Bobby Lashley defeated Roman Reigns at WWE Extreme Rules to emerge as the next challenger for Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. The first-ever encounter between the pair was a hard-fought and fun brawl, but they had to win over a hostile crowd in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A lot of fans are tired of Reigns' superhero character being forced down their throats and have started jeering or showing no interest in his matches. But he and Lashley grabbed their attention eventually, as Roman sent the former ECW World Champion crashing to the outside in a very hard fall. After surviving a Superman Punch, Lashley suplexed Reigns over the announce table, but he was left dazed after a second Superman Punch to the jaw. The arrogant Reigns took too long taunting his opponent and when he tried to spear Lashley, he was waiting with a spear of his own, for a huge victory. If WWE keep booking Lashley like 'The Destroyer', then fans will be excited to see him try and dethrone Lesnar, in a match over a … [Read more...] about WWE Extreme Rules 2018 results as Roman Reigns faced Bobby Lashley
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Ulster Senior Football Championship semi-final: Monaghan v Fermanagh (tomorrow, Healy Park, 2pm)HOT favourites Monaghan were caught cold at this stage last year by a fearless Down outfit who had beaten Armagh and went into their semi-final with nothing to lose. The Farneymen were short of their best that day and that was enough for a shock. Tomorrow they face an experienced Fermanagh side – old dogs for the hard road – who will be driven on by Rory Gallagher to fight, run and scrap for every ball and create another upset.Like Down, Gallagher's men beat Armagh and they have the wind in their sails after an impressive victory that was the result of meticulous planning by the Belleek native who had watched from the sideline at Croke Park as the Orchardmen won the Division Three final. As Armagh celebrated, Gallagher set his mind to coming up with a gameplan to turn the tables in the Championship and he did just that. A fortnight on, he has to come up with a plan to sink a … [Read more...] about Fermanagh look to shock Monaghan in Ulster semi-final showdown
There will be an expectation that Manchester City will win nine of their first 10 games next season in defence of their title. That is the standard Pep Guardiola’s side has set, so those with pretensions of dethroning him will be under no illusions. Liverpool are reckoned to be the best equipped of the challengers to get closer – based largely on the fact they have three wins this year over Guardiola’s side – but it is opponents such as West Brom that have been the perennial problem for the Merseyside club. Jurgen Klopp will need no reminding he has now failed to get a win against the Baggies this season. He well remembers the FA Cup defeat at Anfield, and this latest lapse means Liverpool still can’t take a top-four finish for granted. Until such daft and inexplicable calamities are completely eradicated, Liverpool will not convince every doubter. In fairness, anomalies like this are getting rarer. Liverpool have been beaten just four times in the Premier … [Read more...] about Can Liverpool compete for the Premier League title next season?
CLOSE but no cigar – that has been the story of the last 12 months for Brett McGinty. But, in front of the television cameras this Saturday night, he is determined to write a new script for 2018. His first year at senior level brought two senior finals and two gut-wrenching defeats. First, McGinty thought he had what it took to dethrone Dean Walsh in the Irish welterweight decider but the Wexford man used all his experience to get the win. And last November he finished up second best again, losing a tactical Ulster Elite final to former Commonwealth Youth Games team-mate Aidan Walsh. Missing out on a place in the Northern Ireland team bound for the Gold Coast sought only to compound feelings of disillusion. However, after admitting feeling sorry for himself in the weeks after the Walsh, McGinty has come back bigger and stronger. Making the 69kg welterweight limit was becoming more and more of a struggle so he bit the bullet and made the move to middleweight – and two fights … [Read more...] about Brett McGinty hoping it’s third time lucky as Irish Elite final fever sets in