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and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (have expanded their conference leads in the second returns of fan votes of NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google. Full story here.

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Nominees For 2018 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year

Winner to be selected by fan votes now thru Jan. 21 (3 PM ET).\

The 2018 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award will be recognized in Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII activities.

• Saquon Barkley RB New York Giants
• Nick Chubb RB Cleveland Browns
• Darius Leonard LB Indianapolis Colts
• Phillip Lindsay RB Denver Broncos
• Baker Mayfield QB Cleveland Browns

Finalists For 2018 NFL FedEx Air (QB) and Ground (RB) Players of the Year

2018 FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year

• Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs
• Drew Brees New Orleans Saints
• Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers

2018 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year

• Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams
• Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys
• Saquon Barkley New York Giants

Now thru Jan. 31 (3 PM ET). people can vote for each category here on via Twitter @NFL

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NFL Head Coach Signings For 2019 (To Date)
• Arizona Cardinals Kliff Kingsbury
• Cincinnati Bengals TBD (former coach Marvin Lewis)
• Cleveland Browns Freddie Kitchens
• Denver Broncos Vic Fangio
• Green Bay Packers Matt LeFleur
• Miami Dolphins TBD (former coach Adam Gase)
• New York Jets Adam Gase
• Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Arians

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Weekend Box Office Jan. 11-13
1. The Upside $19.6M
2. Aquaman $17.3M
3. A Dog’s Way Home $11.3M
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $9M
5. Escape Room $8.9M
6. Mary Poppins Returns $7.2M
7. Bumblebee $6.8M
8. On the Basis of Sex $6.2M
9. The Mule $5.5M
10. Vice $3.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Oct152018

Taco Bell Beefs Up 'Steal A Base, Steal A Taco' Campaign For World Series

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

October 15, 2018:
With MLB’s two League Championship series underway, the Fall Classic, due to begin Oct. 23, could see the return of the two teams from the 2017 World Series.

But even if the defending champion Houston Astros (now playing the Boston Red Sox) and defending NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers (facing the Milwaukee Brewers) don’t make it back, Taco Bell said it would bring back its ”Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" promotion for the seventh time for the 2018 World Series presented by YouTube TV.

As in the past, the first player to successfully steal a base during the Fall Classic gets everyone in America a free Doritos Locos Taco, with the give-away scheduled for Nov. 1. (Details here.)

What is new to the mix: Topps is in as a partner, offering trading cards of the previous six players who jump-started the taco bonus with the first stolen base in their respective World Series. (See checklist below.)

A seventh Topps Now card, featuring the player who nabs the first stolen base of the 2018 World Series, will be available from Topps.com 24 hours after the base is stolen.

Taco Bell will support with multi-media marketing, including TV, digital, social media, POP and in-stadium activation.

An anchor TV spot, "Taco Hero," tells how in 2017 Cameron Maybin of the Houston Astros "slid into the taco history books" by stealing the first base of the World Series in the 11th inning of Game 2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, then asks, "Who will be this year's Taco Hero?"

In addition, Taco Bell said it would back the promotion with the first Steal a Base caps. A limited collection of caps will be available online via Taco Bell's Taco Shop.

The six Steal a Base Topps cards will be available in local restaurants near ball parks hosting the World Series beginning with Game 1 and willalso be included in any cap purchase, until supplies last.

The Topps cards pack will include six Taco Hero cards each with their own exclusive imagery and stats.

"Every year, we're overwhelmed with the excitement from our fans when combining America's favorite pastime with America's favorite tacos," Marisa Thalberg, global chief brand officer for Taco Bell Corp., said via the company.

"Now, we're knocking that out of the park by introducing even more ways for our fans to experience and commemorate the Taco Hero."

Also added to the mix this season, Taco Bell said that once the first base is stolen, people can claim a free Doritos Locos Taco online if they have previously registered via Taco Bell's Web site or app. (Details here.)

According to Taco Bell, "History shows it's not a matter of 'if' but 'when' a base will be stolen."

The earliest "Steal a Base" was in 2016 when Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians swiped a bag in the first inning of Game 1 1st  against the Chicago Cubs.

Taco fans had to wait the longest last year when the first stolen base wasn't recorded until the 11th inning of Game 2 by Maybin of the Astros.

According to Noah Garden, MLB evp-commerce, "We've created a fun tradition for our fans with Taco Bell and the 'Steal a Base, Steal a Taco' promotion.

“It makes for a unique moment every year during the World Series and certainly the fans will have their eyes on the first stolen base of the Fall Classic."

Taco Bell Steal a Base Hall of Fame (Topps Card Set)

• 2007 Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox Game 2 4th inning (vs. Colorado Rockies)

• 2008 Jason Bartlett Tampa Bay Rays Game 1 5th inning (vs. Philadelphia Phillies)

• 2012 Angel Pagan San Francisco Giants Game 2 8th inning (vs. Detroit Tigers)

• 2015 Lorenzo Cain Kansas City Royals Game 1 6th inning (vs. New York Mets)

• 2016 Francisco Lindor Cleveland Indians Game 1 1st inning (vs. Chicago Cubs)

• 2017 Cameron Maybin Houston Astros Game 2 11th inning (vs. Los Angeles Dodgers)

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