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• The NBA London Game 2019 will feature a regular-season game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks in The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 17. Marketing partners include Foot Locker, Gatorade, Nike, SAP and Tissot, with additional partners to be unveiled in the coming months.

• The Denver Broncos home field is getting a temporary name change to Broncos Stadium at Mile High. It had been Sports Authority Field at Mile High, but the national sporting goods retailer, which had been based in Englewood, Col., ceased operations in July 2016. A search for a more permanent naming rights holder is currently underway.

• Per AP Sports: Burger King in Russia ran a promotion on social media offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to any women who become pregnant by World Cup players. The offer was then deleted, In a statement Wednesday to AP, Burger King said, “We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online. (It) does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

• The PGA TOUR has signed a deal with Facebook to distribute exclusive Saturday and Sunday live competition coverage, on a free basis, from eight tournaments leading into the FedExCup Playoffs for the 2017-18 season. Airing on Facebook Watch in the U.S., coverage begins at the Travelers Championship on June 23-24. Other events in 2018 include: Quicken Loans National; A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier; John Deere Classic; RBC Canadian Open; World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational; Wyndham Championship; and The Northern Trust.

KEEPING SCORE

MLB has released the leaders by position for the 2018 All-Star Game (as of June 19), with voting sponsored by Camping World. (Voting ends July 5 at 11:59 PM ET.)

American League: 1B José Abreu (Chicago White Sox), 2B José Altuve (Houston Astros), SS Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles), 3B  José Ramirez (Cleveland Indians); OF Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels). Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox); Wilson Ramos (Tampa Bay Rays), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees); DH Victor Martinez (Detroit Tigers).

National League: 1B Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), 2B Ozhaino Albies (Atlanta Braves), SS Brandon Crawford (San Francisco Giants), 3B Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies); OF Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers), Nick Markakis (Atlanta Braves), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals); C Wilson Contreras (Chicago Cubs),Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants).

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (June 15-17)

1. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $180 M ($231.5M worldwide)
2. Ocean's 8 - Warner Bros. - $19.6M
3. Tag - Warner Bros. - $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Disney - $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $8.8M
6. Hereditary - A24 - $7M
7. Superfly - Sony - $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $5.3M
9. Adrift - STX Entertainment - $2.1M
10. Book Club - Paramount - $1.9M
11. A Wrinkle In Time - Disney - $1.8M
12. Gotti - Vertical Entertainment - $1.7M

NOTE: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal $173.6M international (opens in U.S. June 22)

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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May202015

MJ, Bird, Magic, Duncan Bring NBA Finals Into Focus In "The Greatest Endings"

By Barry Janoff

May 20, 2015: The NBA has put together what amounts to the ultimate highlight reel of great moments from NBA Finals for a new spot that celebrates and anticipates the 2015 Finals, which are scheduled to begin on June 4 (ABC).

Narrated by musician-actor Common, "Lessons In Storytelling: The Greatest Endings," includes scenes dating back to Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and George Mikan in the 1950s through the most recent NBA champs, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.

The commercial, part of the league's post-season umbrella "Lessons In Storytelling" campaign, breaks during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks tonight (May 20) on TNT.

"Every great story needs an epic final chapter," offers the spot, referencing the Finals. As clips from more a than a dozen Finals rolls, Common says, "Still don't know how to end this great story? Find inspiration in some of the great legendary endings. Dramatic endings. Jaw-dropping endings. Endings that no one saw coming. Endings that became unforgettable. Endings that made us all cry. Endings that turned men into supermen. Got it. Now go find yours."

Clips range from Cousy and Russell's Boston Celtics in the 1950s, Willis Reed and the New York Knicks, Rick Barry and the Warriors, Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor) with the Milwaukee Bucks, Magic Johnson and Abdul-Jabbar with the Los Angeles Lakers, Larry Bird with the Celtics, Julius Erving defying gravity under the backboard to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Lakers in 1983, two-time NBA Finals champ Hakeem Olajuwon with the Houston Rockets, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers, Kevin Garnett with the Celtics and several shots of six-time NBA champ Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls

More recently, we see Dirk Nowitzki leading the Dallas Mavericks over the Miami Heat in 2011, Ray Allen's three-point shot that gave the Heat a win in Game 6 against the San Antonio Spurs in 2013 and Tim Duncan and the Spurs winning the title last season. (See the full spot here.)

"The Greatest Endings" was directed by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, 2009).

It is the fourth installment of the league’s “Lessons in Storytelling” campaign.

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