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Harry Redknapp Denies Loic Remy Failed Liverpool Medical

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Qpr manager Harry Redknapp has spoken of his confusion over the collapse of Loic Remy’s exit, claiming the French striker hasn’t failed a medical despite Liverpool pulling out of the deal following their own physical examination of the player.

Remy was set for an £8.5 million move to Anfield but it is rumoured that a heart defect convinced Liverpool to pull out of the race to sign the striker, who scored 14 goals on loan at Newcastle in the Premier League last season.

The French World Cup striker however remains permanently a Qpr player following the breakdown of his transfer. And whilst ‘Dr. Redknapp’ is confused with the turn of events he is happy to have the striker still in his playing squad.

According to Sky Sports, Redknapp said: “He had a stringent medical here, one at Newcastle, one with the French team before the World Cup. »

- Scott Saunders

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Everton Transfers: Muhamed Besic Joins For £4 Million

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Everton have confirmed the signing of Bosnia and Herzegovina international Muhamed Besic for an undisclosed fee. He becomes Roberto Martinez’s second signing of the summer.

Besic has signed a five-year contract with the Toffees and has already trained with the squad in Bangkok ahead of the new season. The 21-year-old joins Gareth Barry as the second signing of the summer after completing his move from Hungarian side Ferencvaros.

The player represented his nation at the World Cup but couldn’t help them get through the first stage in a group which also included eventual runners up, Argentina. Besic is capable of playing both in defence and midfield, offering Martinez an energetic presence on the pitch.

Delighted with his signing, Martinez told the Everton website: “Muhamed is a young footballer who has developed massively in the last two seasons. He has been playing as a centre-half »

- Scott Saunders

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WWE Confirm Prince Devitt Signing

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WWE has made official their signing of Irish wrestler Fergal Devitt, with a front page announcement on wwe.com.

Better known from the independent and Japanese circuit as Prince Devitt, the 33 year old has a stellar reputation as one of the world’s best in-ring workers. As evidence of this he has held the Iwgp Junior Heavyweight Championship three times, additionally winning New Japan’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament in 2010 and 2013.

Despite his reputation and experience, WWE will initially have Devitt report to their Performance Centre in Orlando, Florida. He will then begin his WWE career by wrestling on Nxt. This is similar to the signing of fellow international star Kenta, who WWE confirmed as signing earlier in July.

With both Kenta and Devitt on Nxt, the WWE Network is going to have a superior weekly wrestling show to broadcast. Alongside the likes of Nxt stars Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn, »

- Grahame Herbert

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WWE Champion John Cena Teases That He Wants To Turn Heel

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A big talking point amongst wrestling fans over the weekend was John Cena tweeting that he’d like to turn heel. There’s a chance that Cena sent this tweet just to be provocative, or maybe it really is a career change that he’s pushing for.

“Ok interweb, have fun with this one.. #lifewouldbebetterif I turned heel. @twitter feed crash in 3….2…..” he tweeted.

The tone of the tweet is obviously light-hearted and Cena makes clear he is expecting a reaction. However it was certainly a choice comment to make, one of the few occasions he has actually addressed going heel. Does he really feel life would be better if he became a bad guy? Who knows, but after years of mixed reactions, maybe he really is ready to embrace a darker character. There’d certainly be some compelling creative WWE could do with a Cena heel turn. »

- Grahame Herbert

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20 Most Cringeworthy Star Trek: The Next Generation Moments

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Don’t get us wrong: we love The Next Generation. If there’s a gold standard for a Trek series to live up to – beyond the Classic series, of course – it’s Tng. But much like the Classic series, Tng has several moments during its seven-year run that make many of even the most ardent fans embarrassed to be watching, especially if it’s with a non-fan sort likely to say “What is up with this crap?”

