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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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Christmas In August: NBA Unveils Opening Week, Xmas, International Schedule

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

August 10, 2017: For those fans who have been going through NBA withdrawal, the league has a present for you: The opening week and Christmas Day schedule for the 2017-18 season.

With the league looking to reduce the number of back-to-back games and lighten the travel schedule, this year marks the earliest start to an NBA season since the 1980-81 campaign tipped off on Oct. 10, 1980.

The league’s 72nd season will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 17 with a doubleheader on TNT.

The first four days of the season — Oct. 17-20 — will feature 14 different teams playing eight national TV games as part of Kia NBA Tip-Off 2017, with TNT and ESPN airing two doubleheaders each. (See full schedule below.)

On Oct. 17, the Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers (8 PM ET TNT) will be the first regular season game with the NBA’s new Nike uniforms and jersey ad patches, Boston wearing GE and Cleveland with Goodyear.

The complete 2017-18 regular-season schedule, which is being finalized, will be released next week.

The NBA will feature five games on Christmas Day (Monday, Dec. 25) for the 10th consecutive year. This marks the 16th consecutive season of day-long NBA action on Christmas.

For the first time, ABC will televise three games on the holiday. The two other games will be on ESPN and TNT. (See full schedule below.)

For the first time since 2006, a NBA Christmas game will coincide with ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

The 2017 season finale of Monday Night Football on ESPN is scheduled to see the Philadelphia Eagles host the Oakland Raiders.

Among other noteworthy games, NBA Mexico City Games 2017 will feature the Brooklyn Nets playing regular-season games against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 7 and the Miami Heat on Dec. 9, both in the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

NBA Mexico City Games 2017 culminates the 25th anniversary celebration of the first NBA game in Mexico and marks the 25th and 26th games in Mexico since 1992, the most NBA games held in any country outside the U.S. and Canada.

NBA London Game 2018 will see the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics playing a regular-season game in The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 11.  The game marks the league’s eighth regular season playing in London.

According to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, "I am delighted the NBA continues to bring the world’s best basketball to our great city in what has now become a well-established and eagerly anticipated event on London’s sporting calendar.

"I know Londoners will be thrilled to see the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics up close at our world-famous O2.  I am determined to make sure London remains the sporting capital of the world, and a key part of that is bringing major sports events here.

"It is also important that those major events provide important community benefits, which the NBA does so well.  I look forward to welcoming visitors from the UK, Europe and across the globe and showing once again that London is open," said Khan.

Kia NBA Tip-Off 2017 Opening Week (all times ET)
Oct. 17 Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers 8 PM TNT
Oct. 17 Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors 10:30 PM TNT
Oct. 18 Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards 7 PM ESPN
Oct. 18 Minnesota Timberwolves at San Antonio Spurs 9 :30 PM ESPN
Oct. 19 New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder 8 PM TNT
Oct. 19 Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 PM TNT
Oct. 20 Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks  7 PM ESPN
Oct. 20 Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans 9:30 PM ESPN

NBA Christmas Dec. 25 (all times ET)
• Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks Noon ESPN
• Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors 3 PM ABC
• Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics 5:30 PM ABC
• Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder 8 PM ABC
• Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 PM TNT
SOURCE: NBA

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