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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.” 

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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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King James, Greek Freak Lead Initial Fan Voting For 2019 NBA All-Star Game

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 3, 2019: In the first tabulations from the NBA on voting for the 2019 All-Star Game, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo lead their respective conferences with 1,083,363 and 991,561 votes, respectively.

Kyrie Irving of Boston Celtics is the only other player to date with more than 900,00 votes (910,329).

Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks leads all rookies with 679,839 votes and is second overall among front court players in the West in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google.

Fans account for 50% of the vote — which began on Christmas Day — to determine the ten starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game.

All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25% of the vote.

The NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 17 in Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. (TNT, 8 PM ET).

Behind James and Dončić, the Top Five Western Conference front court vote getters also include Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant (659,968)., Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans (605,417) and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (580,055).

Golden State’s Stephen Curry holds first place among West guards with 793,111 votes.

The Minnesota Timberwolves Derrick Rose, a leading candidate for Comeback Player of the Year, is second with 698,086 votes.

The Top Five West Guard also include the Houston Rockets James Harden (541,606), Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook (459,792) and golden State’s Klay Thompson (247,618).

Behind Antetokounmpo, the Top Five East front court players include Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors (774,172), Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers (648,002), Sixers teammate Jimmy Butler (222,206) and Jayson Tatum of the Celtics (214,622).

Among the Top Five East guards behind Irving are Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, now in his final NBA season (409,156), Kemba Walker of the NBA All-Star Game host team Charlotte Hornets (319,519), Ben Simmons of the Sixers (259,993) and Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers (198,009).

NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google voting for fans, players and media will conclude on Jan. 21 (11:59 PM ET).

Two remaining fan voting updates will be shared on  Jan. 10 and Jan. 17. 

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will follow last year’s format.

Two team captains — the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes — will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their picks regardless of conference affiliation.

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

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.

The network will announce the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Jan. 31 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.

NBA ALL-STAR VOTING 2019 PRESENTED BY GOOGLE

Eastern Conference
Frontcourt

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 991,561 votes
2. Kawhi Leonard (TOR) 774,172 votes
3. Joel Embiid (PHI) 648,002 votes
4. Jimmy Butler (PHI) 222,206 votes
5. Jayson Tatum (BOS) 214,622 votes
6. Blake Griffin (DET) 192,694 votes
7. Vince Carter (ATL) 76,022 votes
8. Andre Drummond (DET) 68,204 votes
9. Gordon Hayward (BOS) 66,492 votes
10. Al Horford (BOS) 62,288 votes

Guards
1. Kyrie Irving (BOS) 910,329 votes
2. Dwyane Wade (MIA) 409,156 votes
3. Kemba Walker (CHA) 319,519 votes
4. Ben Simmons (PHI) 259,993 votes
5. Victor Oladipo (IND) 198,009 votes
6. Kyle Lowry (TOR) 180,571 votes
7. Zach LaVine (CHI) 128,605 votes
8. Jeremy Lin (ATL) 62,573 votes
9. Bradley Beal (WAS) 61,269 votes
10. John Wall (WAS) 54,366 votes

Western Conference
Frontcourt
1. LeBron James (LAL) 1,083,363 votes
2. Luka Dončić (DAL) 679,839 votes
3. Kevin Durant (GSW) 659,968 votes
4. Anthony Davis (NOP) 605,417 votes
5. Paul George (OKC) 580,055 votes
6. Steven Adams (OKC) 261,327 votes
7. Nikola Jokić (DEN) 235,272 votes
8. Kyle Kuzma (LAL) 195,477 votes
9. Draymond Green (GSW),138,017 votes
10. DeMarcus Cousins (GSW) 92,977 votes

Guards
1. Stephen Curry (GSW) 793,111 votes
2. Derrick Rose (MIN) 698,086 votes
3. James Harden (HOU) 541,606 votes
4. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 459,792 votes
5. Klay Thompson (GSW) 247,618 votes
6. Damian Lillard (POR) 200,609 votes
7. DeMar DeRozan (SAS),197,524 votes
8. Lonzo Ball (LAL) 175,040 votes
9. Devin Booker (PHO) 111,897 votes
10. Chris Paul (HOU) 101,104 votes

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