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Odds, tips and predictions between Real Madrid and Chelsea

Analyzing the odds and lines between Real Madrid and Chelsea on Tuesday, with Champions League tips and predictions. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaReal Madrid host Chelsea at the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Below we preview the Real Madrid vs Chelsea odds and lines, and our best Champions League bets, tips and predictions. Behind F. Karim Benzema's hat-trick, Real Madrid beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge last week. F Kai Havertz scored Chelsea's only goal in the 40th minute, despite the home side having fired a total of 20 shots. Real sit at the top of La Liga and despite having the league's top scorer, they were a defensively oriented club. 26 goals in 31 league games are allowed this season. Chelsea enjoyed a confidence-inspiring 6-0 win over Southampton last weekend. Chelsea is also a defensive club, having conceded 23 goals in 30 EPL games. Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; For a full list, visit the USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Hub. Real Madrid +150 (bet $100 to win $150) | Chelsea +175 (bet $100 to win $175) | Draw +245 These sides are more balanced than the first leg showed and Chelsea will play on the brink of elimination with a little extra motivation. While Chelsea had 20 shots, they were only 5 on target, while Real also had 5 with just 8 shots. Chelsea suffered a tough 4-1 loss to Brentford in EPL action. Chelsea F Romelu Lukaku is expected to miss the game which Havertz, who has been playing brilliantly lately, is more confident. Chelsea should bring the motivation while Real, who beat PSG at home to crush them in the second leg, will have the support of the fans. As already mentioned, the strength of both clubs lies in defence. One would also expect Chelsea to be better prepared to deal with Benzema's master class talent after single-handedly losing to him in the first leg. Similarly, Lukaku is Chelsea's biggest threat and is not expected to show himself. Both sides' strengths should shine in the second meeting, and those strengths lie on the defensive. Bet online legally with a trusted partner: Tipico Sportsbook, the Official Sportsbook Partner of Sportsbook Wire in CO, NJ and soon IA. Bet now! If you're looking for more sports betting recommendations and tips, access all of our content on SportsbookWire.com and BetFTW. Please gamble responsibly. Follow @SportsbookWire on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Gannett may earn revenue from Tipico for viewer recommendations on betting services. General terms and conditions see Tipico.com. gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA).

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Police are naming a man suspected of shooting dead three people outside the bar in downtown Spokane early Saturday morning

Jonathan Love, 29, faces three charges of first-degree assault and three charges of shooting from a car. (Author: Gardener)

SpokaneLove is the man, police say, shot dead three people outside a bar in downtown Spokane early Saturday morning. Prosecutors have charged 29-year-old Love, who appeared in court via video Monday from the Spokane County jail. Dressed in yellow-green prison garb, with short dark hair and a short brown beard, Love faces three counts of first-degree assault and three counts of shooting from a car. Roberts, 47, were both shot in the head. Assistant prosecutor Tom Treppiedi said the charges against Love could change depending on Beier and Roberts' health conditions. Police falsely reported Saturday that the two were shot outside Luckys Bar on the 400 block of West Sprague Avenue in downtown Spokane. Also shot and wounded was Katelyn T. Love does not have a long criminal history in Spokane County. Prosecutors claimed Monday witnesses reported gunshots from an SUV driving the wrong way on Sprague at 1:27 a.m. Saturday. Spokane Police Officer Corrigan Mohondro was less than two blocks from the bar at the time. He saw an erratic SUV and was about to stop it when he heard about the shooting and drove to Lucky's instead. Before approaching the bar, Mohondro wrote down and reported the first three letters of the SUV's Washington license plate: BVW. Just 10 minutes later, Washington State Trooper Russell Sanders was driving west on US Highway 2 off Flint Road when a BMW SUV, license plate BVW6365, sped past him. Sanders caught up with the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 2 and Hayford Road in Airway Heights. Sanders stopped the vehicle and found Love inside and a bullet casing on the driver's side floor. Mohondro met with Sanders at the scene and confirmed that the BMW was the same vehicle he saw driving erratically 10 minutes earlier. Mohondro said he also saw what appeared to be a handgun in the car. According to court documents, Love said he had a gun in his vehicle but "denied any knowledge of gunfire from the vehicle." At 3:20 a.m., Det. Erik Golladay was interviewing Love, who was intoxicated and had thrown up several times in the interview room. Love said he went to Luckys with a friend a few hours ago. He said his friend was asked to leave by bar employees and Love drove him home to Airway Heights. Love told Golladay he didn't remember what happened between his friend putting him down and when Sanders stopped him. In an interview with police on Saturday, the friend said Love dropped him off in Airway Heights around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Golladay said he viewed surveillance footage of a local business on Saturday afternoon. This footage shows a person matching Love's general description getting into the BMW SUV alone at around 1:24 am. Video shows the SUV driving eastbound on Sprague 70 seconds later as gunshots ring out.

