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The Winnipeg Jets are finalizing a deal to name Rick Bowness as the club’s new head coach, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Bowness stepped down as Dallas Stars bench boss in May after three seasons. Peter DeBoer then took the job after being fired by the Vegas Golden Knights.

Paul Maurice stepped down as Jets coach in December. Dave Lowry finished the season behind the bench on an interim basis. Winnipeg missed the playoffs for the first time since 2017 after finishing sixth in the Central Division with a 39-32-11 record.

The Jets heavily pursued Barry Trotz for their head coaching vacancy, but the Winnipeg native and 2018 Stanley Cup winner informed the club he won’t coach anywhere next season.

Bowness has a long track record behind an NHL bench. The 67-year-old coached the original Jets before they relocated, the Stars, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, and then-Phoenix Coyotes. He’s also served as an assistant with the Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning.

IMPACT Wrestling standout Jordynne Grace will not be signing for All Elite Wrestling in the near future.

Fightful Select published a rumour killer on the subject on Thursday. This followed speculation on Grace potentially jumping ship stemming from word that AEW’s in-house music producer, Mikey Rukus, had made Jordynne an entrance theme.

The outlet reached out to Grace upon learning of the Rukus track a few weeks prior. Grace and Rukus working together predates AEW’s existence, apparently, as Mikey had created songs for her before Tony Khan’s promotion ever took flight.

Grace is currently under a multi-year deal with IMPACT stretching until at least the spring of 2023. This extension was signed in May 2021. The powerhouse is presently in her second reign as Knockouts Champion, having dethroned Tasha Steelz in the company’s first ever Queen of the Mountain match at Slammiversary 2022 (19 June). Chelsea Green, Deonna Purrazzo, and Mia Yim were also involved in that bout.

After making her name on the American independent scene, Grace signed an initial two-year deal with IMPACT in October 2018. She has been a continually pushed presence in the promotion for the duration of her run.

The Pittsburgh Penguins may be in jeopardy of losing two franchise icons to unrestricted free agency this offseason.

Evgeni Malkin and the Pens have not been talking regularly after engaging in initial discussions when the club’s season ended May 15, sources told The Athletic’s Josh Yohe. Numerous agents and some people within the organization reportedly believe it’s unlikely Malkin returns.

Meanwhile, the Penguins have offered Kris Letang a three-year contract, but the star defenseman wants a five-year deal with a cap hit north of $8 million per year, Yohe reports.

It was previously reported Malkin is willing to take a pay cut after earning $9.5 million annually on his last contract, but how much remains to be seen. Letang, meanwhile, is seeking a raise after making $7.25 million per year on his previous deal.

Both players are still playing at a high level despite being in their mid-30s. Malkin, who will turn 36 in July, recorded 42 points in 41 games in 2021-22 after missing the first half of the campaign due to offseason knee surgery. Letang, who turned 35 in April, finished seventh in Norris Trophy voting after posting a career-best 68 points.

Malkin, the 2012 Hart Trophy and 2009 Conn Smythe winner, ranks third in franchise history with 1,146 points in 981 games. Letang leads all Penguins defensemen with 650 points in 941 contests. Both players have spent 16 years with the team and have won three Stanley Cup titles.

The Penguins have $23.2 million in projected cap space, per CapFriendly, but Rickard Rakell and Evan Rodrigues are also UFAs, while Kasperi Kapanen and Danton Heinen are RFAs.

One way Pittsburgh can clear cap space is by trading a defenseman, and Marcus PetterssonBrian Dumoulin, and John Marino are all candidates, according to Yohe. Pettersson, who has three years remaining on his deal with a cap hit of $4.025 million, is reportedly the most likely to go. The organization believes 22-year-old Pierre-Olivier Joseph is ready for a full-time NHL role, and he and Pettersson both play the left side.

Could Dominik Mysterio be turning to the dark side soon?

On Monday’s “WWE Raw,” The Judgment Day’s Damian Priest and Finn Balor confronted The Mysterios in the backstage area. The segment began with Balor listing out Rey Mysterio’s long list of accomplishments in the WWE.

