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• WWE said that Houston’s Minute Maid Park would host the Royal Rumble on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The event will mark the second time the Royal Rumble has been held at a baseball stadium following this year’s event at Phoenix’ Chase Field (before a capacity crowd of 48,193). The event will stream live around worldwide on WWE Network.

• SportsEngine, Inc., an NBC Sports Group company and a leading provider of Sport Relationship Management software, is partnering with USA Hockey to promote participation in youth hockey during USA Hockey’s Hockey Week Across America (Feb. 17 - 24) and USA Hockey’s Try Hockey for Free Day (Feb. 23).

• MLS said its board of governors has extended the contract of commissioner Don Garber through the 2023 season. Garber, 61, has been commissioner since 1999, overseeing the league expanding from 12 to 27 clubs, adding 25 new owners and developing 19 soccer stadiums across the U.S. and Canada.

• Al Horford of the Boston Celtics is the new national NBA face for Built With Chocolate Milk. A TV and digital campaign will “spotlight his balanced approach to performance, recovery and nutrition. For the first time, the campaign will be bilingual, with Horford the first Hispanic athlete on the roster.

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Finalists For The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Unveiled at NBA All-Star Weekend as finalists from the North American and Women’s committees to be considered for election in 2019:

Players
• Marques Johnson
• Bobby Jones
• Sidney Moncrief
• Jack Sikma
• Ben Wallace
• Chris Webber
• Paul Westphal
Coaches
• Bill Fitch
• Eddie Sutton
Referee
• Hugh Evans

Finalists from the Women’s Screening Committee
Player
• Theresa Weatherspoon
Coaches
• Leta Andrews
• Barbara Stevens

The Class of 2019 will be unveiled during a press conference in Minneapolis at the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

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Weekend Box Office Feb. 9-11
1. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part $55M
2. What Men Want $21M
3. Cold Pursuit $9.5M
4. The Prodigy $7M
5. The Upside $5.7M
6. Glass $5.5M
7. Miss Bala $3.8M
8. Aquaman $3M
9. Green Book $2.7M
10. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse $2.4M
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IOC Bans Russia From 2018 Winter Games, But FIFA Says No Impact On World Cup

By Barry Janoff

December 5, 2017: Calling it an “unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport,” the  International Olympic Committee Tuesday (Dec. 5) banned Russia from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics, but left the door open for athletes from Russia to compete “under strict conditions.”

The IOC’s Executive Board said that it made the decision “after studying and discussing the findings of the Commission led by the former President of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, addressing the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russia.”

(Editor's Note: In response to his nation being banned by the IOC from competing in the 2018 Olympics but allowing athletes from the nation to compete under strict regulations, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Dec. 6 in a statement that the government would not prevent Russian athletes from competing at the 2018 Winter Games. “It will be up to each individual Russian sportsperson to decide if they participate in the February Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as neutral competitors.”)

The report specified by the IOC also addressed in particular the “manipulation at the anti-doping laboratory at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, which targeted the Olympic Games directly.”

According to the IOC, “Over 17 months of extensive work, the Schmid Commission gathered evidence and information and held hearings with all the main actors. Due process, to which every individual and every organization is entitled, was followed. This opportunity was not available to the IOC prior to the Olympic Games Rio 2016.”

This summer, Russia will play host to the FIFA World Cup. Its national soccer team is part of Group A with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay.

"FIFA has taken note of the decision made by the IOC regarding the participation of Russian athletes at the upcoming Winter Olympics," according to a statement from FIFA.

”(The IOC) decision has no impact on the preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as we continue to work to deliver the best possible event."

For the IOC, the conclusions of the Schmid Report, “on both factual and legal aspects, confirmed the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia, through the 'Disappearing Positive Methodology' and during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, as well as the various levels of administrative, legal and contractual responsibility, resulting from the failure to respect the respective obligations of the various entities involved,” according to the IOC.

"This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement. “The IOC EB, after following due process, has issued proportional sanctions for this systemic manipulation while protecting the clean athletes.

“This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency),” said Bach.

The IOC said it would invite individual Russian athletes “under strict conditions” to the Games in PyeongChang, adhering to specific guidelines that it laid out.

“These invited athletes will participate, be it in individual or team competitions, under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)” according to the IOC. “They will compete with a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic Flag. The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony” rather than their national anthem should any of these invited athletes win a medal.”

The Schmid Commission itself recommended to the IOC Executive Board that it “take the appropriate measures that should be strong enough to effectively sanction the existence of a systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia, as well as the legal responsibility of the various entities involved (i.e., including uniform, flag and anthem) while protecting the rights of the individual Russian clean athletes.”

“As the exclusive U.S. media rights holder through 2032, we believe in clean competition and strong actions to ensure it.,” NBCUniversal said in a statement. “Therefore, we fully support today’s IOC decision, which levels significant sanctions against the guilty, but also provides a path for clean athletes to compete in PyeongChang.”

According to Scott Blackmun, CEO for the U.S. Olympic Committee, “The IOC took a strong and principled decision. There were no perfect options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again. Now it is time to look ahead to PyeongChang."

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