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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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Hit Parade: MLB Plans To Rock ā€™nā€™ Roll During '19 All-Star Game In Cleveland

By Barry Janoff

August 7, 2018: In a nod to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, MLB has unveiled the logo for the 2019 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard and related merchandise that features an electric guitar as its main image.

The logo and merchandise were unveiled during a media conference today in Progressive Field, home to the Indians and the All-Star Game, scheduled for July 9, 2019.

That would be the sixth time Cleveland has hosted the event and the second All-Star game in Progressive Field, with the last game hosted there in 1997.

Progressive Field, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year, recently underwent upward of $600 million in renovations, according to industry analysts, including a new score board, seating and sound system, which helped MLB make its decision last month.

“On behalf of MLB commissioner (Rob) Manfred and everyone at Major League Baseball, we are really excited to bring the 90th All-Star Game to Cleveland and this iconic ball park,” said MLB deputy commissioner Tony Petitti during the media event,

“You can see from the logo what we are trying to do. We’ve already has meetings with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame about trying to integrate music. We try to do something iconic in each market, so music is what you can expect to hear and see.”

“Ready to rock with CLE? You know we are,” the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame posted to its Twitter account.

All-Star Game merchandise, including headwear, T-shirts and novelty items, are now officially for sale in Progressive Field retail stands and at MLB's online shop.

In 1997, current Indians first base coach and then Indians catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. hit a game-winning homer in Progressive Field and was named the game's MVP.

MLB and the Indians are eying the same type of excitement.

“If you go to the World Series, you and your staff get to be part of the game,” said Indians manager Terry Francona, who led the team into the 2016 World Series, won by the Chicago Cubs in seven games. “That would be really extra special for us personally. But the biggest thing is what it will do for the city of Cleveland.”

Petitti said that when MLB selects an All-Star Game host city, “it is about rotation, and it has been more than 20 years (for Cleveland). The Indians really stepped up and showed a lot of enthusiasm.

“When we bring an All-Star Game to a city it’s not just about what happens in the ball park, it’s about when happens throughout the city for five or six days.

According to Petitti, “The commissioner has given us a mandate about making each game bigger than the prior one. Washington (site of the 2018 All-Star Game last month) was pretty spectacular. I promise that  we can deliver the biggest and best All-Star Game to the city of Cleveland.”

The 2020 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard is scheduled to be played at Dodger Stadium on July 14.

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