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• NBA All-Star James Harden has joined the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo. According to the MLS club, the 2018 NBA MVP with the Houston Rockets becomes the fifth member of an ownership group led by Gabriel Brener, which also includes boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Guill and Jake Silverstein.

In addition to the Dynamo, the group also owns the NWSL's Houston Dash and BBVA Stadium, the home venue for both clubs.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said via the team.

• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Cavs Legion Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled plans for an eSports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood. The 2,700 square foot venue is scheduled to open this fall,

• The NFL Network is planning 129 hours of “Inside Training Camp Live” coverage July 22-Aug. 7 Additional coverage will appear across NFL media platforms including NFL.com, NFL Films, NFL app and NFL RedZone.

ESPN also said it would provide comprehensive coverage of the opening week of the 2019 NFL training camps beginning July 22 on daily editions of SportsCenter and NFL Live.

• NBC’s Golf Channel unveiled details for its next Golf Films project, “Tiger Woods: Chasing History,” to premiere July 22  The film will present viewers with a chronological look at the “sights and sounds from each of Woods’ 81 professional victories, from his first at the Las Vegas Invitational in 1996, through the most recent win at the Masters earlier this year.”

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

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AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

KEEPING SCORE

The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 12-14
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Serena, Venus Williams Plan New York Trip For Tie Break Tens Tennis Tournament

By Barry Janoff

January 11, 2018: She may have pulled out of the Australian Open, but Serena Williams plans to compete in Tie Break Tens, a non-stop, short-form tennis format, in New York this March.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner, who gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia, this past September and then got married in November. will be joined by sister and ten-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams.

This will be the first Tie Break Tens event played in the U.S.

“Tie Break Tens is a really interesting fast-paced format that is taking the tennis world by storm," Serena Williams said in a statement. "I am excited to be playing in the first ever U.S. tournament and cannot wait to play at Madison Square Garden with my sister.”

Echoed Venus Williams, “I’m looking forward to playing in the next Tie Break Tens tournament with my sister, particularly in front of a New York crowd on home soil. It’s unlike anything we’ve seen in tennis before and it helps bring in new fans to the sport.”

The remaining six participants in the New York tournament will be unveiled shortly.

A Tie Break Tens event in Madrid in 2017 featured some of the top women on the circuit, including now No. 1 ranked Simona Halep, Garbiñe Muguruza, Madison Keys, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Jo Konta, Monica Puig and Maria Sharapova.

The most recent Tie Break Tens tournament was held in Melbourne Park’s Margaret Court Arena Jan. 10 in association with the Australian Open.

That tournament included world No. 1 ranked Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios, Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych, Dominic Thiem, Lucas Pouille and Lleyton Hewitt. Berdych defeated Nadal for the title.

The first Tie Break Tens tournament was held in 2015 in London’s Royal Albert Hall, followed by a Tie Break Tens tournament in Vienna (2016).

Tie Break Tens tournaments are held over one session and involve eight players competing in a knock-out format, with each match consisting of a super tie-break to ten points. The New York competition will offer a $250,000 winner’s prize.

According to marketing support, "Tie Break Tens is NO GAMES. NO SETS. JUST TIE BREAKS. Break the rules. Break the competition. Break the mold. Every Point Counts."

Additional marketing will support the March event in New York.

Prior to an exhibition match in December, Serena Williams had not been part of an official tennis competition since winning the 2017 Australian Open last January, taking time off to give birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia, this past September and to get married in November.

Williams was back in play on Dec. 30, facing French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko in the 10th Mubadala World Tennis Championship in the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.

“We’re thrilled that Serena and Venus are competing in the first Tie Break Tens to be played on U.S. soil, in such an iconic venue."

Williams lost her match against Ostapenko, then decided to withdraw from the Australian Open (Jan. 15-28).

"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be," she said.

“We’re thrilled that Serena and Venus are competing in the first Tie Break Tens to be played on U.S. soil, in such an iconic venue,” Felicity Barnard, CEO for Tie Break Tens, said in a statement.

“Hot on the heels of a sell-out men’s tournament in Melbourne this week, it’s clear that Tie Break Tens is fast becoming a regular fixture in the Tennis calendar.”

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