• Jon Hayes, the Cincinnati Bengals TE coach for the last 16 seasons and a NFL TE for the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers, has been named head coach and GM XFL St. Louis. Hayes joins Kevin Gilbride (New York), Pep Hamilton (Washington, D.C.), Bob Stoops (Dallas), Marc Trestman (Tampa Bay) and Jim Zorn (Seattle) as XFL head coaches. Los Angeles and Houston head coaches are still to be named.

• MLS and U.S. Soccer have signed a three-year deal with Headspace, which develops meditation and mindfulness apps. Headspace is also creating a personalized training program for each individual athlete on the U.S. Women’s National Team prior to their defense of the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer in France.

• adidas has unveiled the ”Loop Creation Process,” to produce fully recyclable performance footwear working with Parley for the Oceans using products made from up-cycled marine plastic waste.

FutureCraft Loop is a 100% recyclable performance running shoe which “can be returned to adidas, broken down and reused to create new performance running shoes.” adidas said the first-gen release is a part of adidas' “widest-ever global beta program, ahead of the wider commercial release targeted for Spring-Summer 2021.”

• Per the NFL: “As of earlier this week NFL Network and NFL RedZone are no longer available to AT&T U-Verse subscribers or DTV Now subscribers. While the NFL remains committed to negotiating renewed agreements on fair and equitable terms, AT&T has not been willing to actively engage." 

• Grey Goose vodka has unveiled a global brand platform, “Live Victoriously,” described as “an answer to consumers' demand for more authentic and relatable luxury brands..." TV is led by a 60-second spot that implores people to “Live like  ... you're the special occasion ... every day is your birthday ... your phone doesn't exist ... the world is your stage . . . you crashed your own wedding . . . like you’re worth it.” Spots will air thru June across cable, network primetime and sports programming.

• A significant collection of Jackie Robinson memorabilia is part of the Goldin Auctions 2019 Spring Auction, now through May 11 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jackie Robinson, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Full story here.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019

(To be enshrined on Sept. 6 in Springfield, Mass.)

• Al Attles
• Carl Braun
• Charles “Chuck” Cooper
• Vlade Divac
• Bill Fitch
• Bobby Jones
• Sidney Moncrief
• Jack Sikma
• Teresa Weatherspoon
• Paul Westphal
• Tennessee A&I Teams of 1957-1959
• Wayland Baptist Flying Queens of 1948-1982


Top Ten Most Valuable MLB Franchises
1. New York Yankees $4.6B
2. Los Dodgers $3.3B
3. Boston Red Sox $3.2B
4. Chicago Cubs $3.1B
5. San Francisco Giants $3B
6. New York Mets $2.3B
7. St. Louis Cardinals $2.1B
8. Los Angeles Angels $1.9B
9. Philadelphia Phillies $1.85B
10. Houston Astros $1.77B

Source: FORBES


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1. Shazam! $25.1M
2, Little $15.5M
3. Hellboy $12M
4. Pet Seminary $10M
5. Dumbo $9.2M
6. Captain Marvel $8.6M
7. Us $6.9M
8. After $6.2M
9. Missing Link $5.8M
10. The Best of Enemies $2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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MIA: Kobe, D-Rose, Rajon Among Leaders In Voting For 2014 NBA All-Star Game

By Barry Janoff

December 27, 2013: Kobe Bryant has played in just six games this season, Derrick Rose in just ten after missing all of last season and Rajon Rondo has not hit the court at all, but they are among the leading vote-getters in the second round of balloting for the NBA 2014 All-Star Game.

LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder lead their respective conferences in just-released voting totals in the NBA All-Star Balloting 2014 presented by Sprint.

James is the top overall vote-getter (854,105 votes) in the Eastern Conference, Durant (850,728) leads in the Western Conference.

However, Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is first among Western Conference backcourt players and third among all NBA players (723,031). Paul George of the Indiana Pacers leads Eastern Conference backcourt players and is the only other player to date with more than 700,000 votes (712,808).

Among others in the top vote-getters who either are or have been out for serious time are Steve Nash, Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook. who is having knee surgery and will be out until after the All-Star Game, according to the Thunder.

The NBA voting comes with a heavy dose of social media, with people worldwide able to submit ballots via such venues as Facebook, Twitter and for the first time Instagram. Social media outlets Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblog are also being used in China.

In addition, People can vote in NBA arenas, via the NBA Game Tim App, the NBA Game Time App from Sprint and at, the latter offering visitors the opportunity to win tickets to the All-Star Game and related events in New Orleans in February.

The NBA has not as yet broken down the voting by outlet.

The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be exclusively televised on TNT from New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. The All-Star Game, also broadcast live on ESPN Radio, will collectively reach fans in 215 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.

Eastern Conference
Front Court
1. LeBron James (Mia) 854,105 
2. Paul George (Ind) 712,808 
3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 580,795 
4. Roy Hibbert (Ind) 304,829 
5. Chris Bosh (Mia) 222,861 
6. Kevin Garnett (BKN) 137,520 
7. Joakim Noah (Chi) 101,308 
8. Andre Drummond (Det) 91,132 
9. Jeff Green (Bos) 78,693 
10. Tyson Chandler (NYK) 77,496 
11. Luol Deng (Chi) 73,418 
12. Carlos Boozer (Chi) 64,861 
13. Paul Pierce (BKN) 60,541 
14. Brook Lopez (BKN) 52,907 
15. Josh Smith (Det) 46,836

1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 565,455 
2. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 524,000 
3. Derrick Rose (Chi) 299,950 
4. John Wall (Was) 210,988 
5. Ray Allen (Mia) 143,714 
6. Rajon Rondo (Bos) 111,335 
7. Deron Williams (BKN) 74,047 
8. George Hill (Ind) 66,030 
9. Lance Stephenson (Ind) 50,444 
10. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 48,744

Western Conference
Front Court
1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 850,728 
2. Dwight Howard (Hou) 408,623 
3. Blake Griffin (LAC) 399,357 
4. Kevin Love (Min) 377,941 
5. Tim Duncan (SA) 312,809 
6. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 282,613 
7. Anthony Davis (NO) 188,589 
8. Pau Gasol (LAL) 177,883 
9. Andre Iguodala (GS) 145,089 
10. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 126,025 
11. Chandler Parsons (Hou) 106,369 
12. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 99,903 
13. David Lee (GS) 89,858 
14. Omer Asik (Hou) 79,591 
15. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 76,110

Backcourt1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 723,031 
2. Chris Paul (LAC) 533,647 
3. Stephen Curry (GS) 481,698 
4. Jeremy Lin (Hou) 358,725 
5. James Harden (Hou) 270,476 
6. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 216,070 
7. Tony Parker (SA) 158,329 
8. Damian Lillard (Por) 105,880 
9. Ricky Rubio (Min) 81,829 
10. Steve Nash (LAL) 81,377

Source: NBA

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