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Broken Box Mime deals with contemporary issues

Broken Box Mime tackles contemporary issues, I get emotional on Suffs and Dominique Morisseau laughs on Confederates. (Author: Gardener)

Broken Box MimeIt's taken me more than ten years to see a performance of the Broken Box Mime Theatre... ...and I'm ashamed of wasting over a decade of acting. If all of her shows since the company's inception in 2011 had been as fun, imaginative, and surprisingly socially relevant as her current offering, Take Shape, I would have become a regular visitor years ago. Housed in the A.R.T./NY Theaters' intimate Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theater (general admission $25 in advance), music director Jack McGuire mixes the soundscape from a corner of the tiny playing space. Led by artistic director Becky Cotton, the ensemble of performers/creators collaborated to write and direct Take Shape, a series of physical vignettes that depict, in one way or another, how things change or evolve. Anyone who's tried to use the COVID quarantine period to learn new skills will appreciate the hilarious portrayal of an unhappy wannabe chef who can't quite keep up with a YouTube cooking lesson. I suppose parents would get a special kick from watching a couple trying to enjoy some romantic time alone while fixated on the baby monitor, while musicians find themselves in a bot about a trombone trio trying to find each other to sync. But there are also themed moments, such as a lavishly staged story of an apartment dweller who is evicted after pandemic aid has been used up because he can't afford the rent, and a satirical look at questionable corporate sustainability commitments. Through May 1, Broken Box has several laid-back performances planned for neurodiverse audiences and those with babies, and upcoming Affinity Nights for deaf audiences, theater professionals and those for whom English is not their first language, with notable guests joining the interactive talkback company. Reasons I cried at the end of Shaina Taub's Booze... 1) Watching musical theater that works really well often brings me to tears and Booze works really, really well. 2) I'm a fan of endings that show how the younger generation will seize the baton handed to them by the older generation and continue the fight in their own way. 3) I thought of the little girl sitting in my row and the group of teenage girls I saw walking in and was glad they got to see the kind of theater I had never seen at my age. ... is located in the lobby of the Public Theater and features production footage spanning the many decades of productions that have played both in this space and in Central Park. I always enjoy referring friends to George E. It's gotten to the point that whenever I'm in a theater and about to see a new Dominique Morisseau play...I mean, with an excellent collection of exciting and fascinating works like Detroit '67, Paradise Blue, Pipeline and skeleton crew are already thanks to her, can it be long? My guess is that Confederates, which tells parallel stories about maneuvering through institutionalized racism through the experiences of an enslaved black woman during the Civil War and a contemporary black woman who is a staff university professor, is going to get a hell of a lot of attention. Morisseau has long been a proponent of encouraging audible responses from viewers beyond the usual applause and laughter; a cause that has garnered so much traction this season that several plays by black writers have begun with pre-show announcements encouraging those who wish to be verbal not to hold back. Confederates wasn't the first time the program for a Dominique Morisseau play included an inserted message from the playwright encouraging vocal responses, but it was the first time I noticed her note titled "Playwright's Permissions for Engagement." , who really focused on telling viewers that it was okay to laugh. "The subject might make one think there is no place for humor," she writes. The humanity of both the people in the present and in the past in times of enslavement means that they are full and complex. I've often called Dominique Morisseau the most exciting playwright of the 21st century, and while I have to admit that I'm not entirely comfortable laughing at all the Confederate humor, one of the reasons I go to the theater is because that I have no feelings perfectly comfortable. Annie III: Annie discovers that Daddy Warbucks made his fortune selling ammunition during World War I and that her life of luxury was paid for with human suffering. She runs away and joins The Group Theater's production of Waiting For Lefty when Star-To-Be breaks her leg on premiere night. Workers at one of Warbucks' factories are in the audience and are inspired to unionize and go on strike.

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22 of the funniest tweets about dogs and cats this week (April 2-8)

"I just noticed that cats just walk around OUR house naked. So disrespectful.” (Author: Gardener)

this weekWoof - it was another long week. If you feel like you've been working like a dog, we offer you the internet equivalent of a big pile of catnip: hilarious tweets about pets. Each week at HuffPost, we scour Twitter to find the funniest posts about our furballs being complete fools. My boyfriend got a kitten two weeks ago and he told my toddler about it and for two weeks he's been saying "Meet Rocky? We went to Rocky's today and he carried a treat in his hand the entire drive and said "Rocky is gonna love this" and guess what Rocky was DOING. This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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Nets were an NBA title favorite preseason, so why are they struggling to get into the postseason?

