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NBA All-Star 2016: Here's All You Need to Know

  
  
  

All-Star GameThe NBA All-Star 2016 is more than a few months away but we’re so excited for it that we want to tell you some of the exciting events to look forward to next February! The three day event is chocked full of basketball celebrations that includes some of the most talked about rising stars in the game as well as the biggest names in Hollywood and the NBA!

Through Official Ticket Packages direct from the NBA through QuintEvents, you can secure your spot at some of your favorite challenges or even ALL of them! It’s up to you!

 

All-Star Friday Night

 

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Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 | Air Canada Centre | TBD

In what is possibly the biggest culmination of the who’s who in the entertainment and sporting world, the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game is something thousands of people wait for. Watch on as some of the hottest celebrities from film, TV and music, along with some of your favorite NBA Legends take their skills to the court for a fun, entertaining, and most importantly, competitive basketball game!

 

Rising Stars Challenge

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 | Air Canada Centre | TBD

There is nothing like being able to watch a soon-to-be prodigy come in to their own, and the Rising Stars Challenge is the place to be a part of that for yourself. Experience 18 of the League’s brightest young stars from the Rookie and Sophomore classes battling it out in an epic game played in two 20-minute halves with no foul outs! The Rising Stars Challenge (formerly Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam) has seen many of the NBA's greats rise to stardom.

 

All-Star Saturday Night

 

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Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 | Air Canada Centre | TBD

This is your chance to get up close and personal with the All-Stars. NBA All-Star Players and Coaches from the Eastern and Western Conferences hold the official All-Star Practice Center Court.

 

State Farm All-Star Saturday Night

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 | Air Canada Centre | TBD

State Farm All-Star Saturday Night includes four competitions featuring some of the NBA's best players.

The State Farm All-Star Saturday night is adding a team component, with the Eastern and Western Conferences competing for $500,000 for charity. The conferences will earn points based on the results of the night's four events: the Degree Shooting Stars, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the 3-point contest and the slam dunk contest.

Each conference will have a captain, who along with the NBA, will designate the charities his team is playing for. The winning conference gets $350,000 for its charities and the runner-up gets $150,000.

 

Degree Shooting Stars

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 | Air Canada Centre | TBD

One of the coolest challenges during the NBA All-Star is the Degree Shooting Stars challenge, featuring teams comprised of a current NBA Player, a current WNBA player, and an NBA Legend. Where else would you be able to see a trifecta with such talented athletes in a friendly game against the best of the best? Nowhere but here!

 

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Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 | Air Canada Centre | TBD

Get your adrenaline pumping at the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and feel the anticipation of the countdown as six of the top guards compete for the title in a two-round timed “obstacle course” consisting of a series of passes, free throws, lay-ups and agility drills.

 

Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 | Air Canada Centre | TBD

Three pointers are basically a testament to an athlete’s skill and talent. This challenge puts six of the best long-range shooters against each other to see who can score the most three-pointers in a race against the clock.

 

Slam Dunk

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 | Air Canada Centre | TBD

Saturday night's grand finale will showcase the NBA's most athletic players as they take to the air, mystifying fans with their gravity defying creativity. Be there as these high fliers of the NBA cap off the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, by dunking their way into the NBA history books. From capes and kryptonite to blowing out candles and leaping over legends, Slam Dunk has produced some of the most creative moments in NBA All-Star history!

 

All-Star Sunday Night

 

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Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 | Air Canada Centre | TBD

The NBA All-Star 2016 closes the all-star weekend with what is surely a fantasy league player’s dream come true. Watch on as your basketball heroes face off in a battle of East vs. West in an all-out star spectacular that will surely take your breath away.

 

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A Recap of Past Super Bowl Victories

  
  
  

Because it’s almost football season and conversations will soon be flooded with Super Bowl predictions, we’ve decided to take a walk down memory lane and recap the previous Super Bowls since Super Bowl XL in 2006.

With the 50th Anniversary of the Super Bowl quickly approaching, it’s interesting to look back on past Super Bowl victories and the accomplishments of some of the best football players in the nation. So with that being said, take a look below and reminisce on some of the most exciting games in history!

