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• Overwatch League said that its first week of competition drew more than 10 million viewers via Twitch, MLG, and Chinese streaming partners ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC and Panda TV. Opening day had an average audience per minute of 408,000.

• Coca-Cola, International Speedway Corp. and Nascar have signed an extension to their partnerships under which Coca-Cola, would "continue its deep-rooted history in the sport by engaging racing fans across Nascar’s three national series and 12 ISC-operated race tracks" and events including the Coca-Cola 600 and the Coca-Cola 400. Coca-Cola-sponsored drivers include Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Daniel Suarez and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. Coca-Cola said it "has been involved with stock car racing for 50 years," and became an official partner with Nascar in 1998.

• NBC Olympics will debut Olympic Ice Presented by Toyota, a live, daily figure skating show airing nightly (7 PM ET) on NBCSN beginning Feb. 10 and continuing through Feb. 24. Live Olympic figure skating competition will follow the show in primetime. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will present a digital-exclusive version of Olympic Ice Presented by Toyota immediately following prime-time coverage beginning Feb. 8.

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3.  Kyrie Irving (BOS) 802,834
4.  Joel Embiid (PHI) 433,161
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7. Draymond Green (GSW) 325,612
8. Manu Ginobili (SAS) 231,460
9. Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 212,650
10. Carmelo Anthony (OKC) 194,239

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Han Solo, James Bond, Terminator Add More Star Power To Super Bowl Sunday

By Barry Janoff

January 6, 2015: What does it take to make a big splash during the Big Game?

While real athletes will be on the field in the University of Phoenix Stadium will be seeking to win Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, broadcast network NBC will be airing movie studio commercials filled with robots, mutants and other-worldly humans seeking to: a) Protect Earth of today b) Protect Earth of the future c) Protect a world that is not Earth but metaphorically, philosophically and grammatically, resembles Earth.

This should be a landmark year for Hollywood, with releases scheduled to include such iconic franchises as Star Wars, The Terminator (pictured right), Avengers, Jurassic Park/World, Hunger Games, Mad Max and Bond, James Bond.

Following is a Baker's Dozen of films that might likely get air time during Super Bowl XLIX.

Chappie
Sony/Columbia
March 6
Neil Blomkamp (D), Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver

A highly gifted robot who is unaware of his great potential is separated from his creator at "birth" and is raised by an über non-traditional but loving family, from whom he learns and incorporates human experiences and emotions. "I am consciousness. I am alive. I am Chappie." Tag: One machine's journey to become his own man.

Furious 7
Universal
April 3
Vin Diesel, Ronda Rousey, Paul Walker, Dwyane Johnson, Jason Statham

The high-octane franchise continues, with the late Walker still involved as Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother.

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel Studios
May 1
Josh Whedon (D), Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth

Situations go from bad to worse when Tony Stark seeks invigorate a peace-keeping program, putting events into motion that sees the rise of the evil Ultron, who only adds insult to injury when the Avengers — Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye — seek to prevent the Earth from being destroyed.

Mad Max: Fury Road
May 15
Warner Bros.
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

Reboot of the classic movie franchise previously starring Mel Gibson, here with Hardy as the title character and again set in a desolate era where survival means having gasoline and water, but with the added attraction of Furiosa (Theron), who is on a quest to return to her homeland and in the process save the world.

Tomorrowland
May 22
Walt Disney Studios
George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson

"What if there was a placed, a secret place, where nothing is impossible. A miraculous place where you could actually change the world. You wanna go?"

Jurassic World
June 12
Universal/Amblin
Chris Pratt, Judy Greer
Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), John Hammond's infamous island playground Isla Nublar is a fully functioning Jurassic World filled with amiable, not rampaging dinosaurs, which, after ten uneventful years of operation is experiencing a decline in visitors. That leads corporate overseers to put the scientists on a mission to create a mutant dinosaur to revitalize interest. Past history, and this line early in the movie, lets you know how that evolves: "If something chases you, run."

Terminator Genisys
July 3
Paramount
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney

He's back . . . again, in what has been described as a re-imagining, rather than a reboot or continuation, of the original franchise. Here, Kyle Reese, sent back by John Connor, joins Sarah Connor and a Terminator that has noticeably aged in an all-out effort to prevent the arrival of "Judgement Day."

Ant-Man
July 17
Marvel Studios
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas

Dr. Henry Pym (Douglas) creates a suit that enables its wearer to shrink in scale but increase in strength, which when he dons it puts con-man Scott Lang at odds with himself and the world as he seeks to protect people against his former small-potato criminal cohorts and foes with major destructive intentions while keeping the abilities of the suit a secret. "Scott, I need you to be the Ant-Man." "Is it too late to change the name?"

Pan
July 17
Warner Bros.
Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Jimmy Vee

The story of Peter Pan before he became THE Peter Pan, here seen as an orphan who is taken to Neverland where, per the studio, he finds "both fun and dangers" and, as he is told, fulfills his destiny. "Peter, you are extraordinary. More than you can ever imagine."

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Aug. 14
Warner Bros.
Henry Cavill, Amrie Hammier, Hugh Grant

If you know the United Network Command for Law Enforcement from the TV show of the 1960s (the small-screen answer to James Bond on the big screen), you know CIA agent Napoleon Solo (no relation to Han Solo) and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin work together, here engaging in a mission to stop a criminal organization seeking to proliferate and activate nuclear weapons.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. II
Nov. 20
Lionsgate
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

With her status as the "Mockingjay" established, Katniss Everdeen and District 13 now take on what is described as an "all-out revolution" against the autocratic Capitol.

Spectre
Dec. 8
Columbia
Daniel Craig, Ralph Finnes, Christop Waltz

Bond, James Bond, with Craig seeking to uncover the deepest, darkest secrets of the organization that has been Bond's nemesis from the start: Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Dec. 18
Walt Disney/Lucasfilm
J.J. Abrams (D), Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Rs-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca

Set some three decades after Return of the Jedi, this is the first film in the franchise since Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney and will combine new characters with iconic returnees in what is also the first of the next trilogy, with Lucas still on-board as a consultant.

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