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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

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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. 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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Mar282017

Citizen Watch Makes Time To Sponsor Naismith Trophy Hoops Players Of The Year

By Barry Janoff

March 28, 2017: With the NCAA Div. I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments heading to their Final Four destinations this weekend — the University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale) and AT&T Center (Dallas), respectively — trophies and awards honoring the top players and coaches for the season with be front-and-center.

Among the most prestigious, the Naismith Trophy, under the auspices of the Atlanta Tipoff Club and named after basketball founding father Dr. James Naismith, will be given to the top men’s and women’s hoops players as well as the top men’s and women’s coaches, voted on by ATC’s board of selectors and this year for the first time fans (who account for 5% of the total vote).

Just in time for national attention and broadcasting, the Atlanta Tipoff Club has signed  a multi-year naming Citizen Watch the title sponsor of the Naismith Men’s and Women’s College Player of the Year Awards.

In addition, Citizen Watch becomes an ATC marketing partner, with the designation as the "official watch of the Naismith Trophy."

Financial details were not released.

Werner Ladder is the official sponsor for the Naismith Men’s and Women’s College Coach of the Year trophies.

Separate Naismith Trophy awards honor the top Boy's and Girl's high school basketball players and coaches; and lifetime achievement awards are presented annually to overall contributors and college officials.

The Citizen Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year finalists are Lonzo Ball (UCLA), Josh Hart (Villanova), Frank Mason III (Kansas), and Caleb Swanigan (Purdue).

The Citizen Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year finalists are Naphessa Collier (UConn), Kelsey Plum (Washington), Katie Lou Samuelson (UConn) and A’Ja Wilson (South Carolina).

The Werner Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year finalists are Chris Collins (Northwestern), Mark Ffew (Gonzaga), Bill Self and Jay Wright (Villanova).

The  Werner Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year finalists are Karen Aston (Texas), Geno Auriemma (UConn), Scott Rueck (Oregon State) and Vic Schaefer (Mississippi State).

The four finalists in each category were chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s national voting academy, comprised of leading journalists from around the country, current and former head coaches, former award winners and conference commissioners, who based their selections on outstanding on-court performances during the 2016-17 college basketball season.

The Citizen Watch Naismith Men’s Trophy and the Werner Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year awards will be named on April 2 at the Naismith Awards Brunch delivered by UPS during the men’s Final Four weekend in Arizona.

The presentation will be broadcast live on the Citizen Naismith Trophy Facebook page and simulcast on Sirius XM College Sports Nation, Channel 84.

The 2017 Citizen Naismith Trophy and Werner Ladder Naismith Trophy women’s winners will be unveiled April 1 during the women’s Final Four weekend in Dallas.

Marketing support includes Citizen ads in game day media, on-site signage, digital and social media.

In 2018, the Citizen Watch Naismith Trophy will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Among other activation, Citizen is planning what it called a "Moments in Time" campaign, honoring the players and moments that shaped and established the trophy as the "most prestigious individual college basketball player award."

The campaign will culminate at the 2018 Men's Final Four in San Antonio, where all previous winners over the last 50 years Citizen Watch Naismith Trophy will feted.

Citizen currently supports young students with academic scholarships through its corporate sponsorship of the National Merit Scholarship Foundation.

"Citizen is proud now to extend its connection to college students with the Citizen Naismith Trophy Award recognizing the impressive efforts of college athletes and rewarding their sacrifices and work both on and off the court,” Eric Horowitz, U.S. managing director for Citizen Watch, said in a statement.

Among the players who have won the Naismith Trophy are Bill Walton, Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Anthony Davis.

"We are happy to be partnering with such a wonderful organization and hope to create together many moments that will further our common interest and passion in advancing the goals of college student athletes."

According to Eric Oberman, executive director for the Atlanta Tipoff Club, "Through this partnership we will honor our most treasured asset — former Naismith Trophy winners — while also celebrating current athletes for their passion to achieve basketball excellence."

Among the players who have won the men’s Naismith Trophy are Bill Walton (three times), Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis and, most recently, Frank Kaminsky (2015) and Buddy Hield (2016).

Among the players who have won the women’s Naismith Trophy are Anne Donovan (the first award in 1983), Cheryl Miller (three times), Dawn Staley, Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo, Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi (twice), Brittney Griner (twice) and Breanna Stewart (2014-15-16).

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