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• The Oakland Raiders, playing their last season in the Bay Area before a planned move to Las Vegas for the 2020 NFL season, said they have signed a deal with AEG Facilities to operate their $2 billion, 65,000-seat stadium, now under construction. Full story here.

• SAP has launched “Call the Shots,” an interactive, online game that puts people in the shoes of Wimbledon champ Angelique Kerber the day before a big match. Players use SAP Tennis Analytics to get Kerber match-ready, by using data and insights to make decisions that will help – or potentially hurt – her success on the court the next day.

• FIBA, the international governing body for basketball, said the annual FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final would be held in Los Angeles 2020-23 in partnership with the Los Angeles Times media group. ‘This will undoubtedly cement the FIBA 3x3 culture in the build up to the Los Angeles 2028 Games,” said Andreas Zagklis, FIBA secretary general. 

• The IOC said that breaking (break-dancing), skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have been provisionally included on the sports program for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing will make their debut on the Olympic program in Tokyo 2020.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

POLL POSITION

Wimbledon 2019
Gentlemen's Singles Seeding
1. DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB)
2. FEDERER, Roger (SUI)
3. NADAL, Rafael (ESP)
4. ANDERSON, Kevin (RSA)
5. THIEM, Dominic (AUT)
6. ZVEREV, Alexander (GER)
7. TSITSIPAS, Stefanos (GRE)
8. NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN)
9. ISNER, John (USA)
10. KHACHANOV, Karen (RUS)

Ladies' Singles Seeding
1. BARTY, Ashleigh (AUS)
2. OSAKA, Naomi (JPN)
3. PLISKOVA, Karolina (CZE)
4. BERTENS, Kiki (NED)
5. KERBER, Angelique (GER)
6. KVITOVA, Petra (CZE)
7. HALEP, Simona (ROU)
8. SVITOLINA, Elina (UKR)
9. STEPHENS, Sloane (USA)
10. SABALENKA, Aryna (BLR)
11. WILLIAMS, Serena (USA)

Source: All England Lawn and Tennis Club

KEEPING SCORE

2019 Top Selling Summer Acts
Based on total sales on StubHub for U.S. tour dates from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2019
1. The Rolling Stones
2. Queen with Adam Lambert
3. Paul McCartney
4. Ariana Grande
5. Shawn Mendes
6. Billie Eilish
7. JoJo Siwa
8. Twenty One Pilots
9. Hootie and the Blowfish
10. Florida Georgia Line

Full story here.

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office June 21-23
1. Toy Story 4 $121M
2. Child’s Play $14M
3. Aladdin $13.2M
4. Men In Black International $10.7M
5. Secret Life of Pets 2 $10.3M
6. Rocketman $5.6M
7. John Wick 3 $4M
8. Godzilla $3.8M
9. Anna $3.6M
10. Dark Phoenix $3.5M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Channel Chasers

NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Oct032018

NBA GMs Pick Warriors To Three-Peat, LeBron As MVP, Lakers Most Improved

By Barry Janoff

October 3, 2018: In 1988, Pat Riley, then head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, acquired trademark rights to the term “Three-Peat,” a move he made after his team had won back-to-back NBA titles and were seeking a third consecutive championship.

The Golden State Warriors may have to owe Riley, now president for the Miami Heat, some money after the 2018-19 season, but if they do, they won’t mind.

The Steve Kerr-coached team, two-time defending champs and winners of three of the past four NBA titles, have been selected as an overwhelming favorite to three-peat, with 87% of GMs in the league predicting the Warriors will again claim the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June 2019.

That’s off, but just slightly from last season, when 93% of GMs picked them to repeat.

The Boston Celtics were named by 7% of GMs to win the 2018-19 championship, as were the Houston Rockets, according to the just-released 17th annual NBA.com GM Survey.

Although his team was not among those most likely to win the NBA title, LeBron James and the Lakers were predicted to make the biggest impact this coming season.

James was voted most likely to be named MVP this season, selected by 30% of GMs, followed by Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and James Harden.

James’ move to the Lakers from the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent was picked by nearly all of the GMs (97%) as having the biggest impact among all off-season moves.

Some 80% said the Lakers would be the most improved team in the league, predicted as a 5th seed overall in the Western Conference post-season, a significant boost after not making the playoffs since 2012-13 and compiling a 126-284 record over the past five seasons.

The Celtics were the top choice to win the East and then reach the NBA Finals.

Seeded behind the Celtics in the East were the Toronto Raptors at No. 2, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and Heat.

In the West, the Warriors were followed by the Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets.

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks was the No. 1 pick to be named Rookie of the Year (43%).

The most surprising off-season move: DeMarcus Cousins to the Warriors (35%), followed by the Kawhi Leonard-DeMar DeRozen trade (29%) and Paul George opting to remain with the Thunder (19%).

Stephen Curry was named as the NBA’s top point guard (57%), James Harden the best shooting guard (73%), LeBron James the best small forward (57%) when he plays the position, Anthony Davis the best power forward (37%) with James close behind (33%) and Davis named the best center (40%) with Joel Emiid on his tail (33%).

GMs responded to 49 different questions, including best teams, players, coaches, fans and off-season moves. They were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel.

Percentages are based on the pool of respondents to that particular question, rather than all 30 GMs.

Among other questions and results:

• Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?
1. Kevin Durant, Golden State 40%
2. Stephen Curry, Golden State 27%
3. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers 17%
4. Kyrie Irving, Boston 10%
5. James Harden, Houston 7%

• If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any NBA player, who would it be?
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee 30%
2. Anthony Davis, New Orleans 23%
3. Kevin Durant, Golden State 20%
4. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers 17%
5. Stephen Curry, Golden State 7%
6. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 3%

• Who will be named Rookie of the Year?
1. Luka Doncic, Dallas 43%
2. Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento 17%
    Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago 17%
4. DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix 13%

• Which team has the most promising young core?
1. Philadelphia 47%
2. Boston 33%
3. Chicago 7%
    Phoenix 7%

• Who is the best defensive player in the NBA?
1. Rudy Gobert, Utah 37%
    Kawhi Leonard, Toronto 37%
3. Draymond Green, Golden State 17%

• Who is the best head coach in the NBA?
1. Brad Stevens, Boston 47%
2. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 30%
3. Mike D'Antoni, Houston 7%
    Steve Kerr, Golden State  7%

• Who is the best international player in the NBA?
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee 73%
2. Kristaps Porzingis, New York 10%
3. Luka Doncic, Dallas  7%

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