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• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.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

Wednesday
Sep192018

McGregor’s Notorious Plan For UFC 229: Buy My Whiskey As Price Of Admission

By Barry Janoff

September 19, 2018: Conor McGregor wants people to attend his media conference in New York on Thursday, Sept. 20 in person, even if the UFC has other plans.

The media event, to be held in Radio City Music Hall, is a prelude to and a major part of the hype for McGregor’s UFC 229 lightweight bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov, scheduled for Oct. 6 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The UFC, under the auspices of president Dana White, said that the McGregor-Nurmagomedov press conference, being presented by UFC partner AutoZone, would be limited to members of the media, UFC officials and other invited guests.

Radio City Music Hall holds nearly 6,000 people.

And McGregor wants his people there.

According to McGregor, via his official Twitter account, people can crash the party, with the price of admission being a bottle of Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey, which McGregor endorses as founder, chairman and majority owner of Eire Born Spirits.

“The press conference will be open to the public,” McGregor posted on Twitter when he heard that the UFC said it would be closed to the public.

“The ticket for entry is a bottle of Proper Whiskey. 2 bottles and you skip the Q to the top.”

And to be sure his wishes are fulfilled:  “My soldiers will be outside making sure this rule is strictly adhered to.”

The UFC quickly moved to refute McGregor’s invitation.

“The press conference is not open to the public, it is for media only,” the UFC said in a statement. “We are directing all fans to Times Square where it will be shown for public viewing.”

The media conference, scheduled to begin at 5 PM (ET), will be shown live in Times Square on Silvercast's "Mega-Zilla" 78-foot x 330-foot outdoor screen (located on Broadway between 45th-46th Streets).

UFC is calling it “A viewing party unlike any other.” It will be captioned “so fans won’t miss a word,” also according to the UFC.

It also will be shown online.

Industry analysts are predicting upward of two million PPV buys for McGregor-Nurmagomedov. White said it could go as high as three million, calling it, “The biggest event in UFC history.”

The bout is McGregor’s first for the UFC since leaving the Octagon to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing ring on Aug. 26, 2017, also in T-Mobile Arena.

Press conferences leading up to that bout were as least as entertaining as the fight itself, with “The Notorious” McGregor in full f-bomb mode in confronting Mayweather Jr.

McGregor lost the fight via a 10th round KO, but walked away with upward of $100 million, a figure McGregor has not disputed.

Mayweather Jr. earned an estimated $300 million.

Nurmagomedov is 26-0, McGregor 21-3 (not including his Mayweather Jr. loss).

Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey launched this week in Ireland and the U.S., with further expansion in 2019.

Buying a bottle or two would not just be for the potential price of admission to the media event.

Eire Born Spirits said for every case sold it would donate $5 to local first-responder organizations/charities, up to $1 million annually.

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