'Incredible honor' for ex-NUFC star Shaka Hislop as he is awarded freedom from Newcastle

The former Toon goalkeeper was awarded top honors for his role in founding anti-racism charity Show Racism The Red Card (Author: Gardener)

Shaka HislopFormer Newcastle United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has been presented with the Freedom of the City award. The Toon legend, part of the famous entertaining squad of the 1990s, was presented with Newcastle's highest civic honor on Wednesday night in recognition of his pivotal role in creating the anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card (SRRTC). The 53-year-old sent a letter of support and a £50 donation which helped found the North Shields-based charity in 1996 and still serves as honorary president. He added: "I know there are so many people I have to thank, starting with Newcastle United, who have given me the opportunity to play football at the highest level, live my childhood dreams, and the support they have me and the others in the Newcastle dressing room as we worked to shape what SRTRC had become. "I have to thank Founder and CEO Ged Grebby for the work and vision over the past 26 years, our staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly." And finally, I would like to thank Habib Rahman, the first black mayor in Newcastle's history , for his vision and efforts to continue building that better world that we all hoped for some 26 years ago." Coun Karen Kilgour, the council's vice chair, said Wednesday that Shaka would thank Hislop for his role in Kevin Keegan's legendary team remained in the hearts of Newcastle fans, but that he deserved the city's top honor for his commitment to fighting racism Labor Party Councilor John Stokel-Walker added that the honor was both well-deserved and was also long overdue, saying the former goalkeeper's involvement with SRTRC was far more than a "flash in the pan". Okrate Henry Gallagher said the granting of liberty showed Newcastle was a tolerant and welcoming city. Other recent recipients also include former Bishop of Newcastle Christine Hardman, late Byker councilor George Allison, former NUFC chairman Freddy Shepherd and his brother Bruce, and Great North Run founder Sir Brendan Foster.


Magpies edge out Seagulls to climb further in remarkable Premier League revival

The day in Newcastle got even better as a host of clubs suffered defeats in a relegation battle. (Author: Gardener)

SeagullsNewcastle continued their remarkable Premier League revival with a win over Brighton – their fifth win in six games. Ryan Fraser and Fabian Schar batted as Eddie Howe's side fended off a concerted rematch from Brighton to win 2-1 after Seagulls skipper Lewis Dunk reduced the deficit. Jacob Murphy's pass left defender Marc Cucurella behind before lifting a shot over Robert Sanchez and although his try came back off the post Fraser was there to give the home side an early lead. Just two more minutes had elapsed when the visitors were hit again, this time when Schar climbed highest to head Fraser's free-kick from the right side firmly past the keeper. Dunk headed home a corner to give Brighton hope of ending their own poor run, but the hosts survived and took the three points. The day in Newcastle got even better as a host of clubs suffered defeats in a relegation battle. Ivan Toney scored a hat-trick to win bottom side Norwich 3-1 as Brentford celebrated their first win since 2 January. The Canary Islands' hopes of staying up were dashed when Toney returned to the starting XI after suffering a calf injury and was the focus. Teemu Pukki found a late consolation but Thomas Frank edged out old boss Dean Smith, who could feel Norwich's fight for survival in the Premier League is all but lost. The Clarets were still in the game after a goalless first half but were knocked down. Reece James, who made his 2022 start from injury, got the first a few minutes into the second half and then was involved in the next two - both ended by Kai Havertz - with Burnley imploding as they backed up lost home games for the first time this season. Things got even worse for the hosts with just over 20 minutes to go when Christian Pulisic got the easiest finish from just under a yard after a mistake by James Tarkowski. Elsewhere, Aston Villa built on a win at Brighton last week by beating Southampton 4-0 at Villa Park. A fine finish from Ollie Watkins put the hosts on track before Douglas Luiz ended a good team move just before half-time. Crystal Palace clinched just a third away win in the league under Patrick Vieira with a 2-0 win at Wolves. The away side were rewarded for a quick start as Jean-Philippe Mateta broke the deadlock while Wilfried Zaha converted a penalty in the 34th minute to secure the win.


Chelsea leave Man Utd for Ousmane Dembele signing

Ousmane Dembele is no longer of serious interest for two clubs and paves the way for Manchester United to finalize a deal, according to Saturday's Paper Talk. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaOusmane Dembele is no longer of serious interest for two clubs, paving the way for Manchester United to secure a deal while Everton risk losing two key attackers in the summer - according to Saturday's Paper Talk. According to reports in the Spanish press, Manchester United appear to be the final candidates for Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele. Dembele will be out of contract with Barcelona in the summer and unlikely to be renewed. However, several clubs have since been warned to include him for free. But according to Barcelona-based newspaper Diario Sport, Chelsea - as well as fellow contenders Juventus - are out of the race to sign Dembele. Instead, the only team left in the running is Man Utd, according to the report. The Red Devils are longtime admirers of the 2018 world champions. There will be many changes at Old Trafford in the summer and Dembele's potential arrival could be one. However, they would have to shell out large sums for his contract and the entry fee. But even that wouldn't come cheap for a club that's been struggling financially in recent months. So if Dembele goes free Man Utd could be one of the best placed clubs to snap him up. Which 20 clubs would form the strongest possible Premier League? Everton fear losing both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison in the summer, according to the Telegraph. It's been a challenging season for Everton on and off the field. Frank Lampard is hoping to lead the club into a new era but may have to start fresh by the end of the season. The Telegraph warns they are at risk of losing attacking duo Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison. In fact, Calvert-Lewin's absence was felt early in the season when Everton were particularly struggling. The England international has been linked with a move elsewhere in the Premier League both before and after his injury layoff. According to the report, he remains of interest for Newcastle United and Arsenal. Richarlison, on the other hand, is an ambitious player and could eventually take the next step in his career. Calvert-Lewin is contracted at Goodison Park until 2025, a year after Richarlison's contract expires. And at the opposite end of the pitch, the Telegraph warns that Tottenham could be looking to poach goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as the Toffees face an uncertain summer. Newcastle are preparing for another key transfer window and could rekindle an earlier interest in Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby. However, L'Equipe warn them it would cost them a club-record fee to sign the France international. According to the French newspaper, Leverkusen would like any Diaby sale to exceed the sum they received for Chelsea attacking midfielder Kai Havertz. Newcastle director Amanda Staveley has previously warned the club will not be blackmailed for goals in the summer. Her comments about not spending "silly money" could cast doubt on her hopes of signing Diaby. But links with high-profile targets will remain for Newcastle nonetheless - particularly if they ensure the survival of the Premier League. Armando Broja has joined Southampton on loan from Chelsea this season. According to Sport, West Ham are ready to bid £25m to sign the Albania international in the summer. West Ham have been trying to sign a new striker since January 2021. Chelsea have him under a long-term contract but could have to make a decision. The move to West Ham would allow Broja to continue his career in London. It could also mean a move to rival suitors Arsenal, while Chelsea themselves are poised to reintegrate him.


