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10 years on from the Chris Benoit tragedy, Chris Jericho is set to discuss the incident with the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer on this Friday’s Talk Is Jericho podcast.

Y2J made the announcement earlier today, along with news that Wednesday’s show will focus on his own childhood:-

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Jericho has used his podcast to talk about the tragedy on several occasions. The first in-depth discussion came during Chavo Guerrero’s appearance on the show’s 11th episode, and the most recent came in June 2016, when Sandra Toffoloni – sister of the late Nancy Benoit – featured on Talk Is Jericho.

A stark, sobering interview, it cleared up much of the misinformation surrounding the incident, and covered new ground on everything from the day Sandra first met Benoit to the capricious deterioration of his marriage. As wrestling’s most renowned journalist, Meltzer has never been shy of speaking on the subject either, so Friday’s show shouldn’t be short of depth.

The tragedy’s 10-year anniversary passed on June 24th, making this a timely discussion. It still casts a shadow over wrestling, and while WWE have understandably distanced themselves from it, it continues to influence the way they do business today.

MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado much prefers his position on the field as opposed to being in the stands when it comes to enduring a Major League Baseball game.

Machado was on hand for the All-Star Game in Miami earlier this week as a spectator for the first time in three seasons. While he said he enjoyed cheering on teammate Jonathan Schoop and several other friends, he found the game a touch mundane.

“Yeah, it’s a little boring to watch it,” Machado said, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN. “I don’t know how people go out there and watch games. Now I know why sometimes people don’t come to games.”

Machado isn’t the first MLB superstar to take a shot at the sport.

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said prior to last season that he believes baseball is a “tired sport” because players can’t express themselves.

Fortunately for Machado and Harper – along with other players and fans who share their views – MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is looking to speed up the game by trying to eliminate some of its dead time, while also encouraging players to show emotion while playing.

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A new arena situated on the right side of town is the final piece of the puzzle for the Arizona Coyotes.

That’s the stance of Coyotes’ owner Andrew Barroway, who spoke with Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports in a wide-ranging interview Friday, touching on several topics on a team that has had arguably hockey’s busiest offseason.

Barroway, who assumed full ownership of the Coyotes in June, reiterated his commitment to the Arizona market, noting a new arena is the next big step for the franchise.

“I made the decision to expand my ownership in the Coyotes for a few reasons,” Barroway said. “First, I love this team, I love hockey and I love being here in the Valley. I am a homeowner here. I voted here. We’re committed to Arizona long-term. This is where we want to be.

“We’re not relocating and I have no exit strategy here. My son would never forgive me. He (Jake) is transferring to the University of Michigan to study sports management and the plan is, when he is old enough, he’ll be the future governor (of the team). I’m not flipping it. This is a family enterprise.”

Barroway was on hand Thursday for a press conference introducing new head coach Rick Tocchet, as well as Steve Patterson, who the club appointed as president and CEO. Patterson is a familiar name to Arizona sports fans, as he was previously the athletic director at Arizona State University, most recently in 2013.

Patterson’s past experience with stadium projects, including the construction of NRG Stadium, home of the NFL’s Houston Texans, and the redevelopment of Portland’s Moda Center, the home court of the NBA’s Trail Blazers, will be a key resource as the Coyotes continue to work toward a new arena. This expertise, in addition to his ties to the Valley of the Sun, makes Patterson a key hire for the Coyotes.

“Steve has the combined skills and experience and local contacts to help go about it,” Barroway said. “Going forward on stadium stuff, we’ll do everything aggressively and privately and when we have a firm deal to announce, we’ll announce it.

“I think people want to know when it’s a done deal. They don’t need to live through the daily drama of it. There’s no benefit to discussing it publicly until you have something to report. You’re not going to get any false timelines from us, but trust me, I get up in the morning thinking about a new stadium and I go to sleep thinking about a new stadium.”

The Coyotes certainly have the support of the NHL, particularly commissioner Gary Bettman, who according to Barroway described Arizona as a “home run” hockey market if a new stadium can come to fruition.

The Coyotes are in search of a new arena after the city of Glendale voted to end the team’s long-term lease agreement at Gila River Arena, where it’ll continue to play on a year-to-year basis.

The Coyotes hope to have a new arena in the East Valley, closer to most of the team’s fan base and corporate sponsors. Past proposals have included a site on the campus of Arizona State, and reportedly a shared facility with the NBA’s Suns in downtown Phoenix. The two clubs previously shared an arena prior to the Coyotes’ move to Glendale in 2003.