Super Bowl XLIX

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Feb. 1, 2015

University of Phoenix Stadium

Glendale, Arizona

MVP: Tom Brady, QB, New England

New England Patriots 28<<<

Seattle Seahawks 24

Tom Brady threw four touchdowns, and Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass in the end zone with 20 seconds remaining to lead the New England Patriots to a 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks. It was a big night for Tom Brady as he landed his 13th career Super Bowl touchdown pass, breaking Joe Montana’s record.

Super Bowl XLVIII

Feb. 2, 2014

Metlife Stadium

East Rutherford, New Jersey

MVP: Malcolm Smith, LB, Seattle

Seattle Seahawks 43<<<

Denver Broncos 8

The Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl title, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8. One key play included linebacker Malcolm Smith intercepting a Peyton Manning pass and returning it 69 yards for a touchdown. In another eventful play, wide receiver Percy Harvin returned the opening kick in the second half 87 yards for another touchdown. Russell Wilson threw for two touchdown for the Seahawks. Denver’s Peyton Manning was 34-of-49 passing for 280 yards, but most of that came after Seattle had already stomped on the Broncos.

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Super Bowl XLVII

Feb. 3, 2013

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

New Orleans, Louisiana

MVP: Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore

Baltimore Ravens 34<<<

San Francisco 49ers 31

Super Bowl XLVII was one most people will remember forever seeing as though most of the Superdome lights and scoreboards went dark. At 4 hours, 4 minutes, the longest Super Bowl ever ended with a Baltimore Ravens victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The Ravens held on to a big lead for quite some time before the 49ers kicked into high gear following the power outage and quickly began closing the gap. Even with the 49ers momentum, the Ravens clinched the title with a 34-31 win.

Super Bowl XLVI

Feb. 5, 2012

Lucas Oil Stadium

Indianapolis, Indiana

MVP: Eli Manning, QB, New York

New York Giants 21<<<

New England Patriots 17

It was like 2008 all over again as Eli Manning and the Giants one-upped Tom Brady and the Patriots once again. This Super Bowl XLII rematch ended with a last-minute touchdown by the Giants to beat the Patriots 21-17. Manning led the Giants to a nine-play, 88-yard drive that put New York ahead when RB Ahmad Bradshaw scored the winning touchdown.

Super Bowl XLV

Feb. 6, 2011

Cowboys Stadium

North Texas

MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay

Green Bay Packers 31<<<

Pittsburgh Steelers 25

Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Steelers with three touchdown passes that earned him MVP honors. The Packers led by a large margin at halftime, but the Steelers were able to close the gap with a fourth quarter touchdown and two-point conversion. With the score 28-25, Green Bay answered with a field goal leaving Pittsburgh one last chance to come out on top. However, the Steelers couldn’t make the play, and the Packers won their fourth Super Bowl title.  

Super Bowl XLV

Super Bowl XLIV

Feb. 7, 2010

Sun Life Stadium

Miami Gardens, Florida

MVP: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans

New Orleans Saints 31<<<

Indianapolis Colts 17

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints rallied to a 31-17 victory over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. Brees tied a Super Bowl record with 32 completions; he also threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions. The biggest moment in the game occurred when Saints CB Tracy Porter intercepted a Peyton Manning pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown that gave the Saints a 31-17 lead with 3 minutes remaining in the game.

Super Bowl XLIII

Feb. 1, 2009

Raymond James Stadium

Tampa, Florida

MVP: Santonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Steelers 27<<<

Arizona Cardinals 23

Super Bowl XLIII was one for the record books. James Harrison led the Steelers with the longest play in Super Bowl history – a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown. For three quarters, Pittsburgh held a strong lead, and it looked as though victory was an easy grab. Then, out of nowhere, the Cardinals charged back and authored what we thought would be the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history until Santonio Holmes silenced the Cardinals with a touchdown with 35 seconds left. Holmes’ catch was a thing of beauty as he snagged the ball amongst three Cardinals and managed to touch his toes down before going out of bounds.