The Nets were favorites to win an NBA title last season, but nothing went according to plan when Brooklyn takes on Cleveland in a play-in game. (Author: Gardener)

NBANEW YORK - The main question for many Brooklyn Nets players and fans is how did they get here? It's been a meandering six-month drudgery filled with drama, angered high-priced Superstars and the ever-present backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic that nearly crippled the team following December's Omicron outbreak. There's no easy answer to why the Nets and their three-plus-year crusade to attain NBA glory took the instant breakfast route...add All-NBA-caliber talent, stir and hope that you have something digestible. In the 2021/22 season that has been so promising, no fewer than five different Vegas bookmakers have pinned the nets as championship favorites. But nothing went according to plan as Brooklyn heads into the play-in game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night (7:00 p.m. ET), a two-game maximum guaranteed to determine whether the vacation or the playoffs await. Despite the adversity early in the season, Brooklyn was atop the Eastern Conference for 17 games. A road win over the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 21 gave the Nets the No. 1 spot for the last time with a 29-16 record. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant was injured, missing 21 games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and the Nets went 5-16 up in his absence. No matter who gets the blame for the less-than-stellar season or the credit for winning 44 games, one keeps popping up: Kyrie Irving. As the 2018 season began, superstar shooting guard Irving settled into his second season with the Boston Celtics and let fans know his intentions for the future. "I'm happy here," Irving said at the time. “Every single day is at an all-time high. The Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and Irving joined Brooklyn a month later, signing a four-year, $136.5 million deal and convincing some super friends (namely Durant and DeAndre Jordan) to sign him at Flatbush support. He played 20 injury-plagued games in his debut season, 54 in the 2020 campaign curtailed by the pandemic, and came on for 29 this season - thanks in part to New York City's private sector coronavirus vaccine mandate, which banned unvaccinated players from arriving attending home games and the Nets' reluctance to allow Irving as a part-time player. He was to be the last piece of the complicated championship puzzle after forcing a move from the Houston Rockets to Brooklyn. But after 13 months on the team, all the Nets got was a second-round playoff miss. "Obviously I'm frustrated because we're not healthy," Harden said in January. "It's a lot of inconsistency for whatever reason n — injuries, COVID, whatever you want to call it. I don't know the reports. I'm frustrated because I want to win." Harden and his $44 million Salaries were traded to Philadelphia on Feb. 10 in a deal that sent Ben Simmons, Andre Drummond, Seth Curry and two first-round draft picks to Brooklyn.Simmons did not play all year due to a back injury.Irving returned on Feb.5. Jan. back, albeit only at street games, after New York City Mayor Eric Adams lifted the private sector's coronavirus vaccine mandate for unvaccinated artists and athletes.Irving used words like "freedom," "sacrifice," and " "I knew the consequences," Irving said upon his return to Irving.You can't afford to miss games because of injuries or, in the case of Irving, sitting out if they face the Toronto Raptors. Canada will ban unvaccinated athletes from entering the country. But it was this dynamic duo that managed to take center stage last week to cement the Nets' place in play-in games, as Irving averaged nearly 30 points and Durant averaged 26 points per game last week . Brooklyn will be a problem for any team they face, especially with Simmons returning as he can provide a stable defense and relieve Irving and Durant of ball-handling responsibilities. Riding on a four-game winning streak, Nash acknowledges how little time the squad -- particularly Irving and Durant -- have spent together, but hinted he's moving toward the playoffs. “We're a highly isolated team because they're so talented, but that's not the plan. The plan is to participate in as many activities as possible," Nash said. “We want to keep the players involved so we can make the defensive decisions. Because playoff basketball and the regular season are so different in style and pace, the Nets must limit opponent possession and their own errors. She turned the ball over 21 times in the season finale against the Indiana Pacers, but won the championship because they shot 64%. If you're a fan and appreciate Nets basketball and what we're trying to build, you'll be following us on this journey," said Durant. "It's been a year of ups and downs but I think we're finding who we are as a group. It's the perfect time of year to play our best basketball."

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Lessons from the Nets' controversial season

When the Nets took over James Harden, it was the final step in creating a super team in Brooklyn. With the Lakers flameout and the Nets mired in turmoil, NBA insiders are taking notice - and asking questions: Are we seeing the end of the Big 3 era? (Author: Gardener)

