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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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• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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Sep152016

American Cancer Calls On IMG Colleges, Coaches, Fans To Fight Kids Cancer

By Barry Janoff

September 14, 2016: When it comes to sports, there are a lot of statistics that can describe the action on the field or court.

But off the sports course, there are statistics with much more importance and harder-hitting impact.

Pediatric cancer is the second leading cause of death among children ages 1-14 in the U.S., and it is estimated that in 2016 there will be 10,380 new cancer cases diagnosed among children in the U.S., according to The American Cancer Society.

(The leading cause of death among children ages 1-14 in the U.S. is accidents/unintentional injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control.)

Motivated by that and other related urgent situations, IMG College, in collaboration with Curing Kids Cancer, and the American Cancer Society have unveiled A House United to Tackle Pediatric Cancer.

The program "targets college football fans through 12 of IMG’s partner universities to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer."

A House United to Tackle Pediatric Cancer brings together "college football coaches and ambassadors from across the country to ask fans to help raise funds for pediatric cancer programs and research," per ACS.

The universities involved include Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Mississippi, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Syracuse, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Washington.

All proceeds from the initiative will be used to support research and programs for pediatric cancer from the American Cancer Society.

"As the Society continues to work with the sports industry to fund cancer research and create world class cancer prevention initiatives, we are proud to expand our sports strategy to mobilize a new audience within college football to help save lives from childhood cancer," Sharon Byers, chief development officer for the American Cancer Society, said in a statement.

Marketing support includes in-stadium, on-campus, Internet, social media and a dedicated Web site for A House United to Tackle Pediatric Cancer, hosted by fund-raising online firm CrowdRise.

Among other items, the Web site enables people to donate directly to the cause through one of the 12 schools that are part of the effort. Running totals for each school will indicate the amount of money each has raised via the site.

"We are proud to expand our sports strategy to mobilize a new audience within college football to help save lives from childhood cancer."

The Web site also has mini-sites that speak directly to coaches, players, fans and other supporters of each school.

"Hey, Blue Devil Nation," text reads at the Duke destination. "Help (head football) Coach (David) Cutcliffe and the American Cancer Society, together with Curing Kids Cancer, as we are A House United to Tackle Pediatric Cancer. Join together with other college football fans from around the country by making a donation today. With your support, we can show the rest of the country that Blue Devil Nation is part of a united force against pediatric cancer by donating today.

"We are One Community. One University. One fight."

According to  Andrew Judelson, evp-sales and marketing for IMG College, "This partnership with the American Cancer Society will create an incredible platform for A House United to Tackle Pediatric Cancer to bring a very important message to the passionate collegiate sports audience.

"These 12 universities are making an impact well beyond the playing field, and they are leading the way for the support of pediatric cancer research and programs," said Judelson.

Direct links to each of the participating schools on the A House United to Tackle Pediatric Cancer are:

    •    Duke University
    •    Florida State University
    •    Georgia Tech
    •    University of Houston
    •    University of Mississippi
    •    University of Pittsburgh
    •    University of South Carolina
    •    Syracuse University
    •    University of California, Los Angeles
    •    Vanderbilt University
    •    Virginia Tech
    •    University of Washington

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