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• 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.”

• Defy, based in Denver, which calls itself the world’s first mainstream hemp extract performance beverage built specifically for athletes,  has official launched what it said is the first CBD-infused performance drink in the U.S. Founding partners include Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Davis. According to Davis, “My hope is that with CBD’s growing awareness, the right studies will help influence accepted use for professional athletes. We’re at the forefront of one of the biggest movements in health.”

• 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.

• 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

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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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‘This Is My Life Now': 'Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey Trades UFC Octagon For WWE Ring

By Barry Janoff

January 29, 2018: In 2015, UFC star Ronda Rousey made an appearance at WrestleMania 31 alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Levi’s Stadium, confronting Triple H and Stephanie McMahon and taking out their opponents in a quasi-tag-team match.

Rousey is now making it real with the WWE, signing a multi-year deal to appear in WWE events and marketing.

Rousey made her decision public during the WWE’s Royal Rumble in Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, on Sunday night, (Jan. 28).

Her appearance at the event was expected. Less expected, but somewhat anticipated, was her decision to appear full-time for WWE under the moniker “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.

Financial details were not released.

"This is my life now. They are the first priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt,” she said in an on-air interview with ESPN. “When I first met with Triple H I told him there are other things I can do with my time and make way more money but I won’t enjoy nearly as much.”

She wore a leather jacket that belonged to her idol, the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and under that a “Rowdy Ronda Rousey T-shirt, now for sale, as is one that reads, "Hot Ronda."

Rousey pointed to a large WrestleMania 34 sign hanging in the arena, then confirmed her intentions with a message on her Twitter account, “My road to #wrestlemania begins.”

After making her presence Royal Rumble 2018, she did her first official WWE photo shoot then returned the jacket to its owner, Colton Toombs, Rowdy Roddy's son.

WrestleMania 34 is scheduled for April 8 in Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. With the addition of Rousey — who may again be teamed with “The Rock” — the event could break the venue’s all-time attendance mark: 75,167, set at WrestleMania 30 in 2014.

Mercedes-Benz SuperDome can hold more than 76,400 people.

Prior to her official decision Rousey had made several appearances on behalf of WWE at scheduled events. She also has been training with pro wrestlers for her new career, according to analysts who cover wrestling.

"It's funny — it's kind of like acting, in that it was something I always wanted to do but I never thought was in the cards for me," Rousey said during her ESPN interview. "And now that I realize I really do have this opportunity, I feel like my 6-year-old self would totally kick my ass if I didn't take it."

Like many of WWE’s stars, Rousey brings with her a solid following on social media.

She has 11.2 million followers on Facebook, 3.44 million followers on Twitter.

Rousey won a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, then went on to win each of her three amateur MMA fights, each in less than a minute.

After joining UFC, she won her first 12 pro fights — many in the first round — and rose to national prominence as “MMA’s most unstoppable force,” with marketing deals that included Monster Energy, Carl's Jr., Reebok, Metro PC, Snail Games and Buffalo clothing and accessories.

But she then lost a match in an upset to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in 2015, and in her next fight, more than a year later, she lost to Amanda Nunes.

Rousey has remained in the public spotlight through supporting roles in movies (Furious 7, Entourage), in a Bud Light Super Bowl 50 commercial (with Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer), as a producer (Why We Fight TV series documentary) and appearances on such shows as Live! with Kelly, Ellen, Conan and Battle of the Network Stars.

Now, its on to conquer the world of WWE.

“The only thing that money gets you is the freedom to choose how you spend your time and who you spend your time with,” she told ESPN. “I don’t want to make money for the sake of making money. I want to be part of this company and get the most out of my life and my opportunities.”

PHOTOS COURTESY WWE

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