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• Shareef Abdur-Rahim, NBA vp-basketball operations and a former NBA All-Star, has been named President of the NBA G League. Abdur-Rahim will replace Malcolm Turner, who will step down Jan. 11, 2019, to become the AD for Vanderbilt University.

• The Golden State Warriors have been named the Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated.

• MLB Network will mark its 10th anniversary Jan. 1, 2019 at 6 PM ET – “exactly 10 years to the minute when MLB Network came on the air” – with “MLB Network: 10 Years and Counting.” It will follow that with a re-airing of Don Larsen’s perfect Game Five from the 1956 World Series.

• MiLB has expanded its deal with Allegiant Airline to launch Allegiant World MasterCard, which includes points for every purchase, no blackout dates for travel, rewards specific to cardholder's favorite MiLB teams and local communities.

• The Big East has signed a deal to keep its men’s basketball conference tournament in New York’s Madison Square Garden through 2028, extending a contract that was scheduled to run through 2026 but with an opt-out clause for  2022. Financial terms were not shared.

• With one week left in NFL Pro Bowl 2019 voting the leaders are:

Drew Brees (950,818), Patrick Mahomes (884,888), Todd Gurley (747,516), Saquon Barkley (718,108), James Conner (664,897), Jared Goff ( 658,150), Antonio Brown (630,392), Alvin Kamara (582,550), Tyreek Hill (560,994) and Travis Kielce (551,249).

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Eight Teams And Venues For XFL 2020

• Dallas – Globe Life Park
• Houston – TDECU Stadium
• Los Angeles – StubHub Center
• New York/New Jersey – MetLife Stadium
• St. Louis – The Dome at America’s Center
• Seattle – CenturyLink Field
• Tampa Bay – Raymond James Stadium
• Washington, DC – Audi Field

See full story here.

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BABE RUTH MEMORABILIA AUCTION

A live auction is scheduled to take place in Yankee Stadium on June 15, 2019 under the auspices of Hunt Auctions, to include 100s of items from the Babe Ruth family that have been in their possession since he passed away in 1948, most of which have not been seen in public. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

Among the items:  

• Babe Ruth Professional Model cleats
• Babe Ruth 60th Home Run Autographed display piece
• Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan Champion Batsman presentational trophy
• Lou Gehrig signed and inscribed photograph to Babe Ruth
• Babe Ruth's 1930-31 New York Yankees "Better year than President" player contract
• Babe Ruth 1935 Boston Braves autographed contract agreement
• Babe Ruth personal check ledger with related signed documents
• Babe Ruth single signed baseballs and autographed photographs
    •    Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan presentational pass
    •    Babe Ruth personal photographic albums including autographed exemplars
    •    Babe Ruth 12 Point Deer Trophy Mount with photographic provenance

Other items not from the Ruth family include:

    •    Babe Ruth Professional Model Bat with Home Run Notches c.1926-29
    •    Babe Ruth "Bustin Babes" barnstorming equipment travel case c.1920s (Waite Hoyt provenance)
    •    Highly significant 1923 New York Yankees World Championship presentational Spalding trophy
• 1923 New York Yankees World Champions team autographed ledger sheet

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Nov. Dec. 7-9
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet $16.1M
2. The Grinch $15.7M
3. Creed II $10.3M
4. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald $6.8M
5. Bohemian Rhapsody $6M
6. Instant Family $5.6M
7. Green Book $3.9M
8. Robin Hood $3.6M
9. Possession of Hannah Grace $3.2M
10. Widows $3.1M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Bartolo Colon: Man, Myth, MLB Pitcher, Exercise Guru, Kingsford Charcoal Griller

By Barry Janoff

September 27, 2018: In 2017, 6'2” 325 lb. veteran NFL defensive lineman Vince Wilfork revealed in a Kingsford Charcoal spot that he was retiring from pro football, which was an organic (if not unconventional) tactic because Wilfork is a self-professed lover of barbecue.

“No more cleats,” bellows Wilfork, dancing around shirtless and wearing denim overalls, “I’m moving on to smoked meats.”

Now, Kingsford has taken its quirky sports sense of humor to MLB.

Kingsford, a division of The Clorox Co. in its first season as an official partner with MLB, has unveiled “No Off-Season” starring Bartolo Colon, who this season pitched for the Texas Rangers — his 21st season in MLB.

Colon, like Wilfork, is an admitted lover of barbecue. He also is somewhat of a baseball icon, given the fact that he is a 5’11”, 285 lb. 45-year old athlete competing with much younger players, some of whom where still in diapers when he began his MLB career in 1997.

Which is exactly the point of the ad.

“Bartolo, man, it’s been a pleasure,” says teammate Delino DeShields as they stand in a locker room. “How do you do it? You’re 45!”

“Twenty-one years,” says Colon. “No days off.”

The scene then shifts to an outdoor barbecue, where we see Colon, wearing a hat that reads “Ribs”,  going through his workout routine.

That includes doing squats with a 100-lb. hog on his shoulders, weight-lifting with bags of Kingsford charcoal, doing arm curls by bringing cooked ribs up to his mouth and building his shoulder muscles by opening and closing the lid to his grill while cooking a chuck shoulder roast.

His final exercise: Jiggling his prominent belly.

The scene then cuts back to the locker room.

Amigo,” Colon says to DeShields, “Off-season no existe.”

“How do you do it?” DeShields asks again. “You’re (effin) old, bro,” as they both laugh.

Text offers, “Stay stoked all year,” with the hash tags, #NoOffSeason.”

The spot had more than 560,000 views its first day, including one from New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard: “Teach me the way of the GOAT.”

MLB itself replied, “Stay stoked. Keep grilling. No. Days. Off.”

According to Colon the spot was filmed in earlier this month in the Rangers’ Globe Life Park as well as a home in Dallas.

“I liked every part of doing it," Colon told the Dallas Morning News. “It was fun. That pig was definitely cold, but I had fun doing it.

“I ate a lot of [barbecue] this year. We cooked a lot of it for this commercial. Everything we did was real."

Colon made his debut in the majors in April 1997 has played for 11 different teams. He said he plans to play ball in his native Dominican Republic during the off-season and return to MLB in 2019.

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