‘Not forgotten’: grieving Lakers honour Kobe Bryant

first_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. 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LeBron James spoke for everyone as the Los Angeles Lakers honored the memory of franchise icon Kobe Bryant on Friday, delivering the simple message: “Not forgotten.” LeBron James speaks during the Los Angeles Lakers ceremony to honor Kobe Bryant before their NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazers In a night of ceremony and tears at Staples Center, the Lakers hosted the Portland Trail Blazers in their first NBA game since a helicopter crash claimed the lives of Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others on Sunday. Portland’s 127-119 victory – fueled by Damian Lillard’s 48 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists – seemed little more than a footnote. “We all wanted to win this game really bad,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Our guys poured their guts out, out there. So I’m disappointed we didn’t get the win, but I couldn’t be more happy and more proud of our guys’ effort and their performance.” Lakers star Anthony Davis admitted he felt anxious and nervous going into a night that Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said was “about Kobe Bryant.” Fans were greeted by a sea of Bryant jerseys – one draping each seat. In the darkened arena, a purple-tinged spotlight picked out the Bryant jerseys hanging in the rafters – his numbers 8 and 24 both retired by the Lakers. Bouquets of red roses held open two courtside seats in honor of Bryant and Gianna, while yellow roses sculpted the numbers of 8 and 24 in massive arrangements on the court. As Usher sang “Amazing Grace,” a hush fell over the crowd. Los Angeles Philharmonic cellist Ben Hong then played as a video montage of Bryant interviews, interspersed with on-court moments and intimate family pictures, was played on the massive scoreboard. After a 24.2-second moment of silence, Boyz II Men – from Bryant’s hometown of Philadelphia – brought James to tears with their performance of the Star Spangled Banner in the dimly lit arena. Usher sings Amazing Grace during the Los Angeles Lakers ceremony to honor Kobe Bryant before their NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazerscenter_img In their memory, Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna’s seats were covered with flowers, and the two players’ jerseys Staples Center officials had asked fans without tickets to watch the tribute from home, but many couldn’t stay away. Thousands thronged the downtown arena and the neighboring LA Live entertainment complex, some adding to the memorials of flowers, stuffed animals, balloons and candles that have sprung up and some just finding comfort in being there. Many wrote on massive paper-covered boards erected for the purpose, although pavements were also black with written messages. Impressionist painter Reza Safa said his reconstruction of a photograph showing Bryant carrying Gianna on his shoulders was a gift for Bryant’s wife, Vanessa. “Tonight, I’m not going to the game,” Safa said. “I’m just going to paint.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “As I look around this arena, we’re all grieving, we’re all hurt, we’re all heartbroken. When we go through things like this the best thing you can do is lean on the shoulders of your family.” James said the time for a Bryant memorial would come, but that he considered this night “a celebration” of Bryant’s 20-year career – all spent with the Lakers – and of the life he was making since he retired in 2016. “This is a celebration of the 20 years of the blood, the sweat, the tears, the broken down body, the getting up, sitting down to everything, the countless hours, the determination to be as great as he could be. “Tonight we celebrate the kid who came here at 18 years of age, retired at 38 and became the best dad we’ve seen over the last three years.” “The fact that I’m here now means so much to me,” James added. “I’m going to continue with my teammates to continue his legacy not only for this year but as long as we can continue to play the game of basketball that we love, because that’s what Kobe Bryant would want. “So in the words of Kobe Bryant: ‘Mamba Out,’” James said, recalling Bryant’s sign-off when he retired. “But in the words of us: ‘Not forgotten.’ Live on brother.” – ‘just beautiful’ – And Bryant lived in symbols all over Staples Center – a special KB logo painted on the court, and Lakers team introductions in which every player was introduced “From Lower Merion High School, No. 8, Kobe Bryant.” James had prepared for the game with Bryant’s No. 24 jersey hanging next to his locker – the same locker Bryant used when he helped Los Angeles win five NBA titles. “What he said was just beautiful,” Vogel said. “It represented who he is and really who we are as a team, as an organization.”last_img read more

‘Marijuana’ puts Capiz man behind bars

first_imgPolice Corporal Donald Alvarado seizedthe drug paraphernalia and a sling bag containing the residue of suspectedmarijuana from the suspect. Simone Francisco was arrested when police officers found a sachet of suspected dried marijuana leaves from his possession in Barangay Poblacion, Kalibo, Aklan at the height of the Ati-Atihan Festival on Jan. 19. AKEAN FORUM Alvarado, meanwhile, said they were onalert on the possible entry of the prohibited items as the capital towncelebrated Ati-Atihan.    A sachet of suspected dried marijuanaleaves and drug paraphernalia were seized from 30-year-old Simone Francisco ofBarangay Lawaan, Roxas City, Capiz when police officers frisked him while hewas trying to enter the festival zone around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 19, Kalibodeputy chief of police Major Joel Bulfa said. “Aktiboang ating kapulisan sa buong araw upang bantayan ang Ati-Atihan Festival lalong-lalona sa screening areas. Mahigpit angating kapulisan kahit sa gabi upang masiguro ang kaayusan at kaligtasan nglahat,” Bulfa said.center_img Francisco was detained in the lockupcell of the Kalibo municipal police station, facing charges for violation ofRepublic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. “Maramingtao ang pumapasok sa screening area.While frisking, itong suspek ay nakainomat may dalang bag. Hindi niyainitially inamin na may dala siyang‘marijuana.’ Lumuhod pa siya sa amin atnagmamakaawa,” added Alvarado, who is presently assigned in the Libacaomunicipal police station in Aklan.(With areport from Akean Forum/PN) BORACAY – Police arrested a drugsuspect at the screening area of the Ati-Atihan Festival in Barangay Poblacion,Kalibo, Aklan.    last_img read more

Perfect talks about efforts to improve addiction treatment

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Stopping addiction means ensuring those who need help are provided with meaningful and effective treatment options.One treatment option for Hoosiers battling addiction is an Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) program, many of which have recently opened in our state. While these programs can be valuable, they are lacking appropriate regulations to protect patients.To ensure these programs are operating responsibly, I supported Senate Bill 141, which would set common-sense regulations for OBOT programs and require doctors to outline a specific treatment agreement with the patient before starting treatment.For example, this bill would require doctors engaged in OBOT programs to:Perform initial assessments before treatment begins;Look at the patient’s substance abuse history;Perform a mental health assessment;Drug test the patient periodically to see if they are sticking with their plan and not using other drugs;Check INSPECT (Indiana’s prescription monitoring system) at least four times per year during treatment;Test if the patient is pregnant and counsel them about the use of opioids during pregnancy; andProvide ongoing support therapy.SB 141 recently passed out of the Senate with bipartisan support and will now move to the House of Representatives for consideration.For more information on SB 141, click here.last_img read more

Charlotte J. Amrhein, 77, Everton

first_imgCharlotte J. Amrhein, age 77, of Everton, Indiana died Monday August 3, 2020 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana.Born August 28, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Clay S. & Beatrice J. (Lancaster) Haynes.  On January 4, 1964 she was united in marriage to Robert Amrhein, and he survives.A homemaker, in her leisure time she enjoyed flowers and gardening, and her pets.She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Brookville.Besides Robert, her husband of over 56 years, survivors include two sons, Timothy Amrhein of Everton, Indiana and Torrey Amrhein of Alpine, Indiana; four grandchildren, Torrey Amrhein Jr., Emily Amrhein, Amelia Amrhein, and Anna Amrhein; 10 nieces; 8 nephews; three sisters in law, Alberta Amrhein, Joan Amrhein, and Betty Haynes; a brother-in-law, Mark Sterwerf.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Allen Lee Amrhein, and a brother, Marvin Haynes.Family & friends may visit from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Vincent Lampert will officiate the Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, August 7, 2020, 11:30 A.M. at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 145 St. Michael Blvd., Brookville.  Burial will then follow in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Brookville.          Memorial Contributions may directed to St. Michael Building Fund.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Amrhein family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences to the family please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