James HardenKYRIE IRVING'S OPENING act in Brooklyn was marred only by a slick stand. With 50 points already under his belt and the crowd roaring, Irving dribbled against Josh Okogie while the game was in limbo before slipping and hitting an air wheel, falling but maintaining his dribble. The Nets lost the season opener, but power flowed through Barclays Center. Brooklyn had its first real star in his prime for the Nets, one who averaged 50, 39, 37 and 33 points in his first 11 games before being sidelined by a shoulder impact. But talent comes at a price, especially with Irving. League sources say executives, coaches and players present during Irving's time in Cleveland and Boston shared negative information with the Nets -- his unresponsiveness and cruelty to coaches, his lack of confidence towards teammates, his constant disregard for offensive game plans , his disinterest in playing the ball. But the Nets, multiple sources say, knew bringing Irving on board was a cost to the deal: No Irving, no Kevin Durant. Surely the Nets would acquire an otherworldly talent to pair with Durant. For all of Irving's erratic behavior, his production, shot formation and finishing ability were among the best in the league (11th in points per chance among 40 players with at least 7,500 shot attempts since 2013-14, when Second Spectrum began chasing). But the Nets team he and Durant joined was a textbook example of cohesion -- a team of discards, under-draft picks and recovery projects that had excelled and struggled to build from the ground up. Over the next year, several of that culture's pivots would dish out to acquire James Harden to form a super team. By the time Harden made his way out of Brooklyn, as he had in Brooklyn, the mood at the Sunset Park facility was very different — and the league took notice. Several top league executives contend that developing a strategy around chasing big stars no longer has the appeal it once did. You've watched the likes of the Celtics in the Kyrie era, and now the Brooklyn Nets, the Los Angeles Lakers and - for now - the LA Clippers believe they could add superstars to their existing structures only to be underwhelmed by the results . An unintended consequence of bringing in players like Durant and Irving is that a rising core often hears a stark message that management doesn't quite believe in what's being built, despite having proclaimed the value of the culture for years. As much as an organization may believe that incoming Superstars adapt to the team culture that preceded them, Superstars often don't adapt to cultures; they replace them. "Putting together a super team is something very, very few organizations can do," says a senior league executive. What this current era of NBA basketball is showing us is that you can go all-in -- whether with cap-place or all of your loot -- to acquire two or three of the league's most talented players and either have subpar infrastructure or a total lack of roster depth, you're doing no good for your organization FEW PHENOMENA DEFINE the era of player empowerment more than the super team driving the value of the NBA decided that they would choose where they played and who they played. Two of those stars, Durant and Irving, opted to sign with Brooklyn when they achieved free agency in 2019. Durant and Irving intended to play together somewhere. Durant said in 2019 he never spoke to the Nets before deciding to come to Brooklyn. The Nets team these superstars joined was a feel-good story. High-performing NBA franchises sell either hope or success, and in 2019 the Nets had given their fans much of the first with the promise of the second. A team led by D'Angelo Russell (traded away from the Lakers after two seasons), Jarrett Allen (a late first-round pick in just his sophomore year), Joe Harris (acquired along with cash considerations for a second-round pick round) and Spencer Dinwiddie (whom the Bulls relinquished twice prior to the 2016 season) scraped his way up to No. 6 with 42 wins and a playoff spot. A fledgling front office led by Spurs alumnus Sean Marks had finally shaken off the last vestiges of the disastrous 2013 deal with the Boston Celtics that wrecked the organization of their draft fortune. Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson helped transform the culture of one of the league's struggling franchises. The Nets were eliminated in the first round of the 2019 playoffs with a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, a fitting exit for a team that had won just 69 games in the previous three seasons. But as pride surged through this group of high achievers, a reality set in for the Nets' ownership and brass, sources say: High achievers don't win NBA championships. IRVING BEGAN HIS tenure as a lone superstar on the floor when Durant served his debut season with the Nets after torn an Achilles tendon in the 2019 Finals. Irving ultimately played in just 20 of the Nets' 64 games before undergoing season-ending surgery. NBA players typically operate with a degree of isolation from the team when working in rehab, but Irving and Durant had a bevy of board members and personal trainers outside of the team's purview who added to their sense of distance from the nets, say sources. Atkinson has had some difficulties managing the Superstars from afar. Sources describe the situation as a proxy battle between the seedy pre-2019 networks and the new iteration of the brand name. As much as the existing Brooklyn core acknowledges that towering talent would hurt the offense, the cultural transition "upset them a little," according to a source with knowledge of the locker room dynamic. Durant was initially impressed with his information about Atkinson's approach to his coaching craft coming to Brooklyn, but as the Nets languished, sources said he was increasingly underwhelmed by the team's lackluster play. Although several sources with knowledge of the Nets' internal machinations say reports that Atkinson's firing in March 2020 was under the direct command of Durant and Irving are grossly exaggerated, the momentum leading to Atkinson's death in Brooklyn became a major one Part of the new influenced squad composition. A Nets source says it's not so much a single act that takes a toll on the team or organization as Irving does overall: "It's always something," regardless of how productive he is when he fits. Brooklyn's acquisition of James Harden, 18 months after Durant and Irving were signed, was the ultimate Faustian bargain. By replacing Jarrett Allen, who made the All-Star team that season, and Caris LeVert, the team's 13th-ranked defense got 1.4 points per 100 possessions worse, falling to 22nd place. The Nets were eliminated by Milwaukee in the conference semifinals. In comparison, the Nets' understaffing in seven games against the Bucks with no Irving in their last