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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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• 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)
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• Number of hot dog vendor carts needed to cove the course: 34,584
• Number of intersections crossed by Marathon runners: 300
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Nov272012

Why Did Rehabbing NBA Player Ricky Rubio Get In The Wrestling Ring For Adidas?

By Barry Janoff

November 27, 2012: Ricky Rubio was 14 when he began to play pro basketball in his native Spain, and was 16 when he was drafted by the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009.

Last season, he made his NBA debut, but the highly heralded point guard saw his rookie campaign cut short after 41 games when he tore the ACL in his left knee.

Rubio, who was averaging 10.6 points and 8.2 assists, underwent reconstructive knee surgery and has yet to return to the court. He began workouts last week and could be back on the court in early December.

Encouraged by that news, adidas and Foot Locker this week will break a humorous marketing campaign featuring Rubio, which asks the question, Is the 22-year-old basketball star using amateur wrestling to get back into shape?

The effort is anchored by a 30-second spot, "Backyard Wrestler," which shows Rubio as hoops fans remember him and as the T-Wolves would again like to see him: Running up and down the court, shooting jump shots and assisting teammates with pinpoint passes.

The spot supports adidas basketball shoes available for the holidays at Foot Locker and FootLocker.com, including the adi Rose 773, adi Originals Top Court Fat Stripes and the adi Originals Ultrastar collection.

The commercial will run on TV during sports programming as well as at adidas and Foot Locker destinations on YouTube. Support includes social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

"Backyard Wrestler" opens with Rubio dribbling down the court and evading a defender with a slick crossover move. He then passes off to a teammate, who scores on a nasty dunk.

But the spot is as much about Rubio's off-court activities as his on-court moves.

"After Ricky Rubio finishes crossing up defenders, does he leave the court and become Ricky Rubio, backyard wrestler?" asks a voiceover.

The action then cuts to an isolated backyard located in a rural town. Two bed mattresses are on the ground and a group of kids are watching as one of their friends and Rubio try to re-enact their favorite WWE moves. After a few seconds, both Rubio and his opponent are flailing helplessly on the mats.

Then it's back to reality as the next scene shows Rubio dressed for a night on the town, sporting a pair of the latest adidas.

"Don't be ridiculous!" the voiceover says of Rubio's amateur wrestling career. "When he leaves the court, he's still international icon Ricky Rubio. And all his gear is Foot Locker approved."

(See the full spot here.)

The Rubio campaign runs concurrent with an on-going adidas effort featuring another NBA point guard, Derrick Rose of the Chciago Bulls, who is also recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee.

Derrick Rose Back On The Court For adidas

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