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Newcastle: 10 Best Foreign Signings In The Premier League Era

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It was in the 1990′s that Sir John Hall held a utopian fantasy of watching a team of Geordies to run out at St James’ Park in black and white shirts. It didn’t quite come to pass for the former Magpies chairman with barely a dozen locally reared players progressing through the ranks to make the grade in the first-team.

Without a Newcastle native to invest their hopes in Toon fans have instead resorted to making honorary Geordies out of the foreign imports that have played for the club in the Premier League, many of whom have gone on to enjoy cult hero status and are still widely revered.

While many of overseas recruits, most bought on a whim and for sky-high sums, will stick in the memory for all the wrong reasons we feel there are 10 players that have made significant
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WWE: Top 10 Kings Of The Ring

From 1993 to 2002, The WWF/E King of the Ring was the next big pay-per-view show after WrestleMania, bridging the gap between The Showcase of the Immortals and SummerSlam. But The King of the Ring actually began in 1985 as a specialized tournament for WWF house show audiences. During it’s initial years, the crown was even defended in sanctioned WWF matches, changing hands/heads in one-on-one matches. Beginning in 1993 it became a stand-alone event, crowning a new king once a year on pay-per-view, until it ceased to be after the 2002 tournament. Since then, the tournament has come back infrequently, playing itself out on Raw and Smackdown in 2006, 2008, and lastly in 2010.

From the inception of the crown, 20 superstars- ten World Champions, nine Hall of Famers, and an unfortunate handful of duds in-between- have worn the crown. Some embraced the “king” title, incorporating it into their gimmick. Some won the tournament,
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Ten Best: Wrestling PPV’s to check out on the WWE Network

After about a month of taking in what the WWE Network has to offer I thought we could take a look at some of the things that are worth your time on there, and even just to pick up on DVD. Every PPV event from WWE(F), WCW and Ecw is included on the on-demand section of the network, which means there is hundreds of shows and thousands of hours worth of wrestling to dig through, so I wanted to whittle it down to ten shows that I feel are worth watching, and the reasons will be highlighted too.

Let’s begin with an obvious one shall we?

WWE: WrestleMania 1

Held in Madison Square Garden in New York City, the very first WWF pay-per-view ever presented and a show that lit the fuse on the rocket that became sports entertainment and the concept of pay-per-view. The show isn’t
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10 WWE Superstars Most Likely To Break Into The Main Event

It all used to be so simple. What worked for the territories would work for the WWF: crown your biggest draw the champ and feed him a succession of supporting players from further down the card. Don’t worry if the challenger isn’t particularly over; the rub from the champ will make him look like a star for the couple of months he spends above his regular place further down the card. It’s a model that made Hulk Hogan the biggest thing the sport had ever seen. But that was back in the day of television squash matches and only a handful of Pay-Per-Views a year.

Come the turn of the millennium, an increased production schedule necessitated the building of an extension on the VIP lounge, and it became standard practice to maintain a top-tier line-up of multiple workers, all potential custodians of the big gold belt. The Rock,

WWE: 5 Awesome Intercontinental Champions and 5 That Sucked

Once regarded as a stepping stone to the WWE Championship or, at the very least, a consolation prize for top talent who were never going to get that World Title run, the Intercontinental Championship has always been a highly regarded belt. Not only in the WWE, but in all of professional wrestling.

From its fictitious origin involving a wrestling tournament to crown the first champion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which just goes to show how much they could get away with in wrestling back before the internet ruined kayfabe, to now, the Intercontinental Title has given us great matches and even greater champions.

5 Intercontinental Champions That Sucked… 5. Road Dogg

It should’ve been Billy Gunn. Think about it. The New Age Outlaws were so popular at the time that the WWE decided to give them each their own run at a singles title. The obvious choice for I-c Champ was Billy Gunn.

The Year in Sports: Our Definitive Annual Collection of Athlete Beefcake

Since The Week in Sports began as a feature on we've kept our queer eye on the photo wires to bring you a weekly compilation of the most arresting images of male athleticisim from around the world.

2009 is coming to a close, so in this final installment we thought we'd look back and gather together the best of the best. Hence The Year in Sports. (Well, technicaly the half-year in sports, since we only started this feature in July.)

Now we know not every football fan is also a tennis fan, and some rugby fanatics cannot abide men's gymnastics. So this time out we've helpfully sorted the photos by category. You can jump to whatever photo collection you want by the table of contents below. Oh, and in addition to the major sports, we've got a few special photo categories that we hope you'll enjoy!

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Pic Post! The Week in Sports (December 02, 2009)

Philadelphia - November 29:  David Akers #2 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates kicking the winning field goal against the Washington Redskins with teammate Jason Avant #81 during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 29, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Sydney, Australia - November 30:  Gary Rohan, a new recruit of the Swans, poses during a Sydney Swans Training Session at Lakeside Oval on November 30, 2009 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Anaheim, CA - November 29:  Matthew Lombardi #15 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates on the ice during warmups prior to the game against the Anaheim Ducks during the game on November 29, 2009 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/Nhli via Getty Images)

Anaheim, CA - November 29:  Tanner Smith #5 of Clemson reacts after a basket by teammate Trevor Booker #35 (not in photo) in the second half against Butler during the 76 Classic at
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Pic Post! The Week in Sports (November 11, 2009)

Manchester, England - November 3: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in action during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and Cska Moscow at Old Trafford on November 3 2009, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

London, England - November 07:  A dejected Courtney Lawes of England looks on as his team head towrds defeat during the Investec Challenge Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham on November 7, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Oxford, England - November 04:  Olly Lindsay-Hague of England poses for a portrait during the England Sevens photo call on November 4, 2009 in Oxford, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Nagano, Japan - November 06: Takahiko Kozuka of Japan performs in the Men Short Program on the day one of Isu Grand Prix of Figure Skating Nhk Trophy at Big Hat on November 6, 2009 in Nagano, Japan. (Photo
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