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• 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.”

• Defy, based in Denver, which calls itself the world’s first mainstream hemp extract performance beverage built specifically for athletes,  has official launched what it said is the first CBD-infused performance drink in the U.S. Founding partners include Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Davis. According to Davis, “My hope is that with CBD’s growing awareness, the right studies will help influence accepted use for professional athletes. We’re at the forefront of one of the biggest movements in health.”

• 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. Kohl’s said that the addition of “hundreds of thousands of items across team apparel, jerseys and additional merchandise categories will give Kohl’s customers access to a deeper selection of products.” 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.” 

POLL POSITION

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

KEEPING SCORE

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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Dec172018

Hey, Google, Sign On As Presenting Partner For NBA All-Star Game 2019 Voting

By Barry Janoff

December 17, 2018: The NBA has a new presenting partner for All-Star voting, and people now have more options when it comes to selecting their favorite players.

The league has signed a multi-year deal naming Google its presenting NBA All-Star Voting partner, beginning with 2019 balloting,

NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google begins Dec. 25 at 11 AM (ET) — an hour before the league’s five games across ABC and ESPN — and conclude on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21 at 11:59 PM (ET).

Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

With the new alliance, people can vote by searching on Google and also through using any Google Assistant enabled device by saying, "Google, talk to NBA All-Star." 

In addition, voting will be conducted via the NBA App and NBA.com.

The alliance with the NBA comes as Google has unveiled plans to invest more than “$1 billion in capital improvements to establish a new campus, Google Hudson Square,” in New York, according to Ruth Porat, svp and CFO for Google and Alphabet, Inc.

The expansion includes two buildings on Hudson Street and another on Washington Street, with plans to move in by 2020 and 2022, respectively.

This would be in addition to plans unveiled earlier this year for a $2.4 billion purchase of the Manhattan Chelsea Market and shared plans to lease additional space at Pier 57., according to Porat.

The 68th NBA All-Star Game will be played in Spectrum Center, in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Feb. 17  on TNT (8 PM ET).   

Voting updates will be shared three times by the league: Jan. 3, Jan. 10 and Jan. 17.

Five “2-for-1 Days” will allow people to have their votes count twice through all voting platforms: Jan. 3, Jan. 4, Jan. 10, Jan. 11 and Jan. 21 (Midnight – 11:59 PM ET each day). 

TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, on Jan. 24 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.

TNT will then unveil the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Jan. 31 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.

The NBA All-Star Game will follow last year’s format, with the two team captains drafting rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves and making their picks regardless of conference affiliation.

Unlike last year, this year NBA All-Star Game draft will be nationally televised.

The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

Details about the NBA All-Star Draft will be shared at a later date.

For the third consecutive year, NBA players and media will join fans in selecting the NBA All-Star Game starters.

Fans will account for 50% of the vote, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25% each. 
 
Throughout the voting period, people may submit one full ballot each day through the NBA App and NBA.com, as well as on Google and through the Google Assistant.

All current NBA players will be available for selection. 
 
Players and media will also be able to complete one ballot, featuring three front court players and two guards from both the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.

Players may vote for their teammates or themselves. 

People can vote on Google.com or the Google Search App by searching “NBA Vote” and “NBA All-Star Vote” or by searching for their favorite player or team.

People can submit votes for ten unique players per day from Dec. 25 – Jan. 21.
 
NBA All-Star Voting will be available on the Google Assistant for the first time using any Google Assistant enabled device by saying, "Google, talk to NBA All-Star." 

People may submit votes for up to ten unique players per day from Dec. 25 – Jan. 21.

The Google Assistant is available on laptops, phones, speakers, tablets and other connected devices.

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