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Tim Tebow is one of the few people who truly understands Kyler Murray’s dilemma about whether to play professional baseball or football.

Prior to Murray’s decision to enter the NFL draft, Tebow did his best to help the 21-year-old dual-sport star make the right choice for himself.

“Kyler, I think he’s a really good young man, and I think this was a really tough decision for him,” Tebow said, according to ESPN. “He loves two sports, and I can really relate to that. And he went with something that he’s been really good at lately and dominating in. When we talked about it, and we did talk about that, I just gave him the advice to follow your heart. Whatever you’re passionate about.”

Murray was selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft, then went on to win the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma. Although Murray was already taken by the A’s, he decided to pursue his NFL dream and forgo a career in baseball.

Tebow also won the Heisman during his college career at Florida and decided to play baseball after his NFL stint ended, joining the New York Mets organization. He advised Murray to avoid making a decision for the benefit of people around him.

“Don’t do it for your agents, or your friends and sometimes necessarily even your family,” Tebow said. “Do it for what’s on your heart, and don’t let other people define you. You’re going to have all these coaches that you look up to and everybody else that’s going to tell you what they think, but what’s most important is following your heart and your passion. And so, I don’t know, hopefully, he did that.”

Murray will enter the draft as one of the most intriguing prospects in recent memory, something else that Tebow can certainly relate to.

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WWE SmackDown Superstar and former NXT standout Andrade looks set for a renewed main roster push on Tuesday nights, despite losing two-thirds of his ring name earlier this week, having starred in one of the best TV matches in recent memory (vs. Rey Mysterio) earlier this week.

It’s a sudden elevation after months of main roster mis-booking, but there may be a big reason behind it.

Per Dave Meltzer in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Andrade has warned several big-name free agents about signing with the company, the most notable of which are CMLL’s Rush and Dragon Lee.

Rush, one of Mexico’s biggest stars, signed a one-year deal with Ring Of Honor earlier this week, having consulted with Andrade on his long-term future. It’s thought that Lee sought similar advice from the former La Sombra, who cited his own plight as an example of what awaited in WWE.

Meltzer believes that learning of Andrade’s frustration may have led to his ongoing push. This makes sense, given how competitive wrestling’s labour market has become, and how in-demand the former NXT Champion would be if he were to leave WWE. Perhaps his new focus is part of the company’s attempts at keeping him around.

Either way, if true, this is yet another example of how increased competition benefits everyone in the business.

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After declaring for the NFL draft on Monday, Kyler Murray must choose between football and baseball. One man who’s been in Murray’s position before, two-sport legend Deion Sanders, knows which decision he’d make if he was in the Heisman Trophy winner’s shoes.

Sanders suggested that Murray, an Oakland Athletics draft pick who’s already agreed to a signing bonus with the team, forego life in the NFL and stick to baseball.

“If I was in his shoes, I’m picking up the baseball bat and I’m not looking back,” Sanders said on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

After saying Murray won’t be able to play both sports because of the demands of the quarterback position, the man known as Prime Time, who was a star in the NFL and MLB, went on to explain why the young phenom should play baseball exclusively.

“That’s tough, at his position,” Sanders added. “I don’t think he realizes the ridicule that you go through once you declare and say, ‘I’m gonna be a football player.’ Now people start talking about your height, your size, what you can’t do. He ain’t dealt with that yet.”

Murray is listed at 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, according to the Oklahoma Sooners website.

Despite being considered undersized as a quarterback, Murray is projected by some evaluators to be drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Former WWE Intercontinental Champion Ahmed Johnson recently appeared on the “Why It Ended With Robbie E”podcast and talked about how Triple H and WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall helped him in the ring and behind-the-scenes during his WWE run.

“One person that really helped me that I can say… Triple H helped me in the ring,” Johnson said.

He continued, “Razor Ramon helped me, too. He would watch my matches and when I got done, he would pull me to the side after most of my matches. He would pull me to the side and tell me what he’d seen that he liked, and what he didn’t like. I had those two in my corner in the beginning, so, that was cool with me. Then Razor and them left, but in the beginning that’s the two guys I would give credit to.”

Ahmed also talked about the infamous kiss from Goldust on live TV. Johnson wasn’t happy with how the WWE veteran improvised.

“We practiced this over & over, and Goldust was supposed to put his hand over his mouth,” Johnson said. “He was supposed to kiss his hand, but he wanted to pull [a stunt] because he knew it was live TV, and I couldn’t get up and move if he kissed me. So, he really kissed me, and I was so fired up.”

Johnson still gave Goldust props for getting him over.

“I give Goldust his props too, man. He’s just a hell of a performer,” Johnson said. “He’s a hell of a performer and if you can’t get over with Goldust, you can’t get over. He’s one of the best in the business at getting you over.”

