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• Tennis Channel will provide exclusive, live coverage of the 2018 Davis Cup championship between France and Croatia in Lille, France, beginning Friday, Nov. 23, (8 AM ET). This will be the final entry for a Davis Cup format that has seen the tournament played during multiple weekends throughout the year. Starting in 2019, the Davis Cup will be contested in a season-ending, 18-nation event from Nov. 18-24.
 

• Calgary has decided not to pursue a strategy to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a vote on Tuesday, in which citizens were asked in a non-binding plebiscite if they wanted to host the Winter Games, with 56% voting No. Sweden capital Stockholm and a joint bid between Italy’s Milan and Cortina D'Ampezzo remain as IOC candidates.

• Tony Hawk, best known as a pro skateboarder but also a multi-platform businessman and entrepreneur, is among a group launching hybrid brand consultancy and creative agency D/CAL, with offices in San Diego and Detroit. “D/CAL offers a full suite of brand consultancy and agency services, but branches outside of industry norms by involving strategic and creative minds from outside the agency world.”

• Major League Lacrosse has named Troika as the agency of record for its rebranding initiative. The process will include a revamping of the MLL logo, website, branding on all marketing and communications materials, as well as all league-branded apparel and merchandise. The project will be finished before the 2019 MLL season begins

• Between now and Nov. 19, every use of #SaluteToService on Twitter will generate a $5 donation, up to $5 million, to the NFL’s military non-profit partners – including the Pat Tillman Foundation, TAPS, USO, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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MLB FINALISTS MOY, MVP, CY Young, ROY

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

AL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Mookie Betts, OF Boston Red Sox
• Jose Ramirez, 3B Cleveland Indians
• Mike Trout, OF Los Angeles Angels

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Nolan Arenado, 3B Colorado Rockies
• Javier Baez, 2B/SS Chicago Cubs
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

AL CY YOUNG
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

KEEPING SCORE

NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (to date):

• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)
• Boston Celtics (GE)
• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)
• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)
• Chicago Bulls (Jenni Optical)
• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)
• Dallas Mavericks (5miles)
• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)
• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)
• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)
• Houston Rockets (Rokit)
• Los Angeles Clippers (Bumble)
• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)
• Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx)
• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)
• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)
• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)
• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)
• New York Knicks (Squarespace)
• Orlando Magic (Disney World)
• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)
• Phoenix Suns (PayPal)
• Portland Trail Blazers (Biofreeze)
• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)
• San Antonio Spurs (Frost Bank)
• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)
• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)
• Washington Wizards (Geico)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Nov. 2-4
1. Bohemian Rhapsody - 20th Century Fox - $50M
2. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms - Disney - $20M
3. Nobody's Fool - Paramount - $14M
4. A Star Is Born, - Warner Bros. - $11.1M
5. Halloween - Universal - $11M
6. Venom - Sony - $7.8M
7. Smallfoot - Warner Bros. - $3.8M
8. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween - Sony - $3.7M
9. Hunter Killer - Lionsgate - $3.5M
10. The Hate U Give - 20th Century Fox - $3.4M
11. First Man - Universal - $2.3M
12. Night School - Universal - $2M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Wednesday
Oct272010

D-Wade Channels J-Bond, T-Cruise In New 'Mission' For Jordan Brand

"The name is Wade . . . D-Wade."October 27, 2010: LeBron James had his turn, unleashing a 90-second Nike commercial, "Rise," that relives, revises and perhaps offers some regrets for the events leading up to, and the events since, "The Decision" in which he left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat.

Now, established Heat star Dwyane Wade has unveiled a spot for Nike division Jordan Brand, "Dominate Another Day." Where LeBron James included in his ad a segment featuring Don Johnson from the TV detective show, Miami Vice, D-Wade goes to extremes by channeling  elements of James Bond (in particular Die Another Day) and Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible). Which one will have more impact? Let the debate begin. Lead agency for both isi Wieden + Kennedy, Portland and New York, respectively.

In James' commercial (which had more than 1.3 million hits on YouTube in the first two days), he takes on various guises, from misunderstood star to forlorn retired veteran (no one shows up at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony) to wild West outlaw to poet. He manages to take swipes at some of those people he felt disrespected him (including Charles Barkley), and even seems to offer a mea culpa to Cleveland, the town he left, and to the fans their who believe that James done them wrong. ('Should I tell you how much fun we had?" he asks followed by a voiceover referring to him as the NBA's No. 1 draft pick in by the Cavaliers.)

Wade uses special effects, high-tech gadgets and a tuxedo to get the message out that the Miami Heat are on a mission — some might call it impossible — to win the NBA championship. Of note is that Wade's new Jordan Brand shoes are never shown and the Jordan Brand logo is barely seen in quick shots,

Agent D3 makes a spectacular entrance into American Airlines Arena."His majesty is in good hands," Wade says regarding LeBron "King" James as he starts his journey to American Airlines Arena by diving out of a plane and commandeering a high-powered motorcycle. "Time to bring the rings back to Miami," states Wade as Agent D3, referring to Miami's championship season of 2005-06.

Among the foes he knows he must defeat (and to which he refers to in spy-like codes) are: Snake Charmer (Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, whose nickname is Black Mamba, a reference to a deadly snake), Illusionist (Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic) and Green Gang (the Boston Celtics). "Old friends," he calls them, somewhat sarcastically.

En route to the arena the friends show their true colors by unleashing traps and treacherous obstacles that Wade must elude, including an oil tanker with a snake emblem on it and a van with the Celtics clover leaf logo. "That's not good," says his partner, played by comedian Kevin Hart, as he awaits the arrival of Agent D3.

Suddenly, Wade crashes though a glass window on the side of the arena. "You do know we have a door," Hart says as he hands Wade a locked box that holds his No. 3 Heat jersey. "Now this, my friend," says Wade, "is going to be fun." With the closing words, "To be continued," more missions with Agent D3 will follow during the season.

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