-Enix’s Octopath Traveler makes its way to PC this month. If you’ve already played this then you won’t find any new content in this package. It’s essentially a straight port of the original but with higher resolutions. That’s both good and bad, depending on who you ask. Though I initially loved Octopath Traveller, the endless grinding eventually burned me out. I don’t usually mind grinding in RPGs, but this one took it to a whole other level. But if you don’t mind spending endless hours leveling up characters then you’re going to have a good time with this one.Pre-order Octopath Traveller on Humble StoreHeavy RainPlatform: PCRelease date: June 24Speaking about console exclusives coming to PC, Quantic Dreams’ Heavy Rain is making its own journey to the Epic Games Store. Like Octopath Traveller, this is a pretty faithful port of the original. Of course, this edition sports higher-res textures and a smoother frame rate. Some folks (understandably) aren’t fans of Quantic Dreams’ titles, but I’ve always enjoyed them even when they get super cheesy. Heavy Rain was my first introduction to the studios’ work so it’ll be interesting to revisit this one. Maybe this time I won’t become as annoyed when they reveal the killer’s identity. I also look forward to seeing all the various mods the community will no doubt conjure up. On second thought, maybe I don’t want to see that.Pre-order Heavy Rain on the Epic Games StoreMore on Geek.com:Irresponsible Video Game Predictions for E3 2019‘Game of Thrones: Beyond The Wall’ Is a VR Westeros Adventure‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ Trailer Steps Out of the Shadowslast_img read more

Spotify Lands Deal With Obamas to Produce Exclusive Podcasts

first_imgStay on target Spotify’s Rise to Power Dramatized in TV Mini-SeriesDisney Soundtracks Now Live in Special Spotify Hub The Obamas are throwing their hats into the podcast ring. The former first couple have signed a deal with Spotify to produce a series of podcasts exclusively for the streaming platform.The Spotify pact is similar to the Obamas’ multi-year production deal with Netflix to produce TV shows and films.Under the multi-year deal between Spotify and Higher Ground Productions, the Obamas’ production company, Barack and Michelle Obama are set to develop, produce, and lend their voices to select podcasts on a wide range of topics.“Lend their voices” means the former president and first lady will sometimes be heard on the new podcasts — but their primary role will be in the development and production phases.The agreement is with Higher Ground Audio, a new division of the Higher Ground production company, that will be working on the Obamas’ podcast projects..@Spotify and @BarackObama & @MichelleObama’s Higher Ground announce partnership to produce podcasts. https://t.co/gdge9i5L6z pic.twitter.com/yTf3O1JNzH— Spotify News (@SpotifyNews) June 6, 2019The podcasts produced by the Obamas will be exclusive to Spotify and will be distributed worldwide to the platform’s paid and ad-supported user base. The deal is seen as part of a broader push by Spotify to make a bigger splash in the podcasting space.“We’ve always believed in the value of entertaining, thought-provoking conversation,” President Obama said in a statement provided by Spotify. “It helps us build connections with each other and open ourselves up to new ideas. We’re excited about Higher Ground Audio because podcasts offer an extraordinary opportunity to foster productive dialogue, make people smile and make people think, and, hopefully, bring us all a little closer together.”Neither Spotify or Higher Ground Productions disclosed details on specific podcast projects the Obamas may be planning. According to Spotify, the programming will encompass “a diverse slate of original podcasts.”“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to amplify voices that are too often ignored or silenced altogether, and through Spotify, we can share those stories with the world,” said Michelle Obama. “Our hope is that through compelling, inspirational storytelling, Higher Ground Audio will not only produce engaging podcasts, but help people connect emotionally and open up their minds — and their hearts.”During his time in the White House, President Obama has been known to create music playlists for the White House Spotify, including a playlist of his favorite songs for the summer.Spotify, a digital music service with millions of songs, has grown its paid subscriber rolls by 32 percent in the first quarter of 2019 — reaching 100 million Premium customers.The company has acquired several podcasting companies this year, including producer Gimlet Media and services provider Anchor FM Inc. In March, Spotify also acquired Parcast, a scripted-entertainment podcast studio.Watch: Spotify Premium Now Has 100 Million Global UsersMore on Geek.com:Obamas’ Production Company Reveals Upcoming Netflix ContentExperimental Spotify Stations App Launches in USSpotify Is Testing a New Feature That Will Let You Block Music Artistslast_img read more

