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Former Bullet Club Trio Adopts New Name On WWE Raw

Former Bullet Club Trio Adopts New Name On WWE Raw

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The Balor Club rides again -- and that's the name they'll be going by if WWE Monday Night Raw is any indication.The trio of Finn Balor, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows appeared on the January 8 episode of Raw after reuniting and tagging the week prior to interrupt Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Jason Jordan. During a promo, Balor referred to the three as the "Balor Club," which was a moniker he'd used for his fans upon entering WWE.The Balor Club is a play off the "Bullet Club" group name that the three co-founded with Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale and others in New Japan Pro Wrestling. Since that time, everything from Guns N' Gallows to the Good Brothers have been used -- albeit not officially for Anderson and Gallows.The Bullet Club is still used in New Japan Pro Wrestling, ...
Olympics on the agenda as North and South Korea hold rare talks

Olympics on the agenda as North and South Korea hold rare talks

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SEOUL, South Korea — The first high-level talks between North and South Korea in more than two years will use the subject of the upcoming Winter Olympics as an off-ramp for discussions about other issues, according to experts. The summit started Tuesday in the so-called Peace House in Panmunjom, a village in the Demilitarized Zone between the two rivals. The sensitive discussions were expected to continue for hours and were closed to outside observers. Their substance and tenor may not become clear until they are concluded. South Korean officials and analysts say the central thrust will likely revolve around the North's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, which start on Feb. 9. More substantive dialogue over tensions on the Korean Peninsula and Ki
Team USA's 2018 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Lineup Has Been Announced

Team USA's 2018 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Lineup Has Been Announced

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USA’s figure skating team includes fresh faces and Olympic veterans with strong medal potential.The U.S. will send three ladies, three men, three ice dance and one pairs team to Pyeongchang. The number of Olympic slots for each country is determined by finishes at last year’s World Championships. The U.S. skating team includes only five returning Olympians; the remainder of the 14-member contingent will make their Olympic debuts in Pyeongchang.Olympic gold medal favorite Nathan Chen continued his undefeated season by winning his second U.S. National championships, which double as the Olympic Trials. Known for his consistent ability to whip off quadruple jumps, Chen made history at last year’s nationals as the only man to complete seven quadruple jumps (two in his short program, and five
Wild-Card Wows By Drew Brees, Saints Set Up NFL Divisional Playoff Matchup For The Ages

Wild-Card Wows By Drew Brees, Saints Set Up NFL Divisional Playoff Matchup For The Ages

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Now that was a fun weekend. Marcus Mariota, tucking in his cape so we could hardly see it, threw two touchdown passes, caught a touchdown pass, made the block of the weekend and saved his coach’s job, all in three hours. Atlanta’s defense made the best offense in football, the 2017 Rams, look like the 2016 Rams. Jacksonville won a home playoff game for the first time in 18 years against a team playing a playoff game for the first time in 18 years. Drew Brees turns 39 a week from today, and the Saints don’t need him to be The Man anymore, but they needed him to play well to beat Carolina, and he did. “Still The Man,” said Saints running back Mark Ingram. “I’ve been telling you all year—don’t sleep on Drew.”Now this is going to be a fun weekend coming up. A top-seeded
Falcons vs. Rams score, takeaways: Atlanta uses LA gaffes to roll to upset win

Falcons vs. Rams score, takeaways: Atlanta uses LA gaffes to roll to upset win

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The Falcons must have spent the past 11 months hydrating because it looks like their Super Bowl hangover has finally been cured.In their first playoff game since blowing a 28-3 lead to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI, the Falcons jumped out to a 13-0 lead and actually held on to it as they upset the Rams 26-13 on Saturday in Los Angeles. Falcons coach Dan Quinn must have rewatched the film from Super Bowl LI because he made sure not to make the same mistake that his team made in February: Unlike the Super Bowl, the Falcons ran the ball down the Rams throat after taking a 13-10 lead at the half.  If the Rams have shown one weakness this season, it has been their inability to stop the run, and the Falcons took advantage of that in the third quarter. On their opening possession of ...
Glenview native Brian Hansen headed to third Olympics in speedskating

Glenview native Brian Hansen headed to third Olympics in speedskating

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After a pair of seventh-place finishes and a ninth-place finish at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Glenview native Brian Hansen took a break from long track speedskating.He attended the University of Colorado for two years. He put the skates away, and went mountain biking and skiing while earning his degree in business.A 2010 silver medalist in team pursuit, Hansen said he wasn't sure that he wanted to return to speedskating after Sochi. Being away from the ice gave him fresh perspective."Getting outside of the rink and doing something else on the mountains, then coming back here — it's exciting being back and gives me a nice mindset," Hansen said.In the men's 1,500 meters at the U.S. speedskating trials, Hansen finished second at 1 minute, 46.64 seconds on Saturday. The second-place f
WATCH: Diego Costa scores and is sent off on his first start back at Atletico Madrid

WATCH: Diego Costa scores and is sent off on his first start back at Atletico Madrid

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Last Updated: 06/01/18 9:22pmWatch Diego Costa score on his La Liga return for Atletico Madrid against Getafe - and then receive a red card! Watch Diego Costa score on his La Liga return for Atletico Madrid against Getafe - and then receive a red card! Diego Costa marked his first league start for Atletico Madrid since returning to the club by scoring a goal and then promptly getting sent off after celebrating with the home crowd.The former Chelsea striker, who moved back to Spain in the summer but was unable to play for Atletico until the January transfer window, scored with a neat finish on 68 minutes to put his side 2-0 up against Getafe.He then ran to celebrate with the Atletico fans behind the goal, but having been booked for an elbow just six minutes ear...
Bradie Tennell Lands Unlikely Spot on Olympic Figure Skating Team

Bradie Tennell Lands Unlikely Spot on Olympic Figure Skating Team

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AdvertisementSAN JOSE, Calif. — When Bradie Tennell won the junior national figure skating championship in 2015, she thought she was on an inevitable path toward the pinnacle of her sport.“Ooh, this is the first step to going to the Olympics,” Tennell, who will turn 20 in late January, told herself at the time.But it is a huge leap from the junior to senior level of women’s skating, and Tennell is headed to the 2018 Winter Games next month in South Korea as a most improbable American champion.Tennell reacted after delivering her nearly flawless free skate at the national championships.CreditChang W. Lee/The New York TimesHer career advancement was interrupted by stress fractures in her lower back in the spring and summer of 2015 and 2016. For three months each time, she wore a back brac
Family pay last respects to cricket icon

Family pay last respects to cricket icon

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The 49-year-old Ekalungar is survived by four children. PIC: Cricket Fraternity paying the late respect to umpire, Francis Ekalungar.This was after service at St. Augustine Chapel Makerere University today (Ramadhan Abbey) Today, the cricket fraternity, friends and family paid their last respects to the veteran cricket umpire,Francis Ekalungar at St. Augustine Chapel Makerere University, Kampala.Ekalungar's body was found burnt beyond recognition in Kajjansi, Wakiso district, after reports of him missing by Case Medical Centre, where he worked as an accountant. The 49-year-old Ekalungar is survived by four children.Christine Nabwire (centre) the widow of  Francis Ekalungar leaving the church after the massRelatives lay a wreath on Ekalungar's casketEkalungar's fam...