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• CBS said that Tim Tebow would be the host for its in-production reality series, Million Dollar Mile, from LeBron James’ Springhill Entertainment, Warner Bros. and  Fly on the Wall Entertainment. Commentators will be Maria Taylor and Matt Smith. The premise: A team wins $1 million if they can survive an obstacle course being built on real city streets.

• ESPN Events is adding a bowl game to its roster beginning in 2020, the Myrtle Beach Bowl. The game will feature teams from three conference partners: Conference USA, Mid-American Conference and Sun Belt Conference. Each conference will participate up to four times between 2020 and 2025. The Myrtle Beach Bowl will be played in Brooks Stadium, located on the campus of Coastal Carolina, nationally televised on ESPN networks.

• Tennis Channel will debut an original series, The Ten, Nov. 11, the first of eight hour-long countdown shows with a different list each week. Begins with The Ten: Men (ten best men's tennis players of all time) then Women, Trailblazers, Seasons, Hotheads, Upsets, Americans, Rivalries. Jason Biggs hosts.

• Between now and Nov. 19, every use of #SaluteToService on Twitter will generate a $5 donation, up to $5 million, to the NFL’s military non-profit partners – including the Pat Tillman Foundation, TAPS, USO, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

POLL POSITION

MLB FINALISTS MOY, MVP, CY Young, ROY

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Kevin Cash Tampa Bay Rays
• Alex Cora Boston Red Sox
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Bud Black Colorado Rockies
• Craig Counsell Milwaukee Brewers
• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

AL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Mookie Betts, OF Boston Red Sox
• Jose Ramirez, 3B Cleveland Indians
• Mike Trout, OF Los Angeles Angels

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Nolan Arenado, 3B Colorado Rockies
• Javier Baez, 2B/SS Chicago Cubs
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

AL CY YOUNG
• Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays
• Justin Verlander Houston Astros

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets
• Aaron Nola Philadelphia Phillies
• Max Scherzer Washington Nationals

KEEPING SCORE

NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (to date):

• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)
• Boston Celtics (GE)
• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)
• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)
• Chicago Bulls (Jenni Optical)
• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)
• Dallas Mavericks (5miles)
• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)
• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)
• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)
• Houston Rockets (Rokit)
• Los Angeles Clippers (Bumble)
• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)
• Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx)
• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)
• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)
• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)
• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)
• New York Knicks (Squarespace)
• Orlando Magic (Disney World)
• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)
• Phoenix Suns (PayPal)
• Portland Trail Blazers (Biofreeze)
• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)
• San Antonio Spurs (Frost Bank)
• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)
• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)
• Washington Wizards (Geico)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Nov. 2-4
1. Bohemian Rhapsody - 20th Century Fox - $50M
2. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms - Disney - $20M
3. Nobody's Fool - Paramount - $14M
4. A Star Is Born, - Warner Bros. - $11.1M
5. Halloween - Universal - $11M
6. Venom - Sony - $7.8M
7. Smallfoot - Warner Bros. - $3.8M
8. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween - Sony - $3.7M
9. Hunter Killer - Lionsgate - $3.5M
10. The Hate U Give - 20th Century Fox - $3.4M
11. First Man - Universal - $2.3M
12. Night School - Universal - $2M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Aug102018

MLB Players' Weekend: Tsunami, Pickles, Broomstick, Sabanero Soy, Underpants

By Barry Janoff

August 10, 2018: On the weekend of Aug. 24-26, you won’t be able to tell the MLB players without a scorecard — and even that might not help.

Baseball is bringing back Players' Weekend for the second season, this year presented by Valspar, meaning that tradition is out the window and off-the-wall is in, with players wearing jerseys adorned with nicknames of their choosing.

Last year, the winner for most unusual might arguably have gone to then St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Seung-hwan Oh, who spelled out his nickname, "Sparky," in Korean characters (and will be doing it again this year with the Colorado Rockies).

Shin-Soo Choo (Texas Rangers) also will have his nickname in Korean characters this year.

But the potential top nominee for unusual presentation: Brad Boxberger, pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, using the emojis of “box” and “hamburger” to spell out his name.

Not far behind: Joey “In Flanders Field” Votto (Cincinnati Reds), the title of poem written in 1915 by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae during World War I.

"Players envisioned Players' Weekend as a way to express themselves and connect with fans in a fun and more personal way," Tony Clark, MLBPA executive director, said in a statement.

