SummerSlam 2014: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena – it is so on

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One of the premier events of the summer — SummerSlam 2014 — will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles for the sixth straight year, and it will feature some fantastic matchups that have to get you pumped. The big-time event will be available on WWE Network (as are all WWE pay-per-view events) and will not be available on DirecTV or Dish Network.

The headlining match that will get you excited is Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena. Cena won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Battleground last month. The next night on Raw, Triple H announced that Brock would square off against Cena at SummerSlam for the championship. Lesnar is coming off his huge upset at WrestleMania 30 where he beat The Undertaker and ended the Taker’s 21-match winning streak at WrestleMania.

Will it be another big win for Brock? Or will it be You Can’t See Me?

Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho will also meet in one of the more exciting matches. Wyatt lost to Jericho at Battleground, which sets up this rematch. Keep in mind that Jericho has been attacked by The Wyatt Family twice — once on Raw in June and then again in July where he was attacked in the locker room. Another notable angle is that Erick Rowan and Luke Harper have been banned from ringside for the match. Will either superstar figure out a way to get involved? We’re guessing yes.

This video will definitely get you warmed up for the Bray Wyatt-Chris Jericho match:

One of the more fun feuds in the past several weeks has been between the Bella Twins and Stephanie McMahon. It all started at Payback when Brie Bella quit after McMahon issued an ultimatum to Brie’s husband, Daniel Bryan. Rather than have Bryan forfeit the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Brie quit and slapped Stephanie’s face in the process, but that wouldn’t be the only slapping done. At the July 21 edition of Raw in Miami, Brie was in the audience and was slapped by McMahon. Stephanie was then arrested and hauled off for assault and battery in what was one of the more exciting developments in recent memory.

Brie came back at Stephanie a week later and told her she would drop the charges if Stephanie agreed to face her at SummerSlam. That’s how this exciting singles match came to be.

In addition to these three awesome matches, Jack Swagger will face Rusev in a flag match. The idea for the flag came about after Rusev hit Swagger with the Russian flag. AJ Lee and Paige will meet for the WWE Divas Championship. It will be Roman Reigns against Randy Orton in a singles match after the two feuded with each other the past few weeks. The Miz will defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler, whom he last eliminated in a battle royal to capture the title. And Dean Ambrose will face Seth Rollins in a match where Ambrose will choose the stipulation.

It will be a busy week for the WWE Superstars and Divas, who will be busy with charity functions leading up to SummerSlam, such as appearances at children’s hospitals, an anti-bullying rally, a Special Olympics event and Make-A-Wish event.

And for the real fans — and anyone else in the Los Angeles area — one of the cool attractions are the SummerSlam Confidential Panels at Club Nokia. Hulk Hogan will speak on the Friday panel; the WWE 2K15 roster reveal will take place on Saturday with D-Generation X featuring Triple H and Shawn Michaels speaking on the Saturday evening panel; and Stone Cold Steve Austin will host the Sunday panel.

The panels are huge opportunities for the WWE Universe to ask some questions to their favorite stars.

‘Every Street United’ brings us some great undiscovered soccer talent

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The 2014 World Cup has shown us some of the best soccer players in the world, and most of them are very well-known. We all know Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin Van Persie, but have you ever heard of guys like Jordan Mariani and Nabil Akaazoun? Many of their skills are just as impressive.

A new series that is featured exclusively on Xbox called “Every Street United” chronicles eight of the best street soccer players from across the globe. To give you an idea of what the show is all about, have a look at our personal favorite player, Nabil Akaazoun of The Netherlands.

Why do we like Akaazoun so much? Aside from his trick looking incredibly difficult, he named it after himself. You know you have a unique set of skills when you call your soccer trick “The Akaazoun.”

