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• The NBA London Game 2019 will feature a regular-season game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks in The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 17. Marketing partners include Foot Locker, Gatorade, Nike, SAP and Tissot, with additional partners to be unveiled in the coming months.

• The Denver Broncos home field is getting a temporary name change to Broncos Stadium at Mile High. It had been Sports Authority Field at Mile High, but the national sporting goods retailer, which had been based in Englewood, Col., ceased operations in July 2016. A search for a more permanent naming rights holder is currently underway.

• Per AP Sports: Burger King in Russia ran a promotion on social media offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to any women who become pregnant by World Cup players. The offer was then deleted, In a statement Wednesday to AP, Burger King said, “We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online. (It) does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

• The PGA TOUR has signed a deal with Facebook to distribute exclusive Saturday and Sunday live competition coverage, on a free basis, from eight tournaments leading into the FedExCup Playoffs for the 2017-18 season. Airing on Facebook Watch in the U.S., coverage begins at the Travelers Championship on June 23-24. Other events in 2018 include: Quicken Loans National; A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier; John Deere Classic; RBC Canadian Open; World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational; Wyndham Championship; and The Northern Trust.

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MLB has released the leaders by position for the 2018 All-Star Game (as of June 19), with voting sponsored by Camping World. (Voting ends July 5 at 11:59 PM ET.)

American League: 1B José Abreu (Chicago White Sox), 2B José Altuve (Houston Astros), SS Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles), 3B  José Ramirez (Cleveland Indians); OF Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels). Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox); Wilson Ramos (Tampa Bay Rays), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees); DH Victor Martinez (Detroit Tigers).

National League: 1B Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), 2B Ozhaino Albies (Atlanta Braves), SS Brandon Crawford (San Francisco Giants), 3B Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies); OF Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers), Nick Markakis (Atlanta Braves), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals); C Wilson Contreras (Chicago Cubs),Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants).

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (June 15-17)

1. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $180 M ($231.5M worldwide)
2. Ocean's 8 - Warner Bros. - $19.6M
3. Tag - Warner Bros. - $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Disney - $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $8.8M
6. Hereditary - A24 - $7M
7. Superfly - Sony - $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $5.3M
9. Adrift - STX Entertainment - $2.1M
10. Book Club - Paramount - $1.9M
11. A Wrinkle In Time - Disney - $1.8M
12. Gotti - Vertical Entertainment - $1.7M

NOTE: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal $173.6M international (opens in U.S. June 22)

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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U.S. Hoops Gets Behind LeBron, K-D, Melo, Paul George En Route To '16 Olympics

By Barry Janoff

January 23, 2014: The calendar may show that the Winter Olympics in Sochi are just two weeks away, but USA Basketball is already eying the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Kyrie Irving and Chris Paul are among 28 NBA players who have been selected by USA Basketball to be part of the initial USA National Team pool, from which will come the 12-man squad to represent the U.S. at the next Summer Olympics.

Players will also participate in other events including the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Basketball World Cup, to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.

The 2014-16 USA National Team roster includes a total of 12 Olympians who have captured a combined 16 gold medals and two bronze medals, and seven members return from the USA Basketball team that captured the 2010 World Championship.

The 28 NBA players represent 20 NBA teams, with the Golden State Warriors leading the way with four players from its current roster.

The 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team will be led by USA head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski, who coached the U.S. to gold in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.

“This is the first step of building the USA Basketball National Team pool of players for 2014-16. This roster is extremely talented, deep and versatile,” Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman and National Team managing director, said in a statement. “We are very fortunate to have 11 of the 12 members who won gold at the London Olympics wanting to be part of the national team program again. To receive that kind of commitment is remarkable and it demonstrates how much it means to our players to represent USA Basketball and their country."

The roster could fluctuate over the next couple of years, according to Colangelo, potentially opening up spots for current top collegiate hoops players who might enter the NBA in the next two drafts. That could include current college freshman such as Aaron Gordon (Arizona), Jabari Parker (Duke), Julius Randle (Kentucky) and Andrew Wiggins (Kansas).

"Because of injuries and circumstances that will develop where players won’t be able to participate, we know we need flexibility with the roster and as we did in 2006-08 and 2010-12," said Colangelo. "The pool of players will be fluid, so you will see the addition of players as they emerge and as they are needed.”

For now, the 28 players include three-time Olympic medalists and two-time Olympic gold medalists Anthony (New York Knicks) and James (Miami Heat); two-time Olympic gold medalists Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) and Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets); 2012 Olympic gold medalists Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder); and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets).

“We are very fortunate to have 11 of the 12 members who won gold at the London Olympics wanting to be part of the national team program again."

Also on the roster is Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), who was originally named to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team roster but was unable to participate because of an injury.

Returning to national team roster after capturing gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship are Chandler, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant, Iguodala, Love, Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) and Westbrook.

Completing the USA National Team roster are NBA players LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks), David Lee (Golden State Warriors), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).

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