Given reunion leaves Ketsbaia torn

first_img Republic boss Martin O’Neill declined to reveal whether or not Given or David Forde will start at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, and Ketsbaia insists he does not want to make up his mind for him. Ketsbaia said: “I have known Shay for a long time now and our families are friends. I am glad to see him in Georgia – but I wouldn’t be glad to see him play because he’s really a very good goalkeeper. “I don’t want to make the decision for Martin O’Neill – he knows better than anybody else – but he (Given) is a really fantastic goalkeeper. “He has been with several clubs in the Premier League and it’s obviously good for the Irish national team to see him again. “But I don’t know. We will try to score a goal – we don’t care who is going to stand between the goalposts.” Ketsbaia’s experience of British football – he played for Wolves and Dundee as well as the Magpies in a four-year stay – has given him an insight into the way Ireland will play with many of O’Neill’s men plying their trade in England. He understands the challenge at hand, even if he is confident his players can cope with it. He said: “We know the way the Irish team will play. Most of the players play in the Premier League and the Championship, so we know it is going to be a very hard and very tough game because all the players ate playing at that level. The 38-year-old goalkeeper and the mercurial midfielder were team-mates at Newcastle and have kept in touch since they went their separate ways. However, they could meet again at close quarters in Tbilisi on Sunday evening with Given a candidate for the Ireland starting line-up after coming out of international retirement and Ketsbaia occupying the Georgia dug-out as the two nations attempt to launch their respective Euro 2016 Group D qualifying campaigns with a victory. Press Association “The Premier League is very tough, but the Championship is even more difficult. I also played in the Championship and it’s so difficult to play. “It’s going to be hard and we have to fight. There are battles to be won and the team which wins the battles is going to win the game.” Ketsbaia said at the start of the last campaign he would use it to prepare his team for the current one. But asked if he would adopt a more attacking approach this time around, the 46-year-old said: “It doesn’t really matter how exactly you approach the games in terms of scoring more goals. “The main thing would be to get a result, not to concede and not to lose the game. “The team always takes to the pitch aiming to win the game – it’s impossible to do otherwise. “It’s a very tight group where a lot of teams will be competing for the second and third spots. Competition will be very fierce, so not every game can be regarded as a must-win game. “But every single game will be regarded as one than cannot be lost, in my opinion. The main aim of every game will be not to be beaten and and if it takes 10 0-0 draws for the Georgian team to qualify, then so be it.” Georgia coach Temuri Ketsbaia admits he has mixed feelings as he prepares for his reunion with old friend Shay Given. last_img read more

Local politicos gather at USC as Karen Bass is honored with award

first_imgThe USC College Democrats held an awards ceremony Sunday to honor former California State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass.Bass, who is currently running for Congress, was given the Jesse M. Unruh Award to honor her commitment to the Democratic Party and the state of California. The award, named after former California state Treasurer Jesse M. Unruh, is given annually by the USC College Democrats to local politicians who have demonstrated exemplary service.Honored · Sylvia Castillo accepts the Jesse M. Unruh Award from the USC College Democrats on behalf of Karen Bass, a former California State Assembly Speaker who is currently running for Congress. – Sunil Murali | Daily Trojan“We like [to choose] people with connections to USC who have done a lot of great work for California and for the Democratic Party,” said Bobby Almeida, president of the USC College Democrats.Bass graduated from the USC Keck School of Medicine’s Primary Care Physician Assistant Program and worked for years as a physician assistant before pursuing politics.Bass had planned to attend the ceremony, but was pulled away at the last minute because of extenuating circumstances. She was represented by her senior adviser, Sylvia Castillo, who accepted the award on her behalf.“I thank you all on behalf of the speaker for honoring her hard work,” she said.Castillo spoke about Bass’ accomplishments and goals and her reasons for running for Congress this year.Also at the event was James Westbrooks, the district director for California state Sen. Curren Price.Westbrooks spoke on behalf of the senator and told the students he would try to set up a meeting with the USC College Democrats as soon as possible so they could get a chance to speak with the senator.Sunday’s event, which was attended by approximately 30 people, also served as a fundraiser for the College Democrats. Money was raised by donations from elected officials, as well as some attendees.“We hope to raise a little over $1,000,” Almeida said.The USC College Democrats have used money from previous fundraisers to organize events on campus and travel around the country.“The money is for our club so we can do things like canvas in Nevada, like we did in the 2008 election,” said Aja Heisler, director of external communications for the USC College Democrats.The majority of the attendees were members of the USC College Democrats. Students from UCLA also attended.“We tried to publicize the best we could,” Heisler said. “We really wanted to give USC students a chance to come out and meet Karen Bass.”Jonathan Brebner, a current member of the USC College Democrats, said he was extremely excited his club was honoring Bass.“I never even considered missing it,” said Brebner, a junior majoring in political science.Brebner said he is very happy about the work that Bass did during her term as California assembly speaker.“I think [Karen Bass] is a fantastic politician,” Brebner said. “She did her job well.”last_img read more

WWE Royal Rumble 2019 results: Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins punch ticket to WrestleMania 35