“You are loved and respected by everyone in the business,” Balor told Rey. “So I’m a little confused – what is that you are not teaching Dominik?”

At this point, Priest interjected to make a case for Dominik to join The Judgment Day.

“Our door is always open, especially for the people who are tired of hearing the same thing over and over again and are being led by so-called leaders that just lead you down the wrong path.”

Priest then spoke to Dominik in Spanish, which led to Rey responding with a few words of his own.

In conclusion, Balor would blame Dominik’s underwhelming WWE career on bad parenting.

“Maybe it’s not bad luck, maybe it’s a bad father,” Balor told Dominik.

The segment ended with The Mysterios challenging Priest and Balor to a tag team match on next week’s “Raw,” which would emanate from their hometown of San Diego, California.

Dominik Mysterio last won a match on WWE TV on the May 29 “Raw” where The Mysterios & Ezekiel defeated Chad Gable, Otis & Kevin Owens in a Six-Person Match. He last won a singles bout on the Feb 7 “Raw” defeating The Miz in an upset victory.

The Houston Rockets and John Wall have reached a buyout agreement, paving the way for the veteran guard to hit free agency, sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Wall plans to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers once he clears waivers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The former No. 1 overall pick recently exercised his $47.4-million player option for next season but will give back $6.5 million to become an unrestricted free agent, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reports.

Wall hasn’t played in an NBA game in more than a year. He averaged 20.6 points, 6.9 assists, and 1.1 steals over 40 appearances with the Rockets.

The Kentucky product would provide the Clippers with a proven playmaker. Los Angeles tied for 16th in the Association last season with 24 assists per contest.

Wall was a perennial All-Star with the Washington Wizards before sustaining a series of serious injuries. He earned an NBA All-Defensive second-team selection in 2015 and made the All-NBA third team in 2017.

Wall is the Wizards’ all-time leader in assists and steals.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green thinks the Los Angeles Lakers would need more than Kyrie Irving to beat the reigning champions.

“They could contend, but they won’t beat us,” Green told Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw.

The Lakers are reportedly the “most significant threat” to land Irving if he decides to depart the Brooklyn Nets. The 30-year-old has a $36.5-million player option for the 2022-2023 season.

However, L.A. currently lacks the financial flexibility to give Irving anything close to the value of his player option, as the franchise can only offer the $6-million taxpayer exception.

Irving and Lakers superstar LeBron James played three seasons together with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2014-2017. The tandem led the Cavs to their lone championship in 2016, defeating Green and the Warriors in a famous comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.

The Warriors have bested the James-Irving pairing in the past, winning championships in 2015 and 2017.

Irving requested a trade in the summer of 2017 and was shipped off to the Boston Celtics. He said in May that the Cavaliers would have won more championships if he stayed with James in Cleveland. James and the Kyrie-less Cavs were swept by the Warriors in 2018.

“With LeBron, if you give him someone like Kyrie … they’ll have a chance because of the way Kyrie can score the basketball,” Green added. “LeBron will only put him in position to do that. Kyrie has not proven to be a great leader. LeBron will put an umbrella over that.”

The Lakers missed the playoffs for the second time during LeBron’s tenure this past season, finishing 33-49.

Bradley Beal appears to be staying put in the nation’s capital.

The Washington Wizards star will very likely decline his $36.4-million player option for next season and re-sign on a new five-year, $248-million contract, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Washington selected Beal third overall in 2012. The Florida product has spent his entire 10-year career with the Wizards. He’s the franchise’s all-time leader in three-point field goals and trails only Hall of Fame big man Elvin Hayes in points scored.

Beal has earned three All-Star selections and one All-NBA nod during his time in Washington. After posting two straight runner-up finishes in the NBA scoring race, his production took a hit last season.

The 28-year-old averaged 23.2 points, 6.6 assists, and 4.7 boards over 40 appearances. Beal’s 2021-22 campaign ended in February after he underwent left wrist surgery.

For Ring of Honor fans anxiously awaiting what’s next for the promotion, a new report suggests that you may not have to wait much longer.

