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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.”

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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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Jan172011

X Marx The Spot As Groucho Takes On Watson In 'I'm An IBM'er' Campaign

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

Groucho Marx stars in an IBM spot that focuses on the upcoming grand challenge on 'Jeopardy'.January 16, 2011: Groucho Marx starred on stage, screen and TV during a career that spanned some 70 years. Now he is starring in a spot for IBM that is part of the company's on-going "I'm An IBM'er" campaign.

The spot, "Natural Language," is a companion piece to "Man Vs. Machine On Jeopardy." Both spots focus on Watson, a computer system that is scheduled to compete on the TV show, Jeopardy, Feb. 14-15-16, in a grand challenge against all-time top winners Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter and hosted by Alex Trabek. The spot with Groucho and the "Man Vs. Machine" commercial both explain how the Watson supercomputer was specifically designed and programmed to understand the puns and word plays that are central to Jeopardy but usually misinterpreted by computers.

In "Natural Language," Groucho is seen as one of his classic characters, Captain Spalding, delivering one of his classic lines from the Marx Brothers' movie, Animal Crackers. "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I don't know." Later, we see a shot of the Jeopardy game board, which under the category "Animal Talk" asks, "Groucho quipped, 'One morning I shot' this 'in my pajamas." The response, in classic Jeopardy style, must come in the form of a question: "What is an elephant?"

A voiceover in the spot offers, "Real language is filled with nuance, slang and metaphor. It's more than half the world's data." As an example, we then see a flash card which on one side has a picture of a baseball bat and on the other side a picture of a flying bat. The spot continues, "But computers couldn't understand it. Watson is a computer that understands meaning in our language and pinpoints the right answer, instantly. It uses deep analytics to answer questions computers never could before. Even the ones on Jeopardy."

The Jeopardy board is then shown offering six topics of examples puns, nuances and word plays that Watson could face when it challenges the two human contestants in February: Vice Precedents, Off The Record, Animal Talk, Characters Who Became Words, Slings & Arrows, Of Outrageous Fortune.

The voiceover then offers the campaign's tag line: "That's what I'm working on. I'm an IBM'er. Let's build a smarter planet." The Groucho spot airs during NFL games and other network and cable programming. Lead agency is Ogilvy & Mather, New York. (See Groucho spot here.)

Of course, the answer must be in the form of a question.The grand prize for the Watson Jeopardy competition will be $1 million, with second place earning $300,000 and third place earning $200,000. IBM said it would donate 100% of its winnings to charity while Rutter and Jennings will each donate half of their winnings to charity.

The goal of all of this is to create a computer system whose technology can work with doctors, scientists, educators and others to more accurately and quickly determine and define situations in which other systems have come up short due to misinterpreting or simply not understanding language. According to John E. Kelly III, svp and director of IBM research, in USA Today, "In the field of artificial intelligence, people spend lifetimes trying to advance that science inche. What we have done is advance artificial intelligence by miles."

Still, that might not help Watson take on the late Groucho (who died in 1977) should he ever appear as a virtual character on Jepordy, where he might rattle off some his famous lines and cause Watson to short-circuit in an attempt to keep pace:

• "Ice water? Get some onions. That'll make your eyes water!"
• "If you want to see a comic strip, you should see me in the shower."
• "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana."
• "Either he's dead or my watch has stopped.”
•  “I have a mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it.”
•  “I'm not a vegetarian, but I eat animals who are."
•  "Before I speak, I have something important to say."
•  "I worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty."
•  "If I held you any closer I would be on the other side of you."
•  "Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?"

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