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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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NBA Stars Curry, Kyrie, Thomas Show The Love, Respect For WNBA Players, Game 

By Barry Janoff

May 1, 2017: The NBA playoffs are in full swing, but NBA players also have something else on their minds: the start of the WNBA season on May 13.

A new multi-media campaign includes such players as Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan, DeMar DeRozan Karl-Anthony Towns and Paul George not only proclaiming their respect for the WNBA and also calling out WNBA stars by name.

The effort, which is anchored by a 30-second spot "Tribute", also includes Internet and social media, all under the WNBA umbrella marketing theme, Watch Me Work.

Interspersed with scenes of WNBA players in action, we get close-up shots of NBA  guys paying tribute to the women and their league.

"I love the WNBA," says the Boston Celtics Thomas. Adds Paul George of the Indy Pacers, "They are huge talents." Offers two-time MVP Curry of the Golden State Warriors, "I learn a little bit from them." And DeRozen of the Toronto Raptors says, "They make then game extremely exciting to watch."

"Why do I watch them work?” says the Warriors Thompson. The Raptors Lowry answers, "Sick handles." And the New Orleans Pelicans Davis adds, "Mad skills."

Some of the NBAers name some their favorite WNBA stars.

KD3: Candace Parker. Jordan: Elena Delle Donne (who was traded during the off-season from Chicago to Washington). Irving: Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi. Towns: Maya Moore.

Butler sums up, "You have a fan in me because you are the best at what you do."

The WNBA Tip-Off 2017 presented by Verizon is May 13.

ESPN begins its 16-game regular-season schedule that day (5 PM ET) when the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks with 2016 WNBA Finals MVP Candace Parker and reigning league MVP Nneka Ogwumike host the Seattle Storm and 2016 Rookie of the Year Breanna Stewart.

All ESPN telecasts will also be streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. NBA TV will televise more than 40 games during the regular season.

The WNBA will also live-stream 20 regular-season games per year on Twitter in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The alliance begins with the Dallas Wings at Phoenix Mercury game on May 14.

New players this season include NCAA women’s all-time leading scorer Kelsey Plum (University of Washington), who was selected No. 1 overall by the San Antonio Stars at the WNBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm.

This year’s first round also featured three players from 2017 NCAA champion South Carolina, led by center Alaina Coates, who was chosen with the No. 2 pick by the Chicago Sky.

The Dallas Wings selected Kentucky forward/center Evelyn Akhator with the third pick and South Carolina guard Allisha Gray with the fourth pick.

The Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017 will take place Saturday, July 22 in KeyArena, home of the Seattle Storm. It will be nationally televised by ABC.
 
The regular season ends Sept. 3. The WNBA Playoffs 2017 presented by Verizon begin Sept. 6.

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