first_img— The Bar beat The Miz and Shane McMahon to keep the “SmackDown” tag team champions— Rusev remains the United States champion with a win over Shinsuke Nakamura— Buddy Murphy successfully defends the WWE cruiserweight championship in a high-flying fatal-four-way match With the 2019 WWE Royal Rumble now in the books, the picture for WrestleMania is beginning to taking shape with Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins emerging as focal points.Despite losing in the opening match to Asuka for the “SmackDown” women’s championship, Lynch took advantage of an injury to Lana to get into the women’s Royal Rumble match. And she made the most of it, surviving until the end, when she eliminated Charlotte Flair to win the Rumble.  Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWith the victory, Lynch earns a championship match of her choosing at WrestleMania 35 in Aprll. That choice will likely be “RAW” women’s champion Ronda Rousey, who narrowly defended her title against Sasha Banks. Meanwhile, Rollins is also headed to WrestleMania for a championship match of his choosing after he survived in the men’s Royal Rumble. It came down to him and Braun Strowman, but Rollins was able to hit his Curb Stomp, sending Strowman to the floor to score the win. He is expected to square off against Brock Lesnar for the Universal championship at the big show in April with “The Beast” successfully defending the title against Finn Balor in what turned out to be a hard-fought victory.Overall, it was a strong show even though the AJ Styles-Daniel Bryan match was hurt by a tired crowd and unexpected interference that allowed Bryan to retain the WWE championship. There were several championships that did change hands on the night, though. Check out Sporting News’s complete WWE Royal Rumble 2019 coverage below.(All times Eastern.) WWE Royal Rumble 2019 live resultsSeth Rollins wins men’s Royal Rumble match11:51 p.m. FINISH: Strowman has had enough and simply picks up Andrade and eliminates him. Then Ziggler is elminated and we’re down to Strowman and Rollins. Strowman is on the apron, holding on for dear life, but he grabs Rollins by the throat and chokeslams him. He’s still on the apron and Rollins tries to pull him over, but instead, he ends up on the apron too. They’re going back and forth with Rollins pushing Strowman into the ring post followed by a Curb Stomp and Strowman falls to the floor. Seth Rollins wins the men’s Royal Rumble! The Kingslayer has slayed the “Monster Among Men” and will get a championship match at WrestleMania 35. Look out Brock Lesnar. We’ll see you at @WrestleMania, @WWERollins! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/qGTZNW0Fpx— WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) January 28, 201911:49 p.m.: Ziggler and Andrade are fighting when Strowman makes his way back into the ring and squashes Andrade in the corner and then does the same to Ziggler. He jumps out of the ring through the ropes and gives Rollins a running shoulder block on the floor, turning him inside out. Strowman tosses Rollins back into the ring. Ziggler with a superkick on Strowman, Andrade with a big strike, then a Zig Zag followed by a frog splash from Rollins. 11:47 p.m.: Randy Orton checks in at 29. Braun Strowman runs at someone in the corner and misses, falling outside of the ring, but through the ropes so he’s still in the match. Then its R-Truth at 30. He comes out and starts singing, but is attacked from behind by Nia Jax. She takes his spot in the Rumble.#3️⃣0️⃣ is @RonKillings…or is it?!#RoyalRumble @NiaJaxWWE pic.twitter.com/lVZysghypN— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 2019She overpowers Mustafa Ali and he is eliminated. Then, Orton stands toe-to-toe with her, but she instead gets her hands on Rey Mysterio but can’t eliminate him. Then, Ziggler hits her with a superkick, Mysterio with the 619 and Orton drops with her an RKO. Mysterio and Orton then toss her over the top rope but she’s laying on the apron. Mysterio takes care of that and kicks her out of the ring — Nia Jax is eliminated. Right after that. Orton eliminates Rey Mysterio and then Andrade eliminates Randy Orton. They’re dropping like flies.11:43 p.m.: Who says you can’t work together in the Royal Rumble?ONLY in the #RoyalRumble Match!👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/NgQ97ZnZfq— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 201911:41 p.m.: Jeff Hardy is eliminated and Dolph Ziggler comes out at 28. McIntrye thinks he’s eliminated Braun Strowman, but that’s not the case as the monster is alive on the apron. Drew wants a piece of his former partner and Strowman grabs him from behind by the head and pulls him over the ropes — Drew Mcintyre is eliminated. 11:39 p.m.: In at 27 is Braun Strowman. He wastes no time and eliminates Baron Corbin and Shelton Benjamin. 11:38 p.m.: Lashley gets in the ring and runs at Rollins, who ducks down and Bobby Lashley flies over the top rope and is eliminated. He’s a bit ticked off and drags Rollins outside the ring and slams him through the announcer’s table. However, Rollins is still in the match, but he’s down and out for the time being.11:36 p.m.: At 25 it’s Rey Mysterio and he and Andrade immediately get into it. We’ve got eight people in the ring right now and it’s about to be nine with Bobby Lashley at 26. 11:34 p.m.: We’re up to 24 and it’s Jeff Hardy. Lots of bodies in the ring and Baron Corbin grabs Aleister Black out of nowhere and eliminates him. Then it’s McIntyre’s turn as he eliminates Pete Dunne.11:32 p.m.: At 23, it’s Baron Corbin. He tries to eliminate Mustafa Ali and throw him over the top rope, but Ali stays on the apron. Then Corbin turns his attention elsewhere and eliminates Apollo Crews. 11:30 p.m.: They’re coming in fast and it’s Shelton Benjamin at 22. But the bigger story is Mustafa Ali comes up from behind on Samoa Joe and eliminates him. Joe is not happy and Ali should watch his back. 11:29 p.m.: We’re up to 21 and its the former NXT champion Aleister Black who connects with a Black Mass kick and Dean Ambrose is eliminated.😱😱😱@WWEAleister just made @TheDeanAmbrose’s #RoyalRumble hopes #FadeToBlxck! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/M7SZiTvU4P— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 201911:27 p.m.: At 18, it’s NXT UK champion Pete Dunne and Andrade comes it at 19 followed by Apollo Crews at 20. Drew McIntrye is tied up in the ropes and Rollins tries to dump him out, but McIntyre holds on.11:24 p.m.: At 17, it’s Xavier Woods. He goes over and saves Kingston, who is outside of the ring walking on this hands, as Kofi basically twists up on his fellow New Day member and makes his way to the ring. They both get in the ring and boom — Drew McIntyre hits them both with a double clothesline and Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods are both eliminated. 11:21 p.m.: Next up at 16 is Drew McIntrye. As he walks to the ring, he runs into Jose who wants to dance and McIntrye is not in the mood. Party’s over. @DMcIntyreWWE’s here.➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/b3sVvvXCTn— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 28, 201911:19 p.m.: Party time as No Way Jose comes in at 15.It’s PARTY TIME at the halfway mark, because here comes @WWENoWayJose at #1️⃣5️⃣! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/QLUplWr3fZ— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 2019He gets in the ring and the party is over. Just like that as Samoa Joe eliminates No Way Jose.11:17 p.m.: Dean Amrbose checks in at 14. Kingston goes over the top rope to the floor, but his feet are still on the apron. He rolls over the the steps and survives. Back in the ring, Dean Ambrose gets his hands on Johnny Gargano who is eliminated. 11:15 p.m.: Coming in at 12 is Kofi Kingston followed by Mustafa Ali at 13. Ali goes right after Samoa Joe, but then gets into it with Nakmura and takes him out. Shinsuke Nakamura is eliminated.Way to make an IMPACT, @MustafaAliWWE! Out goes last year’s winner @ShinsukeN… #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/qZNGkxHKW7— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 201911:11 p.m.: Look who is in at 11…CAREFUL, @TitusONeilWWE!#1️⃣1️⃣ #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/Ku1rsfKixz— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 2019Rather than getting in the ring, he goes underneath it, where Hawkins still is. They both emerge and get in the ring, where Hawkins eliminates Titus O’Neil. Hawkins is celebrating, but that doesn’t last as Samoa Joe dumps him over the top to the floor. Curt Hawkins is eliminated.11:09 p.m.: Next up in the No. 9 slot is Curt Hawkins. Samoa Joe chokes him out, but Hawkins slides out to the floor and then crawls under the ring. Time for 10 and it’s not Tye Dillinger. Instead, it’s Seth Rollins who is one of the favorites. He gets to work and eliminates Elias. 11:07 p.m.: Coming in at 8 is Samoa Joe and he doesn’t waste any time, eliminating Big E. This entire match is moving pretty quickly. I wonder if it got sped up because the show is running so long.The power of positivity took @WWEBigE only so far, because he just ran into @SamoaJoe! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/zv8K8xGATE— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 201911:05 p.m.: Coming in at 7 is the former WWE champion Jinder Mahal. He connects with some knee, but then Johnny Wrestling does his magic and Jinder Mahal is eliminated. That didn’t take long.11:03 p.m.: Time for the 6th entrant and it’s Johnny Gargano, the new NXT North American champion, making his first-ever appearance in the Rumble. 11:01 p.m.: It’s a New Day, yes it is. Big E comes in at No. 5 and he goes right after Nakamura, hitting him with a pair of belly-to-belly suplexes before swiveling his hips and connecting with a splash. Nakamura is on the apron, but Angle comes up from behind Big E and hits an Olympic Slam. Nakamura goes after Angle, gets him on the apron, and knocks him off. Kurt Angle is eliminated. 