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#PlaybyPlay: Harden Wins MVP at #NBA Awards, #WBA Gives Anthony Joshua 24 Hours to Sign Deal to Fight Alexander Povetkin

Australia Eliminated from #WorldCup

Stocks discussed: (NasdaqGS: $EA) (NasdaqGS: $TTWO)

Play by Play - the latest sports headlines and sports stock news

 

Point Roberts, WA and Delta, BC - June 26, 2018 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Investorideas.com, a leader in investor news and research issues today's edition of Play by Play covering what's new in sports headlines and recent news from publicly traded companies in the sector.

Play by Play - the latest sports headlines and sports stock news

Harden Wins MVP at NBA Awards, WBA Gives Anthony Joshua 24 Hours to Sign Deal to Fight Alexander Povetkin and Australia Eliminated from World Cup

The 2018 NBA Awards were held last night in Santa Monica, California. James Harden of the Houston Rockets was voted by fans as the most valuable player after having come second twice. The Associated Press quotes Harden on the win:

"The last four years have been like knocking on the door, knocking on the door. Now the moment is finally here," Harden said backstage. "Just every single year you try to come back and be better than you were the year before, and just to be holding that trophy finally, it means a lot."

Fox Sports reports that the World Boxing Association (WBA) has given boxer Anthony Joshua 24 hours to sign a deal to fight Alexander Povetkin or risk losing the WBA portion of his world heavyweight boxing titles. Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn claimed to be near agreement in negotiations for Joshua to fight the WBC champion Deontay Wilder, but were waiting for "clarifications".

WBA president Gilberto Mendoza said in a statement: "The WBA have allowed over a month extension to negotiations with Povetkin and also ongoing discussions with Deontay Wilder.

"It appears the Wilder team have not returned the contract for the fight and therefore we are requesting a date for the Joshua versus Povetkin fight with immediate effect."

Peru ended their eight-game winless streak in the World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Australia today. The last time Peru had won a World Cup match was 4-1 triumph over Iran in 1978. Australia has now lost five of their last six, and is now eliminated from the tournament. FIFA.com quotes Australia team reporter Sarah Widera on the loss:

"It may be something of a cliché, but Australia can travel home from this World Cup with their heads held high. Their elimination will be heartbreaking for their fans, who had hoped for better things following some positive displays in Russia - including against Peru, whom they pressed hard without success."

Electronic Arts' NBA LIVE 19 to Feature Joel Embiid as Cover Star and Take-Two's WWE® 2K19 Announces Rey Mysterio as Playable Character

Stocks discussed: (NasdaqGS:EA) (NasdaqGS:TTWO)

At the NBA Awards last night, Electronic Arts, Inc. (NasdaqGS:EA) revealed that the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid is the cover star for EA SPORTS™ NBA LIVE 19. The press release at Business Wire quotes Embiid on the news:

"It's great, it's amazing. I'm thankful for this opportunity, especially as a basketball player. You work so hard because you have goals in life, you want to be in the Hall of Fame, but also, being on the cover of a video game is something I've always dreamed of and I'm happy to be in this position."

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.'s (NasdaqGS:TTWO) 2K announced that the upcoming WWE® 2K19 will feature former WWE champion Rey Mysterio as a playable character.

Sam Mowers, Investorideas.com

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