three games and no Harden in Games 2, 3 and 4 could be the pinnacle of Brooklyn's Harden era. Sources say much of the dissatisfaction between Harden and the Nets began in September, when he came into training camp out of shape. Durant understood Harden's predicament in Houston as a man in need of a new backdrop, but also tacitly expected his former teammate to commit to conditioning and self-care when he came to Brooklyn to clinch a title, according to a source , the two is close to stars. With Irving's status already in flux due to his unwillingness to get vaccinated, Durant was stunned by Harden's lack of explosiveness and sluggish play during the first few weeks of the season, which he attributed in large part to Harden being out of shape resulting hamstring problems. Sources say Harden found Durant's oblique grid and self-righteous. With each passing week, Harden became more isolated, and employees and teammates grew increasingly frustrated with the static buildup. The Nets eventually cut him out of the dressing room for Ben Simmons in a blockbuster trade deal with Philadelphia. The idea that Harden -- or Irving -- would find religion in Brooklyn and embrace the culture surrounded by colleagues he respected now seems odd. Culture can encourage a superstar, but not change it. To a superstar, culture is just a set of suggestions, not a list of imperatives. Beyond superstar temperament, the general ethic in Brooklyn has changed over the past two years. As characterized by a source within the organization, the Nets have evolved from a team where decisions are made both on and off the pitch in the service of a conscious culture, to one where decisions are made to benefit specific constituencies fallen, be they star players or property. Cardinal principles like accountability are given a back seat to the whims and preferences of stars like Irving, Harden and Durant. That trade-off can manifest in many minor ways - a softer defensive system favored by the stars, an ad hoc attack, or even availability to play - and the biggest: esprit de corps. They shape and drive our culture, and getting their input sometimes allows you to see things from a different angle. Still, the Superteam construction is a bargain that has yet to pay off for the Nets, and they're not alone. Take the Lakers some credit: Unlike the middle-aged Celtics and today's Nets, they don't operate under the pretense of "culture." In Lakerland, the superstars are the culture. The late Jerry Buss established the star system as a franchise identity decades ago, and the Lakers have stayed true to it. Let the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat have their precious culture. Let them break bread and bask on the "warmth path". We rely on talent. The Lakers, once again seduced by brand names last summer, demonstrated their institutional prioritization of superstars over cultural alignment as well as alignment on the court. The team acquired Russell Westbrook in exchange for much of his depth and some of his grittier contributors. James publicly defended his role in creating the roster and made various veiled comments about Lakers management. However, it's not like it didn't work before, lest we forget they won a championship in Davis' first full season after he fought his way to the Lakers in 2019. His Miami and Cleveland teams had one key difference from the current Lakers -- and Nets -- squads: Despite their superteam structure, each had at least one megastar associated with the organization. The Big Three in Boston, heralding the Superteam era, dominated the 2008 season, with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joining Paul Pierce, the Celtic product. As peremptory as James was, he wasn't going to leave the Heat Way while Wade and Pat Riley were driving the bus. And when James finally returned to Cleveland in 2014 and found a team far less organized and more lax in their habits, James prescribed a healthy dose of the Heat Way. Though James went and came back, he was undoubtedly "from Cleveland," as was Kyrie Irving, 2011 No. 1 draft pick. The 2016 champion, Cavs, like virtually every winner in recent memory, featured superstars from their organization. Except for the 2019-20 Lakers, no team that includes a core without a homegrown star as one of their top two players has won a title in more than 40 years. If the superstar is the culture, it had better be the real superstar and most importantly a local one. THE MATCHING OF THE postseason field tipping this weekend reveals a new truth about the NBA: Super teams like the Nets and Lakers are out. Own teams - perhaps with the strategic acquisition of a "last piece" - are very popular. The Memphis Grizzlies, almost an entirely homegrown roster, are a crucial second. And the Boston Celtics rallied in the second half to catapult themselves to the top of the standings with by far the best points difference in the East. The teams best equipped for success aren't those meeting marquee free agents in July or attempting to snag stars at the February trade close, but those developing from within. The Suns have added a veteran star point guard in Chris Paul to a strong youth movement he has mentored. The Grizzlies' ceiling with local star Ja Morant has yet to be defined, but the sky is high in Memphis, which offers a blueprint for construction from the ground up, with players, coaches and management collaborating in the building. Called up as a teenager, Antetokounmpo grew up in the organization and stayed largely because he feels he has a part of the company he helped build. And if the Celtics win this postseason, it won't be with Irving, Gordon Hayward or Al Horford on massive long-term contracts, but with a starting five consisting of their first-round picks in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and a journeyman Horford with only a single guaranteed season in his contract. Too often, the super team asks an organization to hand off responsibility for its culture to outsiders. And superstars, even those with the most blessed talent, are still misfits. As much as a superstar like James or Durant can survive in the chaos, teams have a lot more problems. The vagaries of the NBA season have countless pitfalls. In moments like this, organizations need to have some core principles to lean on, even when superstars can rely on sheer talent. However, agency isn't a trend, it's a reality, and Superstars feel more empowered than ever to request trades, even in the midst of a long-term contract. NBA teams, especially those in glam markets, are forever drawn to the biggest superstar - whether it warrants the maximum or is worth the effort. Talent is alluring and developing local stars is not easy. Brooklyn, the Clippers and the next team, luring in a few prominent names from outside the franchise, could win and win big.

