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• Sacramento, California's capital city, has been awarded an MLS expansion team with Sacramento Republic FC becoming the league's 29th team and beginning play in MLS in 2022. The club will build a new, $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer stadium in the downtown Railyards District. 

• Octagon and the National Women’s Soccer League have signed a multi-tier consulting partnership, in which Octagon’s Global Media Rights Consulting and Marketing divisions will "advise the NWSL on its league media rights, sponsorship, and marketing." “The growth of the NWSL over the past six years has been tremendous, and the league, its teams and players show absolutely no sign of slowing down,” Christine Franklin, SVP, Marketing, Octagon, said via the firm.

• The Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and minor league teams expires at the end of the 2020 season. But if a new MLB proposal were to become reality, more than three dozen cities with affiliated minor league teams will lose those teams a year from now and thousands of minor league players will be out of work as well. Full story here.

• "We said there's no chance that's happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver regarding China’s request that the league fire Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey

• "The losses have already been substantial. Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we'll see what happens next. I don't know where we go from here. The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver at the Time 100 Summit on Thursday regarding the league’s on-going situation with China.

• Showtime Sports will launch on Oct. 21 a weekly podcast, All The Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, in which the two NBA veterans (now retired) and NBA champs (Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, respectively), will “deliver an authentic, unfiltered perspective on the most polarizing topics in and around the game of basketball.”  It will air Thursdays on the Showtime Basketball YouTube Channel. 

• Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat. Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC. Full story here. 

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1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
6. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
7. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
8. Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans
9. Carmelo Anthony (most recently with Houston Rockets)
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2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
4. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
9. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets
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1. Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil $36M
2. Joker $29.2M
3. Zombieland 2 $26.7M
4. Addams Family $16M
5. Gemini Man $8.5M
6. Abominable $3.5M
7. Downton Abbey $3M
8. Judy $2M
9. Hustlers $2M
10. It 2 $1.5M
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Mar102013

Rafael Nadal, Back On Hard Court, Takes A Hard Look At 2013 Challenges, Challengers

By Barry Janoff

March 10, 2013: After seven months away from the tennis court to rebuild a left knee ravaged by tendonitis, Rafael Nadal began his quest to reclaim the world's No. 1 spot on the right foot.

Nadal, who entered the 2013 season ranked No. 5 in the world, reached the finals in his first match back, the VTR Open in Chile on Feb. 10, where he lost to Horacio Zeballos. He then won titles in each of his next two matches, the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo on Feb. 17; and the Abierto Mexicano Telcel Mexican Open in Acapulco on March 2 against David Ferrer, ranked No. 4 in the world.

And in his first test on hard court in match play since the Sony-Ericsson Open last March-April in Miami (losing to Andy Murray in the semi-finals), Nadal looked relatively smooth, defeating Ryan Harrison of the U.S., ranked No. 73, in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. on Saturday (March 9), 7-6, 6-2.

Nadal was not tested at all in the third round on Monday when his opponent, Leonardo Mayer, withdrew due to a back injury. Nadal's fourth-round quarterfinals match is scheduled for Wednesday.

"Two weeks ago, I didn't really know if I would be playing here, so I am happy to be here," Nadal said after the match against Harrison. "I feel fine. My physical performance needs to improve. My movements need to improve."

Still, Nadal, the holder of 11 Grand Slam titles and the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, was not ready to commit to his plans beyond this week in Indian Wells, the first major U.S. event of the year, (which runs through March 17).

"I cannot predict how my schedule will look this year. I have to see how my knee reacts and how it feels at Indian Wells [on a hard court] " Nadal said during a press event in New York on March 4 prior to an exhibition match against Juan Martin Del Potro in Madison Square Garden. "When I decided to play again, I didn't know how well I would be to this point. But my knee feels better and I have won two matches and played well. So, for me, that is encouraging."

Prior to the friendly BNP Paribas Showdown in New York, during which he defeated Del Potro in two sets, Nadal was last seen playing competitive tennis in the U.S. at the Sony Ericsson Open (since renamed the Sony Open). And his last Grand Slam title was at the 2012 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris.

During the summer, his knee degenerated to the point where he lost in the second round of Wimbledon to 100th ranked Lukas Rosol. He then was forced to withdraw from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the U.S. Open and all other scheduled events. He fell in the ATP men's rankings behind (in order) Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Ferrer.

During his rehabilitation period, Nadal was able to maintain his roster of marketing partners. He even did some work, including a hidden-camera campaign for PokerStars.com in which he pretended to be a hotel clerk who happened to be a Rafael Nadal look-alike. He earns about $25 million a year from endorsements from companies including Nike, Bacardi, Kia Motors and Armani.

In December, he left global management firm IMG to form his own company.

"I was sad that I couldn't keep playing," Nadal, 26, said. "I wanted to, but my knees wouldn't let me. During [my rehabilitation], there were times when I didn't know what was going on. How long it would take me to return. But I worked out at the gym, I had different treatments. I had the support of my family and friends."

"The challenge now is to play well at Indian Wells and go week by week. I am not yet looking at the French Open, at Wimbledon, at the U.S. Open. I want to be there. But I want to play as I did before."

Ultimately, working with his coach (and uncle) Toni Nadal, he reached a level of confidence that led to his return to competition. "I feel much better now. I can run to every ball."

Nadal has won more than 93% of the matches he has played on clay during his career, including the French Open seven times and the two titles he has earned in 2013. Indian Wells will be a test of his knees on a hard court, which, Nadal feels, could help to determine his plans for the rest of the year. Of particular interest will be how he fares against the likes of Djokovic, Federer, Murray and Ferrer. The five men have not been in a match together since Wimbledon last year.

"I knew [before taking seven months off] that I could play well on clay, but winning the two tournaments was a big thing for me," Nadal said. "A confidence builder. The challenge now is to play well at Indian Wells and then go week by week. I am not looking yet at the French Open, at Wimbledon, at the U.S. Open. I want to be there. But I want to play as I did before.

"I want my knee to recover 100%," he stressed. "Then I can become more ambitious about my goals."

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