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Play by Play: Serena Williams Withdraws from Italian Open, Mariners' Paxton Throws a No-Hitter and Raptors' Casey Voted Coach of the Year by Peers

Stocks discussed: (NasdaqGS: $ATVI), (OTC: $GMBL), (NasdaqGS: $ZBRA), (NYSE: $SKX)

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Point Roberts, WA and Delta, BC - May 9, 2018 ( Newswire), 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.

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Serena Williams Withdraws from Italian Open, Mariners' Paxton Throws a No-Hitter and Raptors' Casey Voted Coach of the Year by Peers

The Associated Press reports that Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Italian Open next week. Williams, who will be replaced by Catherine Bellis for the tournament, "returned to the tour briefly this year after a 14-month absence to give birth to her daughter." The AP reports that Williams that this withdrawal, coupled with her withdrawal from the Madrid Open makes other matches uncertain:

"The 23-time Grand Slam champion also withdrew from this week's Madrid Open and sitting out Rome puts her status for the French Open, which starts May 27, in doubt.

Williams, a four-time Italian Open champion, has not played since her a first-round loss to Naomi Osaka in March at the Miami Open."

James Paxton, the Seattle Mariners' starting pitcher, threw a no-hitter in Toronto against the Blue Jays, becoming the first Canadian to do so on his native soil. Winning 5-0 and throwing just 99 pitches, NBC Sports quotes Paxton:

"Of all places, here in Toronto, it's pretty amazing. The fans were giving me some trouble in the seventh inning, but once I got past that they started kind of cheering me on. It was cool."

Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey has been voted coach of the year 2017-2018 by the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA). Introduced last year, the award is distinct from the league's coach of the year award, as Sportsnet reports:

"Not to be confused with the NBA's coach of the year award, this award is voted on by Casey's coaching peers and is separate from the official award, which is decided by selected members of the media."

Overwatch League Finals Announced, Esports Entertainment Group Launching New Payment Platform, Zebra Technologies Corp Trades at All-time High and SKECHERS to Present at Investment Conference

Stocks discussed: (NasdaqGS:ATVI), (OTC:GMBL), (NasdaqGS:ZBRA), (NYSE:SKX)

Activision Blizzard Inc.'s (NasdaqGS:ATVI) Overwatch League Grand Finals are to be held in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Centre from July 27-28, according to Business Wire. The Overwatch League™ is the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams across Asia, Europe, and North America.

Esports Entertainment Group (OTC:GMBL) has announced the launch of payment processing platform MoneyMatrix on its platform

Zebra Technologies Corporation's (NasdaqGS:ZBRA) stock hit a high of $157.18 USD yesterday after reporting Q1 earnings of $109 million USD, according to a report today.

SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX) announced today that its Chief Operating Officer, David Weinberg, and its Chief Financial Officer, John Vandemore, will be presenting at the 19th Annual B. Riley FBR Investor Conference on May 23, 2018 in Santa Monica, CA.

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