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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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Nash, Kidd, Allen, Hill, Hammon Among 1st Time Nominees For Hoops Hall Of Fame

By Barry Janoff

December 21, 2017: On the 126th birthday of the day that James Naismith conceived the game of basketball (Dec. 21, 1891), the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame released its list of nominees for the Class of 2018.

Due to a change in induction rules unveiled this week, players, referees and coaches are now allowed to become eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot after three full seasons of retirement, down one year from the previous four seasons.

The change enables players who last played during the 2013-14 NBA season to become eligible for the Class of ’18.

As such, the list includes NBA first-timers Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Chauncey Billups, Jason Kidd (pictured below), Grant Hill and Richard Hamilton.

From the WNBA the list of first-time eligible players includes Becky Hammon, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and Valerie Still, who played only briefly with the Washington Mystics but left her mark at the University of Kentucky and WNBA predecessor American Basketball League.

Finalists for Class of 2018 will be unveiled during NBA All-Star Weekend in February in Los Angeles.

(See the full list of Class of 2018 nominees here.)

The entire Class of 2018 will be revealed during the Men’s NCAA Final Four this March in San Antonio. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Enshrinement festivities are scheduled to take place in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 6-8, 2018

According to John Doleva, president and CEO for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, “By allowing players, coaches and referees to become eligible after three seasons of retirement, the Hall of Fame will be able to celebrate the best in the game at an opportune time with the fans who have supported them throughout their careers on the hardwood.”

A second reform to Hall of Fame eligibility requires coaches to have coached for 25 years and reached the minimum age of 60. This will allow the Honors Committee to evaluate a larger body of work for those coaches nominated.

This change will take effect in 2020, allowing a grace period for coaches who are nearing Hall of Fame eligibility based on previous standards.

Among the first-year nominees from the NBA and WNBA (in alphabetical order):

• Ray Allen: Two-time NBA champ (Boston Celtics, Miami Heat) and the NBA all-time leader in three-point field goals

•  Chauncey Billups: 2004 NBA champ and Finals MVP (Detroit Pistons), five-time all-star, 15.8k+ career points, 5.6k+ assists

• Becky Hammon: Current San Antonia Spurs assistant coach, six-time all-star, voted Top 15 all-time players in WNBA history

• Richard Hamilton: NBA champ 2004 (Detroit Pistons), 15.7k career points, 3.1k assists, 2.8k rebounds, NCAA 1999 champ and Final Four Most Outstanding Player (UConn)

• Grant Hill: NBA co-ROY 1995 (with Jason Kidd), seven-time all-star, 17k+ career points, 6.1k+ rebounds, 4.2k+ assists)

• Jason Kidd: Current Milwaukee Bucks head coach, co-ROY1995 (with Grant Hill), NBA champ 2011 (Dallas Mavericks), 10-time  All-Star five-time assists leader, two Olympic gold medals (2000, 2008)

• Steve Nash: Two-time NBA MVP with the Phoenix Suns, eight-time all-star, five-time NBA assists leader

• Katie Smith: Current head coach for the New York Liberty, two-time WNBA champ (Detroit Shock 2006, 2008), No. 4 among WNBA all-time scorers (6,452), three-time Olympic gold medal winner (2000, 2004, 2008)

• Valerie Still: All-time leading scorer in UKentucky history (men & women, 2,763), two-time ABL (pre-WNBA) champion and Finals Series MVP (Columbus Quest), member of WNBA Washington Mystics

• Tina Thompson: No. 2 WNBA all-time scorers (7,488), four-time WNBA champ (all with the Houston Comets), nine-time all-star.

See the full list of Class of 2018 nominees here.

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