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NEW YORK, N.Y. - CM Punks body looks like the comics he loves to read, illustrated from chest to feet with so many tattoos hes lost count.For a guy known for moving the needle in WWE, it turns out his favourite spot to stick it is right in his own skin. His latest tattoo is one of his favourites: the Chicago-made superstar had the Stanley Cup and No. 13 inked on his left Achilles as a tribute to his beloved Blackhawks. Theres also an inscription at the base of the Cup, My Summer Vacation.Punk had nothing but time this summer to add to his ink-stained collection after a nasty fallout with World Wrestling Entertainment — where he was one of the biggest stars in the companys history — left him bitter at how his career unraveled and unsure of exactly what was next. Punk knew he needed time to recover from a series of injuries suffered from the daily grind of wrestling without a break and a mental respite from the constant clashes with WWE management.Rest is over. Check your watch, its clobberin time once more.At 36, Punk is refreshed, focused and confident he can make the gutsy transition from the big stage(d) fighting of pro wrestling to a mixed martial arts career inside the cage for Ultimate Fighting Championship.Like Brock Lesnar before him, Punk could become the next WWE champ-turned-UFC pay-per-view box office heavyweight.I have bitten off a chunk of greatness that a lot of people perceive is too much for me to handle, Punk said. Those people dont know me. They dont even know what I can handle. I do.UFC is in the entertainment business just as much as the WWE, and its counting on those 4 million viewers that watched Punk wrestle every Monday on Raw to follow him during his PPV debut. UFC president Dana White announced the deal earlier this month, a needed jolt for a company that clearly needs new, marketable stars.Hes been training a lot in mixed martial arts, and were going to give him a shot, White said. This guy can definitely sell some units.Known as the Best in the World in WWE, Punk is just another rookie in UFC. But hes skipping some steps along the way and a few notable fighters have lashed out at the special privilege afforded him. Punk is out to prove he can earn a spot on the card on his talent.If anything, I might create a spot for somebody, Punk said. Whoever gets to fight me, nows your chance.Punk is faced with more questions than answers right now as he preps for a 2015 debut. Punk has been bouncing around the mats in Chicago and was still on the hunt for a training camp. At a media tour in New York, Punk said he had only a fall target date for his first bout. Punk wants to fight as a 185-pound middleweight (his MMA strength is jiu jitsu) and expects ring announcer Bruce Buffer will introduce him as Phil CM Punk Brooks.Ive come this far with CM Punk. Thats what people know, he said. Im trying to stick with that. Im not shying away from it. Im not ashamed of it.Punk walked away from WWE in January after a miserable final two years, with time left on his contract. On the outside, Punk appeared to have it all to die-hard wrestling fans. His 434 days with the WWE championship was the longest reign since Hulk Hogan in the 1980s. And he had feuds with stars like The Rock, John Cena, Undertaker and The Shield. At the same time, Punk had grown deflated on the road, unhappy with the grind, injuries that piled up and his spot as the champion who rarely had a spot in the main event.Imagine if UFC took Conor McGregor and they just put him on Fight Pass prelims, and they wouldnt let him main event the big PPV or a big show, Punk said. Thats how I felt. I was the main event on all the house shows, I was the only guy that was touring live every single day. When it came time for the PPV main event, oh, someone else is coming in.Punk finally unloaded the details of his acrimonious departure from WWE on pro wrestler Colt Cabanas Art of Wrestling podcast on Thanksgiving. Punk said WWE fired him on his wedding day to fellow wrestler AJ Lee. He also said WWE pressured him to return to the ring following surgeries, said a company doctor misdiagnosed a staph infection in his back, ignored concussion symptoms and accused one wrestler of carelessly breaking his ribs in a match.I share some of the blame because I had that mentality of the wrestler, Punk said. I have to go out there and wrestle to get paid. I have to tough it out. Whatever it is, Ill tape it up. Thats just the wrestlers mentality. But at some point, you go over the line.WWE issued statements wishing Punk well in UFC and that the company takes the health and wellness of its talent very seriously. Punk also said the WWE has been commendable in its fair treatment toward Lee since he departed.Punk said he will never return to WWE.They didnt like me long before I left and theres no reason to pretend there needs to be any kind of working relationship, he said.Punk has found bliss as a blossoming comic author and his Thor Annual No. 1 under the Marvel Comics banner is set for a February release. Hell write a tale of Strange Sports Stories next year for the DC Comics Vertigo imprint.From comic con to the octagon, Punk is ready for whats ahead.Part of the reason Im doing this is just to maybe inspire one kid, one kid whos told he cant do something, he said. If I try and fail, at least Ive tried. And a true failure is not trying. Fake Wholesale Shoes . -- Nelson Cruz has only two hits in 15 at-bats against the Kansas City Royals this season. Wholesale Shoes Website . Knapp defeated American Alison Riske 6-3, 7-5 to secure Italys victory in the best-of-five series. 