Amazon’s Prime Air Drone Will Make Same-Day Deliveries

first_imgStay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Amazon this week expanded its free one-day shipping service, promising to deliver last-minute products to Prime members the very next day.But what if you need sunscreen and beach towels now?The company on Wednesday unveiled its latest Prime Air drone: A fully electric device that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver lightweight packages to customers in less than 30 minutes.“Our newest drone design includes advances in efficiency, stability, and, most importantly, in safety,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, wrote in a blog.Wilke introduced the next-gen UAV at Amazon’s first re:MARS conference—a new global AI event examining machine learning, automation, robotics, and space.Boasting a hybrid design, the Prime Air drone makes vertical takeoffs and landings like a helicopter, while being efficient and aerodynamic like an airplane.It is controlled with six degrees of freedom—more than the standard four—for added stability (particularly handy when operating in gusty wind conditions).“We know customers will only feel comfortable receiving drone deliveries if they know the system is incredibly safe,” Wilke said. “So we’re building a drone that isn’t just safe, but independently safe, using the latest artificial intelligence technologies.”Amazon’s drone doesn’t simply rely on communications systems for situational awareness. Using diverse sensors and advanced algorithms, the aircraft can detect (and dodge) static objects like a chimney, as well as moving objects like a paraglider or helicopter.Upon descent, it leans on embedded stereo vision and artificial intelligence to identify a clear location for landing. Amazon even invented computer-vision techniques to help drones recognize and avoid clotheslines, telephone wires, or electrical wires.“We’re also thrilled about the potential environmental impact,” Wilke wrote.Prime Air is one of the company’s sustainability initiatives to help achieve Shipment Zero—a vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon. In February, the e-retailer announced a short-term goal to reach 50 percent by 2030.“Today, most of us run to the store because we need an item now. With a service like Prime Air, we’ll be able to order from home and stay home,” the blog said. “This saves tremendously on fuel usage and reduces emissions.”Watch: Boston Dynamics Robot Is Now a Warehouse Worker<br />More on Geek.com:FAA Greenlights Google Wing Drone Deliveries in USDHL Kicks Off Regular Autonomous Drone Deliveries in ChinaUPS to Transport Medical Samples Via Dronelast_img read more

‘Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Gives Coffee Cup Dilemma Update

first_imgStay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… The Game of Thrones coffee cup dilemma continues: After the show ended last month, fans are still blaming Emilia Clarke and Sophie Turner for the object’s random appearance in a major scene. However, Turner claims that the incident was actually Kit Harington’s fault.In an interview with Conan O’Brien, Turner jokingly addressed the coffee cup controversy, which is still carrying on even though Game of Thrones ended last month, Fox News reported. Turner cleared the air and said Clarke wasn’t to blame either, since they both had to wear corsets during production.“I hear this every day of my life, this coffee cup thing. So it’s good to know that the coffee cup got more press than the final season altogether,” Turner told O’Brien on his show.She continued, “The coffee cup was where Kit’s  [Harington’s] chair was. First I blamed it on Emilia [Clarke], but I don’t think Emilia [Clarke] would do that. Kit [Harington] is lazy, and I think he would have done that. It was in front of Kit’s [Harington’s] chair and then obviously he moved, so this picture was taken and it looked like it was in my seat, but I wasn’t there either. It was Kit [Harington]. It was a 100 percent Kit [Harington].”Turner then went on to explain how she had a complicated costume situation that didn’t really allow her to drink a lot of beverages on set.“I wear a corset, so I either piss myself or I throw up,” Turner told O’Brien.The already infamous coffee cup has now been edited out of this week’s #GameofThrones if you watch it back(via @verge) pic.twitter.com/ePWkhuHt2l— Fandom (@getFANDOM) May 7, 2019The rogue coffee cup, which didn’t turn out to be an actual Starbucks cup, showed up in a key Season 8, Episode 4 scene, where Winterfell was celebrating a victory over the Night King’s army. Fans pointed out that the coffee cup was placed next to Daenerys Targaryen in the scene, and following major backlash, HBO apologized and eventually removed the coffee cup from the Game of Thrones episode.Game of Thrones is officially over, but none of the cast or crew members have come forward and admitted that they left the coffee cup there. So far, the out-of-place object remains a mystery and it doesn’t look like fans will receive any confessions soon.More on Geek.com:Emilia Clarke Responds to ‘Game of Thrones’ Coffee Cup Controversy‘Game of Thrones’ Deletes Random Starbucks Cup From Season 8 Scene‘Game of Thrones’ Left a Starbucks Cup in a Scene and Fans Are Freaking Outlast_img read more