10:58 p.m.: Shinsuke Nakamura comes in at No. 3 as he looks to win the Rumble in back-to-back years. Then following him at No. 4 is the Hall of Famer Kurt Angle.10:55 p.m.: They agree to sing a duet and Jeff is again rhyming his name with the crowd when Elias attacks him from behind and the match is underway. Elias picks up his guitar and cracks him in the back. Wave goodbye to Jeff Jarett as he is eliminated.Thanks for comin’, @RealJeffJarrett… #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/tjGPrG6FqI— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 201910:52 p.m.: Yes, this is really happening. J-E-DOUBLE F! @RealJeffJarrett➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/znEkMRYS25— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 28, 201910:50 p.m.: The person that drew the first slot is … Elias. Of course, he has a song before the match begins. He brags about the attendance and says he should take a picture and send it to the Diamondbacks because they have never seen this many people at Chase Field before. Nice one.But before he can begin singing, the music hits for the second entrant. It’s Jeff Jarrett complete in his old WWE outfit.And the man who drew #2️⃣ is none other than…J-E-DOUBLE F J-A-DOUBLE R-E-DOUBLE T! #RoyalRumble @RealJeffJarrett pic.twitter.com/UYxhWpTW8U— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 201910:46 p.m.: Brock Lesnar is not done and is very, very angry. He attacks Balor from behind and destroys him with several suplexes. He poses with the championship, but still isn’t done yet. A big F5 from the champ and Balor is down for good. The crowd is booing Lesnar, but the reason he’s so upset is because he nearly lost. I’d be game for a rematch sometime in the future. Adding insult to injury, @BrockLesnar is reminding EVERYONE just who the CHAMP is. #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/2Pk7ZK5fLP— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 2019Brock Lesnar makes Finn Balor tap out to retain Universal championship10:43 p.m. FINISH: Lesnar is down in the ring and in the drop zone. Balor goes to the top and connects with the Coup de Grace. He makes the cover — 1, 2, and nope. Lesnar gets his shoulder up and immediately slaps on the kimura. Balor has nowhere to go and has to tap out. So close and a really good match considering how quick it was. When @BrockLesnar gets into THIS mode, there’s no chance.#RoyalRumble #UniversalTitle pic.twitter.com/obA3DNYVi1— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 201910:41 p.m.: Lesnar is moving around slow and Balor is going nuts, hitting him in the gut and connects with a big dive. Balor may have a chance!CAN @FinnBalor DO THIS?!#RoyalRumble #UniversalTitle pic.twitter.com/JT1nEKx858— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 201910:38 p.m.: Lesnar hits another suplex, but is moving slowly with his injured midsection. Balor comes back with a slingblade, but tries to follow up and runs into a huge clothesline. 10:36 p.m.: Balor with an early flurry, but then he gets caught and taken to Suplex City. Lesnar takes him outside the ring and connects with another suplex on the floor. He picks up Balor and is poised to slam him on the announcer’s table, but Balor drops down and pushes Lesnar into the corner of the table. Balor sends him gut-first into the corner again and Lesnar’s midsection is really hurting as they go back in the ring. 10:33 p.m.: The bell rings and Lesnar is paying attention, so Balor takes the fight right to the champion.If you’re going to try to beat THE BEAST, this is how you do it!#RoyalRumble @FinnBalor pic.twitter.com/31iBoMnL2T— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 201910:32 p.m.: Of course, Paul Heyman interrupts Mike Rome and takes the microphone, so he can introduce his client, who he says is heading to WrestleMania as the champion … “Brrrrrooooccccckkkkkkk Lesnar!”10:29 p.m.: Maybe an omen, but Balor is not dressed as “The Demon.” Either way, I don’t like Balor’s chances. Daniel Bryan beats AJ Styles to retain the WWE championship10:20 p.m. FINISH: Uh oh, the referee is down. Styles hits the Styles Clash and is going for the cover, but Rowan climbs into the ring, picks up Styles by the face and slams him down. He gets out of the ring and Bryan makes the cover. The referee crawls over and makes the three count. Afterwards, Rowan gets back in the ring and holds Styles as Bryan connects with a running kick. A very good match despite the mostly dead crowd until the last few minutes with a perplexing ending. Rowan of all people? I guess this will be explained on “SmackDown” this coming Tuesday. Maybe. #TheNew @WWEDanielBryan is STILL your @WWE Champion…and @ERICKROWAN seems pleased. #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/Y4CJZj8DFE— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 201910:18 p.m.: Styles goes for the Phenomenal forearm and springs to the top rope, but Bryan kicks his left arm and knocks him down. They exchange moves in the ring including Styles hitting a Pele kick. Both men are down and now Erick Rowan walks to the ring. He’s been away for months due to an injury, but was recently cleared.It’s… @ERICKROWAN? #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/Jt12V1CqP8— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 201910:15 p.m.: Styles has a the Calf Crusher on again in the middle of the ring and Bryan is screaming in pain, but won’t tap out. Both men are hurting and exhausted at this point. They each go for a backslide but neither can get leverage until Styles hits a brainbuster. He makes the cover, but Bryan kicks out at two. 10:11 p.m.: Bryan is down in the ring and Styles goes for the 450 splash off the apron, but Bryan got his knees up. He pulls on Styles’s bloody nose and slaps on the Labell Lock. That doesn’t last long as Styles reverses it into a Calf Crusher. Bryan finally gets away and connects with an enziguri kick on the head and the crowd is finally coming alive. Bryan kicks away at Styles’s left arm, but AJ finally ducks one and sweeps Bryan’s injured left leg before getting caught with a big kick to the head. This is picking up despite the quiet crowd that still hasn’t recovered from the women’s Rumble.10:08 p.m.: Vintage Styles!There is a LOT of FIGHT left in the challenger @AJStylesOrg! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/ATVbHjqxEA— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 201910:07 p.m.: Bryan hits a nasty dragon suplex and Styles falls on the back of his head. Ouch.🐉 @WWEDanielBryan 🐲➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/mA1GWTKZ5o— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 28, 201910:05 p.m.: Bryan is on top of Styles and punching away at his nose with some stiff shots. Styles is bleeding, but that doesn’t stop him from connecting with a big drop kick. He goes for the Styles Clash, but Bryan reverses and they trade pinfalls before Styles slows Bryan down with a dragon screw leg whip and Bryan is selling his left knee.10:02 p.m.: Bryan with a double-underarm suplex into an arm bar as he is methodically taking Styles apart. #TheNew @WWEDanielBryan has @AJStylesOrg COMPLETELY grounded… #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/io5My4knIg— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 201910:00 p.m.: Styles runs at Bryan who picks him up and drops him shoulder first over the top turnbuckle and onto the post. Styles gets back in the ring and Bryan is laser-focused on Styles’ injured left arm. 9:57 p.m.: They exchange some big chops before Styles lands a big backdrop and then kicks Bryan hard in the back. You can already see some welts forming on Bryan, so that should tell you how hard-hitting this has been already.9:54 p.m.: Styles is pounding away on Bryan in the corner as his emotions are getting the better of him before the referee pulls him away.9:51 p.m.: This could — and should — be the show stealer. These are two of the best wrestlers in the world and they had a fantastic match just last month.Becky Lynch wins the Women’s Royal Rumble match and now gets a championship match of her choosing at WrestleMania 359:39 p.m. FINISH: Lynch is struggling to get back in the ring, while Charlotte has a devious smile on her face. Finally, Lynch limps into the ring and says “I can go! I can go!” Charlotte goes right after her bad knee and Lynch is screaming in pain. Charlotte tries to pick her up, but Lynch hits a kick to the head. She throws Charlotte over the top rope to the apron, but Charlotte hits her leg and gets back into the ring. Charlotte charges at Lynch with a big boot, but misses and her leg is on the top rope. Lynch lifts up and dumps Charlotte over the top rope and to the floor. Becky Lynch wins the Royal Rumble and is headed to WrestleMania! That was a bit clunky, but picked up as the match went on with a good finish.MAN, OH MAN, BECKY DID IT!@BeckyLynchWWE is GOING to @WrestleMania! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/I6S5Mh0ydX— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 20199:37 p.m.: Lynch gets sent to the outside, but through the ropes, so she’s still in the match. Charlotte knocks Nia onto the apron where Lynch takes out her feet and Nia falls to the floor. Nia Jax is eliminated. A minute later, she gets her revenge and takes out Lynch, who is now holding her left knee. And we’re down to Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.9:34 p.m.: Charlotte eliminates Bayley … and then there were three. WE. ARE. DOWN. TO. THREE.#RoyalRumble @BeckyLynchWWE @MsCharlotteWWE @NiaJaxWWE pic.twitter.com/N9vh2w5cAF— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 20199:33 p.m.: We’re down to the final five — Charlotte, Lynch, Carmella, Bayley, and Nia Jax. Carmella hits a cross body off the top rope, but Charlotte rolls through and drops her with a back breaker before going to the top rope. Carmella is back up and tries a head scissors, but Charlotte tosses her on the apron. Carmella gets back in the ring, but ends up on the apron again where she hits Nia with a pair of super kicks. But then Charlotte delivers a kick and Carmella has been eliminated.9:31 p.m.: Carmella hits Bliss with a superkick and them Bayley powerbombs her in the corner before her and Carmella toss Bliss out. Alexa Bliss has been eliminated. 9:29 p.m.: Ember Moon and Alexa Bliss are fighting on the apron and Bliss has her foot on her throat, but Moon hangs out. Not for long as Bliss knocks her down and Ember Moon is eliminated after 53 minutes.9:27 p.m: Time for No. 30 which is Carmella. Meanwhile, Lana is still being tending to by the medical staff and Becky Lynch comes out. She makes her case to take Lana’s spot and gets her wish — she’s in the Royal Rumble!Thanks to @LanaWWE’s injury, the REAL final entrant in the Women’s #RoyalRumble Match…is @BeckyLynchWWE! