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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

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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

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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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How Big A Role Did Serena Have In Colin Kaepernick Scoring A New Nike Campaign?

By Barry Janoff

September 3, 2018: Colin Kaepernick, known more these days for his role as a catalyst for social change than as a NFL quarterback, will be part of an upcoming Nike “Just Do It” 30th anniversary campaign.

Kaepernick shared the news on his Instagram and Twitter accounts on Labor Day.

He posted a photo showing a close-up of his face imprinted with the text, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt.”

The post on Twitter had 47,000 retweets and almost 105,500 likes.

On Instagram, the ad received more than 191,000 likes.

Kaepernick last played in the NFL during the 2016 season with the San Francisco 49ers, when he started a league-wide movement of players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest racial and other injustices in the U.S.

One of his biggest supporters has been Serena Williams, who is one of Nike’s major endorsers and also will appear as part of the 30th anniversary campaign.

Others in the new "Just Do It" effort include LeBron James, NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Seattle Seahawks rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin.

Kaepernick will also have a signature line including shoes, shirts and jerseys.

Kaepernick and Eric Reid, a former teammate who also knelt during the National Anthem, were both at the U.S. Open last week to watch Serena play Venus Williams, and received support from Serena.

“Every athlete, every American and definitely every African American should be completely grateful for and honor that Colin and Eric are doing so much for the greater good,” Williams said during her post-match press conference. “They really use their platform in ways that is really unfathomable.

“I feel like they obviously have great respect from a lot of their peers, especially other athletes, people that really are looking for social change.”

During an interview with Time magazine in early August, Williams praised Kaepernick’s actions and even said that if signed he could league a team to a Super Bowl, as he did with the Niners in Super Bowl XLVII (February 2013), where the team lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31.

Williams is a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins.

Earlier this year, Williams donated $10,000 to Imagine L.A., which aids homeless people, as part of Kaepernick’s goal to raise $1 million for the foundation.

Kaepernick’s Twitter account has a photo of Serena in action on the court with the words, “The Greatest!!”

Kaepernick is suing the NFL claiming teams colluded to keep him out of the league. The NFL has denied collusion as the reason for Kaepernick not being signed by any team in the league,

He has been official Nike endorser since 2011, but has not been part of an official Nike effort for several years.

In 2014, he appeared with a group of other quarterbacks, including Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck as part of the Nike Field Generals Collection campaign.

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