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5 logical predictions for WWE Raw and SmackDown for the rest of 2022

While WrestleMania 38 marked the end of the season for WWE, there is still well over half of 2022 to play. This year has already seen some big changes in the company and some big angles are going down... (Author: Gardener)

WWE Raw5 Logical Predictions for WWE Raw and SmackDown for the Rest of 20225 Logical Predictions for WWE Raw and SmackDown for the Rest of 2022 While WrestleMania 38 marked the end of the season for WWE, there is still well over half of 2022 to play. This year has already seen some big changes in the company and some big angles went down. There's now a unified men's world champion, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Vince McMahon have both made shocking returns to the action, and Tommaso Ciampa is NXT's latest call. Anything can happen in WWE, for better or worse, but part of the most fun is predicting what's coming next. Using some educated guesses, let's make some logical predictions about things that could happen on Raw and SmackDown before the end of 2022. No one wants to start off on a somber note, but if the keyword here is "logical," we can't overlook the recent trend in WWE staff releases. Both 2020 and 2021 saw multiple rounds of mass releases. Will this be the third year in a row that the company has laid off talent on that specific date? That remains to be seen, but post-WrestleMania releases have all too often pretended that wasn't possible. Every time this happens, fans wonder how WWE can hold its own with an even smaller roster. Each list feels like it has to be the last just for another to follow. And based on the past departures of big names like Bray Wyatt and William Regal, it's impossible to predict who would be next. The first answer to how to offset a round of releases is to call more names from NXT. After all, it is the development program that prepares talent for the main lineup. Ridge Holland and Austin Theory were part of a group convened late last year, with the youngest generation made up of Butch, Gunther, Ludwig Kaiser, Raquel Rodriguez and Tommaso Ciampa, while more will be arriving on Raw and SmackDown in the coming months, the most also received name changes, as did four of the last five newcomers. Watch out for Superstars who are no longer doing anything in NXT, such as: B. Io Shirai and Dakota Kai round out the women's department. Don't be surprised if someone like Kacy Catanzaro also gets a random promotion. Toxic Attraction can't keep their titles on NXT 2.0 forever, so they might get added to the main roster this year as well. Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta shouldn't be overlooked either. Likewise, one shouldn't rule out someone like Bron Breakker heading to Raw or SmackDown before the year is out. WWE clearly adores him and might be getting impatient to jump to his main roster push sooner rather than later. Cameron Grimes, Dexter Lumis and LA Knight are among those also poised to make the move. Regardless of how established these names have become, they could get brand new nicknames on the main list. WWE wants to own all trademarks so if that could be questioned they will be rebranded just like Marcel Barthel and Pete Dunne did and branding. It was suggested by Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer Live (h/t Louis Dangoor of WrestleTalk) that Nikki Cross should become Nikki A.S.H. last year to avoid confusion with the new Karrion Kross. Given the size of the deal WWE is making by signing Gable Steveson on Raw, which also has Chad Gable on its roster, it's easy to predict that a name change is imminent. But it won't be Steveson. Gable has endured some sad names in the past, so WWE might lean more into the Alpha Academy feel and start calling him something like Professor Chad or Coach Chad...while we're rolling our eyes. While all elite wrestling fans can sing for Ethan Page, Adam Page, Adam Cole, Christian Cage and Brian Cage, and it's not confusing, WWE will insist that there can't be two Gables carries after the unification of the WWE and Universal titles at WrestleMania 38 two world titles, but history has shown that there can be two different outcomes in this scenario. Many titles have simply disappeared before, such as the dissolution of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship after Carmelo Hayes unified it with the NXT North American Championship. And Becky Lynch dropped the SmackDown Women's Championship shortly after winning it, but retained the Raw Women's Title for many months after WrestleMania 35. Expect men's belts to be split again sometime this year. WWE will likely find it too difficult to coordinate Reigns to appear on Raw and SmackDown to please both Fox and the US, as both networks want the top champion on their schedule. This cannot be self-sustaining and the weight of only having one top champion in a brand split will eventually collapse. This also has to happen to tell the story of Cody Rhodes becoming world champion. The Rock is wanted for next year's WrestleMania 39 in Hollywood, so unless WWE plans for Rhodes to fail or wait until after, he can't dethrone The Tribal Chief and risk damaging the build-up to that main event. Watch out for SummerSlam on July 30th, which is when WWE returns to the two-title system. Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Titles are unified with the Raw Tag Team Championship after winning the right to challenge RK-Bro at WWE Raw on Monday. Don't be surprised if they not only win these titles, but combine them in the future. WWE has never cared about tag team wrestling so much. Teams are formed for the sole purpose of dividing them into individual stars, and there are often not enough pairings to serve two sets of titles without constant rematches. As with the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, there's a good chance the men's titles are united in one cross-brand belt. Anthony Mango is the owner of wrestling website Smark Out Moment and host of the podcast show Smack Talk on YouTube, iTunes, and Stitcher.

