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• 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,

• ESPN’s X Games Minneapolis 2019 (Aug. 1-4 U.S. Bank Stadium, ESPN, ESPN2, ABC) has signed Wendy’s as an official sponsor, joining returning sponsors Harley-Davidson, Hotels.com, Monster Energy, Nexcare First Aid Products, Pacifico, SoFi and The Real Cost (FDA). Geico will again serve as the official music stage sponsor.

On-site activation in X Fest is provided by Marvel, Go RVing, US Marines, TINCUP Whiskey, TRIA, FloWater, Star Tribune, Shred Hate, 93X, The CW, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx, MN United, City Pages, GO MN, iHeart Radio and Minnesota Wild.

• 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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Shaq's New Challenge: Take Down Bella Thorne, Win Post Cereal Competition

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

April 2, 2015: It would seen an unfair mismatch to put 5'8" 17-year-old actress Bella Thorne into a fight with former NBA star center Shaquille O'Neal, who stands 7'1' and weighs in at 325 lbs.

But Post Foods is doing that, pitting the two celebrities in a friendly competition between Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles "to see which flavor has the most passionate fans."

Shaq leads Team Fruity and Thorne, heads up Team Cocoa in a multi-media effort that includes TV, Internet, social media and limited-edition boxes featuring the two spokespersons.

The pair are following in the footsteps of WWE icon John Cena and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who last year were leaders for Team Fruity and Team Cocoa, respectively.

“We are excited to expand the Team Fruity and Team Cocoa rosters with amazing talents who exemplify the Pebbles spirit,”  Sue Fruzzetti-Reich, senior brand manager for Post Foods, said in a statement. “We know both Shaq and Bella will bring a renewed surge of energy to their respective teams and inspire fans to share their love for Pebbles.”

The alliance adds to O'Neal's vast array of endorsement deals, which also include AT&T, Arizona Iced Tea, Gold Bond, Icy Hot, Reebok, Buick, Zales, Phillips Van Heusen, Peerless Clothing, 2K Sports, Bloomsbury Publishing and Monster Electronics.

He has been an NBA analyst with Turner Sports since 2011.

“Fruity Pebbles brings out the big kid in me,” four-time NBA champion O’Neal said in a statement. “After a great Pebbles season last year, I’m excited to suit up and go head-to-head against Bella and Team Cocoa. I can’t wait to lead the Team Fruity charge, this is going to be a slam dunk!”

According to Thorne, “I’m a huge fan of Cocoa Pebbles and am pumped to lead Team Cocoa. Just because I’m not a professional athlete, doesn’t mean I’m not competitive. I’m ready to show Shaq and his team that while I may be small, Team Cocoa has BIG game and is ready to take Team Fruity down!”

People can support their favorite flavor online by choosing a team at a dedicated Web site, accessible on desktop, mobile and tablet.

A sweepstakes offers the opportunity to win such prizes as a meet-and-greet with Shaq or Bella, electric scooters, GoPro cameras, gift cards and VIP family vacation in Orlando. (Details here.)

"Since the Pebbles flavor showdown kicked off early last year, our Team Captains and teammates have done a great job at rallying support behind Fruity and Cocoa," said Fruzzetti-Reich. "Both sides have a passionate fan base and it has kept the competition tight.

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