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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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Danica Patrick Signs With Premium Motor, ‘Guaranteed A Spot In Daytona 500’

By Barry Janoff

January 22, 2018: Danica Patrick, who last week re-signed with former lead sponsor GoDaddy in her quest to finish her pro racing career, now has a new ride, Premium Motorsports.

The deal means that Patrick is "guaranteed a spot in the Daytona 500" next month, which is the first half of her self-titled ‘Danica Double,’ which also includes the Indy 500 in May.

The one-race pact with Premium will enable Patrick to race in the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet Camaro, which is “the same car number she competed with in her first foray into stock car racing at Daytona in 2010. “

Financial terms of the deal were not shared.

“Let’s do this!!!!” Patrick posted to her Twitter site, where she has nearly two million followers. “Lucky number 7!”

Premium Motorsports recently purchased the assets of Tommy Baldwin Racing and said it would use the charter held by the No. 15 entry to field the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet at Daytona.

"We've been working on this behind-the-scenes for a while," Jay Robinson, Premium Motorsports team owner, said in a statement. "Now that we've finalized the deal, we're 100% focused on getting the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet ready for Daytona.

This will mark Patrick’s seventh appearance in the Daytona 500, with two eighth-place finishes as her best results, according to Nascar. She also won the pole position for the 2013 event.

Patrick competed in the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series for the past five seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing but parted ways with them and subsequently unveiled her retirement plans following changes in sponsorships.

The 60th running of the Daytona 500 is scheduled for Feb. 18 (Fox) at Daytona International Speedway.

According to Patrick, "I'm convinced that good vibes translate into performance — and I'm definitely feeling the good energy with this sponsor and team. I'm ready to get back in the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet."
 
Also returning to work with Patrick is crew chief Tony Eury Jr., who held that position when she raced in the Nascar Xfinity Series from 2010-12.

Patrick said she plans to unveil the new No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet with Premium Motorsports within the next two weeks.

GoDaddy signed Patrick to a sponsorship deal in 2006, just after she launched her pro career in IndyCar, then in 2010 was her primary sponsor when she began to race part-time and then full-time in Nascar.

Patrick and GoDaddy parted ways prior to the 2016 season, but not before she appeared for GoDaddy in more than a dozen Super Bowl commercials — many deemed risqué — a record for the Big Game.

GoDaddy said the alliance would continue during Danica's “life-after-racing by powering the online presence for her business endeavors related to health, apparel and wine.”

“Danica absolutely epitomizes the heart of our GoDaddy customers. We love it,” said Barb Rechterman, CMO for GoDaddy.

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