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• NBC Sports and the Premier League are partnering to present their second Premier League Mornings Live, scheduled to take place in New York on Saturday, Dec. 8. The event will include a turf pitch, the Premier League trophy, club mascots and special guests. The initial fan fest in September was attended by more than 2,000 on a rooftop overlooking the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

• NBC Sports’ inaugural presentation of the IMSA SportsCar Championship begins Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, with live coverage of the 57th Rolex 24 at Daytona (Daytona Beach, Fla.), as part of more than 100 hours of IMSA programming set to air across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app throughout the upcoming 2019 season.

Forbes is reporting that the Seattle Mariners home stadium which has been known as Safeco Field since 1999, will be renamed via a new naming rights deal with T-Mobile beginning with the 2019 MLB season. The naming rights deal with Safeco Insurance — 20 years for $40 million — expired this past season and Safeco decided not to renew. The T-Mobile deal could be for upward of $6 million per year.

• Between now and Nov. 19, every use of #SaluteToService on Twitter will generate a $5 donation, up to $5 million, to the NFL’s military non-profit partners – including the Pat Tillman Foundation, TAPS, USO, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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MLB MOY, MVP, CY Young, ROY

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

AL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Mookie Betts, OF Boston Red Sox

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

AL CY YOUNG
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

KEEPING SCORE

All-Time NBA Scoring Leaders (To Date)

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38, 387
2. Karl Malone 36,928
3. Kobe Bryant 33,643
4. Michael Jordan 32.292
5. LeBron James 31.425*
6. Wilt Chamberlain 31.419
7. Dirk Nowitzki 31,187*
8. Shaquille O’Neal 28,596
9. Moses Malone 27,409
10. Elvin Hays 27,313
11. Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
12. Oscar Robertson 26,710
13. Dominique Wilkins 26,668
14. Tim Duncan 26,496
15. Paul Pierce 26,397
19. Carmelo Anthony 25,551*
22. Vince Carter 24,967*
30. Dwayne Wade 22,211*
*Still Active

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Weekend Box Office Nov. 16-18
1. Fantastic Beasts Crimes of Grindelwald $62.2M
2. The Grinch $38.1M
3. Bohemian Rhapsody $15.7M
4. Instant Family $14.7M
5. Widows $12.3M
6. Nutcracker and the Four Realms $4.7M
7. A Star is Born $4.3M
8. Overlord $3.8M
9. Girl in the Spider’s Web $2.5M
10. Burn the Stage $2.3M

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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Screen Time: ESPN Scripts NBA Preview Inspired By TV Shows Past And Present

By Barry Janoff

October 11, 2018: There are many ways to approach doing a preview of the upcoming NBA season.

According to ESPN, “If the NBA has taught us anything, it’s to expect drama — everywhere!"

With that as a foundation, ESPN said it paired each team with a TV drama, "then the NBA Forecast panel ranked how central each subplot will be to this season. Are you not entertained?”

With photo illustrations by Eric Heintz, the pithy previews are inspired by such shows as Baller, Billions, Chicago Fire, Empire, The Leftovers, CSI, Sons Of Anarchy and Twin Peaks.

Spoiler alert: the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers got good reviews; the New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings did not.

TV-inspired team previews (in alphabetical order):

Atlanta Hawks Got Shorty
Photo illustration of rookie Trae Young
“Did they forfeit their future - or hit the jackpot?”

Boston Celtics Baller
Photo illustration of Jason Tatum
“Kid. Father. Phenom.”

Brooklyn Nets Billions
“When a Russian plutocrat owns your team, losing is acceptable — until it’s nyet.”

Charlotte Hornets Mad Man
Photo illustration of Kemba Walker
“He’s an all-star. He’s underpaid. And he’s about to get his."

Chicago Bulls Chicago Fire
“The coach is on the hot seat. and everyone is feeling the heat.”

Cleveland Cavaliers The Leftovers
Photo illustration of Kevin Love, JR Smith, Tristan Thomson
“Believe it or not, most of us are still here.”

Dallas Mavericks Succession
Photo illustration of rookie Luca Doncic
“Can a wunderkind save them . . . again?”

Denver Nuggets Blindspot
“Stardom is in the eye of the beholder.”

Detroit Pistons Twin Peaks: The Return
Photo illustration Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond
“Thirty years later, they’ve gone big again - but will it work this time?”

Golden State Warriors Empire
Photo illustration of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins
“You never see the end of a dynasty coming.”

Houston Rockets Curb Your Enthusiasm
Multiple photo illustrations of a stoic Carmelo Anthony interspersed with photo illustrations of coach Mike D’Antoni, James Harden and Chris Paul
“What’s wrong with this picture?”

Indiana Pacers The Good Fight
“Months ago they nearly unseated the King. Now a throne is theirs for the taking.”

Los Angeles Clippers The Ex-Files
“Their players are out there.”

Los Angeles Lakers Strangest Things
Photo illustration of LeBron James surrounded by bevy of other new players
“One new guy is supernatural. Four are mystifying. What could possibly go wrong.”

Memphis Grizzlies Arrested Development
“They’re old. They’re slow. They’re gong nowhere fast.”

Miami Heat Burn Notice
Photo illustration of Hassan Whitehead and Dion Waiters
“They’re playing with fire.”

Milwaukee Bucks 34
Photo illustration of Giannis Antetokounmpo
“Only one man an save them. is time running out?”

Minnesota Timberwolves Damages
Photo illustration of head coach Tom Thibodeau with Karl-Anthony Townes, Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler
“Everyone is angry. Everyone is exhausted. Everyone is to blame.”

New Orleans Pelicans Designated Survivor
Photo illustration of Anthony Davis
“For now, he’s all they’ve got.”

New York Knicks Lost
Photo illustration shadow of unseen players
“They’re stuck on an island. Crazy things happen. None of it makes any sense.”

Oklahoma City Thunder Better Call Paul
Photo illustration of Paul George
“Need help? Star lonely? No wingman?”

Orlando Magic Sons Of Anarchy
“Who’s running this show?”

Philadelphia 76ers CSI: Philly
Photo illustration Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and head coach Brett Brown
“Looks like someone picked a bad day to tweet.”

Phoenix Suns Younger
“You can get away with a lot when you’re young.”

Portland Trail Blazers Insecure
Photo illustration of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum
“What happens when your best isn’t good enough?”

Sacramento Kings Catastrophe
Photo illustration of GM Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadivé
“What’s their problem? Everything.”

San Antonio Spurs This Was Us
Photo illustrations of head Coach Gregg Popovic, Tony parker, Manu Gianobili and Kawhi Leonard
“This was real. this was love. this was family. Until it wasn’t.”

Toronto Raptors Cold Case
Photo illustration of Kawhi Leonard
“Born in L.A. Raised in Texas. Can the Canadian spirit melt this superstar’s heart?”

Utah Jazz Justified
Photo illustration of Donovan Mitchell
“There’s a new sheriff in town.”

Washington Wizards House of Cards
Photo illustration of John Wall and Bradley Beal
“Team chemistry is so overrated.”

ESPN’s coverage of the 2018-19 NBA regular season includes five opening week games, beginning with the Pelicans visiting the Rockets and the Mavericks at the Suns on Oct. 17.

ESPN will have LeBron James’ home-opener with the Lakers when they host the Rockets on Oct. 20.

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