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• ESPN and Uninterrupted, the digital media company founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, will debut an original series, More Than An Athlete, Nov. 20, exclusively on ESPN+. The eight-episode series follows James’ journey from basketball prodigy to global sports icon, businessman and philanthropist via the bonds of friendship and partnership among four men over more than two decades: James, Carter, Randy Mims and Rich Paul.

• The NFL and Mexico's President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that the third game of the existing agreement signed in 2016 will be played in 2019 at Estadio Azteca. The date and time of the game will be determined in conjunction with the release of the 2019 NFL schedule next spring

• NBC Sports and the Premier League are partnering to present their second Premier League Mornings Live, scheduled to take place in New York on Saturday, Dec. 8. The event will include a turf pitch, the Premier League trophy, club mascots and special guests. The initial fan fest in September was attended by more than 2,000 on a rooftop overlooking the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

• 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 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

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

AL CY YOUNG
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

KEEPING SCORE

All-Time NBA Scoring Leaders (To Date)

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38, 387
2. Karl Malone 36,928
3. Kobe Bryant 33,643
4. Michael Jordan 32.292
5. LeBron James 31.425*
6. Wilt Chamberlain 31.419
7. Dirk Nowitzki 31,187*
8. Shaquille O’Neal 28,596
9. Moses Malone 27,409
10. Elvin Hays 27,313
11. Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
12. Oscar Robertson 26,710
13. Dominique Wilkins 26,668
14. Tim Duncan 26,496
15. Paul Pierce 26,397
19. Carmelo Anthony 25,551*
22. Vince Carter 24,967*
30. Dwayne Wade 22,211*
*Still Active

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Weekend Box Office Nov. 16-18
1. Fantastic Beasts Crimes of Grindelwald $62.2M
2. The Grinch $38.1M
3. Bohemian Rhapsody $15.7M
4. Instant Family $14.7M
5. Widows $12.3M
6. Nutcracker and the Four Realms $4.7M
7. A Star is Born $4.3M
8. Overlord $3.8M
9. Girl in the Spider’s Web $2.5M
10. Burn the Stage $2.3M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Thursday
Feb112010

Nascar Drivers Navigate A 'New' Track: "I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke"

February 10, 2010: Call it American Idol on wheels. Coca-Cola, a prime sponsor of the über-popular show on Fox, will break a TV spot during the Daytona 500 Feb. 14, also on Fox, featuring a chorus of Nascar drivers attempting to sing the classic marketing anthem, “I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke." Coca-Cola is the "official sparkling beverage" of Nascar.

The spot channels the iconic "Hilltop," which first aired in 1971 showing people gathering on a hill in a Woodstock-era of peace and love, joining hands as they sing about “apple trees and honey bees and snow white turtle doves.”

Here, the crooners laying down the track and showing off their racing and vocal pipes include Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Elliott Sadler and Tony Stewart. The spot was filmed on location at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC, this past December. Lead agency is Wieden + Kennedy, Portland, Ore.

The commercial, “Harmony,” shows the Nascar drivers embroiled in action during the heat of a race. They each pull in for a pit stop after complaining to their respective crew chiefs over the radio and calling for adjustments. Before heading back out, the drivers are handed a Coke for refreshment. As we monitor subsequent driver radio chatter, we hear that the previously exasperated drivers are now harmonious in their thoughts, although not quite singing in harmony.

An updated version of the original Coke spot aired during Super Bowl XXIV on CBS in 1990 to help launch the "Can't Beat the Real Thing" ad campaign. According to Coke, 15 members of the original "Hilltop" commercial reprised their roles for that reunion ad.

“In the original ad, Coca-Cola was the bond that connected people through a spirit of optimism. That uplifting outlook still rings true today and is reflected in our Nascar-themed commercial in a fun, unexpected way,” Katie Bayne, CMO for Coca-Cola North America, said in a statement. “By showing how a refreshing Coca-Cola can bring together even the most competitive rivals, we’re reminding people to take a moment to have fun, open a little happiness and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.”

Added Kevin Harvick, “It’s been both fun and an honor to be a part of creating a new Nascar take on a commercial that is such a big part of Coke’s history. Most of us drivers should probably stick to our day jobs, though, because I’m pretty sure our version of the famous Coca-Cola song won’t make it to the top of the charts.”

Consumers can hear exclusive audio of the drivers singing “I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke”  at www.MyCokeRewards.com. A video featuring behind-the-scenes footage and the “Harmony” ad is available at YouTube.

Closing scene from the original "Hilltop" commercial in 1971.According to Coke, the song was recorded for the original spot by Australian pop group The New Seekers. Lead agency at the time was McCann-Erickson. It was slightly reworded to remove references to Coca-Cola and released in non-commercial form as "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" by The New Seekers and also The Hilltop Singers (a group formed by McCann-Erickson). Both versions sold more than a combined one million copies within the first year.

Others who have recorded the song as recently as 2002 include Chet Atkins, Jan Howard, Willis "Gator" Jackson, Ray Conniff Singers, Jessi Colter & Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare Jr., Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Jordanaires, Vera Lynn, Lea Salonga, Joe Loss & His Orchestra, Jim Nabors and Erich Kunzel & The Cincinatti Pops.

ORIGINAL COCA-COLA VERSION

"I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke"
(Bill Backer / Billy Davis / Roger Cook / Roger Greenaway)

On a hilltop in Italy
We assembled young people
From all over the world
To bring you this message
From Coca-Cola Bottlers
All over the world
It's the real thing - Coke
And they sang...

I'd like to buy the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves

I'd like to teach the world to sing (Sing with me)
In perfect harmony (Perfect harmony)
I'd like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company (That's the real thing)
I'd like to teach the world to sing
(What the world wants today)
In perfect harmony (Perfect harmony)
And I'd like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company (It's the real thing)
I'd like to buy the world a coke
(Coke is what the world wants today)
And keep it company (Coca-Cola)
(It's the real thing)
I'd like to buy the world a coke
(Coke is what the world wants today)
And keep it company (Coca-Cola).

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