Rob Gronkowski: From the Super Bowl to WrestleMania

It may not be the WrestleMania 36 we were expecting this weekend, but for one man it is still going to be a dream come true.

Robbed of the usual razzmatazz surrounding WWE’s showpiece annual event due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the Showcase of the Immortals will still go ahead, but behind closed doors in the Performance Centre, with NFL legend Rob Gronkowski, as the special guest host.

A man no stranger to the WWE after his appearance at WrestleMania 33, Gronkowski will be fronting the show in these most special of circumstances.

Ahead of this weekend’s spectacular he revealed more about his time in, and out, of the ring.

What made you want to come to WWE?

I have been a fan and watching since I was in second grade. My dad brought me to the matches when they came to Buffalo and I was a huge fan of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, D-Generation X and Val Venis. To be part of an atmosphere that I grew up watching is an honor. On top of that, to get the chance to work with my good friend Mojo Rawley is a dream come true.

You played football with some of the most elite players in the game. How has competing alongside the GOAT (Tom Brady) and other football greats prepared you to compete with some of the best athletes in WWE?

 Playing football in the NFL and being around the best of the best has definitely prepared me for WrestleMania. You can’t just walk out on the field and expect to be ready to compete….you have to practice, workout and know your plays. It’s the same thing for WrestleMania….I can’t expect to go out there and jump off the top rope or cut a promo…everything is about practice and

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The complete fast bowler: From James Anderson’s swing to Jasprit Bumrah’s variations

Among cricket’s many facets and intricacies, the art of fast bowling is one of the more intriguing ones.

From the manner in which they line up with their extensive run-ups to the menacing stare-down at the batsman after a troubling delivery, fast bowlers have always captivated attention throughout the history of the game.

For a batsman, nothing is more intimidating than facing a hostile spell of fast bowling on a minefield of a pitch. Be it their barrage of threatening bouncers or toe-crushing yorkers, pacers have the ability to unsettle batsmen like no others.

It is not an easy art to perfect by any means and comes with a heavy price to boot. With the enormous physical strain they exert on their bodies, particularly their backs, fast bowlers are the most injury-prone in cricket. The fear factor they instill on the opponent, along with their risk of injuries makes fast bowlers one of the more precious commodities in the game of cricket.

Fast bowling is not a one-dimensional art form involving hurtling down deliveries at express pace. The greatest fast bowlers in the history of the game have always had other skillsets up their sleeves, including the ability to swing and seam the cricket ball. It is a varied art after all, with each fast bowler having a unique armoury at his disposal.

While some rely more on pure pace, others rely on movement. Then there are those who maintain extremely tight lines and lengths, while there are some who have an array of variations in their arsenal.

It is difficult to really define what a complete fast bowler is with the many intricacies to the art. Here, we try our best to construct one using the best traits of some of the top fast bowlers in the business currently.

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SPL news: Explaining the magic of Al Hilal and Saudi Arabia winger Salem Al Dawsari

A maverick, mazy dribbler has fuelled Saudi Arabia’s resurgence and sent Al Hilal towards treasured success.

Salem Al Dawsari has netted at the World Cup and Club World Cup, while bamboozling defences across Asia for the best part of a decade. The Jeddah-native’s exuberant talents even pitted him against Real Madrid during 2017/18’s formative loan spell at Villarreal.

His deep reserve of stylish flicks and sublime tricks have been showcased along the way.

What makes the 28-year-old a defining talent of this outstanding generation? A year to the day since his finest individual moment, Sport360 takes a look, with the help of Wyscout, into what makes the Middle Eastern master tick…

BEGINNINGS

Special talents find special ways to announce themselves.

A 20-year-old Al Dawsari decamped from the substitutes’ bench in November 2011 to debut on enemy territory in the heated derby at Al Nassr. Fast forward 12 minutes and the final goal in a 3-0 rout was slotted in at the near post by the undaunted starlet.

How did he get to this point? A series of fateful incidents sent him into Hilal’s grateful arms.

Al Dawsari was born in Saudi Arabia’s second city, Jeddah, in August 1991. But rather than follow the usual path of signing for local giants Al Ahli or Al Ittihad, his teacher father’s transfer to take up a new posting in Riyadh during primary schooling took him away from their sphere.

Salem Al Dawsari (c) celebrates his goal versus Flamengo at the 2019 Club World Cup.

An ascent to the top of Saudi football, however, was not without its hitches.

Al Faisaly were reported to have turned down a teenage Al Dawsari after his training stint and, in a portentous move, Nassr would make a similarly calamitous decision.

Hilal would not repeat their mistakes. This

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