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Russell Wilson has a lot of appreciation for his time in Seattle but recognizes that he’ll have to find a way to treat his Week 1 matchup against the Seahawks like any other game.

“I think it’s going to be an exciting time. Obviously, Seattle’s meant the world to me over the past 10 years,” Wilson said Monday, according to DNVR’s Zac Stevens. “I think for me, it’s not emotional. It’s got to be non-emotional. You got to be able to go into it with the understanding that it’s just ball.”

Wilson’s new club, the Denver Broncos, will open their season on the road in a Monday Night Football bout versus the Seahawks.

The 33-year-old spent 10 seasons in Seattle before being dealt to Denver in a stunning trade earlier this offseason. He left many memories with his former side, including one Super Bowl championship, 104 wins, and nine Pro Bowl invites. Wilson previously said that the split was mutual.

“It will always be a special place in my heart forever,” Wilson said. “For me, it’s about going over there and trying to play the best football for our football team here and trying to go win.”

The Broncos added Wilson and head coach Nathaniel Hackett in hopes of getting their franchise back on track. Denver has missed the postseason in six straight seasons.

Jack Eichel‘s postgame comments won’t put him in the good books of Buffalo Sabres fans anytime soon.

The Vegas Golden Knights star received a mixed response from the KeyBank Center faithful in his first game back in Western New York on Thursday. Some cheered and some booed while his tribute video aired, but the overall volume caught Eichel by surprise.

“That’s about the loudest I’ve heard this place, ever,” Eichel said postgame, according to WKBW’s Matt Bove. “It only took seven years and me leaving for them to get into the game.”

During Eichel’s first five years in Buffalo, the Sabres never ranked higher than 10th in average attendance but never lower than 20th. The club ranks 31st this season, according to ESPN.

The center offered a theory as to why some fans booed.

“There was plenty of people here that were supporting me, and there was plenty of people here that were booing me,” he said. “They must just be booing me because they wish I was still here, I don’t know.”

Eichel and Buffalo had a falling out after the team refused to allow him to have his preferred artificial disc replacement surgery to replace a herniated disc in his neck suffered last campaign. The 25-year-old said on Thursday that it felt like the Sabres were “toying” with him.

In November, Buffalo eventually traded him to the Golden Knights, who allowed him to undergo his preferred surgery.

The Sabres selected Eichel second overall in 2015, and he recorded 355 points in 375 games with the franchise.

Buffalo spoiled Eichel’s homecoming, however, winning 3-1 with goals from Alex Tuch and Peyton Krebs – the two players received from Vegas in the trade.

The NHL will reintroduce its “Reverse Retro” jersey series next season, according to The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro.

The uniforms will feature new designs rather than recirculate last season’s threads, Shapiro adds.

The NHL introduced the line of jerseys for the shortened 2020-21 campaign. It marked the first time the league had included every team for an alternate jersey rollout.

Each team’s “Reverse Retro” sweater was a play on a throwback jersey while including a modern twist. They were worn multiple times throughout the campaign.

There is no confirmed date for when the jerseys will be revealed.

Duncan Keith has kept in touch with a few of his old teammates since he was traded to Edmonton in July. He had dinner with Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat when the Chicago Blackhawks played the Oilers earlier in the season.

This, however, is a different deal.

The 38-year-old Keith plays his first game in Chicago as a visitor when the Oilers take on the Blackhawks on Thursday night.

“I spent a lot of time here. It’s nice to be back, but definitely a unique feeling,” Keith said.

Keith developed into one of the NHL’s top defensemen while spending 16 years in Chicago, winning the Norris Trophy twice and three Stanley Cup titles. He was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP when the Blackhawks took home the championship in 2015.

Keith asked the Blackhawks for a trade to Western Canada to be closer to his son Colton after they spent long stretches apart last season.

“It’s been nice. I’ve been able to see him more frequently,” Keith said after the Oilers practiced at the United Center on Wednesday. “The visits, even just being able to get back home for little breaks here and there, so definitely the more frequent time spent with him has been nice, and it’s been just basically everything that I had hoped (for).”

Keith’s return to Chicago coincides with the Blackhawks paying tribute to Niklas Hjalmarsson, another key defenseman from the team’s run of three Stanley Cup titles in six seasons. Hjalmarsson was traded to Arizona in June 2017 and retired in July.

Keith, a Winnipeg, Manitoba, native, was selected by Chicago in the second round of the 2002 draft. He made his NHL debut in 2005 and had 105 goals and 520 assists in 1,192 regular-season games with the Blackhawks.

“He was a great teammate,” Blackhawks forward Dylan Strome said Thursday. “You know, a big jokester. He likes to have fun, likes to keep it pretty light in the room, and then he’s one of the most serious guys when it comes to the ice. He’s a warrior, a guy that Edmonton’s lucky to have.”

