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• NBA All-Star James Harden has joined the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo. According to the MLS club, the 2018 NBA MVP with the Houston Rockets becomes the fifth member of an ownership group led by Gabriel Brener, which also includes boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Guill and Jake Silverstein.

In addition to the Dynamo, the group also owns the NWSL's Houston Dash and BBVA Stadium, the home venue for both clubs.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said via the team.

• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Cavs Legion Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled plans for an eSports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood. The 2,700 square foot venue is scheduled to open this fall,

• The NFL Network is planning 129 hours of “Inside Training Camp Live” coverage July 22-Aug. 7 Additional coverage will appear across NFL media platforms including NFL.com, NFL Films, NFL app and NFL RedZone.

ESPN also said it would provide comprehensive coverage of the opening week of the 2019 NFL training camps beginning July 22 on daily editions of SportsCenter and NFL Live.

• NBC’s Golf Channel unveiled details for its next Golf Films project, “Tiger Woods: Chasing History,” to premiere July 22  The film will present viewers with a chronological look at the “sights and sounds from each of Woods’ 81 professional victories, from his first at the Las Vegas Invitational in 1996, through the most recent win at the Masters earlier this year.”

• 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

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

KEEPING SCORE

The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 12-14
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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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

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

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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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