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Brock Lesnar makes a shocking return to WWE's SmackDown

*phew* what a day in the WWE Universe. It all started off quite normally, with your typical pre-SmackDown promotional material, before the news broke that Vince McMahon had officially retired from WWE at the ripe age of 77, likely due to the heat generated by his ongoing scandals, which became more and more devastating each passage […] (Author: Gardener)

Brock LesnarIt all started off quite normally, with your typical pre-SmackDown promotional material, before the news broke that Vince McMahon had officially retired from WWE at the ripe age of 77, likely due to the heat generated by his ongoing scandals, the more and more scathing each passing report became. If this was all that happened it would be more than enough to keep the larger world busy indefinitely, but as it turns out, this was just the beginning of a day that will almost certainly serve as a turning point in wrestling history becomes. No, then news of the succession arrangement broke, with Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan taking over as co-CEOs of the company and Triple H officially reinstated as EVP of Talent Relations. Back to normal stuff, right? Well, what's the name of Brock Lesnar, who reportedly leaves the Boston, Massachusetts taping of SmackDown with the dubious quote "If he's out, I'm out," as originally reported by Bryan Alvarez? Fans understandably freaked out, WWE reportedly approached Bill Goldberg to fill the seat at SummerSlam, and fans gathered in Boston openly wondered what would happen next. Well, as it turns out, they didn't have to be surprised as Lesnar made his triumphant return in the final seconds of the show, tossing Theory around before it went off the air. Or did Lesnar just decide to... come back? "We have been confirmed that Brock Lesnar was supposed to be 'all over the place' on SmackDown tonight and left abruptly. We haven't heard if he's planning a return." Those words, originally written on Fightful Select and then released to the masses on regular Fightful, underscore that even if Lesnar did show up at the end of SmackDown, it wasn't originally the WWE's plan was. This coverage makes sense as Lesnar was increasingly featured in multiple segments en route to his Last Man Standing match with Roman Reigns, including a fantastic must-see back-and-forth segment with former manager Paul Heyman, to believe it , to his credit, supports his company's coverage with a follow-up of his own, as you can read below. "If you really believe that WWE went to the trouble of distributing "Brock Lesnar Was Mad" to several wrestlers, rewrote the script without him, and removed it from their website just to break the web for the Smackdown Six-Man -Tag, I don't know what to tell you." Okay, so not only do we know that WWE had plans for Lesnar throughout the show, but they actually had to rewrite their scripts to bypass him, which kind of makes sense considering how the show was going. However, those suggestions alone don't explain why Lesnar would exit the tap at a moment before coming back shortly after. I mean, the company reportedly got rid of all mentions of Lesnar from his SmackDown Removed promotional material on his official website and even reached out to Goldberg about potentially getting back in the ring against the "head of the table" for a second match in 2022. As if Lesnar definitely didn't ngen would be because he was angry and then, either because he had a change of heart or because he was offered additional compensation, decided to come back, right? Well, according to Bryan Alvarez, who is in the middle of vacation, that happened very well. Welp, credit to Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan's co-CEO ship, they certainly got through their first major controversy without doing anything embarrassing and/or reactionary, which rebooking the match with Goldberg would have been great. Instead, they brought Lesnar back into the ring and got him tossing Theory around a bit after a SmackDown main event ended with some briefcase phenomena. Will Lesnar return to the ring next week as if nothing happened, do the job for Roman Reigns in SummerSlam, and then ride to his farm until the company next needs him? Or will the controversy continue for the next eight days, with even more reports breaking down the situation and issues between the two parties? Anyway, we only know the tip of the iceberg of this story, and as the hours, days and weeks go by, the coverage of this topic only gets more and more interesting.

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Brock Lesnar was treated differently from Sasha Banks and Naomi after the WWE SmackDown Walkout

Brock Lesnar left SmackDown before returning in time for the final segment. (Author: Gardener)