Newcastle line-up Eddie Howe should opt for Brighton

Newcastle United host Brighton at St James' Park on Saturday (Author: Gardener)

BrightonEddie Howe faces a series of selection decisions as Newcastle United look to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight games if they host Brighton. Howe has been rewarded for persevering with a consistent starting XI in recent weeks, with the head coach only making changes in response to injury-related setbacks. However, the potential return of Javier Manquillo and Allan Saint-Maximin will give the head coach food for thought, as will the hectic schedule with the Magpies playing three straight away games in the next two weeks. Read below how our writers think Newcastle should be fielded and use team selection to choose your best starting XI: The temptation for Howe is to stick to the starting XI that secured an important win last time out at Brentford has achieved. Emil Krafth and Jacob Murphy have both performed well but the Newcastle boss should restore both Manquillo and Saint-Maximin when they are available. Aside from the two returning from injury, there's no reason for Howe to change a winning formula. Fabian Schar and Dan Burn deserve to keep their places ahead of captain Jamaal Lascelles now, while Bruno Guimaraes will get his first start sooner rather than later given the games to come. The team is picking up from last weekend, but it's worth considering that Saint-Maximin is likely to be available again, or close to it. Eddie Howe has pledged not to tinker with a winning side, but the exception must be made for Allan Saint-Maximin should he be fit to start. Jacob Murphy has certainly not let anyone down in the Frenchman's absence, but Saint-Maximin provides an irreplaceable element to United's attack. It's hard to see how he could justify breaking up the midfield trio of Big Joe, Little Joe and Jonjo, so Bruno Guimaraes will have to be patient, while Emil Krafth has probably done enough to put Javier Manquillo a step ahead for now. 'I'd love for him to stay' - Eddie Howe opens his contract offer for Newcastle United midfielder Allan Saint-Maximin is back in contention but Ryan Fraser really impressed in his preferred role at left flank against Brentford last time out. It's worth remembering that this month there are three big away games against Southampton, Chelsea and Everton in just seven days so I might play it safe as Saint-Maximin will only have had one training session with his team-mates ahead of this game . However, the Frenchman could really lift Newcastle in the second half like fellow substitute Bruno Guimaraes and expect to make a big contribution from the bench. With Allan Saint-Maximin only returning to training on the Friday ahead of Brighton's visit this afternoon, I'd be reluctant to use him from the start ahead of a packed four-game schedule. Instead, the only change I would make after defeating Brentford would be at right-back, with Javier Manquillo replacing Emil Krafth. Manquillo was in decent form prior to the arrival of Kieran Trippier and I think he offers more than the limited Krafth both offensively and defensively. There is a very strong argument not to change a winning side and Emil Krafth could feel very heavy if he is out against Brighton as he has not made a mistake since replacing Kieran Trippier. However, Javier Manquillo offers more defensive options in my opinion and may be better suited to stopping Brighton's tricky wide men. The other big question concerns Allan Saint-Maximin. On the All is Black and White podcast, Gibbo and I discussed the Frenchman's potential return and Gibbo took the view that Eddie Howe would not pick Saint-Maximin even if he passed. This was based on the belief that Howe chose an approach to reward players who collectively performed well on a winning side - as Jacob Murphy did. Based on Howe's comments in his pre-game press conference, I don't think Howe has to make a decision and that Murphy will start because Saint-Maximin isn't fit enough for it.


Leicester City 1-0 Leeds United

Minute-by-minute report: Leeds remain in the relegation battle after Harvey Barnes scored against the flow of play and Kasper Schmeichel made a series of good saves at the last moment. Scott Murray watched. (Author: Gardener)

