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• The NBA London Game 2019 will feature a regular-season game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks in The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 17. Marketing partners include Foot Locker, Gatorade, Nike, SAP and Tissot, with additional partners to be unveiled in the coming months.

• The Denver Broncos home field is getting a temporary name change to Broncos Stadium at Mile High. It had been Sports Authority Field at Mile High, but the national sporting goods retailer, which had been based in Englewood, Col., ceased operations in July 2016. A search for a more permanent naming rights holder is currently underway.

• Per AP Sports: Burger King in Russia ran a promotion on social media offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to any women who become pregnant by World Cup players. The offer was then deleted, In a statement Wednesday to AP, Burger King said, “We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online. (It) does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

• The PGA TOUR has signed a deal with Facebook to distribute exclusive Saturday and Sunday live competition coverage, on a free basis, from eight tournaments leading into the FedExCup Playoffs for the 2017-18 season. Airing on Facebook Watch in the U.S., coverage begins at the Travelers Championship on June 23-24. Other events in 2018 include: Quicken Loans National; A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier; John Deere Classic; RBC Canadian Open; World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational; Wyndham Championship; and The Northern Trust.

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MLB has released the leaders by position for the 2018 All-Star Game (as of June 19), with voting sponsored by Camping World. (Voting ends July 5 at 11:59 PM ET.)

American League: 1B José Abreu (Chicago White Sox), 2B José Altuve (Houston Astros), SS Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles), 3B  José Ramirez (Cleveland Indians); OF Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels). Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox); Wilson Ramos (Tampa Bay Rays), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees); DH Victor Martinez (Detroit Tigers).

National League: 1B Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), 2B Ozhaino Albies (Atlanta Braves), SS Brandon Crawford (San Francisco Giants), 3B Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies); OF Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers), Nick Markakis (Atlanta Braves), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals); C Wilson Contreras (Chicago Cubs),Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants).

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (June 15-17)

1. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $180 M ($231.5M worldwide)
2. Ocean's 8 - Warner Bros. - $19.6M
3. Tag - Warner Bros. - $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Disney - $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $8.8M
6. Hereditary - A24 - $7M
7. Superfly - Sony - $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $5.3M
9. Adrift - STX Entertainment - $2.1M
10. Book Club - Paramount - $1.9M
11. A Wrinkle In Time - Disney - $1.8M
12. Gotti - Vertical Entertainment - $1.7M

NOTE: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal $173.6M international (opens in U.S. June 22)

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Mar082016

Sharapova Faults For Using Banned Drug, Waits For Tennis Ban To Be Served  

By Barry Janoff

March 7, 2016: Stating that "I made a a huge mistake . . . I have to take full responsibility," tennis star Maria Sharapova said during a self-called press conference that she had received a letter from the International Tennis Federation telling her she had failed a drug test during the Australian Open.

Sharapova, ranked No. 7 in the world, said that the failed drug test was for anti-ischemic drug Mildronate, also known as meldonium, used to counteract a lack of blood flow.

The visibly shaken but stoic Sharapova said that she had been taking the drug "for ten years."

ITF said late last year it would be adding meldonium to its list of banned drugs via a change in policy that officially took affect Jan. 1.

The Australian Open was played Jan. 18-31. Sharapova lost in the quarter-finals of that Grand Slam to Serena Williams.

Sharapova said that she received notification from the World Anti-Doping Agency on Dec. 22 that the drug would be banned beginning Jan. 1.

"I received an e-mail on 22 December from WADA about the changes happening to the banned list and you can see prohibited items . . . I didn't click on that link."

According to Sharapova, she "continued to take it (because) it made me feel healthy."

Sharapova said that she used the drug as prescribed by a doctor since 2006 because she was “getting sick very often, and I had a magnesium deficiency. I also had an irregular EKG results, and I have a family history of diabetes.”

According to Sharapova, "I have to take full responsibility for it. It's my body and I have to be responsible for what I put in my body.

"I have been very open and honest about many things, I take great responsibility in my job . . . I made a huge mistake."

The impact could be far-reaching for Sharapova, her career, her marketing partners, her fans and for tennis. She is the highest-paid female athlete in the world, topping $23 million in endorsements alone, according to Forbes.

A played found to use a banned drug could be suspended for upward of four years. In this case, Sharapova might receive a two-year ban due to mitigating circumstances, according to industry analysts.

Sharapova's endorsements include Nike, Porsche, Evian, Tag Heuer, Avon and Head. She also has other off-the-court income from such investments as candy company Sugarpova, which she founded.

(Editor's note: Tag Heuer said it would not continue discussions to renew its contract with the tennis player, which the company said expired at the end of 2015; both Nike and Porsche said they would "suspend" or "postpone" activiations with her, but did not end their contracts with her.)

Her actions would also affect marketing partners and sponsors of the WTA, other tennis groups and tournaments and, this year, partners of the Summer Olympics in Rio, where she was expected to represent her native Russia.

Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam winner, played sporadically toward the end of last year, including missing the U.S. Open Grand Slam due to injuries and has not played competitively since the Australian Open.

According to a statement from WADA, "On 26 January 2016, Ms Sharapova provided an anti-doping sample to the TADP (Tennis Anti-Doping Program) in association with her participation in the 2016 Australian Open.

"That sample was analyzed by a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory, which returned a positive for meldonium, which is a prohibited substance under the WADA Code and, therefore also the TADP.

"In accordance with Article 8.1.1 of the TADP, Ms Sharapova was charged on 2 March with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

"I know that with this I face consequences and I don't want to end my career this way and I hope that I will be given another chance to play this game."

"Ms Sharapova has accepted the finding of meldonium in her sample collected on 26 January.

"As meldonium is a non-specified substance under the WADA (and, therefore, TADP) list of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods, Ms Sharapova will be provisionally suspended with effect from 12 March, pending determination of the case."

Many believed that she had called the press conference to reveal that she was retiring, much as NFL star Peyton Manning had done earlier in the day.

"I know many of you thought I'd be announcing my retirement," she said. "If I was ever going to announce my retirement, it would not be in a downtown Los Angeles hotel with a fairly ugly carpet."

On a more somber note, Sharapova said, "I know that with this I face consequences and I don't want to end my career this way and I hope that I will be given another chance to play this game again."

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