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• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.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

BodyArmor Into NCAA
No. 1 Colleges Since '92
Notre Dame Builds Brand
Cancer Drives Home
Men's Hoops Are 'Toxic'

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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).

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Mar172014

Northwestern Mutual Ensures Eyes Of March During Men's, Women's Hoop Tourneys

By Barry Janoff

March 17, 2014: Northwestern Mutual has punched its marketing ticket for both the NCAA Div. I Men's And Women's Basketball Tournaments, with multi-layered activation that is set to encompass TV, Internet, social media, on-site activation at both Final Four events and, in a look ahead, an opportunity to win tickets to the 2015 Final Four.

Northwestern Mutual, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will focus a chunk of its efforts around original content, including Northwestern Mutual Presents Planning for Success, a 30-minute special that will look at the role that "preparation, style and execution play in the success of prominent NCAA coaches"; and Team Confidential, which features coaches discussing various issues relative to preparation and planning  for the NCAA championship.

Two main spots, "Build" and "Earn," have previously aired. Both will run on-air and online.

The Milwaukee-based insurance firm will have significant presence at the bookend events of the tournament, Northwestern Mutual will be primary sponsor of the men's First Four games on truTV, to be played March 18-19 in the University of Dayton (Ohio) Arena.

Mutual will then sponsor local events in Dallas and North Texas, site of the men's Final Four, April 5-7 in AT&T Stadium; and Nashville, site of the women's Final Four in Bridgestone Arena, April 6-8.

The weeks in between will include TV on CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV; and Web and mobile advertising on NCAA March Madness Live, which provides multi-screen digital access to all 67 games of the men's basketball tournament.

The Northwestern Mutual "NCAA Madness Bracket Challenge" is offering a trip to the Men's Div. I 2015 Final Four in Indianapolis. (Details here.)

In Dallas, the company will be presenting sponsor of the 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer Coaches Huddle, on April 4, Final Four Friday, a fundraising event in Dallas attended by former and current NCAA basketball coaches.

Also in Dallas, the Northwestern Mutual Road to the Final Four 5K is scheduled for April 5. Both events will benefit pediatric cancer research through the American Cancer Society.

In Nashville, Northwestern Mutual will be presenting sponsor for the 4Kay Run, held in honor of the late Kay Yow, North Carolina State head women's basketball coachwho passed away from cancer in 2009. Proceeds benefit cancer research through the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

"As a corporate NCAA partner, we've found substantial opportunities around March Madness that are a great fit for our company and the communities we serve."

"Since we joined the NCAA as a corporate partner, we've found substantial opportunities around March Madness that are a great fit for our company and the communities we serve," Conrad York, vp-marketing for Northwestern Mutual, said in a statement. "Planning is an essential component to success, whether you are on or off the court. We help our clients plan for a secure financial future every day with our distinctive planning process."

Northwestern Mutual has had an corporate partnership with the NCAA since January 2012, including exclusivity in the life insurance, wealth management and retirement planning service categories.

Official NCAA corporate champions are AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola. In addition to Northwestern Mutual, official corporate partners are Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Burger King, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe’s, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reese’s (Hershey’s), Unilever and UPS.

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