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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

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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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Dec092016

College Hoops Coaches Make Recruiting Calls For Cancer Society Campaign

By Barry Janoff

December 9, 2016: The American Cancer Society this weekend will launch the first multi-media campaign to support the Coaches vs. Cancer program, an alliance with the National Association of Basketball Coaches that features college basketball coaches to raise awareness and donations.

The cause marketing campaign, "Come and Play For Us," is built around a TV spot that includes such well-respected head coaches as Lon Kruger (University of Oklahoma), Tubby Smith (Memphis), Roy Williams (North Carolina) and  Jay Wright (Villanova University).

Since its founding, Coaches vs. Cancer has raised more than $100 million for ACS, according to the NABC.

ACS said it worked with Houston-based marketing agency Professional Sports Partners to "enlist the support of high-profile Div. I college basketball coaches whose lives have been touched by cancer and are valuable leaders with the Coaches vs. Cancer program."

The campaign runs from Dec. 10 through March Madness and the NCAA Div. 1 Men’s and Women’s Final Four in April 2017. TV will air on broadcast and cable, with support from radio, digital and social media.

The new campaign will launch in conjunction with the college hoops game on Saturday in which Duke plays the University of Nevada Las Vegas in the T-Mobile Arena, benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, to air on ESPN (2 PM PT).

In conjunction with its first ad campaign, Coaches vs. Cancer has unveiled a redesigned Web site with new digital content and consumer interface to engage college basketball fans.

According to Coach Kruger, "I am honored to be part of this campaign that embodies my passion and dedication to fighting cancer. I hope it motivates fans to have the courage to help me race towards victory over cancer and finish the game with a win."

David Doan, vp-sports alliances for ACS, said, "This is the first time we've ever launched a TV and digital ad campaign for this program, and we look forward to making an impact on brand awareness and participation."

In the spot, the four head coaches are seen making phone calls, speaking as though they are taking to potential basketball recruits.

"We are a winning team," says Wright.

"We have been winning for more than 20 years" says Williams.

"With you joining the team we will go even further," says Kruger.

The spot then gets to the point as the coaches’ conversations morph into supportive pitches for the American Cancer Society.

"We are helping the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer," says Smith. "With you, we will help more patients on their road to recovery."

"Over 15 million survivors prove we’re on the path to victory," says Wright.

All four coaches are then seen saying, "Come and play for us," with the spot directing viewers to CoachesVsCancer.org for more information. "So, can we count you in?" asks Wright. (See the full spot here.)

Among the initiatives under the Coaches vs, Cancer banner, the Coaches vs. Cancer Three-Point Challenge is an on-going platform at participating universities nationwide in which people are encouraged donate to ACS based on the number of three-point shots made by their team.

In addition, numerous Coaches vs. Cancer classics and tournaments are held at the high school level throughout the season.

Upcoming events include:

Suits and Sneakers Week Jan. 23-29, 2017
A nationwide event where coaches and their staff wear sneakers with their suits during games to "raise awareness and help save lives from cancer by raising funds and encouraging people to educate themselves about cancer prevention, screening, and early detection."

• The 10th annual Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic, scheduled for May 21-23, 2017 at the Shadow Creek and Southern Highlands Golf Club, Las Vegas, hosted by the MGM Grand.

Coaches vs, Cancer National Golf Tournament and Circle of Honor Dinner, scheduled for June 11-12, 2017, at Merion (PA) Golf Club.

"This is a very important and exciting time for the Coaches vs. Cancer program as we continue to make progress and increase relevancy of the program to continue reaching college basketball fans to help us save more lives from cancer," Sharon Byers, chief development and marketing officer for the American Cancer Society, said in a statement.

The Coaches vs. Cancer platform traces its roots back to Norm Stewart, former head coach for the University of Missouri’s men’s basketball program, who was a cancer survivor and a member of the NABC. In 1993, he challenged fans to pledge a dollar amount for every three-point shot made by his team during the season.

"The concept evolved into a nationwide effort uniting coaches, fans, players, and communities across the country in the mission to end cancer," according to ACS.

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