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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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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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