Super Bowl XLII

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University of Phoenix Stadium

Glendale, Arizona

MVP: Eli Manning, QB, New York

New York Giants 17<<<

New England Patriots 14

Super Bowl XLII ended with a bang as Eli Manning threw a 13-yard, go-ahead touchdown to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining in the game. This 12-play, 83-yard drive, with three third down conversions is what led the Giants to a 17-14 victory over the Patriots. Although the Patriots had one last chance, Tom Brady simply couldn’t complete a pass on fourth down, and the Giants became the first NFC Wild Card team to win a Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLI

Feb. 4, 2007

Dolphin Stadium

Miami, Florida

MVP: Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis

Indianapolis Colts 29<<<

Chicago Bears 17

The non-stop rain created harsh conditions for Super Bowl XLI as the Indianapolis Colts swept the Chicago Bears with a 29-17 win. Despite Peyton Manning only having one touchdown pass, he made plays happen and consistently moved his team into field-goal range. It was an exciting night for Tony Dungy as he became the first African-American coach to win the Super Bowl. This was also the first rainy Super Bowl and first time an opening kickoff was run back for a touchdown.

Super Bowl XL

Feb. 5, 2006

Ford Field

Detroit, Michigan

MVP: Hines Ward, WR Pittsburgh

Seattle Seahawks 10

Pittsburgh Steelers 21<<<

The Pittsburgh Steelers captured their record-tying fifth Super Bowl title, the first since 1980 and the first for 2015 Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis and Coach Bill Cowher. Seattle was continuously plagued by penalties, drops, poor clock management and a devastating fourth-quarter interception. On the other hand, Pittsburgh had plenty of tricks up their sleeve.  In particular, Antwaan Randle El took a handoff from Parker and threw perfectly to Ward for a 43-yard touchdown, making it the first Super Bowl touchdown pass by a wide receiver. The Steelers finally got “One for the Thumb” as they beat the Seahawks 21-10.

Attend Super Bowl 50

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Now that you’ve gone back in time and relived the Super Bowls over the past sever

No matter your budget or desired experience, there’s a ticket package that is right for you. To make life easier, we’ve already broken down the packages to help you find the perfect one. Read more here.al years, it’s time to start thinking about the future. Super Bowl 2016 will certainly be one for the books as we celebrate the
50th Anniversary of the Super Bowl at Levi’s Stadium. We know you don’t want to miss out on this incredible experience, so we’re here to help you get there.

So what are you waiting for?! With an Official NFL On Location Ticket Package through QuintEvents, you can secure your spot at Super Bowl 50 and experience the thrill of a lifetime. See you there!

 

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The Road to the College Football Playoff National Championship

  
  
  

College Football Playoff PremiumWith football season on the horizon, many of us are already thinking way ahead to the College Football Playoff National Championship. It’s hard not to! It’s one of the most thrilling sporting events of the year, and one we certainly hope our favorite team is a part of.

The road to the National Championship is not exactly an easy one by any means. However, it is very well an exciting one! With so many factors contributing to whether or not a team lands in the playoff, it’s no surprise there is so much anticipation both during the season and postseason.

You may or may not realize the extensive process involved in selecting teams to go to the playoff. The College Football Playoff Selection Committee has very tough decisions to make, and it requires a great deal of time and energy to select the four best teams in the country. Take a look below to see how the process works and what the bowl schedule looks like for the 2015-2016 season.

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How It Works

A 13-person selection committee will rank the top 25 teams in the country from among the 10 FBS conferences and four FBS independents. The selection committee uses a process that compares teams based on conference championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head competition, comparative outcomes of common opponents and other relevant factors that affect a team’s performance.

The Process

  1. Each committee member creates a list of 30 teams he or she believes to be the best in the country. Teams listed by three or more members remain under consideration.

  2. Each member lists the best six teams, in no particular order. The six teams receiving the most votes will comprise the pool for the first ranking step.

  3. In the first ranking step, each member ranks those six teams, one through six, with one being the best. The best team in each ranking receives one point, the second-best two points, and so on. The rankings are then added together, and the three teams with the fewest points will become the top three seeds. The remaining three teams are held over for the next ranking step.

