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and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (have expanded their conference leads in the second returns of fan votes of NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google. Full story here.

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Nominees For 2018 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year

Winner to be selected by fan votes now thru Jan. 21 (3 PM ET).\

The 2018 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award will be recognized in Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII activities.

• Saquon Barkley RB New York Giants
• Nick Chubb RB Cleveland Browns
• Darius Leonard LB Indianapolis Colts
• Phillip Lindsay RB Denver Broncos
• Baker Mayfield QB Cleveland Browns

Finalists For 2018 NFL FedEx Air (QB) and Ground (RB) Players of the Year

2018 FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year

• Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs
• Drew Brees New Orleans Saints
• Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers

2018 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year

• Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams
• Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys
• Saquon Barkley New York Giants

Now thru Jan. 31 (3 PM ET). people can vote for each category here on via Twitter @NFL

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NFL Head Coach Signings For 2019 (To Date)
• Arizona Cardinals Kliff Kingsbury
• Cincinnati Bengals TBD (former coach Marvin Lewis)
• Cleveland Browns Freddie Kitchens
• Denver Broncos Vic Fangio
• Green Bay Packers Matt LeFleur
• Miami Dolphins TBD (former coach Adam Gase)
• New York Jets Adam Gase
• Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Arians

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Weekend Box Office Jan. 11-13
1. The Upside $19.6M
2. Aquaman $17.3M
3. A Dog’s Way Home $11.3M
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $9M
5. Escape Room $8.9M
6. Mary Poppins Returns $7.2M
7. Bumblebee $6.8M
8. On the Basis of Sex $6.2M
9. The Mule $5.5M
10. Vice $3.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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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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