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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Oct212017

Is Hummus Humorous? Is Zucchini Funny? NBA's Spurs Return With H*E*B Campaign

By Barry Janoff

October 21, 2017: What do hummus, zucchini noodles, liquid detergent and skydiving have to do with the NBA?

Everything if you are the San Antonio Spurs.

In what has become an annual event — and a highly anticipated one throughout the NBA — members of the Spurs keep on their uniforms to appear in various humorous scenarios for supermarket chain H*E*B for the 13th year.

Six 30-second spots include LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay.

There also are appearances from Spurs legends Bruce Bowen, Tim Duncan, Sean Elliott, George Gervin and David Robinson, who are part of the “H*E*B Spurs Retirement Club.”

H-E-B operates more than 390 stores in Texas and Mexico.

The company gets national attention from the spots due to the stars and the creative, from lead agency Richards Group, Dallas, which has received numerous awards.

“At H*E*B, we are really excited for our loyal customers and Spurs fans to see this year’s commercials, which have become fan favorites for more than ten years,”Cory Basso, H-E-B Group vp-marketing and advertising, said in a statement.

According to H*E*B, “This continued collaboration between H*E*B and Spurs Sports & Entertainment has led to community investment projects and provided Spurs fans and H*E*B customers with player appearances and fan appreciation events throughout the year.”

Support for spots includes Internet, social media, POP and in-arena in AT&T Center, the Spurs home venue.

H*E*B, a 111-year-old company with sales topping $23 billion, has a vested interest as a marketing partner with the team.

That includes the 7,300 square foot H-E-B FanZone in AT&T Center, which contains 56 LCD flat-screen TVs, pop-a-shot games, arena bowl view, a private bar and multiple catering stations.

Among this year’s spots:

New Experiences
Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay taste some new Primo Picks and wonder, “What else have we been missing?” They go skydiving, but Kawhi unexpectedly is the first to jump.

Zoodles
Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are cooking in a kitchen “Did you know zucchini noodles are called “zoodles?” asks Parker. The discussion then leads to squash noodles could be “squoodles,” and potato noodles could be “patoodles”. Gasol, Aldridge and  Green walk in. They are renamed “Pauoodles Gazoodles” and “Lamoodles Aldooroodles” Green asks, So am I “Danoodles?” No,” says Parker, “you are Yankee Doodle Danny.”

Hummus Tasting
Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, Patty Mills, The Coyote are tasting hummus as if it was wine. Gets into a discussion on how to pronounce hummus. “Hummuses? Haw-Moose?”

Retirement Club SRV
Spurs icons  Bruce Bowen, Tim Duncan, Sean Elliott, George Gervin and David Robinson order food from H*E*B* then use the SRV — Spurs Retirement Vehicle, a large party bus driven by The Coyote — for curbside pickup.

Primo Pick-nic
The guys bring H*E*B Primo Picks to Tony’s 1st Annual H*E*B Primo Pick-Nic and each item makes Kawhi Leonard’s brain explode . . .  especially when LeMarcus Aldridge shows his bottle of laundry detergent. “Grass stains are no joke, man!”

El Primo Picks
In Hispanic

H*E*B said that people can vote for their favorite commercials at heb.com/spurs immediately following the Spurs game on Oct. 23 when all six commercials will be available to view.

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