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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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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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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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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Nike In Fast-Break Mode With Most Valuable Puppets

May 30, 2009: Nike, apparently playing it safe just in case the anticipated Kobe Bryant and LeBron James NBA Finals match up does not become a reality, this week released three new TV spots in its "Most Valuable Puppets" campaign, via Weiden + Kennedy, Portland, Ore. Nike had been releasing one a week over the past three weeks during the post season. But over the past few days, viewers have seen the odd couple pairing of Muppet-like Kobe and LeBron caricatures playing basketball in their apartment, as co-anchors on ESPN's SportsCenter and as hosts to a young fan whose devotion goes to the extreme. In the SportsCenter takeoff, the two are wearing suits and competing to see who sings the ESPN theme song best ("Da-da-da...da-da-da"). In "Mrs. Lewis," the one-upsmanship that has been the campaign's theme has Kobe telling LeBron, "I have two words for you brother: 81 points," referring to the output the real Kobe had in one game in 2006. LeBron asks Kobe, "You know what 23 is reversed?" in reference to his uniform number. "Triple-double, all the time!" "You think you can get a triple-double on me right now?!" Kobe challenges. "I don't think so." LeBron replies, "Funny, I got a ball right here. What you wanna do?" And they proceed to play ball in the living room with a regulation hoop that happens be there, knocking over furniture, a bowl of popcorn and other objects, stopping only when the phone rings. LeBron answers, and we hear a woman yelling at the other end. "Oh, yes. Absolutely," LeBron answers in what appears to be an apologetic tone. "Yes ma'am." "Who was that?" asks Kobe, expecting to hear a complain about their ball playing. "That was Mrs. Lewis from downstairs," answers LeBron. Then, waiting a moment, LeBron shouts, "She said you ain't got no defense," and the game is on again. In the fifth spot in the series, "Lil Dez," the pair have to babysit Mrs. Lewis' son, a situation that soon turns sour as the kid rambles incessantly. "I can't believe I live downstairs from you guys. Kobe, do you polish your [championship] rings? LeBron, have you ever just sat on anyone's shoulders while you are in the air? How'd you guys pick your numbers? LeBron, you have over 20 triple-doubles. Can I have one? Hey, Kobe. Hey, LeBron. Do you have any new shoes?" At which point they take him into a warehouse size room filed with unopened boxes of Nike shoes, which overwhelms Lil Dez and finally shuts him up. Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are in the NBA Finals, which begin June 4. James and the Cavaliers could be eliminated by the Orlando Magic on Saturday (May 30); a victory would set up Game 7 on June 1.

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