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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.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver shot down rumblings Thursday about potential league expansion.

“The talk of expansion after 2024 is not true. We are not discussing that at this time,” Silver told reporters ahead of Game 1 of The Finals between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors, per Spotrac’s Keith Smith.

A report last month by Portland-based columnist John Canzano said the NBA has Seattle and Las Vegas earmarked as candidates for expansion in 2024 when the league’s current media deal expires.

Despite denying the rumor, Silver provided a glimmer of hope for possible new franchises, saying that “it’s invariable at some point the league will expand.”

Seattle has long been rumored as a site for expansion and relocation ever since losing the SuperSonics franchise to Oklahoma City, which then became the Thunder.

Las Vegas has been given new franchises in the NHL, NFL, and WNBA within the last five years.

The NBA hasn’t added a new team since the Charlotte Hornets joined in 2004. The expansion fee for that sale was $300 million, a price estimated to have jumped to around $1 billion today.

The NBA has not added a new team in almost two decades, but the next round of expansion could be coming soon.

During an appearance on 93.3 KJR, longtime columnist John Canzano reported that Seattle and Las Vegas have “already been earmarked” for expansion by the NBA.

According to Canzano, the expansion is set to happen after the league’s current media rights deal expires in 2024.

Las Vegas and Seattle have long been rumored as NBA expansion targets. 

Sources told The Spun last summer that a number of teams that were considering relocating were also “looking fondly” at Sin City, but it seems like they won’t be able to move there, because the league is already planning on giving Vegas a team of its own.

As for Seattle, well, they haven’t had an NBA franchise since the Sonics left town, and it is long overdue that the fans in the Emerald City have a men’s professional basketball team to root for. 

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.

Major League Baseball has selected the Seattle Mariners to host the 2023 All-Star Game at T-Mobile Park, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

An official announcement will take place in Seattle on Thursday, with commissioner Rob Manfred among those in attendance, according to Forbes’ Maury Brown.

In addition to the 92nd All-Star Game, T-Mobile Park and the city of Seattle will host the 2023 Home Run Derby and other All-Star week events. This could include the MLB Draft, which was hosted alongside the All-Star Game for the first time this summer.

It will mark the second time the Midsummer Classic has been played at T-Mobile Park, formerly known as Safeco Field. The ballpark also hosted it in 2001, a contest made memorable by Cal Ripken Jr.’s MVP performance in his final All-Star Game. Seattle first hosted the event in 1979 at the Kingdome.

The 2022 All-Star Game will be played at Dodger Stadium. MLB previously revealed that Philadelphia will host it in 2026; locations for 2024 and 2025 are still to be determined.

WWE is reportedly headed to Dallas, Texas for the 2020 Survivor Series pay-per-view, and to Seattle, Washington for the 2021 Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

The new report from @Wrestlevotes notes that T-Mobile Park will likely be the location for the 2021 Rumble. This is where WrestleMania 19 set a new attendance record in 2003 with 54,097 announced fans in attendance, and is the home to MLB’s Seattle Mariners. The report did not state where the 2020 Survivor Series pay-per-view will be held, but WWE usually holds events at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

It was noted that these locations are the clear front runners, if not already official within the company.

The location for WrestleMania 37 in 2021 should be revealed soon as well. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported this week that there continues to be rumblings of WrestleMania 37 being held at the new LA Stadium in the Los Angeles area. Inglewood, California Mayor James T. Butts Jr. confirmed earlier this year that the city is a finalist to host WrestleMania in 2021. Las Vegas was also a finalist but Los Angeles/Inglewood has been the favorite for several months, but two other cities were also being considered with Vegas and LA.

City officials reportedly wanted to host WrestleMania 37 in 2021 because they are scheduled to host the NFL Super Bowl in 2022, and they have the feeling that WrestleMania will be the best situation for them to learn about potential issues and work out all of the kinks before hosting the Super Bowl, because WrestleMania draws a large number of tourists. It was reported at the time that WWE officials wanted WrestleMania 38 in 2022 to be held in LA, which would be just months after the Super Bowl, so they can announce an attendance number, for their biggest event of the year, that will beat the attendance number for the NFL’s biggest event of the year.

Stay tuned for updates on the WWE pay-per-view schedules for 2020 and 2021.


Jerry Jones isn’t pleased with his young running back’s decision-making.

As first reported by TMZ, first-round rookie Ezekiel Elliott was spotted in a Seattle marijuana dispensary Thursday afternoon before the Dallas Cowboys took on the Seahawks in a preseason game.

Sources told TMZ that Elliott wasn’t seen buying anything during his visit, adding that it’s common for tourists to browse such shops, but the Cowboys owner knows the perception isn’t ideal.

“It’s just not good,” Jones said after the game, according to David Moore of the Dallas News. “That’s a part of just really getting the big picture here.”

The fact that Elliott stopped to take pictures with fans all but confirms he wasn’t doing anything wrong. Putting himself in that situation, though, where questions will arise about the NFL’s strict drug policy, is concerning for the team.

“In general, while it may not be wrong, it’s just not good,” Jones added. “I don’t want to say anymore.”

Elliott racked up 48 yards on seven carries in his first preseason action.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman insisted Seattle is not in the running to land an expansion team.

”If someone wanted to give us an application right now, we wouldn’t take it,” Bettman said Saturday at his state-of-the-league news conference.

Las Vegas and Quebec City have submitted expansion applications, but a decision whether to grant both, either or neither city an NHL franchise does not appear to be imminent.

”The process is continuing,” Bettman said. ”We’re not ready to make a recommendation.”

Bettman said a 10-owner executive committee will eventually suggest the league should add two teams, one or none.

Expansion was barely addressed at the NHL Board of Governors meeting Saturday morning after it was discussed extensively in December. Bettman bristled at a suggestion that the league is struggling to decide whether to expand.

”We’re going through an orderly process,” Bettman said. ”This is a very important decision. A lot of things have to be considered.”

Bettman acknowledged he doesn’t know whether the weakening Canadian dollar will be a factor in Quebec City’s bid.

Martin Tremblay, spokesman for Montreal-based communications giant, declined comment on the process. A message seeking comment was left for Michelle Kersch, spokeswoman for the Bill Foley’s Black Knight Sports & Entertainment in Las Vegas.

The Quebec Nordiques moved to Denver in 1995, becoming the Colorado Avalanche. Las Vegas has never had a major pro sports team.

Seattle arena investor Chris Hansen, who has an agreement with the city and country through 2017 for a downtown arena, has been focused on getting an NBA team back. Hansen and Los Angeles businessman Victor Coleman have tried to come to an agreement on how to make an NHL-first package work in order to get a shovel in the ground to begin building a facility.

”As things stand right now, there’s no prospect of an arena in greater Seattle,” Bettman said.

Bettman has proposed an expansion fee of $500 million, a significant jump from the $80 million fee paid by the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild, when the NHL last expanded to 30 teams in 2000.

The 2017-18 season would be the earliest the league would expand, and Bettman and the owners aren’t feeling any pressure to make a decision.

”We’re not running a 60-minute game where the clock is going to run out,” he said.

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have about a year to figure out whether to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, according to Bettman. Both parties did have a discussion with the International Ice Hockey Federation two months ago, Bettman said, leaving questions related to the cost to transport and insure the players up to the IIHF and the International Olympic Committee.

Bettman deflected questions about whether the NHL would change the way fans can vote players into the All-Star game following the fallout from John Scott, the journeyman enforcer, getting a spot in the showcase.

”We’re focused on this weekend,” Bettman said.