The Oilers celebrated Keith’s return to Chicago on Wednesday, forming a corridor with their sticks for Keith to walk under on his way to the visiting locker room.

“He’s been unbelievable. He’s a great leader, even stepping in just this year,” Oilers forward Kailer Yamamoto said. “He’s a big role model for me. I’ve watched him, you know, growing up and see him win a few Cups here. That’s pretty cool, and he’s just a really good guy around the locker room.”

The injuries at running back for the San Francisco 49ers keep piling up so much that coach Kyle Shanahan said the team could consider bringing back Frank Gore for another stint.

After losing starter Raheem Mostert to a season-ending knee injury in the season opener, San Francisco lost Jamycal Hasty to an ankle injury in Week 2 and Shanahan is uncertain whether rookies Trey Sermon and Elijah Mitchell will be healthy enough to play this week.

That led to questions about whether the 38-year-old Gore could be an option. Gore is the franchise’s career leading rusher with 11,073 yards in 10 seasons in San Francisco. He left the Niners after the 2014 season and is currently not with a team but ranks third all time with 16,000 yards rushing.

“We’ve never fully ruled that out,” Shanahan said. “I don’t know exactly where he is right now, but I’ve got a number of people in here who have a relationship with him. If that time ever comes that we need to do that and he wants to do it then I would never rule it out.”

Mitchell sat out practice Wednesday with a shoulder injury, but still has a chance to play this week. Sermon is working his way back from a concussion and took part in individual drills, but hasn’t yet been cleared to play.

That makes game-planning for Sunday’s matchup against Green Bay difficult not knowing who will be available.

“It alters a lot because you have to make sure you give different options in every situation,” Shanahan said. “Especially when there’s a lot of unknown. There’s a chance we might be only be down one compared to last week. There’s a chance there might be a whole new group, which would be down to our sixth on the year. So, you have to plan for everything and that’s what you do.”

San Francisco claimed Trenton Cannon off waivers from Baltimore last week and signed running back Jacques Patrick off Cincinnati’s practice squad this week. The Niners also signed Chris Thompson to their practice squad Wednesday where they already have veteran Kerryon Johnson.

Patrick is a bigger back at 234 pounds, but has never appeared in an NFL game. Thompson played for Shanahan in 2013 in Washington and has 1,214 yards rushing and 1,918 yards receiving in eight seasons.

NOTES: DL Kevin Givens (ankle) is also out this week and will likely go on IR. … DL Arik Armstead (adductor) didn’t practice and CB Emmanuel Moseley (knee) and DT Javon Kinlaw (knee) were limited. … S Jimmie Ward, LB Fred Warner and T Trent Williams got rest days. … The Niners also signed DL Eddie Yarbrough to the practice squad and released TE Jordan Matthews? from the practice squad.

Former WWE star Maria Kanellis would “love” to see the old Divas Title return someday.

Kanellis told ‘Ring The Belle‘ that she has a hard time stomaching the negativity that hangs over the ‘Diva’ name like a cloud – she’s proud of everything she achieved as part of that division, and was keen to note that the ‘Diva’ ranks produced top talents like Beth Phoenix, Michelle McCool, Victoria and Mickie James.

Fair point.

Maria also thinks it’s slightly unfair that people disregard the work of those women because they were having shorter matches. That wasn’t their fault; Phoenix, Victoria and company were totally capable of working longer bouts, but that wasn’t the style WWE wanted from them at the time.

Kanellis wants to hold the Divas Title so she can say, “Yes, I can be sexy. Yes, I can be strong. Yes, I can be intelligent. I can be all these things at once!”.

St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko made his season debut Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

In a corresponding move earlier Saturday, the Blues placed defenseman Colton Parayko on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.

Tarasenko has been recovering from the third shoulder surgery of his career in late August.

“It was a long period without playing hockey, but most important, we needed to get it fixed and get it done and get it healthy again,” Tarasenko said.

He added, “The three surgeries is in the past, there is some speculation still, but it was a different injury, not the same injury three times. Now it’s healthy, I feel strong and ready to come back and can’t wait until I step on the ice.”

The sniper hurt his shoulder in October 2019, which resulted in his second surgery. After spending the majority of the 2019-20 regular season recovering, he returned for the playoffs. Tarasenko only appeared in four contests before undergoing the third procedure.

The 29-year-old led the Blues in goals for five straight seasons prior to the 2019-20 campaign. Since 2013, he ranks 13th in the NHL with 214 tallies.

Kyrie Irving returned from his personal “pause” to score 37 points in his first game with Kevin Durant and James Harden but the new-look, star-studded Brooklyn Nets gave up 42 to Collin Sexton and lost 147-135 in double overtime to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Sexton scored 15 points in the second OT — most of them over Irving — for the Cavs, who outplayed the Nets all night. Sexton dropped two 3-pointers and fed Taurean Prince for another in a span of 55 seconds as Cleveland put away Brooklyn.

