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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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WWE is keen on the idea of bringing CM Punk back to the company, according to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer (via Wrestling News).

The 38-year-old walked out in early 2014 amid frustrations over his injury concerns, as well as long-standing creative differences.

He would later publicly air his grievances on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast, where he appeared to rule out a return to WWE.

But according to Meltzer, Punk has not completely burnt his bridges in the eyes of management, who would be open to the prospect of a reunion.

Speaking on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the respected wrestling journalist said: “No matter what is said, WWE wants CM Punk back.”

Few will be surprised to learn that Vince McMahon would be happy to roll out the red carpet for Punk, having previously done so for the likes of Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart, Kurt Angle and Goldberg – who also departed in acrimony.

But Punk himself has so far shown little indication he would be prepared to reverse his retirement. The Straight Edge Superstar is reportedly still pursuing a career in the octagon, having fought his first match – a defeat to Micky Gall – back in September.

Until he formally puts the latest rumours to bed, though, speculation around his future is likely to continue.

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A return to Montreal, a Mexico debut, or a new team in the Carolinas are all potential future scenarios for Major League Baseball, commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday.

Speaking prior to the Home Run Derby in Miami, Manfred remained adamant the the league’s current priority is finding new stadiums for both the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics, but acknowledged he believes MLB could be sustainable in three other cities.

“I know the mayor of Montreal has been very vocal about bringing baseball back to Montreal,” Manfred said, according to Mark Newman of MLB.com. “Charlotte’s a possibility. And I’d like to think that Mexico City or some other place in Mexico would be a possibility.”

MLB hasn’t expanded since 1998 when the league added Tampa Bay and the Arizona Diamondbacks, and hasn’t relocated since the Expos left Montreal for Washington at the conclusion of the 2004 season.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

A group of local lawmakers is proposing the New York Islanders return to Nassau Coliseum, the barn which the team called home for more than 40 seasons before it uprooted for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in 2015.

Nassau and Suffolk county lawmakers will hold a press conference Friday, urging the firm redeveloping Nassau Coliseum to make the required upgrades needed for the Islanders’ return.

“We have been assured by (developer) Nassau Events Center that they are very willing to make necessary modifications to accommodate an NHL team,” Nassau lawmakers wrote in a letter to the Islanders’ ownership, according to Robert Brodsky and Jim Baumbach of Newsday.

Seating capacity was a primary concern why the Islanders left Nassau Coliseum, a 1971-built arena that had 16,170 seats. The ongoing renovation has reduced it to 13,000. The Winnipeg Jets are home to the NHL’s smallest arena by seating capacity, coming in at 15,294.

In a statement to Newsday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Nassau Coliseum is not a “suitable option” for the Islanders.

However, the move to Brooklyn has not been without its own concerns, as the arena was initially built for basketball, leaving many seats with an obstructed view of the Islanders’ ice surface.

The Islanders have a 25-year lease at Barclays Center, but can opt out of the agreement as early as 2018. In April, the team submitted a request for proposal to build a new arena at Belmont Park in Nassau County.

While the location of the team’s future home remains uncertain, the Islanders will play at least one more game at Nassau Coliseum, as it was announced last month that the arena will host a preseason game next season between the Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers.

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The NBA is in no hurry to address the issue of conference imbalance.

It was reported recently that multiple Western Conference team owners reached out to the league to propose ways to solve the power disparity, with their half of the league being so much stronger than the East.

It’s a problem the NBA has had for some time, and delved into two years ago only to find that abolishing conferences would be infeasible.

“We concluded that given all the focus on sports science, health of our players, impact of travel, it didn’t make sense, at least at this time, to move to a balanced schedule, because again, we play an imbalanced schedule,” commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday at the Board of Governors presser, as quoted by ASAP Sports.

“Teams in the East obviously play each other more than teams in the West, and the notion is if you’re going to see one through 16, the only fair way to do it is then have a balanced schedule throughout the season.”

Silver explained that balancing out the schedule league-wide would necessitate far too much travel.

“The conclusion was that at least given the state of travel, the state of science on travel, we’re better off staying in the conference system the way we have it, and of course same implications for the playoffs; the notion, again, of having teams crisscrossing the country in the first round didn’t seem to make sense to our teams,” he added.

That said, the NBA isn’t ruling out the possibility of someday realigning conferences or changing the playoff format. In fact, Silver said he assumed the league will eventually look into it again.

“I think for the league, I think many of us felt a 1-through-16 playoff made more sense. And maybe there’s also the potential – it’s in some ways a separate issue, should you reseed after every round as some leagues do? I think those are the things we’ll continue to look at, but it’s not at the top of the agenda right now.”

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Britney Spears may be returning to the Super Bowl halftime show.

The pop star’s associates have had “secret discussions” with television and advertising executives connected to Super Bowl LII, according to the New York Daily News.

“Britney has made it clear to her team that it is a dream to perform at a Super Bowl,” one insider told the Daily News. “She has the hits package and appeal to be a headliner.”

The report goes on to say that Spears could “also be packaged with other big acts to fill the 12-minute slot.”

The 35-year-old previously performed alongside NSYNC, Aerosmith, Nelly, and Mary J. Blige during the Super Bowl XXXV halftime show in 2001.

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Zak Bevis, the real-life brother of WWE superstar Paige, noted on his Facebook page on Tuesday morning that he’s “very worried” about his sister.

“I’ve got too say I’m very worried about my sister,” Bevis wrote (sic). “Please keep a eye on her, she had one Prick Known as brad Maddox who took advantage of an 18 year old girl. Physically and mentally abused her. And now she’s with a control freak who think he’s a tough guy cause he’s beats my sister and has money too cover his tracks..”

News broke on Monday that Alberto El Patron was detained by police at the Orlando International Airport on Sunday following a domestic incident. Paige claimed the incident was not between herself and Alberto but rather with an angry fan that allegedly threw a drink on the GFW Impact World Heavyweight Champion. Audio of the incident revealed Alberto telling someone to “call the cops” and Paige crying. A witness claimed the wrestling couple were arguing at a restaurant in the airport.

“I love my sister she will end up like Whitney Houston or Amy Winehouse,” Zak wrote on Facebook. “….please share this,,I want the world to know that i care about my lil sister…..everyone keep an eye on her …you’ll be argry at me but I love you, I’m writing this on behalf of all the Knights.”

Zak also noted that their father, Ricky Knight, will weigh in later, noting, “Thanks for all the messages. Yes this is very hard to do. Ricky Knight is the head of this family and will have his say later.”

Knight has been an outspoken critic of Paige’s relationship with El Patron, something that has even boiled over into a wrestling match between them.