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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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Is Wayne Gretzky Planning A 'Comeback,' And Does It Involve Kim Kardashian?

Wayne Gretzky seems prepared for his 'comeback.'January 11, 2011: Wayne Gretzky, a member of the Pro Hockey Hall of Fame and holder of a plethora of NHL records, has signed a deal to appear in marketing for Skechers USA as part of the brand's "Comeback" campaign.

Gretzky, who retired from active play in 1999, will be featured in multi-media efforts throughout the year. His creative will follow along the lines of Skechers spokesmen Joe Montana, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, retired Hall of Fame athletes in their respective sports who are using Shape-ups fitness footwear to instill talk about returning to active play. Financial terms of the deal with Gretzky were not disclosed.

According to Skechers, Gretzky's campaign will include TV, print, viral and outdoor through 2011. TV spots are scheduled to break this spring "on major networks." The "Comeback" campaign launched about a year ago and included a spot during Super Bowl XLIV with Montana, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Skechers is planning to run a spot during Super Bowl XLV Feb. 6 on Fox featuring reality star Kim Kardashian for the Shape-ups toning footwear line. On her Web site, she wrote regarding the storyline, "I have to break someone’s heart in the end . . . but you’ll have to wait to see why!" The alliance is a throwback to Skechers' marketing of the 1990s when marketing featured the likes of Briteny Spears and Christina Aguilera and was targeted mainly at tween and teen girls.

Karl Malone has his own 'comeback' campaign.“We’re incredibly excited to be introducing yet another sports legend to our Shape-ups ‘Comeback’ roster — and it doesn’t get any more legendary in the hockey world than Wayne Gretzky,” Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers USA, Manhattan Beach, Calif., said in a statement regarding the athlete whose nickname was "The Great One." “Endorsements from Wayne and all the athletes in this campaign help us reach not only sports fans, but also new fitness-minded consumers who may be unfamiliar with the benefits of Shape-ups.”

Unlike Malone, who retired from the NBA as the second leading all-time scorer in league history behind Abdul-Jabbar, Gretzky would seem to have no real reason to return to the NHL. When he retired, he held some 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records and six All-Star Game records. His No. 99 jersey has been retired by every team in the NHL. And also unlike Malone, whose teams never won an NBA title, Gretzky was a member of five NHL championship Stanley Cup winning squads, all with the Edmonton Oilers. From 2002-2009 he was head coach and head of hockey operations for the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes.

"Endorsements from Wayne and all the athletes in this campaign help us reach not only sports fans, but also new fitness-minded consumers."

However, as Gretzky, who turns 50 this month, offered, “I want everyone out there to know it’s never too late to make a comeback. Shape-ups are the perfect tool to help get your body back on track and after wearing Shape-ups, I feel great — from my legs to my core. I’m proud to stand behind the entire Shape-ups product line because of one simple fact — they really work.”

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