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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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MLB Stars Albert Pujols, Andy Pettitte Show Skin, Feelings In Dove Care + Men Effort

June 11, 2010: Unilever's Dove Men + Care will continue its "Journey to Comfort" campaign, which launched during Super Bowl XLIV, with stories about men being comfortable in their own skin as told by such athletes as Albert Pujols and Andy Pettitte.

The effort will be anchored by a series of online videos that show personal and intimate moments between the athletes and their families and friends. Pujols, the all-star first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, will star first in a 30-second teaser spot breaking on June 11 that will roll out into a 90-second spot the week of June 14. Spots featuring Pettitte, veteran star pitcher for the New York Yankees, and others will follow. Lead agency is Ogilvy & Mather.

Dove Care + Men previously featured New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in an online spot, "Victory Shower," after he was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIV.

The push, which comes not by coincidence during the week prior to Father's Day, is part of a concerted effort by such health and beauty care companies as Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Beiersdorf, Dial and other major players to move the men's grooming category beyond the traditional landscape of shaving cream and razor blades. The companies have been using macho men such as former NFL player Michael Strahan, NBA all-star Chris Paul and football player turned actor Terry Crews (who flexes his pecks in a series of TV spots for Old Spice Odor Shield and Odor Blocker while yelling, "Odor Blocker body wash is too powerful to let this commercial end!") to sell men on the idea that grooming is cool.

"The U.S. men's grooming market was $19.7 billion in 2009 and could grow to $28 billion by 2014." — Packaged Facts

So far, the plan is working. The global market for men's grooming products is projected to exceed $33.2 billion by 2015, according to a recent study from Global Industry Analysts, San Jose, Calif. And Packaged Facts, Rockville, Md., reported that the U.S. men's grooming market was $19.7 billion in 2009 and estimates it will grow to $28 billion by 2014.

According to GIA, the growth is "primarily driven by a rapid rise of metrosexual male, innovative appealing products, growing middle class population, increased Internet connectivity and universality of prestige across the world."

Albert Pujols feels comfortable getting personal about his family in Dove Care + Men campaign.The new creative picks up on the theme, attitude and "William Tell Overture" music of the Dove Men + Care "Manthem" spot from Super Bowl XLIV, which offered a montage of the challenges men face in their lives ("Never use a map always know where you are, change a flat tire while [your family waits] in the car") with the premise, "Now that you're comfortable with who you are, isn't it time for comfortable skin?"

In Pujols' spot, which was shot in his home outside of St. Louis, he talks about his life from birth in the Dominican Republic to MLB player and family man. "From a small town to the big leagues, this is my journey to comfort," he says as photos from his life are shown on screen. "I was born back in the Dominican Republic on Jan. 16, 1980. I knew I was going to come to the United States and it was tough. I had to learn English. I wish I could have my hair back." To which his wife, Deidre, offers, "He's much sexier now with no hair. "

Pujols continues that when he met Deidre they started dancing. "And the rest is history I guess. This is where I want to be in my home with my kids and my family. I'm Albert Pujois and I'm definitely comfortable in my own skin."

The effort will also be part of Unilever's presence as the "consumer goods presenting sponsor" on Apple's global iAd platform that will be built into its iPhone 4 system launching this summer. Other marketers on the system will include Disney, Target and Nike.

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