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• Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, and the Professional Fighters League said the PFL playoff semi-final matches would be held in the new Entertainment and Sports Arena on Oct. 20.

• According to Bob Ley, ‘As of October 1 I'll be taking a six-month sabbatical from my Outside the Lines duties on ESPN. The idea of stepping back to re-charge is fully 100% mine, and one I've been considering for a while.’ Per ESPN: 'We completely support Bob’s decision and look forward to his return April 1.’

• Serena Williams will star in marketing for American Express relating to the U.S. Open to support new services such as the AmEx Band (contactless payment wristband) and an interactive tennis experience Super Rally, as well as the AmEx Fan Experience at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

• The planned move of MLS’ Columbus Crew club to Austin, Texas, received a major boost on Wednesday when the Austin City Council approved a deal to build a soccer stadium. Backers said the  venue could be ready for the 2020 MLS season.

• Walk This Way: Aerosmith has unveiled plans for headlining residency in Las Vegas, Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild. The first show is scheduled for April 6, 2019 in Park Theater, located in MGM Resorts International’s new Park MGM on the Vegas Strip. The residency is being promoted by Live Nation. There currently are18 dates scheduled for April-June-July 2019.

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• Oct. 17: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets 8 PM (ET) ESPN
• Oct. 17: Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns 10:30 PM  (ET) ESPN

• Oct. 18: Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers (8 PM. ET) TNT
• Oct. 18: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 PM ET) TNT

• Oct. 19: Boston Celtics vs.Toronto Raptors (8 PM ET) ESPN
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• Oct. 20: Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards (7 PM. ET) NBA TV
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• Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers 8 PM (ET) TNT
• Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 PM (ET) TNT

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Olympic Unification: IOC Approves, Expands North Korea Presence For '18 Winter Games

By Barry Janoff

Janaury 20, 2018: Tensions may be raw and on the verge of violence in political, social and financial areas, but the International Olympic Committee is seeing to it that sports and athletes can help to ease the situation, at least for the short-term.

Following a request from North Korea to be part of the 2018 Winter Games alongside host nation South Korea. the IOC has approved an array of platforms for North Korea athletes to compete under the “Olympic Korean Peninsula Declaration,” a first in the history of the two nations.

The IOC it would grant accreditations to the National Olympic Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for 22 athletes in three sports and five disciplines.

The delegation from North Korea will also include 24 coaches and officials, plus 21 media representatives at the Winter Games (Feb. 9-25) in PyongChang.

In addition, the IOC approved the request of the NOCs of South Korea (Republic of Korea) and DPRK to have their delegations march together as one under the name “Korea” at the Opening Ceremony. The delegation will be led into the Olympic Stadium by the Korean Unification Flag, carried by two athletes, one from each NOC.

The united delegation will wear a special uniform adorned with the Korean Unification Flag. The acronym for the team will be “COR."

"Such an agreement would have seemed impossible only a few weeks ago," Thomas Bach, IOC president, said during a media conference on Saturday (Jan. 20) to unveil the decision. Stating that “This was not an easy journey,” he added, “The Olympic Games show us what the world could look like if we were all guided by the Olympic spirit of respect and understanding,"

And in what seemed a direct shot at rhetoric coming from the White House, Bach said, “The Olympic Games are always about building bridges. They never erect walls.”

The sports of participation include figure skating, short track speed skating, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing and women’s ice hockey.

The unified women’s ice hockey team is being created by adding 12 players and one official from the NOC of the DPRK to the existing ROK Olympic squad of 23 players.

Registration for the other sports has expired, so the IOC said it created an additional quota place in figure skating, two places in short track speed skating and three places each in cross-country skiing and alpine skiing.

The united Korea participation will get worldwide attention via extensive coverage of the Games, including NBC Sports in the U.S., where verbal conflict with North Korea has escalated in recent months.

“This will draw people into the Games, and for the right reasons,” said Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production & Programming, via phone during a press conference earlier this week.

“It feels like a very positive story, this deescalation of tension, this calming, lowering of the temperature over there. We think that’s one of the things out there, one of these stories that’s been out in the world happens to be one of the stories where the Olympics are taking place,” said Bell.

"Such an agreement would have seemed impossible only a few weeks ago. This was not an easy journey.”

Asked he would pursue access to the athletes from North Korea, Bell said, “It’s absolutely something we would be interested in. Your guess is as good as any about the likelihood of that happening.”

“Today marks a milestone on a long journey,” Bach said during the IOC press conference. “Since 2014, the IOC has addressed the special situation of having the Olympic Winter Games 2018 on the Korean peninsula.

"Until today, we met separately with the parties on a bilateral basis to address an often fast-changing political situation in a comprehensive way. Today is therefore a great day, because the Olympic spirit has brought all sides together."

According to Bach, "The Olympic spirit is about respect, dialogue and understanding. The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 are hopefully opening the door to a brighter future on the Korean peninsula, and inviting the world to join in a celebration of hope.”

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