Viewer numbers for 9/1 WWE RAW, viewers tune out

first_img WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcast WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Videos Articles Disney CEO Bob Iger Leaves Apple’s Board Of Directors Meghan McCain Says She’s ‘Fat Shamed’ On A ‘Daily Hourly Basis By The Internet’ Kylie Jenner gifts a mother and daughter with $250k Twittercenter_img Bob Iger Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Now Playing Up Next The 9/1 “Labor Day” edition of WWE RAW drew an average of 3.93 million viewers. The first hour drew 4.01 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.93 million viewers and the third hour drew 3.83 million viewers. This is down from last week’s show that drew 3.98 million viewers.The show drew the same 3.93 million viewers on Labor Day last year.The final rating will be out shortly.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipDisney CEO Bob Iger Leaves Apple’s Board Of DirectorsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Google+last_img read more

Attorneys for CM Punk send letter to WWE per new report

first_imgFacebook Google+ Will CM Punk Ever Fight In The UFC Again? WhatsApp Pinterest The Miz Joe Rogan Says Floyd Mayweather Should Fight CM Punk in MMA Debut Now Playing Up Next Here’s Who CM Punk Might Fight At UFC 225 Chris Jericho on being disappointed with his WrestleMania 18 main event match Kane Now Playing Up Next CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Videos Articlescenter_img CM Punk to appear at Starrcast III, Scheduled for interview and meet-and-greet Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Attorneys representing former WWE star Phil “CM Punk” Brooks sent a 22 page letter to WWE regarding royalties and the use of his likeness in the new WWE 2K15 video game according to a report by Dave Meltzer. The belief is that WWE stopped sending Punk royalty money claiming breach of contract when he walked out on the company back in January.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror MovieVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Did CM Punk Make A Secret Return To Wrestling? Videos Articles Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next The Young Bucks on CM Punk coming to AEW, Cody’s chairshot, nearly signing with WWE Laura Vandervoortlast_img read more

WWE NXT Results – 9/4/14 (Tag Tournament Finals)

