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Last night’s ESPN Monday Night Football game – a Los Angeles Rams’ 54-51 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs (which produced the most combined points in a game in MNF history), earned an 11.3 overnight rating, based on the metered markets. It is the best overnight rating for an ESPN MNF game since 2014 (12.1, Dallas-Washington, 10/27/2014) and ESPN’s highest overnight rating since the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan 8.

• The PGA Tour has signed a multi-year deal with IMG Arena, IMG’s leading sports betting service and content hub, to distribute official PGA Tour scoring data for media usage and sports betting purposes to sports media companies, news services and other media organizations worldwide. IMG Arena will also have exclusive right to distribute official data and selected live video of PGA Tour competitions to international regulated sports betting and gaming markets.

• ESPN and Uninterrupted, the digital media company founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, will debut an original series, More Than An Athlete, Nov. 20, exclusively on ESPN+. The eight-episode series follows James’ journey from basketball prodigy to global sports icon, businessman and philanthropist via the bonds of friendship and partnership among four men over more than two decades: James, Carter, Randy Mims and Rich Paul.

• The NFL and Mexico's President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that the third game of the existing agreement signed in 2016 will be played in 2019 at Estadio Azteca. The date and time of the game will be determined in conjunction with the release of the 2019 NFL schedule next spring.

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All-Time NBA Scoring Leaders (To Date)

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38, 387
2. Karl Malone 36,928
3. Kobe Bryant 33,643
4. Michael Jordan 32.292
5. LeBron James 31.425*
6. Wilt Chamberlain 31.419
7. Dirk Nowitzki 31,187*
8. Shaquille O’Neal 28,596
9. Moses Malone 27,409
10. Elvin Hays 27,313
11. Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
12. Oscar Robertson 26,710
13. Dominique Wilkins 26,668
14. Tim Duncan 26,496
15. Paul Pierce 26,397
19. Carmelo Anthony 25,551*
22. Vince Carter 24,967*
30. Dwayne Wade 22,211*
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1. Fantastic Beasts Crimes of Grindelwald $62.2M
2. The Grinch $38.1M
3. Bohemian Rhapsody $15.7M
4. Instant Family $14.7M
5. Widows $12.3M
6. Nutcracker and the Four Realms $4.7M
7. A Star is Born $4.3M
8. Overlord $3.8M
9. Girl in the Spider’s Web $2.5M
10. Burn the Stage $2.3M

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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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Danica Patrick Signs With Premium Motor, ‘Guaranteed A Spot In Daytona 500’

By Barry Janoff

January 22, 2018: Danica Patrick, who last week re-signed with former lead sponsor GoDaddy in her quest to finish her pro racing career, now has a new ride, Premium Motorsports.

The deal means that Patrick is "guaranteed a spot in the Daytona 500" next month, which is the first half of her self-titled ‘Danica Double,’ which also includes the Indy 500 in May.

The one-race pact with Premium will enable Patrick to race in the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet Camaro, which is “the same car number she competed with in her first foray into stock car racing at Daytona in 2010. “

Financial terms of the deal were not shared.

“Let’s do this!!!!” Patrick posted to her Twitter site, where she has nearly two million followers. “Lucky number 7!”

Premium Motorsports recently purchased the assets of Tommy Baldwin Racing and said it would use the charter held by the No. 15 entry to field the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet at Daytona.

"We've been working on this behind-the-scenes for a while," Jay Robinson, Premium Motorsports team owner, said in a statement. "Now that we've finalized the deal, we're 100% focused on getting the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet ready for Daytona.

This will mark Patrick’s seventh appearance in the Daytona 500, with two eighth-place finishes as her best results, according to Nascar. She also won the pole position for the 2013 event.

Patrick competed in the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series for the past five seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing but parted ways with them and subsequently unveiled her retirement plans following changes in sponsorships.

The 60th running of the Daytona 500 is scheduled for Feb. 18 (Fox) at Daytona International Speedway.

According to Patrick, "I'm convinced that good vibes translate into performance — and I'm definitely feeling the good energy with this sponsor and team. I'm ready to get back in the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet."
 
Also returning to work with Patrick is crew chief Tony Eury Jr., who held that position when she raced in the Nascar Xfinity Series from 2010-12.

Patrick said she plans to unveil the new No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet with Premium Motorsports within the next two weeks.

GoDaddy signed Patrick to a sponsorship deal in 2006, just after she launched her pro career in IndyCar, then in 2010 was her primary sponsor when she began to race part-time and then full-time in Nascar.

Patrick and GoDaddy parted ways prior to the 2016 season, but not before she appeared for GoDaddy in more than a dozen Super Bowl commercials — many deemed risqué — a record for the Big Game.

GoDaddy said the alliance would continue during Danica's “life-after-racing by powering the online presence for her business endeavors related to health, apparel and wine.”

“Danica absolutely epitomizes the heart of our GoDaddy customers. We love it,” said Barb Rechterman, CMO for GoDaddy.

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