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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).

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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)
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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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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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First Class: MLB, Jeter, First Baseman Join With ALS Groups To Commemorate Gehrig

By Barry Janoff

July 2, 2014: Joe Mauer, Jose Abreu, Paul Goldschmidt, Adrian Gonzalez, Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols and Mark Teixeira are among MLB first basemen from all 30 teams who appear in a spot that honors the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's "Luckiest Man" speech.

They are joined by New York Yankees captain and shortstop Derek Jeter, who along with the other current players are seen reading from Gehrig's s "Luckiest Man" speech, interspersed with an historical film of Gehrig himself giving the speech. (See the full spot here.)

On July 4, 1939, Gehrig, suffering from the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, stood at home plate between games of a doubleheader with the then Washington Senators in front of family, current and former teammates and more than 61,800 fans and gave a speech in which he called himself "the luckiest man on the face of this earth."

The Yankees' first baseman died less than two years later, at the age of 37, from what has since to become known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Since Gehrig's speech in 1939, 375,000 Americans have been diagnosed with the disease, according to the ALS Association, based in Washington, DC and with a national network of 38 chapters.

The video will air this week in every MLB stadium as part of a tribute to Gehrig, all intended to raise awareness of and funds for organizations seeking a cure for ALS. MLB said it would donate $300,000 to the cause.

The groups involved include ALS Association, ALS Therapy Development Institute, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Project A.L.S.

The Yankees today (July 2) are celebrating Gehrig with a commemorative booblehead giveaway presented by AT&T, with the first 18,000 fans in Yankee Stadium receiving the mini-statue. It shows Gehrig standing on the field in front of a microphone to simulate the event in 1939.

On July 4, when the Yankees are in Minnesota, the Twins have also scheduled a Lou Gehrig Bobblehead day to commemorate the anniversary of his speech.

Among the efforts for an ALS Association campaign that broke in May is support from A&E Networks, which is a joint venture between the Hearst Corp. and Disney Co.'s Disney-ABC Television Group.

A&E Network's History channel has produced a 60-second PSA about Gehrig that will air across its sister networks (including A&E, Lifetime and Biography) and will be distributed through its cable providers (including DirecTV, Dish, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse).

The ALS Association PSA-anchored effort includes TV, print, Internet, social media and other activations aimed to raise awareness of and generation donations for ALS.

The ALS Association is overseeing its Gehrig campaign with the assistance of the Rip Van Winkle Foundation (d/b/a The Lou Gehrig Society), which owns the property rights to the image, name and voice of Lou Gehrig and is represented by CMG Worldwide.

As part of this effort, MLB is unveiling a special commemorative 75th anniversary patch, which will be worn by all players, managers, coaches and umpires on July 4.

MLB.com will provide promotional support online, including links to MLBCommunity.org where visitors will be directed to a site to donate directly to the cause, across MLB.com, Cut4.com, all 30 club sites and through official MLB and club accounts on social media, including Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram, with the hashtag #Gehrig75. All donated funds will be shared equally by all four ALS organizations.

MLB.com will have complete coverage of the events at each MLBe ballpark with photographs, video highlights, interviews and stories from local and national reporters.

MLB Network will air special programming around the 75th Anniversary, including the Academy Award-winning film about Gehrig’s life and career, Pride of the Yankees, starring Gary Cooper as Gehrig, on July 6.

When Lou Gehrig delivered his historic farewell speech at Yankee Stadium 75 years ago, he indelibly linked our national pastime to the fight against the disease that would bear his name,” MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “As the fight continues today, it is our privilege to pay tribute to the Iron Horse’s enduring legacy of courage and nobility. In his memory, and for all those who are affected by ALS, Major League Baseball is honored to do its part to advance the cause in the hopes of finding a cure.”

According to the ALS Association, "ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, veterans are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population."

The ALS Association also said that U.S. veterans have almost 60% more risk of contracting ALS than civilians, especially those who serve overseas, information based on research at Harvard University that dates back to 1910.

“The severity of ALS, the absence of effective therapy, and the importance of finding treatments for all neurodegenerative diseases, have combined to make ALS an attractive target for new approaches to drug discovery and development,” Lucie Bruijn, Ph.D., MBA, chief scientist for The ALS Association, said in a statement.

The full list of first basemen in the Gehrig tribute video, per MLB:

Arizona Diamondback: Paul Goldschmidt
Atlanta Braves: Freddie Freeman
Baltimore Orioles: Chris Davis

Boston Red Sox: Mike Napoli
Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo
Chicago White Sox: Jose Abreu

Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto

Cleveland Indians: Nick Swisher

Colorado Rockies:Justin Morneau

Detroit Tigers: Victor Martinez
Houston Astros: Jonathan Singleton
Kansas City Royals: Eric Hosmer
Los Angeles Angels: Albert Pujols
Los Angeles Dodgers: Adrian Gonzalez
Miami Marlins: Garrett Jones
Milwaukee Brewers: Mark Reynolds
Minnesota Twins: Joe Mauer
New York Mets: Lucas Duda
New York Yankees: Mark Teixeira
Oakland A's: Brandon Moss
Philadelphia Phillies: Ryan Howard
Pittsburgh Pirates: Ike Davis
San Diego Padres: Yonder Alonso
Seattle Mariners: Justin Smoak

San Francisco Giants: Brandon Belt

St. Louis Cardinals: Matt Adams

Tampa Bay Rays: James Loney

Texas Rangers: Mitch Moreland
Toronto Blue Jays: Edwin Encarnacion
Washington Nationals: Adam LaRoche


Lou Gehrig's Speech From July 4, 1939:

"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day?

"Sure I'm lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball's greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy?

"Sure I'm lucky. When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift — that's something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies — that's something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter — that's something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body — it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed — that's the finest I know.

"So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for."

ALS Campaign To Honor Gehrig, Speech, Raise Funds, Awareness For Disease

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