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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

KEEPING SCORE

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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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

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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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Jul272016

MLB Begins Countdown, Sales Pitch To 2017 All-Star Game In Miami Marlins Park

By Barry Janoff

July 27, 2016: WIth the dust from the MLB 2016 All-Star Game in San Diego having just settled — and the Home Run Derby baseballs hit by Giancarlo Stanton still rattling around PetCo Park — the official countdown to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard has started.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and a group of dignitaries, executives and others were in Marlins Park in Miami to unveil the logo that would be used in conjunction with the game, scheduled for July 11, 2017, and such surrounding festivities as the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, T-Mobile Home Run Derby and FanFest in the Miami Beach Convention Center.

"The All-Star Game is not just a game. It's a  week-long celebration of baseball, filled with community activities everyone in Miami can get involved with," said Manfred during a ceremony this afternoon prior to the Miami Marlins hosting the Philadelphia Phillies.

"I know Miami will be a great All-Star host and all of in at MLB can't wait to get here next summer," said Manfred.

Also on hand were Miami mayor Tomas Regalado, Marlins majority owner Jeffrey Loria, team president David Samson and former player Jeff Conine, who is known as "Mr. Marlin."

MLB and the Marlins released in conjunction with the new logo a promo spot proclaiming, "The city, the lights, the celebration. The game's brightest stage. The midsummer classic. Miami 2017. A week of festivities culminates in one memorable night. A chance to see stars, spectacle, history."

Although it is too early for official announcements, it is speculated that Marlins outfield Stanton would return to the Home Run Derby to defend his crown as part of a larger role as one of the team's hosts for the game and festivities.

Marlins Park, which has a retractable roof to enable games to be played in rain or South Florida heat, seats 37,000 for baseball but is averaging just over 21,300 per game this season, fourth worst in MLB.

The Marlins, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the franchise next year in conjunction with the first All-Star Game hosting duties in their history, are using the event to sell season tickets.

According to the Marlins' Web site, "Due to limited availability, there is no guarantee that tickets to the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard will be made available to the General Public.

"All qualified 2016 Miami Marlins Season Ticket holders who renew their season ticket plan for the 2017 season will be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase ticket strips to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard festivities.

"Fans who are not currently Marlins Season Ticket Holders, but want access to purchase 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard ticket strips, can become a Marlins Season Ticket Holder by purchasing a qualified 2016 prorated ticket plan or by placing a deposit on 2017 Season Tickets today," per the Marlins.

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