Leicester CityBy continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Minute-by-minute report: Leeds remain in the relegation battle after Harvey Barnes scored against the flow of play and Kasper Schmeichel made a series of good saves at the last moment. Jesse Marsch speaks to BT. I look at the faces of our team and they look disappointed because they know they played well. But after four days of changing a lot of tactics, playing clearly in all phases of the game, being stable at the back and controlling the game, I'm really proud and happy with our group and how far we've come. There are so many little things I see that we need to sort out. I don't like yelling off the bench that much, but I tried to help the guys understand what we're trying to achieve tactically. I understand that there is stress because points are important, but we have to keep an eye on our process. We had the lion's share of chances and shots. We didn't get what we deserved but that's sport.” Leicester's win propels them into the top half of the Premier League. Leeds, who have played more games than any of their peers, remain in a troubled world. Jesse Marsch gathers his players and delivers a rousing speech, no doubt pleased with his team's overall performance and improved defensive performance if not their finishing skills or result. Leeds have done enough overall to take a point but Kasper Schmeichel was in no mood to be beaten, Harvey Barnes scored a lovely goal and it's a third straight win for Leicester. 90min +3: Corner for Leeds on the right. Raphinha's corner is cleared by Albrighton. Leicester clear again. It's not Leeds day. 90 min +2: Lucy Ward names Kasper Schmeichel as her Man of the Match at BT Sport. The Leicester keeper made a number of good last-minute saves when the score was still 0-0. Leeds will wonder why they didn't score today. 90 min: The corner falls on Lookman on the edge of the D. Leicester comes back through Tielemans, whose speculative flick is swallowed by Meslier. Roberts has four minutes left to limp through pointlessly. 89 min: Barnes and Iheanacho combine again on the left. Last time, her one-two resulted in a goal; It's a corner this time. 82 min: Speaking of which, Ted Lasso is great of course, but it's still only the second greatest cultural contribution Jason Sudeikis has made to the world. 88 mins: Lookman tries to create some shooting space, just inside the Leeds box on the right. He lays it down to Barnes, whose shot deflects high in the air and eventually falls gently into Meslier's arms. 86 min: Iheanacho, back from the shops, threatens a clear breakthrough in the middle. Ayling paints a brilliant tackle to stop him. It's offside anyway, but Ayling wasn't supposed to know that. In his eyes he had to time it perfectly to avoid a red card and he did just that. 85 mins: Meslier does a cute dragback to send off Iheanacho for a copy of the Leicester Mercury. 84 min: Roberts continues to hobble around. 80 min: Roberts hobbles in again but doesn't look comfortable at all. Leeds effectively play with ten and a half men. It's like an FA Cup final from the 1950s. 79 mins: Roberts is down immediately and appears to be feeling his hamstring rather worryingly. 77 min: Both teams change. Mendy replaces Ndidi while Roberts replaces Harrison. 75 mins: Leicester have completely changed since the goal and are now winning most of the 50-50s. Leeds, on the other hand, are looking a little drained. At least one valuable item seemed to belong to them. Photo: Ash Knotek/REX/Shutterstock for the SAG Awards Leicester was second best but they lead! Barnes scans the left inner canal and suddenly picks up speed. He makes a quick one-two with Iheanacho and shoots a low effort into the Leeds net via Meslier. Harvey Barnes opens the scoring for the Foxes. Photo: Ashley Western/Colorsport/REX/Shutterstock 73 min: The corner is hit deep. Amartey cranes his neck back to slam a header home from six yards but Firpo pulls his eyebrows away just in time. 72 mins: Dewsbury-Hall and Barnes combine with speed down the left. The former crosses and forces Firpo to take a corner. 71 min: Forshaw's first act is to bring Dewsbury-Hall back and he's on the book in no time. 69 mins: Marsch reacts to his first setback as Leeds boss by substituting Klich for Forshaw. 68 min: On the sidelines, Jesse Marsch can't believe what just happened. His team was doing well at the top and seemed reasonably confident on top of that. 66 mins: Albrighton finds some space down the right but floats a hopeless cross into Meslier's arms. Leeds counter, Gelhardt challenges Schmeichel to a high ball but comes out second best. 64 min: Gelhardt is immediately in the middle, Raphinha rolls in a pass from the right. Gelhardt forms a shot to the top left. It snaps Albrighton's fingertips off and to the corner. Nothing comes out of the corner. 63 mins: Leeds react to Leicester's double substitution by replacing Rodrigo with Gelhardt. 62 mins: ...Raphinha slides down to the right and attempts a cross which gets blocked and bounces back to him. 61 min: Brendan Rodgers has seen enough and replaces Vardy and Choudhury with Iheanacho and Lookman. 60 min: How did that happen? Firpo shoots a low cross from the left. Raphinha tries to hit home from six yards. Schmeichel somehow comes across to make a wonderful save with his feet. Brilliant stop but Raphinha should never have given it a chance. 58 min: A few sounds of displeasure from the Leicester crowd as their heroes are second best to pretty much everything at the moment. The Leeds fans, on the other hand, are in fine voice. 57 min: Harrison is given far too much time in the middle of the park, 25 yards away. He strives to the top right. Amartey blocks again, this time at the cost of a corner. From the set piece, Rodrigo flicks a header near the post to the top right. Schmeichel parried splendidly. Leicester rocks a bit here. 56 mins: Raphinha plays a through ball to the right for busy James who is trying to cross for Rodrigo. 55 min: A bit of room for James to the right of the D. He drives a shot that seems to go wide to the left. The ball breaks away from Raphinha and goes wide to the right instead. 54 mins: Dallas and Harrison overcomplicate the execution of the resulting free-kick and that's a promising situation for Leeds to be wasted pointlessly. 53 mins: Ndidi is booked on James for an agricultural lunge. 51 min: James disrupts Soyuncu on the right of Leeds. Soyuncu just manages to return the ball to Schmeichel, who clears under pressure from the intense Leeds winger. 49 mins: Albrighton is down and not particularly happy after being kneeled from behind by Firpo. The referee eventually stops the game to check if the player is okay and tells him to turn down the noise. 47 min: Raphinha crosses from the right for a long time and forces Choudhury to take a corner. It's the easiest choice for Schmeichel. Quick start to the Leeds half, though. Leeds start the second half. Meanwhile, here's Brian Sharon: "As an American, I'd like Jesse Marsch to do well, if only to dispel the idea that we're all idiots (recent elections notwithstanding). I feel like it's a more memorable title if nothing else.” 44 mins: Barnes wins a Dallas corner down the left. Ndidi wins a header from ten meters. He flashes it straight at Meslier, who parries and then chokes at Soyuncu's feet. That's the first rescue Meslier had to make this afternoon. Illan Meslier saves from Caglar Soyuncu. It was action packed and a lot of fun. Leicester dominated possession but Leeds had the majority of chances. Not sure how it is still scoreless. 