  4. Each member will list the six best remaining teams, in no particular order. The three teams receiving the most votes will be added to the three teams held over to comprise the next ranking step.

  5. Steps 3 and 4 are repeated until 25 teams have been selected. There are seven rounds of voting. Each round consists of a “listing step” and a “ranking step.”

Semifinals

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After the 25 teams have been selected, the committee ranks the teams 1-25 and places them in the playoff semifinal bowls. The team ranked No. 1 by the selection committee will play the No. 4 team in the semifinals. Team No. 2 will meet team No. 3. The committee places the top two seeds at the most advantageous sites, using criteria such as convenience of travel for fans, home-crowd advantage/disadvantage, etc.

This year, the Orange Bowl and the Cotton Bowl will serve as the two semifinal games in the four-team playoff. The National Championship game will follow on January 11 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Other Bowl Games

The committee then selects the pairings for the other bowl games based on the following considerations: geography, avoidance of regular-season rematches, benefit to fans and student-athletes, regular-season head-to-head results and conference championships.

Take a look below at the College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule for the next several years!

College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule

2016 Schedule

Orange Bowl

What: Playoff semifinal

When: Dec. 31, 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. ET

Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Cotton Bowl

What: Playoff semifinal

When: Dec. 31, 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. ET

Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

National Championship

When: Jan. 11, time TBA

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona

Attend the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship!

Now that you have a refresher on how College Football Playoff works, it’s time to start thinking about attending the National Championship. After all, it will be here before we know it! With an Official Ticket Package direct from College Football Playoff Premium through QuintEvents, you can be there to witness the “Sports Event of the Year!” Get your ticket to the game, hospitality access and other VIP perks you can’t get anywhere else!

 

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Samsung Summer League: Spurs Claim Las Vegas Title

  
  
  

The Samsung Summer League at Las Vegas made history over the weekend. The Spurs, led by Coach Becky Hammon, defeated the Suns 93-90 at the Thomas & Mack Center on Monday to claim the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League title.

The Spurs outlasted a talented Phoenix Suns in the title game behind a strong all-around effort from League MVP Kyle Anderson. Anderson had 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the win. His behind-the-back assist in the first half was one of the most impressive plays of the Summer League.

Treveon Graham (20 points) and Jonathan Simmons (23 points) also helped pace San Antonio’s offense in the win. Point guard Mike James, the only member of the Phoenix’s starting lineup who wasn’t a first round draft pick, led the Suns with 32 points. Simmons was named MVP of the championship game.

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Hammon, a former WNBA star, became the NBA’s first female full-time assistant coach and the first female to serve as head coach in Summer League and the first full-time assistant coach in NBA history last season. Hailed for her high basketball IQ, Hammon was named to coach Gregg Popovich’s bench last season. Under her guidance, San Antonio went 6-1 in Las Vegas, shaking off an opening night loss to New York to win six straight games and capture the title.

The Spurs have worked tirelessly to not make too much of their hiring of Hammon. Popovich has said many times that she was hired because of her coaching acumen, not because the team was looking to help a woman break the glass ceiling.

"She's a firecracker. She takes no prisoners. She's got a great personality," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said last season. "She knows her stuff. She's competitive."

Spencer Haywood and NBA VIP Meet & Greet with Spencer Haywood

As an Official Hospitality Provider, we can provide an experience so unbelievable that the only way your friends will believe you is going to be with pictures! Our NBA VIP had the opportunity to sit down with 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Spencer Haywood, and get to hear some of his most personal stories from his career in the NBA.

Imagine getting to sit down and casually talk to an NBA Legend as if you were old pals catching up over lunch! How cool is that? There was no pushing or shoving to get an autograph because this was a private exclusive for only our NBA Events clients. As the Official Hospitality provider for the Samsung Summer League you were not going to find this access anywhere else!

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NBA VIP enjoyed the Samsung Summer League in style! Paired with a 3-day ticket to the event, NBA VIP received perks and benefits exclusive to NBA Events clients. All three days included in-arena hospitality with access to the exclusive party venue where they got the chance to eat, drink, and mingle with NBA legend Spencer Haywood!

