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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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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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Joel Embiid Has A Story To Tell About Life, Hoops, New Under Armour Shoe Deal

By Barry Janoff

October 11, 2018: Joel Embiid, NBA All-Star center for the Philadelphia 76ers, has signed a five-year deal with Under Armour, which will include signature shoes, marketing and other activations.

Embiid, who had been with adidas his first four years in the league, tipped his hand (or foot) in the pre-season when he wore Under Armour kicks during games, including the two China Games against the Dallas Mavericks.

Financial terms of the deal were not shared, but were called “the biggest for a center” by industry analysts.

“Welcome to the family,” Under Armour proclaimed on its Web site.

Embiid spent time after his signing in an Under Armour van, handing out swag to kids at a Philadelphia Boys & Girls Club.

“Philly has been behind me from Day 1 . . . Ya’ll have had my back. Now I’m gonna do my best to have your back,” he posted to his Twitter account.

Embiid has a solid social media following: 2.9 million on Instagram, 1.5 million-plus on Twitter, more than 281,000 on Facebook.

He joins a roster of Under Armour athletes and celebrities that includes Stephon Curry, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tom Brady, Jordan Spieth, Misty Copeland, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Lindsey Vonn, Anthony Joshua, Cam Newton and Michael Phelps.

For Embiid, however, the move to Under Armour went beyond signing a deal with a shoe company.

“This is about more than just shoes. This is about more than just basketball. I’m joining the Under Armour family, but I’m not trying to sell you sneakers right now,” Embiid wrote on in an essay, “This Is Bigger Than Basketball,” posted on the Under Armour Web site.

Embiid, who was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, did not play basketball until he was 15, using as his inspirations Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon and Luc Mbah a Moute, also a native of Cameroon, who was in the NBA and running a basketball camp there.

He eventually played one year at Kansas before being drafted in the first round (No. 3) overall by the Sixers in 2014.

“When I sat down with Under Armour, one of the first things we talked about was how this can be bigger than just shoes, bigger than just basketball,” wrote Embiid. “I want to help change people’s lives like Luc changed my life.”

He talks about his life in Cameroon, going from undiscovered to the Sixers in just a few years, his parents and his younger brother, Arthur, who died in a car accident in Cameroon shortly after Embiid was drafted.

This past summer, he was part of a group of NBAers who played in the 2018 Africa Game.

He also is the cover athlete for EA Sports NBA Live 19.

“Basketball has given me everything, but it has to be bigger than basketball. That was the first thing that I said to Under Armour, and they were behind it 100%. This isn’t about a shoe deal. I mean, listen . . . I’m gonna make sure they design some shoes as pretty as I am. Don’t worry about that. We’re gonna take care of that.

“But this is bigger than that. I want to use this partnership to do something real. I want to do something that would make my brother proud.

“And I want to start in Philly.”

Embiid Is The One, Covers EA Sports NBA Live 19

Embiid, DeRozan Headline NBA 2018 Africa Game

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