Brock LesnarWWE aired its first broadcast of the post-Vince McMahon era as Vince McMahon retired via Twitter earlier today. In response to McMahon's resignation, Brock Lesnar, who was due to appear earlier, is also said to have left. Lesnar said something derivative of "when he's gone, I'm gone" in reference to Vince McMahon. Lesnar returned to the building in time for the main event, where he destroyed Theory before SmackDown blew up. Lesnar has left WWE records in the past, but usually due to contract disputes and posing for higher salaries. As one half of the SummerSlam main event, WWE needs to have - at the very least - a backup schedule for next week's Nashville pay-per-view. Roman Reigns has rarely appeared on television in recent months due to his reduced schedule, and even without Brock Lesnar, WWE will continue to compete for star power across all shows. A far cry from WWE's near-immediate burial of Sasha Banks and Naomi as "unprofessional," WWE hasn't kept the same energy for Brock Lesnar, despite justified pressure from Black Twitter. WWE went on as usual and made no mention of Lesnar's strike. Instead, today's show repeatedly promoted Lesnar vs. Reigns in the Main Event of WWE SummerSlam. Sasha Banks and Naomi presented a united front, and WWE immediately condemned them for leaving the company during a tap of WWE Raw. Brock Lesnar? To quote the late great Paul Mooney, Lesnar clearly has the complexion for protection. "I know they are working on getting Brock back into the building to discuss this. With Lesnar getting the benefit of the doubt that Banks and Naomi didn't, cooler heads prevailed between Lesnar and WWE, and Lesnar appeared in the main event segment. SmackDown opened with a short promo by Stephanie McMahon, ushering fans into the TD Garden with a "Thank you Vince" chant. Fans booed the mention of Vince McMahon's retirement when Stephanie McMahon brought it up. Stephanie McMahon's brief promo referenced "Pat McAfee and even Michael Cole" as part of the WWE Universe. Stephanie McMahon appeared to refer briefly to Vince McMahon. She got emotional (to a degree) and led the crowd in chants of "Thank you Vince." The fans jumped in front of the gun, immediately chanting "Thanks Vince," and McMahon cut them off. SmackDown opened with a duel between The Street Profits and The Usos. The theory joined the fray, and things surfaced after he referenced Bianca Belair. Between Madcap Moss ring gear and music, WWE seems to be striving to make him as generic as possible. Ludwig Kaiser was supposed to be the builder for a match between Shinsuke Nakamura and Gunther. Instead, Shinsuke Nakamura is the setter for a budding split between Kaiser and Gunther. Something about the way Gunther Ludwig hacks Kaiser makes it seem abusive. WWE isn't subtle at all while building Liv Morgan as an underdog and people's champion. There needs to be a moratorium on promos accusing part-timers of not loving this business as much as they do. Pat McAfee did another great promo and honestly his match against Happy Corbin could be the main event if Brock Lesnar stays home. McAfee and Happy Corbin have been fighting like mad lately, with limited narrative on why they're fighting. This might have freaked Vince McMahon out, but as the saying goes, it's a new day. Between Jinder Mahal and Shanky; Gunther and Ludwig Kaiser and Cora Jade and Roxanne Perez, WWE loves to separate people. Winning a match against Jinder Mahal and Shanky by countout does little to redeem the Viking Raiders. Drew McIntyre had some scathing quotes, including "Sheamus, when did you become such a b—h?" and telling Sheamus they need to restore "prestige" to WWE. Sheamus continues to get away with running away from a #1 contender match. This week he avoided another match and was given the authority to challenge Drew McIntyre to an Irish Donnybrook where "no swords are allowed". The management of WWE (on camera) is terrible. As great as it is to see her climb the main roster, she feels like a victim of micromanagement. After Lacey Evans dropped out last week, Aliyah let every other Aliyah continue this week's heel promo non-stop, Aliyah turned heel. After a very good heel promo, Lacey Evans simply knocked Aliyah out. and went out. Maxxine Dupri, NXT's Sofia Cromwell, announced a summer beach collection for next week. There was no mention of Max Dupri showing up, suggesting he may have been replaced. The Main Event featured a six-man tag team match pitting Theory and The Usos against The Street Profits and Madcap. Although Brock Lesnar had walked out on TV tapings in the past, he was again given the go-ahead by management and cooler heads prevailed. Good for Brock for getting that benefit of the doubt that Sasha and Naomi didn't have. During that game, Pat McAfee noted that the Toronto Blue Jays had led 25-3 against the Boston Red Sox. Madcap is having a great comeback, I really hope WWE figures out what to do with him as a whole package. The Usos plotted against Theory so they could hurt him so he wouldn't cash his money in the bank contract. Rather than just let the Usos do their thing, the Street Profits insisted on finishing this off with a big Montez Ford dive. After 20 minutes, this match ended just like Theory's match against Madcap: by disqualification. However, fans were rewarded when Brock Lesnar returned and destroyed Theory.

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Smackdown Results (07/22) - Face to face confrontation, Maxxine Dupri about to make his debut

These are the official results from Wrestling INC. for "Smackdown" on July 22, 2022, with a personal confirmation! (Author: Gardener)

