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Former champion makes return to Monday Night Raw after more than a year away

Paige is officially back on WWE Monday Night Raw!

The segment occurred when Alexa Bliss came out to discuss her Survivor Series loss to Charlotte.

Mickie James, Bayley, Sasha Banks and Alicia Fox all came out to all stake their claim as the No. 1 contender for the Monday Night Raw Women’s Championship. Bliss said not one of them deserved to compete for her title before Kurt Angle announced a Fatal 4-Way for the No. 1 contender spot.

With all four women laid out, Paige made her shocking return.

Paige announced she was back, leading to a “Welcome back,” chant. She said she didn’t come alone and started walking to the ring as NXT’s Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville also hit the ring.

Paige hadn’t appeared on WWE programming since June 2016, prior to undergoing neck surgery in October. She’s been back training, according to the Wrestling News Observer.

Paige, who hasn’t wrestled in more than a year, has reportedly gotten clearance from WWE doctors to compete and has been training at the Performance Center this week in preparation for a comeback.

“Paige was at the Performance Center this week training for a return. I believe she has gotten full clearance and now it’s just getting back into shape. She’s been out of action for more than one year with neck problems that led to her having surgery. There is said to be a storyline for her return and tentatively it’s on Smackdown.”

It’s worth noting that Paige was originally drafted to RAW, but hasn’t appeared on WWE television since prior to last year’s draft, so a move to SmackDown Live would make sense with the division lacking star power outside of Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and current Women’s Champion Natalya.

Paige updated her injury status during an interview with KENS 5’s Chelsey Hernandez last month at the Malik Rose Bowl Tournament.

The self-proclaimed “Anti-Diva” has provided several updates of her road back to the squared circle recently, which included announcing that she’d be training at the WWE Performance Center.

She served two suspensions for violating WWE’s wellness policy within two months in early 2016, but clarified both incidents were due to medication with prescriptions and doctor’s notes.

Paige was the first-ever NXT women’s champion and became the WWE Divas Champion twice during her time in WWE, which included winning the title on her main roster debut in 2014.

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Paul Finebaum says one coach ‘does not look happy’ and could see him bolting for a rival school

The Gus Malzahn rumor mill continues to churn and it is providing endless content in advance of the 2017 Iron Bowl. At this point, nearly everyone has weighed in on whether Malzahn will (or should) bolt Auburn to go “home” in returning as the head coach of Arkansas but that didn’t stop ESPN’s Paul Finebaum from joining the chorus on Monday.

In visiting with The Opening Drive on WJOX in Birmingham, Finebaum indicated that, among other things, Malzahn “does not look happy” at Auburn and that it is “pretty tempting” to flee to Fayetteville.

“Sometimes things are just not meant to be. And I think if you look at his body of work, it has been inconsistent. He may be three or four games away from winning a national championship and somebody is probably going to bring this back as a hot take that didn’t age well, but I know. I know this situation fairly well, and he does not look happy at Auburn. And if you’re Arkansas and you come at him and say ‘Coach, you tell us who you want to work with over the next couple of years and we’ll hire that person. You do what you want. Clean slate.’ To me, it’s pretty tempting.”

This isn’t breaking new ground but, in the same breath, Finebaum is often quite plugged in around the SEC. Of course, it has to be noted that Auburn emerging victorious in the Iron Bowl could change things quite a bit, if only because Auburn would jump to the forefront as a legitimate CFP contender in that instance.

Still, the buzz continues and it is impossible to ignore that subplot right now.

Surprising candidate ‘could be the guy’ at Tennessee if other coaches aren’t available

The open Tennessee head coaching job is one of the more intriguing ones right now in the college football world. The Grumors have been on full display and nearly everyone in Knoxville wants the Monday Night Football analyst to “come home” where he got his start as a coach under Johnny Majors. However, Football Scoop is reporting that there’s a darkhorse candidate should Gruden and other options become unavailable.

From Football Scoop:

Several national writers have floated Greg Schiano’s name. Might happen but we haven’t heard that much in the wind. Some in the profession reached out to us today to say don’t discount Schiano’s chances. Some we’ve spoken with today said [AD John] Currie believes if some other things don’t fall into place that Schiano could be the guy.

The 51-year old last coached at the college level when he led Rutgers from 2001-2011 where he went 68-67 while they were still in the Big East. He then coached the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons going 11-21. He’s been at Ohio State as a defensive coordinator and associate head coach since last year after his three-year absence from the sport. He’s also got a nice coaching tree with P.J Fleck and Mario Cristobal as part of it.

Kirk Herbstreit praises the one coach he says has “leadership of a veteran”

ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to praise Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley for the way he handled himself and his team during the recent controversy surrounding quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Riley announced earlier on Monday that Mayfield will not start the Sooners’ game on Saturday against West Virginia after making an obscene gesture and yelling profanities at the Kansas football team this past Saturday. Riley announced that Mayfield will play during the game, but will not start and will not be a team captain for the team’s regular-season finale.

Mayfield reacted negatively toward Kansas during the Sooners’ 41-3 win on Saturday after Kansas opted against shaking Mayfield’s hand during the pre-game coin toss. He apologized for his actions after the game and said what he did was “unacceptable” and “disrespectful.”

Herbstreit praised Riley for the way he handled the press conference and the poise and leadership he showed during his decision.

