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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.”

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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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Thinking Out Of The Batter's Box: Next 'Evolution' In Offbeat Baseball Promotions

Promo item from the St. Paul Saints lets fans take sides on the theory of evolution, a "hot" baseball topic.August 9, 2010: Sports teams, especially those in Minor League Baseball, are always on the lookout for unusual anniversaries to celebrate, strangely famous people to honor and unusual items to  give away as fan incentives. The St. Paul (Minnesota) Saints may take the "out of the box" trophy for 2010:  A night to celebrate the "150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species." (The book actually was first published in November 1859, making this more like the 151st anniversary, but what's another year in the overall evolution of life.)

In an effort to bring "to the forefront the highly controversial science vs. religion debate,"  the first 2,500 fans who are "either created or evolved" to enter the Saints game on Aug. 9 at Midway Stadium will receive a spinning head bobble. According to the team, one side of the heads is Adam and the side other is  Cro-Magnon Man. The body of the doll represents Darwin, with one hand of the body holding an apple while the other will stretch lower to the ground and hold a club, according to the team.

The event,  titled “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” actually was planned for June but was hindered by unforeseen challenges: a shipping company strike kept the items "somewhere in the Pacific Ocean," causing two delays. But the St. Paul Saints say they are finally ready to give away the"controversial" head bobbles.

“The events that have occurred to prevent us from distributing these spinning bobbles aren’t quite of biblical proportion, but we definitely had to think twice whether or not we would continue with the giveaway,” Derek Sharrer, Saints evp/GM, said in a statement. “I’m not sure if this is simply the evolution of a great promotion, or if some greater force was preventing us from doing it.”

Promotions scheduled during the game against the Sioux CIty Explorers will "ensure that fun will be had by both sides," according to the team. "Those favoring creationism will have a chance to bob for apples.  In the seventh inning, everyone will rest. For those on the evolution side, fans will be forced to adapt to their surroundings whether in the left field bleachers or hot tubs. They will honor the Saints evolutionary chain and some may participate in contest to find the best Tarzan call."
 
PepsiCo's Frito brand is a big supporter of Minor League Baseball and its promotional giveaways.This is not the first time that the Saints, who play in the American Association (which is not affiliated with either Major League or Minor League Baseball), have had a promotion tied to a unusual situation. In 2002, during a time of stress between Major League Baseball and the Players Association, the club gave away seat cushions allowing fans to show their support by choosing to sit on either Commissioner Bud Selig or union chief Donald Fehr. And in 2009, the team offered an Al Franken/Norm Coleman “Re-count Doll" when it took eight months for Franken to officially be declared winner of Minnesota's vacant U.S. Senate seat.

Among the most unusual upcoming Minor League Baseball promotions for 2010:

Aug. 19: Lakewood (NJ) Blue Claws (South Atlantic League/Philadelphia Phillies): Diamond Dig: A diamond will be buried in the infield and 250 women will get to search for it (after the game).

Aug. 24: Binghamton (NY) Mets (Eastern League/New York Mets): In cooperation with Sage Supply hardware, the team will give toilet plungers to the first 1,000 fans.

Aug. 25: Peoria (Ill.) Chiefs (Midwest League/Chicago Cubs): Infamous Illinoisans Night: "From governors to gangsters, the Chiefs pay recognition to some of Illinois most infamous citizens." Not listed but potentially could include Al Capone, former Gov. Rob Blagojevich, John Dillinger, John Wayne Gacy Jr. and Richard Leopold and Nathan Loeb.

Aug. 28: Brevard Country (Viera, Fla.) Manatees (Advanced Florida State League/Milwaukee Brewers): Paul Lopez and Amber Miller, winners of the team's "From Home Plate to Happily Ever After" contest, will be married on the field prior to the game against the Clearwater Threshers.

Aug. 29: Tulsa (OK) Drillers (Texas League/Colorado Rockies)): Double-shot promotion: The first 2,000 fans get a replica of ONEOK Stadium; all fans get to see an appearance by Myron Noodleman, the self-titled "hippest nerd in da' biz," who looks like a combination of Pee-Wee Herman and early Jerry Lewis. Noodleman in August also will do his shtick with such teams as the Harrisburg Senators, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Altoona Curve, Tennessee Smoikes, Joliet Jackhammers and Southern Illinois Miners.

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