first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE NXTSeptember 4, 2014Full Sail UniversityCommentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Renee YoungRecap by: Jason Namako of Wrestleview.comWe see the usual intro, then go to the opening match.Alexa Bliss vs. NXT Women’s Champion “The Dirtiest Diva in the Game” CharlotteCharlotte with a side headlock takeover. Bliss counters out with a headscissors, but Charlotte kips up. Bliss with a side headlock, then goes to the middle rope, 450s off and hits a armdrag. Spinning headscissors by Bliss, but then Charlotte with a gutbuster. Charlotte chokes Bliss with her knee in the ropes. Gut shot and a back club by Charlotte. Bliss fights back with a series of forearms, followed by a dropkick for a 1 count. Charlotte misses a clothesline, but hits a gut kick. Charlotte goes for a powerbomb, but Bliss counters with a Sunset flip for a nearfall.Charlotte comes back with a back club, followed by Bow Down to the Queen for the win.Winner: NXT Women’s Champion “The Dirtiest Diva in the Game” Charlotte by pinfall (Bow Down to the Queen)Charlotte celebrates her win afterwards, but then the music of Bayley hits as she makes her way to the ring. “Bayley’s gonna hug you” chants by the crowd as she grabs a mic. Bayley says that Charlotte refused to shake her hand last week, but I earned this opportunity, I beat your former BFF, Sasha Banks, twice. Its time that you start taking me serious because at NXT Takeover, I am seriously taking your title. Bayley extends her hand and Charlotte asks if this is what Bayley wants. Charlotte then piefaces Bayley, but misses a clothesline and Bayley hits Charlotte with the Belly-to-Bayley. Charlotte leaves the ring as Bayley stands tall, holding up the NXT Women’s Title belt.We go to a promo from Tyler Breeze. Breeze says that its very simple as to why he will win the NXT Title at Takeover. How did Sami Zayn do at the last Takeover show? Not very well. Look at Neville & Kidd, do they look like me? They’re not “Prince Pretty” they’re not the “King of Cuteville”, the “Definition of Dellish”, they’re not the super good-looking piece of gorgeousness that you are ever going to see and you are gonna ask me why I think I’m going to win? Let me think about it, maybe its because I’m better looking than every single person in every single room that I’ve walked into in my entire life. Or, maybe its because that every single time I step into the ring, I get the job done, take your pick.CommercialBack from commercial, we go backstage as Devin Taylor interviews Sin Cara & Kalisto. Cara speaks in Spanish and Kalisto translates, saying that they have a great challenge in front of us tonight. Even though we have been teaming for a short period of time, we are confident that we can beat any tag-team in NXT. Cara again speaks in Spanish and Kalisto translates by saying that even though the Ascension is a strong tag-team, we are also a strong tag-team. We are skillful and we have that determination to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions. Cara says we look forward to the challenge.Tyle Dillinger vs. “Prince Pretty” Tyler BreezeBreeze works over Dillinger’s arm early. Dillinger counters out with a side headlock. Dillinger avoids a charge in the corner and hits a shoulder tackle. Dillinger then counters a leapfrog by Breeze with an inverted atomic drop. Chop, a snapmare and a leaping stomp by Dillinger for a nearfall. Breeze sidesteps a backdrop attempt and stomps away at Dillinger in the corner. Breeze chokes Dillinger with his boot. Breeze with a stomp to the ribs of Dillinger for a 1 count. Front chancery applied by Breeze, crowd wills on Dillinger. Dillinger drives Breeze into the corner to get free. Dillinger with a forearm and a chop in the corner, then avoids another corner charge.Breeze misses a clothesline, but catches Dillinger with the Beauty Shot for the win.Winner: “Prince Pretty” Tyler Breeze by pinfall (The Beauty Shot)Breeze checks himself in his iPhone afterwards.We go to a promo from Tyson Kidd. Kidd says at Takeover, it will be a Fatal 4-Way match for the NXT Title. One of the competitors is one of the greatest highfliers ever, something that he developed while competing in the UK. One individual as the most heart, a greatest innovator in that ring, something that he honed while in Japan. One individual in this match, some say is arrogant, self-absorbed and cocky, but he looks like a million bucks and can get away with it. One individual in this match is hungry, determined, cold, callous, ruthless and is probably the most dangerous person in this match, something he learned in the Dungeon. And then there’s Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville and Tyler Breeze, they’re in the match too, that’s how I feel about my opponents