45 mins: Harrison wins a corner for Leeds down the left. 42 min: Firpo steps forward and feeds Harrison on the left. Harrison's low cross rebounds to Firpo, who hits the goal from 12 yards. The ball is blocked to the corner. From the set piece, Raphinha hits a shot which is bravely executed by Soyuncu. The whistle goes for a foul on Dewsbury-Hall. Leeds are causing some problems for Leicester here. 40 min: Rodrigo and Soyuncu fight for a ball in the penalty area. Soyuncu grabs Rodrigo, who falls to the ground. Leeds want a penalty and VAR look into it but there's nothing to be done. 39 minutes: Dallas slips in from the right. Not sure where Harrison is - in fact he's miles behind him - Choudhury lashes out for a corner. Luckily for the Leicester makeshift defender, the corner is useless. 38 mins: Schmeichel, formerly of Leeds, boos some pantomimes as he dribbles out of his area. 37 mins: Leeds stroke it on the back in an unusually patient style. 35 min: Ayling sets about clearing the ball. 15 min: We're back to 1,001 mph. Both teams ping the ball around in a very frantic but aesthetically pleasing style. Leicester had more possession but Leeds had the better chances. Harvey Barnes takes charge of the Leeds defence. Photo: Graham Wilson/Action Plus/REX/Shutterstock 33 mins: Choudhury knocks Harrison down just left of center circle and now it's Leeds' turn to smash a free-kick into the box. Leicester handle it with ease. 31 minutes: Albrighton swings in. The ball lands on Amartey, six yards away. He would surely dash home if he'd been looking in the right direction. But he loses the ball's flight, looks the other way, spins weirdly while trying to locate it, and finally watches in despair as Ayling clears. 30 mins: Barnes shoves Dallas down the left and is unceremoniously bundled to the ground. The Leeds man is quite lucky not to end up in the book. Everyone lines up on the edge of the Leeds box awaiting the free kick. 28 min: An Argentinian flag at the Leeds end reads 'thank you for the memories'. A living legend right there. 26 mins: Dewsbury-Hall wins a corner down the left. Leeds handle that with ease. Leicester returns the ball, Vardy sniffs around as he scoots down the left channel. Meslier comes out to make claims. 24min: Leeds have looked very rosy but... The very early signs of Marsch are promising. Small sample size, and fans keep chanting Bielsa's name. 22 min: Leeds break fast, Rodrigo rages in the middle. He slips a pass towards Harrison on the left. Harrison manages to stop the ball on the touchline before flying to the corner, checks and rolls back to Rodrigo, who burns over an unguarded net after Schmeichel leaves to challenge Harrison. 20 mins: Barnes slices in from the left, drops a shoulder, rolls his foot over the ball and takes a shot. (Behave yourself.) 18 min: Vardy reaches the touchline on the bottom left and cuts down the middle. Leeds hit clear. To reiterate, this game certainly won't end goalless. 17 mins: James plays a cute reverse pass inside right to release Raphinha into a bit of space. Raphinha deliberates when it comes to a shot, eventually checking and finally rolling a lame cross into Schmeichel's arms. 6 min: The corner is thrown into the blender. Ayling rises highest and aims his header at the top left corner, albeit not with great accuracy. A brilliant start by both teams. Leeds test the Foxes with an early corner. Photo: Simon Davies/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock 13 min: There has been a wild hustle and bustle in Dewsbury Hall since the beginning. This time he tackles the left flank and wins a corner. Albrighton takes. Struijk, Ayling and James come together to clear the set piece. 11 min: The pace drops to 1,000 mph. 8 min: Vardy comes into the Leeds box on the left. Then Leeds counterattack, James dribbles, Harrison breaks into acres on the left and shoots low. Schmeichel saves with his feet. 9 min: This game runs at 1,001 miles per hour. Vardy jumps down to the right and is cut off by Struijk, who is cautioned. The crowd wanted a red card, but Ayling was close. Nothing will come of the resulting free kick. 7 mins: Dewsbury-Hall, pressing hard again, nearly deprives Meslier. He clears but Leicester comes back, Barnes almost breaks out on the left. He rolls over the ball and lets the goalkeeper claim it. It certainly won't end goalless. 5 min: Struijk rakes in a long pass down the left, allowing Harrison to win a corner from Thomas. Leeds loads the box. 3 min: Barnes dashes down left, slices inside and whistles a shot straight at Meslier. Some start the game with it! Leeds fans chant the name of Marcelo Bielsa to music by Jack White. 1 min 20 sec: James slides down the inside right channel and enters the Leicester box, firing a low shot over Schmeichel and to the bottom left. The keeper flips the post with his fingertip, then claims the corner. 45 sec: A loose pass from behind almost allows Dewsbury-Hall to break free. The ball pings back to Meslier. Leicester get the ball rolling... More applause. Before the game starts, everyone gathers around the center circle to demonstrate solidarity for Ukraine. Big applause. Yellow and blue armbands are worn by captains Kasper Schmeichel and Lukas Ayling. Leicester is in royal blue, Leeds in Revie-infused white. Rodgers greets Marsch in the Premier League with a warm hug. Marcelo Bielsa: Revision notes. "As a Leeds supporter in 1960 (old spy Kop), I can give you two reasons why Bielsa's departure is more disastrous for my generation than Revie's," writes Colin Spence. The beautiful approach to how the game should be played The man's beautiful quality "Bielsa's impact on the morale and moral understanding of the people of Leeds was and remains his greatest legacy." Jesse Marsch lays it out on BT. One thing you've seen from this team, no matter what their spirit and commitment to run, fight and play for each other is always there. We will also need that for my ideas about football. It will take some time to adjust to everything we want to achieve tactically but the mentality and spirit is still there.” Leicester City make two changes to the XI sent out at Turf Moor. Jamie Vardy starts for the first time since late December after coming on as a midweek substitute and scoring in the 2-0 win at Burnley. Leeds also make two changes, changing the team who were thrashed at home by Spurs. Jesse Marsch's first picks include Rodrigo and Mateusz Klich, Adam Forshaw is on the bench while Diego Llorente is completely absent. Brendan Rodgers speaks to BT Sport ahead of his 150th game as Leicester manager. “In the modern game, if you were a manager before, you have a good idea of ​​how people are going to work. The principles of Leeds' game will still be the same as they press, work and run, the defensive pressure will probably be a little different if it's zonal but either way it's always been a tough game whether Marcelo did that Say had or Jesse.” From the club that gave you Goodbye Mr Clough… For a new generation of Leeds fans, Marcelo's departure will have been as disastrous a blow as the end of the Don Revie era was for their ancestors all those years ago . All the best to Jesse Marsch as he follows in the footsteps of a true living legend. Leeds are battling relegation and could take all three points at midday, but hosts Leicester have their own problems. As of last Tuesday, the first day of March, they had not won a Premier League game in 2022. James Maddison and Jamie Vardy's late swipe and grab at Burnley halted a slightly worrying relegation in the division and Brendan Rodgers, despite the morale gained from winning the FA Cup, would welcome another feel-good boost to ease the pressure . The march era begins at 12:30 GMT. It's on!