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/kJZWjtWiQ2— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 20199:25 p.m: Io Shiri goes for a moonsault, but Nia Jax catches her and throws her out of the ring. Io Shirai is eliminated. Natalya then has Nia Jax on her shoulders, but can’t handle the weight and Jax gets to her feet and tosses Natalya from the ring. Natalya is eliminated after setting the women’s record, lasting 55 minutes in the Rumble.9:23 p.m.: Up next at 28 is Lana who limps out, still selling the leg injury from earlier in the night when she was accidentally knocked off the apron by her husband Rusev during his match. She is being tended by the medical staff before she can even get in the ring. And here comes Nia Jax at 29. She attacks Lana, smashing her bad leg, before making her way to the ring.9:19 p.m.: Alexa Bliss is 26th and this is her first time in a Royal Rumble match and she eliminates Sonya Deville. Then at 27, it’s Bayley. And it’s not long before she eliminates both Ruby Riott and Rhea Ripley.9:17 p.m.: Zelina Vega emerges from under the ring to laugh at Brooke, but then there’s Hornswoggle under the ring. He chases Vega around before she gets in the ring where Ripley takes her out and Dana Brooke is eliminated.9:14 p.m.: At #25 it’s Sonya Deville. She attacks Ruby Riott and then gets into it with Dana Brooke. Brooke shifts attention to Ripleu and hits her with a kick to the head before Ripley goes for the Riptide. She can’t hit it, but puts Brooke on the apron and a few seconds later, Brooke gets knocked to the floor and is elimnated.9:12 p.m.: Next up at 24, it’s the “Nightmare” Rhea Ripley, the former NXT UK champion. Dana Brooke knocks Catanzaro to the floor, but she holds her feet up. She does a handstand and walks to the corner before climbing back in the ring.Did @KacyCatanzaro really just do THIS?! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/oZk1u1bBk5— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 2019Back in the ring, she runs into Ripley who quickly eliminates Kacy Catanzaro.9:08 p.m.: Dana Brooks comes out at 22, but the Riott Squad team up and eliminate Kairi Sane. Then, 23rd, it’s NXT’s Io Shirai who immediately gets into the action.BEHOLD, @shirai_io! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/geN6MFY0NW— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 20199:05 p.m.: Then its Zelina Vega at 20. Candice LaRae immediately walks up to her, reigniting their old feud from NXT. After that, it’s Ruby Riott at 21. She along with Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan — who have both been eliminated — attack Charlotte on the floor. Riott then eliminates Alicia Fox and a minute later she eliminates Candice LaRae. Meanwhile, Zelina Vega is hiding underneath the ring. 9:03 p.m.: Next up at 19 is NXT’s Kacy Katanzaro and she shows off her incredible athleticism.Mighty @KacyCatanzaro!➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/yU4G7DIqj9— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 28, 20199:00 p.m.: Time for the captain at 18, as Alicia Fox enters the ring. Maria immediately makes friends with her and they team up on Kairi Sane and then dance together. Maria then grabs Alicia’s hat, poses with it, and then smashes it with her feet. Foxy is upset and starts having a temper tantrum. She goes after Maria, throws her in the corner, and then eliminates her. Maria Kanellis is out and that whole exchange was weird. 8:58 p.m.: Back in the ring, Charlotte eliminates Lacey Evans and then NXT’s Candice LeRae comes out at 17.8:56 p.m.: Kanellis is dancing around like she’s at a rodeo in the middle of the ring and Charlotte drops her with a spear. And now Naomi is coming out at 16. She immediately goes after Mandy Rose and drags her onto the apron, connects with a head kick and pushes her to the floor. Mandy Rose is eliminated. She tries to get revenge by powerbombing her on the floor, but Naomi does a handstand and then walks along the barricade to stay alive. And she finally jumps to safety.😱😱😱@NaomiWWE SURVIVES! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/lGUNP2BHFR— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 2019Spoke too soon as Rose pulls her off the steps to the floor and Ember Moon is eliminated.8:54 p.m.: Kaire Sane and Natalya team up to eliminate Sarah Logan and then Maria Kanillis comes out at 15. The POWER of LOVE ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ is taking over the Women’s #RoyalRumble Match, because #1️⃣5️⃣ is @MariaLKanellis! pic.twitter.com/eClRQDxuaJ— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 20198:52 p.m.: Lacey Evans eliminates both Billie Kay and Peyton Royce of the IIconics and then Charlotte eliminates Xia Li and then takes out Tamina. And here come former NXT women’s champion Kairi Sane at 14. 8:49 p.m.: Ember Moon is upside down under the ropes and is almost eliminated, but is hanging on by her feet. The IIconics double team Nikki Cross and she is eliminated. Now, here comes one of the favorites at 12.Is #1️⃣3️⃣ about to be lucky or unlucky for @MsCharlotteWWE? #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/wsHGxDUVHF— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 20198:48 p.m.: At 11 it’s Xia Li from NXT, the first Chinese wrestler ever in the Royal Rumble. After her, it’s Sarah Logan coming in at 12. There are 10 women in the ring now with just the two eliminations.8:45 p.m.: Tamina comes off the top ropes and hits a splash on Cross. Then Mickie James flies off onto Tamina and the rest of the women are fighting with one another in various corners before Tamina eliminates Mickie James.8:43 p.m.: The IIconics have Ember Moon on the apron, but she survives as Tamina comes out at No. 10. Reminder — there are now nine women in the ring with Lic Morgan being the only elimination so far.8:41 p.m.: Billie Kay should be happy — here comes her bestie ninth.HELP IS ON THE WAY for @BillieKayWWE, because #9️⃣ is @PeytonRoyceWWE! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/PTob5G1P0B— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 20198:39 p.m.: Time for No. 9 …LET’S PLAY…@NikkiCrossWWE is #8️⃣ in the Women’s #RoyalRumble Match! pic.twitter.com/c8Lvyt1fb7— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 2019Nikki takes out Billie Kay on her way to the ring and is taking a shot at everyone in there. 8:38 p.m.: Next up at No. 8 it’s Billie Kay of the IIconics. She won’t get in the ring and says she’s waiting for Peyton Royce before she jumps in. Can you blame her?8:36 p.m.: The ring is starting to fill up as Ember Moon comes out at No. 6. We now have Evans, Natalya, Rose, James, and Ember in the ring. Ember trips up James and then targets Rose. She tries to dump her out before James grabs Ember and tries to get her out of the ring to no avail.8:34 p.m.: Time for the No. 5 entrant and it’s Mickie James. 8:32 p.m.: Natalya has both Evans and Rose in the Sharpshooter and the buzzer sounds. Liv Morgan comes out at No. 4. She gets in the ring and Natalya immediately picks her up and dumps her over the top to the floor. Liv Morgan is eliminated. BYE-BYE, @YaOnlyLivvOnce! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/HAg78ngaGM— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 20198:29 p.m.: Natalya clotheslines Evans over the top rope, but she stays on the apron and flips over Natalya back into the ring.  A minute later, Natalya is on the top rope and Evans tries to power bomb her, but Evans turns it into a hurricanrana. Here comes No. 3 — it’s Mandy Rose.8:27 p.m.: The #1 entrant is Lacey Evans. I don’t like her chances. She gets on the mic and says that tonight, y’all will witness history and she is the one and only lady of WWE. She is here to clean up the entire women’s division. Music hits and Natalya is No. 2.8:24 p.m.: There will be a new entrant every 90 seconds. And in case you don’t know them, here are the rest of the rules.WOMEN’S #RoyalRumble TIME.Here are the rules… pic.twitter.com/EShmcgMIcU— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 20198:18 p.m.: After the match, Banks shakes her hand again outside the ring and then throws up the Four Horsewomen sign. Hmmm….A little reminder from #TheBoss…#RoyalRumble @SashaBanksWWE pic.twitter.com/vUWxVlUI8h— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 2019Ronda Rousey beats Sasha Banks for the “RAW” women’s championship8:17 p.m. FINISH: Banks goes for the backstabber but Rousey flings her around. Rousey goes for the arm bar again, but Banks escapes and puts on the Banks Statement using part of Rousey’s attire across her mouth to choke her. Banks folds her over for the pin but Rousey kicks out. Now Banks has her in another submission move, but Rousey survives and hits suplex. She picks her up and connects with Piper’s Pit for the win. A little sloppy at times, but a really physical match with both working extremely hard.An incredibly hard-fought, back-and-forth match…@RondaRousey is STILL your #RAW #WomensChampion! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/ccdq8VhJQZ— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 20198:13 p.m.: Now it’s Rousey on the attack and she slings Banks around, trying to soften up her arm. She kicks Rousey outside the ring and goes for a dive but the champ catches her and put her in an arm bar. Banks taps out, but they’re outside the ring so it doesn’t count. Rousey thinks it’s over but the match continues.Can’t win it like this, @RondaRousey! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/eqZdzAUmbI— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 20198:10 p.m.: Banks has Rousey’s arm twisted up on the mat, but Rousey fights to the ropes. She comes back with Piper’s Pit, but then Banks hits a superplex and goes right back after her arm. Banks is getting in a lot of offense in this one so far. 8:07 p.m.: Rousey hits a flying elbow out of the corner, but Banks comes back, going after her arm again.That arm is a PRIME 🎯 for @SashaBanksWWE right about now… #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/NWRFTV5kn1— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 20198:04 p.m.: Banks with a hard slap and Rousey fires back with a kick to the midsection that sends her through the ropes to the floor. They’re outside the ring and Rousey throws a right hand, but misses and hits the post. She’s selling her right arm and Banks is being very aggressive, hitting back-to-back double knees in the corner.8:01 p.m.: These two are jaw-jacking and going face-to-face while being announced for the match. The bell rings and Rousey goes for a hip toss, but Banks turns it into an arm drag. Then Rousey turns Banks around into a throw and taunts her.7:57 p.m.: They’re getting the women’s championship matches out of the way early. 