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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.

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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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Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic In The Cards For Upper Deck

Card from Upper Deck's 2010 Winter Classic set.December 21, 2009: Upper Deck is playing a hot hand on the ice, expanding its presence during the upcoming Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic with several activations prior to and during the event, scheduled for Jan. 1, 2010 at Boston's Fenway Park.

The outdoor event will be the third in consecutive years for the NHL, this time featuring the home town Bruins vs. the Philadelphia Flyers.

Upper Deck, which is the NHL's exclusive hockey card manufacturer, will include special cello-wrapped promotional packs featuring three different “NHL Winter Classic” insert cards from Upper Deck’s 2009-10 MVP Hockey set inside collectible seat cushions throughout the Fenway Park on game day. And in conjunction with  Sports Images, Upper Deck will be securing privileges for a pair of lucky youngsters to serve as designated “stick kids” for the teams during the New Year’s Eve practice the day before the actual game.

The Carlsbad, Calif., trading card company will also have in-stadium branding and a P-Card station, which will be set up in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Spectator Plaza adjacent to Yawkey Way outside of Fenway, which will take place on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 featuring activation from many of the NHL's marketing partners, including McDonald's, Anheuser-Busch, Reebok and Pepsi. Upper Deck said it would have several cards measuring 7' x 5' of many of the competing players on display. Boston Bruins blowups include Marc Savard, Blake Wheeler, Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Phiadelphia Flyers blowups will feature Jeff Carter, Daniel Briere, Chris Pronger, Mike Richards and Simon Gagne.

Upper Deck's set features players from the participating Boston Bruins (top) and Philadelphia Flyers (above).“We are extremely excited to be a part of this annual event,” Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s hockey brand manager, said in a statement. “We’ve got some fun, interactive elements to share with hockey fans this time around as well as a personalized-card station where hockey buffs can get their pictures taken on a unique, event-branded Upper Deck trading card.”

The NHL Winter Classic debuted two years ago at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium with the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins vs. the Buffalo Sabres. On Jan. 1, 2009, the Detroit Red Wings faced the Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field. The NHL has talked about adding another outdoor game in 2011 to be played in Canada; the 2011 Winter Classic U.S. site has not yet been unveiled.

Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Rolling Into Boston's Fenway Park

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