Ice fishing season ends locally

This weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler pots and county and state park employees. You can (Author: Gardener)

weeklyThis weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler pots and county and state park employees. You can check the activity of your favorite lake or stretch of river in each district, including the species being caught, a bite rating (slow, fair, good or excellent), and a hot bait or bait pattern. For up-to-date information, please contact the District Fishery Office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report. Black Hawk Lake Large areas begin to open; The top few inches of ice are rotten. Ice thickness is about 11 inches near the Ice House Point boat ramp; The top is a few centimeters rotten. Be careful; Avoid areas of thin ice and open water in the middle part of the lake around Lakewood Point and the East Basin. Ice conditions in Brushy Creek Lake are extremely variable and unknown in many areas. Be careful; Ice breaks down fastest near shore and around trees. The ice thickness is about 12-15 inches; The top of the ice is beginning to rot due to recent warm temperatures. Ice conditions are variable; Be careful and check the ice thickness frequently. There is open water near the large and small islands. All walleye between 19 and 25 inches must be released unharmed into Storm Lake immediately; No more than one walleye over 25 inches in length may be caught per day. Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers collect fish; sorting required. Try minnows, which are fished near the bottom. Most of the action took place at the east end of the lake. Ice conditions on the lakes in the area vary from bad to good. Ice fishing is not recommended on lakes in the southern part of the district. Some anglers still make their way to the larger lakes. Be careful; Rainfall over the weekend will further break up the ice. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638. Bluegill - Fair: Try out a small contraption with waxworms. Rainbow Trout - Fair: Try a brightly colored jigging spoon with spikes on the tip. Clear Lake Be careful in the access areas; Conditions can change quickly with the warm weather and rain forecast. Clear Lake has a sheltered slot for walleye. All walleye between 17 and 22 inches must be released unharmed immediately. No more than one walleye over 22 inches in length may be caught per day. Black Crappie - Fair: Try a minnow or jigging spoon on the edge of rushes. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig with a waxworm or plastic bait near the edge of rushes. Walleye - Good: Use a jigging spoon with a minnow tip or cut bait in 8 to 10 feet of water. Yellow Bass - Slow: Try a small baited tip jig in 8 to 10 feet of water. Yellow Bass - Good: Use a bait-tipped jigging spoon in the vegetation. Yellowfish - Good: Small yellowfish will bite on a variety of lures. Bluegill - Slow: Use a small jig with waxworms. Yellow Perch - Fair: Try a small minnow near vegetation. Ice conditions at Upper Pine Lake have worsened with warmer weather this week. Ice conditions have worsened with the warmer weather this week. Be careful and check the ice thickness as you go. Be careful and check the ice thickness as you go. Avoid open water. For information on the lakes and rivers of north-central Iowa, call the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. Caution: The lake's aeration system is currently operational, creating a large open hole. Eastern Lake Okoboji Most of the lake is completely iced over, with an average ice thickness of 18+ inches, allowing for safe ATV traffic in most areas. Black Crappie - Fair. Black Crappie - Fair. Yellow Bass - Good: With a little movement in the tank you should be able to find a decent bite and catch a few other species as well. Very heavy ice conditions around the lake; Most areas are 16+ inches. Attention: The lake ventilation is currently in operation. Lost Island Lake Ice conditions vary with an average of 17+ inches. Attention: The ventilation system is currently in operation on the east side of the lake outside the nature center. This creates a large open hole in the ice. Yellow Bass - Fair: A lot of sorting may be required. The ice conditions are safe enough to venture on ATVs with an average ice thickness of more than 18 inches. The panfish crappie bite was pretty good. Black Crappie - Fair: A nice Crappie bite can be found with a little movement around the lake. Bluegill - Fair: Try jigging with tube jigs or a tungsten jig and live bait. Bluegill - Fair: Try jigging with tube jigs or a tungsten jig and live bait. Trout were stocked this winter; Fish should bite well. Rainbow Trout - Good: Trout will bite on a variety of different lures. Silver Lake (Dickinson) The lake has a large open hole along the east side with an average ice thickness of 16+ inches. The Spirit Lake Ice is more than 18 inches thick in most places. There is a large open hole on the southwest side due to strong winds and a few days of warmer temperatures. Access to Marble Beach is in very poor condition due to icebergs along the shore. Black Crappie - Fair: Mostly caught with perch; Use tube jigs with wigglers or pilkies. Bluegill – Fair: Mostly caught with perch; Use tube jigs with wigglers or pilkies. West Okoboji Lake's ice thickness is more than 18 inches in most places; There are still a handful of seams that usually start from points. Find out where your problem areas are before stepping onto or off the ice. Panfishing has slowed down a bit; With a little exercise on the north end near Triboji, Emerson, and Smiths Bay, you might be able to catch a good amount of fish. Try heavy tungsten jigs, plastics or baits. Try heavy tungsten jigs, plastics or baits. Black Crappie - Good: Try jigging with pipe jigs or a tungsten jig and a live bait. Bluegill - Good: Many anglers have had success off Triboji at the north end of the lake. Try jigging with tube jigs or a tungsten jig and live bait. Walleye season has ended for the Iowa Great Lake chain. Most of the lakes in the area have more than 16 inches of ice. Ice conditions are relatively safe in most areas; Access to many lakes is restricted Make sure you know a safe route on and off the ice. Lakes in the area have -2 inches of snow cover. For current conditions, contact the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840. Ice depths vary as snow melts and rivers swell. Be careful when crossing areas with currents. Check the ice thickness frequently. Black Crappie - Fair: Find canal areas with woody texture. Bluegill - Fair: Try waxworms and spines. Walleye – Fair: Use minnows under a slip bobber with enough weight to get your bait close to the bottom. The water level is higher and the streams are discolored from the snowmelt. Be careful when going from place to place as ground conditions vary greatly from ice to slush. Brown Trout - Fair: Insect hatching starts to take place on sunny afternoons. Use midge, minnow, or scud patterns for fish that want more bang for their effort. Brown Trout - Fair: Meltwater flowing into streams brings fresh supplies of food for curious brownies. Rainbow Trout - Fair: Rainbow trout tease anglers with gentle swipes and nudges. Use small spinnerbaits, hair jigs or tipped hooks that allow imitation eggs to float past the structure. Ice thickness is about 14 inches with about 2 inches of meltwater at the top. Water clarity is excellent up to 9 feet. Areas around the aerator remain open; be careful. Black Crappie - Fair: Try fishing the steep drops. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with waxworm or spike fished close to the structure. Ice thickness is about 18 to 20 inches with water sitting on top. Fish activity has slowed. Black Crappie - Slow: Be prepared to change baits often to trick these formed fish. Anglers with cameras will see many fish looking for bait but not biting. Ice thickness is about 12 inches with water on top. Be careful when walking on ice. Black Crappie - Slow: Light colored ice jigs tipped with a waxworm work well, especially for light biters. Bluegill - Slow: Find fish near clusters of bushes about 1-2 feet off the ground. Ice depth at most bodies of water is more than 12 inches with some meltwater above that. Be careful when walking on bodies of water; Ice conditions can change quickly. Alice Wyth Lake Brinker Lake George Wyth Lake Anglers Catch Crappie; Sorting may be required. anglers catch crappie; Sorting may be required. anglers catch crappie; Sorting may be required. Use a small ice jammer with a waxworm tip or a minnow on a dead stick. Use a small ice jammer with a waxworm tip or a minnow on a dead stick. Trout streams are in excellent condition. Very clear water conditions; Use subtle presentations and approach fish from downstream. Brown Trout - Fair. Rainbow Trout - Fair. Martens Lake anglers will catch bluegill, crappie, pike, largemouth bass and some yellow bass. Black Crappie - Fair: Locate the structure and use the electronics to find floating fish. Black Crappie - Fair: Locate the structure and use the electronics to find floating fish. Black Crappie - Fair: Locate the structure and use the electronics to find floating fish. Black Crappie - Fair: Locate the structure and use the electronics to find floating fish. Try a small ice jammer with a waxworm tip, or a minnow on a dead stick. Try a small ice jammer with a waxworm tip, or a minnow on a dead stick. Bluegill - Good: Best bite is in the evening or early morning with small presentations. Use a small ice jammer that has a waxworm fished right off the bottom at the tip. Northern Pike - Fair: Try tip-up rigs with a live shiner or chub. Yellow Bass - Fair: Anglers catch approximately 9- to 11-inch bass. North Prairie Lake trout were stocked in the fall; Some of these stocked trout remain in the lake. In the fall, trout were stocked; Some of these stocked trout remain in the lake. Rainbow Trout - Slow: Try jigging flashy jigs with a blade to entice rainbow trout to take your bait or jig. Rainbow Trout - Slow: Try jigging flashy jigs with a blade to entice rainbow trout to take your bait or jig. Ice thickness is more than 8 inches on most lakes and ponds in east-central Iowa but will decrease rapidly with the expanded forecast. Be careful when ice fishing; Avoid areas with water currents or discolored ice. Ice fishing is slow in and around