If you’re a soccer fanatic, we strongly recommend checking out “Every Street United.” A new episode is available every Sunday on Xbox

Miami Heat look to ride stronger defense, LeBron James in Game 3

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The Miami Heat evened the NBA Finals Sunday with a 98-96 win the San Antonio Spurs and get to host Game 3 on Tuesday night. About the only thing keeping them from a 2-0 series lead was LeBron James missing the final four minutes of Game 1 because of cramps.

Now that he is 100 percent healthy by all accounts, the Heat should be rolling.

LeBron was incredibly dominant and efficient in Game 2, going 14-for-22 from the field, while making all three of his 3-pointers. He was awesome in the paint and did most of his work close to the basket early on before expanding his range in the second half. He even went on an 8-0 personal run to give the Heat the lead in the third quarter.

Gregg Popovich is as smart as they come and generally excellent with devising defensive schemes, but he knows there isn’t a whole lot you can do to defend James because of LeBron’s style.

“He knows more than all of you put together,” Pop said of LeBron when talking to the media. “He understands the game. If he makes a pass and you all think he should have shot it, or he shoots it and you think he should have made a pass, your opinions mean nothing to him, as they should not mean anything to him.”

LeBron doesn’t force action and likes to pass to the open man as Pop said. Even after reaching four straight Finals and winning two of them, he’s still criticized for his decisions on the court, like when he passed to Chris Bosh in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers. On Sunday, James showed his unwavering confidence in Bosh by passing to the big man, who made a 3-pointer with 1:17 left to give the Heat a 95-93 lead.

With LeBron playing his usual unselfish ball, involving his teammates, and taking over when he needs to, the Heat will be tough to beat.

The other thing Miami did successfully in Game 2 was improve their defense.

San Antonio shot incredibly well in Game 1, making a ridiculous 58.8 percent of their shots, including 13-of-25 from 3-point range. In Game 2, that percentage dropped to 43.9 percent and 12-of-26 on threes. A lot of that is due to Miami’s improved defense, which included them closing out much better on outside shots.

One area the Spurs need to improve is free throw shooting. After going 17-of-22 (77.3 percent) in Game 1 from the line, San Antonio was just 12-of-20 in Game 2. That included a stretch in the fourth quarter when Tony Parker and Tim Duncan missed both of their free throws on consecutive possessions. Parker had somewhat of an excuse after taking an elbow to the midsection from Mario Chalmers, but Duncan can’t miss both like that. They could have really opened the game up at that point and didn’t take advantage of the chance.

In order to win, the Spurs will have to do what they did in Game 1 and continue taking the ball to the basket. They were great in the interior, scoring most of their points in the paint. They also need to continue making their outside shots as they did in both games.

Overall, the Spurs and Heat are two incredibly efficient and enjoyable teams to watch. They’re playing very high-level basketball, and whether it’s Manu Ginobili coming off the bench and lighting a fire on the court or LeBron taking over, the real winners are all of us. Who doesn’t enjoy watching these teams play? Game 3 should be another good one.

Ryan Newman looking to remain Sprint Cup Chase at Phoenix

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Ryan Newman is looking to keep himself in the Chase for the Sprint Cup at the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway this Sunday. With only two races remaining, Rocketman will likely need very strong finishes and some help from his fellow drivers to get near the top of the standings.

Newman has raced to three top-10 finishes in his last four races. He finished 9th at the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend and raced to back-to-back top-10 finishes at Charlotte on Oct. 10 and Talladega on Oct. 20. Rocketman finished fifth at last year’s Advocare 500 after starting 12th, so the track has been kind to him in the past. His second win of the season would really make things interesting in the Chase, where he is currently ranked 12th and 118 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.