Unlike in other Trek series, the cringe in Tng follows a rough inverted bell curve: there’s a lot of it in the first season, slightly less by the second, and progressively less until we hit fifth season, after which point the bad often seems to outweigh the good. So don’t be surprised if this list seems weighted heavily towards the first two and last two seasons – Tng is not Voyager, which »

- Tony Whitt

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Mass Effect 4: 10 New Things We Learned From Comic-Con

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Forgetting the disappointing ending of the third game, playing through the Mass Effect trilogy in its entirety is one of the best, most absorbing video game experiences out there. With greatness comes equally great expectations though, and the hugely anticipated Mass Effect 4 has a tremendous amount to live up to.

EA and BioWare have been very tight-lipped about Mass Effect 4, with only speculation and the occasional dropped hint to go by, until now. San Diego Comic-Con International is the largest convention of its kind in the world, and it often features some big video game announcements among its various talks and panels.

BioWare held their very own panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and it was primarily used as a platform to discuss the next Mass Effect game. While a huge amount of new details weren’t discussed, some interesting titbits were revealed, and certain things that »

- Tom Butler

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Arsenal Transfers: Gunners Confirm Deal For “Risk” Chambers

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Arsenal have completed the signing of Southampton defender Calum Chambers, who makes the switch to the Emirates for £16 million after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical with Arsene Wenger’s side.

The Gunners confirmed the deal on their website on Monday afternoon, even after manager Arsene Wenger hinted that the transfer of the player was a ‘risk’ on his club’s part.

Wenger, according to the Express, stated prior to the conclusion of the deal: “He hasn’t played many games, no, but the English players on the market in England are very expensive and at the end of the day I was ready to take a gamble because he is a player for the future.”

Chambers is however delighted with the move following its conclusion. He told the Arsenal site: “I am so happy to be signing for Arsenal. They are a team I have much admired for their playing style, »

- Scott Saunders

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Newcastle Transfers: Magpies Make Spectacular Double Bid For Lacazette And Grenier

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Newcastle United have made approaches for Lyon attacking pair Alexandre Lacazette and Clement Grenier, according to reports in French newspaper L’Equipe.

The Magpies are looking to boost their attacking options this summer and have approached Lyon over the possibility of taking both players away from the Stade Gerland, with both players established as transfer targets for Alan Pardew’s side for most of the summer.

However, it appears that 23-year-old striker Lacazette is not prepared to make the move to the North East because he would like to play for a team in the Champions League. Last season Lacazette bagged 23 goals in 46 total appearances for his club, though he could only help to fire his side to the qualifying rounds of the Europa League as they finished in 5th place in Ligue 1.

Lacazette is in discussions with his current club over a new three-year contract to stay in France, »

- Scott Saunders

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15 Incredibly Late Sequels That Took Decades To Arrive

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We’re incredibly used to sequels arriving very quickly. It’s not uncommon for a follow-up to a new movie to be green-lit on opening weekend, while a gap of more than two years between entries feels like an eternity. Heck, Marvel have two new films out every single year; it’s that extreme.

But it’s not always the case. Be it from long standing production issues or a director popping up twenty years later keen to continue a story, the next film in a series can take longer than you’d even think possible to arrive. To highlight just how long some sequels take, here are fifteen films that came out decades after their predecessor.

These have to be proper follow-ons, not just films from the same director with similar themes (see The Wicker Tree’s bordering parallels to The Wicker Man), and there can’t »

- Alex Leadbeater

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10 Worst WWE Summerslam Matches Ever

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Back in the day, Summerslam was considered the second-most important pay-per-view event of the year, right behind Wrestlemania.  Summerslam has provided wrestling fans with many great memories and great matches from legendary performers who showcased their talents on the big stage of the World Wrestling Federation (and later, World Wrestling Entertainment).

But what about those matches and moments that we’ve shoved away from our minds?  How about the matches that were so incredibly terrible or awful that we would rather pretend they never happened?

Those are my favorite kinds of lists.

You see, anyone can make a list of great matches or moments because they are so easy to remember.  We all know that Bret Hart and Curt Hennig put on a classic for the ages in 1991 or that the Rock and Triple H had a career-defining ladder match in 1998.

