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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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Joel Embiid Has A Story To Tell About Life, Hoops, New Under Armour Shoe Deal

By Barry Janoff

October 11, 2018: Joel Embiid, NBA All-Star center for the Philadelphia 76ers, has signed a five-year deal with Under Armour, which will include signature shoes, marketing and other activations.

Embiid, who had been with adidas his first four years in the league, tipped his hand (or foot) in the pre-season when he wore Under Armour kicks during games, including the two China Games against the Dallas Mavericks.

Financial terms of the deal were not shared, but were called “the biggest for a center” by industry analysts.

“Welcome to the family,” Under Armour proclaimed on its Web site.

Embiid spent time after his signing in an Under Armour van, handing out swag to kids at a Philadelphia Boys & Girls Club.

“Philly has been behind me from Day 1 . . . Ya’ll have had my back. Now I’m gonna do my best to have your back,” he posted to his Twitter account.

Embiid has a solid social media following: 2.9 million on Instagram, 1.5 million-plus on Twitter, more than 281,000 on Facebook.

He joins a roster of Under Armour athletes and celebrities that includes Stephon Curry, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tom Brady, Jordan Spieth, Misty Copeland, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Lindsey Vonn, Anthony Joshua, Cam Newton and Michael Phelps.

For Embiid, however, the move to Under Armour went beyond signing a deal with a shoe company.

“This is about more than just shoes. This is about more than just basketball. I’m joining the Under Armour family, but I’m not trying to sell you sneakers right now,” Embiid wrote on in an essay, “This Is Bigger Than Basketball,” posted on the Under Armour Web site.

Embiid, who was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, did not play basketball until he was 15, using as his inspirations Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon and Luc Mbah a Moute, also a native of Cameroon, who was in the NBA and running a basketball camp there.

He eventually played one year at Kansas before being drafted in the first round (No. 3) overall by the Sixers in 2014.

“When I sat down with Under Armour, one of the first things we talked about was how this can be bigger than just shoes, bigger than just basketball,” wrote Embiid. “I want to help change people’s lives like Luc changed my life.”

He talks about his life in Cameroon, going from undiscovered to the Sixers in just a few years, his parents and his younger brother, Arthur, who died in a car accident in Cameroon shortly after Embiid was drafted.

This past summer, he was part of a group of NBAers who played in the 2018 Africa Game.

He also is the cover athlete for EA Sports NBA Live 19.

“Basketball has given me everything, but it has to be bigger than basketball. That was the first thing that I said to Under Armour, and they were behind it 100%. This isn’t about a shoe deal. I mean, listen . . . I’m gonna make sure they design some shoes as pretty as I am. Don’t worry about that. We’re gonna take care of that.

“But this is bigger than that. I want to use this partnership to do something real. I want to do something that would make my brother proud.

“And I want to start in Philly.”

Embiid Is The One, Covers EA Sports NBA Live 19

Embiid, DeRozan Headline NBA 2018 Africa Game

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