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Nufc’s Summer Transfer Plans In Tatters

23 minutes ago

Claude Paris/AP

Any transfer work done behind-the-scenes for this summer’s window will be thrown out of the window if they relegated, reports The Chronicle.

Of course, that almost doesn’t need reporting as common sense would suggest that most targets would suddenly have a change of heart should the Premier League club courting for their services no longer offer top-flight football but the wider implications of this current crisis Is worth discussing.

It’s understood that exciting and flamboyant Marseille prospect Florian Thauvin has been in recent talks with Newcastle over a summer switch to St. James’ Park, alongside his club team-mate, pacy Senegalese forward Andre Ayew.

Both names will of course already be familiar to Newcastle fans as The Magpies have been chasing their signatures for the past several seasons.

Claude Paris/AP

In the case of Ayew, the closest the club came was supposedly last summer »

- Matt Holmes

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Steve McClaren Expected To Become Nufc Boss

1 hour ago

Richard Sellers/Empics Sport

Two imminent sets of crisis talks at two separate football clubs in separate leagues could determine the future of Newcastle United.

Widespread media reports claim that Derby County will hold talks with boss Steve McClaren over his future following The Rams missing out on the Championship play-offs on the final day of the campaign yesterday.

Meanwhile, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has reportedly demanded immediate talks today with struggling head coach John Carver after perhaps the most demoralising display in the Magpies’ entire history saw them surrender meekly to Leicester City yesterday, with the added self-harm of seeing two experienced players plunge the club into a defensive crisis at the worst possible time.

If a scenario plays out where both the owners of Derby and Newcastle want rid of their current managerial occupiers then it seems highly likely that McClaren finds himself in an emergency appointment at St. »

- Matt Holmes

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14 Problems Only It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Fans Will Understand

2 hours ago

FX

When asked about famous Television gangs, who springs to mind first? The characters from Friends? George, Ann, Dick, Julian and Timmy from the Famous Five? The group of kids in that school cartoon Recess? Which groups of mates inspired you to make your own friends in the style of a well-formed and loyal gang who would have your back in times of need?

What about the It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia gang?

Frank, Dee, Dennis, Charlie and Mac: all of them flawed, selfish, and incredibly different from one another in characterisation. Any Always Sunny fan will already know this. Perhaps you’ve already asked yourself, can I really take any inspiration away from this program? It might be your favourite, but for what reasons? The time the gang bought a boat? The time they got addicted to crack? The time they set the building next door to the pub on fire? »

- Rachel Bailey

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17 Greatest Roman Reigns WWE PPV Matches

3 hours ago

WWE.com

Some WWE Superstars break through the glass ceiling guarding the main event tier organically. Others become major players thanks to being gifted a chosen status by the powers that be. Roman Reigns is a special mix of both.

When Batista won the 2014 Royal Rumble, the runner-up for that contest seemed like a welcome alternative to the fans. The 2015 Royal Rumble became a role reversal for Reigns as the crowd resented his hand-picked victory.

Getting Roman to the top might have been a rocky ordeal but he’s produced a fantastic body of work along the way. Beginning with his early days in The Shield, he has been a part of some of the best matches of the past few years.

The following 17 matches count down Reigns’ greatest Pay-Per-View matches. A whopping 9 of these were rated 4 stars or better by the Wrestling Observer and only one dips below 3 stars. »

- Mitch Nickelson

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The Simpsons: 10 Potential Ways It Could End

3 hours ago

Fox

Though its best days are far, far behind it, there’s no point denying that The Simpsons is a grand institution of pop-culture and entertainment as a whole. Its influence is felt far and wide, throughout similar animated shows and very much in the real world also. Even so, as they say, everything must eventually come to an end, and though it seems inconceivable, The Simpsons will eventually cease to be.

The show will one day conclude, and fans have been speculating for years (and pretty much decades) about how it could possibly come to a conclusion. The Simpsons is such an enormous enterprise that finding a suitable way to finish it off is completely vital, and it goes without saying that even those nay-sayers who abandoned the show years ago will likely tune in to see how it ends.

