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• Kraft Heinz division Devour Food has joined with the American Cornhole League to uncover from among its ranks the "Devour Man of the Year," with the winner earning $10,000 and free Devour Pizza for a year. Details here.

• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.

• Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird will be the co-recipients of the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award, to be honored during the NBA Awards on June 24 (TNT).

• The American Gaming Assn. has released a new set of self-regulations on advertising and marketing legal sports betting, the “Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering. The code, developed in coordination with its members, “extends commitments made by individual companies through their own responsible marketing activities and those adhered to by all association members through the Responsible Gaming Code of Conduct. “The new code includes self-imposed restrictions on target audiences, outlets and materials branding, while mandating responsible gaming inclusion.” 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

Results from NBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm — aka the Zion Williamson Lottery:
1. New Orleans  
2. Memphis        
3. New York        
4.Los Angeles Lakers     
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix          
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta
 9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte        
13.  Miami
14.  Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office May 3-5
1. Avengers: Endgame $145.8M
2. The Intruder $11M
3. Long Shot $10M
4. Uglydolls $8.5M
5. Captain Marvel $4.3M
6. Breakthrough $3.9M
7. Curse of La Llorona $3.5M
8. Shazam! $2.4M
9. Little $1.5M
10. Dumbo $1.4M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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COLLEGE

BodyArmor Into NCAA
No. 1 Colleges Since '92
Notre Dame Builds Brand
Cancer Drives Home
Men's Hoops Are 'Toxic'

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
Channel Chasers

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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Feb142017

LeBron, Serena, KD, Alicia Keys Raise Their Voices For Nike To Promote Equality 

By Barry Janoff

February 13, 2017: Nike has gathered together some of its most impactful athletes — including LeBron James, Serena Williams, Kevin Durant, Megan Rapinoe, Dalilah Muhammad, Gabby Douglas and Victor Cruz — to address an issue of global impact: Equality.

A multi-level cause-marketing campaign, "Equality," anchored by an anthem spot featuring its endorsers as well as actor Michael B. Jordan and singer Alicia Keys, seeks to show how Nike intends to use the power of sport to stand up for the value of equality.

"The effort is focused on encouraging people to take the respect and fairness they see on the field and translate it off the field," according to Nike. "Equality aims to inspire people to take action in their communities, part of a long history of Nike using its brand to speak out on causes important to its athletes and employees."

Nike said the "Equality" campaign was born out of two new company partnerships, with Mentor and PeacePlayers International, which plan to "drive change within communities (by) supporting organizations dedicated to diversity and inclusion through sport."

The alliances were unveiled in January on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In addition, Nike said it would donate $5 million in 2017 to numerous organizations to advance equality in communities across the U.S. and also encourage people to show their support “by taking action in their own backyard through programs such as Mentor or PeacePlayers.”

According to its Web site, PeacePlayers International "uses basketball to unite, educate and inspire young people to create a more peaceful world."

Mentor’s mission "is to fuel the quantity and quality of mentoring relationships for America’s young people and to close the mentoring gap."

The campaign is centered around a 90-second spot shot in black-and-white. Shots of basketball and tennis courts and school playgrounds are interspersed with shots of James, Williams, Durant and the other athletes.

Keys sings a cover version of Sam Cooke’s "A Change is Gonna Come."

Michael B. Jordan’s voiceover offers, "Is this what history promised? Here, within in these lines, on this concrete court. This patch of turf. Here you are defined by your actions not by your looks or beliefs. Equality should have no boundaries. The bonds we find here should run past these lines.”

Jordan continues, "Opportunity should not discriminate. The ball should bounce the same for everyone. Worth should outshine color.”

Jordan then starts the sentence, "If we can be equals here . . ." To which James finishes, "We can be equals everywhere."

Text then reads, "Equality has no boundaries."

A three-minute spot in color takes people behind the scenes of the campaign and offers additional insight into the "Equality" drive of Nike and its high-profile athletes.

"The effort is focused on encouraging people to take the respect and fairness they see on the field and translate it off the field."

Support includes Nike Equality T-shirts and footwear from Nike’s annual Black History Month collection; Internet, social media and on billboards and posters in cities around the U.S. and Canada "with imagery that features portraits of athletes and cultural icons."

In addition, Nike will promote it’s Equality platform during the upcoming NBA All-Star Game weekend in New Orleans.

The game was originally scheduled to be played in Charlotte until the NBA decide to move due to opposition to North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which was seen as restricting anti-discrimination protections for members of the LBGT community in the state.

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