WWE Wrestling The Rock to return to WWE in Smackdown 1000?

first_img“I can’t wait to get back into a WWE ring. Everybody always asks me what’s it like being in a WWE ring and I always tell them, there’s a lot of celebrities and athletes too, I say there’s nothing like it. There’s nothing like [being] inside a WWE ring because there’s a certain live crowd acumen, there’s great connective tissue that’s second to none,” The Rock had said recently.ALSO READ: BCCI decides on Kohli’s request to allow WAGs during overseas toursHowever, there is no official confirmation on the return of ‘The People’s Champ’ and neither of the WWE nor the Rock have said anything about it.According to rumour mills, the Rock could miss out on the show due to his Hollywood projects and its schedule.SmackDown made its debut in 1999 and was named after the 10-time World Champs’ most used phrase. For all the Latest Sports News News, WWE Wrestling News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Dwayne ‘THE ROCK’ Johnson could finally make a comeback to the WWE ring as the sports entertainment company gears up for its landmark ‘SmackDown 1000’ show. The WWE has already teased The Rock’s comeback and the waiting period for the fans could finally come to an end next Tuesday.  The historic episode of WWE’s SmackDown has already confirmed the presence of host of star-studded names from the ‘Attitude Era’ and the excitement surrounding the return of The Great One is already sky high.WWE took to Twitter with The Rock’s photograph, captioning it, “10 Days to Smackdown 1000” and “FINALLY…it’s almost here! #SD1000 @TheRock”.last_img read more

ESL and University of York announce collaboration in esports teaching and research

first_imgESL and the University of York have today announced a collaboration to make industry-aligned teaching and research for esports a reality.This unique partnership between the two organisations will allow the University of York to lead the way on UK-based teaching and research tailored specifically to the esports industry. The collaboration includes: Digital Creativity Labs, an £18 million EPSRC/AHRC/Innovate UK-funded research initiative focusing on the convergence of digital games and interactive media and one of the biggest games research labs in the world; University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, offering one of the top three Film and TV Production degrees in the country and a unique highly interdisciplinary degree in Interactive Media; York’s Department of Computer Science, one of the highest ranked in the UK.The collaboration has three key aims:Teaching – ESL will hold regular masterclasses with University of York students, including workshops and taster days. The University of York is committed to aligning its teaching offerings with the needs of the industry, while also offering BSc & MSc dissertations on esports. ESL and UoY are co-designing an elective module on esports content production as a third year, credit-bearing module, aiming to launch Autumn 2018.Research – Alongside a substantial investment by DC Labs in research into future innovations in the esports industry, the collaboration will see PhD internships take place through the Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) PhD programme and Digital Creativity Labs. Esports research already explored by DC Labs investigates areas including AI, human-computer interaction, interactive storytelling, data visualisation, game analytics, behavioural psychology and more.Careers – ESL internships will provide hands-on experience for undergraduate students, while industry placements will be available for selected PhD students.“We’re incredibly excited to be entering into a partnership with the University of York to help develop fresh new esports talent,” commented James Dean, Managing Director of ESL UK. “We’ve always been committed to creating opportunities for more people to enter the industry and now, with the help of the University of York, we’re looking forward to being able to help make sure the future is even brighter and better than it is now.”“High growth rates have seen games overtake film in terms of market size. Esports shows similarly spectacular growth. Our collaboration with ESL provides us with an exceptional opportunity to pioneer highly relevant, impact-driven research in this area”, said Peter Cowling, Director of the Digital Creativity Labs at York and Professor of Computer Science. “Esports lies at the convergence of two of our academic programmes, Film and TV Production and Interactive Media”, adds Professor Andrew Higson, Head of the Department of Theatre, Film and TV at the University of York. “Partnering with ESL is an exceptional opportunity for us to develop teaching about esports and career paths for our students in this rapidly growing industry.”Esports Insider says: Big news this from ESL and University of York. A very well known and established University getting involved is great news. We particularly like the emphasis on careers as this is something often poorly executed in esports. Plus, it should give ESL UK a conveyor belt of great talent ready to pick up.last_img read more

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton says he is considering which team to drive for in 2021

