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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.” 

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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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).

 

 

 

 

 UPCOMING EVENTS


March 17-18-19: World Baseball Classic Final Four, AT&T Park, San Francisco
March 31: Start of 2013 MLB season


April 6 & 8: NCAA Men's Div. I Basketball Final Four, Georgia Dome, Atlanta
April 7 & 9: NCAA Women's Div. I Basketball Final Four, New Orleans Arena
April 8-14: The Masters, Augusta National GC, Augusta, Ga.
April 11 & 13: NCAA Men's Div. I Frozen Four Hockey Championship, Pittsburgh
April 15: Boston Marathon

April 21: Virgin London Marathon

April 17: End of NBA regular season
April 20: Start of NBA playoffs
April 25-27: NFL Draft, Radio City Music Hall, New York (ESPN)
April 27: End of NHL regular season

April 29: NHL Draft Lottery
April 30: Start of NHL Stanley Cup playoffs

May 4: Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, Louisville
May 12-15: PGA Tour The Players Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
May 18: Preakness, Pimlico Race Track, Baltimore

May 26-June 9: French Open Tennis Grand Slam, Roland Garros, Paris
June 6-8: NBA Finals begin
June 8: Belmont Stakes, Belmont Race Track, Belmont, NY
June 10-16: U.S. Golf Open, Merion CG, Ardmore, PA
June 24-July 7: Wimbledon Tennis Grand Slam, LondonJune 27: NBA DraftJune 28: Last possible day of Stanley Cup Finals
June 30: NHL Draft, Prudential Center, NY

July 9: Home Run Derby, Citi Field, New York (ESPN)
July 10: MLB All-Sar Game, City Field, New York (Fox)
July 14-17: British Golf Open, Kent, England

Aug. 11-14: PGA Champoinship, Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga.

Aug. 26-Sept. 9: U.S. Open Tennis Grand Slam, Billie Jean King Natl. Tennis Center, Flushing, NY
Sept. 28: End of MLB regular season

Oct. 13: Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Nov. 4: ING NYC Marathon


Sites of Upcoming Super Bowls 

Super Bowl XLVIII: Feb. 2, 2014 New Meadowlands Stadium, NJ Feb. 2014
Super Bowl XLIX: February 2015 University of Phoenix Stadium, Feb. 2015 
Super Bowl L: February 2016 NFL will name site May 2014 between Sun Life Stadium, Miiami; and Santa Clara Stadium, Calif. (San Francisco 49ers)
Super Bowl LI: February 2017 NFL will name site May 2014 between Reliant Stadium, Houston; and the stadium not named to host Super Bowl L


Sites of Upcoming NBA All-Star Games  
Feb. 16, 2014: New Orleans Arena
February 2015: tBD

Sites of Upcoming MLB All-Star Game  

July 16, 2013: Citi Field, New YorkJuly 15, 2014: Target Field, Minneapolis

Sites of Upcoming Olympic Games


2014 Winter Olympics: Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7-23
2016 Summer Olympics: Rio de Janeiro
2018 Winter Olympics: PyeongChang, South Korea
2020 Summer Olympics: To be named October 2013



NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Final Four Sites
April 6-8, 2013: Atlanta, Georgia Dome
April 5-7, 2014: Dallas, Cowboys Stadium
April 4-6, 2015: Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium
April 2-4, 2016: Houston, Reliant Stadium


NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Final Four Sites
April 7-9, 2013 - New Orleans, Superdome
April 6-8, 2014 - Nashville
April 5-7, 2015 - Tampa Bay
April 3-5, 2016 - Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium

BCS National Championship   
January 7, 2014: Pasadena, Calif.

FIFA World Cup 
June-July 2014: Brazil
June-July 2018: Russia
June-July 2022: Qatar


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