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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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Desert Heat: NBA Vegas Summer League Books MGM Resorts As Title Sponsor

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

July 9, 2017: Just in time for the arrival of high-profile rookie Lonzo Ball, MGM Resorts International has signed a multi-year deal to become title partner for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Financial terms of the pact were not shared.

As part of the partnership, the new MGM Resorts NBA Summer League logo and event marks will be integrated across digital and TV programming, promotional materials and at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League games and events in Las Vegas.

A multi-media campaign for MGM Resorts will run on TV, Internet and social media.

In total, 63 games from Las Vegas will air across ESPN and NBA TV’s linear channels — a Summer League record, according to the NBA.

A record 24 NBA teams will participate in a tournament-style format starting July 12 that culminates with the championship game on July 17  (ESPN). Teams will also play three preliminary games through July 11.

Last year’s NBA Las Vegas Summer League set records for total attendance, single-day attendance, combined viewership across ESPN and NBA TV, and traffic to the NBA’s social media platforms.

The 2017 version is already on pace to break those records, with 44,000 people having attended the first four days, two of which featured games with the Los Angeles Lakers and Ball.

On Saturday, July 8, a one-day record of 17,500 attended games in Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion, both located on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus.

The Vegas Summer League is the last of the NBA’s three summer leagues, following Orlando (July 1-6) and Utah (July 3-6).

MGM Resorts NBA Summer League Schedule

 

Wednesday, July 12
Seeds 9-24 will play in eight games at the below times (PDT) and locations:
Cox Pavilion: 1 PM  3 PM 5 PM 7 PM
Thomas & Mack: 1:30 PM 3:30 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM
 
Thursday, July 13
Seeds 1-8 will play against the winners of July 12th games at the below times (PDT) and locations:
Cox Pavilion: 1 PM  3 PM 5 PM 7 PM
Thomas & Mack: 1:30 PM 3:30 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM
 
Friday, July 14
Losers from games on July 12th and July 13th will play at the below times (PDT) and locations:
Cox Pavilion: 1 PM  3 PM 5 PM 7 PM ESPN Networks
Thomas & Mack: 1:30 PM 3:30 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM  NBA TV
 
Saturday, July 15 - Quarterfinals
Winners from games on July 13 will play at the below times (PDT):
Thomas & Mack: 1 PM  3 PM 5 PM 7 PM ESPN ESPN2 EPSNU
 
Sunday, July 16 - Semifinals
Winners from games on July 15 will play at the below times (PDT):
Thomas & Mack: 3PM.5 PM ESPN2
 
Monday, July 17 – Championship
Thomas & Mack
Winners from games on July 16 will play at the below time (PDT):
Thomas & Mack: 7 PM ESPN

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