Durant led Brooklyn with 38 points and Harden added 21. But Brooklyn’s “Big 3” couldn’t do enough to outlast Sexton, who missed Cleveland’s last five games with a sprained ankle.

As he knocked down one big shot after another in the second OT, players on Cleveland’s bench were tackling each other in delight. Cedi Osman added 25 points and Prince — acquired in the four-team deal that brought Harden to Brooklyn — 17 in his Cavs debut.

The Nets overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter and tied it at 113-all on Irving’s putback with 1:10 left. Brooklyn had a chance in the closing seconds after Sexton’s turnover, but couldn’t score.

Brooklyn appeared in control in the first OT, but after Durant’s free throws put the Nets up 127-124, Sexton hit a 3-pointer over Irving with 1.2 seconds left. Durant’s last chance, a contested 3-pointer at the horn, was short.

The Cavs were breaking in some new pieces too, with Jarrett Allen and Prince making their debuts.

Irving had missed Brooklyn’s last seven games, leaving on Jan. 7 to address some issues he didn’t specify while speaking with reporters following practice Tuesday. Irving only said he needed time to work through some issues to find balance in his life.

While he was away, the Nets pulled off the blockbuster deal for Harden, whose arrival has made Brooklyn the favorite to unseat Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference and a legit NBA title threat — maybe.

Before the game, Nets first-year coach Steve Nash admitted being “curious” about how his trio of superstars would align on the floor.

“But I’m not in a hurry,” he said, stressing it may take time for Durant, Irving and Harden to figure things out. “How can we make beautiful basketball together and not worry about the minutiae?”

The Nets are indeed a work in progress.

There were moments of sloppiness, miscommunication and even confusion as Brooklyn’s players tried to find some cohesion in Harden’s third game.

The Cavs weren’t intimidated by Brooklyn’s firepower or flash.

In the second quarter, Sexton ran back on defense and cleanly flicked the ball away from Durant as he was going in on a breakaway dunk.

Irving’s return to the Nets was also just his second game in Cleveland since he was traded by the Cavs after the 2017 season. Strangely, Irving had missed each of his team’s previous visits to Ohio since his debut with the Boston Celtics four years ago.

It was Irving’s jumper late in Game 7 that helped the Cavs win the 2016 title, and the team saluted him with a video tribute in the first quarter. Many of the 2,000 fans in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse stood and saluted Irving, who touched his chest and waved in appreciation.

TIP-INS

Nets: Harden added 12 assists and 0 rebounds. … A prolific scorer and volume shooter, Harden didn’t attempt a shot in the first quarter. … Brooklyn made its first 10 shots.

Cavaliers: G Darius Garland remains sidelined with a sprained right shoulder. He could be back Friday. … Coach J.B. Bickerstaff watched President Joe Biden’s inauguration, and came away inspired by the ceremony. “To see the will of the people to come through adversity gives me confidence and hope,” he said. … G/F Dylan Windler will return Friday after being sidelined since opening night, when he broke his left hand.

UP NEXT

The Nets are hanging around Cleveland for a couple days. They’ll play the Cavs again on Friday night.

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Ever since Talking Smack was cancelled in 2017, many fans and former host of Talking SmackRenee Young, have wanted the show to return. A new report from PWInsider.com reveals that the WWE Network may bring back the show as soon as later this month.

PWInsider was told that there have been talks to bring back Talking Smack since January 2020 internally. However, the company has yet to pull the trigger on it.

Talking Smack aired on the WWE Network following SmackDown, and it featured a different side of the SmackDown roster with Daniel Bryan, who served as GM of SmackDown at the time, and Renee Young hosting the show.

One of the most iconic moments of the show was The Miz delivering an impassioned promo on Daniel Bryan after Bryan’s comments towards The Miz and his style of wrestling. The show was cancelled in 2017.

WWE revived RAW Talk earlier this year to follow Monday Night RAW on both the free and paid tiers of the WWE Network.

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New Japan Pro Wrestling is about to emerge from its slumber.

A press conference that concluded a few short hours ago saw company Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi announce that the promotion would start running live events again on 15 June. Titled Together Project Special, this will be NJPW’s first show since New Japan Road on 26 February, with the card remaining a mystery until the night of the event itself.

The 2020 New Japan Cup shall follow this, having previously been cancelled as a result of the ongoing global health crisis. Audiences will then be welcomed back to Osaka-jo Hall for the finals on 11 July, with the company’s annual Dominion pay-per-view hitting the same venue the following day, though only a third of the building’s capacity will be let through the doors.

NJPW President Harold Meij had previously stated that they wouldn’t even consider running shows until Japan’s national state of emergency was lifted. This happened on 25 May, with the company now commencing a slow, cautionary return to normality.

It’ll be good to have the ‘King of Sports’ back after more than three months on ice.