7:55 p.m.: WWE announces more than 48,000 fans at Chase Field for tonight’s show.THANK YOU, @ChaseField! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/Rn11NNJgw3— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 2019Shane McMahon and The Miz  defeat The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) for the “SmackDown” tag team championship7:50 p.m. FINISH: Shane is something else in this match. He somehow kicks out of a big double team move and then The Miz takes out Sheamus with a Skull Crushing Finale. They both roll out of the ring and Shane connects with a shooting star press off the top rope onto Cesaro and gets the win and we have new tag team champions. That was something. Shane is all over the place, but you have to give him his due for trying and hitting that shooting star press.The 🏆🏆🏆 just keep piling up for @mikethemiz and @shanemcmahon! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/WRrCxFYNxh— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) January 28, 2019And here is a proud poppa.MR. MIZANIN is ONE PROUD FATHER, because @mikethemiz and @shanemcmahon are officially the BEST TAG TEAM IN THE WORLD! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/qI10OOcg7P— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 20197:47 p.m.: Shane stacks Sheamus and Cesaro in the corner and goes for the coast-to-coast but Cesaro catches him and they’re going swinging.WE’RE GOIN’ SWINGIN’!#RoyalRumble @WWECesaro pic.twitter.com/Tdrsiouyft— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 20197:45 p.m.: The Bar is wearing down The Miz inside the ring including Sheamus pounding on him with the Ten Beats of the Bodhran. They’re tagging in and out, taking turns beating on him. The Miz almost makes the tag, but Cesaro runs across the ring and takes a swipe at Shane. He misses and The Miz backdrops Cesaro and finally makes the tag. Sheamus is back in and while he’s Irish, he may not like this potato..@shanemcmahon = ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ QUICK. #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/ElIRGoYcON— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 20197:40 p.m.: The tag champions are putting on a clinic of double team moves and getting the advantage behind the referee’s back. The action spills to the outside with The Miz holding Cesaro across the announcer’s table as Shane goes to the top rope. Before he can dive off, Sheamus makes the save but then gets taken out. Behold! I bring you great tidings of SHANE!➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/icIgvXQ79t— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 28, 20197:36 p.m.: Shane O’Mac isn’t wasting time as the bell rings and he immediately spears Sheamus who is irate. #ShaneOMac doing his best @Goldberg impression right off the bat!#RoyalRumble @shanemcmahon pic.twitter.com/cSVIoPGNzE— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 20197:33 p.m.: Purple camouflage? They don’t just set #TheBar, THEY ARE THE BAR…There’s NO doubt @WWECesaro & @WWESheamus are on the same page for their title defense LIVE RIGHT NOW on @WWENetwork! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/fuoLwzx2iT— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) January 28, 2019Asuka defeats Becky Lynch to retain the “SmackDown” women’s championship7:30 p.m. FINISH: Great exchange as Asuka gets the Asuka Lock and then the Disarmer, but Lynch comes back with the Asuka Lock and the Disarmer before Asuka gets out of it. Nice takedown Asuka who then gets the Asuka Lock in the center of the ring. She bridges over and Lynch taps out. A hard-fought match and a clean win by Asuka to retain the “SmackDown” championship. Great opener between these women who didn’t hold back. That framing, though. pic.twitter.com/7YBspnfK9j— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 28, 20197:26 p.m.: Now it’s Lynch with a massive Bexploder suplex but she can’t get the pin.😱 SUPER BEXPLODER 😱#RoyalRumble @BeckyLynchWWE pic.twitter.com/YrrAQ6G0cM— WWE (@WWE) January 28, 20197:24 p.m.: Lynch barely slides back in the ring before being counted out, but gets met with a kick to the head. Asuka makes the cover, but Lynch kicks out. Now they’re exchanging slaps with Asuka eventually dropping Lynch with a spinning back kick. Another cover and Lynch gets her shoulder up just before the three count.7:20 p.m.: Asuka in control as she connects with a hip attack and a spinning back first followed by a German suplex and another hip attack. She goes to the top rope put Lynch avoids the missile drop kick. She hits a suplex and a minute later, Asuka goes for the Asuka Lock again but Lynch gets out. They’re on the apron and Asuka is trying to suplex Lynch onto the floor, but she holds on to the top rope. Then Lynch goes for an exploder suplex, but it’s Asuka who drops Lynch who takes a nasty fall.CRASH AND BURN…ALL for the sake of walking out #SDLive #WomensChampion!#RoyalRumble @WWEAsuka @BeckyLynchWWE pic.twitter.com/IYhFSWwdep— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 20197:18 p.m.: Lynch is focusing in on Asuka’s shoulder. Asuka connects with a spinning kick to the midsection and then puts on the Asuka Lock while on the apron.Don’t turn your back on @WWEAsuka!➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/b4QUizrAVI— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 28, 20197:15 p.m.: Asuka connects with a hip attack, knocking Lynch off the apron to the floor. Asuka goes to apron and tried a kick, but misses and Lynch jumps on the apron and hits a kick of her own. Asuka comes back, throwing Lynch shoulder first into the ring, but then Lynch hits an exploder suplex into the barricade.Bexploder from @BeckyLynchWWE!➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/FIKJ29tey3— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 28, 20197:10 p.m.: Asuka is fired up early, hitting a drop kick and screaming at Becky Lynch in Japanese. She goes for another drop kick, but Lynch moves out of the way and then screams “fight me!” at Asuka.7:05 p.m.: They’re not messing around starting the show with this match. Maybe it’s because Lynch will also be a part of the women’s Rumble match later in the night. Lots of different scenarios could happen on this show.7:00 p.m.: And here we go with the main card for the 2019 WWE Royal Rumble. Seven matches include both the men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches with the winners gets a championship match at WrestleMania 35. Buddy Murphy defeats Kalisto, Akira Tozawa, and Hideo Itami in a Fatal four-way match to retain the Cruiserweight championship6:53 p.m. FINISH: Tozawa with a reverse hurricanrana on Murphy and Kalisto connects with Solida Del Sol on Itami who somehow kicks out. All four are down briefly before another crazy exchange involving all them including Murphy catching Kalisto as he flies off the top rope with a knee to the face. Murphy is alone in the ring with Itami and hits a knee to the face followed by Murphy’s Law for the win. Wild match with a ton of action — great stuff. Too bad they weren’t showcased on the main show, but a fantastic match and effort by all of them nonetheless.UNSTOPPABLE.@WWE_Murphy RETAINS the #CruiserweightTitle in an unbelievable #Fatal4Way Match on #RoyalRumble Kickoff! pic.twitter.com/H2SW77OrLE— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 20196:49 p.m.: Tozawa is going nuts connecting with kicks and missile drop kicks. He then hits a huge diving headbutt from the ring to the floor on Itami. Buddy Murphy follows up with a massive somersault dive onto all three opponents. Kalisto gets back in the ring first and connects on a short hurricanrana on Murphy that spikes him head first into the mat. Hello @KalistoWWE!➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/soloO78w7o— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 27, 20196:46 p.m.: What the ….@KalistoWWE launches Tozawa!➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/53tjg7TfPj— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 27, 20196:44 p.m.: Innovative!”205! 205! 205!”#RoyalRumble #CruiserweightTitle pic.twitter.com/eWg1vVBYrb— 205Live (@WWE205Live) January 27, 20196:41 p.m.: Don’t mess with the champ..@WWE_Murphy with a big ol’ NOPE.➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/FgfgORe8ej— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 27, 20196:37 p.m.: WWE just announced that they are bringing back the old Halftime Heat concept and air a WWE NXT bout during the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The match will be NXT Champion Tomasso Ciampa, North American Champion Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole against The Velveteen Dream, Aleister Black and Ricochet, playing off the interaction they had following NXT TakeOver: Phoenix on Saturday night after the show went off the air. #HBK @ShawnMichaels just announced a HUGE match to take place during halftime of The Big Game next Sunday!It will be @ProjectCiampa, @JohnnyGargano, & @AdamColePro vs. @WWEAleister, @VelveteenWWE, & @KingRicochet streaming LIVE during halftime on @WWENetwork! #WWEHalftimeHeat pic.twitter.com/JCJUDKlyXc— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 2019Shinsuke Nakamura beats Rusev to win the United States championship6:24 p.m. FINISH: Nakamura hits a landslide slam, but he can’t get the three count. He then starts taking the top turnbuckle off and Lana jumps up on the apron. Rusev tries to kick Nakamura, but instead knocks Lana hard off the apron to the floor. He’s down on his knees in the ring checking on his wife when Nakamura takes advantage and connects with the Kinshasa in the back of the head for the win. Didn’t see that one happening since Rusev hadn’t been champion for very long.Welcome back to the United States of @ShinsukeN-merica! 