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Fred Wilpon made sure Terry Collins would see out his contract with the New York Mets.

Though general manager Sandy Alderson and chief executive officer Jeff Wilpon – the son of Fred – reportedly attempted to dismiss Collins on multiple occasions during his time with the Mets, the senior Wilpon is said to have repeatedly thwarted those efforts, over a dozen team sources told Newsday’s Marc Carig.

“He got too chummy with him,” one team official told Carig about Wilpon’s amicable relationship with Collins.

It’s not the first time this season Wilpon is said to have jumped to Collins’ defense.

Back in May, as the Mets struggled to stay afloat in the NL East and Matt Harvey‘s infamous team-issued suspension dominated headlines, general manager Sandy Alderson had allegedly grown frustrated with Collins’ recent in-game decisions. Collins’ job as Mets skipper, however, was not under threat due to strong support from Wilpon in the front office.

Collins’ contract with the club will come to an end following the 2017 season, to which the Mets reportedly expect the 68-year-old to retire from baseball. The skipper, however, spurned those assumptions earlier this week, adamantly stating he “will be in baseball, somewhere.”

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He may be wearing Cleveland Cavaliers colors in 2017-18, but before he hangs up his kicks for good, Dwyane Wade will make sure he returns to the Miami Heat.

“Miami, the door’s always unlocked,” Wade told The Associated Press. “One day I want to retire in a Miami Heat jersey. I don’t know how that will happen, but I definitely want to make sure that when I decide to hang it up, that jersey is on. Whether it’s being back there or signing a one-day deal like Paul Pierce, I want to make sure that I go out the way I came in.”

Wade spent the first 13 seasons of his career in South Beach after being drafted fifth overall in 2003. He captured three championships with the organization, and remains the team’s all-time leader in games played, minutes, points, assists, and steals.

A reunion was on the table once the 35-year-old was bought out of his contract with the Chicago Bulls, yet Wade elected for a different reunion with his former Heat teammate in LeBron James.

Wade also feels Miami has a good thing going with the pieces they have in place, and should look to build off its prosperous finish to the 2016-17 regular season.

“Honestly, I didn’t feel they needed me there,” Wade said. “I feel that those guys are in a good place. They deserve to come back this year and see what that 30-11 was about. They don’t need me there over their shoulder or anything like that. That’s kind of how I approached it.”

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Speculation has started up online at PWInsider regarding a potential return of The Undertaker, following his apparent retirement after the main event of WrestleMania 33.

After losing to Roman Reigns at the Orlando super-show, the Deadman left his hat, gloves and trench coat in the ring, seemingly calling time on his legendary wrestling career. However, PWInsider have reported that The Undertaker could well be preparing for a future match – although such rumours should of course be taken with a grain of salt, especially considering the ostensible finality of his WrestleMania 33 appearance.

It has been noted that ‘Taker was spotted backstage at SummerSlam, and was also seen working out in ring before the pay per view. Additionally, John Cena’s promo on this week’s Monday Night Raw could be regarded as a further clue. Cena made a jibe at Undertaker while addressing Roman Reigns, referring to the Deadman as ‘a battered veteran at the end of his career with a bad hip’.

This, coupled with an apparent gong sound at the end of No Mercy hype vignettes, have led many online to believe that a return could well happen at the September 24th PPV in Los Angeles, California. Cena is set to compete against Roman Reigns on that card.

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Not all superheroes wear capes.

Shane Doan, the longtime captain of the Arizona Coyotes who made his NHL debut with the original Winnipeg Jets in 1995, was more than a leader to his team. On Wednesday, he announced his retirement from the NHL, doing so after 21 seasons with a single franchise.

On-ice achievements aside, Doan’s desire to remain with the only club he had ever known may have been the biggest factor in why the Coyotes have remained in the desert after years of uncertainty and instability.

“If Shane all of a sudden jumped for greener pastures five, six, seven, eight years ago, I’m not quite sure this franchise would still be here as we sit here today,” former Coyotes general manager Don Maloney told Jonas Siegel of The Canadian Press. “When you think of loyal, tough, strong, leader, character, teammate, all those words come to mind when you think of Shane.”

Maloney, now vice-president of hockey operations with the Calgary Flames, speaks from experience. He and Doan were critical pieces in keeping things afloat in the desert through his nine-year run as GM.

Four of those years included the Coyotes being under league ownership after former franchise holder Jerry Moyes placed the team into bankruptcy in 2009. The ensuing years brought a string of potential suitors, finally resulting in the 2013 sale to IceArizona, a group led by Calgary businessman George Gosbee.

