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• 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.

• The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, and social impact education innovator EVERFI, Inc. have oined the students of Santee Elementary School in San Jose to launch The Compassion Project for the 2019-2020 school year, described as a “national nonprofit dedicated to providing compassion education to elementary school students across the U.S.”

• The U.S. Golf Association has aligned with Marvel Entertainment to create exclusive golf education products to “engage junior golfers on the essential elements to learning the game." Scheduled to launch in June at the 2019 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach, the collaboration features printed and digital comic books with many of Marvel’s super heroes The story follows Tony Stark (Iron Man) and other Avengers as they teach the next generation of Marvel Super Heroes about golf. Limited-edition Marvel-themed golf posters will be distributed (while supplies last) at the Junior Experience at the 2019 U.S. Open.

• Major League Lacrosse has signed a deal with Anheuser-Busch to have its Bud Light brand become the official beer partner for the 2019 MLL All-Star Game, being played in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD on July 27. The deal includes “prominent signage on the playing field, fan zone activation and various on-site promotions at several sports bars and retail locations in the Greater Annapolis area leading up to the All-Star Game.”

• 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.” 

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

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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• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Mar272014

Survey: Blue Devils Favorite College Hoops Team, Football Hottest College Sport

By Barry Janoff

March 27, 2014: The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team may have been eliminated from the NCAA hoops tournament in their first game, losing to Mercer in the round of 32, 78-71, but they remain the favorite men's college basketball team in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive year.

In fact, Duke has been No. 1 in 11 of 17 polls conducted by The Harris Poll regarding the top college basketball programs in America, dating back to 1993.

However, despite the fact that The Harris Poll was conducted in the midst of college hoops March Madness, the sport came in second to college football as the favorite sport among those surveyed.

Football was named by 39% of those surveyed as being their favorite college sport versus 28% for men's college hoops. The two sports have held those respective positions in surveys conducted by The Harris Poll dating back to 2007, but football's 39% is a new high.

Except for 1995, Dunk made the NCAA tournament in each of those years, reached the Sweet Sixteen 14 times, the Final Four five times and won the national championship in 2001 and 2010.

Mike Krzyzewski has been head coach since 1980.

Rival North Carolina was voted the second favorite men's college basketball team in the U.S. for the second consecutive year and third time in the past four seasons, according to Harris. The Tar Heels placed third in 2012, but were tied with Duke for first in 2010 and held the top position as soloists in 2007 and 2009.

Connecticut was named as the favorite college women's basketball team for the sixth consecutive year, according to The Harris Poll.

Despite the fact that The Harris Poll was conducted in the midst of college hoops March Madness, the sport came in second to college football as the favorite sport among those surveyed.

Behind Duke and UNC, the Top Ten favorite men's college basketball teams this season are Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan, Syracuse, UCLA, Connecticut, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Wichita State (the latter three tied for the final spot).

Florida, ranked No. 1 overall in the tournament, is not in the Top Ten, and The Harris Poll did not indicate where the school's men's basketball team was ranked. However, the Gators were selected as the team most likely to win the 2014 National Championship (18%).

Still alive in the Sweet 16, to be played this week, are Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Connecticut, Wisconsin and UCLA.

Teams that were in the Top Ten in the 2013 Harris Poll but fell out this year are Gonzaga (No. 6 in 2013), Illinois (No. 7), Georgetown (No. 8) and Texas (No. 9).

Lagging behind college football and basketball as the favorites among those surveyed are college baseball (10%), women's college hoops (9%) and college hockey (4%). Some 8% of those surveyed said the favorites were other college sports.

CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ exclusive second-round coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship – across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV on Friday, March 21 – was the most-viewed first Friday of the NCAA Tournament in 23 years. The games on March 21 averaged 8.4 million total viewers, up 4% compared with 2013 (8.1 million total viewers).
 
Overall, through the first four days (excluding the First Four games), the tournament is averaging 8.2 million total viewers, up 6% over last year (7.7 million total viewers), and is the most-viewed start to the tournament since 1991 (when the tournament expanded to four telecast windows for the entire day).

Collectively, second-round coverage on Thursday and Friday, March 20-21, averaged 8.5 million total viewers, the most-viewed second round in 23 years and a 5% increase over 2013 (8.1 million total viewers), according to CBS Sports and Turner.

The Harris Poll was conducted among 2,234 adults, of whom 574 follow college basketball, surveyed online between March 12-17, 2014. See the full results here.

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