There are countless approaches Fox could take: a mind-blowing plot twist, »

- Jack Pooley

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WWE And Tna: 7 Worst Moments Of The Week (May 3)

3 hours ago

WWE.com

What in the hell is going on in wrestling? Billy Corgan joins Tna creative, King of the Ring returns from a five year hiatus, Eric Bischoff was rumored to join Global Force Wrestling, and Roman Reigns and The Big Show put on the most entertaining match on a pay-per-view!

Perhaps even more surprising is that Jbl talked about Game of Thrones, which is the first time he mentioned a TV show that didn’t air in the 1970s. Too bad he got the character’s name wrong. It’s Joffrey Baratheon, not Joffrey Lannister! Send him to The Wall!

Elsewhere in wrestling this week, Sheamus proved he’s the master of the kiss me upper thigh match. Though if Dolph Ziggler signed a contract to fight in that stipulated match, can’t he legally force Sheamus to kiss his butt? It seems that should be a thing, otherwise »

- Andrew Soucek

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4 Ups And 4 Downs From Last Night’s WWE Smackdown (Apr 30)

14 hours ago

WWE.com

With Extreme Rules over and Payback coming up only three weeks later, WWE has already set the stage for some of the big matches at their annual May PPV. This week’s edition of Smackdown helped to further those storylines while not really setting up new rivalries.

There was a pretty big main event on Smackdown that WWE should have advertised because Seth Rollins taking on Dean Ambrose is a big match. WWE didn’t mention it on Raw. This is the kind of thing that is confusing because if you’re going to put on a big match like that you should promote it heavily. Instead, they didn’t even mention it.

It was also concerning that Smackdown was down about 300,000 viewers this week on Syfy. Thursday was supposed to lead to a bigger audience for the “blue brand” yet it really hasn’t happened. It’s »

- John Canton

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Jamaal Lascelles To Make Incredible Nufc Debut vs West Brom?

15 hours ago

Nigel French/Pa Wire

Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat’s idiotic red-cards in today’s 3-0 loss against Leicester City capped off the latest miserable chapter in the extraordinary self-destruction of Newcastle United in 2015.

Trying to figure out what was going on in the minds of both players to make rash, pointless, no-win challenges when the game was so far beyond us is a frustrating puzzle, though hapless boss John Carver certainly has his theories in the case of Williamson.

He said after the game;

“I thought to myself, he (Williamson) has done that on purpose.

“There was no need to make the tackle, he has now got a two match ban with three games left.

“I don’t know…is it an easy way out?”

Was it really the coward’s way out? Probably not. Just a case of a player so far beyond the required levels of the »

- Matt Holmes

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Newcastle Need To Look At Sunderland For Inspiration In Battle Against The Drop

16 hours ago

Scott Heppell/AP

It’s now or never for Newcastle United.

The humiliating defeat away to Leicester City, coupled with other results going against The Magpies, has left them just two points above North East neighbours Sunderland who occupy the final relegation place And have a game in hand.

All this with just three games to play, all relegation rivals on the rise, and Newcastle seemingly declared on 35 points no out, just yet.

You just can’t see where the next point is coming from.

The team is so blatantly bereft of confidence and have no leader, on or off the pitch.

Fabricio Coloccini’s leadership skills have long been questioned while John Carver will continue to preach his own Geordieness is what makes him qualified enough to lead the club to safety in his own little deluded world.

This is in the face of the fact he has now »

- Ross Tweddell

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10 Most Notorious Video Game Urban Legends

17 hours ago

Square

Ever since man realised telling stories around a light source just below their chin meant anything they said came off with a suitably creepy vibe, both they and any who listened have always been thoroughly enthralled.

Everyone loves a good ghost story, conspiracy theory or mind-bending “What if?” scenario, and the realm of video games is no different. Developers and creative teams could sit and toil for months trying to put together the most unexpected plot twists and subversive narratives known to man – but there’s nothing more alluring and instantly ear-pricking than someone whipping out the classic “Look, I don’t know if it’s true right, but…” sentence-starter.