But amidst ownership instability, relocation speculation, shoestring budgets, city council battles, and arena woes, Doan was the one constant. Not even Maloney, who built a Coyotes team which advanced to the 2012 Western Conference Finals, could withstand it all, as he was fired in 2016.

Still, Doan remained. The third captain in Coyotes’ history hangs up his skates as franchise leader in games played, goals, assists, and points.

“I think it’s such a credit to who he is as a person that through thick and thin, through some very difficult times, he stood up and said, ‘I’m not going anywhere. This works here. This is a great franchise. This is a great place to live. We can make it work here,” Maloney added.

“(Shane’s) first thought in anything that was done – off the ice, on the ice – is how does it affect this team, how does it my teammates and then – well down the line – how does it affect me? And I think that’s what you want in a captain, to be constantly thinking of team and how to make things better.”

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Longtime Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan announced his retirement Wednesday in a farewell letter published in the Arizona Republic.

Here is an excerpt from Doan’s statement:

I’m so grateful and thankful to the Winnipeg Jets for drafting me and giving me a chance to play my rookie season and when the team moved to the Valley in 1996, all I wanted to know was if the Coyotes would keep giving me a chance to play.

Against their better judgment, they did and that first game as a Phoenix Coyote was exciting. We played against the San Jose Sharks in downtown Phoenix at America West Arena, and it was so fun. The crowd was right on top of you, and you could feel the emotion and energy in the building.

I could not fathom at the time that I would end up playing in Arizona for the next 21 years, raise a family and call this place home. But that’s exactly what happened.

And that’s why this has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.

I’m retiring from the NHL.

The two-time All-Star spent his entire 21-year career with the franchise, and finishes as Arizona’s all-time leader in games played, goals, assists, and points. Doan and the Coyotes agreed to part ways in June, but it was widely expected the 40-year-old veteran would seek another NHL gig.

Despite coming off his worst offensive season in four years (six goals and 21 assists), Doan had reported interest from multiple clubs to return for the 2017-18 campaign.

The former seventh overall draft pick finishes his career with 402 goals, 570 assists, and 972 points.

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Light has been shed on Daniel Alfredsson’s decision to leave the Ottawa Senators, a move that was announced seemingly out of nowhere back on July 1.

The team’s longtime captain disclosed he left his front-office job with the club “to be a stay-at-home dad for awhile,” according to Ken Warren of the Ottawa Sun.

He’ll remain in the Ottawa area, but with a focus on becoming more involved in the lives of his four sons, specifically helping coach them in the game in which he made his name. Alfredsson added he’s looking to renew a sense of stability after uprooting the family for his brief tenure with the Detroit Red Wings prior to retirement.

“We just bought a house and (there) is school and sports,” he said. “We’re not going anywhere for a lot of years, if ever.”

However, he’s not closing the door on working at the NHL level again in the future.

“Who knows? If that opportunity would come back again, I would look at it very hard,” he said. “It’s what I know best. It’s what I love, as well. I can see that in the future at some point. But when, I don’t know.”

Over the past two seasons, Alfredsson worked closely with former general manager Bryan Murray, current GM Pierre Dorion, and assistant GM Randy Lee, learning the ins and outs of hockey operations.

Alfredsson’s No. 11 was retired by the Senators on Dec. 29, 2016.

Daniel Bryan will return wrestle in 2018, according to his wife, Brie Bella.

In an interview with From The Top Rope Podcast, Brie revealed that her husband has been undergoing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, and has already had around 40 treatments across the USA. She also stated that, should he get the ago-ahead from doctors, she would be fully supportive of his return to wrestling, adding ‘This is your dream and passion. You have one life to live and I will never hold you back, because I love to wrestle and I would hate if someone told me you can’t do it. And if the WWE doesn’t allow it, then I said, go somewhere else.’

This is very interesting for fans of independent wrestling, as it raises the issue of where Bryan would likely go if WWE refused to allow him to wrestle under their banner. His contract, of course, expires in 2018. Ring of Honor would seem a frontrunner, with Daniel being a former champion and fan favourite there.

In the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Meltzer noted that while Bryan wouldn’t likely make more money on the indies than he would in WWE, he’d certainly be able to come close with a lighter, hand-picked schedule. He also added that Bryan has never really been about the money, and the thought of having better matches with a wider variety of opponents would be very tempting.

Meltzer also noted Bryan’s in-ring return would likely dominate wrestling news in 2018.