Smackdown ResultsWelcome to our WrestlingINC.com Live “Smackdown” Viewing Party! She says Vince wanted to thank the fans and all the staff. The Street Profit music plays and they come through the audience as Michael Cole and Pat McAfee welcome the audience home. They say they will be the new WWE Undisputed Tag Team Champions at Summerslam and they want the smoke. Theory's music hits and he boos massively. He says nobody cares because everyone will be too busy caring about what they do at Summerslam. He says he will win the US Title from Bobby Lashley and then cash in on his Money In The Bank contract to become the new WWE Undisputed Champions. The Usos' music starts and they come to the ring. They tell Theory he won't make it to Summerslam and the Profits laugh. The theory tells him that they will leave Summerslam with nothing, and everyone starts fighting with each other. Theory and the Usos get the upper hand before Madcap Moss comes down and makes the save. The profits deliver a double superkick to Theory and then fly over the top rope. The Profits grab the Raw Tag Team Titles and stand tall. We then go to a video from two weeks ago in the match between Ludwig Kaiser, Gunther and Shinsuke Nakamura. Back at ringside, Nakamura comes down with a huge bang before we go to a commercial. Back from the break, Gunther and Ludwig Kaiser come down the ring. The bell rings and Kaiser delivers a pair of right hands to Nakamura's midsection. He goes for a pin but Nakamura kicks out. Kaiser delivers some right hands to Nakamura's head, but Nakamura fires back with a kick in his face. Nakamura nails him to Kaiser's thigh with a few kicks, then goes for a pin but Kaiser kicks out. Nakamura chokes Kaiser with his boot, but Kaiser shoots back with a punch to the face. He hits a suplex and then attempts a pin but Nakamura kicks out. Kaiser hits a snap suplex, but Nakamura fires back with a kick in the neck. He delivers a knee to his back, but Kaiser sends him onto the apron, tripping him. Kaiser sends Nakamura into the ring stairs as we head into a commercial break. Back from the break, Kaiser has the upper hand. He goes for a suplex, but Nakamura counters with a kick to the back of the head. Nakamura hits Kaiser in the face with a boot. Kaiser rolls him up but Nakamura steps out. Gunther climbs onto the apron to create a distraction, then delivers a right hand to Nakamura while the referee is distracted. He delivers his final DDT for victory. Gunther tells him to put his hands down and pretends to chop him. He pats him on the shoulder as relief washes over Kaiser. Back from the break, the commentary announces that the main event will be The Street Profits and Madcap Moss, who will take on The Usos and Theory. We then go to a video of Liv Morgan cashing in to win the Smackdown Women's Championship. Liv Morgan and Ronda Rousey face off We go backstage to meet Kayla Braxton, who introduces Liv Morgan and Ronda Rousey. Rousey says she respects Morgan but will beat her at Summerslam. Rousey says she expects Morgan to shake her hand if she hits her. Morgan says she can't say for sure if she'll retain her title against Rousey, but if she wins she'll shake her hand for sure. Rousey says she has more passion than anyone in the dressing room but her. We go to the commentary box where Happy Corbin appears out of nowhere and attacks Pat McAfee before their match at Summerslam. Corbin goes backstage and McAfee chases him. Back from the break, Pat McAfee comes back into the ring. He gets in the ring and grabs a mic. He says before he gets back to commentary he has one thing to say to "Bomb Ass Corbin." He says he can't hide at Summerslam and he'll put the baby down for a nap for good. This is followed by a video of the events of the past week between the New Day and the Viking Raiders. Back at ringside, New Day joins in the commentary. Jinder Mahal and Shanky come to the ring. Erik tagged in with Ivar and the two knocked Mahal down. Ivar elbows Mahal in the corner followed by a kick. Ivar sends Mahal into the Ring Stairs and then into New Day. The Viking Raiders win by count. She says she could hire someone new. Pearce tells her that's enough and she has a match against Raquel Rodriguez later tonight. Back at ring, the brawling brutes come in for shillelaghs and shenanigans. Back from the break there is a green table in the ring with a cloth over it. Sheamus says the place is rocking, calling fans fake Irish. He says they're going to make history tonight. He says he should chop off Drew McIntyre's head with the brogue kick, but he won't do so until his sword is banished from the ring. He calls McIntyre a maniac for trying to chop off Sheamus' head and says his sword has no place in the ring. Drew McIntyre's music hits and he comes to the ring with his sword. Sheamus tells him sword has no place in the ring as Ridge Holland leads Butch out of the ring after he gets too angry. McIntyre asks what happened to Sheamus and calls him a b---h. He asks where the humble Sheamus came from from the beginning of his career and says the company needs a good champion. McIntyre tells him he wants to do the #1 Contenders match now and tells him to have a little courage. Sheamus says he's better than McIntyre and says if he wants this fight he'll get it, but not tonight. Sheamus says he's spoken to management and the match will take place on next week's "Smackdown," in a Good Old Fashion Donny Brooks match with McIntyre's sword forbidden. Adam Pearce makes it official and McIntyre uses his sword to break Sheamus' Shilleglagh. Backstage, Paul Heyman approaches the Usos as the Usos discuss taking out Theory before their match. Heyman calls the Usos the greatest tag team of this generation. He says it will be 2v3 if they drop Theory. He tells them to take advantage of Theory and tells them to take him out after the match. Back at ringside, Raquel Rodriguez comes to ringside before we go into a commercial break. Sonya Deville comes back from the break. Deville punches Rodriguez in the face and elbows her in the face. Deville hits a running knee and goes for a pin, but Rodriguez kicks out. Rodriguez delivers a headbutt followed by a right hand. She hits a fallaway slam followed by a splash from the corner. She wants a pin but Deville steps out. Rodriguez picks up Deville and sends her to the mat. Deville fires back with a DDT, then goes for a pin but Rodriguez kicks out. Rodriguez delivers an energy bomb to Deville for the win. We go back to the ring where Aliyah comes down. Lacey Evans grabs a mic and says that's not how you treat an American hero. She gives up women's rights and walks away. Braxton asks why he thinks Adam Pearce picked him, and he says the support was overwhelming at first. He says they need a man who can get the job done and calls it the middle. He says the man is J-E double-F J-A double-R-E double-T. Back at the ring, the Usos come to the ring. Back from the commercial break, Maxxine Dupri is backstage. The Street Profits come to the ring with Madcap Moss. Next comes the theory in the ring. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) and Theory vs. The Street Profits (Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins) and Madcap Moss The bell rings and Dawkins rolls Jimmy up, but Jimmy steps out. Dawkins hits a drop kick followed by a splash. Dawkins tagged in with Ford and the two hit a couple of double drop kicks. Back from the break, Moss and Jey are in the ring. Theory switches and knocks out Moss with his right hand. He stomps on Moss' mispdsection, followed by some shoulders in his midsection. He trades Jimmy and delivers some right hands to Moss in the corner. While the referee is distracted, Theory knocks out Moss. Jey comes in ready to squirt but Moss dodges and tags in Dawkins. Dawkins hits a corkscrew in the corner, followed by an insiguri. Dawkins tags in Ford and Ford are making a splash. He wants a pin, but Jey kicks out. Ford delivers a super kick followed by a step up insiguri. He hits another insiguri, but Jey pushes Ford into the commentary box. Back from another break, Jey has the upper hand over Ford. Ford delivers a DDT and makes Moss the hot day while Jey tags Jimmy. Moss takes out the Usos and Theory and puts a shoulder on Jimmy's midsection. Moss sends Jimmy down with a modified side slam, then goes for a pin, but Jimmy kicks out. Jimmy counters with a superkick and then attempts a pin but Moss kicks out. Jimmy tries to tag Theory, but Theory jumps off the apron and both Usos superkick Theory each. Theory puts Moss in the ring and hits an elbow. Theory hits a neck and back breaker combo and then attempts a pin but Moss kicks out. Moss hits a shoulder tackle but Theiry grabs his briefcase and knocks Moss down. Winner: The Usos and Madcap Moss via DQ Theory continue attacking Moss with his briefcase. Brock Lesnar's music hits and he comes to the ring. He circles Theory and enters the ring as Theory prepares to fight back with his briefcase. Lesnar kicks Theory, followed by an F-5. He grabs the briefcase and knocks Theory out with it. He brings Theory back up and delivers another F-5.

