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• Shareef Abdur-Rahim, NBA vp-basketball operations and a former NBA All-Star, has been named President of the NBA G League. Abdur-Rahim will replace Malcolm Turner, who will step down Jan. 11, 2019, to become the AD for Vanderbilt University.

• The Golden State Warriors have been named the Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated.

• MLB Network will mark its 10th anniversary Jan. 1, 2019 at 6 PM ET – “exactly 10 years to the minute when MLB Network came on the air” – with “MLB Network: 10 Years and Counting.” It will follow that with a re-airing of Don Larsen’s perfect Game Five from the 1956 World Series.

• MiLB has expanded its deal with Allegiant Airline to launch Allegiant World MasterCard, which includes points for every purchase, no blackout dates for travel, rewards specific to cardholder's favorite MiLB teams and local communities.

• The Big East has signed a deal to keep its men’s basketball conference tournament in New York’s Madison Square Garden through 2028, extending a contract that was scheduled to run through 2026 but with an opt-out clause for  2022. Financial terms were not shared.

• With one week left in NFL Pro Bowl 2019 voting the leaders are:

Drew Brees (950,818), Patrick Mahomes (884,888), Todd Gurley (747,516), Saquon Barkley (718,108), James Conner (664,897), Jared Goff ( 658,150), Antonio Brown (630,392), Alvin Kamara (582,550), Tyreek Hill (560,994) and Travis Kielce (551,249).

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Eight Teams And Venues For XFL 2020

• Dallas – Globe Life Park
• Houston – TDECU Stadium
• Los Angeles – StubHub Center
• New York/New Jersey – MetLife Stadium
• St. Louis – The Dome at America’s Center
• Seattle – CenturyLink Field
• Tampa Bay – Raymond James Stadium
• Washington, DC – Audi Field

See full story here.

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BABE RUTH MEMORABILIA AUCTION

A live auction is scheduled to take place in Yankee Stadium on June 15, 2019 under the auspices of Hunt Auctions, to include 100s of items from the Babe Ruth family that have been in their possession since he passed away in 1948, most of which have not been seen in public. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

Among the items:  

• Babe Ruth Professional Model cleats
• Babe Ruth 60th Home Run Autographed display piece
• Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan Champion Batsman presentational trophy
• Lou Gehrig signed and inscribed photograph to Babe Ruth
• Babe Ruth's 1930-31 New York Yankees "Better year than President" player contract
• Babe Ruth 1935 Boston Braves autographed contract agreement
• Babe Ruth personal check ledger with related signed documents
• Babe Ruth single signed baseballs and autographed photographs
    •    Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan presentational pass
    •    Babe Ruth personal photographic albums including autographed exemplars
    •    Babe Ruth 12 Point Deer Trophy Mount with photographic provenance

Other items not from the Ruth family include:

    •    Babe Ruth Professional Model Bat with Home Run Notches c.1926-29
    •    Babe Ruth "Bustin Babes" barnstorming equipment travel case c.1920s (Waite Hoyt provenance)
    •    Highly significant 1923 New York Yankees World Championship presentational Spalding trophy
• 1923 New York Yankees World Champions team autographed ledger sheet

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Weekend Box Office Nov. Dec. 7-9
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet $16.1M
2. The Grinch $15.7M
3. Creed II $10.3M
4. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald $6.8M
5. Bohemian Rhapsody $6M
6. Instant Family $5.6M
7. Green Book $3.9M
8. Robin Hood $3.6M
9. Possession of Hannah Grace $3.2M
10. Widows $3.1M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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You Be The Judge: 14 MLB Players In Running For Topps No. 1 Card Vote

By Barry Janoff

October 2, 2017: Back in 1952, Andy Pafko of the Brooklyn Dodgers was the first No. 1, leading off Topp’s initial set of MLB trading cards.

For 2018, Topps is asking people to vote from among a group of 14 players (plus the opportunity for a write-in) to decide which player would hold the prestigious No. 1 spot for the 2018 Topps Baseball Series 1.

According to Beckett, the bible for sports card collecting, "For the most part, it has been baseball’s best in the No. 1 spot on the Topps Baseball checklist."

Players who have been No. 1 in Topps baseball also include Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Nolan Ryan, Mike Piazza, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Derek Jeter.

This is the third consecutive year that Topps is asking people to vote for the No. 1 card.

The 2018 winner will follow in the footsteps of Mike Trout (2016) and Kris Bryant (2017), both voted No. 1 by fans and consumers.

Among the 14 vying for the '18 leadoff spot: 52-homer/114 RBI rookie Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), 59-homer star Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins) and Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale (17-8, 2.90 ERA, 308 Ks).

Trout and Bryant also are on the list. (See full list below.)

To enhance the voting process, Topps is offering prizes, randomly choosing entries from those who voted. Winners will then be selected randomly and contacted via e-mail.

Among the prizes: 2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball hobby box, 2017 Bowman Chrome hobby box, 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter hobby box, 2017 Topps Clearly Authentic hobby box and  2017 Topps Tribute David Ortiz relic /199). (Details and full list of prizes here.)

People can vote at the Topps Web site.

They are also being asked to promote the contest on social media using the hashtag #ToppsCardNo1.

Voting will take place now through Friday, Oct. 6 (4 PM ET).

The winner will be unveiled "a couple of weeks" before the release of 2018 Topps Baseball Series 1, which is scheduled for Jan. 31, 2018.

The players are (in alphabetical order):

• Jose Altuve (Houston Astros)

• Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies)

• Kris Bryamt (Chicago Cubs)

• Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)

• Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona Diamondbacks)

• Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)

• Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)

• Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)

• Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians)

• Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants)

• Chris Sale (Boston Red Sox)

• Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins)

• Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angeles)

• Adrian Beltran (Texas Rangers)

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