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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
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UPDATE: Swingers Unite - Golf (And Rugby) Reinstated By IOC For 2016 Games

As part of his efforts for golf, Tiger Woods will make a videotape message of appeal to the IOC.October 9, 2009: Tiger Woods earns more than $90 million a year in endorsements, has won 14 major golf tournaments and more than 70 tournaments overall as a professional, but the International Olympic Committee has the power to give Woods an opportunity he has yet to achieve — win an Olympic gold medal.

Both golf and rugby sevens now have golden futures as they have been voted by the International Olympic Committee for inclusion beginning with the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. The two sports had been recommended by the IOC Executive Board in August following an extensive evaluation by the Olympic Programme Commission of the seven sports seeking to enter the program. Golf was last seen in the Olympics during the 1900 Games in Paris and the 1904 Games in St. Louis.
“Both golf and rugby are very popular sports with global appeal and a strong ethic,” IOC President Jacques Rogge, who also was elected to another term,  said in a statement. “They will be great additions to the Games.”

Both sports needed to receive a majority of votes from the 106 IOC members taking part in the process. Golf was approved 63-27 with two abstentions. Rugby was voted in 81-8 with one abstention. Golf will have a 72-hole stroke-play tournament to include the world's top ranked men and women golfers at the thime, with 60 players in each field. They are the first new sports added since triathlon and taekwondo joined the program for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Padraig Harrington and Michelle Wie addressed the IOC in person before the vote. Tiger Woods made a video presentation.

"There is absolutely no question that adding golf to the Olympics would be great for the sport and a great addition to the Games," said Karen Durkin, CEO of the Women's Sports Foundation and a former evp and CMO for the LPGA. "It not only would help golf grow around the world for generations to come, it would be a strong partner to the sports already represented at the Olympics."

Golf and rugby already had cleared numerous hurdles just to get to this point, having been recommended this past August by the IOC's executive board for reinstatement voting while baseball, softball karate, squash and roller sports failed to make the cut.

Woods himself has been a strong proponent for golf's Olympic status, and members of the IOC who are convening in Copenhagen will see the him on videotape extolling the game's virtues and importance to the global sports community. A key selling point: Woods has promised to be part of the U.S. golf team and play in the Olympics in 2016, adding with a smile in a recent comment, "if I'm not retired by then." Woods would be 40 and still a strong contender to make the squad.

Two more key selling points to reinstatement: The sport's representative associations have said that the top golfers at the time would play in the Olympics, and also that tournament schedules would be adjusted so as not to conflict with the Summer Games. Under a current proposal, the world's top 15 ranked players in both the men's and women's fields at the time would be eligible for the Olympics, with 15 other top-ranked men and 15 other top-ranked women also eligible, with selections dependent on which country they would represent.

Golf icons Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam have been working as official global ambassadors, helping to present a unified front under the auspices of the International Golf Federation, which is recognized by the IOC as the sport's representative group. Among golf's other high-profile Olympic supporters are two-time US Open champion Padraig Harrington and LPGA star Michelle Wie, who flew to Copenhagen as part of a golf contingent to speak with IOC voters. "I'm really excited and I feel really honored that I got chosen to go over there," Wie told reporters. "Hopefully, golf will be part of the Olympics. If that happens, I think it would be the greatest thing that could ever happen to golf . . . it would be the highest achievement for any golfer, or for any athlete, to be part of the Olympics."

Although not beholding to his opinion, IOC president Jacques Rogge said in a statement in August after golf and rugby were approved for reinstatement voting, "Golf and rugby [wold] be a great additions to the Olympics."

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