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Backs to the wall after a 2-0 defeat last Friday, France started at a frenetic pace and never let up against a dispirited Ukraine that played most of the second half with 10 men. France was already leading 2-0 by then after Mamadou Sakho scored his first international goal midway through the first half and Karim Benzema added a close-range finish in the 34th. "Ive experienced some great moments but this one is special. Its fabulous, especially after the first game and the bad result we got there," France coach Didier Deschamps said. "The players should get all the credit because they did something special." Ukraine went down to 10 men when fullback Yevhen Khacheridi was red-carded for fouling Franck Ribery in the 47th minute. France sealed qualification in the 72nd when Ukraine subsitute Oleg Gusev turned a cross into his own net under pressure from Sakho. "We should have worked harder and been more organized," Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko said. "I warned my players before the match to avoid the yellow and red cards but this was very difficult." There were delirious scenes at the end as France players rushed off the bench to celebrate. Bullied all night in Kyiv last Friday, the French responded brilliantly in a performance full of bravery, panache and determination. "Its the magic of football. Four days ago we were bad, very bad," Deschamps said. "Tonight the players were present and I had no doubt they would be." The players, under intense pressure in the build-up to the game, grabbed flags and sprinted around the field in jubilation as France avoided the embarrassment of failing to qualify for a major tournament for the first time in 20 years. "Its been a very long time since we saw the Stade de France like this," Ribery said. "We took a big slap in Ukraine and we woke up. We were stuck together until the end and we showed it on the pitch." Olivier Giroud grabbed a microphone and got the crowd singing along to the national anthem as pent-up emotions were welll and truly released.dddddddddddd "Weve suffered so much, theres been so much sadness," Ribery said. "This is wonderful, magnificent." In a match four years ago, 10,000 travelling Irish fans drowned out the home support. But there was no danger of that this time from Ukraines considerably smaller following. Pre-match footage on the stadiums big screen showed clips of glory days: the Platini years, the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. Perhaps this was an attempt to jog the crowds memory, a last-ditch plea to get them to rally behind the team. Or perhaps it was a simpler message: "This is how to win, remember?" The words to "La Marseillaise" then popped up on the screen, offering further encouragement to show their support. It seemed to have the desired effect as France poured forward and had Ukraine firmly on the back foot from the outset, with Mathieu Valbuena going close with a rising shot and Paul Pogba and Benzema heading over from good positions. Piatov had kept eight consecutive clean sheets but his resistance was finally broken when Sakho pounced to turn the ball in from close range after Piatov pushed away Riberys shot from the edge of the penalty area. The way Sakho sprinted to the bench, thumping his chest with pride, showed just how intense the strain had been on the French since Friday. Some of the tackling was ferocious, as this time France stood up to the physical challenge after their battering in Kyiv. "I know the French team is very strong and can play at a very high level. They were playing at home and their fans were very good," Fomenko said. "I regret a few things. We werent good psychologically. We needed to be ready and I dont think we were." Piatov was well beaten for the second goal when Cabayes attempted shot deflected favourably into the path of Benzema and he stroked it into the bottom corner. Moments before halftime, Sakho stretched his leg high to poke the ball away from Roman Zozulya as he was about to shoot and, from the resulting corner, Andriy Yarmolenkos goal-bound hit Mathieu Debuchys chest. The French bench rose in unison when Gusev turned a cross into his own net and substitute Giroud almost made it 4-0 but his point-blank header was superbly saved. ' ' '

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