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ESPN to air documentary about pro wrestler Ric Flair on Nov. 7

Ric Flair can’t stop the “Nature Boy.” The professional wrestler, whom many fans consider the greatest of all time, has always upheld the on-camera persona of a self-proclaimed “stylin’, profilin’, limousine-riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ n’ dealin’ son of a gun.”

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But when on Tuesday, Nov. 7, ESPN Films premieres its “Nature Boy” “30 for 30” documentary, the American television audience will be introduced to a question Flair himself still cannot answer: Where does Ric Flair stop, and Richard Morgan Fliehr, 68, begin?

As the documentary details, Flair is an almost pathological extrovert who has spent much of the past 30 years drinking and socializing in public places, riffing with bartenders and fans, and flirting with women. His fiancee, former WCW talent Wendy Barlow, thinks she understands why.

“He’s never discovered what he likes, or what he wants to do beyond being Ric Flair. All the going out, it’s about him getting older, and still needing to get the attention and accolades from fans,” she says. In addition to feeding Flair’s ego, the wrestler himself suggests his drinking problem was masked beneath the social nature of his habit.

“I never drank at home alone. I liked to be amongst the people. But I drank 20 vodkas a day easy,” Flair said. “I spent almost $1.2 million on drinking last year alone.”

Drinking has not been Flair’s only traditional vice. He echoed in our interview the claim from the forthcoming “30 for 30” that he has slept with more than 10,000 women, reportedly including actress Halle Berry.

“I had three major problems. I was as addicted to women as I was to wrestling and liquor. I said 10,000 women, but that’s rough math. It could’ve been 8,500. I needed company at night, man. What are you gonna do? Gotta find something to do at night in Kansas.”

Flair has been married and divorced four times. Flair tells other stories, too. About his son Reid’s heroin overdose, for which Flair blames himself.

“He died on my watch. The night my son died, I didn’t call the police. I knew he was high, but I didn’t know it was on heroin. And I went to bed thinking he needed to sleep it off, and I had been drinking, and in the morning, he was gone.”

Flair says he moved to Atlanta because of The Charlotte Observer’s coverage of his son’s heroin overdose death.

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He bemoans the notion that his life makes headlines at every transgression. Yet, he profits from his public persona and leverages it to make his living. So where in all of that does Flair end, or Fliehr begin?

On Aug. 11, 2017, both nearly met their shared end, when Flair — a Lawrenceville resident — left the Arena Tavern bar with a stomachache. He’d spent the day drinking vodka and eating oysters, but the pain felt different than illness from food or alcohol.

Within hours of Flair getting home, Barlow had checked Flair into a hospital, where doctors said Flair was experiencing congestive heart, liver and kidney failure, and that an obstructed section of Flair’s bowel required removal. Flair was ultimately placed in a medically induced coma for 10 days while doctors treated those issues, and inserted a pacemaker into Flair’s heart. Doctors told family to return to Atlanta to say goodbye to Flair (and Fliehr), whom they gave a less than one in five chance to live.

Flair did live, and he was released Sept. 21. He says his medical bills for the recent emergency ran above $1 million, and that his recovery included learning to walk again.

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For Flair, the brush with death showed him the need for a calmer life surrounded by people he can trust.

As ESPN’s “Nature Boy” and Flair’s new autobiography, “Second Nature,” suggest — not knowing whom to trust, in the case of Flair, is an uncertainty Flair could perhaps extend even to himself. For now, though, Flair insists he is a changed man.

“Two months clean! I don’t know what is next, exactly. But I’m never drinking again. And I did discover binge-watching Netflix this month. And I do hope to use this experience in a positive way.”

 

Houston Astros win first-ever World Series title, make history after devastating Hurricane Harvey

Following a second straight World Series implosion from Yu Darvish of the Los Angeles Dodgers early in Game 7, the Houston Astros made history with their 5-1 win.

>> WATCH: Houston Astros' Carlos Correa proposes on live TV after World Series win

Their World Series title is the first in franchise history and comes following Hurricane Harvey, which brought devastation to the city.

“This one’s for Houston,” Astros owner Jim Crane said after the game.

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“I always believed that we could make it,” All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve said after the game. “We did this for them.”