By its very nature gaming is an escapist’s paradise stuffed with all manner of design choices that require you pay attention for the big pay-off, and when you start looking deeper into certain creative works and the craziest stories surrounding them, »

- Scott Tailford

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Newcastle Need To Leave All Sentiment At The Door Ahead Of Their Final Three Games

17 hours ago

Owen Humphreys/Pa Wire

More than a couple of eyebrows were raised when Remy Cabella was left on the bench for the game against Leicester City.

However, a couple of selections in particular leave a lot more to be desired as John Carver picked both Jonás Gutiérrez and Ryan Taylor in centre midfield.

Picking right back and a winger in the middle of then park when you have two ‘specialist’ centre midfielders on the bench? Classic Geordie John behaviour.

Let’s not completely lose sight of the fact that to even see both men on a football pitch after all they’ve gone through is nothing short of miraculous. But their respective displays against Leicester proved that Carver and his coaching staff need to leave all sentiment at the door ahead the final three games of the season.

Alongside the wantaway Moussa Sissoko, Jonas and Taylor were out fought, out »

- Ross Tweddell

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4 Potential RPG’s That Would Be A License To Print Money

17 hours ago

Square-Enix

Role-playing games (abbreviated as RPG’s) are one of the most beloved gaming genres. Functioning as pure escapism from everyday life, they typically allow players to immerse themselves in huge fantasy worlds and be captivated by emotional and engaging narratives, populated by casts of likable, multi-dimensional characters.

In a market that is currently dominated by relentless action titles and sports simulations that hardly seem to change with each yearly release, it could be argued that the RPG has become a truly niche genre that has fallen out of favour with the masses rapidly since its Western heyday in the mid-90s, where the likes of Final Fantasy and the original Pokemon games took the world by storm. The recent success of games such as Skyrim, Dark Souls, Mass Effect and selected Mmo’s and games with strong RPG elements, such as The Last Of Us or even Grand Theft Auto, »

- Alex Antliff

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10 Niggling Harry Potter Questions Jk Rowling Must Answer

17 hours ago

Warner Bros.

Harry Potter fans: never fear, this isn’t an interrogation over your favourite creator of magical worlds. Beloved by all, and regardless of whatever inconsistencies there are in the books and films, J K Rowling for forever be held dear in fans of all ages, big and small.

Rowling herself commented on any flaws that have appeared in the book, saying:

“As obsessive fans will tell you, I do slip up! Several classrooms move floors mysteriously between books and these are the least serious continuity errors! Most of the fansites will point you in the direction of my mistakes. But the essentials remain consistent from book to book because the story has been plotted for a long time and it is clear in my mind”.

But depsite the fact that fans are content with her defence and no one since has created a story so vivid and endearing »

- Rachel Bailey

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The Walking Dead: 10 Big Differences Between The Comics & TV Show

18 hours ago

Image Comics

The only group of fans more traumatised than people who watch The Walking Dead, are people who read The Walking Dead. Whilst the AMC series about a group of survivors making their way across a zombie-infested United States has become a ratings sensation in its so far five seasons (with a sixth and a spin-off to come), it might have an even bigger following in its original form.

The Walking Dead comic – written and created by TV show consultant Robert Kirkman and drawn by Charlie Adlard – is a fair ways ahead of the story on TV, clocking in at over a hundred issues at this point. Bear in mind this is a monthly book, too, so whilst the series has been on screens for five years at this point? The comics have that beat by a good seven years on top of that.

For the most part the »

- Tom Baker

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20 Moments That Will Define Upcoming DC Movies

18 hours ago

Warner Bros.

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to reign supreme with the critical and commercial success of Avengers: Age of Ultron, DC are hoping to follow a similar model for their emerging DC Cinematic Universe, which began with 2013’s Man of Steel.

Given the enormity of DC’s comic lore, Zack Snyder and his fellow filmmakers will have plenty of iconic moments to work into each movie should they so wish.

It all kicks off with next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will no doubt serve up a ton of defining movie moments, and with DC’s efforts to introduce a new Joker in Suicide Squad while also crafting solo movies for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, The Flash and Green Lantern, there are certainly plenty of opportunities to explore exciting and iconic moments from the comic books.

