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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).

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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
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‘This Is My Life Now': 'Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey Trades UFC Octagon For WWE Ring

By Barry Janoff

January 29, 2018: In 2015, UFC star Ronda Rousey made an appearance at WrestleMania 31 alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Levi’s Stadium, confronting Triple H and Stephanie McMahon and taking out their opponents in a quasi-tag-team match.

Rousey is now making it real with the WWE, signing a multi-year deal to appear in WWE events and marketing.

Rousey made her decision public during the WWE’s Royal Rumble in Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, on Sunday night, (Jan. 28).

Her appearance at the event was expected. Less expected, but somewhat anticipated, was her decision to appear full-time for WWE under the moniker “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.

Financial details were not released.

"This is my life now. They are the first priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt,” she said in an on-air interview with ESPN. “When I first met with Triple H I told him there are other things I can do with my time and make way more money but I won’t enjoy nearly as much.”

She wore a leather jacket that belonged to her idol, the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and under that a “Rowdy Ronda Rousey T-shirt, now for sale, as is one that reads, "Hot Ronda."

Rousey pointed to a large WrestleMania 34 sign hanging in the arena, then confirmed her intentions with a message on her Twitter account, “My road to #wrestlemania begins.”

After making her presence Royal Rumble 2018, she did her first official WWE photo shoot then returned the jacket to its owner, Colton Toombs, Rowdy Roddy's son.

WrestleMania 34 is scheduled for April 8 in Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. With the addition of Rousey — who may again be teamed with “The Rock” — the event could break the venue’s all-time attendance mark: 75,167, set at WrestleMania 30 in 2014.

Mercedes-Benz SuperDome can hold more than 76,400 people.

Prior to her official decision Rousey had made several appearances on behalf of WWE at scheduled events. She also has been training with pro wrestlers for her new career, according to analysts who cover wrestling.

"It's funny — it's kind of like acting, in that it was something I always wanted to do but I never thought was in the cards for me," Rousey said during her ESPN interview. "And now that I realize I really do have this opportunity, I feel like my 6-year-old self would totally kick my ass if I didn't take it."

Like many of WWE’s stars, Rousey brings with her a solid following on social media.

She has 11.2 million followers on Facebook, 3.44 million followers on Twitter.

Rousey won a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, then went on to win each of her three amateur MMA fights, each in less than a minute.

After joining UFC, she won her first 12 pro fights — many in the first round — and rose to national prominence as “MMA’s most unstoppable force,” with marketing deals that included Monster Energy, Carl's Jr., Reebok, Metro PC, Snail Games and Buffalo clothing and accessories.

But she then lost a match in an upset to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in 2015, and in her next fight, more than a year later, she lost to Amanda Nunes.

Rousey has remained in the public spotlight through supporting roles in movies (Furious 7, Entourage), in a Bud Light Super Bowl 50 commercial (with Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer), as a producer (Why We Fight TV series documentary) and appearances on such shows as Live! with Kelly, Ellen, Conan and Battle of the Network Stars.

Now, its on to conquer the world of WWE.

“The only thing that money gets you is the freedom to choose how you spend your time and who you spend your time with,” she told ESPN. “I don’t want to make money for the sake of making money. I want to be part of this company and get the most out of my life and my opportunities.”

PHOTOS COURTESY WWE

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