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• 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. Kohl’s said that the addition of “hundreds of thousands of items across team apparel, jerseys and additional merchandise categories will give Kohl’s customers access to a deeper selection of products.” Full story 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• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.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 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)

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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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May312018

Penn Mutual College Rugby Championship In Growth Mode With ESPN, Olympics

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 31, 2018: Many sports fans may be focused on the Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals and the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meeting for the fourth consecutive time in the NBA Finals, but fans of rugby, considered one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S., also have a lot to get excited about.

The 2018 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship in Talen Energy Stadium, Philadelphia (June 1-2-3), will feature the nation’s top 24 men’s collegiate rugby 7s teams and the top 16 women’s college teams.

More than 30,000 people are expected to attend. For the first time the event will air live on ESPN2, ESPNews and ESPN+ app.

Event organizers said the interest in Rugby Sevens (also known as Sevens Rugby) continues to grow after the return to the Olympic Games in 2016, following a 92-year hiatus. National teams are now vying for a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Penn Mutual is in the fourth year of title sponsorship for the event.

Sponsors also include Dunkin’ Donuts, Magners Irish Cider, 5-Hour Energy, the United States Marines, Sheraton, BrandyWine Valley, 1847 Financial, Aspire Wealth Planners and the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office.

According to event organizers, The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship is “America’s national sevens championship and serves as the centerpiece of a nationwide effort to build American rugby talent for competition on the international stage.”

Over the past eight years, this tournament has produced more than 30 players who have gone on to play for the U.S. National team.

The 24-team men’s field includes Air Force, Arizona, Arkansas State, Army, Boston College, Dartmouth, Delaware, Eastern Washington, Indiana, Iona, Kutztown, Life, Lindenwood, Maryland, Mount Saint Mary’s, Navy, Notre Dame, Penn State, Saint Joseph’s, South Carolina, Temple, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

Leading the women’s national championship field is two-time defending champion Life University, Bloomsburg, Boston University, Clemson, Delaware, Drexel, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Navy, Notre Dame, Penn State, Temple Virginia, Virginia Tech and the National Small College Rugby Organization Selects squad, an all-star team chosen from the best of NSCRO’s 7 teams.

In addition to the main men’s and women’s college rugby 7s competition, the weekend also includes a six-team men’s rugby 7s field in the Freedom Cup, competing for a spot in next year’s 24-team field in the men’s Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. 

Also this weekend is the NSCRO Powered by Penn Mutual Rugby 7s National Championship

The nation’s top high school and club rugby 7s squads will also be in  Philadelphia this weekend. The 11 states represented in this year’s high school and club tournament field include: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jerse,; Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

PHOTO COURTESY Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship

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