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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

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

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All Together Now: USOC Changes Name To U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee

By Barry Janoff

June 20, 2019: In what was called a “historic moment for the Paralympic Movement in the United States,” the United States Olympic Committee has formally changed its name to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee

The change followed a unanimous vote by the now USOPC board “celebrating the athletes of Team USA and the Paralympic Movement in the United States.”

USOPC said it is one of only four organizations in the world to manage both Olympic and Paralympic sport at the national level, and the first to include the distinction in its official name and marks.

The change comes just over a year until the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (July 24-Aug. 9), followed by the Paralympic Games (Aug. 25-Sept. 6).

“This is a proud day for Paralympic and Olympic sport in the United States and a change that is representative of our organization’s commitment to inclusivity,” Susanne Lyon, USOPC chair, said via the organization.

“While the name is new, our dedication to Paralympics is an established value — evidenced by the number of Paralympic athletes who receive support and by the strength of the U.S. Paralympic Team.

“The world-class Paralympic athletes — and staff who support them — deserve this recognition as outstanding representatives of Team USA,” said Lyons.

USOPC said that name change is “effective immediately as seen through updated marks on social and digital platforms.”

Physical changes will be made as soon as possible “with a goal of completion in 2020” to signage at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Sites, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee headquarters in Colorado Springs, Col., and all associated properties.

The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame will be renamed the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame.

“This is a historic moment for the Paralympic Movement in the United States,” Andrew Parsons, president of the International Paralympic Committee, said via the organization.

“To see the USOPC make this inclusive statement by changing its name demonstrates the true parallel nature of the Olympic and Paralympic movements. This change lays a strong foundation to transform the Paralympic Movement as we look toward the Los Angeles Games in 2028 and beyond.”

According to Sarah Hirshland, CEO for USOPC, “The decision to change the organization’s name represents a continuation of our long-standing commitment to create an inclusive environment for Team USA athletes.

“Paralympic athletes are integral to the makeup of Team USA, and our mission to inspire current and future generations of Americans. The new name represents a renewed commitment to that mission and the ideals that we seek to advance, both here at home and throughout the worldwide Olympic and Paralympic movements.”

“The world-class Paralympic athletes — and staff who support them — deserve this recognition as outstanding representatives of Team USA."

The change follows a major move taken on Sept. 21, 2018, when the then USOC board voted to increase monetary awards for medal-earning U.S. Paralympic athletes to equal those made to medal-earning U.S. Olympic athletes.

Operation Gold Awards for U.S. Paralympians were increased by as much as 400%.

U.S. Paralympians who earned a medal at the PyeongChang 2018 Games received retroactive payments for their performances, with the award parity now reflected in all future Games.

IOC global partners include Alibaba Group, Atos, Bridgestone, Dow, GE, Intel, Omega, P&G, Samsung, Toyota and Visa.

USOPC partners include 24 Hour Fitness, Adecco Group, Chobani, Deloitte, DeVry University, The Hartford, Hershey, Highmark, JetSet Sports, Kellogg’s, Liberty Mutual, Milk Life, Nabisco, Nike, Oakley, Polo Ralph Lauren, Smucker’s, United and USG.

Worldwide Paralympic Partners include Atos, Bridgestone, Ottobock, Panasonic, Samsung, Toyota and Visa.

USOC Adds More Gold To Paralympics Competition

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