An announcement regarding the next big Ring of Honor event “should” be coming in the next few days, according to “PWInsider“. The seeds for a potential main event for the show were planted on this past Friday’s AEW “Rampage” when Tully Blanchard teased that his faction, Tully Blanchard Enterprises, is gunning for ROH World Champion Jonathan Gresham. It appears that Jonathan Gresham defending against Brian Cage will slowly be built up for a match.

The report also notes that the announcers for ROH will likely remain the same with Caprice Coleman and Ian Riccaboni staying in the commentator’s booth for the foreseeable future.

Since Tony Khan purchased Ring of Honor back in March, only one event under the banner has occurred in that time, which comes as little surprise seeing as the Founder and CEO of AEW has eyes on his roster and a big partnership with New Japan Pro Wrestling hitting a climax at Forbidden Door this weekend. Since SuperCard of Honor in April, ROH fans have been anticipating what the next big move is for the promotion. A recent report echoed what “PWInsider” mentioned, stating that another Ring of Honor PPV, Death Before Dishonor, may be running on the weekend of July 23.

Death Before Dishonor would take place in Lowell, Massachusetts, where several ROH shows have taken place in the past. This would line up with AEW’s schedule too, as “AEW Dynamite” is scheduled to take place in Worcester, Massachusetts on July 27.

For the time being, there is still no update on ROH’s return to TV.  Khan has emphasized in recent interviews that he wants ROH to find its own identity and ‘stand on its own feet’, apart from AEW.

“I’m not saying Ring of Honor is a subsidiary of AEW or secondary in any way. And I think that’s one of the things that made [Supercard of Honor] a really compelling event [is] you didn’t feel like it was a developmental show or a secondary show. You got great matches on the card, it was a very well-received card and one of the best-reviewed shows of the year, critically. And commercially, it was a massive success. Is Ring of Honor as big as AEW right now? No. Is it selling as many PPVs? No. But that was incredible growth for Ring of Honor, a company that has over 20 years of history now.”

The Los Angeles Lakers are the “most significant threat” to land Kyrie Irving if he elects to leave the Brooklyn Nets this summer, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Irving holds a $36.5-million player option for the 2022-23 campaign but can decline it to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The seven-time All-Star is reportedly undecided on his future with the Nets ahead of the June 29 player option deadline.

However, the Lakers lack the cap flexibility to offer Irving anything close to his player option salary for next season. The $6-million taxpayer exemption is likely the best deal Los Angeles can bring to the table, according to Wojnarowski.

A move to the Lakers would reunite Irving with LeBron James. The duo led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their lone title in 2016.

The Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks have also been linked to Irving should the former No. 1 overall pick hit the open market.

Irving averaged 27.4 points, 5.8 assists, 4.4 boards, and 1.4 steals over 29 appearances last season.

The XFL has cemented the cities it will play in upon its return to play in 2023 and assigned coaches to the teams, Pro Football Network reported Sunday.

XFL teams are set for three Texas cities — Houston, Dallas and San Antonio — as well as Seattle, Las Vegas, Orlando, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.

The XFL named the coaches in April and still have not officially announced the cities. The league also has not confirmed where each coach will be assigned.

Per Pro Football Network, Wade Phillips is heading home to Houston, where he went to college and once was an assistant coach with the NFL’s Texans. He also was the head coach of the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys.

Joining him in Texas are former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who will lead the Dallas team, and Super Bowl-winning wide receiver Hines Ward, who will be the head coach in San Antonio.

Stoops was the head coach of the Dallas Renegades in the XFL in 2020 before it ended the season prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett will coach the Seattle team.

The four other teams will be led by first-time head coaches at the pro level: Reggie Barlow in Washington, D.C., Pro Football Hall of Fame member Rod Woodson in Las Vegas, Terrell Buckley in Orlando and Anthony Becht in St. Louis.

Ward also is a first-time head coach.

The rebooted XFL is scheduled to begin play Feb. 18, 2023, less than a week after the NFL plays Super Bowl LVII at Phoenix.