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• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.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

Tuesday
Nov142017

MSG Co Puts ‘For Sale’ Sign On WNBA Liberty, Future In New York Uncertain

By Barry Janoff

November 14, 2017: The Madison Square Garden Co., describing itself as the “last original WNBA franchise owner,” said it intends to sell the New York Liberty.

“MSG is committed to identifying new ownership that will continue to grow the team, and is actively seeking a buyer to take over immediate operations of the franchise,” according to a statement from the company.

“We have been a strong and vocal advocate for the Liberty and the WNBA since the beginning,” James Dolan, executive chairman and CEO for The Madison Square Garden Co., said in a statement. “As the last original owner, I am proud of how far the league has come, and the role we have played in its growth.”

According to Dolan, “This was a difficult decision for us, which we made after carefully assessing the needs of our business. We are confident that new ownership can build on the foundation we established over these last 21 years, and steward this incredible franchise into an even more successful future.”

The Liberty play their home games in Madison Square Garden, owned by MSG Co. which also owns the NBA’s Knicks and NHL Rangers and such venues as New York’s Radio City Music Hall and The Beacon, The Forum in Los Angeles and the Chicago Theatre.

Although new ownership could relocate the franchise, MSG Co. made a case for keeping the team in New York.

“It is expected that new ownership will realize the benefits of having the team remain in New York,” MSG Co. said in a statement, pointing to “a commitment to the community that has won legions of loyal fans and with a home that is also the world’s largest media market.”

DraftKings has been the team’s jersey sponsor since 2016. NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas has been team president since 2015.

Last month, former WNBA star and long-time Liberty assistant coach Katie Smith was named the team's head coach, replacing Bill Laimbeer.

The Liberty traces its roots back to April 1996, when the WNBA was officially approved by the NBA Board of Governors.

The first WNBA game featured the Liberty playing the Los Angeles Sparks in Los Angeles on June 21, 1998, televised nationally on NBC.

The WNBA began with eight teams: the Liberty and three other teams in the Eastern Conference that have since folded: Charlotte Sting, Cleveland Rockers and Houston Comets.

The Western Conference included the Sparks, Phoenix Mercury, Sacramento Monarchs (since folded) and Utah Starzz (relocated to San Antonio in 2003, now relocating to Las Vegas for 2018).

Over the course of its history, the Liberty has qualified for the WNBA playoffs in 15 of its 21 seasons and has been to the WNBA finals four times.

“I would like to thank Isiah, and the Liberty players and coaching staff, who have made great progress in strengthening and growing the franchise,” said Dolan. “Under Isiah’s leadership, the team has broadened its roster of top sponsors, increased its passionate fanbase, and developed a solid team built for long-term competitiveness.

“The Liberty now presents a tremendous opportunity for a new owner to bring new resources, creativity and focus to ensure the team becomes an enduring success,” said Dolan.

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