at Takeover.CommercialBack from commercial, we go to video sent in by Enzo Amore. We go to Enzo & Big Cass, who are at a hair salon entitled “Hair.” Enzo says they got someone on the inside named Carmella, who got that Victoria Secret weapon, hair removal cream, for that sweet boy, Sylvester LeFort. Cass makes a joke about if Enzo’s mother uses this cream for her back and Enzo says Cass’s mother needs to use it for her mustache. They head into the hair salon and run into Carmella. Cass shoots at Carmella’s “assets” as she greets Enzo. Enzo asks Carmella for the bucket of hair removal cream. She comes back with the cream, then a guy walks in, asking if Carmella can take care of his dog while he goes to get a wax, something these two nethandrals know nothing about. Enzo scares off the guy, then he & Cass go back-and-forth, saying the other should try out the cream to remove their chest hair. They begin arguing and the bucket of cream accidentally goes all over the dog. Enzo apologizes to Carmella, but then takes a lump of hair off the dog, showing that the cream actually works. Enzo & Cass leave as Carmella yells that she is going to get fired, then the video cuts out.Tyson Kidd vs. Adam RoseCrowd chants for Rose as the bell sounds. Rose with a side headlock and a shoulder tackle for a 1 count. Rose with a side headlock takeover, Kidd counters out with a headscissors, Rose kips up. Kidd with a gut kick, followed by a series of right hands in the corner. Rose fights back with right hands of his own. Rose then with the series of mule kicks in the corner and an elbow drop for a 1 count. Rose catches Kidd with a back elbow for a 1 count. Kidd goes onto the apron and nails Rose with an enziguri. Kidd with a running boot, followed by a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Elbow to the top of Rose’s head by Kidd, followed by a Victim Kick for a nearfall. Kidd chokes Rose in the corner with his boot and trash talks him. Kidd with knees to the face of Rose, followed by a snap suplex for a nearfall. Chinlock applied, crowd wills on Rose. Rose counters out with a jawbreaker, but Kidd holds onto him. Rose gets free with a series of back elbows, Kidd misses a clothesline and Rose with 2 flying forearms, followed by a spinebuster. Rose charges in, but Kidd catches him with a dropkick to the knee.Sharpshooter applied by Kidd, Rose taps.Winner: Tyson Kidd by submission (Sharpshooter)Kidd celebrates his win afterward.We go to a promo from Sami Zayn. Zayn says that the advantage of being a challenger in this Fatal 4-Way match at Takeover is that you don’t have to pin the champion. Now, I’ll win and pin anyone if the opportunity is there and there is the chance to win, but I’d be lying if I wouldn’t want to pin Neville because he is the champion. I don’t want there to be any excuses, I don’t want there to be any doubt, I want to beat the best man in the ring and the best man in the ring is the champion. That just so happens to be Adrian Neville, my friend, but he’s the guy I’d like to beat.CommercialBack from commercial, we go backstage as Veronica Lane interviews the Vaudevillains. Aiden English says that tonight, we prove that we a cut above Sin Cara and Kalisto and any other tag-team in NXT or WWE. Take me for instance, I am a man of artistic caliber and sophistication, as well as a physical specimen. And then there’s my partner, Simon Gotch, the strongest strongman in all of WWE. Where some men climb mountains, Simon Gotch is the only man that can actually move them. And so we take tonight to prove once again that we are superior.Sami Zayn vs. Marcus Louis w/Sylvester LeFortLouis works over Zayn’s arm early. Zayn reverses out, but Louis regains control. “OLE” chant for Zayn. Zayn reverses out again, but Louis then hits a slam. Louis with a series of gut shots, right hands and stomps to Zayn in the corner. Backbreaker by Louis for a nearfall. Chinlock applied, crowd wills on Zayn. Zayn gets to his feet, but Louis takes him back down. Zayn drives Louis into the corner to get free, but Louis with a back club. Zayn sidesteps a backdrop attempt, hits 2 clotheslines, then counters a flapjack with a dropkick.Flatliner into the Koji Clutch, Louis taps.Winner: Sami Zayn by submission (Koji Clutch)Zayn celebrates his win afterward. Zayn leaves as LeFort checks on Louis, then the Jersey Boys attack the Legionaires from behind. Enzo grabs LeFort as the Jersey Boys have the bucket of hair removal cream. Cass holds LeFort as Enzo goes to dump the bucket on LeFort, but LeFort is able to escape and runs to the back. The Jersey Boys stand tall with the bucket of cream.We go to a promo from Adrian Neville. Neville says that the obvious disadvantage with the Fatal 4-Way is that I don’t have to be pinned to lose my title and that’s a fact and its a risk, but I chose this match for a reason and if you haven’t noticed, I like to take risks and all three of these guys, I have beaten individually and now all I gotta do is beat them at the same time. Come September 11, its a challenge I’m more than ready for and its a challenge I look forward to.CommercialWe see video highlighting next week’s Takeover live special, noting that it will also be the debut of international star, KENTA.