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• Kraft Heinz division Devour Food has joined with the American Cornhole League to uncover from among its ranks the "Devour Man of the Year," with the winner earning $10,000 and free Devour Pizza for a year. Details 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• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.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 code, developed in coordination with its members, “extends commitments made by individual companies through their own responsible marketing activities and those adhered to by all association members through the Responsible Gaming Code of Conduct. “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 3-5
1. Avengers: Endgame $145.8M
2. The Intruder $11M
3. Long Shot $10M
4. Uglydolls $8.5M
5. Captain Marvel $4.3M
6. Breakthrough $3.9M
7. Curse of La Llorona $3.5M
8. Shazam! $2.4M
9. Little $1.5M
10. Dumbo $1.4M
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).

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Oct182017

Las Vegas Adds Another Professional Sports Team To NHL, NFL With WNBA Relocation 

By Barry Janoff

October 17, 2017: Las Vegas is getting yet another professional team, this time from a familiar source.

The WNBA and NBA Board of Governors Tuesday unanimously approved the relocation of the San Antonio Stars to Las Vegas.

According to WNBA President Lisa Borders, MGM Resorts International will own and operate the team, which will begin play in Las Vegas for the 2018 season.

Financial terms were not shared.

According to Lilian Tomovich, MGM Resorts International chief experience officer and CMO, “We are delighted to welcome the WNBA as our newest partner in professional sports. We appreciate, now more than ever, the league’s confidence in Las Vegas and believe the team will be a tremendous addition to the city.”

There was no indication whether or not the team would change its name from Las Vegas Stars, which appears to be tailor-made for its new home.

The NBA has had an on-going relationship with the city, including hosting the 2007 All-Star Game, pre-season games and the Las Vegas Summer League, which dates back to 2004.

The USA Basketball Men’s and Women’s Team have trained and played exhibition games in Las Vegas, including preparations for several Summer Olympics.

The NHL added the expansion Vegas Golden Knights this season and the NFL's Oakland Raiders are scheduled to relocate to Las Vegas in 2019 or 2020.

The UFC has its headquarters in the city and holds numerous events in the T-Mobile Arena.

The MilB Las Vegas 51’s have called the city home since 1983. This week, team owners got the go ahead to build a $150 million stadium when the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority signed a 20-year, $80 million deal for naming rights.

The WNBA team’s home arena will be the 12,000-seat sports and entertainment complex Mandalay Bay Events Center, in the the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, which has hosted major concert and sports events since opening in 1999.

Unfortunately, the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino was the site of the tragic event on Oct. 1 when a gunman on the 32nd floor of the hotel opened fire on a crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival in an area near the resort, which resulted in the deaths of 58 people and another 546 injured.

"We appreciate, now more than ever, the league’s confidence in Las Vegas and believe the team will be a tremendous addition to the city.”

This will be the second WNBA team owned by a firm aligned with a casino and gambling, joining the Connecticut Sun, owned by the Mohegan Sun entertainment center under the auspices of the Mohegan tribe.

“We are thrilled to bring the first major professional basketball team to Las Vegas,” Borders said in a statement. “This city and MGM Resorts are synonymous with world-class entertainment. With its culture of diversity and inclusion, MGM Resorts is an ideal fit for the WNBA.”

MGM Resorts International has named Bill Laimbeer as the team’s president of basketball operations and head coach. Laimbeer is a two-time WNBA Coach of the Year who led the Detroit Shock to three WNBA titles.

As a player,  Laimbeer played 14 NBA seasons and won back-to-back titles with the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990. 

The Stars franchise was part of the WNBA’s inaugural season in 1997, playing in Salt Lake City as the Utah Starzz before moving to San Antonio prior to the 2003 season.

The team has been in a three-year funk on the court, going 22-79 since 2015. The team has one of the top young stars in the WNBA in guard Kelsey Plum, who was drafted by the Stars last season out of Washington.

The league said that season ticket holder deposits would be accepted beginning in early November.

Las Vegas Gets Some Respite From Tragedy With Pro Sports

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