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• The NFL said today (Nov. 13) that it would move the Monday night game on Nov. 19  (ESPN) between the Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams, originally scheduled for Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.

According to the NFL, “The decision is based on the determination — in consultation with the NFLPA and following a meeting and field inspection this afternoon by NFL and club field experts as well as local and independent outside experts — that the playing field at Estadio Azteca does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency and will not meet those standards by next Monday.”

• CBS said that Tim Tebow would be the host for its in-production reality series, Million Dollar Mile, from LeBron James’ Springhill Entertainment, Warner Bros. and  Fly on the Wall Entertainment. Commentators will be Maria Taylor and Matt Smith. The premise: A team wins $1 million if they can survive an obstacle course being built on real city streets.

• ESPN Events is adding a bowl game to its roster beginning in 2020, the Myrtle Beach Bowl. The game will feature teams from three conference partners: Conference USA, Mid-American Conference and Sun Belt Conference. Each conference will participate up to four times between 2020 and 2025. The Myrtle Beach Bowl will be played in Brooks Stadium, located on the campus of Coastal Carolina, nationally televised on ESPN networks.

• 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
• Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays
• Justin Verlander Houston Astros

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets
• Aaron Nola Philadelphia Phillies
• Max Scherzer Washington Nationals

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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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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