Let’s get ready to rumble! And I am not talking about fighting over a smashed moonpie during a Mardi Gras parade.
World Wrestling Entertainment, better known as the WWE, will bring its cavalcade of stars to the Mobile Civic Center for a night of theatrical athletics Sunday, Jan. 11. The competition begins at 5 p.m.
The lineup currently posted on the WWE website, which is subject to change, includes an impressive list of performers. Among the 20 wrestlers expected are:
John Cena (6-1, 251) is one of the most popular wrestlers who debuted on SmackDown in 2002. His signature moves are the “Attitude Adjustment” and “STF (Stepover, Toehold, Facelock).” His career highlights include WWE World Heavyweight Champion, United States Champion, World Tag Team Champion, WWE Tag Team Champion, two-time Royal Rumble Match winner, and 2012 Money in the Bank Ladder Match winner;
Seth Rollins (6-1, 217) is one the newest standouts who started his career as an independent wrestler before joining the WWE in 2012. His signature move is the Curb Stomp. His career highlights include WWE Tag Team Champion, NXT Champion, and 2014 Money in the Bank Ladder Match winner;
Dean Ambrose (6-4, 224) also started his career as an independent wrestler. He entered the WWE along with Rollins and Roman Reigns. His signature move is the Dirty Deeds. His career highlight includes being the United States Champion;
Bray Wyatt (6-3, 285) is known in WWE circles as the “new face of fear” and the “eater of words.” His signature move is the Sister Abigail;
Dolph Ziggler (6-0, 213) was an accomplished amateur wrestler, who set school records for wins at Kent State. He entered the WWE’s top field in 2011 when he held the World Heavyweight Championship for a short time. His signature move is the Zig Zag. Other career highlights include Intercontinental Champion, United States Champion, and Money in the Bank Ladder Match winner for a World Heavyweight Championship Contract in 2012;
Luke Harper (6-5, 275) entered the WWE field as a trio with Wyatt and Erick Rowan. Among his career highlights is taking the Intercontinental Championship from Ziggler in November.
Admission prices are $24.90 to $106.60 for riser seating, $106.60 for floor seating, along with $24.90 to $45.35 for box seating and balcony seating. Tickets are available at the Mobile Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting www.wwe.com and www.ticketmaster.com.
UMobile picks up honors
It was an outstanding season for the men and women’s soccer teams at the University of Mobile. Special awards have gone out to the coaching staffs and players.
Daniel Whelan, the men’s mentor, and Brian Person, who coached the women, were each named the Southern States Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. This is the second time Person has been recognized, having also received the trophy in 2011.
The Lady Rams took the regular season and tournament championship with a 15-3-3 record. Earning honorable mention NAIA All-America notice were Tyler-Rae Molloy and Katie Compton, who shared the team lead with nine goals each. On the SSAC first-team were Molloy, Compton, Rebecca Wynne, Leah Corse and Melissa Beaulieu. Saskia Adriance were second-team, while Cayla Hebert, Savanna Rommel and Rachel Forestell were all-freshmen picks.
The Rams won the men’s SSAC regular season with a 14-4-3 record. Gaetan Massiah and Jubril Lawal were on the NAIA All-America second team. Xavier Audergon was a third-team pick. Massiah, who led the Rams in every offensive categories, was also the SSAC player of the year, while Lawal was the defensive player of the year. Others getting all-league mention were Audergon, Gunnar Steindorssosn, Adedapo Adenivi, Harry McGregor, Takumi Jeannin and Newton Henry.
Getting ready for next season
The University of South Alabama is hosting the Graham Winkworth Soccer Academy’s Winter ID Camp. The event is set for Saturday, Jan. 24, at The Cage facility on the USA campus.
The ID stands for “identification camp.” The event, for girls in grades 7 through 12, aims to give campers an insight into life as a member of the Jaguar soccer program.
Winkworth and his staff will conduct training sessions, small-sided (fewer players on smaller field) and 11-on-11 games, along with a question-and-answer session for campers and parents at the end of the day.
The Lady Jags are coming off their best record ever at 19-3-1, which included a second straight trip to the NCAA playoffs along with the regular season and tournament crowns. Winkworth was named the Sun Belt Conference’s coach of the year for the effort.
The cost of the camp is $110, which includes lunch and T-shirt. For more information, visit www.GrahamWinkworthSoccerAcademy.com.
USSA honors world’s top athletes
The United States Sports Academy in Daphne focused on professional tennis in selecting its 30th annual Athletes of the Year Awards. Novak Djokovic of Serbia earned the male award while Maria Sharapova of Russia was the women’s winner.
Among the highlights for Djokovic was winning his fourth Sony Open Title along with a second Wimbledon trophy. Sharapova captured the Madrid Open and her second French Open.
This year’s ballot include 12 men and 12 women from 12 different countries. The awards were the culmination on the yearlong Athlete of the Month Program, which recognizes players from throughout the world.
The runners-up on the men’s side were Kenyan marathon runner Dennis Kimetto and soccer player Lionel Messi of Argentina. Just behind on the women’s ballots were Ethiopian distance runner Genzba Dibaba and American swimmer Katie Ledecky.