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• Shareef Abdur-Rahim, NBA vp-basketball operations and a former NBA All-Star, has been named President of the NBA G League. Abdur-Rahim will replace Malcolm Turner, who will step down Jan. 11, 2019, to become the AD for Vanderbilt University.

• The Golden State Warriors have been named the Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated.

• MLB Network will mark its 10th anniversary Jan. 1, 2019 at 6 PM ET – “exactly 10 years to the minute when MLB Network came on the air” – with “MLB Network: 10 Years and Counting.” It will follow that with a re-airing of Don Larsen’s perfect Game Five from the 1956 World Series.

• MiLB has expanded its deal with Allegiant Airline to launch Allegiant World MasterCard, which includes points for every purchase, no blackout dates for travel, rewards specific to cardholder's favorite MiLB teams and local communities.

• The Big East has signed a deal to keep its men’s basketball conference tournament in New York’s Madison Square Garden through 2028, extending a contract that was scheduled to run through 2026 but with an opt-out clause for  2022. Financial terms were not shared.

• With one week left in NFL Pro Bowl 2019 voting the leaders are:

Drew Brees (950,818), Patrick Mahomes (884,888), Todd Gurley (747,516), Saquon Barkley (718,108), James Conner (664,897), Jared Goff ( 658,150), Antonio Brown (630,392), Alvin Kamara (582,550), Tyreek Hill (560,994) and Travis Kielce (551,249).

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Eight Teams And Venues For XFL 2020

• Dallas – Globe Life Park
• Houston – TDECU Stadium
• Los Angeles – StubHub Center
• New York/New Jersey – MetLife Stadium
• St. Louis – The Dome at America’s Center
• Seattle – CenturyLink Field
• Tampa Bay – Raymond James Stadium
• Washington, DC – Audi Field

See full story here.

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BABE RUTH MEMORABILIA AUCTION

A live auction is scheduled to take place in Yankee Stadium on June 15, 2019 under the auspices of Hunt Auctions, to include 100s of items from the Babe Ruth family that have been in their possession since he passed away in 1948, most of which have not been seen in public. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

Among the items:  

• Babe Ruth Professional Model cleats
• Babe Ruth 60th Home Run Autographed display piece
• Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan Champion Batsman presentational trophy
• Lou Gehrig signed and inscribed photograph to Babe Ruth
• Babe Ruth's 1930-31 New York Yankees "Better year than President" player contract
• Babe Ruth 1935 Boston Braves autographed contract agreement
• Babe Ruth personal check ledger with related signed documents
• Babe Ruth single signed baseballs and autographed photographs
    •    Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan presentational pass
    •    Babe Ruth personal photographic albums including autographed exemplars
    •    Babe Ruth 12 Point Deer Trophy Mount with photographic provenance

Other items not from the Ruth family include:

    •    Babe Ruth Professional Model Bat with Home Run Notches c.1926-29
    •    Babe Ruth "Bustin Babes" barnstorming equipment travel case c.1920s (Waite Hoyt provenance)
    •    Highly significant 1923 New York Yankees World Championship presentational Spalding trophy
• 1923 New York Yankees World Champions team autographed ledger sheet

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Weekend Box Office Nov. Dec. 7-9
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet $16.1M
2. The Grinch $15.7M
3. Creed II $10.3M
4. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald $6.8M
5. Bohemian Rhapsody $6M
6. Instant Family $5.6M
7. Green Book $3.9M
8. Robin Hood $3.6M
9. Possession of Hannah Grace $3.2M
10. Widows $3.1M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Sep172018

Acuna, Ohtani, Altuve, Stanton Vie To Become Topps' 2019 Leader Of The Pack

By Barry Janoff

September 17, 2018: Topps card company for the fourth consecutive year is seeking input from consumers and fans as to which player should earn the prestigious No. 1 card for its 2019 Topps Baseball Series 1.

The series is scheduled to hit retail Jan. 30, 2019.

Topps, which recently extended its deal as the official global trading card partner for MLB through 2025, has offered a list of 19 players from which people can vote, as well as a 20th slot for a write-in vote.

The list to become the next leader of the pack includes Ronald Acuna Jr. (Atlanta Braves), Mookie Betts and Chris Sale (Boston Red Sox), Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve (Houston Astros), Kris Bryant and Javier Baez (Chicago Cubs), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers), Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals) and Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels).

The past three No. 1 cards as voted by consumers and fans were Mike Trout, Kris Bryant and Aaron Judge, respectively.

Judge was also card No. 1 in Topps current on-going Living Set collection, which re-creates the look of the company’s iconic hand-painted 1953 MLB set.

Players who have been No. 1 in Topps baseball history also include Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Nolan Ryan, Mike Piazza, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Derek Jeter.

Voting is now through Sept. 24, 2018 (11:59 PM ET).

Topps said the winner would be revealed "a couple of weeks before the release" of 2019 Topps Baseball Series 1.

The 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of professional baseball and the 35th anniversary of 1984 Topps with special inserts and cards depicting the history of baseball.

In conjunction with the No. 1 voting Topps is offering prizes, randomly choosing entries from those who voted.

Winners will be selected randomly and contacted via e-mail. (Topps said that If you're a winner, you have one month to claim your prize.)

Prizes include 2018 Topps Luminaries hobby box, 2018 Topps Chrome Baseball hobby box, 2018 Topps Clearly Authentic hobby box, 2018 Bowman High Tek Baseball hobby box, 2018 Topps Baseball Factory Set, 2018 Topps Tier One Baseball Tier One Talent Autographs: Rhys Hoskins, 2017 Topps Five Star: Kyle Schwarber autograph, 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Autographs: Ian Happ RC, 2017 Topps Luminaries: Carl Yastrzemski autograph /15 and 2017 Bowman's Best Gold autograph: Anthony Rizzo /50.

The Topps Company was founded in 1938, and has had a partnership with MLB since 1952.

Full List Of Potential Topps No. 1 Card nominees:

• Ronald Acuna Jr. (Atlanta Braves)
•  Jose Altuve (Houston Astros),
• Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox)
• Javier Baez (Chicago Cubs)
•  Alex Bregman (Houston Astros)
• Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs)
•  Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)
• Jacob deGrom (New York Mets)
• Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)
• Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)
• Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)
• Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians)
• Shohei Ohtani (Las Angeles Angels)
• Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)
• Chris Sale (Boston Red Sox)
• Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals)
• Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees)
• Juan Soto (Washington Nationals)
• Trevor Story (Colorado Rockies)

Voting details here.

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