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Brock Lesnar is leaving SmackDown following Vince McMahon's retirement

Vince McMahon dropped a bombshell and retired Friday, apparently resulting in WWE megastar Brock Lesnar walking out on SmackDown before it aired. (Author: Gardener)

SmackDownVince McMahon shocked the WWE Universe on Friday when he announced his retirement, and megastar Brock Lesnar was so furious at the news that he reportedly left before SmackDown aired. This could be a major blow to the company given that SummerSlam is taking place next weekend and the former world champion is set to face Roman Reigns in the main event. The day was already breaking news on the WWE news page. Triple H first made headlines by resuming his old role as EVP and Head of Talent Relations. A few hours later, WWE's corporate headquarters released a statement from McMahon announcing his retirement. Soon after, it was reported that the news so upset Brock Lesnar that he left the show. Multiple sources have confirmed this information, while The Wrestling Observer's Bryan Alvarez originally broke the news via his @bryanalvarez name on Twitter. "From multiple sources, Brock Lesnar left SmackDown." A few minutes later, Alvarez gave the following update on Twitter: "Brock's phrase was a derivative of 'if he's gone, I'm gone.'" Fightful Select also reported that Lesnar " very pissed off" by McMahon's resignation, confirming that they too had heard he was walking out. Fightful also conveyed that Lesnar should be "everywhere" on this episode of SmackDown. As of this writing, there has been no news of Brock's return before the show airs. For now, all that is known for certain is that Brock Lesnar left SmackDown following the announcement that McMahon was retiring. Details will emerge in the coming hours and days, but that's all that's been confirmed at this point. Everything else is speculation, including what will happen at the SummerSlam main event. With just a few hours between Lesnar's exit and going live, the behind-the-scenes scene on SmackDown must be wild. Without Brock, the blue brand suddenly has to find a way to generate interest in the SummerSlam premium live event. WWE was already unhappy with the SummerSlam card. There is literally no one on planet earth who could easily step into Brock Lesnar's footsteps and replace him. WWE fans should probably buckle up as the next few shows are set to be absolute lightning rods. Next: Triple H Won't Make WWE Another NXT (And That's Fine)

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Thunderstorms on Friday morning, dangerous heat on the way

Thunderstorms on Friday morning, dangerous heat on the way (Author: Gardener)

morningYou are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Risk of thunderstorms Friday morning, dangerous heat en route Bannon convicted of contempt of Congress, due to be sentenced in October Bannon found guilty by jury of contempt of Congress Former Trump aide Bannon found guilty of contempt of Congress The Jan. 6 hearings in less more than 60 seconds Rep. Lee Zeldin grabbed during a gubernatorial campaign speech in New York Rewarming through the weekend Recovery still underway nearly a year after Hurricane Ida Gardeners lamented drought as triple-digit heat scorches much of the southern US. Record-breaking heat suppression in parts of Europe as they continue in the south Why shark attacks happen and how to avoid them Record-breaking heat poses greater threat to homeless Wildfires force hundreds to flee Greece as heatwave ravages Europe Heatwaves threaten transport, food sources and lives on the around the world Above-average temperatures for the Central Plains and storms for the Midwest Heat lingers in the south as severe storm s hit the Northeast Sweltering heat lingers in the south and west while a severe storm threat hits the north Warming in the south while storms cover parts of the Ohio Valley are developing Severe storm danger and sweltering heat for much of the central and eastern United States. Hear what This Parmesan producer has to report on its worst drought in 70 years Heavy rain in parts of the South as Atlantic tropics intensify The heat continues to dominate the Southeast while severe storms are possible while Plains climate crisis correspondent Bill Weir CNN, New Orleans is where extreme heat is felt well over 100 degrees at risk of flooding in the Central Plains record heat for parts of the West and storms for the East.

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British holidaymakers hit by six-hour bottleneck at Dover port

UK briefing on Friday night: British holidaymakers hit by a six-hour bottleneck in the Port of Dover (Author: Gardener)