🇺🇸➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/DnlgvTiFjn— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 27, 20196:20 p.m.: Rusev was going to put the Accolade on, but Nakamura catches him with a spinning kick to the head and then kicks him in the head while he’s down. He sets up for his finisher, but instead, it’s Rusev hitting a Machka kick. He doesn’t go for the cover though and slams Nakamura who then gets in an armbar. Nakamura holds on and turns it into a triangle but Rusev powers him up to his feet. Nakamura won’t let go, but Rusev finally breaks it with a suplex. He makes the cover again but Nakamura kicks out.6:17 p.m.: Back in the ring, Nakamura has been in control, but Rusev connects with a kick and then a fallaway slam. He follows up with a spinning kick and makes the cover, but only gets a two count.6:13 p.m.: Rusev is on fire early on hitting a pair of suplexes and then clotheslines Nakamura over the top rope to the floor. He goes outside and tries to throw Nakamura into the steps, but instead the Japanese star jumps on the steps and catches him with a kick to the face.6:09 p.m.: The first of seven championship matches is about to get underway. By the way, how cool is it that wrestlers come of the dugout at Chase Field — home of the Arizona Diamondbacks — for their entrances?The #USTitle is on the line RIGHT NOW on #RoyalRumble Kickoff…Can @ShinsukeN become a 2-TIME leader of the United States of #NakAmerica? pic.twitter.com/zwa89mkyrG— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 20196:05 p.m.: New panel for the second hour of the pre-show as Shawn Michaels and David Otunga have replaced Booker T and Jerry Lawler. Always good to get a two-time Rumble winner in there for his perspective.Hello, Shawn. pic.twitter.com/9XWCXUvAZU— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 27, 20196:01 p.m.: Lio Rush and his man Bobby Lashley just approached JBL and Charly. As you can imagine, Rush talked and Lashley posed.Bobby Roode and Chad Gable defeat Rezar and Scott Dawson5:56 p.m. FINISH: Dawson and Rezar have taken turns beating on Gable, but he finally makes the tag and Roode is running wild. Rezar is holding Roode and Dawson comes off the top rope but misses and hits his partner. Then Roode holds Dawson as Gable hits a moonsault off the top rope for the win. Simple match that was fine, but there to basically kill time. Roode and Gable deserve better competition.It’s all about getting the job done, and that’s EXACTLY what #RAW #TagTeamChampions @REALBobbyRoode & @WWEGable just did on #RoyalRumble Kickoff! pic.twitter.com/Pj5ROi31YP— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 20195:53 p.m.: The story of the match has been that the tag team champions have shown off their great team work while Rezar and Dawson don’t have that kind of chemistry. But Rezar does have brute strength. What goes ⬆️ must come ⬇️, and @WWEGable just went down HARD!#RoyalRumble @Rezar_WWE pic.twitter.com/5JxG9Yeil6— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 27, 20195:50 p.m.: Here we go with our first match of the night. What a weird match. It looks like a cameraman took the first bump of the evening.MAN DOWN!➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/toLV4PKyqO— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 27, 20195:46 p.m.: Daniel Bryan is not happy about the Chase Field Rumble burger. They meet at last.#TheNew @WWEDanielBryan, say ‘hello’ to the @chasefield #RoyalRumble burger… pic.twitter.com/iITSbQp93i— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 2019AVERT YOUR EYES BURGER LOVERS!😭 THAT BURGER HAD A FAMILY! 😭Wait, it didn’t? Oh, ok then. Please continue, @WWEDanielBryan… #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/O4bidMMp2Q— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 27, 20195:38 p.m.: JBL called AJ Styles a “modern day Shawn Michaels” and expects the Styles/Bryan match for the WWE Championship to steal the show. He compared their rivalry to Ric Flair-Ricky Steamboat. I totally agree with everything he just said.This match is going to be 🔥🔥🔥#RoyalRumble @AJStylesOrg @WWEDanielBryan pic.twitter.com/VVtqfiDPQ5— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 27, 20195:35 p.m.: They’re airing an excellent hype package for the Brock Lesnar-Finn Balor match for the WWE Universal Championship, painting it as “David vs. Goliath.” Does Balor have a real chance? Not a good one, but you never know with WWE creative decisions. Lesnar winning feels very obvious and even if he does win, it doesn’t mean Balor can’t come out it looking good. Still, it would be quite the moment is Balor pulled the upset.Are you ready for @FinnBalor vs. @BrockLesnar?It happens LIVE TONIGHT on @WWENetwork! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/v6lzw5LMD7— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) January 27, 20195:28 p.m.: Samoa Joe is so careful, methodical, and down right scary in the way he speaks. How has this guy not been WWE champion yet?”My eyes tell the story of a man BUILT to win the #RoyalRumble Match.”Strong words from @SamoaJoe… pic.twitter.com/oLer6Nx8UZ— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 20195:26 p.m.: Carmella and R-Truth have crashed the panel. Since they won the Mixed Match Challenge, they will each be #30 in their respective Rumble matches. No one would be surprised if Truth came out for the women’s match since he’s confused all the time and it would get a quick laugh. ONE. TWO. THREE. DANCE BREAK!!!!!!!#RoyalRumble @RonKillings @CarmellaWWE pic.twitter.com/diGL3CBMow— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 27, 20195:18 p.m.: They’ve added a match to the kickoff show and it’s rather strange. Since Akam of AOP is out injured (and that’s legit), Rezar will team up with Scott Dawson of The Revival against the “RAW” tag team champions Bobby Roode and Chad Gable. If Rezar and Dawson win, each of their teams will earn a future shot for the tag titles. I think. It’s all confusing.BREAKING: Per @WWEMaverick, the unconventional team of #AOP’s @Rezar_WWE & #TheRevival’s @ScottDawsonWWE will team up lateron #RoyalRumble Kickoff to take on #RAW #TagTeamChampions @REALBobbyRoode & @WWEGable! pic.twitter.com/ZGsOfvaez7— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 20195:13 p.m.: Lars Sullivan has surfaced. Kind of.There has been a lot of speculation about Lars recently. It’s true, he went missing several weeks ago and I was just able to contact him this morning. Lars wants everyone to know he is in a good place, and is sorry to everyone he’s disappointed.Best, WC— LarsWWE (@LarsSWWE) January 27, 20195:10 p.m.: I think this kickoff show could use more people. Oh good.Welcome to #RoyalRumble Kickoff, @JCLayfield & @CharlyCarusoWWE! pic.twitter.com/Y9ziOwuf0E— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 27, 20195:05 p.m.: Here we go with the kickoff show that includes a panel of Jonathan Coachman, Beth Phoenix, Booker T, and Jerry “The King” Lawler. I wonder if anyone will show off their jorts or call any of the talent on the show a “dwarf” like last night leading up to NXT TakeOver: Phoenix. Go back and check out the live coverage to see what I’m talking about.4:53 p.m.: Welcome to live coverage of the 2019 edition of the WWE Royal Rumble. We already have some big news as John Cena is officially out of the Rumble due to his “ankle injury”BREAKING: @JohnCena is unable to compete in tonight’s Men’s #RoyalRumble Match due to injury. https://t.co/cHIMZHuE9U— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 2019It’s believed that Cena’s ankle injury is not real and a simple storyline done to get him out of the match. The talk a few weeks ago was that Cena would be taken out either before the match or in the men’s Royal Rumble match by Lars Sullivan, leading to a match between them at WrestleMania 35. However, Sullivan has not been around due to a reported anxiety attack and now, Cena isn’t needed for the match. WWE has already announced his replacement in the Rumble — Braun Strowman.BREAKING: @catherinekelley has learned that @BraunStrowman will replace @JohnCena in the Men’s #RoyalRumble Match tonight! pic.twitter.com/x12oBNwl3j— WWE (@WWE) January 27, 2019The “Monster Among Men” has to be considered one of the favorite to win the match along with Seth Rollins. WWE Royal Rumble 2019 lineup— Men’s Royal Rumble match with the winner earning a world championship match at WrestleMania 35; confirmed entrants include Drew McIntyre, R-Truth, Big E, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Seth Rollins, Jeff Hardy, Dean Ambrose, Bobby Lashley, Samoa Joe, Elias, Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal, Apollo Crews, Andrade, Mustafa Ali, Rey Mysterio, Kalisto, Randy Orton— Women’s Royal Rumble match with the winner earning a world championship match at WrestleMania 35; confirmed entrants include Bayley, Carmella, Ember Moon, Natalya, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Alicia Fox, Zelina Vega, Naomi, Mickie James, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Tamina, Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Dana Brooke, Lana, Nia Jax, Nikki Cross, Lacey Evans, Alexa Bliss— Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor for the WWE Universal championship— Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles for the WWE championship— Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks for the “RAW” women’s championship— Asuka vs. Becky Lynch for the “SmackDown” women’s championship— The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) vs. Shane McMahon and The Miz for the “SmackDown” tag team championship— Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the United States championship (pre-show)— Buddy Murphy vs. Kalisto, Akira Tozawa, and Hideo Itami in a Fatal four-way match for the Cruiserweight championship (pre-show) WWE Royal Rumble 2019 predictions— Seth Rollins outlasts 29 others to win the men’s Royal Rumble and earn a shot at Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 35— Charlotte Flair will be the last women standing in the women’s Royal Rumble, setting her up to face Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 35— Brock Lesnar overpowers a gutsy Finn Balor to remain Universal champion— Daniel Bryan scores another win against AJ Styles to keep the WWE championship— Ronda Rousey successfully defends the “RAW” women’s championship against Sasha Banks— Asuka defeats Becky Lynch by disqualification after interference from Ronda Rousey to remain “SmackDown” women’s championlast_img read more