“The Eco-Warrior” CJ Parker vs. NXT Champion “The Man That Gravity Forgot” Adrian NevilleParker comes out with a sign that reads “Fossil Fuels Fools.” Parker backs Neville into the corner, but Neville goes up & over and does 2 front kip-ups. Neville goes to the apron to avoid a corner charge by Parker. Neville leaps over Parker off a springboard, then hits a flying forearm. Side headlock takeover by Neville. Neville slides under Parker’s legs, but Parker catches him with a side kick for a nearfall. Parker unloads with left hands from the mount on Neville. Parker runs into a boot by Neville, but catches him coming in with a tilt-a-whirl slam for a nearfall. Parker heads up top, but Neville avoids a flying headbutt. Neville with 2 spinning back kicks, a front kick and a running dropkick to the side of Parker’s head. Neville with 2 running uppercuts in the corner on Parker, then goes to the middle rope and hits a missile dropkick.Neville heads up top and hits Red Arrow for the win.Winner: NXT Champion “The Man That Gravity Forgot” Adrian Neville (Red Arrow)Neville celebrates his win afterward.Main Event in the Finals of the NXT Tag Team Title #1 Contenders Tournament: Sin Cara & Kalisto vs. The Vaudevillains (“The Artiste” Aiden English & Simon Gotch)Kalisto & English start. They shake hands. English with a side headlock, then switches to a cravate. Kalisto uses his agility to reverse out, then rolls up English for a 1 count. Kalisto does a “Lucha” chant. English goes back to the side headlock. Kalisto takes down English to get free, then hits a side headlock takeover, but English counters with a pinning predicament for a 1 count. English motions to Kalisto that he almost had him. Kalisto slips out of a slam and locks in a side headlock. English gets free, but runs into a boot by Kalisto. Kalisto heads up top and hits a corkscrew into an armdrag. Cara in, double snapmare, sandwich kick and an assisted moonsault by Cara & Kalisto on English for a nearfall. English with a back club to Cara, Gotch tags in. Cara with a hiptoss, a dropkick and a Monkey flip. Gotch avoids a charge in the corner by Cara and dropkicks Cara to the outside.Gotch brings Cara back in and gets a 1 count. English in as Gotch with an uppercut to the back of Cara’s head. English with a running neckbreaker for a nearfall. Front chancery applied by English, crowd wills on Cara. Cara drives English into the corne, but English with a back club and an elbow to the back of the head. English places Cara in a Tree of Woe, but Cara avoids a charge, sending English shoulder-first into the ringpost. Cara heads up top and hits English with a crossbody, both men down.Kalisto & Gotch tag in. Gotch misses a clothesline and Kalisto with a springboard corkscrew body press. Kalisto with a spinning headscissors, a dropkick to the knees and a Spike Rana to Gotch, English breaks up the pin attempt. Cara in, clotheslines English to the outside, then wipes him out with a slingshot plancha. Kalisto with a series of kicks to Gotch, but Gotch catches him off the back handspring. Kalisto slips out of a Gorilla Press and hits a savate kick to the ribs. Solida Del Sol by Kalisto, then tags in Cara, who heads up top as Kalisto wipes out English on the outside with a tope con hijo.Cara hits the Falling Star on Gotch for the win.Winners and #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Titles: Sin Cara & Kalisto by pinfall (Falling Star)Kalisto & Cara celebrate their win afterward, then the music of the Ascension hits as they make their way onto the rampway. The two teams stare each other down as the show closes.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off FlightVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Triple H talks NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia, State of NXT and Ronda Rousey in WWE Now Playing Up Next WWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off Flight Enzo Amore Triple H talks NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, Recap of media conference call on Friday Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Now Playing Up Next What Is Ronda Rousey’s Dream Match? Now Playing Up Next Big Cass Pinterest Pre-game show for NJPW Wrestlekingdom 12, Okada vs. Naito full match from 2014 Facebook Videos Articles Twitter WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brandslast_img read more

