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• Jon Hayes, the Cincinnati Bengals TE coach for the last 16 seasons and a NFL TE for the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers, has been named head coach and GM XFL St. Louis. Hayes joins Kevin Gilbride (New York), Pep Hamilton (Washington, D.C.), Bob Stoops (Dallas), Marc Trestman (Tampa Bay) and Jim Zorn (Seattle) as XFL head coaches. Los Angeles and Houston head coaches are still to be named.

• MLS and U.S. Soccer have signed a three-year deal with Headspace, which develops meditation and mindfulness apps. Headspace is also creating a personalized training program for each individual athlete on the U.S. Women’s National Team prior to their defense of the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer in France.

• adidas has unveiled the ”Loop Creation Process,” to produce fully recyclable performance footwear working with Parley for the Oceans using products made from up-cycled marine plastic waste.

FutureCraft Loop is a 100% recyclable performance running shoe which “can be returned to adidas, broken down and reused to create new performance running shoes.” adidas said the first-gen release is a part of adidas' “widest-ever global beta program, ahead of the wider commercial release targeted for Spring-Summer 2021.”

• Per the NFL: “As of earlier this week NFL Network and NFL RedZone are no longer available to AT&T U-Verse subscribers or DTV Now subscribers. While the NFL remains committed to negotiating renewed agreements on fair and equitable terms, AT&T has not been willing to actively engage." 

• Grey Goose vodka has unveiled a global brand platform, “Live Victoriously,” described as “an answer to consumers' demand for more authentic and relatable luxury brands..." TV is led by a 60-second spot that implores people to “Live like  ... you're the special occasion ... every day is your birthday ... your phone doesn't exist ... the world is your stage . . . you crashed your own wedding . . . like you’re worth it.” Spots will air thru June across cable, network primetime and sports programming.

• A significant collection of Jackie Robinson memorabilia is part of the Goldin Auctions 2019 Spring Auction, now through May 11 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jackie Robinson, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Full story here.
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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019

(To be enshrined on Sept. 6 in Springfield, Mass.)

• Al Attles
• Carl Braun
• Charles “Chuck” Cooper
• Vlade Divac
• Bill Fitch
• Bobby Jones
• Sidney Moncrief
• Jack Sikma
• Teresa Weatherspoon
• Paul Westphal
• Tennessee A&I Teams of 1957-1959
• Wayland Baptist Flying Queens of 1948-1982

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Top Ten Most Valuable MLB Franchises
1. New York Yankees $4.6B
2. Los Dodgers $3.3B
3. Boston Red Sox $3.2B
4. Chicago Cubs $3.1B
5. San Francisco Giants $3B
6. New York Mets $2.3B
7. St. Louis Cardinals $2.1B
8. Los Angeles Angels $1.9B
9. Philadelphia Phillies $1.85B
10. Houston Astros $1.77B

Source: FORBES

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Weekend Box Office April 12-14
1. Shazam! $25.1M
2, Little $15.5M
3. Hellboy $12M
4. Pet Seminary $10M
5. Dumbo $9.2M
6. Captain Marvel $8.6M
7. Us $6.9M
8. After $6.2M
9. Missing Link $5.8M
10. The Best of Enemies $2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Channel Chasers

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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Nov182017

Danica Patrick Sees Finish Line For Pro Racing Career With ‘Danica Double’

By Barry Janoff

November 17, 2017: Danica Patrick, arguably the most successful woman race car driver in the history of the sport, said she has come to the end of the road.

In one major aspect, the decision was not entirely hers.

She made her decision public prior to the 2017 season-ending Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 19).

“This will be my last season as a full-time driver,” Patrick said at a media conference in Homestead-Miami.

Patrick then was overcome by the moment. “My sister (Brooke) told me I was supposed to get emotional. I said I wouldn’t.”

She continued after a few moments, taking a deep breath. “But I’m not totally done. I am going do the Daytona 500 next year and the Indy 500. I’m really excited about that.”

She called it the “Danica Double.”

“I think it’s going to be a great way to cap it off,” she said.

Patrick did not indicate with which team or lead sponsor she would race at Daytona and Indy in 2018.

Despite no longer being a full-time driver, Patrick will remain in the public eye.

She recently unveiled a Warrior by Danica Patrick clothing and accessories line sold on HSN.

A documentary, Danica, premiered on Epix earlier this month.

She has written a health, fitness and workout book, Pretty Intense: The 90-Day Mind, Body and Food Plan (Penguin Random House), due out in December.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., also retiring this season from full-time racing — his final Nascar series race is at Homestead-Miami — is moving into the broadcast booth with NBC in 2018.

Industry analysts indicated there was interest in Patrick potentially following suit.

The 60th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Feb. 18, 2918; the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for May 27, 2018.

Patrick began her pro career in IndyCar racing in 2005 when she was named Rookie of the Year for the Indy 500 and the IndyCar Series season.

She moved to Nascar part-time in 2010-11 and then full-time in 2012.

She drove for JR Motorsports that first year in the Xfinity Series, then drove for five seasons for Stewart-Haas Racing in what is now the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series.

In 2013, Patrick competed in every Nascar Cup Series race and became the first female driver to complete an entire season in the series.

Patrick holds the record for the most Top Ten finishes, seven, by a female in Nascar Cup Series competition.

Patrick parted ways with her long-time lead sponsor, GoDaddy, prior to the 2016 season.

Before that, she appeared for GoDaddy in a Super Bowl record 14 commercials.

Nature’s Bakery became her lead sponsor in 2016. But prior to the 2017 Nascar season, the brand had a contractual falling-out with Patrick and Stewart-Haas.

The lead role was filled by Aspen Dental, already a partner with Patrick.

Nature’s Bakery later returned to work with Stewart-Haas and Patrick.

However, when Smithfield Foods in September signed a multi-year deal with Stewart-Haas to take over a a lead sponsor beginning with the 2018 season, the set into motion a series of driver moves, including Patrick and Stewart-Haas mutually deciding to part ways after the 2017 season.

Earlier this month, driver Aric Almirola signed with Steward-Haas, filling Patrick’s spot.

"She’s one of the most fearless people I’ve ever met. She has never backed down from a challenge. In fact, she’s sought out new challenges."

"It has been my honor to drive for Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for the past six seasons," wrote Patrick on her Facebook page. "Together we earned a Daytona 500 pole, seven top-10 finishes and we also had some exciting racing along the way.

At the time of the sponsorship changes, Steward said of Patrick, "I’ve always been a believer in Danica’s ability as a racecar driver and that continues to be the case. She’s one of the most fearless people I’ve ever met. She has never backed down from a challenge. In fact, she’s sought out new challenges throughout her career, and that’s what brought her to Nascar and Stewart-Haas Racing.

"Making the jump from IndyCar to Nascar is not easy, yet she had the courage to do so and put up better numbers than a lot of other drivers who have tried to make that same transition. I’m proud of how hard Danica has worked during her time at Stewart-Haas Racing, and she continues to work hard."

According to Stewart, "My support for Danica is unwavering. We’re going to end this season strong.”

Including Homestead-Miami, Patrick has 251 Nascar series starts, the most ever for a woman driver, according to Nascar.

Sponsor Changes At Stewart-Haas Will See Danica Driving To A New Crew

Danica Back In The Dough With Nature's Bakery

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