six-hourTory lead race | Liz Truss will 'deliver' Boris Johnson's tax cuts, business secretary said Kwasi Kwarteng, who is backing Ms Truss to become the next Tory leader and prime minister, argued the current tax burden - which is at a 70-year high - is not "sustainable". Unlike her supporters, Ms. Truss didn't prove to be a hit with some children during a recent campaign visit. Meanwhile, Tory members who want to vote on Mr Johnson's future as leader plan to picket the party's frenzy with a specially painted Boris 'battle bus'. A government minister has blamed French authorities for the six-hour queues at Dover, saying their inability to deal with them was at the root of the backlog. Dover port boss warned travelers to stay away in queues to clear immigration. With many families heading to the port to start their holidays rather than facing the recent chaos at the airports, Europe Secretary Graham Stuart said some disruption was inevitable due to traffic levels, but added it was not a Border Forces issue - but one for French authorities. Port of Dover chief executive Doug Bannister warned bottlenecks may not be resolved by Saturday. A passenger calculated that it would take them 34 hours to reach the port. Why did this disruption occur on what appears to be one of the busiest weekends of the year? Amid wider troubles in the travel industry, Ryanair's chief executive has fallen out with Grant Shapps over the transport secretary's refusal to relax immigration rules to ease the travel chaos. Michael O'Leary attacked the government's "bizarre" post-Brexit policy on foreign workers, which allowed him to hire staff from Africa but not from mainland Europe. There was a tiny piece of good news for the airline industry, however, as hundreds of British Airways workers at Heathrow voted to end the strikes after accepting a new collective bargaining agreement. As if trouble at ports and airports wasn't enough, holidaymakers today faced traffic jams made worse by protests over fuel prices. Avon and Somerset Police warned motorists that "slow road closures" were planned on parts of the M4, M5, M32 and A38. A picture posted to the Fuel Price Stand Against Tax Facebook group suggested demonstrations were being held "across the country", including in Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, London and Manchester. Fuel sales at forecourts fell 4.3 percent in June as drivers became more economical and fuel costs hit a record high. If the exertion of going abroad all feels like too much, how do you navigate a summer holiday in the UK? Indeed it has been a full week of travel disruptions following the problems caused by the heatwave. Earlier this week we asked you how the UK can better prepare for the challenges the heat brings. One of Donald Trump's most ardent supporters, famously photographed on Jan. 6, 2021 raising his fist in solidarity with protesters outside the Capitol, was ridiculed after he was videotaped his panicked escape shortly thereafter. Online memes about Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, are going viral, showing him running from the same rioters he allegedly supported. The footage was the latest in a series of evidence released during the ongoing House Committee hearing on the Capitol riots. Never-before-seen clips of a speech by Donald Trump show the former president angrily refusing to say the election was over because he was supposed to calm the US the day after the riots. "I only decided to run a day after Boris Johnson resigned." Kemi Badenoch made the final four candidates and was knocked out on Tuesday after winning the support of 59 MPs - Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Kemi Badenoch, the former minister who electrified the Tory leadership competition, tells the Chopper's Politics Podcast that she doesn't rule out standing again. Scroll down far enough on their phones and Britain's male sprint relay runners from last year's Olympics will find a dormant WhatsApp group that has been silent since August 12 year. It's not uncommon for these groups to be forgotten after every major championship as teams rotate. But none has ever come to such a definitive conclusion as the Tokyo group. On August 12, the Athletics Integrity Unit detonated the biggest doping bombshell ever hit by Team GB when it announced that CJ Ujah had tested positive for the banned substances ostarine and S-23. Read how success quickly turned into disaster - and sparked bitter arguments in some parts of the team. After Dina Asher-Smith's bronze in a sensational 200m final, Ben Bloom says athletics is still haunted by the dopers' world records of the 1980s. It had only been a few months since Sir Martin Sorrell left WPP, the advertising giant he had built, in acrimony and set up a rival company. While Sorrell insisted he wasn't seeking revenge for his downfall, the media mogul later told reporters that making S4 Capital a success was "the best form of revenge". Sorrell's breakneck expansion appears to have brought his new venture to the brink of disaster. The world's streaming giants have served up some pretty mindless action fodder perfect for zonking with a tub of popcorn. If you want to venture out to the cinema, the big release is Where the Crawdads Sing, where Daisy Edgar-Jones stars in a cliched adaptation of Delia Owens' novel that lacks any authenticity. Divorce Parties | It's the new travel trend for midlifers. Victoria White went with 20 strangers to attend her friend's 'renaming' ceremony in Europe's chicken capital. To receive such briefings by email twice a day, sign up for the Front Page newsletter here. Try The Briefing for 2-minute audio updates—on podcasts, smart speakers, and WhatsApp. Sign up for the free Front Page newsletter: your essential guide to The Telegraph's agenda - delivered straight to your inbox, seven days a week.

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40 Inspirational Wellness Wednesday Quotes

Put your employees on the path to a healthier body and mind with these inspirational Wellness Wednesday quotes to improve their lives. (Author: Gardener)

