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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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Mar302013

Josh Hamilton, C.J. Wilson Look To Smell Good, Score Ks For Head & Shoulders

By Barry Janoff

March 29, 2013: C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton, former teammates with the Texas Rangers who were reunited this season with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, are teaming up for a multi-media marketing campaign to support the launch of Head & Shoulders with Old Spice, which is the official shampoo of Major League Baseball.

The effort, which coincides with the opening of the 2013 MLB season on March 31 and April 1, is "challenging guys to take a whiff of what a double dose of confidence smells like."

Wilson and Hamilton recently joined the brand’s “Mane Man” ambassador roster, which also includes Troy Polamalu and Brett Keisel of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Olympian Michael Phelps. Wilson and Hamilton replace Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, who had been the brand's lead MLB player for the past two seasons.

“We’re excited to be working with C.J. Wilson this season to encourage guys everywhere to try new Head & Shoulders with Old Spice,” Michael Sabbia, North America brand manager for Head & Shoulders at Procter & Gamble, said in a statement. “As the official shampoo of Major League Baseball, we are proud to provide players and fans with the tools needed to ensure healthy scalps and great looking hair for confidence on and off the field.”

As part of its activation for the 2013 season, Head & Shoulders is expanding the third year of its partnership with MLB with “Season of the Whiff.” Beginning on Opening Day, for every strikeout (aka whiff) during the regular season, Head & Shoulders will make a $1 donation to the MLB Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program. There were more than 36,400 strikeouts recorded during the 2012 regular season, according to MLB.

Procter & Gamble is asking fans can get involved by "tweeting whiffs throughout the season via the #Whiff hashtag along with their favorite team’s Twitter handle to rack up the donations for their teams’ local RBI league,s" and also have the chance to win MLB prizes.

The campaign is anchored by TV spots that will break this weekend and air across sports programming.

In "Catch," Wilson and Hamilton are in their Angels' uniforms as they head onto the field for a game.

"Head & Shoulders and Old Spice are now together in one bottle," says Wilson.

"So we'll always be 100% flake-free," offers Hamilton.

"While smelling 100% handsome," explains Wilson.

To which Hamilton adds, "And with a double-dose of confidence like that (as he runs to the warning track and jumps to catch a ball heading over the wall) good happens (as a blond woman holds him and sniffs his hair)."

Text offers, "Live Flake Free. And Smell Handsome."

In "Microphone," Wilson is giving his pitch that "Head & Shoulders and Old Spice are now together in one bottle." As he holds up the product, a woman who appears to be part of the film crew moves onto the screen and begins to sniff Wilson's hair. "Is this how you always record sound?" Wilson asks her. "Yes it is," she replies matter-of-factly.

To coincide with the new commercial, Head & Shoulders took over part of The Grove, the tony shopping destination in Los Angeles, on Friday (March 29), where Wilson oversaw people taking swings in a batting cage, assisted by Troy Polamalu.

Wilson, who pitched for the Rangers from 2005-2011, is now in second with the Angels. His record over the past three campaigns is 44-25 with 549 strikeouts.

After one season with the Cincinnati Reds, Hamilton played for the Rangers from 2008-2012, including his AL MVP season in 2010. He had a career-high 43 home runs last year, then signed a five-year $133 million deal with the Angels.

Both Wilson and Hamilton were on the Rangers' roster that won the AL pennant in 2010 and 2011 before losing in the World Series to the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively. They both left the Rangers as free agents to sign with the Angels.

According to Wilson, “I’m excited to be working with Head & Shoulders this season promoting the ‘Season of the Whiff.' My job is to strike people out, that’s why the Angels brought me in. So if any hitters out there want to help the kids, just go ahead and strike out.”

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