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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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MLB MOY, MVP, CY Young, ROY

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

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

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

AL CY YOUNG
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• 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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Weekend Box Office Nov. 16-18
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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Aug102018

MLB Players' Weekend: Tsunami, Pickles, Broomstick, Sabanero Soy, Underpants

By Barry Janoff

August 10, 2018: On the weekend of Aug. 24-26, you won’t be able to tell the MLB players without a scorecard — and even that might not help.

Baseball is bringing back Players' Weekend for the second season, this year presented by Valspar, meaning that tradition is out the window and off-the-wall is in, with players wearing jerseys adorned with nicknames of their choosing.

Last year, the winner for most unusual might arguably have gone to then St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Seung-hwan Oh, who spelled out his nickname, "Sparky," in Korean characters (and will be doing it again this year with the Colorado Rockies).

Shin-Soo Choo (Texas Rangers) also will have his nickname in Korean characters this year.

But the potential top nominee for unusual presentation: Brad Boxberger, pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, using the emojis of “box” and “hamburger” to spell out his name.

Not far behind: Joey “In Flanders Field” Votto (Cincinnati Reds), the title of poem written in 1915 by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae during World War I.

"Players envisioned Players' Weekend as a way to express themselves and connect with fans in a fun and more personal way," Tony Clark, MLBPA executive director, said in a statement.

“And the opportunity for players to honor those who first stirred their passions for baseball at a grassroots level helps reinforce the way our game is handed down from generation to generation."

Players' Weekend presented by Valspar is not just for fun, it also helps MLB players honor those who have helped them on their path to the pros and supports all of baseball, from the Little Leagues to the Major Leagues.

In addition to nicknames on the back of their Majestic jerseys, players will wear a patch on the right sleeve of each uniform on which they can write the name of a person who aided or inspired them.

The patches and New Era caps will also feature an "Evolution" logo, showing a progression of five players increasing in size to demonstrate the process of a player's path from Little League, through youth leagues and to the Majors.

The patch is a show of solidarity with youth baseball and softball programs, said MLB.

MLB said game-worn jerseys would be auctioned at MLB.com, with 100% of the proceeds going to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint effort focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the U.S. and Canada.

Youth Ambassadors, promoting the event include Ozzie Albies, Jose Berrios, Alex Bregman, Edwin Diaz, Didi Gregorius, Enrique Hernandez, Rhys Hoskins, Brandon Nimmo and Albert Pujols.

You won’t see such classics as “The Sultan of Swat” (Babe Ruth), “Hammering’ Hank” (Hank Aaron), “Splendid Splinter” (Ted Williams) or “Three Fingers” (Mordecai Brown).

But get ready for Todd “Toddfather” Frazier (New York Mets), Carlos “Tsunami” Martinez (St. Louis Cardinals), Max “Blue Eye” Scherzer (Washington Nationals), Nelson “Broomstick” Cruz (Seattle Mariners), Ronald “Sabanero Soy” Acuna Jr. (Atlanta Braves), Danny “Chill Sergeant” Duffy (Kansas City Royals), Shane “Not Justin” Bieber (Cleveland Indians), Sonny “Pickles” Gray (New York Yankees) and Hunter “Underpants” Pence (San Francisco Giants).

Some chose to go a simpler route: JT “T” Riddle (Miami Marlins), Mike “Z” Zumino (Seattle Mariners), Cody “CC” Carroll (Baltimore Orioles). Giancarlo “G” Stanton (New York Yankees) and Xavier “X” Cedeno (Chicago White Sox).

Not making much of a change: Homer “Homer” Bailey (Cincinnati Reds), Eric “Hosmer” Hosmer (San Diego Padres), Joe “Mauer” Mauer (Minnesota Twins) and Aaron “Judge” Judge (New York Yankees), who, if not opting for the “All Rise” already attached to his persona could have at least tried “Here Come Da.”

Many of the Yankees, in fact, seemed not to overthink the issue. In addition to Judge, we are getting Brett “Gardner” Gardner, Ben “Heller” Heller, Greg “Bird” Bird and A.J. “AJ” Cole.

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey went with his real nickname, “Buster,’ but could have turned things around on nickname weekend by using his real name, Gerald.

Same for Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey, who is using “Homer” when he could have touted his given name, David; and Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie “Mookie” Betts (real name Markus).

Fortunately, Detroit Tigers pitcher Buck Farmer was in on that particular joke: He’s using his real name, George, on nickname weekend.

Some players apparently want the crowd to cheer them on when they appear: Jerry “Jer-ry Jer-ry Jer-ry” Blevins (New York Mets) and Emilio “Emiliooooo” Pagan (Oakland A’s).

Ryan Pressly (Houston Astros) went with “Pressly" when “Elvis” might have had a better rock 'n' roll sound to it.

Last year, Chicago Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. was the only player allowed to use a brand name, Carl's Jr., on the back of his jersey.

This year we get “Miller Time” from Andrew “Miller (Cleveland Indians).

Among the longest nicknames: Andrew “Triggonomentry” Triggs (Oakland A’s), Marco “Stratosphere” Estrada (Toronto Blue Jays), Julio “El Caballo de Olaya” Teheran (Atlanta Braves) and Carl “Stringbean Slinger” Edwards Jr. (Chicago Cubs).

Among other highlights, the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies will play the second annual MLB Little League Classic presented by Geico in Williamsport, PA , to air on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball (7 PM. ET).

The game will be played in Bowman Field,, not far from Howard J. Lamade Stadium, which is hosting the Little League World Series.

MLB said Little League players and their families would attend the Mets-Phillies game.

See the full list of player MLB Players' Weekend nicknames here.

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