the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area. Check with local bait shops for the latest reports. The water level in Lansing rose just over 8 feet. Yellow Perch - Good: Late polar perch bite has increased; Fish become more active before spawning. The water level in Lynxville rose just over 614.3 feet. Bluegill - Bluegill - Good: Ice anglers dig many holes and move often to find larger gills. White Crappie - Fair: The late ice crappie bite has increased. Yellow Perch - Good: Late ice fishing picks up perch on the pre-spawn bite. The water level in the underwater has risen slightly to 6.2 feet. Ice conditions change daily. Ice conditions change daily. Ice conditions change daily. Be careful and avoid dark ice along the coast and in areas with currents. Be careful and avoid dark ice along the coast and in areas with currents. Be careful and avoid dark ice along the coast and in areas with currents. The Guttenberg ramp is still icy, but rain can quickly worsen conditions. Bluegill - Good: Ice anglers dig many holes and move often to find larger gills. Bluegill - Good: Ice anglers dig many holes and move often to find larger gills. Try a waxworm tipped device in the weed edges of deeper backwaters. Try a waxworm tipped device in the weed edges of deeper backwaters. Try a waxworm tipped device in the weed edges of deeper backwaters. Northern Pike - Fair: Bite increases as pike begin feeding in preparation for spawning in March. Northern Pike - Fair: Bite increases as pike begin feeding in preparation for spawning in March. Northern Pike - Fair: Bite increases as pike begin feeding in preparation for spawning in March. White Crappie - Good: Late ice crappie bite has increased. White Crappie - Good: Late ice crappie bite has increased. Sample minnows over woody structure in backwater lakes. Sample minnows over woody structure in backwater lakes. Sample minnows over woody structure in backwater lakes. Yellow Perch - Good: Late polar perch bite has increased; Fish become more active. Ice breaks up in main channel areas. Be careful on ice along the coast and in areas with currents. The water level is 5.7 feet at the Lock and Dam and 8.3 feet at the railway bridge. The water level rises. The ice beneath the dam begins to give way; Boat ramps were still reported as unusable. Black Crappie - No Report: Try tip-downs in your favorite pool 12 backwater. Bluegill - Slow: Bad catches have been reported; size was small. Sucker - No Report: The ramps are icy, but conditions are changing fast. The water level at Bellevue Lock rises to nearly 6.4 feet. Black Crappie - Good: Reports of nice Crappie catches. Use minnow rigs in 4 to 6 foot water depths. Bluegill - Slow: Reports of slow winter fishing with short periods of decent bites. Suckers - No Report: Bellevue City boat ramp is open; The launch for the next few weeks will be subject to ice streams. Yellowfish - No Report: Yellowfish catches from the ice are commonly found underwater. Late ice can be a prime time for larger yellow bass in the backwater areas. The water level rises to 5.0 feet at Fulton Lock and Dam, 9.6 feet at Camanche and 4.5 feet at Le Claire. The water temperature in the main channel is about 34 degrees. Ice conditions along the main channel change rapidly; The 25th Avenue ramp is open water to the causeway. Black Crappie - Good: Try tip-downs or other minnow rigs at Rock Creek or Cattail Slough by Fulton. Bluegill - Slow: Spotty catch reports from Rock Creek and Catfish Slough; Most anglers report bad catches. Paddlefish - No report: Bellevue City boat ramp is open; The launch for the next few weeks will be subject to ice streams. Paddlefish - No report: Bellevue City boat ramp is open; The launch for the next few weeks will be subject to ice streams. Suckers - No report: ramps will open soon; Expect good conditions for early season suckers. Yellow Bass - No report: Lots of small bass are in the system; The future is looking bright for yellow bass fishing in pool 14. The bottom can be a great early spot for bass as the ice recedes. The water level at Rock Island rises to 4.7 feet. The water temperature is around 35 degrees. The water clarity is good. The water clarity is good. The water clarity is good. Bluegill - No report: Pool 15 outside of the marina areas does not have much bluegill habitat in backwaters. River conditions are changing; below the locks and dams the ice begins to give way. Ice fishing continues in the backwaters; have a safety plan in place if ice recedes in these habitats. The water of the main channel is low and clear. The underwater level is 4.85 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities and was fairly stable. Suckers - Fair: Some suckers were caught below the lock and dam in the Quad Cities. Use hair jigs and minnows or nightcrawlers; Mostly small suckers were caught. The underwater level is at 3.85ft at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and was fairly stable. Suckers - No Report: Look for suckers below Lock and Dam. Try vertical jigging with minnows or crawlers. Walleye - Fair: Some anglers have been out for the past week. Try vertical jigging with minnows or crawlers. The underwater level at Lock and Dam 17 in New Boston is 4.03 feet and has been stable. There was some underwater fishing for zander and suckers. There was some underwater fishing for zander and suckers. There was some underwater fishing for zander and suckers. Suckers - Fair: Try vertical jigging with minnows or crawlers. Zander - Slow: Try vertical jigging with minnows or crawlers. The underwater stage is at lock and dam 18 above Burlington at 1.79 feet and was stable. We have no reports of underwater fishing for zander and suckers. Below the locks and dams there was some underwater fishing for zander and suckers. Uncertain ice conditions. Uncertain ice conditions. Uncertain ice conditions. Uncertain ice conditions. Uncertain ice conditions. Big Hollow Lake Lots of mud and water on gray ice. Ice has turned gray with open water around the trees and north side. The forecast weather does not look to improve the ice conditions. Lake Darling Ice has turned gray with a good layer of mud and water on it; several open water areas along the coast. The ice conditions are getting worse every day. Ice conditions at Lost Grove Lake are deteriorating rapidly; Slush and water on the ice. Central Park Lake's ice thickness is about 12 inches. The ice thickness is about 12 inches. The ice thickness is about 12 inches. The ice thickness is about 12 inches. The ice thickness is about 12 inches. The ice thickness is about 12 inches. The ice thickness is about 12 inches. The ice thickness is about 12 inches. The ice thickness is about 12 inches. Bluegill - Slow: Find fish on the bottom of the tank, not necessarily on the structure. Diamond Lake Bluegill - Fair: Use jigs or waxies around piles of brush. White Crappie - Fair: Most fish are 8 inches; a few larger fish were mixed in. Iowa Lake (Iowa Co.) Black Crappie – Fair: Catch 8-11 inch crappie in deeper trees or in the pool in 16-18 feet of water. Bluegill - Fair: Catch 6- to 8-inch bluegill in trees or in the pool in 16-18 feet of water. Lake Macbride There is still about a foot of ice in most areas. Black Crappie - Slow: A few fish are mainly caught on minnows at sunset. Bluegill – Fair: Try jigs or waxies fished near structures. Otter Creek Lake Pleasant Creek Lake Black Crappie - Slowly. Black Crappie - Slowly. Black Crappie - Slowly. Black Crappie - Slowly. Bluegill - Fair: Smaller fish were caught on each structure in 15 feet of water or less. Union Grove Lake The ventilation system is on; There is open water near the dam area. Black Crappie - Fair: Try fishing in the bush piles in 10-15 feet of water. Bluegill - Fair: Try to fish around brushes in 10-15 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Most fish are smaller. Most lakes still have good ice; Edges can become soft, especially on smaller bodies of water. Be careful and check the ice thickness often when venturing out. For more information, call Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. Hawthorn Lake's ice condition is poor: Warm weather has started to melt the ice around the shore. Warm weather has caused the ice to be in poor condition. Lake Sugema Warm weather has deteriorated the ice. There are some open water areas. There are some open water areas. Lake Wapello Warm weather and wind have broken up the ice. Current lake level is 904.55 feet above sea level; 904 foot msl is a leisure pool. Warmer weather and wind have deteriorated the ice, causing thin ice around the coast. Some areas of open water have developed. Channel Catfish - Slow: There is open water around the bridge at Bridgeview that would allow for early catfishing. Red Haw Lake Warm weather has broken up the ice and created open water areas. Ice conditions are bad; Ice conditions have worsened with the warm weather. If you have any questions about fishing in South Central Iowa, contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406. Ice conditions at Big Creek Lake change rapidly; Ice thickness is 12 inches. The quality of the ice has deteriorated compared to the previous week. Black Crappie – Fair: Aim for early morning and evening crappies over bush piles and roadbeds in the middle part of the lake; Use glow devices with waxworms or live minnows. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: In the middle of the lake above the creek channel, catch Wiper using jigging spoons with minnows. Walleye - Slow: Des Moines River is open downstream of Center Street Dam. Catch zander with twister tails, swimbaits or live minnows on jigs in March and April. Central Iowa's ponds and lakes have a wide range of ice conditions from moderate to poor. Ice fishing is not recommended on small ponds. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885. Ice fishing is not recommended. For information on lakes in the Southwest District, call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587. There is a large area of ​​open water between the beach and the campsite. Three Mile Lake Open water has been reported along shorelines and concrete boat ramps. Twelve Mile Creek Lake Open water along the shoreline and concrete boat ramps. Lots of open water on the south side of the lake. Ice conditions continue to deteriorate; Ice fishing is not recommended. There is open water along the shores, boat ramps and other areas of the lakes in the Mount Ayr District.


