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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.

• Picking up the mantle of National Women’s Month, and anticipating what next year will be its 70th anniversary, the LPGA has unveiled “Drive On,” a multi-platform refined brand position. According to the LPGA, “Drive On is clearly rooted in golf, but it's a bigger idea. It captures the power and potential in each of us and celebrates the hard work, focus and tenacity that it takes to achieve our goals.” Full story here.

• The NBA said that the Chinese and Croatian National Teams would join all 30 NBA teams to compete at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 in Las Vegas, marking the first time that the league will feature two international teams, with 83 games over 11 days (July 5-15).

• The 2019 Alliance of American Football Championship, originalluy scheduled for April 27 in Las Vegas, will be played in Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas., which is owned and operated by Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.

• MLB and the MLB Players’ Assn. have unveiled numerous changes to the game to be installed over the next two seasons that will impact game length, marketing broadcast partners, the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby. Full story here.

POLL POSITION

Top Ten Most In-Demand MLB Tickets (based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14):
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Chicago Cubs
5. St. Louis Cardinals
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Texas Rangers
9. New York Mets
10. Houston Astros

SOURCE: STUBHUB

KEEPING SCORE

The Most-In-Demand MLB Home Openers
(based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14, all on March 28):

• Arizona Diamondbacks at the Dodgers (average ticket price $229.
• Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (average ticket price $202)
• Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (average ticket price $84)
• Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers (average ticket price $254)
• Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (average ticket price $122)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office March 22-24
1. Us $70.2M
2. Captain Marvel $35M
3. Wonder Park $9M
4. Five Feet Apart $8.8M
5. How To Train Your Dragon 3 $6.5M
6. A Madea Family Funeral $4.5M
7. Gloria Bell $1.8M
8. No Manches Frida 2 $1.8M
9. Lego Movie 2 $1.1M
10. Alita: Battle Angel $1M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Oct032018

NBA GMs Pick Warriors To Three-Peat, LeBron As MVP, Lakers Most Improved

By Barry Janoff

October 3, 2018: In 1988, Pat Riley, then head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, acquired trademark rights to the term “Three-Peat,” a move he made after his team had won back-to-back NBA titles and were seeking a third consecutive championship.

The Golden State Warriors may have to owe Riley, now president for the Miami Heat, some money after the 2018-19 season, but if they do, they won’t mind.

The Steve Kerr-coached team, two-time defending champs and winners of three of the past four NBA titles, have been selected as an overwhelming favorite to three-peat, with 87% of GMs in the league predicting the Warriors will again claim the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June 2019.

That’s off, but just slightly from last season, when 93% of GMs picked them to repeat.

The Boston Celtics were named by 7% of GMs to win the 2018-19 championship, as were the Houston Rockets, according to the just-released 17th annual NBA.com GM Survey.

Although his team was not among those most likely to win the NBA title, LeBron James and the Lakers were predicted to make the biggest impact this coming season.

James was voted most likely to be named MVP this season, selected by 30% of GMs, followed by Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and James Harden.

James’ move to the Lakers from the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent was picked by nearly all of the GMs (97%) as having the biggest impact among all off-season moves.

Some 80% said the Lakers would be the most improved team in the league, predicted as a 5th seed overall in the Western Conference post-season, a significant boost after not making the playoffs since 2012-13 and compiling a 126-284 record over the past five seasons.

The Celtics were the top choice to win the East and then reach the NBA Finals.

Seeded behind the Celtics in the East were the Toronto Raptors at No. 2, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and Heat.

In the West, the Warriors were followed by the Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets.

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks was the No. 1 pick to be named Rookie of the Year (43%).

The most surprising off-season move: DeMarcus Cousins to the Warriors (35%), followed by the Kawhi Leonard-DeMar DeRozen trade (29%) and Paul George opting to remain with the Thunder (19%).

Stephen Curry was named as the NBA’s top point guard (57%), James Harden the best shooting guard (73%), LeBron James the best small forward (57%) when he plays the position, Anthony Davis the best power forward (37%) with James close behind (33%) and Davis named the best center (40%) with Joel Emiid on his tail (33%).

GMs responded to 49 different questions, including best teams, players, coaches, fans and off-season moves. They were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel.

Percentages are based on the pool of respondents to that particular question, rather than all 30 GMs.

Among other questions and results:

• Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?
1. Kevin Durant, Golden State 40%
2. Stephen Curry, Golden State 27%
3. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers 17%
4. Kyrie Irving, Boston 10%
5. James Harden, Houston 7%

• If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any NBA player, who would it be?
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee 30%
2. Anthony Davis, New Orleans 23%
3. Kevin Durant, Golden State 20%
4. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers 17%
5. Stephen Curry, Golden State 7%
6. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 3%

• Who will be named Rookie of the Year?
1. Luka Doncic, Dallas 43%
2. Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento 17%
    Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago 17%
4. DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix 13%

• Which team has the most promising young core?
1. Philadelphia 47%
2. Boston 33%
3. Chicago 7%
    Phoenix 7%

• Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?
1. Rudy Gobert, Utah 37%
    Kawhi Leonard, Toronto 37%
3. Draymond Green, Golden State 17%

• Who is the best head coach in the NBA?
1. Brad Stevens, Boston 47%
2. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 30%
3. Mike D'Antoni, Houston 7%
    Steve Kerr, Golden State  7%

• Who is the best international player in the NBA?
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee 73%
2. Kristaps Porzingis, New York 10%
3. Luka Doncic, Dallas  7%

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