George Springer led off the evening with a double against Darvish, and soon it was 2-0. Springer hit his fifth homer — tying the mark set by Reggie Jackson and matched by Chase Utley — when he connected for a record fourth game in a row, making it 5-0 in the second inning.

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“We’re coming home a champion, Houston,” Springer said after accepting the World Series MVP trophy named this year after Willie Mays for the first time.

Altuve, one of four carry-overs from a club that lost an embarrassing 111 times in 2013 after switching from the NL to the AL, and this collection of young stars silenced Dodger Stadium from the get-go.

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Normally a starter, Charlie Morton finished up with four stellar innings of relief for the win.

“We held down a really tough lineup,” Morton said. “For my teammates, for the city of Houston, it’s just unbelievable.”

– The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

WATCH: Houston Astros' Carlos Correa proposes on live TV after World Series win

The Houston Astros' World Series win proved to be more than just exciting on a sports level.

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The team’s star shortstop, Carlos Correa, took the exciting moment to propose to his girlfriend.

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The moment was filled with tears and a hug, and his girlfriend, former Miss Texas Daniella Rodriguez, said yes.

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“It’s one of the biggest accomplishments in my life,” Correa said of the World Series win. “And right now I’m about to take another big step in my life. Daniella Rodriguez, you make me the happiest man in the world. Will you marry me?"

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The proposal was followed by screams of happiness and a kiss.

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The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 for first World Series title in franchise history.

TV plan set for Georgia Dome implosion; no public viewing area

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority today announced a partnership with Channel 2 Action News for a live broadcast of the implosion of the Georgia Dome. 

The implosion is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 20.

The GWCCA said there will not be a public viewing area available to watch the implosion “due to the required restricted zone around the Dome and the accompanying road closures.”

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking the community for their support in ensuring roadways around the campus are as clear as possible,” Frank Poe, executive director of the GWCCA, said in a news release. “Detour routes around the 220-acre campus will reroute traffic away from the Georgia Dome and out of viewable range.”

In addition to Channel 2 Action News, WSB-TV’s live coverage of the implosion will appear on its website (WSBTV.com), official Facebook page, news app, YouTube page and the WSB-TV app available on Roku, AppleTV and Amazon Fire.

The implosion also will be live-streamed on the official websites of the Falcons, Atlanta United and Mercedes-Benz Stadium and on the Georgia Dome’s  official Facebook page.

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Colin Kaepernick's lawyer says he will be signed in next 10 days

After being a free agent for over seven months, Colin Kaepernick could finally sign with an NFL team.

In an appearance on “The Adam Carolla Show” on Tuesday, Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said he expects the quarterback to be signed within the next 10 days.

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"I think within the next 10 days somebody will sign him," Geragos said. "I think somebody's going to sign him. I think the NFL has to come to their senses and realize every day that goes by just proves the collusion case even more."

Kaepernick, a second-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft, is one of the most accomplished free-agent quarterbacks on the market after leading the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship in 2013.

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Despite his accomplishments in the league, Kaepernick has been unsigned since he opted out of his contract in March. He began taking a knee in protest of police brutality and social injustice during the playing of the national anthem last season.

In response, Kaepernick filed a grievance on Oct. 15 accusing NFL owners of collusion and preventing him from being signed to another team, according to ESPN.

In six season with the 49ers, five as starter, the former Nevada quarterback threw for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns and rushed for 2,300 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Thunder's charter plane dented during landing in Chicago

The plane Oklahoma City Thunder team members and staff were flying on apparently hit something in midair as it prepared for a landing at Chicago’s Midway Airport, ESPN reported.

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Players who flew on the team charter from Minneapolis to Chicago landed around 1 p.m. , ESPN reported.They saw the dent as they exited the aircraft.

Several players posted photographs on social media about the bizarre situation, but the team said everyone is safe, ESPN reported. The flight landed as planned and on schedule at Midway.

Carmelo Anthony posted an image of the dented plane with the caption, "What could we have possibly hit in the SKY at this time of night? Everyone is safe, though."

The plane "likely encountered a bird" during its descent, a Delta Air Lines spokesman said in a statement, adding that the aircraft landed safely.

The Thunder, who lost 119-116 to Minneapolis on Friday, are in Chicago to face the Bulls on Saturday.

Texans owner Bob McNair apologizes for ‘inmates running the prison’ comment

NFL owners met on Oct. 18 and one of the topics on the agenda was whether the league should step in with some kind of mandate involving decorum during the national anthem. ESPN The Magazine revealed one bombshell from Houston Texans owner Bob McNair.

