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• The NBA London Game 2019 will feature a regular-season game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks in The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 17. Marketing partners include Foot Locker, Gatorade, Nike, SAP and Tissot, with additional partners to be unveiled in the coming months.

• The Denver Broncos home field is getting a temporary name change to Broncos Stadium at Mile High. It had been Sports Authority Field at Mile High, but the national sporting goods retailer, which had been based in Englewood, Col., ceased operations in July 2016. A search for a more permanent naming rights holder is currently underway.

• Per AP Sports: Burger King in Russia ran a promotion on social media offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to any women who become pregnant by World Cup players. The offer was then deleted, In a statement Wednesday to AP, Burger King said, “We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online. (It) does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

• The PGA TOUR has signed a deal with Facebook to distribute exclusive Saturday and Sunday live competition coverage, on a free basis, from eight tournaments leading into the FedExCup Playoffs for the 2017-18 season. Airing on Facebook Watch in the U.S., coverage begins at the Travelers Championship on June 23-24. Other events in 2018 include: Quicken Loans National; A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier; John Deere Classic; RBC Canadian Open; World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational; Wyndham Championship; and The Northern Trust.

KEEPING SCORE

Top-Selling MLB Jerseys (Jan.-May 2018)

1. Jose Altuve Houston Astros
2. Aaron Judge New York Yankees
3. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Giancarlo Stanton New York Yankees
5. George Springer Houston Astros
6. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
7. Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs
8. Shohei Otani Los Angeles Angels
9. Carlos Corea Hoston Astros
10. Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox
11. Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
12. Cody Bellinger Los Angeles Dodgers
13. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
14. Javier Baez Chicago Cubs

SOURCE: MLBShop.com

BUY SELL

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (June 15-17)

1. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $180 M ($231.5M worldwide)
2. Ocean's 8 - Warner Bros. - $19.6M
3. Tag - Warner Bros. - $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Disney - $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $8.8M
6. Hereditary - A24 - $7M
7. Superfly - Sony - $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $5.3M
9. Adrift - STX Entertainment - $2.1M
10. Book Club - Paramount - $1.9M
11. A Wrinkle In Time - Disney - $1.8M
12. Gotti - Vertical Entertainment - $1.7M

NOTE: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal $173.6M international (opens in U.S. June 22)

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Wednesday
May082013

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith Boldly Treks Into The Movie World Of Kirk, Spock, Bones

By Barry Janoff

(Originally published at Brief)

May 8, 2013: ESPN as analyst and commentator Stephen A. Smith has stepped out of his role with the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports to take on several roles in an out of this world ESPN-Paramount Pictures joint promo for Star Trek Into Darkness.

In a 30-second spot, from ESPN Creative works in conjunction with Paramount, Smith is seen on the Starship Enterprise playing the part of eight key crew members. That includes Smith as Capt. James T. Kirk, Spock, Dr. "Bones" McCoy, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott and Pavel Chekov.

The spot broke this week during ESPN's SportsCenter and First Take, the daily debate forum on ESPN 2 that features Smith and Skip Bayless. The commercial will be in regular rotation for several weeks. The movie's official premiere is scheduled for May 16.

The TV spot took nine hours to film but "It was a lot of fun," according to Smith.

In the film, directed by J.J. Abrams, the crew of the Enterprise finds an "unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, [which leads] Captain Kirk on a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction," according to Paramount.

The ESPN creative opens with Smith as Kirk in a frenzy. "I need to beam Spock back to the ship," he commands the crew. "Give me one way to do it."

"Maybe if we had a direct line of sight," Smith relies as Chekov.

"He's inside an active volcano!" yells McCoy.

We then see Smith as Spock in a spacesuit, surrounded by flames on a desolate planet. "The Enterprise is too large," he says in Spock's monotone voice.

McCoy replies, "Shut up, Spock. We're trying to save you."

To which Smith offers in Spockian philosophy, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."

Smith as Kirk then beams in, "We're talking about your life." When communications are cut off, Kirk says, "Try to get him back on line."

After a few moments of silence, we see a two-shot of Smith as McCoy standing next to Smith as Kirk. "If Spock was here," Kirk asks, "and I was there [in the volcano], what would he do?"

McCoy says, "He'd let you die!!"

To which Smith as Kirk replies without missing a beat, "Damn, that's messed up." (See the full spot here.)

Partners for the movie also include Visa, Mazda 6, Esurance, ACER and LifeLock, which each are running their own promotions to support the release of "Star Trek Into Darkness." The film stars Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Bones and Zoe Saldana as Lt. Nyota Uhura.

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