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• The Oakland Raiders, playing their last season in the Bay Area before a planned move to Las Vegas for the 2020 NFL season, said they have signed a deal with AEG Facilities to operate their $2 billion, 65,000-seat stadium, now under construction. Full story here.

• SAP has launched “Call the Shots,” an interactive, online game that puts people in the shoes of Wimbledon champ Angelique Kerber the day before a big match. Players use SAP Tennis Analytics to get Kerber match-ready, by using data and insights to make decisions that will help – or potentially hurt – her success on the court the next day.

• FIBA, the international governing body for basketball, said the annual FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final would be held in Los Angeles 2020-23 in partnership with the Los Angeles Times media group. ‘This will undoubtedly cement the FIBA 3x3 culture in the build up to the Los Angeles 2028 Games,” said Andreas Zagklis, FIBA secretary general. 

• The IOC said that breaking (break-dancing), skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have been provisionally included on the sports program for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing will make their debut on the Olympic program in Tokyo 2020.

• 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

Wimbledon 2019
Gentlemen's Singles Seeding
1. DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB)
2. FEDERER, Roger (SUI)
3. NADAL, Rafael (ESP)
4. ANDERSON, Kevin (RSA)
5. THIEM, Dominic (AUT)
6. ZVEREV, Alexander (GER)
7. TSITSIPAS, Stefanos (GRE)
8. NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN)
9. ISNER, John (USA)
10. KHACHANOV, Karen (RUS)

Ladies' Singles Seeding
1. BARTY, Ashleigh (AUS)
2. OSAKA, Naomi (JPN)
3. PLISKOVA, Karolina (CZE)
4. BERTENS, Kiki (NED)
5. KERBER, Angelique (GER)
6. KVITOVA, Petra (CZE)
7. HALEP, Simona (ROU)
8. SVITOLINA, Elina (UKR)
9. STEPHENS, Sloane (USA)
10. SABALENKA, Aryna (BLR)
11. WILLIAMS, Serena (USA)

Source: All England Lawn and Tennis Club

KEEPING SCORE

2019 Top Selling Summer Acts
Based on total sales on StubHub for U.S. tour dates from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2019
1. The Rolling Stones
2. Queen with Adam Lambert
3. Paul McCartney
4. Ariana Grande
5. Shawn Mendes
6. Billie Eilish
7. JoJo Siwa
8. Twenty One Pilots
9. Hootie and the Blowfish
10. Florida Georgia Line

Full story here.

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office June 21-23
1. Toy Story 4 $121M
2. Child’s Play $14M
3. Aladdin $13.2M
4. Men In Black International $10.7M
5. Secret Life of Pets 2 $10.3M
6. Rocketman $5.6M
7. John Wick 3 $4M
8. Godzilla $3.8M
9. Anna $3.6M
10. Dark Phoenix $3.5M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Channel Chasers

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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May222019

WNBA GMs Pick Las Vegas Aces For 2019 Championship, Delle Donna As League MVP

By Barry Janoff

May 22, 2019: What a difference a year makes.

With the 2019 WNBA season ready for takeoff on May 24, the Las Vegas Aces, a team that did not make the playoffs last season, were picked to win the championship.

And Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics was selected as the favorite for league MVP, according to the 17th Annual WNBA.com GM Survey, conducted among the WNBA’s 12 general managers.

The WNBA will feature a new commissioner, Cathy Engelbert, now CEO for Deloitte, who begins July 15.

Also new: AT&T as the league’s marquee sponsor (including logo placement on all team jerseys), a national broadcast deal with CBS Sports, ownership for the New York Liberty (Joe Tsai) and a refreshed logo.

The league also broke a multi-media marketing campaign under the manta, "Make Way" ("Make way. Our game. Our way. The new vibe of the WNBA.")

The WNBA will be missing two key players: Breanna Stewart, 2018 league MVP for the defending champion Seattle Storm, out for the season due to surgery on her ruptured right Achilles tendon suffered in April while playing for Dynamo Kursk in Russia; and teammate Sue Bird out “indefinitely” due to arthroscopic surgery on her left knee.

Las Vegas, which relocated from San Antonio prior to the 2018 campaign, recently acquired via trade Liz Cambage, the 2018 WNBA scoring leader and MVP-runner-up; and selected Jackie Young with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft.

They join A’ja Wilson, the 2018 No. 1 overall pick and WNBA Rookie of the Year, on the Aces roster under head coach Bill Laimbeer.

The Aces were named by a third of GMs to win the title, followed by the Phoenix Mercury, Los Angeles Sparks, Mystics and Atlanta Dream.

The Storm, with Stewart and Bird out, did not make the list.

The Mystics were named as the team most likely to win the Eastern Conference title, followed by the Connecticut Sun and Atlanta Dream.

Delle Donne, entering her seventh WNBA season and third with the Mystics, was named league MVP in 2015.

She was named by more than 40% of the GMs, followed by Brittney Griner (Mercury), Wilson, Cabbage and Jonquil Jones (Sun).

Grinner was predicted to win the Defensive Player of the Year.

The Liberty’s Asia Durr and the Dallas Wings’ Arike Ogunbowale shared the top spot for WNBA Rookie of the Year, followed by Phoenix’s Alanna Smith and Las Vegas’ Young.

Reigning WNBA Coach of the Year Nicki Collen of Atlanta led all vote-getters as the best manager/motivator of people, followed by Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve and Washington’s Mike Thibault, who was voted the best overall coach ahead of Collen, Seattle’s Dan Hughes and Connecticut’s Curt Miller.

Among other predictions in the WNBA GM 2019 poll:

• Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi, the league’s all-time points leader, topped the list for best shooting guard, the player to take a shot with the game on the line and the player hungriest to win a championship this season.

• Washington’s Emma Meesseman was named the international player most likely to have a breakout season. Teammate Ariel Atkins shared top honors for breakout player overall with Chicago’s Diamond DeShields, New York’s Kia Nurse and Las Vegas’ Kelsey Plum.
 
• Voting for the league’s most underrated player was a three-way tie among Los Angeles’ Chelsea Gray, the Atlanta Dream’s Tiffany Hayes and Chicago’s Allie Quigley.

• The Dream was the choice for the best defensive unit and the Lynx named for as having the best home-court advantage.

The 2019 WNBA regular season opening weekend is May 24-26 and runs through Sept. 8.

The AT&T WNBA All-Star Game 2019 is scheduled for July 27 in Mandalay Bay Events Center, home for the Aces.

WNBA Named Cathy Engelbert New Commissioner

WNBA Signs Marquee Alliance With AT&T

CBS Sports Brings In WNBA In Multi-Year Deal

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