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• Six first-year eligible candidates are among the 27 semi-finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018: CB/S Ronde Barber, G Steve Hutchinson, LB Ray Lewis, LB Brian Urlacher, WR Randy Moss andDE/DT Richard Seymour. The Class of 2018 will be unveiled during NFL Honors, a two-hour prime-time awards special to air nationally (Feb. 3, 2018) on the eve of Super Bowl LII.
• The New York Knicks named Dan Sabreen vp-public relations, effective Nov. 27. Sabreen has spent more than a decade at CBS Sports, most recently as vp-communications.
• For every save made by goalkeepers during MLS Eastern and Western Conference Championships and MLS Cup, Allstate said it would donate two new soccer nets to fields in need in that club's city. MLS goalies participating inlcude Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew), Joe Willis (Houston Dynamo), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders) and Alex Bono (Toronto FC).
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Tuesday
Nov202012

D-Howard, D-Wade, Carmelo, Westbrook, Joe Johnson Lined Up For Big Holiday Spot

 

By Barry Janoff

November 20, 2012: The NBA is planning something BIG for Thanksgiving weekend, and not just the 40 games scheduled between Nov. 21-25.

The league will unveil on Nov. 21 the latest effort in its season-long BIG campaign, a TV spot featuring five players who will be in action on Christmas Day: Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook and Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets.

The five players become their own version of The Rockettes as they line up in a gym and dribble basketballs in time to the beat of the classic holiday song, Carol of the Bells.

The spot will break on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV, and TNT, as well as NBA.com and NBA social media destinations.

The BIG spot supports the recently revealed NBA adidas alternate color jerseys, which players will wear during Christmas Day games. In the ad, the five players are wearing the respective holiday color NBA jerseys they will don on in games on Dec. 25.

The jerseys are available at NBAStore.com and the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue.

The NBA's Christmas Day schedule includes Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets (ESPN), New York Knicks at L.A. Lakers (ABC) Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat (ABC) Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls (ESPN) and Denver Nuggets at L.A. Clippers (ESPN).

Carol of the Bells was composed in 1904 by Mykola Leontovych and has since recorded by the likes of Destiny's Child, Jessica Simpson and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

"Hark! How the bells/Sweet silver bells
"All seem to say/Throw cares away.
"Christmas is here/Bringing good cheer
"To young and old/Meek and the bold
"Ding, dong, ding, dong/That is their song."

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