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With the Samsung Summer League already in the history books, now is the time to get on the wait list for 2016 NBA Summer League packages! More than just a ticket, NBA Events give you an experience with unrivaled benefits!

Every part of your experience can be customized to help make your trip as seamless possible, from hotel accommodations to transportation options that fit your budget. Let us take care of all the hard labor so you can spend more time planning fun things to see and do and actually enjoying your experience! Don’t miss out on premium access to weekend events, NBA Legend Meet & Greets, and of course the exclusive Hospitality Party Venue!

 

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Breeders’ Cup® Classic Past Performances

  
  
  

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The Classic has showcased so much talent over the past years and been host to some of the best moments in horse racing history.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at the performances over the past 10 years!  

2014  

Winner: Bayern 

     Jockey: Martin Garcia     

 Trainer: Bob Baffert  

   Time: 1:59.88 

At last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, Bayern entered the race at 6/1 odds but was able to beat out favorites Shared Belief and California Chrome. The race started off with horses crashing into each other left and right, and Bayern really had to sweat it out. He maintained the lead of a length or more into the stretch and went on to win the race in 1:59.88.

Watch the race below!

2013 

Winner: Mucho Macho Man

    Jockey: Gary Stevens

     Trainer: Katherine Ritvo    

  Time: 2:00:72 

With a name like Mucho Macho Man, we aren’t surprised this horse won the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2013. Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge were neck and neck throughout the race, but the race ended with a thrilling finish in which Mucho Macho Man won by a nose at the wire! History was also made this day as Trainer Kathy Ritvo became the first woman to win the $5 million championship race.

Watch the race below! 

2012  

Winner: Fort Larned  

   Jockey: B Hernandez Jr   

   Trainer: I Wilkes   

   Time: 2:00.11 

At the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic, Fort Larned traveled along the inside path of the track and led every step of the way, with Mucho Macho Man closely following behind. The two ended up finishing half a length apart with Fort Larned coming out on top!

Watch the race below!

2011 

Winner: Drosselmeyer 

   Jockey: Mike Smith 

   Trainer: Bill Mott   

  Time: 2:04.27 

In the 2011 race, Drosselmeyer proved himself against main contenders Uncle Mo and Game on Dude. From the starting gate, Game on Dude was on track to winning the Classic, but Drosselmeyer kicked it into high gear and won by 1 ½ lengths! Plus, jockey Mike Smith tied Jerry Bailey for all-time Breeders’ Cup victories with 15.

Watch the race below!

2010 

Winner: Blame

    Jockey: Garrett Gomez

    Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr. 

  Time: 2:02.28 

The 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic was known as The Quest for Perfection. Zenyatta entered the race undefeated and hoped to close out her career 20 for 20 with a second win in the Classic. Unfortunately, Zenyatta did not start well and sat in last place during the first mile. However, she did push herself for one final drive and was able to catch up to first place Blame, but Blame prevailed by a head in one of the most dramatic finishes of all time.

Watch the race below!

2009 

Winner: Zenyatta

     Jockey: Mike E. Smith

    Trainer: John Shirreffs

    Time: 2:00.32 

In 2009, horse racing fans were able to witness one of the greatest moments in history at the Breeders’ Cup. Zenyatta entered into the Classic undefeated, faced the world’s best male horses, and showed everyone her incredible talent. In the Classic, she turned for home with a wall of horses in front of her, but jockey Mike Smith was able to move her off the rail into the center of the track. Before the crowd knew it, she shifted into high gear and swept the race by a length over Gio Ponti. Zenyatta was the first female to ever win the Classic!

Watch the race below!

2008 

Winner: Raven's Pass

    Jockey: Frankie Dettori  

    Trainer: John Gosden  

    Time: 1:59.27 

In 2008, defending champion Curlin was the 9-10 favorite to sweep the Classic, but Raven’s Pass closed down the center of the track to prevail by 1 ¾ lengths over Henrythenavigator in a record time of 1:59.27.  For the first time, the race was conducted on a synthetic surface, which benefited Raven’s Pass, who ran exceptionally well on turf courses.