Today's Wordle Answer Saturday, March 5, #259

Stuck on today's Wordle of the Day? Here is the word you are looking for (Author: Gardener)

TodaySaturday nights are okay for fighting, Rocket Man's Sir Elton John once said. In contrast, Saturday mornings are a great time to play Wordle. Can you realistically picture Elton John in a fight? It's March 5th and Wordle 259 is pretty basic if you want my opinion. But I've seen people moan that yesterday's - Wordle 258 - was tough, and we got this one without even trying. The reason Wordle is so entertaining is that it can be done quickly and you will usually win as long as English is your first language and you can spell. The answer to today's wordle is at the bottom of the page. If you don't get this right, you may feel salty and cry bitter tears. Let's say it's salt water. The controversies over Wordle seem to have petered out now as the answers are all pretty straightforward and maybe people also feel that there are other things in the world that deserve their outrage and fear more. Sure, there were some seemingly grown adults who took to Twitter to complain that yesterday's solution had "too many vowels," but on the whole people seem happy with their Wordle experience for now. Today's answer is SOLE. As usual we started with ALIEN and SHOUT but the last guess didn't result in any letters at all! Luckily, the first guess gave us 1 letter in the right place and 2 in the wrong place, and there just aren't that many words with an I in the middle plus an N and an E. And as luck would have it, ours First guess turned out to be correct. Brine is of course salt water. Wikipedia suggests, "In various contexts, brine can refer to salt solutions ranging from about 3.5% to about 26%," so it's a versatile word. Italians will tell you to always cook pasta in brine that's "like the Mediterranean," and by that they mean "very salty" and not "terribly polluted, with plenty of obnoxious rich basking nearby."