Inspirational WellnessWellness Wednesday is a campaign that takes place every Wednesday to remind people of the importance of positivity, mental health and well-being. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 40% of workers report that their job is very or extremely stressful. Wednesday in the middle of the week is used by companies and organizations to promote a healthy lifestyle. To celebrate Wellness Wednesday, a wellness quote or good health quote is used to promote the importance of taking care of ourselves, both our mental and physical health. Wellness Wednesday is the time of the week to inspire us all on how to live well and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Today it is used in many workplaces to promote employee well-being. You can use Wellness Wednesday to send inspirational wellness to your colleagues, co-workers, and bosses. * Recognize the importance of mental health: The day is used to recognize not only healthy lifestyles but also mental health. Wellness Wednesday helps us all stay motivated, value healthy living, and live healthy personal lives effectively. * Helps Build Teams: Focusing on healthy living helps bring people together under one cause and to realize that we are not alone in our struggles. You can also use the day to inspire them all to try healthy eating and habits. * It helps stimulate discussion about the importance of health: very often we try to avoid discussing mental health in the workplace. By opening discussions as a company, you are letting your employees know that support is available and that the organization is there to help. * A healthy workforce matters: Having a healthy workforce means you experience less absenteeism and staffing shortages. To celebrate Wellness Wednesday, take a look at our list of wellness quotes that encompass Wellness Wednesday. Wednesday wisdom quotes or a good health quote can be a great motivator for others. Below are some words of wisdom on how to embrace Wellness Wednesday Quotes: 1. “Wednesdays were the best thing about Atlantis. In the middle of the week there was a traditional holiday. Everyone stopped working and celebrated half the week was over.” Walter Moers, Author At the end of the work week, you're either on an uptrend or you're on a downtrend. Do everything you can this Wednesday!” – Catherine Pulsifer. 5. "Wednesdays always bring smiles the second half of the week." -Anthony T. 6. "Happy Wednesday! 6. "Happy Wednesday! Happiness is found from within when you learn to appreciate your blessings, live in the present, and love!” — Tracey Edmonds. 7. "This Wednesday morning is just perfect for you. You shall know no lack, for all will turn out for your good, today and forever.” – Anonymous. 9. "It's Wellness Wednesday. Take care of yourself, stay refreshed and stress less.” – Unknown. "Just one little positive thought in the morning can change your whole day." - Dalai Lama. Looking for some positive, inspirational Wellness Wednesday quotes, here are some: "My job is to give people who work hard all week something to enjoy on Saturdays and Wednesdays." - Arsene Wenger. "There are six components to well-being: proper weight and diet, proper exercise, stopping smoking, alcohol control, stress management, and regular check-ups." - Kenneth H Here are some quotes on physical and mental health that can help us become better versions of ourselves while creating a positive workplace. "There is no medicine you can take that will replace what you can do for your own health." Aarti Patel, "The Art of Health" Your mind will take the form of what you frequently think about, because the human mind is colored by such impressions.” – Marcus Aurelias. "A man who is too busy to attend to his mental and physical health is like a mechanic who is too busy to attend to his tools." - Spanish proverb "Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is also the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. “Wellbeing is the combination of our love for what we do every day, the quality of our relationships, the security of our finances, the vitality of our physical health and the pride we have in what we have contributed to our communities. It's important for physical and mental health and happiness.” —Louise Hart “Your mental health is everything – prioritize it. Make time feel like your life depends on it, because it does.” – Mel Robbins “Exercise is not only the key to physical health, but also to peace of mind.” – Nelson Mandela There is no physical or intellectual development without it Effort and effort means work.” – Calvin Coolidge. Sometimes we can get overwhelmed by deadlines and work and neglect our mental and physical well-being. To motivate us and not to forget the importance of balancing our work and personal lives, here are some wellness quotes. “Wellness involves a healthy body, a healthy mind and a calm mind. Enjoy the journey while striving for wellness.” – Laurette Gagnon Beaulieu. Wellness is a state of being.” – J. “Keeping the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we will not be able to keep our minds strong and clear.” -Buddha. "Going to bed early and rising early makes one healthy, wealthy and wise." -Benjamin Franklin. Motivational Wednesday quotes can keep us calm and positive, helping us focus on the tasks at hand. Positive Wednesday quotes can help us overcome our everyday stress and celebrate life. Below are some inspirational quotes for Wednesday. "Remembering dreamy Wednesdays in the rain, creative pains." The Wannadies, "Dreamy Wednesdays" "May this Wednesday morning not only be good, but blessed in whatever you do." Wednesday is the angel of the week, for she evens out the days for us. Sun, Mon, Tue – Wednesday – Thu, Fri, Sat.” – Anthony T. “They'll be fine again on Wednesday. And they work like a dog and dig in.” - Johnny Cash, "A Wednesday Car", 1977. Every morning is the open door to a new world - new views, new goals, new plans, new things... It's Wednesday morning no less.” -Unknown. When people refer to "Back in the Day," it was Wednesday. Happy Wednesday, stay positive. Think positive. Have a very good morning.” - Unknown.

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Food banks in Liverpool are taking on rising hunger

Volunteers say they have never seen a need so acute as inflation, rising energy costs and cuts in benefits, pushing growing numbers into abject poverty (Author: Gardener)