Watch the race below! 

2007 

Winner: Curlin

    Jockey: Robby Albarado  

    Trainer: Steve Asmussen  

    Time: 2:00.59 

Preakness Stakes winner Curlin pulled off a mild upset at the 2007 Breeders’ Classic as he entered as a 9-2 fourth choice but went on to win the race. He was no match for the eight other horses as he secured a 4 ½ length victory over Hard Spun. He was later voted Horse of the Year!

Watch the race below!

2006 

Winner: Invasor

    Jockey: Fernando Jara 

    Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin 

    Time: 2:02.18 

Invasor entered the 2006 race as the 7-1 third choice but proved he was the best horse on the field. Bernardini took the lead at the top of the stretch but was already tiring as Invasor closed in to pass the 11-10 favorite. Invasor won by a length in 2:02.18.

Watch the race below!

2005 

Winner: Saint Liam

    Jockey: Jerry Bailey 

    Trainer: Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. 

    Time: 2:01.49 

In the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Classic, Saint Liam took control of the race in the stretch and won by a length. He was later named Horse of the Year! His jockey, Jerry Bailey, secured his 15th and final Breeders’ Cup win, retiring the following year as the all-time leader in Breeders’ Cup victories.

Watch the race below! 

 

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Now that we’ve walked through the past performances since 2005, let’s talk about this year’s race! With so much talk of American Pharoah running at the Haskell Invitational and hopefully running in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic, we can’t help but get excited.    

With an Official Ticket Package direct from Breeders’ Cup through QuintEvents, you can be there to witness the action of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic! Get an unbeatable experience that includes tickets, hospitality, exclusive insider extras and much more. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to head to the heart of the Bluegrass State in October and see some of the best horses compete at the 2015 Breeders’ Cup!

 

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The Highest-Selling Vehicles at Barrett-Jackson

  
  
  

Barrett Jackson Scottsdale2The Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction is a few months away, and attending the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas is on every car collector’s wish list. Getting the chance to bid or even just to attend is a dream come true for any avid car collector or fan.

The 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction Scottsdale was the largest vehicle consignment in the history of the event and included the sale of the Ron Pratte Collection. The Ron Pratte collection on its own drew a record number of bidders and attendees to the auction for a chance to purchase from the wide range of American muscle, European classics, exotic sports cars and one-of-a-kind customs.

During the 10-day auction, Barrett-Jackson recorded more than $131 million in sales of 1,612 vehicles (unaudited) and a world-record $6.55 million in automobila sales (unaudited), making it the highest sales result to date. The highly regarded Ron Pratte Collection alone brought in over $40.44 million in vehicle and automobilia sales.

The auction in Scottsdale saw a number of benchmark sales and to celebrate the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction in Las Vegas, we decided to break down some coolest of the cars to cross the block from this year’s auto auction.

Crossing the Block

$5.1 million – 1966 Shebly Cobra 427 Super Snake

1966 Shebly Cobra 427 Super Snake

$4 million - 1950 GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus

1950 GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus

$3.3 million – 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car

1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car

$1.65 million – 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Franay

1949 Talbot Lago T 26 Grand Sport Franay 

$1.595 million – 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster

1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster 

$1.1 million – 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

1955 MercedesBenz 300SL Gullwing 

$1.045 million – 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320B Cabriolet

1937 MercedesBenz 320B Cabriolet 

$671,000 – 1936 Delahaye “Whatthehaye” Street-Rod

1936 Delahaye Street Rod 

$643,500 – 1991 Ferrari F40

1991 Ferrari 

$643,500 – 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cariolet

1953 MercedesBenz 300S Cariolet

With thousands of auto collectors and enthusiasts traveling from far and wide to bid on one or multiple collections that’ll be showcased in Vegas, tickets to become a bidder will go VERY quickly. Be a part of this world-class lifestyle event and start creating traditions with your family! Watch as new records are broken this September with Official Ticket Packages for Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2015. Official Ticket Packages are the only way to experience the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™ as a VIP. No other program will get you all of this exclusive access and get you up-close and personal with some of the biggest names in the world of auto auctioning.

