WWE cancels NXT event in Manchester after terrorist attack

first_imgWWE has cancelled an NXT event in Manchester Citing the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people and left many more injured.The company had to showcase the popular roster NXT at the Manchester Arena on June 6 but the suicide bombing led to the cancellation.”Out of respect for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy, WWE is canceling the NXT event on Tuesday, June 6 at the Manchester Arena,” WWE announced on their website wwe.com.WWE statement pic.twitter.com/BSJUP0vGby- WWE UK (@WWEUK) May 26, 2017The company, in their announcement, added that they are giving the fans who had bought the tickets a full refund and gave them “the option to receive a free ticket at point of purchase to the NXT show on Wednesday, June 7, at First Direct Arena in Leeds.”WWE further stated that the WWE superstars will be visiting Manchester on June 6 to be with the victims and the company is making a donation to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.”We look forward to returning to the Manchester Arena on Monday, November 6, for Raw and Tuesday, November 7, for SmackDown LIVE,” WWE added.Various WWE stars had taken to Twitter to condemn the Manchester attack and extended their heartfelt sorrow and wishes for the victims and their families.My best wishes to everyone affected by the terrible happenings at Manchester Arena.- William Regal (@RealKingRegal) May 22, 2017thinking of you Manchester, I’m so sorry for what you are going through #ManchesterArenaadvertisement- Nikki Cross (@NikkiCrossWWE) May 23, 2017Only now finding out about the Manchester bombing. I don’t know what to say. Deeply, deeply upsetting.- Sami Zayn (@iLikeSamiZayn) May 23, 2017last_img read more

Serena Williams registers big win on US Open return, Venus beats Kuznetsova

first_imgSerena Williams registered a solid 6-4, 6-0 win over Magda Linette on her US Open return on Monday as she took the first cautious step towards a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.The tennis ace was given a warm welcome on her return by the crowd.It was not the imposing performance many have come to expect from Williams as the six-time champion continued to scrape the rust off her game following the birth of her first child.The manner of the victory, however, mattered little to a home crowd that was just happy to see her back on court after sitting out last year.”It is such a great feeling to be back out here,” said Williams. “It is one of those feeling I only get here in New York.”First match back on Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2 years…@serenawilliams defeats Linette 6-4, 6-0 to a rousing New York crowd!https://t.co/fl9GKp76Ay#USOpen pic.twitter.com/cNtbK4O0stUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 28, 2018Telling the crowd that her spirit was broken after not saying goodbye to her daughter Olympia before leaving for her match, Williams displayed little appetite for a fight during an uneven opening set until she finally seized control with a break to go up 4-3.Williams, the winner of 72 career singles titles, has the ability to sense when she has an opponent on the ropes and moved in quickly to deliver the knockout punch, breaking the 68th ranked Pole to open the second.advertisementWhile her game might not have been firing on all cylinders her ruthlessness remained razor sharp as the American showed no hesitation storming through second set finishing off her opponent with a thundering ace.The Williams sisters bridged the afternoon and evening sessions on a steamy Arthur Ashe with Venus providing the opening act of the twin bill, grinding out a 6-3 5-7 6-3 victory over another former champion, Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, before handing the stage over to her younger sibling.US Open: Rafael Nadal through to Round 2, Stan Wawrinka upsets Grigor DimitrovThe wins put the sisters on a collision course, leaving them just one victory away from a third-round showdown.While Venus remains a potential obstacle standing in the way of a 24th Grand Slam, Serena’s path to the final was cleared of another major hurdle earlier on Monday when world number one Simona Halep was upset by Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi.”There’s still several matches to play before you’re there,” said Williams about a possible meeting with her sister. “Right now I just feel like I’m on the road to getting better.”I’m just going to be on that road till I get there.”It might not have been a stylish win over Linette but it was nonetheless a stylish display by Williams.As always, the fashion conscious Williams created a buzz as she appeared from the players tunnel under a spotlight wearing a leather style jacket over a frilly off the shoulder tennis dress and fishnet compression tights designed to help circulation and avoid blood clots.”It’s easy to play in, kind of aerodynamic with the one arm free,” said Williams. “The tutu is easy to play in because I practiced in it before. That was fun.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

All eyes on PEI What a Green Party win would mean for

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – It’s getting a bit easier being Green.Tuesday’s provincial election in Prince Edward Island could make history if the Green Party hangs on to its lead.As it turns out, a win could also have an impact on the fall federal vote.“All eyes are going to be on Prince Edward Island,” David Coletto with Abacus Data says.It’s a small province that’s about to make a big political impact.Coletto says the Green Party has consistently polled ahead of all other parties on the Island during this campaign, and seat projections show the party may take power either in a minority or majority scenario.“There’s a good chance they may win the most seats, and that would be the first time — not just in Canada — but in North America,” he says. “This would be a historic win.”And it’s not just in PEI — Coletto says support for the party has actually been growing across the nation, and forming a provincial government could boost federal fortunes ahead of the federal election this fall.“Make a lot of Canadians in other parts of the country have a much more open mind about voting Green,” he explains.Coletto says there’s been a rise in Green support federally because of missteps by the Trudeau government, a weak NDP, and more political engagement from millennials.“They’re typically more progressive and they care more intensely about climate change. They’re also open to doing things differently.”While he expects this potential boost to play a factor in the election, Coletto says it’s highly unlikely we’ll see a Green government federally later this year.While the majority of PEI will cast their ballots on Tuesday, those living in one riding will be voting at a later date following the death of Green Party candidate Josh Underhay and his young son on Friday.Elections P.E.I. says the vote in Charlottetown-Hillsborough Park has been cancelled, and that a byelection will be held within the next three months.Meantime, voters will also be asked whether they would like to change the province’s electoral system from the first-past-the-post, current system to a form of proportional representation.-With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more