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The Houston Texans broke the bank to trade up for Deshaun Watson in this year’s draft, so it’s likely a matter of when, not if, the rookie quarterback will earn the starting job in 2017 – especially with only journeyman Tom Savage in his way.

However, Bill O’Brien’s offense is notoriously difficult to master – Watson is no lock to be under center in Week 1. The former Clemson standout says he’ll know he’s ready when the head coach calls his number.

“Honestly, whenever Coach (O’Brien) and the coaches feel like I’m ready to go (I’ll be ready),” Watson told NFL Network’s Alex Flanagan on Tuesday, according to Conor Orr of NFL.com. “The team feels like they can operate with me behind the wheel and being the quarterback. It’s gonna take time, it’s gonna be a process, really no rush. Just kinda taking it one day at a time, and whenever that time comes, I’ll be ready.”

The Texans are ready to win now, boasting one of the league’s most dominant defenses along with strong offensive weapons in DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller.

Throwing a rookie quarterback into the mix is a risk, but Watson’s arguably the most pro-ready quarterback in the 2017 class, and Houston is built in a way that can protect a rookie pivot.

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CM Punk was recently asked during an appearance on ESPN Radio out of Chicago, IL if there was any part of him that misses professional wrestling.

“Not at all,” the former WWE Champion said to ESPN Radio Chicago (h/t Wrestling Observer Newsletter).

Punk revealed WWE has sent lawyers and people by proxy after him because they’re mad he “called them on their BS.” One example of this is WWE senior ringside physician Dr. Chris Amann suing Punk for defamation over comments he made on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast in 2014. Cabana was a co-defendant in the suit.

Punk (0-1) stated he hasn’t spoken to UFC president Dana White in several months but he wants to fight again. Punk believes he’ll know what is next for him in another month or two.

CM Punk, 38, left WWE suddenly after Royal Rumble 2014. He went on to sign a multi-fight contract with the UFC that was announced in December 2014. His fighting debut took place last September, where he lost to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in 2:14.

He has continued to train at Roufusport under the direction of Duke Roufus. Dana White is on record as to saying Punk is probably not going to fight in the UFC again.

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For the times they are a-changin’.

With the San Francisco Giants in their worst state in over a decade, the club saw its sellout streak end at 530 games Monday at AT&T Park against the Cleveland Indians.

It stands as the longest streak in National League history and ranks second only to the Boston Red Sox (794 straight) for longest in league history, according to Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller.

The announced attendance was 39,538.

The Giants, currently on pace to lose 94 games, ranked third in the league in average home attendance (41,574) prior to Monday’s game. In fact, the Giants haven’t slotted below the top 10 in attendance since 2008.

 NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers
 

The end of Philip Rivers‘ illustrious career is looming, but the star quarterback is hoping to stick around long enough with the Chargers to play in their new stadium in Los Angeles, which is set to open in three years.

Rivers told NFL Network’s Rich Eisen that he has no plans to walk away from football anytime soon, despite the move away from San Diego.

“I hope to still be playing football in 2020, and certainly I hope I’m still playing here,” Rivers said, according to ESPN’s Eric D. Williams. “So yeah, I hope to get to see that stadium then. That’s a long way out. I’ve learned to just take them one year at a time and one game at a time at this point. I’m certainly thankful I’ve been able to be out there for all of them since 2006.

“I don’t take that for granted. And hopefully I’m still playing well enough and we’ve won enough football games that I will be able to trot out there in 2020 in that new stadium.”

Rivers will turn 39 near the end of the 2020 season, and while his physical skills have begun to show signs of decline, his style is suited to a career that extends into his 40s if he wishes.

And while Rivers’ loyalty to San Diego means the relocation to L.A. has likely been a tough adjustment, the veteran pivot is excited for a new challenge at this stage of his playing days.

“I really am excited about embracing this chapter, both from an organizational standpoint and then personally in my career,” Rivers said. “It’s a new market and new fan base. I do think over time, at least it seems like more and more of the fans that we’ve had that are in San Diego are kind of getting more and more warmed up and excited.

“I’ve had a bunch of people tell me, ‘We’re coming up and we’ll be up there for a game.’ I think if we can get it going we truly can be – and I know the Rams are already up there – but it’s kind of Southern California’s team right there in L.A.”