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• The NBA London Game 2019 will feature a regular-season game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks in The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 17. Marketing partners include Foot Locker, Gatorade, Nike, SAP and Tissot, with additional partners to be unveiled in the coming months.

• The Denver Broncos home field is getting a temporary name change to Broncos Stadium at Mile High. It had been Sports Authority Field at Mile High, but the national sporting goods retailer, which had been based in Englewood, Col., ceased operations in July 2016. A search for a more permanent naming rights holder is currently underway.

• Per AP Sports: Burger King in Russia ran a promotion on social media offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to any women who become pregnant by World Cup players. The offer was then deleted, In a statement Wednesday to AP, Burger King said, “We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online. (It) does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

• The PGA TOUR has signed a deal with Facebook to distribute exclusive Saturday and Sunday live competition coverage, on a free basis, from eight tournaments leading into the FedExCup Playoffs for the 2017-18 season. Airing on Facebook Watch in the U.S., coverage begins at the Travelers Championship on June 23-24. Other events in 2018 include: Quicken Loans National; A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier; John Deere Classic; RBC Canadian Open; World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational; Wyndham Championship; and The Northern Trust.

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MLB has released the leaders by position for the 2018 All-Star Game (as of June 19), with voting sponsored by Camping World. (Voting ends July 5 at 11:59 PM ET.)

American League: 1B José Abreu (Chicago White Sox), 2B José Altuve (Houston Astros), SS Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles), 3B  José Ramirez (Cleveland Indians); OF Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels). Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox); Wilson Ramos (Tampa Bay Rays), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees); DH Victor Martinez (Detroit Tigers).

National League: 1B Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), 2B Ozhaino Albies (Atlanta Braves), SS Brandon Crawford (San Francisco Giants), 3B Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies); OF Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers), Nick Markakis (Atlanta Braves), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals); C Wilson Contreras (Chicago Cubs),Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants).

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (June 15-17)

1. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $180 M ($231.5M worldwide)
2. Ocean's 8 - Warner Bros. - $19.6M
3. Tag - Warner Bros. - $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Disney - $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $8.8M
6. Hereditary - A24 - $7M
7. Superfly - Sony - $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $5.3M
9. Adrift - STX Entertainment - $2.1M
10. Book Club - Paramount - $1.9M
11. A Wrinkle In Time - Disney - $1.8M
12. Gotti - Vertical Entertainment - $1.7M

NOTE: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal $173.6M international (opens in U.S. June 22)

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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May182015

Cool Brees: Mission Adds NFL's Drew Brees To Its Roster Of Athlete Endorsers

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

May 18, 2015: Mission Athletecare, whose products are intended to enhance and support the activities of pro and casual athletes has added an All-Pro quarterback to its roster of endorsers, signing Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints to appear in marketing and support such items as the expanding line of EnduraCool instant cooling towels.

New York-based Mission Athletecare last week signed NHL All Star, John Tavares of the New York Islanders and earlier this month added Nascar driver Jimmie Johnson to its line-up.

Financial terms of the alliance with Brees were not shared.

The three, as well as Mission's other spokespersons, currently will focus on Mission's inaugural Heat Safety Awareness Week, which begins today (May 18) and concludes with National Heat Awareness Day on Friday, May 22.

"As an athlete from Texas who now spends a tremendous amount of time training in New Orleans, I am well-familiar with the effects heat can have on performance," Brees said in a statement. "I am proud to join the Mission roster and raise awareness for the cutting-edge products that will undoubtedly make a huge impact on athletes everywhere."

This month, Mission expanded upon its EnduraCool towel with a line of wearable EnduraCool instant cooling gear and accessories — specifically designed for in-game and in-action cooling — including instant cooling hats, skull caps, headbands and sleeves.

Mission said it would also launch a three-month, 60-city tour of summer sport camps, endurance races and sporting events to "educate athletes of all levels how they can play safe and optimize performance through cooling strategies."

According to Josh Shaw, founder and CEO for Mission, "We are honored to welcome both Drew and John to the Mission Team. Both of them directly reflect the true DNA of what we stand for at Mission. Their commitment to high performance in work and life is exactly how we operate at Mission, and we're proud to be aligned with such great leaders in all of sports."

Mission said that all of its athletes would be joining forces this week through interactive events and social outreach to "raise awareness on the dangers of heat related injuries and help promote Mission's Heat Safety Pledge," which rewards high schools that follow the heat safety guidelines outlined by the Korey Stringer Institute, the world's leading organization focused on heat safety.

Mission's roster of athletes and product developers includes Dwyane Wade, Serena Williams, Mia Hamm, Billie Jean King, Dwight Howard, Reggie Bush, Amanda Beard, Carmelo Anthony and Brees' fellow NFL quarterback Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins.

PHOTOS COURTESY MISSION ATHLETECARE

Jimmie Johnson Takes The Heat For Mission AthleteCare

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