Segment announced for this week’s 9/12 WWE Smackdown

first_imgFacebook 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Now Playing Up Next Announced for this week’s 9/12 WWE Smackdown on Syfy is an International Arm Wrestling Contest between Mark Henry and Rusev. This will be taped on Tuesday night in Wilkes-Barre.Attending the tapings on Tuesday night in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania?Send a live report to adammartin@wrestleview.com and jason@wrestleview.com to have your report featured on Wrestleview.com!Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Chris Jericho takes on Hangman Page to crown first AEW Champion tonight on All Out Now Playing Up Next Google+ Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articlescenter_img Twitter Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Kurt Anglelast_img read more

Washington Redskins player pays tribute to Shawn Michaels

first_img Odell Beckham Can’t Wear His 250 Grand Watch On The Field Anymore WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Antonio Brown Breaks Speaks Out About Rape Allegations Facebook “Mean” Gene Okerlund passes away at the age of 76, WWE issues lengthy statement AEW News: Early look at rally event today, Former WWE star spotted in Jacksonville Now Playing Up Next Fire Erupts On Tennessee Titans Field: Pyrotechnics Device Malfunction Antonio Brown Possibly Said Something Offensivecenter_img Twitter Pinterest Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next NFL’s George Kittle on trying to make it to TLC, Watch Baron Corbin get beat up last night Deadspin.com is featuring an article about NFL linebacker Ryan Kerrigan of the Washington Redskins paying tribute to WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels after a sack on Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. You can see a clip of his sack below.Source: Deadspin.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipFire Erupts On Tennessee Titans Field: Pyrotechnics Device MalfunctionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:08Loaded: 100.00%0:08Remaining Time -0:22 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Julian Edelman Launches Youtube Channellast_img read more

Listing schedule for WWE Network for September 17, 2014

first_img Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook ROH announces Death Before Dishonor PPV and TV tapings for Las Vegas this September WhatsApp Twittercenter_img WWE Network live-stream schedule for 9/17/14:9:00 am ET – WWE Main Event: 9/15/14. WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action from the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.10:00 am ET – Monday Night War: 9/16/14. A controversial end to Bret Hart’s WWE career forever changes the fate of Monday Night Raw and Monday Nitro.11:00 am ET – WWE Countdown: 9/16/14. Counting down the top ten moments from the Royal Rumble PPV events.12:00 pm ET – WWE Main Event: 9/15/14. WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action from the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.1:00 pm ET – Monday Night War: 9/16/14. A controversial end to Bret Hart’s WWE career forever changes the fate of Monday Night Raw and Monday Nitro.2:00 pm ET – WWE Countdown: 9/16/14. Counting down the top ten moments from the Royal Rumble PPV events.3:00 pm ET – Legends House: 4/16/14. Eight WWE Legends reunite and get acquainted with their new neighbors. Back at the Legends’ House, tempers flare.4:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 9/10/95. On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro Hulk Hogan puts the World Heavyweight Championship on the line against ‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger.5:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 9/18/95. On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro the fallout from Fall Brawl. Brian Pillman battles Ric Flair in the main event and more.6:00 pm ET – WWE Main Event: 9/15/14. WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action from the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.7:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 6/29/10. Follow the career of the legendary Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat from his start in the Carolinas to becoming a fan favorite in WCW and WWE.8:00 pm ET – Legends House: 4/16/14. Eight WWE Legends reunite and get acquainted with their new neighbors. Back at the Legends’ House, tempers flare.9:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 9/10/95. On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro Hulk Hogan puts the World Heavyweight Championship on the line against ‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger.10:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 9/18/95. On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro the fallout from Fall Brawl. Brian Pillman battles Ric Flair in the main event and more.11:00 pm ET – Legends House: 4/16/14. Eight WWE Legends reunite and get acquainted with their new neighbors. Back at the Legends’ House, tempers flare. WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghai Pinterest WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV last_img read more

