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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.

KEEPING SCORE

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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Mar082010

Shaq Plays Big Off The Court For National Marrow Donor Program PSA Campaign

March 8, 2010: Shaquille O’Neal may be sidelined for the rest of the NBA season following surgery on his right thumb, but the Cleveland Cavaliers center is still a big man on and off the court. O'Neal has become the very visible face for The National Marrow Donor Program's "Be The Match,"  to tell the nation about the critical need for more bone marrow donors.

Specifically, "Be The Match" seeks to help patients who "need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant from an unrelated donor find a second chance at life."

Beginning this month, a national PSA campaign, " Do Something Big," will feature O'Neal in three TV spots: one alone; one with Coach Dale Brown, O’Neal’s former coach at Louisiana State University, and Coach Trent Johnson, LSU’s current basketball coach; and another in which Johnson and O’Neal make a special appeal for African Americans to volunteer as donors.

His his solo spot, O’Neal states, "I'm big. I've done big things," as text reads "4 NBA championships." "Some even say I'm bigger than life," he continues. "[But] there's nothing bigger than life. Especially when someone you love is fighting for their life. Do you want to do something big? Sign up now to donate marrow to save a life. See how big you can be. You can be the one to save a life." All three spots direct people to "Take the first step" at www.BeTheMatch.org. (See spot here.)

According to NMDP, "For thousands of people battling leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases, a bone marrow transplant offers their best – or only – hope for a cure. Seventy percent of these patients don’t have a matching donor in their families, so they depend on the 'Be The Match Registry,' the world’s largest and most diverse listing of potential marrow donors, to find that life-saving match."

Why was O'Neal selected to be the face of the campaign, which also includes print, Internet and social media outlets? “Shaq is an American icon who’s respected for his talents, on and off the court,” Jeffrey W. Chell, M.D., CEO of NMDP, said in a statement. “We’re honored that he is championing our mission and advocating for patients who are searching for a marrow match.”

In addition,O'Neal's presence will spotlight the fact that of the 8 million people who have registered as potential donors with NMPD, just 600,000, only 7%, are are African American. NMPD said the awareness it plans to raise with the O'Neal campaign could improve the chances for everyone to find a proper donaor. "Patients are more likely to match someone from their own race or ethnicity. That means adding more donors to the registry – especially from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds – increases the likelihood that all patients will find the donor they need."

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