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• The has named Shenzhen, as the host city for 2019-2028, a deal that includes the building of a 12K-seat venue, and doubling the prize money to $14M for the Top 8 singles players and Top 8 doubles teams.

• Overwatch League said that its first week of competition drew more than 10 million viewers via Twitch, MLG, and Chinese streaming partners ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC and Panda TV. Opening day had an average audience per minute of 408,000.

• Coca-Cola, International Speedway Corp. and Nascar have signed an extension to their partnerships under which Coca-Cola, would "continue its deep-rooted history in the sport by engaging racing fans across Nascar’s three national series and 12 ISC-operated race tracks" and events including the Coca-Cola 600 and the Coca-Cola 400. Coca-Cola-sponsored drivers include Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Daniel Suarez and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. Coca-Cola said it "has been involved with stock car racing for 50 years," and became an official partner with Nascar in 1998.

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3. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
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6. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
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8. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
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10. James Harden, Houston Rockets
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The 67th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. TNT will televise (8 PM ET)

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East Starters: Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Joel Embiid
West Starters: Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, James Harden, DeMarcus Cousins
The All-Star teams will still feature 12 players from each conference, but the captains — James and Curry — will select the team rosters without regard for conference affiliation.

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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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NFL Players, 20M Viewers To Join Carrie Underwood For New NBC 'SNF' Intro

By Barry Janoff

July 26, 2016: Russell Wilson, Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr., Clay Matthews and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller are among a group of a dozen NFL players who will get time in the spotlight when they appear with Carrie Underwood in the new opening theme for NBC's Sunday Night Football.

The new opener will officially launch on Sept. 11 when the the New England Patriots play the Arizona Cardinals in the season-opening Sunday Night Football game.

However, NBC said it would air a sneak-peek of the opener during its coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics (Aug. 5-21).

NBC will also air the 2016 Kickoff Game on Sept. 8 when the Carolina Panthers play the Denver Broncos in a rematch of Super Bowl 50.

The new opening, "Oh, Sunday Night,"  based on "Somethin' Bad," the song, sung with Miranda Lambert, that Underwood had a hit with in 2014.

The previous opening song, "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night," based on Joan Jett's "I Hate Myself For Loving You," was used from 2006 through last season.

NBC said the opener was shot in June in Universal Studios Hollywood.

In addition to Wilson (Seattle Seahawks), Bryant (Dallas Cowboys), Beckham Jr, (New York Giants), Matthews (Green Bay Packers) and Miller (Denver Broncos), the players in the new opener include Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), Kam Chancellor (Seahawks), Khalil Mack (Oakland Raiders), Eli Manning (Giants), Tyrann Mathieu (Arizona Cardinals), Patrick Peterson (Cardinals) and Earl Thomas (Seahawks).

The new opener is guaranteed to be seen and heard by more than 20 million people, as Sunday Night Football last season was the No. 1 primetime show on TV (September-May) for the fifth consecutive year, averaging 22 million viewers.

2016 NBC Sunday Night Football Schedule


Thurs. Sept. 8 NFL Kickoff
Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos

Sun. Sept. 11
New England Patriots at Arizona Cardinals

Sun. Sept. 18
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings

Sun. Sept. 25
Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys

Sun. Oct. 2
Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers

Sun. Oct. 9
New York Giants at Green Bay Packers

Sun. Oct. 16
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

Sun. Oct. 23
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

Sun. Oct. 30
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Sun. Nov. 6
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders

Sun. Nov. 13
Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots

Sun. Nov. 20
Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins

Thurs. Nov. 24
Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts

Sun. Nov. 27
New England Patriots at New York Jets

Sun. Dec. 4
Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks

Sun. Dec. 11
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

Sun. Dec. 18
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

Sun. Dec. 25
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs

Sun. Jan. 1
TBD

Photo: Courtesy NBC

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