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• FIFA has postponed plans to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams for the 2022 event in Qatar. The plan is still being considered for the 2026 World Cup, which will be staged in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. According to FIFA, “(There was not enough) time for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact.” The World Cup is scheduled for Nov. 21-Dec. 18, 2022.

• The NFL and NFL Players Association have unveiled two joint agreements that are intended to “support further resources directed to address pain management and behavioral health.” Full story here.

• The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, and social impact education innovator EVERFI, Inc. have oined the students of Santee Elementary School in San Jose to launch The Compassion Project for the 2019-2020 school year, described as a “national nonprofit dedicated to providing compassion education to elementary school students across the U.S.”

• The U.S. Golf Association has aligned with Marvel Entertainment to create exclusive golf education products to “engage junior golfers on the essential elements to learning the game." Scheduled to launch in June at the 2019 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach, the collaboration features printed and digital comic books with many of Marvel’s super heroes The story follows Tony Stark (Iron Man) and other Avengers as they teach the next generation of Marvel Super Heroes about golf. Limited-edition Marvel-themed golf posters will be distributed (while supplies last) at the Junior Experience at the 2019 U.S. Open.

• Major League Lacrosse has signed a deal with Anheuser-Busch to have its Bud Light brand become the official beer partner for the 2019 MLL All-Star Game, being played in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD on July 27. The deal includes “prominent signage on the playing field, fan zone activation and various on-site promotions at several sports bars and retail locations in the Greater Annapolis area leading up to the All-Star Game.”

• Stating that “we are continually seeking opportunities to evolve our product offerings,’ Kohl’s has signed an exclusive long-term alliance with Fanatics, a global leader in licensed sports merchandise with the addition of “hundreds of thousands of items.” Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.” 

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U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the U.S. in France and seek to defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup crown (July 7-Aug.7).

GOALKEEPERS

Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS
Abby Dahlkemper* (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson* (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn* (NC Courage), Ali Krieger*** (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara*** (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn*** (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett* (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS
Morgan Brian** (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz** (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan* (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle* (Washington Spirit), Allie Long* (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis* (NC Courage)
FORWARDS
Tobin Heath*** (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd**** (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald* (NC Courage), Alex Morgan*** (Orlando Pride), Christen Press** (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh* (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe*** (Reign FC)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup

KEEPING SCORE

Luka Dončić, Trae Young Head NBA All-Rookie Team
Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Luka Dončić and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young have been unanimously selected to the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Dončić and Young both received NBA All-Rookie First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 200 points each.  They are joined on the NBA All-Rookie First Team by Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (195 points; 95 First Team votes), Memphis Grizzlies forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr. (159 points; 60 First Team votes) and Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (156 points; 56 First Team votes).

The 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Second Team includes LA Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (138 points), Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (132), Clippers guard Landry Shamet (85), New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (77) and Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (45).

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Weekend Box Office May 17-19
1. John Wick 3 $57M
2. Avengers: Endgame $29.4M
3. Pokemon Detective Pikachu $24.8M
4. A Dog’s Journey $8M
5. The Hustle $6M
6. The Intruder $4M
7. Long Shot $3.4M
8,. The Sun Is Also A Star $2.6M
9. Poms $2M
10. Uglydolls $1.6M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Oct192010

Adidas Laces Up Its A-Team: D-Rose, D-Howard, Smoove And . . . Slim Chin (!)

In his adidas commercial, Derrick Rose (L) uses his signature shoes to trump Slim Chin and his butler.October 19, 2010: With the NBA 2010-11 season coming up fast and furious, adidas is leading with its A-Team of players to bring home the message that its footwear will separate wearers "from the pack."

Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) and Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks) each star in TV spots that will anchor multi-media marketing breaking this week and ramping up into the season. Rose and Howard will also get their first signature shoes — the" adiZero Rose" and "The Beast,, respectively — while Smith will wear the "adiZero Infiltrate" and star in his first national TV shoe commercial.

Marketing also includes print, Internet, in-arena and experiential activation. The campaign, “Fast Don’t Lie,” which stars Rose, Howard and “Slim Chin,” played by actor Ken Jeong (The Hangover). Slim, described as a "self-made billionaire and cheetah owner," attributes his life achievements to being fast — the same attribute that also brings results on the basketball court for Rose and Howard in their signature adidas. Two TV spots break this week on networks including ESPN, BET, MTV, Comedy Central and Cartoon Network. Adidas' lead agency is 180, Los Angeles.

One spot shows Rose wearing his adidas shoes to outmaneuver Slim on the court, who tries but fails to use his jet ski, gold bars, butler and "lady pyramid" to his advantage. A second humorous spot with Rose, Howard and Slim Chin sees Howard attempting a Ray Charles-like move by singing and playing the piano to the tune of "Fast Don't Lie" ("Slim has a cheetah/And I wanna beat her/But it doesn't matter/Because my shoes are on the platter"). There also is an interactive video experience where visitors can play against Rose.

The adiZero Rose will launch in a black/red/white color this week, then will roll out in five different colors through February. The Beast will hit shelves in a black/black/royal color on Nov. 12 and will roll out in three additional colors through December. Both shoes will be exclusively sold at Foot Locker and Eastbay (MSRP $100). Smith's adiZero Infiltrate is available now in five colors (MSRP $90) exclusively at Dick's Sporting Goods in-store and online.

Smith's new spot, "J-Smoove," which also breaks this week, follows the athlete as he prepares to be as light and fast as possible to bring his best game to the court. "This is J-Smoove dressing for work," offers a voiceover as Smith dons his adidas. "In J-Smoove's profession, it's not about the suit and tie, it's about being light and flying high," followed by several shots of Smith above the rim blocking shots and dunking.

adidas adiZero Roseadidas Beast“I never thought growing up on the South Side of Chicago that I would have my own signature shoe, so I’m really proud and I know my family and the city are going to be really proud too," Rose said in a statement. "It’s a clean cut fashion shoe so you put some jeans over it and you can look good off the court.”

According to Smith, "I play the game fast so I really need a light shoe to do all the things I do on the court. The adiZero Infiltrate is so flexible and light when you put it on that it feels like a sock so when I'm on the court it makes me faster."

Summed up Howard, “Having the Beast be my first signature shoe means a lot to me. We worked really hard to add things from my personal life, like my 'HEY WOOOOOOOOOOORLD' greeting to my fans and my ManChild nickname.”

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