Johnson also revealed that he believes WWE went too long with The Nation of Domination storyline.

“It kept drawing wherever we went, especially overseas,” Johnson said. “It was drawing big time, but I just think it went on just a tad bit too long.”

For people who work in the professional wrestling business, dating and relationships can be difficult. WWE broadcaster Charly Caruso was recently on Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia and she discussed the hardships she has faced in her dating life.

Caruso said she has found it hard to open up to people because she comes from a broken home, as her parents got divorced. She also finds it difficult to date in big cities because most people are career-oriented and don’t put much effort into their relationships.

“I think it has created a little bit of a barrier because when I meet someone I am pretty guarded, and I don’t know if it’s necessarily because we have past experiences where we have our defenses up, but I think part of me isn’t used to seeing these healthy and strong relationships so I am almost like, well, is it possible for me to have one? I know that dating and having relationships are so much different with technology and social media that it is – just trying to date in this era, especially in New York City is just a trip,” Caruso said. “I think a lot of people in these places were all so focused on themselves and career-driven that relationships end up taking a backseat. Whereas, middle-America a lot of people are used to settling down at earlier ages, and that is kind of like one of their plans where they want to get married and have kids, which becomes their primary priorities whereas in these big cities like New York and Los Angeles you see people settling down much later so dating is very wild.”

Caruso said being in the pro wrestling business has not made it any easier on her. She usually deals with jealousy and insecurity from her partner because of how much she is on the road. People automatically think that she is romantically involved with wrestlers. Caruso said being in this business requires a partner who is secure with themselves and who understands what her job entails so they won’t have any issues.

“Just to be with someone who can understand what you are going through, I mean, it is a lifestyle that not a lot of people cannot handle,” Caruso said. “You have to be very secure with yourself. I have guys that I have dated and they’re like, ‘So, are you hooking up with the wrestlers?’ Like, okay, just relax, if you are my boyfriend there is nothing to worry about. You shouldn’t have to worry about other people or be intimidated. They say things like, ‘Well, you are around all these attractive people all the time.’ Or, when I worked at a news station where I was around people from the NFL and the NBA, and guys would tell me that they wouldn’t like that I would be around those people, but I would say that it is my job and you don’t really have a say in it and this is how it is going to be.”

Caruso added that she had discussed this topic with Paige, who broke up with her boyfriend recently. Caruso said that while she feels that some men say that they want a strong and confident woman, they end up resenting them for being just that.

“You would have to be around a strong guy who is very secure with himself, also just supportive of what you are doing,” Caruso stated. “I was just having this conversation with someone the other day, it was Paige because she just broke up with her boyfriend just recently, and I told her, you know, every guy says that they want this strong and confident woman and that is what they love about you, but it is only a matter of time where they start resenting you for that, and they can’t keep up with you and that they don’t like that you are so dominant or so successful because then it makes them feel less secure, which isn’t the case for everybody, but with my past experiences that has how it has been for most of the time.”

After William Nylander‘s well-documented holdout to begin the year, he’s experienced when it comes to contract negotiations, so much so that the Toronto Maple Leafs winger is offering advice to fellow teammates and pending restricted free agents Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.

“Just get it done before the season starts,” Nylander said to TSN’s Gino Redawhen asked if he had any words of wisdom. “That’s probably the one thing you’d want, to get it out of the way.”

Matthews and Marner are both restricted free agents at the end of this season and could find themselves in similar contract negotiations as Nylander if they don’t take the Swede’s advice.

Nylander missed the Leafs’ first 28 games and only has two assists in five contests since returning. He admitted that it’ll take a bit longer to feel like his old self.

“Probably another couple more games,” Nylander said, according to Reda. “So another week, and I’ll feel 100 percent.”

The 22-year-old signed a six-year, $45-million deal on Dec. 1 after posting two straight 61-point campaigns.

Charles Barkley has some advice for professional athletes on how to deal with hecklers: walk away.

“You gotta be careful man, ’cause you can’t hit a fan. Because they’re just gonna sue you,” Barkley told TMZ Sports. “You have nothing to gain. I mean, if you hit a fan, you’re going to lose a lot of money, plain and simple.

“First of all, most of the fans are amazing. But there’s a certain fanbase that are crazy and you just got to walk away.”

The NBA Hall of Famer’s comments came while responding to a question about Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, who was caught on video threatening to fight a fan during Thursday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

Barkley has had his share of run-ins with hecklers. A New York man suedBarkley in 1996 for allegedly punching him several times in the face and head during a scuffle at a bar. The following year, Barkley was arrested for throwinganother man through a plate-glass window in Orlando.