 

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5 Reasons to Play Pebble Beach Golf Links®

  
  
  

Pebble Beach Golf Links 4 resized 600Pebble Beach Golf Links is one course every golfer dreams of checking off his or her list. The course is a golfer’s paradise with its challenging play and exceptional views. It exceeds expectations and gives you an experience of a lifetime.

We know you don’t need an excuse to play the course, but we are going to give you a few regardless! Here are five reasons you should play Pebble Beach Golf Links.

1. Climate

There is a common misconception that the weather in Pebble Beach is unpredictable, making it difficult to choose the perfect day to play a round of golf. However, the climate is actually very golf-friendly with highs that are never too high and lows that are never too low. While there have been random occurrences of heavy rainfall, the area in general does not get much rain, especially between April and October. The summer months are usually accentuated with morning fog, which has a cooling effect on the day. Overall, the mild climate of the Monterey Peninsula makes for very enjoyable play at any time of year.

2. Views

Pebble Beach Golf Links is known for its spectacular views. From the majestic mountains to the breathtaking Monterey Peninsula, you really can’t find a more scenic golf course. Playing the course can take a few hours, but that just gives you more time to take in the scenery. Nine holes run along the rocky coastline of the Pacific Ocean, which may present difficult play, but at least you can enjoy the beautiful views amidst the challenge. It’s easy to lose focus because the surroundings are stunning, and the experience is priceless.

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3. History

The history and tradition of Pebble Beach Golf Links is a big part of what makes the course what it is. The course has been host to world-renowned golfers, significant tournaments and some of the most incredible moments in golf history. Every golfer knows Pebble Beach Golf Links and knows how much of an honor it would be to be associated with such a course. The course has come a long way since 1919, and it comes as no surprise that it has been named the #1 Public Golf Course in America.

4. Design

We have to give credit to Jack Neville and Douglas Grant for designing such an extraordinary course. The course has only experienced a few significant changes over the years; overall, the course has kept its same design and appeal since it was originally built. Pebble Beach Golf Links incorporates cliffs, ocean and terrain into a seamless journey. Each hole is incredibly constructed and presents its own kind of challenge. You’ll need to be prepared for anything and everything, but the good news is, you’ll have the time of your life.

5. Service

The service at Pebble Beach Golf Links is the cherry on top of everything else. From the moment you pull up, you are greeted with a smile and treated with an elite level of service. You can tell that everyone takes his or her job seriously and aims to give you the best experience possible. To really enhance your time playing the course, walk with a caddy. Not only is this the best way to take in the beauty of
Pebble Beach, but caddies provide detailed course knowledge and assist with play. Their service is impeccable, and you’ll be thankful you didn’t miss out on the opportunity.

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Pebble Beach Golf Links 3 resized 600Now that you have been given five great reasons to play Pebble Beach Golf Links, it’s time for you to get out there and experience the #1 Public Golf Course in America. 

If you choose to play the course, you have the opportunity to do so the week before the AT&T Pebble Beach
National Pro-Am. Depending on your personal preference, you can select from three different Official Ticket Packages, one of which includes a trip to play golf and go to Super Bowl 50!

Stay at a deluxe hotel, play a couple of rounds of golf, and sit back and enjoy the incredible scenery. Pebble Beach Resorts is a legendary place that offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Learn more about
Pebble Beach Resorts, home of America’s #1 Public Golf Course, as well as Spyglass Hill Golf Course, the
#2 Public Course in California, The Links at Spanish Bay, and Del Monte Golf Course.

 

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Top of the Class: 2015 ESPY Award Winners!

  
  
  

It's time for the 2015 ESPYS! We'll be updating the results as they happen throughout the night. Read below to see who has won in each of our favorite categories!

Best Fighter

The night is off to a great start! It's already been announced that Ronda Rousey has won Best Fighter!

Best Female Athlete

She's done it again! Ronda Rousey won her second award of the night, Best Female Athlete! 

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Best Jockey

Triple Crown Winner Victor Espinoza won the award for Best Jockey! He's had quite an exciting year! 

