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and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (have expanded their conference leads in the second returns of fan votes of NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google. Full story here.

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Nominees For 2018 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year

Winner to be selected by fan votes now thru Jan. 21 (3 PM ET).\

The 2018 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award will be recognized in Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII activities.

• Saquon Barkley RB New York Giants
• Nick Chubb RB Cleveland Browns
• Darius Leonard LB Indianapolis Colts
• Phillip Lindsay RB Denver Broncos
• Baker Mayfield QB Cleveland Browns

Finalists For 2018 NFL FedEx Air (QB) and Ground (RB) Players of the Year

2018 FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year

• Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs
• Drew Brees New Orleans Saints
• Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers

2018 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year

• Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams
• Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys
• Saquon Barkley New York Giants

Now thru Jan. 31 (3 PM ET). people can vote for each category here on via Twitter @NFL

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NFL Head Coach Signings For 2019 (To Date)
• Arizona Cardinals Kliff Kingsbury
• Cincinnati Bengals TBD (former coach Marvin Lewis)
• Cleveland Browns Freddie Kitchens
• Denver Broncos Vic Fangio
• Green Bay Packers Matt LeFleur
• Miami Dolphins TBD (former coach Adam Gase)
• New York Jets Adam Gase
• Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Arians

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Weekend Box Office Jan. 11-13
1. The Upside $19.6M
2. Aquaman $17.3M
3. A Dog’s Way Home $11.3M
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $9M
5. Escape Room $8.9M
6. Mary Poppins Returns $7.2M
7. Bumblebee $6.8M
8. On the Basis of Sex $6.2M
9. The Mule $5.5M
10. Vice $3.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Your Invitation To The Ball: Basketball Gets Worldwide Holiday — Go Hoop Day

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 20, 2018
: The NBA Finals will be over in mid-June, but the NBA and basketball will not be taking the summer off.

The NBA Draft is scheduled for June 21 (Barclays Center, Brooklyn) and the NBA Awards Show is scheduled for June 25 (Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.).

In-between, basketball has now created a self-appreciation event: Go Hoop Day, being called basketball’s first global holiday and intended to be a worldwide celebration of the game.

(Moving forward, Go Hoop Day, is scheduled to take place annually on the fourth Saturday of every June.)

The event was launched by Justin Leonard, head of Game Seven Marketing along with Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets.

Spalding has signed on as Go Hoop Day’s official ball.

Other partners are expected to join.

A multi-media campaign to share the word about Go Hoop Day comes with the tag line: “Ball together on June 23 — basketball’s global holiday.”

“Go Hoop Day is a ball player's dream — a chance to say thank you to the game that has given us all so much,” Leonard said in a statement.

“Basketball is the greatest and most dynamic game on the planet. Hundreds of millions of people across the globe play it and enjoy it on a daily basis, but it was missing that one special and unifying moment to come together and celebrate it.”

Members of the Go Hoop Day founding member committee include: Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder), Brian Hartley (New York Liberty), Emmanuel Mudiay (New York Knicks), Cappie Pondexter (Chicago Sky), Jalen Rose (ABC/ESPN analyst and 13-year NBA veteran) and Evan Turner (Portland Trail Blazers).

Supporting basketball organizations include Dyckman Basketball (New York), AEBL (Atlanta), The Chosen League (Philadelphia),  MADE Hoops, Stay Ready Sports and The Drew League under the auspices of Nike.
 
The day will consist of local activities, grassroots events and digital initiatives meant to inspire and engage those who love the game.

Current and former players will be part of the Go Hoop Day Founding Member Committee and unlock gyms and courts that were integral to their basketball journey. These locations will provide local ballplayers free access to participate in open runs, clinics, and games on Go Hoop Day.

Spalding will distribute thousands of basketballs at gyms and courts across the country.

A Go Hoop Day hotline will provide people with a greeting from a player when they call in and then prompt them to leave a message about why they love basketball. The best stories and anecdotes will be shared through social media.

Paul will unlock five gyms in North Carolina that “played a pivotal role on his road to the NBA": The Carl Russell Recreation Center, Central YMCA, West Forsyth High School, Wake Forest (Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum) and the CP3 Basketball Academy.

Each of these gyms will be free and open to the public on Go Hoop Day.

In addition, Paul will host a special game in Houston for Team CP3, his team on the Nike EYBL Circuit.

According to Kenyatta Bynoe, vp-global marketing and partnerships fort Spalding, “As the largest basketball equipment supplier in the world, we could not think of any day more special than Go Hoop Day.

“We are thrilled to join our brand ambassador Chris Paul in support of a movement that celebrates the game that has been an integral part of our DNA for more than a century."

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