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The Last Night’s Game Team
NBA (National Basketball Association)
- Moving on. The NBA announced that the 2017 All-Star game which was originally scheduled for Charlotte, North Carolina will be relocated due to the “bathroom bill,” a bill that discriminates against the LBGT community. The NBA and Charlotte Hornets said they have been working to foster discussions and change stating that this bill violates their “long-standing core values that include diversity, inclusion, and respect for others.” The NBA is expected to announce a new host city within a week. All signs are pointing to New Orleans as the new location. NBA has said it will look to reschedule the game in Charlotte for 2019 should necessary changes be made.
- Let's practice. Team U.S.A men’s basketball will begin its five game exhibition series against Argentina on Friday in Las Vegas. The team is made up of NBA players.
- Now teeing off. The American Century Championship celebrity tournament takes place this weekend in Lake Tahoe. The tournament participants, who play to raise money for charity, include celebrities and athletes. Former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder is the favorite to win the tournament with Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry given the fifth best odds to win and former NBA and TNT commentator Charles Barkley is at 6000-1 odds to win. The field also includes music man and part owner of the Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Justin Timberlake.
NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing)
- Switch-a-roo. This weekend NASCAR heads to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400. The all-time win leader at the track is Jeff Gordon, who coincidentally will be coming out of retirement to drive in place of Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is suffering from concussion symptoms. Gordon announced his retirement from racing eight months ago and took a commentator job with FOX. Gordon will be filling in for Earnhardt for the next two weeks while he recovers.
F1 (Formula One Racing)
- Hungry eyes. The drivers head to Hungary this weekend where Lewis Hamilton looks to overtake Nico Rosberg in the overall points lead. Hamilton is just one point back in the standings after winning four of the last five races. Track limits, such as drivers going off the track, are going to be policed electronically which is causing a bit of controversy.
Tour de France
- Yellow jersey. Going into the final weekend, Chris Froome holds the overall lead in Le Tour by almost four minutes. Froome, who has won the race two times before, raced for Kenya until 2008 when he switched his allegiance to Britain.
NFL (National Football League)
- Houston Texans player, CMT awards host and fitness magazine cover model J.J. Watt has undergone back surgery and is expected to miss training camp but he will be ready for the start of the season. Watt has not missed a game in his five-year career. Last year Watt underwent groin surgery and played with a broken hand.
- NBA Hall of Famer and TNT Analyst Shaq will be breaking down the beats tonight as his remixing alter ego, “DJ Diesel” in Belgium at the Tomorrowland music festival. If you want a preview of his off-court turntable skills, check out highlights from his set at Tomorrow World last summer. He could quit his day job.
- Miami Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki is nearing the exclusive 3,000 hit club and hopes to accomplish that feat at home. The Marlins are looking to combat their low season attendance by starting tickets to witness this accomplishment at $29.90 (for 2,900 hits) and increasing the price by one cent with each hit. After their last ticket promo disaster with the home run derby let’s hope this works for them.
- For more about how to up your game and join the sports conversation at work, read Beyond the Lycra – Three Things to Know About the Tour de France for the Office.