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• The NBA London Game 2019 will feature a regular-season game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks in The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 17. Marketing partners include Foot Locker, Gatorade, Nike, SAP and Tissot, with additional partners to be unveiled in the coming months.

• The Denver Broncos home field is getting a temporary name change to Broncos Stadium at Mile High. It had been Sports Authority Field at Mile High, but the national sporting goods retailer, which had been based in Englewood, Col., ceased operations in July 2016. A search for a more permanent naming rights holder is currently underway.

• Per AP Sports: Burger King in Russia ran a promotion on social media offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to any women who become pregnant by World Cup players. The offer was then deleted, In a statement Wednesday to AP, Burger King said, “We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online. (It) does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

• The PGA TOUR has signed a deal with Facebook to distribute exclusive Saturday and Sunday live competition coverage, on a free basis, from eight tournaments leading into the FedExCup Playoffs for the 2017-18 season. Airing on Facebook Watch in the U.S., coverage begins at the Travelers Championship on June 23-24. Other events in 2018 include: Quicken Loans National; A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier; John Deere Classic; RBC Canadian Open; World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational; Wyndham Championship; and The Northern Trust.

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MLB has released the leaders by position for the 2018 All-Star Game (as of June 19), with voting sponsored by Camping World. (Voting ends July 5 at 11:59 PM ET.)

American League: 1B José Abreu (Chicago White Sox), 2B José Altuve (Houston Astros), SS Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles), 3B  José Ramirez (Cleveland Indians); OF Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels). Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox); Wilson Ramos (Tampa Bay Rays), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees); DH Victor Martinez (Detroit Tigers).

National League: 1B Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), 2B Ozhaino Albies (Atlanta Braves), SS Brandon Crawford (San Francisco Giants), 3B Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies); OF Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers), Nick Markakis (Atlanta Braves), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals); C Wilson Contreras (Chicago Cubs),Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants).

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (June 15-17)

1. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $180 M ($231.5M worldwide)
2. Ocean's 8 - Warner Bros. - $19.6M
3. Tag - Warner Bros. - $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Disney - $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $8.8M
6. Hereditary - A24 - $7M
7. Superfly - Sony - $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $5.3M
9. Adrift - STX Entertainment - $2.1M
10. Book Club - Paramount - $1.9M
11. A Wrinkle In Time - Disney - $1.8M
12. Gotti - Vertical Entertainment - $1.7M

NOTE: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal $173.6M international (opens in U.S. June 22)

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Oct292015

MLB, Players, Fans Prepare To Stand Up 2 Cancer During World Series Game 3

By Barry Janoff

October 29, 2015: In the midst of a World Series with the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets, MLB and Stand Up To Cancer will break a campaign starring such players as Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals), Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels) Felix Hernandez (Seattle Mariners), David Price (Toronto Blue Jays) and Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates).

The series of PSA's, under the umbrella theme, "Potential," will break on Fox during coverage of Game 3 of the World Series.

In addition, fans in attendance in Citi Field, home of the Mets, will hold Stand Up 2 Cancer placards on which they have written the name(s) of people for whom they stand up.

According to SU2C, the campaign "offers an intimate look into the lives of MLB stars when they were young and developing their passion for baseball, including cancer survivor and Cubs first baseman Rizzo,

The initial spot, "Potential/Pearl."also features seven-year-old Pearl Bucknam, a Wilm's Tumor survivor.

Among others in the campaign are Dylan Roslauski, 9, whose Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is now in remission; and Aidan Smithburger, 8, who is currently fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, according to SU2C.

"Potential/Pearl" shows Rizzo, Trout and Fernandez as kids playing ball, then Pearl with text, "Every kid deserves the chance to dream." The spot ends with the text, "Stand Up For the 163,000 kids diagnosed with cancer each year."

Since SU2C's launch in 2008, MLB and its 30 clubs, founding donors of SU2C and, have to date committed nearly $40 million to SU2C's innovative cancer research, per SU2C.

For their efforts, Stand Up To Cancer with MLB was named Grand Sports Marketer of the Year in 2013 by the readers of NYSportsJournalism.

"Major League Baseball's foremost goals revolve around children, and we are grateful that many kids aspire to call themselves Major Leaguers one day.  In that spirit, the new public service announcement by our friends at Stand Up To Cancer is particularly meaningful," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "Throughout the 2015 World Series, it will be an honor for our game to shine a light on boys and girls who are truly courageous and inspirational."

According to SU2C co-founder Rusty Robertson, "MLB has been there for us since the beginning. Beyond their extraordinary generosity, MLB has brought home the emotional impact of our movement in an inspiring way.

"When 50,000 people stand up in a baseball stadium holding placards with the names of loved ones in the fight or someone lost to cancer, it sends an important message to anyone struggling with this disease: 'You are not alone. We are fighting alongside you'," said Robertson.

In addition to his involvement with SU2C, Rizzo is the founder and creator of the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2012, operated entirely under the auspices of his family, friends and management team. Their goal is to "provide support to children and their families battling cancer while raising money for cancer research.

"It is so special to be involved in such an inspiring campaign with Stand Up To Cancer and MLB," Rizzo said in a statement. "As a cancer survivor, I know firsthand what it takes to fight this disease — courage, strength, and the support of people all around you cheering you on. I'm proud to play for an organization that understands how powerful our voices are in the fight against cancer."

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