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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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Big3, adidas Launching Young3 Kids Tournament, Clinic For 2018 Season

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 23, 2018:
As Big3 prepares for its second season of 3-on-3 games with teams mostly populated by former NBA players, the organization is expanding its landscape to include youngsters who might someday become NBA stars.

In association with partner adidas, Big3 is launching Young3, a 3-on-3 youth basketball initiative.

According to Big3, throughout the season, Young3 will host 3-on-3 tournaments and skills clinics for kids ages 7-14.

The events will take place  in all ten Big3 city stops on Thursdays, ahead of the league's scheduled Friday night prime time games on Fox and FS1.

Former NBA player Jerome Williams, who participated in the Big3's inaugural season, will serve as the president of Young3 and will oversee all program operations.

"As a league, we couldn't be more excited to share our passion for the sport of 3-on-3 with the young people in each community we visit," Clyde Drexler, Big3 commissioner and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, said in a statement.

"Our hope is that through Young3 we will instill that same enthusiasm for the game, and hopefully cultivate the next generation of Big3 all-stars or Olympic medalists."

All participants will receive a Big3 and adidas-branded jersey.

The second Big3 season is scheduled to begin June 22 in the Toyota Center, Houston.

The championship is scheduled for Aug. 24 in Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Big3, which was created by musician/producer/actor Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, said they will also invest time and money in each city on the tourn “into improving the infrastructure of community courts so players are able to have the ultimate 3-on-3 experience.

“This new community outreach program will work to engage young audiences in the growing popularity of 3-on-3 basketball,” which was added as an official Olympic event beginning with the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

Young3 clinics are open to children ages 7-14 and will teach participants three-on-three skills as well as tips and tricks from BIG3 players and coaches who will make special appearances throughout the summer.

(Information on Young3 tournaments and skills clinic is here.)

2018 Big3 Schedule (subject to change):

• June 22: Toyota Center, Houston

• June 29: United Center, Chicago

• July 6: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.

• July 13: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

•  July 20: American Airlines Arena, Miami

• July 27: Air Canada Centre,  Toronto

• Aug. 3: TD Garden, Boston

• Aug. 10: Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta

• Aug. 17: Playoffs American Airlines Center, Dallas

• Aug. 24: Championship Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

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