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• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.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

BUY SELL

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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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).

Wednesday
Jan042017

UFC’s Conor McGregor Turns Jockey To Win Prestigious, Lucrative Horse Racing Crown

By Barry Janoff

January 4, 2017: Is Conor McGregor planning for life after the UFC?

The top-ranked and multi-time champion McGregor has now turned his attention to becoming a jockey, In particular, to compete in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Invitational Thoroughbred horse race, in which 12 horses are scheduled to compete in Gulfstream Park (South Florida) on Jan. 28 for a record $12 million purse.

McGregor is in training to become "The 13th Jockey," according to a multi-platform campaign from The Stronach Group, which operates the race and a multitude of other horse racing events and venues.

In the humorous effort, McGregor is aided by actor/comic Jon Lovitz, playing a stereotypical gruff trainer who has devoted his life to the sport.

"The Stronach Group is thrilled to be working with Conor McGregor to introduce The Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Sport of Kings to a new generation of fans," Belinda Stronach, chairman and president, said in a statement. "Conor is a natural athlete, showman and now, a jockey!"

The effort is anchored by four spots, which will be released now through race day, with the last to break just prior to the event on NBC.

Accord to The Stronach Group, in order for McGregor to become the 13th Jockey and conquer the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing, he "had a lot of training to do! He had to get to know his way around the stables, train like a jockey, bond with a horse and learn how to ride."

The initial spot follows his progress and includes a press conference that ends in typical McGregor fashion: With a fight.

"Alexander wept when he had no worlds to conquer,” McGregor says at his press event. "That’s exactly how I feel. I would like to announce that I will become the pound-for-pound No. 1 jockey on the planet. I will compete in, and win, the  Pegasus World Cup Invitational.

"Now, I’ll take questions until I’m bored."

Among the questions: "Why the Pegasus?" "It's the biggest horse racing purse in the world," McGregor replies. "$12 million."

Another reporter asks, "Doesn't being a jockey require years of focus and training?" "How hard can horse racing even be?!" McGregor answers. "I'm the greatest at whatever I decide to do!" When the reporter laughs, Lovitz jumps him, which turns into an MMA brawl.

Support includes Internet, social media and a Pegasus Win-Win Contest offering people the opportunity to win $1 million. (Details here.)

Lead agency is space150.

The Stronach Group said that attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger (Bloom Hergott LLP, and nephew of Arnold Schwarzenegger), who represents both McGregor and Lovitz, "assisted in bringing the two A-listers to this project."

The Pegasus World Cup Invitational $12 million purse surpasses the previous record of $10 million at the 2016 Dubai World Cup.

The Stronach Group’s portfolio of racing and gaming businesse sinlcudes Santa Anita Park, Pimlico Race Course (home for the Preakness Stakes), Gulfstream Park, Laurel Park, Golden Gate Fields and Portland Meadows; as well as parimutuel technology subsidiaries AmTote and Xpressbet.

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