Joe Burrow's parents on how their son can lead Bengals to Super Bowl victory

Burrow's parents, Jimmy and Robin, talk about their 25-year-old son's childhood, his continued confidence under pressure and how he will approach the fight with the Los Angeles Rams. (Author: Gardener)

Joe Burrow'sCincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow led his team to the Super Bowl for the first time in more than three decades, earning him countless fans across the city and across the state of Ohio. Burrow grew up near the small college town of Athens, Ohio, where his father, Jimmy Burrow, worked as a defense coordinator for the Ohio University football team until his retirement in 2018. His mother, Robin, is the principal of a local elementary school. Here, at their home in Ohio, Burrow's parents talk about their 25-year-old son's childhood, his continued confidence under pressure and how he will approach this Sunday's fight against the Los Angeles Rams. How was joe as a kid? Robin Burrow: Very similar to what he is today. He was very focused on sports and very keen to do his best in everything he did, be it playing video games, going to school or competing in various sporting events. People speak of his "coolness". Is this a new property? Jimmy Burrow: I think it's his confidence and just his ability to be a football player. Robin Burrow: He's always been very focused on making sure he's prepared for whatever he's preparing for, be it sport or science or anything else in life and I think that just makes him feel confident. Have you ever considered not letting him play soccer? Jimmy Burrow: I think Robin would say after last year's (severe) knee injury, maybe that's a bit more on our minds. Robin Burrow: We made a very conscious effort to ensure that his helmet always fits well. We had his helmet fitted and shoulder pads specially measured to make sure he had the right gear and it was in the right place. Jimmy Burrow: All the coaches he had from third grade on were very safety conscious and then we just added another level with Ohio University. The gear guy (from the university) was a very good friend and we just let him check his helmet. Robin Burrow: When he was very young I might have added a few extra pads... What's your coaching advice for Joe for the Super Bowl? Jimmy Burrow: It's coaching cliches, but it's usually a big factor in wins and losses, and that means protecting the ball, making sure you don't flip it and making good decisions. You're always trying to run the ball on offense and the better we can do that the more pressure is taken off our guys to protect against that big rush of passes on defense. If you can prevent explosive plays, which is easier said than done against the Rams, you'll put yourself in a position to have a chance in the fourth quarter. Robin Burrow: My advice is definitely from a mother's perspective. Cincinnati hugged Joe. How does Joe's personality or history reflect the city? Jimmy Burrow: I think the people of Cincinnati are hard workers. They understand that getting things done takes time and Joe is right in that alley. He definitely takes the time to prepare for the games and training sessions. Robin Burrow: I think Joe's journey kind of parallels the Bengals' journey. Success a while ago like Joe had in high school. Struggling for the last couple of years as Joe has come through at Ohio State, and then we're getting into what we're hoping will be a sustained few years or several years...of success like Joe did at the LSU has experienced and is now entering the Bengalis. I can see how the city may have embraced him because they can relate to his story. Jimmy Burrow: He loves Cincinnati and enjoys playing for the Bengals. People connect with him and his personality and the fact that he speaks so highly of being part of this organization. The Rams are favorites in the Super Bowl. Jimmy Burrow: (The Rams) play in their own town, at their home stadium. Joe is always looking for something that lets him have a chip on his shoulder and be the underdog. I think we were the underdogs in the last two games. I think he made some statements that they're kind of tired of this underdog role. Well, here it is again, so he's going to use this to mentally prepare himself to try and prove people wrong.


Ricochet defeats Sami Zayn to win the WWE Intercontinental Title on SmackDown

Ricochet won the WWE Intercontinental Championship on Friday Night SmackDown with help from Johnny Knoxville. The Jackass star distracted Sami... (Author: Gardener)

Sami ZaynRicochet won the WWE Intercontinental Championship on Friday Night SmackDown with help from Johnny Knoxville. After the match, Zayn challenged Knoxville to a one-on-one showdown at WrestleMania 38: Zayn eliminated Knoxville, the ninth entrant, from the men's rumble match. The Master Strategist won the Intercontinental Title on the February 18 episode of SmackDown by defeating Shinsuke Nakamura. The Zayn-Nakamura match came almost two months after Zayn won a 12-man gauntlet match on the Christmas Eve edition of Friday Night SmackDown to become the #1 contender for the championship. As for Ricochet, this is his first time as an intercontinental champion. WWE hasn't really tried to do much with Ricochet since he was called to the main roster in 2019. Even that win was more about setting up the WrestleMania match between Zayn and Knoxville. Hopefully, WWE is at least trying to push Ricochet beyond his current position now that he has a championship.


SmackDown Scores Live Blog

Follow this week's episode of SmackDown with Ronda Rousey in action, two title fights and more! (Author: Gardener)

weekWWE SmackDown returns to our lives tonight (March 4, 2022) with a live show from the FTX Arena in Miami, Fla., showcasing the latest builds from the upcoming two-day WrestleMania 38 extravaganza in early April in Arlington, Texas. Announced for tonight, Ronda Rousey will make her first-ever wrestling appearance on SmackDown when she gets her hands on Sonya Deville. Elsewhere on the map, Sami Zayn defends the Intercontinental Championship against Ricochet and the Usos jeopardized the tag team titles against the Viking Raiders. Come right back here at 8:00 p.m. ET when the SmackDown Live Blog kicks off once the show starts on FOX. It will be here under this line. (Note: Going forward there will be no ban on GIFs or images in the live blog threads. Crown of thorns at my side draws lines in the sand as I live blog this pro wrestling show here for you guys. He says that SmackDown tonight is blessed not only with the presence of Roman Reigns but also with our opportunity to pay tribute to him Ronda Rousey and Sonya Deville have short dueling promos about their match tonight as do the Viking Raiders and the Usos, plus Ricochet and Sami Zayn Ricochet directly with a Victory Roll... Zayn fires back with a big lasso, hitting the dome and Ricochet body punches back and hits an enzuigiri for another deep two count!Sami to the apron, a superkick staggers him, Ricky follows but gets caught...