“And the opportunity for players to honor those who first stirred their passions for baseball at a grassroots level helps reinforce the way our game is handed down from generation to generation."

Players' Weekend presented by Valspar is not just for fun, it also helps MLB players honor those who have helped them on their path to the pros and supports all of baseball, from the Little Leagues to the Major Leagues.

In addition to nicknames on the back of their Majestic jerseys, players will wear a patch on the right sleeve of each uniform on which they can write the name of a person who aided or inspired them.

The patches and New Era caps will also feature an "Evolution" logo, showing a progression of five players increasing in size to demonstrate the process of a player's path from Little League, through youth leagues and to the Majors.

The patch is a show of solidarity with youth baseball and softball programs, said MLB.

MLB said game-worn jerseys would be auctioned at MLB.com, with 100% of the proceeds going to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint effort focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the U.S. and Canada.

Youth Ambassadors, promoting the event include Ozzie Albies, Jose Berrios, Alex Bregman, Edwin Diaz, Didi Gregorius, Enrique Hernandez, Rhys Hoskins, Brandon Nimmo and Albert Pujols.

You won’t see such classics as “The Sultan of Swat” (Babe Ruth), “Hammering’ Hank” (Hank Aaron), “Splendid Splinter” (Ted Williams) or “Three Fingers” (Mordecai Brown).

But get ready for Todd “Toddfather” Frazier (New York Mets), Carlos “Tsunami” Martinez (St. Louis Cardinals), Max “Blue Eye” Scherzer (Washington Nationals), Nelson “Broomstick” Cruz (Seattle Mariners), Ronald “Sabanero Soy” Acuna Jr. (Atlanta Braves), Danny “Chill Sergeant” Duffy (Kansas City Royals), Shane “Not Justin” Bieber (Cleveland Indians), Sonny “Pickles” Gray (New York Yankees) and Hunter “Underpants” Pence (San Francisco Giants).

Some chose to go a simpler route: JT “T” Riddle (Miami Marlins), Mike “Z” Zumino (Seattle Mariners), Cody “CC” Carroll (Baltimore Orioles). Giancarlo “G” Stanton (New York Yankees) and Xavier “X” Cedeno (Chicago White Sox).

Not making much of a change: Homer “Homer” Bailey (Cincinnati Reds), Eric “Hosmer” Hosmer (San Diego Padres), Joe “Mauer” Mauer (Minnesota Twins) and Aaron “Judge” Judge (New York Yankees), who, if not opting for the “All Rise” already attached to his persona could have at least tried “Here Come Da.”

Many of the Yankees, in fact, seemed not to overthink the issue. In addition to Judge, we are getting Brett “Gardner” Gardner, Ben “Heller” Heller, Greg “Bird” Bird and A.J. “AJ” Cole.

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey went with his real nickname, “Buster,’ but could have turned things around on nickname weekend by using his real name, Gerald.

Same for Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey, who is using “Homer” when he could have touted his given name, David; and Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie “Mookie” Betts (real name Markus).

Fortunately, Detroit Tigers pitcher Buck Farmer was in on that particular joke: He’s using his real name, George, on nickname weekend.

Some players apparently want the crowd to cheer them on when they appear: Jerry “Jer-ry Jer-ry Jer-ry” Blevins (New York Mets) and Emilio “Emiliooooo” Pagan (Oakland A’s).

Ryan Pressly (Houston Astros) went with “Pressly" when “Elvis” might have had a better rock 'n' roll sound to it.

Last year, Chicago Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. was the only player allowed to use a brand name, Carl's Jr., on the back of his jersey.

This year we get “Miller Time” from Andrew “Miller (Cleveland Indians).

Among the longest nicknames: Andrew “Triggonomentry” Triggs (Oakland A’s), Marco “Stratosphere” Estrada (Toronto Blue Jays), Julio “El Caballo de Olaya” Teheran (Atlanta Braves) and Carl “Stringbean Slinger” Edwards Jr. (Chicago Cubs).

Among other highlights, the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies will play the second annual MLB Little League Classic presented by Geico in Williamsport, PA , to air on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball (7 PM. ET).

The game will be played in Bowman Field,, not far from Howard J. Lamade Stadium, which is hosting the Little League World Series.

MLB said Little League players and their families would attend the Mets-Phillies game.

See the full list of player MLB Players' Weekend nicknames here.

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