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• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.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

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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
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Apr092018

With 2020 Vision On Summer Olympics, USA Basketball Unveils 35-Man Roster

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 8, 2018: With the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo just a little over two years off, USA Basketball has named 35 players to a roster from which will come the 12 members who will compete in the Olympics as well as members representing the U.S. in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The national team pool includes 11 gold medalists from the 2016 Rio Olympic team, seven 2012 London Olympics gold medalists, eight members of the gold medalist 2014 FIBA World Cup Team and five players who were members of the 2010 USA team that captured the FIBA World Cup title.

The 35-man pool is led by Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors), Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Chris Paul (Houston Rockets), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), John Wall (Washington Wizards) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

The 2017-20 USA Basketball National Team staff is headed by USA National Team and San Antonio Spurs head Gregg Popovich, who last year took over the National Team position from Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The 2018 USA National Team is scheduled to hold a minicamp with daily practices (July 25-27) in Las Vegas in UNLV’s Mendenhall Center.

Players such as Irving and Isaiah Thomas (Los Angeles Lakers) may not participate due to post-surgery rehabilitation.

FIBA World Cup qualifying games are being used to name 31 of the 32 nations that will compete in the 2019 FIBA World Cup (Aug. 31-Sept. 15). China has automatically qualified as host nation for the World Cup.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games (July 24-Aug. 9) will feature 12 nations in the Olympic men’s basketball competition.

Results from the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will qualify seven teams for Tokyo 2020: The top two finishing teams in the World Cup from the Americas and Europe, as well as the top finisher from Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Four nations will qualify through four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be held in 2020 in advance of the Olympics.

Olympic host Japan has automatically qualified.

“While we do not have an official competition that we need to prepare for in 2018, the selection and announcement of our new pool of national team members and this year’s July minicamp are important first steps in our preparations to defend the FIBA World Cup and Olympic titles we won during the last two quadrenniums,” Jerry Colangelo, managing director of the USA National Team, said in a statement.

“This year’s minicamp is an opportunity for us to continue and expand the culture, brotherhood and camaraderie that has been built.”

According to Colangelo. “As is shown by the return of 29 past national team players, our pipeline is well developed and it is a key factor in our success.

“We’re also excited about the new players who have been added to the program and the roster will remain fluid over the next three years as we continue to look for and consider players who can contribute to our program.”

The full 35-man pool and their current NBA team includes:

  • Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
  • Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
  • Jimmy Butler (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies)
  • DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans)
  • Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
  • Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
  • DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)
  • Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
  • Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
  • Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)
  • Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
  • Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons)
  • James Harden (Houston Rockets)
  • Tobias Harris (Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics)
  • Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics)
  • LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
  • CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers)
  • Chris Paul (Houston Rockets)
  • Isaiah Thomas (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
  • Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)
  • Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)
  • John Wall (Washington Wizards)
  • Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)


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