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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.”

POLL POSITION

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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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Jun192019

Topps Puts Mike Trout In Place Of Honor For Milestone Living Set Card No. 200

By Barry Janoff

June 19, 2019: Topps’ special Living Set, which launched in March 2018 with Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees as Card No. 1, has reach another milestone: Card No. 200, which features arguably the best MLB player over the past few years, Mike Trout.

The two-time NL MVP Los Angeles Angels outfielder follows in a place of honor Babe Ruth, who was featured on Card No. 100 late last year.

As with all Living Set cards, the Trout card will be available for one week (now through June 26, approximately 2 PM ET) and then be out-of-print.

Trout’s card is also available in a three-card bundle, including No. 199 Christin Stewart and No. 201 Martin Prado.

It also comes with a bonus: Two Living Set checklist cards: No. 1-100 and No. 101-200, respectively.

This is week 67 of the on-going set, modeled after the historic 1953 Topps baseball design, the first hand-painted set.

The Topps Living Set is being created with artwork by renowned sports artist Mayumi Seto.

Trout will seek to reach a sales plateau attained by only 16 other Topps Living Cards to date — selling more than 10,000 units.

Topps prints only as many cards as it receives orders for each player.

Ruth Topps Living Card Set No. 100 sold 14,976 pieces, Judge’s No. 1 13,256.

The top-selling card to date: No. 19 Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves, with a print run of 46,809.

The Top Five to date also include Card  No. 43 Juan Soto (28,572), No. 34 Gleyber Torres (28,550), No. 179 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27,749) and No. 7 Shohei Ohtani (20,966)

Topps has been interspersing MLB legends along with current players, including No. 14 Derek Jeter, No. 46 Hank Aaron, No. 55 Ted Williams, No. 76 Roberto Clemente and No. 193 Ken Griffey, Jr.

Topps honored Jackie Robinson by putting him on card No. 42.

According to Topps, Living Set breaks with tradition in that the collection began with No. 1 and will run sequentially but will not have a final card number, enabling the collection to live “year after year.”

Three cards will be produced at a time but will be available for one week only and never reprinted. Players themselves will not be repeated unless they sign with a new team.

The only player to date with three Topps Living Cards is Manny Machado, who is pictured as a member of the Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, respectively.

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