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• Nascar has signed a deal to acquire International Speedway Corp. in a transaction valued at $2 billon. ISC owns and operates venues including Talladega Superspeedway, Michigan International Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Auto Club Speedway of Southern California, Kansas Speedway, ISM Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Darlington Raceway, and Watkins Glen International.

ISC also owns Motor Racing Network, the nation's largest independent sports radio network; and Americrown, a subsidiary that provides catering services, and food and beverage concessions.

• 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.

• 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
• 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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Abbott Goes The Full 26.3 Miles As First Title Sponsor For World Marathon Majors

By Barry Janoff

October 11, 2014: A search that had been eight years in the making finally came to fruition when global health care company Abbott signed a deal to become the first title sponsor for the World Marathon Majors.

WMM is a joint effort launched in 2006 that encompasses six of the world's top competitions: the Boston Marathon (with principle sponsor John Hancock), Tokyo Marathon, Virgin Money London, BMW Berlin, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City Marathon.

Title sponsorship of the renamed Abbott World Marathon Majors begins in 2015.

Financial terms of the deal were not shared.

Abbott said it would support the global alliance with its new brand line – "Life. To the Fullest" – as part of marketing, communications and branding efforts around each of the races, which is intended to "demonstrate and bring to life its core mission of helping people unlock all that life has to offer through the power of health.

Beginning in 2015, Abbott said race activation at each event would include pre-race expo presence, Abbott employee engagement (such as dedicated on-course cheer zones) and event and on-course signage.

The unveiling of the alliance coincided with the running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday (Oct. 12). The Abbott Park, Ill.-based firm already is a sponsor of the competition, including title sponsor of the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo.

The last event for the 2014 WMM calendar year is the TCS New York Marathon, scheduled for Nov. 2.

The deal was unveiled in Chicago during a media event attended by Abbott executives and race directors from all six WMM events: (pictured, above, left to right) Tad Hayano/Tokyo, Tom Grilk/Boston, Nick Bitel/London, Abbott svp/CMO Paul Magill, Mark Milde/Berlin, Carey Pinkowski/Chicago and Mary Wittenberg/NY.)

"Abbott has always been about delivering the enabling power of health so that people — in all places, aspects and stages of life — can achieve more and live not just longer but better,"  Abbott's Magill said during the sponsorship announcement event. "Whether you're stepping out to walk or run your first mile or training to complete a marathon, good health is the starting point for accomplishing your best. This partnership is an important building block for us as we build our corporate identity around the world."

According to Pinkowski of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, "As the global leader in elite and mass participation marathons, the World Marathon Majors shows how people — wherever they're from in the world — are capable of doing amazing things when they're at their healthiest. As a company that helps people around the globe achieve their goals through better health, Abbott is a natural fit as the first ever title sponsor of the World Marathon Majors."

At the conclusion of each two-year cycle, WMM offers a $1 million prize purse to be divided equally between the top male and female marathoners in the world. The WMM's eighth two-year series,began with the Tokyo Marathon on February 24, 2013 and will conclude at the TCS New York City Marathon in November.

In corresponding years in which they are run, WMM also acts as qualifying races for the IAAF World Championships and Olympic Marathons.

2015 schedule for the Abbott World Marathon Majors:

Tokyo Marathon Feb. 22

• Boston Marathon April 20

• Virgin Money London Marathon April 26

Berlin Marathon Sept. 27

• Bank of America Chicago Marathon  Oct. 11

• TCS New York Marathon Nov. 1

TCS Takes Lead Role For NYC Marathon

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