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• NBA All-Star James Harden has joined the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo. According to the MLS club, the 2018 NBA MVP with the Houston Rockets becomes the fifth member of an ownership group led by Gabriel Brener, which also includes boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Guill and Jake Silverstein.

In addition to the Dynamo, the group also owns the NWSL's Houston Dash and BBVA Stadium, the home venue for both clubs.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said via the team.

• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Cavs Legion Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled plans for an eSports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood. The 2,700 square foot venue is scheduled to open this fall,

• The NFL Network is planning 129 hours of “Inside Training Camp Live” coverage July 22-Aug. 7 Additional coverage will appear across NFL media platforms including NFL.com, NFL Films, NFL app and NFL RedZone.

ESPN also said it would provide comprehensive coverage of the opening week of the 2019 NFL training camps beginning July 22 on daily editions of SportsCenter and NFL Live.

• NBC’s Golf Channel unveiled details for its next Golf Films project, “Tiger Woods: Chasing History,” to premiere July 22  The film will present viewers with a chronological look at the “sights and sounds from each of Woods’ 81 professional victories, from his first at the Las Vegas Invitational in 1996, through the most recent win at the Masters earlier this year.”

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

POLL POSITION

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

KEEPING SCORE

The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 12-14
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Sep272018

Bartolo Colon: Man, Myth, MLB Pitcher, Exercise Guru, Kingsford Charcoal Griller

By Barry Janoff

September 27, 2018: In 2017, 6'2” 325 lb. veteran NFL defensive lineman Vince Wilfork revealed in a Kingsford Charcoal spot that he was retiring from pro football, which was an organic (if not unconventional) tactic because Wilfork is a self-professed lover of barbecue.

“No more cleats,” bellows Wilfork, dancing around shirtless and wearing denim overalls, “I’m moving on to smoked meats.”

Now, Kingsford has taken its quirky sports sense of humor to MLB.

Kingsford, a division of The Clorox Co. in its first season as an official partner with MLB, has unveiled “No Off-Season” starring Bartolo Colon, who this season pitched for the Texas Rangers — his 21st season in MLB.

Colon, like Wilfork, is an admitted lover of barbecue. He also is somewhat of a baseball icon, given the fact that he is a 5’11”, 285 lb. 45-year old athlete competing with much younger players, some of whom where still in diapers when he began his MLB career in 1997.

Which is exactly the point of the ad.

“Bartolo, man, it’s been a pleasure,” says teammate Delino DeShields as they stand in a locker room. “How do you do it? You’re 45!”

“Twenty-one years,” says Colon. “No days off.”

The scene then shifts to an outdoor barbecue, where we see Colon, wearing a hat that reads “Ribs”,  going through his workout routine.

That includes doing squats with a 100-lb. hog on his shoulders, weight-lifting with bags of Kingsford charcoal, doing arm curls by bringing cooked ribs up to his mouth and building his shoulder muscles by opening and closing the lid to his grill while cooking a chuck shoulder roast.

His final exercise: Jiggling his prominent belly.

The scene then cuts back to the locker room.

Amigo,” Colon says to DeShields, “Off-season no existe.”

“How do you do it?” DeShields asks again. “You’re (effin) old, bro,” as they both laugh.

Text offers, “Stay stoked all year,” with the hash tags, #NoOffSeason.”

The spot had more than 560,000 views its first day, including one from New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard: “Teach me the way of the GOAT.”

MLB itself replied, “Stay stoked. Keep grilling. No. Days. Off.”

According to Colon the spot was filmed in earlier this month in the Rangers’ Globe Life Park as well as a home in Dallas.

“I liked every part of doing it," Colon told the Dallas Morning News. “It was fun. That pig was definitely cold, but I had fun doing it.

“I ate a lot of [barbecue] this year. We cooked a lot of it for this commercial. Everything we did was real."

Colon made his debut in the majors in April 1997 has played for 11 different teams. He said he plans to play ball in his native Dominican Republic during the off-season and return to MLB in 2019.

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