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• The Oakland Raiders, playing their last season in the Bay Area before a planned move to Las Vegas for the 2020 NFL season, said they have signed a deal with AEG Facilities to operate their $2 billion, 65,000-seat stadium, now under construction. Full story here.

• SAP has launched “Call the Shots,” an interactive, online game that puts people in the shoes of Wimbledon champ Angelique Kerber the day before a big match. Players use SAP Tennis Analytics to get Kerber match-ready, by using data and insights to make decisions that will help – or potentially hurt – her success on the court the next day.

• FIBA, the international governing body for basketball, said the annual FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final would be held in Los Angeles 2020-23 in partnership with the Los Angeles Times media group. ‘This will undoubtedly cement the FIBA 3x3 culture in the build up to the Los Angeles 2028 Games,” said Andreas Zagklis, FIBA secretary general. 

• The IOC said that breaking (break-dancing), skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have been provisionally included on the sports program for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing will make their debut on the Olympic program in Tokyo 2020.

• 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

Wimbledon 2019
Gentlemen's Singles Seeding
1. DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB)
2. FEDERER, Roger (SUI)
3. NADAL, Rafael (ESP)
4. ANDERSON, Kevin (RSA)
5. THIEM, Dominic (AUT)
6. ZVEREV, Alexander (GER)
7. TSITSIPAS, Stefanos (GRE)
8. NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN)
9. ISNER, John (USA)
10. KHACHANOV, Karen (RUS)

Ladies' Singles Seeding
1. BARTY, Ashleigh (AUS)
2. OSAKA, Naomi (JPN)
3. PLISKOVA, Karolina (CZE)
4. BERTENS, Kiki (NED)
5. KERBER, Angelique (GER)
6. KVITOVA, Petra (CZE)
7. HALEP, Simona (ROU)
8. SVITOLINA, Elina (UKR)
9. STEPHENS, Sloane (USA)
10. SABALENKA, Aryna (BLR)
11. WILLIAMS, Serena (USA)

Source: All England Lawn and Tennis Club

KEEPING SCORE

2019 Top Selling Summer Acts
Based on total sales on StubHub for U.S. tour dates from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2019
1. The Rolling Stones
2. Queen with Adam Lambert
3. Paul McCartney
4. Ariana Grande
5. Shawn Mendes
6. Billie Eilish
7. JoJo Siwa
8. Twenty One Pilots
9. Hootie and the Blowfish
10. Florida Georgia Line

Full story here.

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office June 21-23
1. Toy Story 4 $121M
2. Child’s Play $14M
3. Aladdin $13.2M
4. Men In Black International $10.7M
5. Secret Life of Pets 2 $10.3M
6. Rocketman $5.6M
7. John Wick 3 $4M
8. Godzilla $3.8M
9. Anna $3.6M
10. Dark Phoenix $3.5M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Channel Chasers

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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Nov042018

Hair Or There: Bryce Harper Of (Team TBD) Named 'MLB The Show 19' Cover Athlete

By Barry Janoff

November 2, 2018: In June, while he was in free-agency transition between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James was named as the cover athlete for the NBA 2K19 20th anniversary edition, seen in a head shot but not a specific uniform.

Bryce Harper, now in free agency transition between the Washington Nationals and a team to be determined (possibly the Nationals?), has been named as the cover athlete for MLB The Game 19 from Sony’s Playstation.

In initial cover shots, Harper is seen wearing a nondescript hoodie.

An intro trailer, in which Harper is seen on the field in his Nationals uniform, asks, “Which jersey will Bryce wear on the final cover?”

It then entices people to “Follow Bryce’s journey @MLBTheShow.”

“First the Home Run Derby and now the cover of @MLBTheShow,” Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, who was on the cover of MLB The Show 18, posted on Twitter. “Congrats man! #playstationambassador”

“Certainly the story of the day, and on everybody’s mind is what does the future hold for Bryce Harper?” says a voiceover in the MLB the Show 19 spot. “For an individual player this is the biggest story of the off-season.

“Where will he end up? We don’t know. He doesn’t know. But time will tell.”

His resume follows: “Six-time All-Star. 2015 NL MVP. 2018 Home Run Derby champion. The hair.”

“As free agency has begun, the world is left wondering: where will he be in 2019?,” Ramone Russell, game designer and online community manager, for Sony Interactive Entertainment America, San Diego, posted to the MLB The Show blog.

“We’re proud to announce Bryce Harper as the cover athlete of MLB The Show 19, and we are excited to partner with him for the reveal of his ‘2019 team on our upcoming final game cover art,”

According to promo material from Playstation, “Bryce’s unapologetic raw passion for the game and search for a potential team makes him the player to watch this off-season.

“We’re at the beginning of a new chapter in the epic MLB legacy of Bryce Harper. He’s got the skill and tenacity to be a Hall of Fame ballplayer. He’s got an explosive drive to win, and he’s hungrier than ever for a World Series ring.

“So, what jersey will Bryce champion on the final cover of MLB The Show 19? Follow The Show to see what the future holds for baseball’s most exciting free agent and what jersey he’ll be wearing on The Show 19."

The game will hit retail March 26, 2019.

Sony Playstation is touting four versions: the Standard Edition; a Digital Deluxe Edition available via the Playstation Store; Gone Yard Edition, a GameStop exclusive, which offers an exclusive New Era Gone Yard 9Fifty hat and a limited MVP Gone Yard Steel Book; and the MVP Edition.

According to Sony Playstation, “When you pre-order, you will receive 10 Standard Packs and 1 Gold Player Choice Pack for The Show 19 when you pick-up or download the game from any participating retailer.

“Pre-order at GameStop and receive an additional 1 Gear Up Choice Pack. Lastly, if you pre-order on PlayStation Store, you’ll also get 5,000 Stubs for MLB The Show 19 and instantly receive a Bryce Harper MVP Flashback Card you can use right now in MLB The Show 18.”

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