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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.

• Picking up the mantle of National Women’s Month, and anticipating what next year will be its 70th anniversary, the LPGA has unveiled “Drive On,” a multi-platform refined brand position. According to the LPGA, “Drive On is clearly rooted in golf, but it's a bigger idea. It captures the power and potential in each of us and celebrates the hard work, focus and tenacity that it takes to achieve our goals.” Full story here.

• The NBA said that the Chinese and Croatian National Teams would join all 30 NBA teams to compete at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 in Las Vegas, marking the first time that the league will feature two international teams, with 83 games over 11 days (July 5-15).

• The 2019 Alliance of American Football Championship, originalluy scheduled for April 27 in Las Vegas, will be played in Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas., which is owned and operated by Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.

• MLB and the MLB Players’ Assn. have unveiled numerous changes to the game to be installed over the next two seasons that will impact game length, marketing broadcast partners, the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby. Full story here.

POLL POSITION

Top Ten Most In-Demand MLB Tickets (based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14):
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Chicago Cubs
5. St. Louis Cardinals
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Texas Rangers
9. New York Mets
10. Houston Astros

SOURCE: STUBHUB

KEEPING SCORE

The Most-In-Demand MLB Home Openers
(based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14, all on March 28):

• Arizona Diamondbacks at the Dodgers (average ticket price $229.
• Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (average ticket price $202)
• Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (average ticket price $84)
• Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers (average ticket price $254)
• Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (average ticket price $122)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office March 15-17
1. Captain Marvel $69.3M
2. Wonder Park $16M
3. Five Feet Apart $13.2M
4. How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World $9.4M
5. Madea Family Funeral $8M
6. No Manches Frida 2 $3.9M
7. Captive State $3.2M
8. Lego Movie 2 $2.1M
9. Alita: Battle Angel $1.9M
10. Green Book $1.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
SUPER BOWL LIII

Friday
Feb272009

OPINION: Really, What The F#*@ Were They Thinking?

Manny Ramirez and his agent keep rejecting the Los Angeles Dodgers, A-Rod gets picked up at the ball park by his cousin (yes, THAT cousin), and a company in China thinks no one outside the Great Wall will notice they apparently did not get David Beckham's permission to sell a sex-enhancement pill. And if that wasn't enough to digest in the "what the f#*@ where they thinking?" department, the Boston Celtics signed point guard Stephon Marbury on Feb. 27 after he cleared waivers following his release by the New York Knicks and put him on the floor that night, despite the fact that he has not played in an NBA game since Jan. 11, 2008, soon after which he had season-ending ankle surgery. Not 2009. 2008. (To Marbury's credit, he scored eight points and had 2 assists - with 3 turnovers - in just over 12 1/2 minutes of play off the bench.) So it's difficult to figure out what goes on behind closed doors when it comes to athletes and teams, except that what these four athletes have in common is that they are all really good at what they do - or in Marbury's case. has been really good in spurts but now arrives in Boston with 13 months of post-surgery rust.

In Ramirez' case, the Dodgers made four offers of what reports said were varying versions of a two-year, $45 million deal. Ramirez and his agent, Scott Boras, kept looking for something else or something more. But as all the other teams that had been mentioned as possible suitors for Ramirez went on with other business, the something else continued to be the offers from the Dodgers. For A-Rod, the hot, bright lights of his post-steroids admission, and the confession that his cousin was also to blame, did not prevent him from getting a ride home from the ball park with that cousin, Yuri Sucart, in a burgundy SUV. When New York Yankees' execs found out about the situation, they confronted A-Rod and urged him to find another driver. "It has been handled," Brian Cashman, the Yankees' general manager, told reporters. The Beckham situation seems to be a case of some devious marketers in China not realizing that the Internet actually was worldwide and running an ad for USA Selikon capsules showing Beckham on a soccer field as a voiceover claims, “Want to know how I can keep strong and running on the football field? USA Selikon capsules help me a lot.” He is then shown in a car with his arms around his wife, Victoria. Voiceover: “It's also the secret weapon with which I can satisfy Victoria.” Beckham was none too happy and may have considered calling former James Bond Sean Connery or The Matrix's Keanu "Neo" Reeves for help, but their images also were used to sell USA Selikon.

(Posted Feb. 27, 2009)

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