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• ESPN and Uninterrupted, the digital media company founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, will debut an original series, More Than An Athlete, Nov. 20, exclusively on ESPN+. The eight-episode series follows James’ journey from basketball prodigy to global sports icon, businessman and philanthropist via the bonds of friendship and partnership among four men over more than two decades: James, Carter, Randy Mims and Rich Paul.

• The NFL and Mexico's President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that the third game of the existing agreement signed in 2016 will be played in 2019 at Estadio Azteca. The date and time of the game will be determined in conjunction with the release of the 2019 NFL schedule next spring

• NBC Sports and the Premier League are partnering to present their second Premier League Mornings Live, scheduled to take place in New York on Saturday, Dec. 8. The event will include a turf pitch, the Premier League trophy, club mascots and special guests. The initial fan fest in September was attended by more than 2,000 on a rooftop overlooking the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

• Between now and Nov. 19, every use of #SaluteToService on Twitter will generate a $5 donation, up to $5 million, to the NFL’s military non-profit partners – including the Pat Tillman Foundation, TAPS, USO, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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MLB MOY, MVP, CY Young, ROY

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

AL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Mookie Betts, OF Boston Red Sox

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

AL CY YOUNG
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

KEEPING SCORE

All-Time NBA Scoring Leaders (To Date)

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38, 387
2. Karl Malone 36,928
3. Kobe Bryant 33,643
4. Michael Jordan 32.292
5. LeBron James 31.425*
6. Wilt Chamberlain 31.419
7. Dirk Nowitzki 31,187*
8. Shaquille O’Neal 28,596
9. Moses Malone 27,409
10. Elvin Hays 27,313
11. Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
12. Oscar Robertson 26,710
13. Dominique Wilkins 26,668
14. Tim Duncan 26,496
15. Paul Pierce 26,397
19. Carmelo Anthony 25,551*
22. Vince Carter 24,967*
30. Dwayne Wade 22,211*
*Still Active

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Weekend Box Office Nov. 16-18
1. Fantastic Beasts Crimes of Grindelwald $62.2M
2. The Grinch $38.1M
3. Bohemian Rhapsody $15.7M
4. Instant Family $14.7M
5. Widows $12.3M
6. Nutcracker and the Four Realms $4.7M
7. A Star is Born $4.3M
8. Overlord $3.8M
9. Girl in the Spider’s Web $2.5M
10. Burn the Stage $2.3M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Thursday
Dec072017

USSF Launches ‘It’s Everyone’s Game’ Effort To Build Youth Soccer Nationwide

By Barry Janoff

December 6, 2017: The U.S. Soccer Foundation is launching a national campaign that will support and embellish its mission: “To enhance, assist and grow the sport of soccer in the United States, with a special emphasis on underserved communities,”

The multi-media effort, “It's Everyone's Game,” is intended to “dramatically expand (USSF’s) impact on children across the country through soccer-based programs.”

USSF said that working with communities, municipalities and corporate partners nationwide, it is “pledging to reach one million children annually and build 1,000 soccer courts, called mini-pitches, by 2026.”

Among the national partners who are aligned with the Foundation are adidas, Major League Soccer, Musco Lighting and Target.

Target recently pledged $6 million to support the Foundation's mission to improve lives and communities through soccer by building 100 mini-pitches in communities across the country, according to USSF.

Through its partnership with adidas, the U.S. Soccer Foundation said it would be able to provide participants with the “equipment and materials necessary to succeed on and off the field.”

“By eliminating barriers and creating opportunities, we help the kids who need us most to play soccer, to be healthier, more active and more confident."

Adidas said it would also support the campaign by providing access to pro athletes and a dedicated coaching staff  “who will use the sport of soccer to positively impact these players' lives.”

An umbrella spot, “Soccer: It’s Everyone’s Game,” will be supported by Internet, social media (#EveryonesGame) and local activation.

The effort was unveiled in Chicago, where mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Park District and MLS’s Chicago Fire committed to build 50 soccer play spaces in underserved neighborhoods in the next five years.

USSF said the Chicago project was made possible by a $3 million gift from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund and a “substantial contribution” from the Hauptman family and the Chicago Fire.

Other metropolitan areas that have joined the "It's Everyone's Game" effort include: Baltimore; Columbus, OH; Hendersonville, TN; Houston; Kansas City, MO; Louisville, KY; Miam; Nashville, TN; Newark, NJ; North Miami, FL; Oklahoma City; Orlando; Philadelphia; Reno, NV; Rochester, NY; San Bernardino, CA; Tucson, AZ; and Washington, DC.

In addition, New York City recently opened the first ten of 50 mini-pitches as part of a public-private partnership to build and maintain fields in underserved areas, according to USSF.

"Our 'Soccer for Success' program shows that soccer can be the difference between a child who thrives and a child who falls through the cracks," Ed Foster-Simeon, president and CEO for the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Soccer Foundation, said in a statement.

"Yet, far too many children across the country do not have access to soccer programming or the opportunity to engage with a coach who can help them develop critical life skills that support their development on and off the playing field."

According to Foster-Simeon, “The premise of our work is simple: We train coach-mentors. We make sure there are fields to play on. And we support after-school soccer programs in underserved communities that are offered free to participants.

“By eliminating barriers and creating opportunities, we help the kids who need us most to not only play soccer, but also to be healthier, more active and more confident."

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