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• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.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

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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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May162018

WNBA GMs Pick Sparks For Championship, Maya Moore MVP, A’ja Wilson Top Rookie

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 16, 2018:
The WNBA’s 22nd season is about to begin (May 18), which gives the league’s 12 GMs the opportunity to look ahead and make predictions about the best of the best for the coming campaign.

Among the standouts: The Los Angeles Sparks were picked to win their fourth WNBA championship, Maya Moore of the defending champion Minnesota Lynx was selected as the favorite for WNBA MVP, A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces was favored for Rookie of the Year honors and two-time WNBA Coach of the Year Cheryl Reeve of the Lynx was cited as the best coach, according to the 2018 WNBA.com GM Survey.

Among the GMs, 33% predicted a title for the Sparks, which won championships in 2001, 2002 and 2016.

Last year, Los Angeles lost a five-game Finals series to Minnesota, which has won four championships in the last seven seasons.

The Lynx were the second choice to win the 2018 title (28%), followed by the Phoenix Mercury (17%), Connecticut Sun (17%) and Dallas Wings (8%).
 
Moore, the 2014 WNBA MVP, was top pick for the 2018 MVP with 33% of the vote, one of eight players to receive consideration. 

The Mercury’s Brittney Griner (17%) was second.

Moore was also named as the player the GMs would most want taking a shot with the game on the line (58%).

The Atlanta Dream were recognized as the most improved team (50%) and the team that made the best off-season moves (50%).

That included signing veteran free agents Renee Montgomery and Jessica Breland and re-signing  Angel McCoughtry, the two-time WNBA scoring leader and four-time All-WNBA selection, who sat out the 2017 season for health reasons.

A’ja Wilson of the relocated Las Vegas Aces (from San Antonio), the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm, was the clear favorite to earn WNBA Rookie of the Year honors, receiving 83% of the vote.

Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever) was second (17%).

Las Vegas’ Kelsey Plum tied with Atlanta’s Brittney Sykes (25% each) as the player most likely to have a breakout season.

Seattle’s Sue Bird, who last year tied Tamika Catchings for the most All-Star Game selections (10) in WNBA history, received the most votes as the best leader (75%), the player with the highest basketball IQ (67%) and the best at making her teammates better (58%.

She also tied with Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot as the league’s best passer (42% each).

Seattle’s Breanna Stewart. the 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year and an All-Star in 2017, was named as the player the GMs would start a franchise with if they could sign any player (42%).

The GMs voted the Lynx as the team with the best home-court advantage (92%) for the fourth year in a row.

The 2018 WNBA regular season runs through Aug. 19. 
 
Complete results of the survey are here.

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