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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

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

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Jan042017

UFC’s Conor McGregor Turns Jockey To Win Prestigious, Lucrative Horse Racing Crown

By Barry Janoff

January 4, 2017: Is Conor McGregor planning for life after the UFC?

The top-ranked and multi-time champion McGregor has now turned his attention to becoming a jockey, In particular, to compete in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Invitational Thoroughbred horse race, in which 12 horses are scheduled to compete in Gulfstream Park (South Florida) on Jan. 28 for a record $12 million purse.

McGregor is in training to become "The 13th Jockey," according to a multi-platform campaign from The Stronach Group, which operates the race and a multitude of other horse racing events and venues.

In the humorous effort, McGregor is aided by actor/comic Jon Lovitz, playing a stereotypical gruff trainer who has devoted his life to the sport.

"The Stronach Group is thrilled to be working with Conor McGregor to introduce The Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Sport of Kings to a new generation of fans," Belinda Stronach, chairman and president, said in a statement. "Conor is a natural athlete, showman and now, a jockey!"

The effort is anchored by four spots, which will be released now through race day, with the last to break just prior to the event on NBC.

Accord to The Stronach Group, in order for McGregor to become the 13th Jockey and conquer the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing, he "had a lot of training to do! He had to get to know his way around the stables, train like a jockey, bond with a horse and learn how to ride."

The initial spot follows his progress and includes a press conference that ends in typical McGregor fashion: With a fight.

"Alexander wept when he had no worlds to conquer,” McGregor says at his press event. "That’s exactly how I feel. I would like to announce that I will become the pound-for-pound No. 1 jockey on the planet. I will compete in, and win, the  Pegasus World Cup Invitational.

"Now, I’ll take questions until I’m bored."

Among the questions: "Why the Pegasus?" "It's the biggest horse racing purse in the world," McGregor replies. "$12 million."

Another reporter asks, "Doesn't being a jockey require years of focus and training?" "How hard can horse racing even be?!" McGregor answers. "I'm the greatest at whatever I decide to do!" When the reporter laughs, Lovitz jumps him, which turns into an MMA brawl.

Support includes Internet, social media and a Pegasus Win-Win Contest offering people the opportunity to win $1 million. (Details here.)

Lead agency is space150.

The Stronach Group said that attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger (Bloom Hergott LLP, and nephew of Arnold Schwarzenegger), who represents both McGregor and Lovitz, "assisted in bringing the two A-listers to this project."

The Pegasus World Cup Invitational $12 million purse surpasses the previous record of $10 million at the 2016 Dubai World Cup.

The Stronach Group’s portfolio of racing and gaming businesse sinlcudes Santa Anita Park, Pimlico Race Course (home for the Preakness Stakes), Gulfstream Park, Laurel Park, Golden Gate Fields and Portland Meadows; as well as parimutuel technology subsidiaries AmTote and Xpressbet.

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