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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

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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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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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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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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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Oct062014

Snowboarding Stars Stoked To Shred Hollywood, TV With Boost From Oakley

By Barry Janoff

Ocotber 6, 2014: Oakley has seen its products on athletes, playing fields, slopes and business, casual and competitive fields around the world for nearly 40 years.

Now, the sports performance lifestyle and equipment company is hitting big, small and second screens with Snowboarding: For Me, described as "a film that brings to life the unique relationship between its world-class snowboarding team and the sport and lifestyle they inhabit every single day."

With the help of some of the world's top snowboarders — including Shaun White, Mark McMorris and Ståle Sandbech — Oakley takes the action sport from the slopes to Hollywood with a national tour beginning later this month, to iTunes with an effort that plays up the sounds and tracks of snowboarding and then to TV, with an edited version scheduled to premiere on ABC’s World of X Games on Nov. 23.

Snowboarding: For Me seeks to channel the best of such iconic action-sports documentary films as The Endless Summer (1966, surfing), Touching the Void (2001, mountain climbing), Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001, skateboarding) and Pumping Iron (1977, body-building).

“In setting out to make Snowboarding: For Me, the aim was to provide our team of athletes — arguably one of the most diverse and prolific groups of riders ever assembled — a platform to tell their story, to express themselves through snowboarding and to inspire others with their creativity and passion for the sport,” Patrick McIlvain, vp-global sports marketing for Oakley, said in a statement. “What you’ll see on screen exceeds those goals. The movie taps into that internal craving we all have, whether a world-class snowboarder or newcomer, to get out and ride for love of the sport.”

Snowboarding: For Me, shot during the 2013-14 season, includes new and archival footage with first-person narrative from the likes of snowboarding pioneers Terje Håkonsen, Eero Ettala and JP Walker; Olympians White, McMorris and Sandbech; and backcountry specialists Jake Blauvelt and Nicolas Müller.

Marketing support includes a tralier spot, Internet, a dedicated Web site and social media.

“I want to inspire people to go ride, be creative, be yourself, have fun,” Müller said in a statement. “I know life is serious, but that’s why we have snowboarding.”

The film is scheduled to premiere at the Lido Theatre in Newport Beach, Calif. (Oct. 30), then open nationwide and globally over the following weeks. (Full scheduled below).

Oakley will make Snowboarding: For Me available for downloading on iTunes Nov. 4.

A version of the movie edited for TV is scheduled to air during ABC’s World of X Games on Nov. 23,  in collaboration with ESPN.

In addition to snowboarding, Oakley has alliances in such sports as MLB (including Giancarlo Stanton, Matt Kemp, Miguel Cabrera) and Jose Bautista), golf (including Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Ricky Barnes and Zach Johnson), skiing (including Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin), tennis (Sam Stosur and the Bryan Brothers), surfing, BMX, triathlon and cycling.

Snowboarding: For Me International World Premiere Schedule
Oct. 30: Newport Beach, CA (Lido Theatre)
Oct. 31: Vancouver, B.C., Canada (Imperial Theater)
Nov. 1: Denver, CO (Sie Film Center)
Nov. 2: Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema)
Nov. 4: New York, NY (Sunshine Cinema)
Nov. 6: London, England (TBD)
Nov. 7: Innsbruck, Austria (Metropol)
Nov. 8: Helsinki, Finland (Finnkino Tennispalatsi)
Source: Oakley

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