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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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NBA, Players, Partners Prepare For Final Stages Of Jr. NBA World Championship

By Barry Janoff

July 26, 2018: Even as NBA players gather in Las Vegas for USA Basketball training camp, other NBA and WNBA players are taking a lead role in the finals phase of the inaugural  Jr. NBA World Championship.

The tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world, which began with regional competitions in May, is down to the final 32 squads that will compete Aug. 7-12 in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando.

Gatorade, which signed on as a primary partner in June, will be among a bevy of Jr. NBA partners activating during the event, including Kaiser Permanente and KaBOOM!

Fox Sports will air 16 games throughout the week, totaling 20 hours of programming on FS1 and Fox.

Dwyane Wade and Candace Parker have been serving as global ambassadors and appearing in multi-media marketing, including a new spot with D-Wade.

“We jumped at the opportunity to partner with the NBA on this unique event,”  Mark Silverman, President, National Networks at Fox Sports, said in a statement. “The NBA’s stars of tomorrow — the next Dwyane Wade or Candace Parker — might get their first big turns in the spotlight with us, right here at Fox Sports.”

Wade, Andre Drummond, Vince Carter, Brook Lopez, Grant Hill. Tamika Catchings, Swin Cash and Jennifer Azzi are among NBA and WNBA players and legends scheduled to participate in supporting events.

The Jr. NBA World Championship will feature 16  U.S. teams (eight boys, eight girls) that won  regional tournaments to advance to Orlando (see full list below).

Also participating are 16 international teams (eight boys and eight girls teams) representing Africa & Middle East, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe, India, Mexico and South America.

“The Jr. NBA World Championship represents another significant step in our effort to promote youth basketball globally,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said when the event was unveiled earlier this year.

During the week-long event, all 32 teams will participate in activities designed to reinforce the Jr. NBA’s core values and provide the players with development opportunities and memorable experiences off the court.

From Aug. 6-8, each player will participate in life skills sessions as part of the event’s Developing the Total Athlete Series supported by Kaiser Permanente and led by medical professionals and NBA and WNBA talent, covering the total health of mind, body and spirit in a culturally inclusive environment.

In partnership with KaBOOM!, the Jr. NBA World Championship Day of Service on Aug. 9 will feature all 32 teams giving back to the local community by collectively building a new playground for community youth at the nearby Oak Street Park.

Gatorade’s multi-media support, which has included digital and social media, will be featured courtside on rotational signage at the World Championship event.

“The Jr. NBA World Championship represents another significant step in our effort to promote youth basketball globally."

The Gatorade Sports Science Institute has overseen athlete testing and heat safety and hydration sessions.

According to Wade, “The Jr. NBA World Championship is more than a basketball competition; it’s a global stage for some of the top youth players from around the world to showcase their talent, have fun and learn from one another.

“I am excited to watch these young stars leave it all on the court and compete for the first Jr. NBA World Championship title.”

The Jr. NBA World Championship will feature boys and girls divisions, separated into U.S. and international brackets that begin with round-robin play and continue with single-eliminations competition.

The winners of the U.S. and international brackets will play in the World Championship games, scheduled for Aug. 12.

All games will be officiated by representatives from the NBA’s Referee Development Program, which provides rising professionals and former players with the skills necessary to pursue a career as a referee in the NBA, WNBA or NBA G League.

U.S. Boys Division               
Central – Lenexa, Kan.
Mid-Atlantic – Upper Marlboro, Md.
Midwest – Detroit
Northeast – Westchester, N.Y.
Northwest – Seattle
South – Dallas
Southeast – Atlanta
West – Los Angeles

U.S. Girls Division
Central – Kansas City, Mo.
Mid-Atlantic – Germantown, Md.
Midwest – South Bend, Ind.
Northeast – Westchester, N.Y.
Northwest – New Castle, Wash.
South – Dallas
Southeast – Columbia, S.C.
West – Los Angeles

(Teams are based in the cities listed, but comprised of youth from throughout the respective regions .)

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