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• Nascar and Goodyear have extended their alliance under which Goodyear is the exclusive tire company for Nascar's top three racing series, which dates back to 1954.
• UFC said that Cris "Cyborg" Justino would defend her UFC women's featherweight title against Holly Holm at UFC 219 in T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, on Dec. 30. Holms knocked out the previously unbeaten Ronda Rousey in 2015 to win the UFC women's bantamweight title but lost the belt to Miesha Tate.
• José Altuve of the Houston Astros named 2017 AL MVP.
• Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins named 2017 NL MVP.
has signed a five-year extension with to continue as "Official Fan-to-Fan Ticket Marketplace" for and the 30 clubs. "A valuable partner for our teams and their fans over the past decade."
• As a complement to NBC’s primary broadcast of the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Championship race from Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 19,  NBCSN’s Hot Pass telecast will offer simultaneous live coverage dedicated to each of the Championship four drivers — Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch — as well as Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his final Nascar Cup Series race.

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• Average age of participants Nov. 5, 2017: 41.2 years old
• 11,696 participants will represent their running clubs
• More than 50,000 people will cross the finish line
• 305 runners will celebrate their birthday on Marathon Day
• Cost to take a taxi on the NYC Marathon 26.2 mile route: $68.50 (no traffic)
• The biggest and smallest includes on the race route are both on the Verrazano Bridge
• Number of hot dog vendor carts needed to cove the course: 34,584
• Number of intersections crossed by Marathon runners: 300
• Number of times needed to climb 104 stories of One World Trade Center to complete a marathon: 101+
• Size running shoe needed for the Statue of Liberty: 879

SOURCE: TCS NYC MARATHON

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3. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
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5. Francisco Lindor Cleveland Indians
6. José Altuve Houston Astros
7. Enrique Hernandez Los Angeles Dodgers
8. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
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10. David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
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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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May122009

Lou Piniella Mouths Off For DirecTV

Lou Piniella (Photo: Chicago Cubs)May 12, 2009: DirecTV continues to ride a wave of popularity, based in part on its offbeat spots that merge reality with fantasy, the latest example of which features Lou Piniella, manager of the Chicago Cubs. The El Segundo, Calif.-based company, whose trademark spots show actors and athletes seemingly in actual movie or sports scenes but who then break character to tout the benefits of DirecTV, said in its Q1 financial statement that although earnings fell 46% subscriber growth hit a four-year high, with new subscribers up 67% to 460,000, while its customer turnover rate hit a 10-year low. Piniella joins Peyton and Eli Manning and Dale Earnhardt Jr. as sports figures to do commercials for the broadcast satellite provider. In the spot, a coach at a kid's soccer game is trying to direct his players, who run with the ball rather than kick it and aim for the wrong goal." Piniella, wearing his Cubs uniform, then steps in. "If you don't get this under control you're going to miss today's Cubs game," he screams at the coach. But the coach is calm and pulls out his cell phone. "Don't worry, Lou," the coach explains. " I have DirecTV. I can set my home DVR to record this afternoon's game right from here." As he did in his Aquafina spot from last year, in which he seems to be yelling at an umpire but actually is seeking to maintain his gruff image, Lou calms down. "Ohh," smiles Piniella. "Pretty clutch," the soccer coach replies. He then gives Piniella a slap on the butt - but reality sets in and he actually slaps a soccer Mom's butt - whose husband is none too happy." The spot will run on network and cable. Lead agency is Deutsch, L.A. Back to Home Page