Liverpooln uncomfortable silence fills the hall of St. Bride's Church in Liverpool. In minutes, its doors will open to some of the city's hungriest families. Between 250 and 300 people are expected at his final weekly meal, although it could be more. But they have little to offer: just 150 food parcels and a small pile of unwanted clothing. For the first time in years, the volunteers have to turn people away. With the school holidays approaching, another worker says the church is becoming "inundated with people who can't feed their children." A little over an hour later the food is gone. This Liverpool food bank - and thousands more of its kind - is on the very edge of a deepening economic crisis that has its roots in the Covid pandemic and in the corridors of power from Westminster to Moscow. With prices rising at their fastest pace in more than 40 years, the Guardian spent two weeks on the front lines of Britain's cost of living crisis, listening to those struggling to survive the biggest drop in living standards since the mid-1950s. It heard from families hoarding cheap disposable grills to cook through the winter, others hoarding candles to light their homes and rationing some sheets of toilet paper. Among those who had to rely on emergency paperwork were a recently retired NHS receptionist, a self-employed father of two who said he had to steal from supermarkets to feed his children, and a recently arrived Ukrainian family who were partly due of food parcel delays survived in the UK welfare system. "It was rough here in the '60s," he says around the corner from the Toxteth rental where he grew up. I can't even take a bath now because of the cost. I set the price – the meter is £2.20.” He laughs in disbelief. A talented amateur boxer in his youth, McKenna worked his entire life before cancer forced him to retire in 2018. Since then he has repeatedly used the plaque in the church of St. Vincent de Paul. The bedroom tax takes £14 a week off his general credit allowance of £84 for a room he doesn't want. "Fourteen pounds a week - that's a lot of money for me," he says. Before the Russian invasion drove up energy prices, 15 pounds was enough to keep McKenna's gas going for a week. He doesn't drink, browses for the best deals and forgoes small treats like Sunday lunch because of the gas. "I don't owe any bills or anything, but I can feel myself slipping into it now," he says. A freelance software developer who relies on food banks a few times a year during tough times is upset that the quality of the items in each handout has been reduced to meet increased demand. A packet of cereal has been replaced with a packet of oatmeal, he says. It's a fucking joke. It never used to be like that – it's a nightmare.” The global economy is grappling with higher food and fuel prices in the wake of Covid, a supply chain crisis and Russia's war in Ukraine. The UK, which has the highest inflation rate in the G7, was particularly vulnerable to the shock from Brexit-related disruptions – such as labor shortages and paperwork delays – and as a net importer of energy. But charities say a combination of the long push on welfare benefits, the two-child benefit cap, stagnant public sector salaries, the bedroom tax and the scrapping of the £20 increase on general credit last October has helped, far to guide more people to eat banks. There are other structural factors that make the poorest most vulnerable to rising inflation. Millions of the UK's most disadvantaged families rely on rechargeable pre-payment meters for their gas and electricity, at rates often hundreds of pounds a year more expensive than monthly rates. They also live in so-called "food deserts" — areas without easy access to a supermarket — and so generally pay more for less nutritious foods, often at corner shops. A former NHS receptionist holds a bag of donated food outside St Bride's Church and says she never expected to have to rely on handouts after she retired in January after 30 years of service. The 66-year-old, who asked not to be named, says her daughter has to help her with meals and laundry because the washing machine is too expensive. "I don't like coming here. It's nice to go to the store and get what you want, isn't it?” she says. "I don't have any money today. I get my pension tomorrow [£185.15 a week] but I have nothing at all. This is not how she imagined her retirement: “I made it, but now I'm not. The plaque at St Bride's Church, just north of Liverpool's massive cathedral, is one of two run by Micah Liverpool, the city's largest independent food aid provider. The charity distributed 19,000 food packages to 6,000 people last year. During the pandemic, his volunteers distributed an average of 73 emergency supplies every Tuesday during his two-hour panel. Since then, that number has more than doubled to about 150 and is expected to continue to rise. Three miles west of Everton, Ann Roach, a community worker, says people are already going to extremes to prepare for winter: “People are looking for disposable BBQs, old BBQs and wood for fires to cook for the winter . People are already buying candles [to use as lights].” Roach runs the area's food bank and community pantry where people can buy £15-20 worth of groceries for a £3.50 weekly subscription – one Model becoming more common across the UK as people look for cheaper alternatives. People are already disconnecting appliances like washing machines because they're too expensive to run, she says. In the past few weeks, she has met a mother of seriously ill children who was afraid that she would not be able to wash her bed linen in the next accident. Another elderly woman suffering from arthritis washed all her laundry by hand in the bathtub to conserve electricity and water. "You can't even give people hope now because I have no hope," she says. It just feels like sinking into the sand.” Food banks across the UK are suffering from a form of long Covid. During the pandemic, many wealthier families switched to online grocery shopping and working from home - habits many people have stuck with. That means fewer donations from office fundraisers and fewer items left in grocery kiosks in supermarkets, eliminating two important forms of support. Paul O'Brien, Micah's executive director, says donations "have fallen off a cliff" since March as more people began to feel the need. "We used to empty the church's donation box once a week - now it's once a month." The charity has to dip into its quickly depleted cash reserves to top up the packets and last week gave £1,200 for milk, fruit and vegetables out. “We used to have a weekly budget of £300 but were spending £100. Food banks in Liverpool are under additional pressure, says Dr. Feeding Liverpool's Naomi Maynard because the city is the distribution center for asylum seekers in North West England. Long delays in the application process mean many are stuck in Liverpool for months or years. About two-thirds of the people who use Micah's panels are asylum seekers. "We've seen people literally tremble with nervousness from the trauma of coming here," says Sue Mannings, a retired teacher who registers everyone who uses the St. Vincent chart for the first time. They arrived in Liverpool at the end of March as part of the government's family scheme and had to wait six weeks before being able to receive universal credit. Kukharchuk, a childcare worker, said they were shocked by food prices in Britain and relied on a blackboard and ate ready meals to save money. “The first six weeks were the hardest because we had to wait … for universal credit, any money actually. It's a lot more expensive here in the UK," she said. Watching Oleksandr climb onto the pews, Kukharchuk added: "To be honest, [using the food counter] wasn't too comfortable at first. When I first came here I was a bit stressed but I told myself there is a war in your country and you have to be strong, you have to forget your feelings of how comfortable or uncomfortable – you have to survive.” Only a mile from Liverpool's historic waterfront are some of Britain's most deprived streets. Almost 60% of the city's children live in areas that are in the poorest 10% of England. Almost 22,000 children - one in four children in Liverpool - are considered to be living in poverty and 30% are entitled to free school meals, more than the English average of 20%. A survey of 52 food bank users last month by Feeding Liverpool found that low income was a top reason for their use. In a city where the average household income is £33,476, nearly £8,000 below the national average, it's no wonder so many are seeking help. Jane Corbett, the council's deputy mayor and anti-poverty chief, says the forecast is "absolutely appalling" and that worse is yet to come. Officials estimate a staggering 78% of Liverpool residents - nearly 172,000 households - will fall into energy poverty if the energy price ceiling rises to £3,000 as forecast in October. There will be real casualties, Corbett says. “Yes, people will die – absolutely. The protection around the people to protect them as citizens of this country has gone to rags. It's in ruins.” On the steps of St Bride's Church in Toxteth, Saima Bhatti, 37, counts the cost of feeding her six young daughters. "When I go shopping, I feel like crying. A small pack of pasta used to be 29p, now it's 59p - the kids love them so I have no choice," she said, adding a pair of second-hand sandals to her beaming one-year-old's pram. Bhatti, a single mother, said her children are "not eating enough" and that everyday staples like milk and cereal are now luxury items. "Yesterday my daughter said, 'Mom, what did you cook?' and I said it was lentils, and she said, 'Mom, why don't you cook meat and stuff?' and I say, it's very expensive." She adds, "It's very hard ... I'm trying to do everything I can."

