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• Tennis Channel will provide exclusive, live coverage of the 2018 Davis Cup championship between France and Croatia in Lille, France, beginning Friday, Nov. 23, (8 AM ET). This will be the final entry for a Davis Cup format that has seen the tournament played during multiple weekends throughout the year. Starting in 2019, the Davis Cup will be contested in a season-ending, 18-nation event from Nov. 18-24.
 

• Calgary has decided not to pursue a strategy to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a vote on Tuesday, in which citizens were asked in a non-binding plebiscite if they wanted to host the Winter Games, with 56% voting No. Sweden capital Stockholm and a joint bid between Italy’s Milan and Cortina D'Ampezzo remain as IOC candidates.

• Tony Hawk, best known as a pro skateboarder but also a multi-platform businessman and entrepreneur, is among a group launching hybrid brand consultancy and creative agency D/CAL, with offices in San Diego and Detroit. “D/CAL offers a full suite of brand consultancy and agency services, but branches outside of industry norms by involving strategic and creative minds from outside the agency world.”

• Major League Lacrosse has named Troika as the agency of record for its rebranding initiative. The process will include a revamping of the MLL logo, website, branding on all marketing and communications materials, as well as all league-branded apparel and merchandise. The project will be finished before the 2019 MLL season begins

• 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.

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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
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• 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
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

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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Feb242018

MLB, Topps Honor, Support Stoneman Douglas Victims, Families, Friends

By Barry Janoff

(UPDATED February 26)

February 24, 2018: MLB came to bat this weekend for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, honoring league-wide the 17 victims, their relatives, friends and supporters by wearing special caps from New Era with SD on them.

Topps supported the cause, as well, issuing a limited-time Topps NOW card featuring MLB players wearing Stoneman Douglas caps and T-shirts that read “MSDStrong.”

Teams held a moment of silence for the victims before each game.

Signed caps will be put up for auction, with proceeds to benefit the Broward Educational Foundation to support the official Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund.

Topps said that 100% of proceeds from the sale of its card would also be donated to the Broward Educational Foundation.

"It's a tragedy. It was a tragedy that hit the state of Florida, where we have two teams, but obviously has very specific baseball connections," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement, referring to the events of Feb. 14 during which 14 students and three staff members were killed. "Really a very strong sentiment among the clubs that this was the appropriate thing to do immediately."

According to MLB, the effort began with a few Grapefruit League teams, which wanted to wear the caps pre-game. All 30 teams soon opted to join in the support and fund-raising effort for the school community.

The caps made for the fund-raising effort were provided to all players, coaches and umpires.

A video from MLB shows players, coaches and umps wearing the caps and meeting with students and teachers from Stoneman Douglas.

“We’re not just wearing (the caps), we are on-board,” Joe Madden, Chicago Cubs manager, says in the clip. “None of us ever want to see anything like that happen again. We have to do everything possible in order to prevent that from happening again."

The tragedy was felt especially hard by Anthony Rizzo, first baseman for the Cubs, who attended Stoneman Douglas.

Rizzo spoke at a prayer vigil at Pine Trails Park the day after the shooting.

"It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do," Rizzo said earlier this week in a statement after meeting with families of the victims of the shooting. "You don't know what to say, there's nothing you can say. When people get shot, you're grateful they're alive.

“When they pass away, you're grateful you knew them. Just to see how real it is, it's sad and it's why I'm so proud of what they're doing back in Parkland and how everyone is coming together. They're going to turn this tragedy into something positive,” said Rizzo.

Rizzo has started a fund-raising auction with Fanatics Authentic to benefit families impacted by the Feb. 14 tragedy.

Items for bid include an on-field meet-and-greet at Wrigley Field with Rizzo, a Rizzo autographed Sports Illustrated cover featuring Rizzo and Cubs, an autographed photo of Rizzo and the Cubs meeting President Obama in the White House,a  meet-and-greet on-field with Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, lunch for two with Johnny Bench and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Namath at the PGA National Gold Club; and such non-baseball items as golfing with Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer Jason Taylor, a Dolphins Training Camp VIP Experience with Dan Marino and a Dolphins Premium Seat Package for four that includes tickets versus the New England Patriots, pre-game field passes and post-game press conference passes.

More items are expected to be added. All of the money generated by bidders will be donated to Marjory Stoneman Douglas victims with help from the Rizzo Family Foundation.

The auction will run through March 25.

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