first_imgLewis Hamilton says it is “smart and wise” to consider carefully which team to drive for in 2021.The 34-year-old has one year to run on his contract with Mercedes and is at the centre of speculation about potential interest from Ferrari.“I love where I am, so it is definitely not a quick decision to go and do something else,” Hamilton said.“So it is only smart and wise to sit and think about what I want if it is the last phase of my career.”The world champion refused to confirm or deny reports that he has met with Ferrari chairman John Elkann twice this year.“Whatever you do behind closed doors is always private whoever you meet with,” he said.But he emphasised that he had never thought about leaving Mercedes since joining them at the start of 2013, since when he has won five world championships to add to the one he won with McLaren in 2008. “For many years, I have never considered other options,” Hamilton said, after winning the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.“We have been on our path and we are still on it and there is very little that will shift it from that.“Naturally I want to keep winning. I can’t tell you what will happen going forwards.”Hamilton’s success with Mercedes has brought him to within touching distance of the all-time records in F1 held by Michael Schumacher.Hamilton’s Abu Dhabi win was the 84th of his career and he is now only seven short of Schumacher’s tally of 91. And next year he will start as favourite to equal Schumacher’s championship record. Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said he believed there was a strong possibility that Hamilton would sign a new contract with Mercedes next year.“I would rate it – and I am leaning out of the window here – at 75%,” Wolff said.“I give you the number because I think from the rational side everything speaks for continuation of the relationship from both sides. But equally there is a 25% chance we are not in control of. So we see how the next months pan out.”Asked about the potential appeal to Hamilton of a lucrative offer from Ferrari, Wolff said: “We have talked very openly about Ferrari and what the brand represents. But for me as long as we are able to produce a quick car and a powerful engine, we will always have an opportunity to decide who drives the car.“There is no doubt Lewis’ priority will be to try to make it work with the team and I will try to make it work with Lewis, but the most important is that we have a good car and then we are able to decide for ourselves. “A driver of that level will always know he can make an impact in a team. What I am considering is when he left McLaren to Mercedes it was said it wasn’t the right move and it proved to be right.“I don’t want to make the mistake of underestimating Ferrari’s potential. I don’t want to see a sense of entitlement for us to win a seventh or eighth title.“We need to stay humble about success and it is not just saying, it is really what I mean. If you look at it from a rational stand-point everything speaks for the fact of us continuing together but there might be other factors, too, a new challenge an exciting deal that you don’t always factor in, but I give this a 25% chance.”last_img read more

Quinn and Willis take care of No. 9 ASU.

first_img No. 14 Purdue 51, Michigan 43 : Aya Traore scored 13 points, and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton had six points in the final minutes for visiting Purdue. No. 17 Georgia 89, Florida 70 : Sherill Baker scored 20 points and added four steals to extend her career steals record to 352 for host Georgia. No. 25 Virginia Tech 67, No. 19 Boston College 62 : Megan Finnerty and Kirby Copeland combined for 26 points to lift host Virginia Tech. They each scored 13 points for the Hokies (14-1, 1-1 ACC), who trailed the Eagles 36-30 at halftime. Arkansas 52, No. 20 Vanderbilt 51, OT : Reserve Leslie Howard led host Arkansas with 13 points, including the winning free throw with 2.1 seconds left in overtime. No. 24 Temple 66, La Salle 64, OT : Candice Dupree scored 29 points, including the game-winning three-point play with 2.8 seconds left in overtime in Philadelphia. MEN No. 1 Duke 82, Wake Forest 64: J.J. Redick scored 32 points with old nemesis Chris Paul watching from a front-row seat as Duke held off host Wake Forest, leaving the Blue Devils one of only three unbeaten teams in Division I. Lee Melchionni added 17 points for Duke (14-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which played a large part of the game without star center Shelden Williams. He picked up his third foul with about 5 minutes left in the first half, then got his fourth soon after the break. No. 24 West Virginia 91, No. 3 Villanova 87 : Joe Herber scored 23 points, and Kevin Pittsnogle added 22 as visiting West Virginia handed Villanova its first loss of the season. Mike Gansey added 21 points as the Mountaineers (10-3, 2-0 Big East) beat their second top-10 opponent this season. No. 4 Memphis 73, Winthrop 63 : Rodney Carney had 21 points, and Darius Washington scored seven of his 14 during a key stretch to lead host Memphis. Carney shot 7-of-14, including 4-of-9 from 3-point range as the Tigers (13-2) won their second straight after losing to No. 15 Texas last week. Their only other loss was to No. 1 Duke in the Preseason NIT championship game. Wisconsin 82, No. 7 Michigan State 63 : Kammron Taylor scored 27 points, and host Wisconsin beat Michigan State for the seventh time in eight meetings. Georgia Tech 60, No. 11 Boston College 58 : Zam Fredrick hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 33.5 seconds left, and host Georgia Tech edged Boston College, which went more than 11 minutes without a field goal and struggled to make anything outside the lane. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After missing two games last year against Arizona State, UCLA’s Noelle Quinn was eager to play well against the Sun Devils. Quinn tied her season high with 24 points, and Lisa Willis added 23 to lead the host Bruins to a 77-69 victory over No. 9 Arizona State on Sunday. Nikki Blue had 13 points for the Bruins (9-6, 4-2 Pac-10), who moved within a half-game of the conference’s co-leaders, Washington and No. 16 Stanford. “Last year, I was at Arizona watching,” said Quinn, who played just 16 games last season before tearing cartilage in her left knee. “I wanted to do so much but I couldn’t physically do anything. “This year, I made it a point to step in and do a lot of stuff for my team.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Kristen Kovesdy had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Sun Devils (12-3, 3-2), who committed a season-high 28 turnovers in losing their second consecutive game. “This is pretty hard to swallow,” Arizona State coach Charli Thurner Thorne said. “We’re not getting enough shots up, and we had too many letdowns in transition. We just made horrible decisions for two games.” The Sun Devils brought a nine-game winning streak to Los Angeles before losing 58-50 to USC on Friday. No. 2 Duke 86, No. 6 Maryland 68: The defense of visiting Duke was the difference in a matchup between the two highest-scoring teams in NCAA women’s basketball. Lindsey Harding and Chante Black each scored 19 points, and the unbeaten Blue Devils forced 24 turnovers. last_img read more