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Dramatic details you may have missed from Thursday's January 6 hearing

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, said Trump "decided not to act" as the attack on the Capitol unfolded. (Author: Gardener)

ThursdayThe Jan. 6 House Select Committee used its second prime-time hearing on Thursday to argue that President Donald Trump not only did nothing to stop the attack on U. Chairman Bennie Thompson and dismissed the hearing remotely while recovering from COVID. November, called for accountability at all levels for what the committee has called Trump's "coup attempt." The panel described the 187 minutes that elapsed between Trump's speech in the Ellipse and his recorded statement telling his supporters to still storm the Capitol. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said Trump made no effort to immediately discourage rioters for running his conspiracy to delay congressional certification of Joe Biden's election victory. "President Trump missed nothing in the 187 minutes between exiting the ellipse and telling the mob to go home," Kinzinger said. Former White House officials -- including living witnesses Sarah Matthews and Matthew Pottinger -- painted a picture of Trump seated in a private dining room next to the Oval Office, watching the events on television while the mob approached Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers Congress approached . Former White House officials described Trump after his Jan. 6 speech at the Ellipse as spending three hours in the private dining room adjacent to the Oval Office, simply watching the attack on the Capitol on television while talking on the phone with supporting senators. Then-White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said he was among several officials - including Ivanka Trump - who urged Trump to quickly issue a "strong" statement to stem the violence shortly after it erupted. Matthews, a then-deputy press secretary, told lawmakers Thursday that it took Trump "less than 60 seconds" to exit the dining room and make a statement in the briefing room -- but he declined. Text messages from Donald Trump Jr. to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows showed that Trump's son also believed his father should "condemn" the attack as soon as possible. Finally, he recorded a statement released at 4:17 p.m. urging his supporters to end the attack, but also telling them, "We love you former President Trump's inflammatory tweet about his Vice President amid the unrest." was a pivotal moment for the live witnesses. The tweet, sent at 2:24 p.m. at the height of the unrest, said Pence "didn't have the courage to do what should have been done." were playing on the Capitol.” Matthews said she thinks the tweet is “the last thing that was needed at that moment” from Trump. "He should have done 'I told these people to go home and go and condemn the violence that we saw,'" she said much worse. Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., characterized Trump's tweet as a "t argue on the back of its own vice president." "If we lose any more time, we may lose the ability to walk," an agent said over the radio. An unidentified White House security guard, whose voice was distorted to hide the person's identity, provided chilling detail that members of Pence's command "began to fear for their own lives." "There were calls to say goodbye to family members," the officer said in a recorded interview. Trump outtakes: 'I don't want to say the election is over' The committee revealed never-before-seen raw footage of outtakes from a message Trump recorded showing the day after the attack on the Capitol - on January 7th : The committee said that even after everything that happened, Trump insisted on sticking to the “big lie.” He then pauses to say, “I don't want to say the election is over. Confirmed the results without saying the election is over, okay?” he continues. Trump refused to record the address for hours, Luria said, but eventually relented "out of concern he might be overthrown by 25th Amendment threats." Cheney says Trump cannot be trusted Rep. Liz Cheney, R- Wyo., closed the hearing with a key question as rumors of a Trump comeback in 2024 swirled 6 , Cheney argued and his behavior was "unjustifiable." is to make the decisions that Donald Trump made during the January 6 violence, to ever again be trusted with a position of authority in our great nation?” she asked. While Thursday's committee hearing was the last scheduled session, Thompson and Cheney emphasized that the committee's work is not yet complete. "Doors have opened, new subpoenas have been issued, and the dam is starting to break," Cheney said. The panel said it had received a wealth of information since hearings began in early June and will continue gathering evidence through August, when Congress is on recess. Cheney and Thompson said the committee will meet again in September.

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Thuso Mbedu drives into her 31st year in grand style in a Porsche

The 'Underground Railroad' actress took to her Instagram to post about the extravagant gift in her own quirky way. (Author: Gardener)

Thuso MbeduSouth Africa's new golden girl, Thuso Mbedu, has been thriving since she made her way into the international television and film industry, and the support is coming fast and fast. The award-winning actress recently celebrated her 31st birthday and received a Porsche as a "gift" from the car dealership for the special occasion. Of course she got to play with it for a few days and Mbedu promised to make the best of it." The Underground Railroad actress posted on her Instagram profile in her own quirky way about the extravagant gift: "@porsche said, that I will NOT struggle with ridesharing for the first few days of my 31st life 🤪🤪🤪😎 I will enjoy every single second with this baby – I am sure I will blink and it will all be over 🥹 until then we are making memories 🥰! caption. This year, Mbedu celebrated in silence and didn't post much on her social media like she usually does. Taking to Twitter, Mbedu's The Woman King co-star Viola Davis wished her on her special day. Davis tweeted, "Happiest of birthdays to this beauty, this talent, this force of nature, this massive heart...this @ThusoMbedu!!! brings the release of The Woman King trailer. Judging by the reactions on social media, Mbedu could win some awards for her performance. The film, which hits theaters on September 16, tells the story of the Agojie (aka the Amazons), a real army of female warriors who defended the powerful West African kingdom of Dahomey in modern-day Benin on September 17. 18th and 19th centuries. The official trailer for #WomanKing with Viola Davis and Thuso Mbedu. The Woman King is scheduled for release on September 16, 2022.

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