Newman has partnered with Oral-B to promote the Built in the USA campaign. This Veterans Day weekend, at Driver Introduction at Sunday’s race, in honor of U.S. Veterans, Oral-B and Newman will present Robin Kelleher, President and CEO of Hope For The Warriors, with the $100,000Built in the USA check to support their Above & Beyond program, which assists U.S. service members’ reintegration into the workforce. Phoenix is the fourth and final stop on Oral-B’s Built in the USA tour, so be sure to stop by the Oral-B booth to pick up some products and join in the fun if you’re at the track this weekend. Or stop by Fry’s Marketplace in Goodyear on Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for the opportunity to meet Newman and join the Built in the USA tour. Oral-B products are built in the USA, so start your day with the USA by using an Oral-B® Pro Health® All-in-One manual toothbrush.

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Best Buy Small Appliances: Tips for tailgating this NFL season

The NFL season officially kicked off over the weekend (finally), and you know what that means. That’s right, it’s tailgating season. There’s nothing quite like heading to the stadium five hours early, tossing back a few adult beverages and throwing some ribs on the grill before getting rowdy for your favorite team. But it’s all about being prepared.

Fortunately for you, LBS has partnered with Best Buy to share a couple of important tailgating tips. Aside from the obvious supplies you need to have with you this NFL season (namely a grill), there are some other small appliances that are must-haves that will help get you through the season. Head to your nearest Best Buy and grab the following things and you’re good to go:

1. Hamilton Beach Crock Pot
2. Ninja Professional Blender

Best Buy has plenty of top-notch items to choose from and their Blue Shirts would be happy to assist you with all of your tailgating needs. You may have to borrow a generator or a portable battery pack from a friend, but it will be well worth it. For starters, who doesn’t like chili before a game? The best way to make a good, hearty chili is in a Crock Pot. The problem is by the time you get to the game on a 30-degree day, the goods are already ice cold. Bring the Crock Pot with you and plug it in. You’ll thank me later.

Since you already have a power source handy, why not grab a blender? Sure, having a few beers is fun. But nothing screams party like a tailgate setup with a blender that’s spinning fresh margaritas. If you want to meet people and be the toast of the town, that’s the move.

Don’t feel bad if you forget 17 things on your list like I do every time I head to the game. As long as you have the aforementioned products there’s no way you can have a crappy time. Enjoy responsibly, and try not to blow your cars up.

Boys in the Hall: Does Clay Buchholz have a shot at Cooperstown?

Clay Buchholz was on the disabled list for a large stretch of the season, but the Boston Red Sox starting pitcher was looking like a Cy Young contender until a shoulder/neck injury derailed him in June. Buchholz started the season 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA, and was one of the finest pitchers in the American League. He was finally putting everything together for the Red Sox, which has led us to consider whether or not he has a shot at the Hall of Fame.

SUBWAY® is celebrating “The Boys in the Hall” and asked us to discuss Buchholz’s chances of reaching Cooperstown. Though Buchholz has been a good pitcher the past four seasons, we have to say the 29-year-old is a major longshot for the Hall at this point.

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Ryan Newman looking for checkered flag in Atlanta

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Ryan Newman is looking to continue his hot run of late at this weekend’s AdvoCare 500 in Atlanta.

Rocketman won his first Sprint Cup race of the season last month after leading 45 of 160 laps at The Brickyard to take home the checkered flag. The next week, he started fourth and finished fourth at the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono. He had consecutive top-15 finishes after that, but he slipped to a 21st-place finish at the Irwin Tools night race in Bristol. The Stewart-Haas driver is currently No. 15 in the Sprint Cup standings.

This weekend, Newman heads to Atlanta to improve upon last year’s DNF at the track. He has captured seven poles at Atlanta Motor Speedway and has raved about the pure speed the track offers. Newman has started in the top 10 in three of his last four races there, and he’s looking for another top pole position on Sunday.

Newman has partnered with Oral-B to promote the Built in the USA campaign. Atlanta is the third stop on Oral-B’s Built in the USA tour, and they will have a booth at the midway over the weekend. If you’re going to be around the track, make sure to stop by the booth to pick up some products and join the fun. Oral-B products are built in the USA, so start your day with the USA by using an Oral-B® Pro Health® All-in-One manual toothbrush.

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