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• NBA All-Star James Harden has joined the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo. According to the MLS club, the 2018 NBA MVP with the Houston Rockets becomes the fifth member of an ownership group led by Gabriel Brener, which also includes boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Guill and Jake Silverstein.

In addition to the Dynamo, the group also owns the NWSL's Houston Dash and BBVA Stadium, the home venue for both clubs.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said via the team.

• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Cavs Legion Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled plans for an eSports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood. The 2,700 square foot venue is scheduled to open this fall,

• The NFL Network is planning 129 hours of “Inside Training Camp Live” coverage July 22-Aug. 7 Additional coverage will appear across NFL media platforms including NFL.com, NFL Films, NFL app and NFL RedZone.

ESPN also said it would provide comprehensive coverage of the opening week of the 2019 NFL training camps beginning July 22 on daily editions of SportsCenter and NFL Live.

• NBC’s Golf Channel unveiled details for its next Golf Films project, “Tiger Woods: Chasing History,” to premiere July 22  The film will present viewers with a chronological look at the “sights and sounds from each of Woods’ 81 professional victories, from his first at the Las Vegas Invitational in 1996, through the most recent win at the Masters earlier this year.”

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

POLL POSITION

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

KEEPING SCORE

The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 12-14
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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War Of The Worlds: Mayweather-McGregor Pre-Fight Talk, Talk, Talks The F-ing Talk

By Barry Janoff

July 12, 2017: People who are following the situation won’t know until the evening of Aug. 26 whether or not the scheduled bout between undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and MMA/UFC specialist Conor McGregor in Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena lived up to the tonnage of pre-fight hype.

But if the opening two rounds of a four-city, three nation, two continent open-to-the-public press tour was a loquacious indication, there should be a lot of jabbing, smacking, eye-balling and face-to-face confrontations.

Mayweather Jr., McGregor and their respective entourages, under the auspices of Showtime, hit the Staples Center on Tuesday to kick off four-day press tour that also will whirlwind its way to Toronto, New York and London.

Ironically, the man who usually has a lot to say, UFC president Dana White, introduced McGregor with about 20 words:

"What’s up, Los Angeles! Ladies and gentlemen, the reigning, defending 155-lb. champion of the UFC, the Notorious Conor McGregor."

The Notorious Conor then went into victory speech about making his once far-fetched dream of fighting Mayweather Jr. a reality — "Baby We did it . . .  20,000 people (in Staples Center). It’s mind-blowing, I’m absolutely honored to be here" — before going into a diatribe against Mayweather Jr.

"He’s in a f-ning track suit," McGregor said, pointing at Mayweather Jr. Then, focusing on Maywether Jr.’s troubles with the IRS, which reports say he owes millions in past taxes, "He can’t even afford a suit anymore. He is f-ed . . .  I don’t fear him.

"I’m going to knock him out inside of four rounds. Mark my words," said McGregor. "I’m a young confident man I worked extremely hard for this. I can do whatever the f- I want up here.”

Mayweather Jr.’s response. "He’s a six-figure fighter, I’m a nine-figure fighter. This bitch made $3 million in his last fight. That’s training camp money for me . . . I’m the IRS and I'm gonna tax your ass."

Then, getting a bit contrite, Mayweather Jr. said, "I want to thank the MGM Grand. I want to thank Showtime. I want to thank the MMA fans. I want to say thank-you to Conor McGregor and his team. I want to thank Dana White. It takes two warriors to bring an event like this together."

And then it was back to business. "I can give it to him right now but we’re going to save that for the pay day," said Mayweather as White stepped in to put some space between their face-to-face press ender. "I gonna save that for the money."

In Toronto on Wednesday, where some 30,000 fans made their way into Budweiser Stage, the voltage was ramped up even higher.

"(Mayweather) won't do shit," said McGregor. "He won't do f-ing nothing . . .

"(Mayweather's) head is too small. One shot is all it takes me. I'll bounce his head off the canvas. I'll dribble that shit. He never even fought a day in his life. He's boxing's biggest runner and it's biggest bitch."

Among the other repartee between the two BFFs:

• McGregor: "He's 40. Learn to dress your age. You have a school bag on stage. What are you doing with a school bag on stage? You can't even read."

• Mayweather: "They say I was too small, they say I run like a bitch. But G-damn it, 49-0. Yeah m-fer, I run it until the m-fing bank."

• McGregor: "Floyd, you do something with that (Irish) flag (that Mayweather grabbed from a fan in the audience and then draped around his shoulders) and you ain't getting this bag or this money back, and I'm going to f- you up on stage."

• Mayweather: "I'm not phased by this. This doesn't bother me. Like I said, at the end of the day, the fans can't fight for him. I've been through this too many times."

Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY will host Round 3 on Thursday, then it's off to London on Friday for Round 4.

PHOTOS: COURTESY SHOWTIME

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