Fernando Tatis Jr. injury update: Padres rookie phenom (hamstring) to start rehab

first_img MLB trade rumors: Phillies deal for Jay Bruce ‘is complete’ The Padres surprised many be including him on their Opening Day roster, opting not to throttle his MLB service time, and Tatis justified that decision immediately, slashing .300/.360/.550 in his first 100 at-bats and .333/.385/.500 as the leadoff hitter.The combined line of the other five Padres who have batted leadoff: .222/.287/.379. Related News Rookie phenom Fernando Tatis Jr., out since April 28 with a left hamstring injury, will begin a rehab assignment Monday at Double-A Amarillo. If all goes well, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, the star shortstop could be back atop the Padres’ lineup by the end of the week.Rated MLB Pipeline’s No. 2 prospect, Tatis, 20, led the Padres in almost every offensive category when he was sidelined. Joey Gallo injury update: Rangers outfielder (oblique) placed on 10-day ILcenter_img Tatis was excellent defensively and on the basepaths, too, the Union-Tribune noted, showcasing the five tools that make him the Padres’ clear shortstop of the future. In Tatis’ absence, key offseason acquisition Manny Machado moved from third to short seamlessly.Still, the Padres have not only missed Tatis’ presence atop their lineup, but also have searched for answers at third while getting little production from the leadoff spot. Tatis has been at extended spring training in Arizona in recent weeks, slowly working his way into game action. Manager Andy Green has offered no timeline on Tatis’ rehab stint (per MLB.com). “How quickly he returns will be dictated by how he performs and how he feels,” Green said over the weekend.The Padres could use the young star as soon as possible. They are 2-5 over their last seven games and just lost two of three at home to the NL-worst Marlins to fall to 30-29 and into third place in the NL West, 10 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers.last_img read more

Michael Bloomberg: “I’m Out and I’m Backing Biden”

first_imgBillionaire Michael Bloomberg announced on MSNBC that he is suspending his self-funded half billion dollar campaign after a fourth place showing in Super Tuesday.And he is backing former Vice President Joe Biden.Super Tuesday was Bloomberg’s first time on the ballot and he garnered 44 delegates, so mathematically speaking he spent about $11 million per delegate.Bloomberg spent Super Tuesday in West Palm Beach.last_img

Young Chanderpaul aiming to improve batting

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):Former West Indies Under-19 opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul says he plans to use the upcoming first class season to improve his batting in the longer format of the game as a member of the Guyana Jaguars franchise.”Hopefully, if I get a knock, get some runs and do well for the team because we are the defending champions, and we have to retain that status,” said the 19-year-old left-hander.”After I finish training in the mornings here (with the team), I usually go home and practise my batting in the nets about an hour or so in the bowling machine.”Chanderpaul, who will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his father, Shivnarine, has a total of nine first-class matches, with an average of 20. At the Under-19 level last year, he was an outstanding performer at the top of the order for young West Indies, scoring 112 against India at the 2014 World Cup in Dubai.last_img read more