“We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” McNair said when discussing player protests during the national anthem.

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While the more commonly-used phrase is “inmates are running the asylum,” the reaction has already been sweeping to this statement.

Within the confines of the piece, ESPN notes one unspecified owner as saying, “The majority of owners understand this is important to the players and want to be supportive, even if they don’t exactly know how to be supportive.” 

According to ESPN, NFL executive Troy Vincent said he was offended by McNair’s use of the term “inmates” in referring to players. 

“Vincent said that in all his years of playing in the NFL -- during which, he said, he had been called every name in the book, including the N-word -- he never felt like an ‘inmate,’” ESPN reported

Later, McNair privately spoke to Vincent and apologized, which Vincent reportedly appreciated.

The “inmates running the prison” quote didn’t sit well with at least some Texans players. ESPN reported that about 10 players, including wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, left the Texans practice space. Most returned and other were talked out of protesting by coaching staff, according to an unnamed ESPN source.

"When it happened, there's a thousand emotions going through your mind," left tackle Duane Brown said. "Obviously, one of the emotions is to leave the building immediately. (But) we decided to go to work. The situation’s not over. It’s something that we’ll reconvene and talk about again, but we had practice today.”

Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he stands with the players, and the team will come together when it plays the Seattle Seahawks Sunday.

“I’m 100 percent with these players,” O’Brien said. “I love these players, I love this coaching staff. We will show up in Seattle and play. We will play very hard. Seattle is a great football team with a great coaching staff. But we will be there when the ball is kicked off in Seattle.”

By Friday morning, McNair issued a statement apologizing for his comment.

The Texans issued a further statement from McNair on its Twitter account Saturday.

Dolphins' Ndamukong Suh puts hand on Baltimore QB Ryan Mallett's throat

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh explained why he put his hand on the throat of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett during the fourth quarter of Thursday’s night’s 40-0 loss.

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“He came at me,” Suh said. “Tried to attack me. And I’m protecting myself. Regret what? No, I’m never going to regret protecting myself.”

Suh was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter when he pushed down hard on a lineman’s arm down at the end of a play.

Suh was also penalized for unnecessary roughness in the fourth quarter, though that penalty was declined.

On the same play, defensive lineman William Hayes was penalized for unnecessary roughness after he appeared to poke at a players’ eye.

Suh defended Kiko Alonso, who was penalized for an unnecessary roughness penalty in the second quarter, when he knocked out Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco with a blow to the quarterback’s head as he slid.

“I didn’t see it, but I know Kiko’s not a dirty player,” Suh said.

As for the overall chippiness in the game, Suh said: “I don’t know about all that. I am always going to play hard, no matter what the score is.”

Miami coach Adam Gase added: “We have to keep our composure better than we did tonight.”

 

Great deal: Dodgers fan buys World Series tickets for $9.08

Tickets to a World Series game are always a hot item, and demand for the first two games in Los Angeles this week caused prices to soar into four-digit territory. Meanwhile, a Dodgers fan in California bought his tickets for $9.08.

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That’s not a typo: $9.08.

Jordan Benedict was searching for tickets for Game 2 on StubHub when he stumbled across the incredible deal.

According to TicketIQ, a firm that tracks ticket sales and availability, the average asking price for games in Los Angeles were $3,164 per ticket. What Benedict found seemed too good to be true.

“I knew these tickets must have been posted at the wrong price, but it was too good to not make an effort of trying to buy them,” Benedict wrote on his Facebook page. “I completed the purchase and was delivered the tickets to my email and the app.”

>> World Series tickets soar in price

Just to be sure, since it “was such an insane deal,” Benedict contacted StubHub, which initially told him they would refund his money. But after talking with a supervisor, Benedict’s $9.08 price was honored, but in a different section of Dodger Stadium, KCBS reported.

“I know ticketing services get a bad wrap (sic) for multiple reasons, but StubHub really stepped it up and did something amazing to honor the purchase I made,” Benedict wrote on Facebook. “With that being said, I am going to the World Series for $9.08!”

Benedict got to watch a classic, as the Houston Astros defeated the Dodgers 7-6 in 11 innings on Wednesday night to even the best-of-seven series at 1-1.

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