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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.”

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

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

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You Be The Judge: 14 MLB Players In Running For Topps No. 1 Card Vote

By Barry Janoff

October 2, 2017: Back in 1952, Andy Pafko of the Brooklyn Dodgers was the first No. 1, leading off Topp’s initial set of MLB trading cards.

For 2018, Topps is asking people to vote from among a group of 14 players (plus the opportunity for a write-in) to decide which player would hold the prestigious No. 1 spot for the 2018 Topps Baseball Series 1.

According to Beckett, the bible for sports card collecting, "For the most part, it has been baseball’s best in the No. 1 spot on the Topps Baseball checklist."

Players who have been No. 1 in Topps baseball also include Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Nolan Ryan, Mike Piazza, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Derek Jeter.

This is the third consecutive year that Topps is asking people to vote for the No. 1 card.

The 2018 winner will follow in the footsteps of Mike Trout (2016) and Kris Bryant (2017), both voted No. 1 by fans and consumers.

Among the 14 vying for the '18 leadoff spot: 52-homer/114 RBI rookie Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), 59-homer star Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins) and Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale (17-8, 2.90 ERA, 308 Ks).

Trout and Bryant also are on the list. (See full list below.)

To enhance the voting process, Topps is offering prizes, randomly choosing entries from those who voted. Winners will then be selected randomly and contacted via e-mail.

Among the prizes: 2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball hobby box, 2017 Bowman Chrome hobby box, 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter hobby box, 2017 Topps Clearly Authentic hobby box and  2017 Topps Tribute David Ortiz relic /199). (Details and full list of prizes here.)

People can vote at the Topps Web site.

They are also being asked to promote the contest on social media using the hashtag #ToppsCardNo1.

Voting will take place now through Friday, Oct. 6 (4 PM ET).

The winner will be unveiled "a couple of weeks" before the release of 2018 Topps Baseball Series 1, which is scheduled for Jan. 31, 2018.

The players are (in alphabetical order):

• Jose Altuve (Houston Astros)

• Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies)

• Kris Bryamt (Chicago Cubs)

• Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)

• Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona Diamondbacks)

• Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)

• Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)

• Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)

• Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians)

• Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants)

• Chris Sale (Boston Red Sox)

• Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins)

• Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angeles)

• Adrian Beltran (Texas Rangers)

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