However, it’s tougher (and, admittedly, more »

- Mike Shannon

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10 Highest Paid Fighters From Ufc On Fox 12

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Ufc on Fox 12 had a fair number of big names spread throughout its card: Robbie Lawler, Matt Brown, Anthony Johnson, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (a.k.a. Lil Nog). Bobby Green, Josh Thompson, and Clay Guida are all guys who are capable of headlining or co-headlining an event, and all of them were packed onto the main card last night.

Some fighters, like Lawler and Thompson, are still cashing in on Strikeforce contracts, while others, like Brown and Guida, have worked their way up through the Ufc ranks to get to the point where they can earn a decent wage.

A number of fighters went home happy even in defeat, while others, despite hefty win bonuses, might not have banked what you would expect for a top draw.

Payouts in the Ufc are always an interesting situation, since so much depends on how good a contract an agent can procure for a fighter, »

- Jay Anderson

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Man Utd Transfers: Red Devils Bid £47.4 Million For Arturo Vidal

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Manchester United have launched a new club record bid to sign Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, as United boss Louis van Gaal looks to stamp his mark on his new club ahead of their league campaign this season.

The 13-time Premier League champions have made a bid of £47.5 million according to the Daily Star, which would trump the club record transfer fee of £37.5 million they paid for Juan Mata in January if Vidal does move to Old Trafford. The Red Devils are thought to be offering to double Vidal’s current wages to entice the player to move to England, with his current £60,000-a-week earnings increasing to £120,000-a-week if he decides to switch to the club.

United have been linked with the Chilean international for several weeks, but with their interest rebuffed so far, it now appears that United are not prepared to walk away »

- Scott Saunders

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Important Questions WWE Must Answer During Q2 Call

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WWE.com

On Thursday, WWE will announce their 2nd Quarter Results with the typical conference call. We certainly live in interesting times.

It’s been a tumultuous time for World Wrestling Entertainment. A lot has transpired since WWE’s Q1 report back on May 1. Back then, the company ended the day trading at $20.33 While that was a downgrade in optimism from a month earlier (the stock had been trading above $30/share on April 1), hopes were still high that WWE was going to announce a monumental domestic TV rights deal with NBCU. When the agreement finally emerged on May 15, Wall Street was not impressed.(Neither were some shareholders – hence the announcement of yesterday’s lawsuit.) The stock plummeted and 40 million shares changed hands. In the end, $WWE was hovering around $11/share as McMahon’s personal wealth (and pride) took a serious hit. Intriguingly, over the past two weeks the stock price »

- Chris Harrington

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Backstage Heat On Randy Orton Over Roman Reigns Matches

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WWE.com

There is backstage heat on Randy Orton due to his “crowd killing” style in matches against Roman Reigns over the weekend. Reports say that Orton’s peers feel as if the veteran star didn’t do Reigns any favours in their contests. As a result of Orton’s actions, the live crowd had an overwhelmingly negative reaction, which is a bad sign for what is meant to be one of SummerSlam’s key main events.

Some superstars are said to be concerned that Orton will slow down WWE’s planned push to make Reigns their new biggest babyface. The plan for Reigns is that he will be the new John Cena by the time of WrestleMania 31. The importance of his elevation is compounded by the fact that Daniel Bryan is out with a long term injury. John Cena is doing ok on top, but he isn’t able »

- Grahame Herbert

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50 Greatest Wrestling Chants of All Time

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WWE.com

One of the most enduring and greatest parts of attending a live event is the crowd interaction. When a show gets really good or really bad, the fans attending love to show either their approval or their frustration, and chanting is one of the easiest and most fun ways to realise that interaction. In most American sporting events, chanting usually boils down to either yelling out “Let’s go” followed by the name of the team, “Defense,” or some other local taunt that gets brought up a few times in a season. Then of course there’s The Mexican Wave, but the less spoke about that the better.