Preview for tonight’s 9/25 WWE NXT on WWE Network

first_img Alexa Bliss Injury Update WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off FlightVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Big Cass WWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off Flight Videos Articles Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss The following is scheduled for tonight’s 9/25 WWE NXT on WWE Network:* NXT Tag Team Titles: The Lucha Dragons (c’s) vs. The Ascension* Tyler Breeze vs. Justin Gabriel* Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss* Bull Dempsey vs. Mojo Rawley* Enzo Amore vs. Marcus LouisCheck back later tonight for a detailed recap of NXT on Wrestleview.com.  Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Enzo Amore Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injured Facebook Videos Articleslast_img read more

Listing schedule for WWE Network for September 26, 2014

first_img Google+ Ronda Rousey WhatsApp Twitter WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghai WWE Network live-stream schedule for 9/26/14:9:00 am ET – Total Divas: 12/7/13. Nattie and TJ must put their cat to sleep. Trinity contemplates breaking up with Jon. Brie grows frustrated with Nikki’s long medical leave.10:00 am ET – WWE NXT: 9/25/14. The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow — this is NXT!11:00 am ET – WWE Superstars: 9/25/14. WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you’ll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect – so expect everything!12:00 pm ET – Total Divas: 12/7/13. Nattie and TJ must put their cat to sleep. Trinity contemplates breaking up with Jon. Brie grows frustrated with Nikki’s long medical leave.1:00 pm ET – WWE NXT: 9/25/14. The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow — this is NXT!2:00 pm ET – WWE Superstars: 9/25/14. WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you’ll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect – so expect everything!3:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 10/16/95. On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro the unlikely team of Sting and Ric Flair take on Brian Pillman and Arn Anderson in the main event.4:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 10/23/95. On this episode of Nitro Sting and Lex Luger team up to take on Harlem Heat. The Dungeon of Doom introduce their insurance policy.5:00 pm ET – Warrior: The Ultimate Legend: 4/17/14. Examine the most outspoken and intense superstar of all time in this revealing look about the career and final days of The Ultimate Warrior.6:00 pm ET – WWE NXT: 9/25/14. The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow — this is NXT!7:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 10/16/95. On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro the unlikely team of Sting and Ric Flair take on Brian Pillman and Arn Anderson in the main event.8:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 10/23/95. On this episode of Nitro Sting and Lex Luger team up to take on Harlem Heat. The Dungeon of Doom introduce their insurance policy.9:00 pm ET – Warrior: The Ultimate Legend: 4/17/14. Examine the most outspoken and intense superstar of all time in this revealing look about the career and final days of The Ultimate Warrior.10:00 pm ET – WWE 2K15 Roster Reveal: 9/26/14. Hosts ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and Renee Young, a panel of WWE Superstars and Legends continue the roster reveal for WWE 2K15.10:30 pm ET – Video Vault: 8/29/88. Summerslam 1988 featured The Mega Powers taking on The Mega Bucks.11:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 10/23/95. On this episode of Nitro Sting and Lex Luger team up to take on Harlem Heat. The Dungeon of Doom introduce their insurance policy. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook ROH announces Death Before Dishonor PPV and TV tapings for Las Vegas this September Nikki Bella Ronda Rousey Says Bella Twins Are A ‘Bunch of Untrustworthy B–s’ Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Drew Mcintyre ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Now Playing Up Next Brie Bella Announces She Is Quitting Wrestling Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Videos Articles Pinterestlast_img read more

Preview for tonight’s 10/2 WWE NXT on WWE Network

first_img The following is scheduled for tonight’s 10/2 WWE NXT on WWE Network:* NXT Title: Adrian Neville (c) vs. Tyson Kidd* NXT Women’s Title: Charlotte (c) vs. Bayley* The Vaudevillains vs. Jason Jordan & Tyle Dillinger* Baron Corbin in action.* Hideo Itami vs. ViktorCheck back later tonight for a detailed recap of NXT on Wrestleview.com.  Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlottelast_img read more