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• State Farm has signed a deal to become the exclusive official insurer of the Big3-on-3 basketball league, including branding throughout Big3 arenas in all 18 cities this summer on basket stanchion pads, center court jumbotrons and courtside LED signage. The company will also present Big3 games played at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on July 7.

• SunTrust and BB&T financial firms said that Truist Financial would be the name of the company following their merger later this year. The name — “intended to give the bank a single, fresh identity” — could also become the new name for the home venue for the Atlanta Braves, now known as SunTrust Stadium.

• CBS Sports Digital has unveiled MVP Sports Marketing, an “initiative that will help brands build strong and sustainable engagement in local sports communities around the country.” An in-house team will "leverage CBS Sports Digital’s deep community connections through its nationwide coverage of high school and college sports and partner with brands to “develop unique multi-faceted sponsorships that build brand equity, deepen consumer relationships and drive revenue.”

• BBVA Compass Stadium, home to the MLS Houston Dynamo, has been renamed BBVA Stadium as part of financial company BBVA Group's overall rebranding process.

• The LPGA said it would “implement a comprehensive integrity program, in partnership with Genius Sports, to deliver sports-betting related monitoring, education and structures for the management of investigations.”

“Sports betting is certainly coming and we’ll have to get our hands around it," LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said via the organization. “Sports betting may bring another wave of worldwide sports fans to the LPGA, but it will require us to be protected and supported by experts like Genius."

• Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich have each topped one million votes in the first National League results released by MLB for the 2019 All-Star Game in the All-Star Game Ballot presented by Google. Full story here.

• With the 2019 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard just four weeks off, the league has unveiled the first fan ballot results presented by Google for the AL — and the numbers are very good for Gary Sanchez, Mike Trout and George Springer. Full story here.

• 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.” 

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The Top Ten World’s Highest Paid Athletes
1, Leo Messi soccer $127M
2. Cristiano Ronaldo soccer $109M
3. Neymar Jr. soccer $105M
4. Canelo Alvarez boxing $94M
5. Roger Federer tennis $93.4M
6. Russell Wilson NFL $89.5M
7. Aaron Rodgers NFL $89.3M
8. LeBron James NBA $89M
9. Stephen Curry NBA $79.8M
10. Kevin Durant NBA $65.4M

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SOURCE: FORBES

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2019 Top Selling Summer Acts
Based on total sales on StubHub for U.S. tour dates from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2019
1. The Rolling Stones
2. Queen with Adam Lambert
3. Paul McCartney
4. Ariana Grande
5. Shawn Mendes
6. Billie Eilish
7. JoJo Siwa
8. Twenty One Pilots
9. Hootie and the Blowfish
10. Florida Georgia Line

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BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office June 7-9
1. The Secret Life of Pets 2 $47.1M
2. Dark Phoenix $33M
3. Aladdin $24.5M
4. Godzilla $15.4M
5. Rocketman $14M
6. Ma $7.8M
7. John Wick 3 $7.4M
8. Avengers: Endgame $4.8M
9. Pokémon Detective Pikachu $3M
10. Booksmart $1.6M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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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.
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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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• 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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Nov182017

Danica Patrick Sees Finish Line For Pro Racing Career With ‘Danica Double’

By Barry Janoff

November 17, 2017: Danica Patrick, arguably the most successful woman race car driver in the history of the sport, said she has come to the end of the road.

In one major aspect, the decision was not entirely hers.

She made her decision public prior to the 2017 season-ending Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 19).

“This will be my last season as a full-time driver,” Patrick said at a media conference in Homestead-Miami.

Patrick then was overcome by the moment. “My sister (Brooke) told me I was supposed to get emotional. I said I wouldn’t.”

She continued after a few moments, taking a deep breath. “But I’m not totally done. I am going do the Daytona 500 next year and the Indy 500. I’m really excited about that.”

She called it the “Danica Double.”

“I think it’s going to be a great way to cap it off,” she said.

Patrick did not indicate with which team or lead sponsor she would race at Daytona and Indy in 2018.

Despite no longer being a full-time driver, Patrick will remain in the public eye.

She recently unveiled a Warrior by Danica Patrick clothing and accessories line sold on HSN.

A documentary, Danica, premiered on Epix earlier this month.

She has written a health, fitness and workout book, Pretty Intense: The 90-Day Mind, Body and Food Plan (Penguin Random House), due out in December.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., also retiring this season from full-time racing — his final Nascar series race is at Homestead-Miami — is moving into the broadcast booth with NBC in 2018.

Industry analysts indicated there was interest in Patrick potentially following suit.

The 60th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Feb. 18, 2918; the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for May 27, 2018.

Patrick began her pro career in IndyCar racing in 2005 when she was named Rookie of the Year for the Indy 500 and the IndyCar Series season.

She moved to Nascar part-time in 2010-11 and then full-time in 2012.

She drove for JR Motorsports that first year in the Xfinity Series, then drove for five seasons for Stewart-Haas Racing in what is now the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series.

In 2013, Patrick competed in every Nascar Cup Series race and became the first female driver to complete an entire season in the series.

Patrick holds the record for the most Top Ten finishes, seven, by a female in Nascar Cup Series competition.

Patrick parted ways with her long-time lead sponsor, GoDaddy, prior to the 2016 season.

Before that, she appeared for GoDaddy in a Super Bowl record 14 commercials.

Nature’s Bakery became her lead sponsor in 2016. But prior to the 2017 Nascar season, the brand had a contractual falling-out with Patrick and Stewart-Haas.

The lead role was filled by Aspen Dental, already a partner with Patrick.

Nature’s Bakery later returned to work with Stewart-Haas and Patrick.

However, when Smithfield Foods in September signed a multi-year deal with Stewart-Haas to take over a a lead sponsor beginning with the 2018 season, the set into motion a series of driver moves, including Patrick and Stewart-Haas mutually deciding to part ways after the 2017 season.

Earlier this month, driver Aric Almirola signed with Steward-Haas, filling Patrick’s spot.

"She’s one of the most fearless people I’ve ever met. She has never backed down from a challenge. In fact, she’s sought out new challenges."

"It has been my honor to drive for Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for the past six seasons," wrote Patrick on her Facebook page. "Together we earned a Daytona 500 pole, seven top-10 finishes and we also had some exciting racing along the way.

At the time of the sponsorship changes, Steward said of Patrick, "I’ve always been a believer in Danica’s ability as a racecar driver and that continues to be the case. She’s one of the most fearless people I’ve ever met. She has never backed down from a challenge. In fact, she’s sought out new challenges throughout her career, and that’s what brought her to Nascar and Stewart-Haas Racing.

"Making the jump from IndyCar to Nascar is not easy, yet she had the courage to do so and put up better numbers than a lot of other drivers who have tried to make that same transition. I’m proud of how hard Danica has worked during her time at Stewart-Haas Racing, and she continues to work hard."

According to Stewart, "My support for Danica is unwavering. We’re going to end this season strong.”

Including Homestead-Miami, Patrick has 251 Nascar series starts, the most ever for a woman driver, according to Nascar.

Sponsor Changes At Stewart-Haas Will See Danica Driving To A New Crew

Danica Back In The Dough With Nature's Bakery

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