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Best Game

And the winner is...the Super Bowl between the Patriots and Seahawks!

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Best Male Golfer

The young and talented Jordan Spieth was named Best Male Golfer! We can't wait to see if he can be the first to win golf's Grand Slam in modern day!

Best Female Golfer

Congrats to Lydia Ko for being named Best Female Golfer! 

 

The 2015 ESPYS was a night to remember! Did any of your favorites win? 

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Vote for Your Favorites to Win at the 2015 ESPYS!

  
  
  

The 2015 ESPYS will be broadcasted live Wednesday, July 15th at 8 pm! Let your voice be heard and vote for your favorites to win each category. To help you out, we've broken down the various categories based on what type of sports fan you are. Vote now! 

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Samsung Summer League: Who Made the Roster?

  
  
  

Garrett EllwoodNBA teams are slowly releasing their rosters for the Samsung Summer League and we have the breakdown of the most stacked teams, yet. The Samsung Summer League is a buffet of young players for professional basketball scouts and team executives to evaluate.

All teams are guaranteed to play at least five games. Teams will be seeded following the preliminary round with the top eight seeds receiving a first-round bye.

There's something for everyone at Las Vegas Summer League. For the prized rookies in the 2015 draft class, it's a chance to get their feet wet. For the prospects who haven't found luck in the league yet, it's an opportunity to jump-start a career. For others, it's simply a shot at getting on the radar.

Let’s take a look at a few of the teams’ rosters:

 

NBA Summer League 5Cleveland Cavaliers

Second-round draft picks Rakeem Christmas and Sir’Dominic Pointer highlight the Cavaliers’ roster in the Las Vegas summer league July 10-20. Christmas was the No. 36 overall pick, while Pointer was selected No. 53 overall.

They’ll be on the roster that also includes second-year guard Joe Harris, a second-round selection in 2014. While it won't make up for the franchise's loss in the NBA Finals, Cleveland will open up summer league play against the Golden State Warriors this Friday night.

Check out the full roster here.

 

Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets summer league roster is already pretty known and stocked with players that will be the core of the team in their continued growth in the NBA. No real surprises but it is headlined by 1st round draft pick Emmanuel Mudiay and last year’s highly touted second round pick Nikola Jokic.

Will be interesting to see how it all shakes up. There are only two point guards on the roster, Mudiay and Erick Green. Lots of forwards and shooters to take a look at as well.

Check out the full roster here.

 

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New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans summer league roster includes guard Seth Curry, the younger brother of Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, and Chinese league player He Tianju, who has a camera crew from China filming his summer league experience.

The Pelicans' first game in Las Vegas is Friday at 5 p.m. against the Milwaukee Bucks at UNLV's Cox Pavilion. Their Samsung Summer League roster also includes Tulane University guard Jay Hook, Drew Gordon, who appeared in nine early-season games last season as a member of Philadelphia’s ever-shuffling roster, and Larry Drew II.

Check out the full roster here:

 

San Antonio Spurs

This year’s rosters includes Spurs forward Kyle Anderson along with NBA veterans Will Cherry, Brandon Davies, Casper Ware and Nate Wolters. In his first season with the Silver and Black, Anderson appeared in 33 games, averaging 2.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.8 minutes. In last year’s Summer League the former UCLA Bruin started all six games for the Spurs, averaging 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 23.8 minutes.

Several Spurs draft picks will play in both leagues, including Livio Jean-Charles who San Antonio selected in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft with the 28th overall pick.

Check out the fill roster here.

 

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Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors look to win the NBA’s version of the Triple Crown. The team has already won the first two legs in winning the D-League championship and the NBA championship, and winning the Summer League crown would finish off the trifecta.

In addition to the team’s first round draft pick, Kevon Looney (30th overall), Golden State’s roster features a pair of players who helped the Warriors to their first NBA championship in 40 years, Ognjen Kuzmic and James Michael McAdoo, as well as a pair of players who helped lead the Santa Cruz Warriors to the 2014-15 D-League title, Aaron Craft and Dominique Sutton.

Check out the full roster here.

To find out all the teams’ rosters and what players to look out for take a look here!

 

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