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• NBA All-Star James Harden has joined the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo. According to the MLS club, the 2018 NBA MVP with the Houston Rockets becomes the fifth member of an ownership group led by Gabriel Brener, which also includes boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Guill and Jake Silverstein.

In addition to the Dynamo, the group also owns the NWSL's Houston Dash and BBVA Stadium, the home venue for both clubs.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said via the team.

• 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,

• The NFL Network is planning 129 hours of “Inside Training Camp Live” coverage July 22-Aug. 7 Additional coverage will appear across NFL media platforms including NFL.com, NFL Films, NFL app and NFL RedZone.

ESPN also said it would provide comprehensive coverage of the opening week of the 2019 NFL training camps beginning July 22 on daily editions of SportsCenter and NFL Live.

• NBC’s Golf Channel unveiled details for its next Golf Films project, “Tiger Woods: Chasing History,” to premiere July 22  The film will present viewers with a chronological look at the “sights and sounds from each of Woods’ 81 professional victories, from his first at the Las Vegas Invitational in 1996, through the most recent win at the Masters earlier this year.”

• 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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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

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

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Lights Camera! Action! NBA Players Seek To Be The Next Denzel (Equalizer) Washington

By Barry Janoff

June 1, 2018: Forget being like Mike. NBA players want to be like Denzel, and we have the script.

Premise: The NBA and Sony have an alliance during the NBA Finals to promote The Equalizer 2, starring Denzel Washington as Robert McCall, the follow to The Equalizer (2014), due in theaters July. 15.

Director Antoine Fuqua, after a suggestion by Denzel, auditions NBA players for the role of McCall.

Scene 1

The Pitch”: Antoine Fuqua, who directed The Equalizer, and Washington are watching an NBA game on TV.

Fuqua: “The studio (Sony) just called. They want to do Equalizer 2. You in?”

Denzel: Excited. “EQ 2!” Less excited. “I don’t do sequels.”

Fuqua: Confused. “It’s not like movie stars fall out of the sky.”

Washington: Looking at the TV. "You should audition NBA stars to see if any of them could be the next Robert McCall." Smiles. " I like that.”

Scene 2

Player Showcase”: Fuqua is in a room auditioning NBA players for the role of McCall.

Fuqua: “Read this line: ‘I’m a high-level paid government assassin.’”

Manu Ganobili (San Antonio Spurs) One-shot, speaking in a thick Argentine accent. ‘I’m a high-level paid government assassin.’”

Cut to Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers): ‘I’m a high-level paid . . . assassin.’”

Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) Seated on a stool. “What was the line again?”

Cut to Fuqua: “Give me your best Denzel.”

Lonzo Ball (Los Angeles Lakers): Big smile, arms wide open. “My man!!!”

Isaiah Thomas (Los Angeles Lakers): “King Kong ain’t got nothin’ on me!”

Fuqua: Look of bewilderment on his face. “Who was that?”

Thomas: “Denzel . . . “

Fuqua: Still bewildered. “Denzel . . .  Washington? Okay . . . “

Return to Ganobili, now wearing a cowboy outfit. Pretends to be shooting a gun. “Psshow!”

Fuqua: Still bewildered, looking at Ganobili’s boots. “Spurs!?”

Scene 3

In the audition room with Fuqua and Dwight Howard (Charlotte Hornets).

Fuqua: “Why are you always smiling?”

Howard: With a big, broad smile on his face. “I didn’t smile. There’s two types of pain. What do you see when you look at me?”

Fuqua: “You’re still smiling.”

Howard: “I should be The Equalizer. I have the poster to show you." Unrolls a poster that pictures Howard as Robert McCall. "This is the first 7-foot poster." Reads text on the poster. "He’s on the Dwight side of the law.”

Fuqua: “Let me see your most intense Robert McCall!”

Howard: Momentarily makes an intense face, then returns to a broad smile. “Was that intense?”

Scene 4

In the audition room, director Fuqua seeks a new "Catchphrase" for the movie.

Oladipo: “I just came up with my own catchphrases: You just got Ola-dequalized. When it comes to busting bad guys, I’m Victor-ious.”

Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder): “Better call Paul.”

Skylar Diggins-Smith (WNBA Dallas Wings): “Roberta McCall.”

Scene 5

"We Got The Merchandise"

Fuqua: “What’s all this?”

Ball: Surround by a bevy of goods marked with EQ2 logos. “You’re going to need some ‘merch’ and my family is king of the ‘merch’: T-shirts. Hats. Doozie. Kicks — they’re kinda hot!”

Fuqua: “No. Can you do some acting now?”

Ball: “This is a family movie, right?”

Fuqua: “No.”

Ball: “So my family can't be in it!?”

Fuqua: “No.”

Ball: “Not even my Pops!?”

Voiceover:The Equalizer d2. In theaters July 20. And watch the NBA Finals on ABC.”

Fuqua (who is bald): “I had hair when these auditions began!”

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