Why I love Lincoln as a head coach. 1st year in but has perspective and leadership of a veteran!! — Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 20, 2017 .@LincolnRiley on @baker_mayfield6 — Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) November 20, 2017 “I feel like this decision was difficult for a lot of reasons,” Riley said. “I told somebody earlier today that I got into this profession and chose to make it my profession for two reasons: I love football and I love to coach it. I love the game, the competitiveness and all of that and I also love the chance to work with young people and to help shape them. “I think it’s important for everybody here and across the country to keep in perspective — and we all lose it, I do too even though I work with him every single day — that not just Baker, but all of these players across the country are still young men. They’re not adults yet; they’re still learning. They’re still in that phase where you’re going to make mistakes and the important thing is that you learn from them and grow from them. “I think what we’re setting forward here is going to provide Baker an opportunity to do that. I know it’s something that certainly is going to get his attention. I think he will handle the right way like he has just about everything here in his career.”

During part of his press conference, Riley became emotional after describing the type of person Mayfield is and the way he has handled himself throughout his career. Riley needed about 30 seconds to compose himself before saying that he is “proud as hell to be his coach.”

Many have speculated since the incident on Saturday what kind of punishment Mayfield should face. Some have said that Mayfield should be sat down for an entire game, while others didn’t agree the punishment should be for a whole game. Riley likely believed that by taking away the captaincy from Mayfield and not allowing him to start that a message will be sent to him and he’ll understand the severity of his actions.

WWE legend reportedly on life support following emergency surgery

WWE legend Kamala is currently on life support after undergoing emergency surgery, per Pro Wrestling Sheet.

According to Kamala’s stepdaughter, they didn’t think he would make it out of surgery, but is on life support and is now “showing signs of improvement.”

Kamala, 67, last wrestled in 2010. He had his first match in 1980 and wrestled in WWE on and off from 1992 until 2006.

Kamala’s health battles have been well-documented, as the “Ugandan Giant” recently had both of his legs amputated after a long bout with diabetes, per Bleacher Report.

The 6’7″, 380-pound wrestler wore paint on his face and chest and a loincloth during his wrestling days.

Steam’s next big sale begins in only two days

Valve’s famous sales are a huge part of why the Steam retailing software is as popular as it is today. Both the impressive percentages at which titles would be discounted combined with the frequency of the sales have turned the events into somewhat of a holiday for PC gamers, and while the removal of flash sales and daily deals has dulled community excitement somewhat, the sales themselves are always worthy of a look.

The next sale, as predicted in an earlier article in October, is set to launch in just two days. Starting on November 22 and running until November 28, Steam users will have access to a vast catalogue of discounted video games for the PC.

RELATED: Steam’s big Halloween Sale has gone live

Previous sales have been known to include discounts on triple-A titles, though it’s those products from smaller studios that usually shine brightest. Last month’s Halloween sale saw a number of popular games from the horror and action genres discounted, including Dying Light , DOOM , Dead by Daylight, and SOMA . Prices ran at anywhere from 33% to 75% off, with the more recent titles obviously seeing a less notable decrease.

For more information on the event, tune in to Valve’s Twitter account @steam_games. Don’t have a Steam account? Make your way over to the official website to create one and download the client.

Former Wimbledon champion tragically passes away at age 49

Jana Novotná, the winner of the 1998 Wimbledon tournament, died on Sunday in her native Czech Republic after a long battle with cancer. Her death was confirmed in a statement by the Women’s Tennis Association on Monday.

Novotná, 49, won 17 Grand Slams, including 16 in doubles and mixed doubles, as well as three Olympic medals during her career. However, she is best remembered for her singles career, specifically her performances in the 1993 and 1998 Wimbledon tournaments.

Novotná lost a heartbreaking final to Steffi Graf, 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 6-4, despite being ahead 4-1 in the final set. The then-24-year-old was shown crying on the Duchess of Kent’s shoulder during the trophy ceremony, to which she claimed the duchess told her, “Jana, I believe that you will do it, don’t worry.”

Five years later, Novotná defeated France’s Nathalie Tauziat, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) to win the Wimbledon singles trophy, her only career singles Grand Slam title.

“Jana was an inspiration both on and off the court to anyone who had the opportunity to know her,” said Steve Simon, the W.T.A.’s chief executive. “Her star will always shine brightly in the history of the W.T.A.”

Novotná achieved a career-high No. 2 singles ranking in 1997, as well as the No. 1 ranking in doubles. She retired from professional tennis in 1999 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

“When she lost to Steffi Graf at Wimbledon in 1993, I was crying,” said Jan Kodes, a fellow Czech tennis player who won three Grand Slams during the 1970s. “She came to me and said, ‘Mr. Kodes, don’t cry, I will win it here one day anyhow.’ ”

“And she did five years later,” Kodes said, as quoted by the Czech news website Idnes. “Jana certainly was a player who became a role model for many young girls.”

Hana Mandlikova, Novotná’s former coach, told the Czech Press Agency that it was “difficult to find words” when speaking of the former champion’s death.

“Jana was a great girl,” Mandlikova said. “I am very happy it worked out for her in Wimbledon eventually.”

Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.

After digging his program out of an ugly scandal, college football head coach won’t be retained in 2018

After a scandal took over the program at Montana, Bob Stitt took over as head coach for the Grizzlies over the last three seasons. He’ll now be out of a job at the conclusion of this year:

Sources: Montana head coach Bob Stitt will not return. Stitt was 21-14 in his three seasons as head coach. Made playoffs and beat SDSU in round 1 in 2015. Word is Montana is circling in on a replacement — kyle sample (@kyle_sample) November 20, 2017 Rough business: Bob Stitt goes 7-4 at Montana and gets fired after just 3 seasons after taking over a program that was on probation & digging out from ugly scandal. — Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 20, 2017

Back in 2013, Montana was put on probation for three years and was forced to vacate five victories for violating “several” NCAA rules, per Missoulian.

According to the report, former head coach Robin Pflugrad “failed to monitor the football program, allowing boosters to provide extra benefits, including bail money and legal representation to players.”

This came after reports of sexual assault and harassment involving football players.

We’ll see where Montana goes from here.

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