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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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• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

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• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

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• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

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• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

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

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• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

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• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

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• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

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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*
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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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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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