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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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• 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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Nash, Kidd, Allen, Hill, Hammon Among 1st Time Nominees For Hoops Hall Of Fame

By Barry Janoff

December 21, 2017: On the 126th birthday of the day that James Naismith conceived the game of basketball (Dec. 21, 1891), the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame released its list of nominees for the Class of 2018.

Due to a change in induction rules unveiled this week, players, referees and coaches are now allowed to become eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot after three full seasons of retirement, down one year from the previous four seasons.

The change enables players who last played during the 2013-14 NBA season to become eligible for the Class of ’18.

As such, the list includes NBA first-timers Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Chauncey Billups, Jason Kidd (pictured below), Grant Hill and Richard Hamilton.

From the WNBA the list of first-time eligible players includes Becky Hammon, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and Valerie Still, who played only briefly with the Washington Mystics but left her mark at the University of Kentucky and WNBA predecessor American Basketball League.

Finalists for Class of 2018 will be unveiled during NBA All-Star Weekend in February in Los Angeles.

(See the full list of Class of 2018 nominees here.)

The entire Class of 2018 will be revealed during the Men’s NCAA Final Four this March in San Antonio. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Enshrinement festivities are scheduled to take place in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 6-8, 2018

According to John Doleva, president and CEO for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, “By allowing players, coaches and referees to become eligible after three seasons of retirement, the Hall of Fame will be able to celebrate the best in the game at an opportune time with the fans who have supported them throughout their careers on the hardwood.”

A second reform to Hall of Fame eligibility requires coaches to have coached for 25 years and reached the minimum age of 60. This will allow the Honors Committee to evaluate a larger body of work for those coaches nominated.

This change will take effect in 2020, allowing a grace period for coaches who are nearing Hall of Fame eligibility based on previous standards.

Among the first-year nominees from the NBA and WNBA (in alphabetical order):

• Ray Allen: Two-time NBA champ (Boston Celtics, Miami Heat) and the NBA all-time leader in three-point field goals

•  Chauncey Billups: 2004 NBA champ and Finals MVP (Detroit Pistons), five-time all-star, 15.8k+ career points, 5.6k+ assists

• Becky Hammon: Current San Antonia Spurs assistant coach, six-time all-star, voted Top 15 all-time players in WNBA history

• Richard Hamilton: NBA champ 2004 (Detroit Pistons), 15.7k career points, 3.1k assists, 2.8k rebounds, NCAA 1999 champ and Final Four Most Outstanding Player (UConn)

• Grant Hill: NBA co-ROY 1995 (with Jason Kidd), seven-time all-star, 17k+ career points, 6.1k+ rebounds, 4.2k+ assists)

• Jason Kidd: Current Milwaukee Bucks head coach, co-ROY1995 (with Grant Hill), NBA champ 2011 (Dallas Mavericks), 10-time  All-Star five-time assists leader, two Olympic gold medals (2000, 2008)

• Steve Nash: Two-time NBA MVP with the Phoenix Suns, eight-time all-star, five-time NBA assists leader

• Katie Smith: Current head coach for the New York Liberty, two-time WNBA champ (Detroit Shock 2006, 2008), No. 4 among WNBA all-time scorers (6,452), three-time Olympic gold medal winner (2000, 2004, 2008)

• Valerie Still: All-time leading scorer in UKentucky history (men & women, 2,763), two-time ABL (pre-WNBA) champion and Finals Series MVP (Columbus Quest), member of WNBA Washington Mystics

• Tina Thompson: No. 2 WNBA all-time scorers (7,488), four-time WNBA champ (all with the Houston Comets), nine-time all-star.

See the full list of Class of 2018 nominees here.

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