In professional wrestling chants are not only frequent, but they’re very much a part of the show. When WWE visits the right arena, and the fans are really excited, the chanting can get so huge that the commentators are »

- Tom Gibbs

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10 London Pubs You Need To Drink In Before You Die

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If there’s one thing that London is good for, it’s pub crawls. From crusty taverns dating back to 14th century to modern establishments that sell hundreds of varieties of beer, there’s something for just about every kind of drinker in England’s capital.

There are well over 7,000 pubs in London. While many are worth a visit, there are a lot of pubs that should be avoided at all costs. Tourist traps and overpriced, gentrified rubbish is rampant in the city, so it can be difficult to identify the good from the bad.

Don’t let that put you off though, because the city is littered with some of the best pubs in the world. Particularly in the last few years, London has undergone a bit of a beer revolution, leading to pubs being stocked full of non-mass-market beers and in-house brews.

This list takes a look »

- Tom Butler

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Liverpool Transfers: Southampton Raid Could Continue With Jay Rodriguez

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One gets the feeling that Southampton are already reeling from selling several first team players this summer, but Liverpool seem set to raid their Premier League rivals for a Fourth time in a matter of weeks to snap up Saints striker Jay Rodriguez, following the collapse of Loic Remy’s move to Anfield.

The Reds called off their move for Qpr striker Remy on Sunday after concerns over the Frenchman’s medical – reportedly after a second opinion on a long standing heart condition – but the Daily Star now report that Brendan Rodgers has wasted little time in turning to an alternative target.

Liverpool have already taken Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren from St. Mary’s this summer, but Rodriguez is now thought to be the latest target as they look to fill the boots of Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona earlier this summer. »

- Scott Saunders

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15 Biggest Movie And TV News From Comic-Con 2014

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Another year, another San Diego Comic-Con come and gone. Fans brought a lot of high hopes and expectations into this year’s Sdcc, as the slate of geek-worthy tentpole blockbusters grows larger with each passing day. We have a lot of exciting films headed our way, and this was Hollywood’s chance to remind us why we love these properties, spend endless hours writing, reading, and talking about them, and why we should pay the price of admission and see them on the big screen.

For some, this wasn’t as big a weekend as they had hoped. Not every studio knocked their panels out of the park, and not every superhero film was represented. Some came with big reveals and exciting presentations, while others were either lackluster in comparison or didn’t bother to show up at all (we’re looking at you, Fantastic Four!)

Regardless of how you »

- James Garcia

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10 Movie And TV Spoilers We Didn’t Know Last Week (July 28th)

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With Comic-Con going down in San Diego over the past few days it was always going to be a big week for announcements, rumours and spoilers surrounding forthcoming film releases and the next seasons of everyone’s favourite television shows. Comic-Con has now drawn to a close for another year and it certainly didn’t disappoint. A wealth of new information has become available and as usual WhatCulture.com is here to separate the wheat from the chaff and give you the entertainment information you need to know.

Unsurprisingly Comic-Con brought with it a wealth of information about forthcoming superhero movies. Potential spoilers were revealed about X-Men: Apocalypse, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. The super-news wasn’t exclusive to Marvel titles either; some enticing casting information may have been let slip regarding who we may be seeing play DC’s Shazam.

Comic-Con was by no means the only »

- Sam Heard

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Harry Potter: 10 Ways The Muggle World Would Inevitably Discover Wizards

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Harry: ‘But what does a Ministry of Magic do?’

Hagrid: ‘Well, their main job is to keep it from the Muggles that there’s still witches an’ wizards up an’ down the country.’

Harry: ‘Why?’

Hagrid: ‘Why? Blimey, Harry, everyone’d be wantin’ magic solutions to their problems. Nah, we’re best left alone.’

- From Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone, to the American market)

The magical world envisioned by author J.K. Rowling has caught the imagination of the Muggle (non-wizard) world. In her seven books on Harry Potter and his friends, we learn that there is a wonderful world where wizards and witches are taught the wonders of magic at a boarding school called Hogwarts. Some students come from wizarding families, some come from Muggle families, and some are half-and-half. There are fantastic creatures, some we know from classic mythology, others from the mind of Rowling herself. »

- Harry Thomas

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