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Sonya Deville takes on Bianca Belair in a surprise title match

WWE Official was again accused of abusing her power after she signed on for a title match against Bianca Belair. (Author: Gardener)

Bianca BelairAfter you register, we use the email address you provided to send you the newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email. The first woman to challenge Bianca Belair for the Raw Women's Championship has been confirmed. In a surprising turn of events, WWE Official Sonya Deville signed up for a title match against the newly crowned Red Brand Champion. Monday Night Raw audiences were stunned as Deville launched an attack on The EST of WWE before announcing the two would meet in the ring to fight for the championship. This isn't the first time Deville has abused her position of power. Deville also made an in-ring comeback at the Royal Rumble, where she appeared in the 30-woman match after self-calling up. Fellow WWE Official Adam Pearce intervened, delivering a message from Vince McMahon, who dismissed Deville's attempts and warned her against abusing her position of power. She initially teased the idea of ​​Belair facing a mystery opponent in her first title defense match as Raw Women's Champion. "You have big time Becky Lynch who would definitely love a rematch against you," Deville began. Belair signed the contract and Deville announced she would bring her opponent out before launching an attack on The EST from behind. "Your next opponent is me," she declared before signing the contract and posing with Belair's belt. Later in the show, Pearce confronted Deville, who stated that she intended to conduct the match and become the first official to make WWE history by winning the title. A date when the two women will face each other in the ring has yet to be confirmed.

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Sonya Deville brings Bianca Belair into the title match

WWE Raw Results, Grades: Sonya Deville destroys Bianca Belair after getting her to accept a title match, Tommaso Ciampa meets Ezekiel. (Author: Gardener)

Sonya DevilleWWE Official Sonya Deville used her position of power to land a Raw Women's Title Match against Bianca Belair. The new champion was crowned at WrestleMania 38 earlier this month when WWE's EST defeated Becky Lynch to win the gold and avenge her shock loss at SummerSlam 2021. The real story was yet to come, however, as Sonya Deville came out and firstly congratulated Bianca on her big WrestleMania win. She then goaded the EST into signing an open deal for her first title defense after pointing out all the potential challengers - including Becky, Rhea Ripley, Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan and more - and hearing that Belair is ready to sign up to ask each of them. She then signed the contract herself, much to the disgust of her colleague Adam Pearce, and we have a fantastic early title defense for Belair. In a sight still slightly surreal, Raw opened just over a week after its shock return from AEW with Cody Rhodes guesting on Miz TV. Cody - who used terms like "belt" and "wrestler" only to be corrected by Miz - fired back and vowed to beat the best in WWE before avoiding a sneak attack. AJ Styles and Damian Priest met in a fantastic match that was hurt a little by a confusing ending when the Archer of Infamy knelt as a purple light shone on him. The show returned from a commercial break, with WWE going on without a definitive end while we watched an injured AJ backstage ranting about how things were going. Rhodes and Miz next had a fun match, with the former claiming the win only to face Seth Rollins in the ring - and the pair agreed to a rematch at WrestleMania Backlash. Backstage again, Tommaso Ciampa was ready for an interview, but Ezekiel introduced himself, leading to Kevin Owens scolding him about lying and it's actually Elias. Naomi quickly finished off Liv Morgan in a fantastic sprint before WWE returned from a commercial break to Bobby Lashley, who was already in the ring discussing MVP's betrayal as he called out his former associate and Omos. The Ex-Hurt Business allies fought at the mic, with MVP claiming he made Lashley almighty while Bobby insisted he had turned MVP's farewell tour into something more. The 24/7 cover scene took an entertaining turn this week as Reggie, Dana Brooke, Akira Tozawa and Tamina celebrated their bachelor and bachelorette parties ahead of next week's double wedding. Randy Orton and Riddle defeated Alpha Academy in a great match that seems to have pushed Chad Gable and Omos to the bottom of the line while RK-Bro moves on to other things. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos lined up to confront their Raw counterparts and the Street Profits joined the party to stake their claim. It led to Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins battling Jimmy and Jey in an amazing main event, while this was another example of Ford being a world champion in waiting. Usos won here to set up the unification match before everything fell apart as Jimmy and Jey stood upright after superkicking out Orton. If you have a celebrity story, video or pictures, please contact the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us at [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or our page Visit to submit content - we'd love to hear from you. MORE : Tommaso Ciampa is open to 'comedy' in WWE and has his eye on dream matches with Edge, Roman Reigns and more

