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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.”

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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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Jul142014

Among Baseball Fans, Yankees, BoSox Are Favorites, Nationals, Marlins Are Not

By Barry Janoff

July 14, 2014: The Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland A's may be the success stories of the first half of the 2014 MLB season, but they are far from the favorites among people who follow baseball on a regular basis.

In a survey conducted prior to the news last week that New York Yankees pitcher Masashiro Tanaka had suffered a partially torn UCL suffered, which put the team's pitching ace (12-4) out for action for about six week, the Yankees were named MLB's favorite team and were named by 13% of those surveyed as the team most likely to win the World Series.

Only the San Francisco Giants, at 17%, were picked by more people to win the 2014 Fall Classic, according to a new survey from The Harris Poll.

Not mentioned but certainly a factor: This is the final season for Yankees shortstop and captain Derek Jeter, who has been on a city-to-city farewell tour, turning many who usually are Yankees haters into, at least for the moment, Jeter supporters.

Although the A's have the best record in MLB at the All-Star break (59-36), they were named as just the 13th favorite team among people in the survey. This is. none the less, a major jump from 27 in the 2013 as well as the team's best showing in MLB Harris Polls conducted back to 1999.

The Brewers, which lead the National League Central (53-43) following a 74-88 record last season, also made a significant jump — from 21 to 8 - but the team was named by just 3% of those surveyed as most likely to win the World Series.

According to The Harris Poll, the Yankees have been "America's Favorite" MLB team every year since 2003. Concurrently, a robust 40% of those surveyed named the Yankees as the team they would least like to see in the World Series in 2014.

Behind the Yankees are the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, which placed second in the Harris Poll for the fifth consecutive year. Boston also placed second behind the Yankees as the team people would least likely want to see in the World Series (14%), and were named by just 6% among teams most likely to win this season's Fall Classic.

The Yankees come into the All-Star Game at 47-47, five games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East; the Red Sox are 43-52, last in the AL East.

Also among the Top Ten favorite teams, per The Harris Poll, are (in order) the Giants (up from No. 10 to No. 3), Chicago Cubs (up from No. 7 to No. 4), Atlanta Braves (down from No. 3 to No. 5), Los Angeles Dodgers (down from No. 4 to tied for No. 6), Detroit Tigers (down from No. 5 to tied for No. 6), the Brewers, All-Star Game host Minnesota Twins (up from No. 13 to No. 9), Kansas City Royals (up from No. 19 to tied for No. 10, the team's first Harris Poll Top Ten) and St. Louis Cardinals (up from No. 11 to tied for No. 10).

The bottom five teams in this season's Harris Poll: the Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim, San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays. The Harris Poll pointed out that the sample survey only included MLB fans in the U.S., which would put the Blue Jays at a disadvantage.

The Marlins and Padres also were named as teams least likely to win the World Series, along with the Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

Regarding MLB instant replay, 77% of those surveyed said that they were aware of a change that allowed each team's manager to "challenge" one call, with the final decision made through an instant replay (a second challenge can be issued if the first results in an overturned call). And a combined 83% said they believed that the rule change was either "very good" (46%) or "somewhat good" (41%) for baseball.

However, only 23% of those surveyed indicated that the rule change has "not impacted the pace (of the game) at all, while a combined 65% responded that the game has slowed down "a little bit," "somewhat" or "a great deal."

The Harris Poll was conducted among 2,241 adults, of whom said they follow 763 follow MLB, surveyed online between June 4 and 16, 2014.

See the full MLB Harris Poll here.

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