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• The NBA London Game 2019 will feature a regular-season game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks in The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 17. Marketing partners include Foot Locker, Gatorade, Nike, SAP and Tissot, with additional partners to be unveiled in the coming months.

• The Denver Broncos home field is getting a temporary name change to Broncos Stadium at Mile High. It had been Sports Authority Field at Mile High, but the national sporting goods retailer, which had been based in Englewood, Col., ceased operations in July 2016. A search for a more permanent naming rights holder is currently underway.

• Per AP Sports: Burger King in Russia ran a promotion on social media offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to any women who become pregnant by World Cup players. The offer was then deleted, In a statement Wednesday to AP, Burger King said, “We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online. (It) does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

• The PGA TOUR has signed a deal with Facebook to distribute exclusive Saturday and Sunday live competition coverage, on a free basis, from eight tournaments leading into the FedExCup Playoffs for the 2017-18 season. Airing on Facebook Watch in the U.S., coverage begins at the Travelers Championship on June 23-24. Other events in 2018 include: Quicken Loans National; A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier; John Deere Classic; RBC Canadian Open; World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational; Wyndham Championship; and The Northern Trust.

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MLB has released the leaders by position for the 2018 All-Star Game (as of June 19), with voting sponsored by Camping World. (Voting ends July 5 at 11:59 PM ET.)

American League: 1B José Abreu (Chicago White Sox), 2B José Altuve (Houston Astros), SS Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles), 3B  José Ramirez (Cleveland Indians); OF Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels). Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox); Wilson Ramos (Tampa Bay Rays), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees); DH Victor Martinez (Detroit Tigers).

National League: 1B Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), 2B Ozhaino Albies (Atlanta Braves), SS Brandon Crawford (San Francisco Giants), 3B Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies); OF Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers), Nick Markakis (Atlanta Braves), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals); C Wilson Contreras (Chicago Cubs),Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants).

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (June 15-17)

1. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $180 M ($231.5M worldwide)
2. Ocean's 8 - Warner Bros. - $19.6M
3. Tag - Warner Bros. - $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Disney - $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $8.8M
6. Hereditary - A24 - $7M
7. Superfly - Sony - $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $5.3M
9. Adrift - STX Entertainment - $2.1M
10. Book Club - Paramount - $1.9M
11. A Wrinkle In Time - Disney - $1.8M
12. Gotti - Vertical Entertainment - $1.7M

NOTE: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal $173.6M international (opens in U.S. June 22)

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Reebok, Lids Launch 'Born In The Cold' Promo For NHL’s Outdoor Winter Classic

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

December 12, 2016: According to The Weather Channel, the average temperature on Jan. 2 in St. Louis is 39 degrees, not exactly freezing but still pretty cold to be outside playing hockey.

That’s what the NHL wants.

On that day, the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic outdoor game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues is scheduled to be played in Busch Stadium, home of MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals.

With chill in mind, NHL partner Reebok Hockey, a division of adidas, and retail partner Lids have unveiled “Born in the Cold," a contest with top prizes that include tickets to the game or to pre-game events.

"We know that hockey fans are passionate and love to be a part of iconic NHL events," Keith Leach, director for NHL Licensed Apparel at adidas Group, said in a statement. "The NHL Winter Classic is an extraordinary experience and Lids and Reebok would love to treat lucky fans to enjoy it."

To participate, people are being asked to submit between now Dec. 18 photos and/or videos to show "how proud they are to be 'Born in the Cold' by illustrating ways they play and celebrate hockey amid freezing and sub-freezing temperatures."

Submissions must tagged @Lids or @Lids4Hats and use the hashtag #BorninTheColdContest and uploaded to Twitter or Instagram.

People also may manually upload photos and videos to a dedicated Web site. (Details here.)

One grand-prize winner will receive two tickets to the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

A second grand-prize winner will receive two tickets to the 2017 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game, scheduled for Dec. 31, also in Busch Stadium. Among those scheduled to play are Wayne Gretzky, Bernie Federko, Brett Hull, Al MacInnis, Adam Oates, Peter Stastny and Chris Pronger.

One runner-up will win an NHL Winter Classic prize pack filled with Reebok gear and a $100 Lids gift card.

Winners are scheduled to be selected and announced on Dec. 19.

The 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, part of the NHL's Centenntial Celebration, will air live on NBC in the U.S. and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada  (1 PM ET/12 Noon CT).

Among other events scheduled around the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic: the Heartland of Hockey Holiday Youth Classic (Dec. 26 - 30), Winterfest at the Arch (Dec. 27-Jan. 8), Pregame Tailgate Party three-day hockey festival in Ballpark Village (Dec. 31-Jan.2), a New Year’s Eve concert starring Kid Rock in Scottrade Center (Dec. 31) and the One Nation Classic Youth Hockey Day (Jan. 7).

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