Whether the movies can sustain a consistent tone »

- Jack Pooley

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Cm Punk Auditions For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

18 hours ago

WWE.com

Cm Punk has an ongoing comic book run with Marvel’s Drax, not to mention training for his upcoming Ufc debut, but despite what amounts to two full time gigs, he’s not slowing down, letting slip this past week that he had recently auditioned for a role in Michael Bay’s second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

The film, which is already shooting, features Casey Jones, Rocksteady and Bebop, as well as the returning Megan Fox as April O’Neil. Punk let the news slip during his appearance at C2E2. As a comic fan, he’d no doubt love to be involved in another big franchise, though fans are generally split (at best) on anything Michael Bay touches.

That said, just who Punk would be playing with filming already underway remains a mystery. Some are speculating that it could be a voice role or mo-cap of »

- Jay Anderson

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There Was One Positive For Newcastle Fans To Take From Leicester Shambles

18 hours ago

Nigel French/Pa Wire

And no, it’s not that ‘Iron’ Mike Williamson is suspended for the West Brom game…

The only positive that Newcastle United fans can take from the debacle they bore witness to at the King Power Stadium is that they saw their club at its worst.

Surely? But then again, I’m a glass half full kind of guy…

Now fans of an older vintage than this disgruntled 22-year-old will so poignantly recall of far worse times for those who followed the black and whites in the 80s and so on.

Back then the club was flat on its face as opposed to being on its knees as it is today. But that shouldn’t make the performance of everyone involved at Leicester any more acceptable.

The game was a complete shambles from start to finish. Almost comical at times as the soap opera that is »

- Ross Tweddell

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Leicester City 3-0 Newcastle United: Match Report

20 hours ago

Nigel French/Pa Wire

If talk of Newcastle United being relegated was merely a pessimistic possibility before the weekend then following this implosion at the King Power Stadium then it has become an all-too real prospect. The Magpies look so inept right now that not only do they appear incapable of getting another win before the season is out, they appear incapable of picking up a single point.

A double from Leonardo Ulloa, including one from the penalty spot, and a Wes Morgan goal condemned Newcastle to their eighth consecutive defeat – their worst ever Premier League run – as the Magpies finished the game with nine men once more with Mike Williamson dismissed after picking up two yellow cards, as Daryl Janmaat was in injury time. They have now conceded 60 goals in the Premier League – that is the most in the entire division – following this 3-0 reversal.

During four months in charge, »

- Chris Waugh

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Mortal Kombat X: 10 Huge Problems Nobody Wants To Admit

21 hours ago

NetherRealm

It took four years and a lot of teasing in the lead-up to release, but the tenth instalment of Ed Boon’s gore-hungry franchise is on shelves now, trading exclusively in intestine-flailing fatalities and special moves sure to leave anyone watching in need of the sick bucket.

Mortal Kombat has always been a gloriously unique thing, but aside from the overall sensation of happiness than comes with a new instalment of the series by default, Mk X sadly leaves a lot to be desired after you’ve played it for even a few hours.

Plenty fans will argue that beat ’em ups have within them endless replayability, but for anyone who felt the gargantuan leap from Mk’s Armageddon and Vs. DC Universe to the spectacular 2011 ‘reboot’ of sorts (story-wise) that’s now referred to as Mk 9 – you can’t help but look at 2015’s iteration as a bit of a damp squib. »

- Scott Tailford

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10 Fantastically Original Video Games That Deserve Your Attention

2 May 2015 3:14 AM, PDT

11 bit Studios

In an age where exclusive graphical powerhouses like The Order: 1886 can come out to the most middling reviews around, you have to ask yourself: are the ever-booming budgets and crippling pressures that surround ‘triple A’ video games stifling their creativity?

Sadly, all signs point to ‘yes’.

In fact, it seems like the biggest mainstream game releases are starting to feel so similar that players are becoming absolutely desperate to see even the smallest modicum of change in their favourite titles.

Take last year’s Cod: Advanced Warfare for example, and when the ability to boost-jump was met as if it was the second coming by both players and critics alike, it only goes to show how more mainstream games are in such a short supply of original ideas, that even this tiny addition felt like such a radical breath of fresh air.

But gaming is made up of »

- Josh Brown

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