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• 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,

• ESPN’s X Games Minneapolis 2019 (Aug. 1-4 U.S. Bank Stadium, ESPN, ESPN2, ABC) has signed Wendy’s as an official sponsor, joining returning sponsors Harley-Davidson, Hotels.com, Monster Energy, Nexcare First Aid Products, Pacifico, SoFi and The Real Cost (FDA). Geico will again serve as the official music stage sponsor.

On-site activation in X Fest is provided by Marvel, Go RVing, US Marines, TINCUP Whiskey, TRIA, FloWater, Star Tribune, Shred Hate, 93X, The CW, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx, MN United, City Pages, GO MN, iHeart Radio and Minnesota Wild.

• 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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Channel Chasers

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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Jul112017

Retire 21 Movement Seeks 100K Signatures To Add Clemente To Robinson Plateau

By Barry Janoff

July 12, 2017: In 1997, Hall of Famer and former Brooklyn Dodgers Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 was retired by MLB across all major league teams, the first pro athlete in any sport to be so honored.

On April 15, 2004, MLB unveiled an annual tradition, "Jackie Robinson Day,” during which every player on every team wears No. 42 in honor of Robinson (who died in 1972) for all games on April 15.

Now, The Roberto Clemente Museum has launched a national grassroots petition campaign to retire Roberto Clemente’s No. 21 across MLB.

The effort, in conjunction with Pittsburgh-based advertising agency MARC USA, is driven not just on his Hall of Fame numbers but, in effect, on a quote made famous by Robinson: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."

Clemente, who played his entire 18-year MLB career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, died on Dec. 31, 1972, in a plane crash en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. He was 38.

According to the Retire 21 campaign, "He worked tirelessly to win recognition for Latin American players and help children through sports programs, received numerous accolades during his baseball career and was the first Latin American player inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame."

The Retire 21 effort has been seeking national exposure this week during the All-Star Game and surrounding events in Miami with a traveling billboard, signage and volunteers with iPads.

Their goal: Collect 100,000 signatures on a petition, which would then be sent to commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB executives.

The Retire 21 campaign plans to visit various ballparks in July and August.

“We’re inviting active and retired players, the media and everyone who loves baseball to join the campaign, sign the online petition and spread the word through social media and word of mouth,” Tony Nieves, president of MARCA, a Miami-based agency affiliate of MARC USA, said in a statement. “We hope to have at least 100,000 signatures by Roberto’s birthday on Aug. 18.”

People who wish to sign the petition can go to a dedicated Web site and also retweet #Retire21 across social media platforms.

Clemente received posthumously the Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Citizens Medal in 1973, then the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003.

Every September, MLB teams celebrate Roberto Clemente Day to honor his life and legacy. This season it is scheduled for Sept. 6.

In 1973, MLB renamed the Commissioner’s Award as the Roberto Clemente Award, presented every year to a player with "outstanding baseball playing skills who is personally involved in community work."

During his 18-year MLB career, all with the Pirates — who retired his No. 21 on April 6, 1973 and have a statue in his honor at PNC Park — Clemente was a 12-time MLB All Star and winner of four Gold Gloves. He batted over .300 for 13 seasons and had 3,000 career hits, 240 home runs and more than 1,300 RBIs.

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