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Cody Rhodes wins first televised match in six years

After returning to WWE at WrestleMania 38 this month, Cody Rhodes won his first match since 2016 on Monday Night Raw (Author: Gardener)

Cody RhodesAfter you register, we use the email address you provided to send you the newsletter. After you register, we use the email address you provided to send you the newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email. After Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns sent them to the red mark to unify the Tag Team Titles, SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos defeated Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins in an explosive Main Event - Showdown to bring them one step closer to that goal. Additionally, Cody Rhodes defeated The Miz in his first Raw match in six years, WWE Official Sonya Deville tricked into a future Raw Women's Title match against Bianca Belair, and more. The Miz welcomed special guest Cody Rhodes to Miz TV ahead of their Raw match. As Miz cheered on his imminent opponent, The American Nightmare took it all in stride. Although Miz eventually got mad at his guest, Rhodes kept his cool. Along the way, he remarked that whenever his WrestleMania opponent Seth Rollins wanted a rematch, he was happy to oblige. However, when Miz tried to attack from behind, Rhodes sent him through the ropes, humiliating the host. After Veer Mahaan showed up to brutalize The Mysterios last week, imposing Superstar Dominik had Mysterio tap his torturous Cervical Clutch in dominant fashion in his first match on Raw. Unhappy with the mere win, The Lion quickly repeated the assist, not just once but twice after the bell. After he and Edge ruthlessly defeated AJ Styles when he confronted her on Raw after WrestleMania, the unhinged Damian Priest went one on one with The Phenomenal One. Before the match, the two superstars fought backstage earlier in the day. In the match, Priest countered Styles' phenomenal forearm attempt with a vicious boot that sent his opponent to the floor of the ring. In his first Raw match in six years, Cody Rhodes engaged The Miz in an extremely competitive contest. After pinching his knee from the top rope and fighting his way through an agonizing figure four from The A-Lister, Cody roared back and overcame his opponent with the Cody Cutter/Cross Rhodes combination for the three-pointer. With Rhea Ripley unable to attend Monday Night Raw, the previously scheduled Women's Tag Team Championship match was pushed back to next week and Liv Morgan attempted to continue her win over Sasha Banks on SmackDown against Naomi. After MVP betrayed Bobby Lashley and helped Omos with a sneak attack last week, The All Mighty invited himself to "The VIP Lounge" and dismantled the set during a heated exchange with his former cohort and Omos. A week after severing her partnership with Carmella, Queen Zelina failed in a Championship Contender's Match against Raw Women's Champion Bianca Belair after The EST of WWE denied the K.O.D. After her win, Belair was interrupted by WWE Official Sonya Deville. The WWE Official congratulated the new champion on her monumental WrestleMania victory and presented her with an open contract to her title to prove what a fighting champion she is. However, when Bianca signed it, Deville attacked her from behind and signed the contract to earn himself a title match. After WrestleMania, Chad Gable & Otis once again faced Raw Tag Team Champions Randy Orton & Riddle in a classic tag team showdown, and The Viper hit Gable with a devastating RKO to claim the win. After their win, RK-Bro was suddenly interrupted by the SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos. Last Friday on SmackDown, new Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns assigned his bloodline cousins ​​the mission of unifying the Tag Team Championships. However, as the two tandems went back and forth in an intense discussion, Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins also entered the fight. Unhappy that Jimmy & Jey wanted to skip the line when they deserved a title showdown, the fight ended with RK-Bro suggesting The Usos take on The Street Profits to prove who deserves a title fight. The Street Wins in a High Stakes Team Team Showdown In the final moments of the high stakes tag team showdown, Jimmy & Jey threw Angelo Dawkins into the ring post. This soon opened the door for them to meet One and Done on Montez Ford to emerge victorious. In the episode, The Usos stepped out of the ring after facing off against Raw Tag Team Champions RK-Bro. As order broke down between The Street Profits and RK-Bro, The Usos returned to hit The Viper with a double Superkick and held the SmackDown and Raw Tag Team Titles above them. You can watch WWE Raw live here in the UK on BT Sport every week.

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