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• Timex has partnered with more than 60 colleges and universities to design watches featuring the logo from each respective school for the College Tribute Collection. (See the schools here.)

• Kellogg's Cheez-It brand has signed a multi-year deal to become title sponsor for the Cheez-It Bowl , the college football game formerly known as the Cactus Bowl, which features teams representing the Big 12 and Pac-12 Conferences in Chase Field, Phoenix. Cheez-It also becomes the game's exclusive snacks partner. The 30th edition of the game is scheduled for Dec. 26, (ESPN).

• Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, and the Professional Fighters League said the PFL playoff semi-final matches would be held in the new Entertainment and Sports Arena on Oct. 20.

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Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Film Festival Schedule (Check local IMAX for times)

• Thursday Aug. 30
Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor

• Friday Aug. 31
Captain America: The First Avenger, Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World

• Saturday Sept. 1
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Rise Of Ultron, Ant-Man

• Sunday Sept 2.
Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Home Coming

• Monday Sept. 3
Thor: Ragnarok. Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp

• Tuesday Sept. 4 Origins
Iron Man, Spider-Man: Home Coming, Black Panther, Doctor Strange

• Wednesday Sept. 5 Team Ups
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War

• Thursday Sept. 6 Fans Choice
Avengers, Iron Man

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1. Crazy Rich Asians - Warner Bros. - $25.2M
2. The Meg  - Warner Bros. - $21.1M
3. Mile 22 - STX Entertainment - $13.6M
4. Alpha - Sony - $10.5M
4. Mission: Impossible - Fallout - Paramount - $10.5M
6. Disney's Christopher Robin - Disney - $8.9M
7. BlacKkKlansman - Focus Features - $7M
8. Slender Man - Sony - $5M
9. Hotel Transylvania 3 - Sony - $3.7M
10. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - Universal - $3.4M
11. The  Equalizer 2 - Sony - $2.8M
12. The Spy Who Dumped Me - Lionsgate - $2.6M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Jun052018

WNBA Opts To Deconstruct, Rebuild Its '18 All-Star Game, Including NBA-Style Draft

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 5, 2018:
Following in the All-Star Game footsteps of the NBA and NHL, the WNBA said a new format would be used to select teams for the Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018.

WNBA All-Star teams will be determined without regard to Eastern or Western Conference, a format that was used in the league’s previous 14 All-Star Games.

Rather than having to select an equal number of players from each conference, voters will now choose the All-Stars without regard for conference affiliation.

“Delivering on the promise to constantly innovate and entertain is driving this All-Star format change for our fans and partners,” WNBA president Lisa Borders said in a statement. “This bold and innovative approach to Verizon WNBA All-Star provides an opportunity to put the best of the best in our showcase event.”

WNBA All-Star Voting 2018 presented by Verizon begins June 19 (2 PM ET) and will conclude on July 12 (11:59 PM. ET.). Details here.

The game is scheduled for July 28 in Target Center, home to the defending champion Minnesota Lynx (ABC, 3:30 PM ET).

The selection of 2018 All-Stars will be conducted through a combination of voting by fans (40% of the vote), current WNBA players and head coaches (2% each) and a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters (20%).

A pool of 22 players who receive the most votes regardless of conference will be will be revealed on July 17.

The captains will be the two All-Stars, regardless of conference, who receive the highest vote totals.

The captains will then draft their respective teams from the remaining 20 All-Stars to form two 11-player rosters.

Last season, Maya Moore of the Lynx (19,949) and Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics (19,280) received the most votes.

The NBA this past season also had its two captains — LeBron James and Stephen Curry, who received the most votes — draft their teams from all the players with the most votes, regardless of conference, to form Team LeBron and Team Stephen.

The NBA received flack for not putting the All-Star draft on national TV.

The WNBA has not yet said if the draft would be public, saying that “specific details about the draft will be announced at a later date.”

The NHL has been revising its All-Star Game selection process and format for several seasons, with four All-Star Teams based on the league’s four divisions competing in a single-elimination tournament.

The MLS All-Star Game dating back to 2005 has pitted a team of league All-Stars against a top international club (Juventus in 2018, Real Madrid in 2017).

Prior to the start of the 2018 season, the WNBA signed a deal with innovation and brand design consultancy Sylvain Lab to “work closely with the league to develop a long-term growth strategy and identify new marketing opportunities.”

According to the WNBA, the partnership with New York-based Sylvain Labs “entails a complete review of every aspect of the league to learn more about its fans and how best to engage them.”

Last season for the first time the WNBA including players and media in All-Star Game voting, which previously had been based completely on fan voting.

Under the new WNBA voting format, people will be able to vote for their top ten players regardless of position or conference.

Players, coaches and the media panel will each vote for 22 players, selecting nine guards and 13 frontcourt players regardless of conference. Players and coaches may not vote for members of their own team or themselves, both of which were previously allowed.

The All-Star rosters will be revealed on July 19 during ESPN2’s telecast of the Washington Mystics-Dallas Wings game.
 
The head coaches for Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018 will be the head coaches of the two teams with the best records following games on July 13.  The head coach with the best record as of that date will coach the team captained by the highest vote-getter.
 
On July 27, the All-Star team captains and head coaches will meet to determine starters for Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018.  The starting lineups will be revealed that night on ESPN2 (7 p.m. ET) during a live telecast of the WNBA All-Star Welcome Reception in Minnesota.

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