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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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Joel Embiid Has A Story To Tell About Life, Hoops, New Under Armour Shoe Deal

By Barry Janoff

October 11, 2018: Joel Embiid, NBA All-Star center for the Philadelphia 76ers, has signed a five-year deal with Under Armour, which will include signature shoes, marketing and other activations.

Embiid, who had been with adidas his first four years in the league, tipped his hand (or foot) in the pre-season when he wore Under Armour kicks during games, including the two China Games against the Dallas Mavericks.

Financial terms of the deal were not shared, but were called “the biggest for a center” by industry analysts.

“Welcome to the family,” Under Armour proclaimed on its Web site.

Embiid spent time after his signing in an Under Armour van, handing out swag to kids at a Philadelphia Boys & Girls Club.

“Philly has been behind me from Day 1 . . . Ya’ll have had my back. Now I’m gonna do my best to have your back,” he posted to his Twitter account.

Embiid has a solid social media following: 2.9 million on Instagram, 1.5 million-plus on Twitter, more than 281,000 on Facebook.

He joins a roster of Under Armour athletes and celebrities that includes Stephon Curry, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tom Brady, Jordan Spieth, Misty Copeland, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Lindsey Vonn, Anthony Joshua, Cam Newton and Michael Phelps.

For Embiid, however, the move to Under Armour went beyond signing a deal with a shoe company.

“This is about more than just shoes. This is about more than just basketball. I’m joining the Under Armour family, but I’m not trying to sell you sneakers right now,” Embiid wrote on in an essay, “This Is Bigger Than Basketball,” posted on the Under Armour Web site.

Embiid, who was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, did not play basketball until he was 15, using as his inspirations Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon and Luc Mbah a Moute, also a native of Cameroon, who was in the NBA and running a basketball camp there.

He eventually played one year at Kansas before being drafted in the first round (No. 3) overall by the Sixers in 2014.

“When I sat down with Under Armour, one of the first things we talked about was how this can be bigger than just shoes, bigger than just basketball,” wrote Embiid. “I want to help change people’s lives like Luc changed my life.”

He talks about his life in Cameroon, going from undiscovered to the Sixers in just a few years, his parents and his younger brother, Arthur, who died in a car accident in Cameroon shortly after Embiid was drafted.

This past summer, he was part of a group of NBAers who played in the 2018 Africa Game.

He also is the cover athlete for EA Sports NBA Live 19.

“Basketball has given me everything, but it has to be bigger than basketball. That was the first thing that I said to Under Armour, and they were behind it 100%. This isn’t about a shoe deal. I mean, listen . . . I’m gonna make sure they design some shoes as pretty as I am. Don’t worry about that. We’re gonna take care of that.

“But this is bigger than that. I want to use this partnership to do something real. I want to do something that would make my brother proud.

“And I want to start in Philly.”

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