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• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.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

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Jan152018

WWE 'Mixed Match Challenge' Going The Distance For Cause-Marketing Charities

Special to NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 15, 2018: WWE’s new 12-episode in-ring series, Mixed Match Challenge, which will stream live in the U.S. exclusively on Facebook Watch on Tuesday nights beginning Jan. 16 (10 PM ET), is not just about winning in the ring.

Airing in 20-minute segments, Mixed Match Challenge will feature male and female WWE Superstars from Raw versus stars from SmackDown Live “competing in a single-elimination mixed tag-team tournament to win $100,000 to support the charity of their choice.”

In addition to the grand prize, each team's charitable organization will automatically receive $10,000.

Prior to the first episode, WWE has unveiled the 12 charitable organizations paired up with WWE Superstars competing in WWE Mixed Match Challenge.

“Giving back is in WWE's DNA and part of our long history, so we are thrilled that each Mixed Match Challenge team will compete to win the grand prize of $100,000 to support organizations that are truly important to them,” Michelle Wilson, WWE chief revenue and CMO, said in a statement.

“This unique and exciting content partnership with Facebook allows us to raise awareness and funds for important initiatives and supports our mission of putting smiles on people's faces around the world."

WWE has been promoting the series across its digital and social footprint, including a new Facebook Watch show page dedicated to Mixed Match Challenge.

A promotional trailer has been on-air during Monday Night Raw and SmackDown.

Each team also filmed a video to promote the event and their respective charities. Among them:

Elias & Bayley: Americares helps save lives and improve health for people affected by poverty or disaster.

Jimmy Uso & Naomi: Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides the resources needed to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Braun Strowman & Alexa Bliss: Connor’s Cure raises awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research, in partnership with The V Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Bobby Roode & Charlotte Flair (pictured): Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation initiative, inspires and connects girls globally through its leadership program that positions girls to be changemakers in their communities.

Rusev & Lana: Global Citizen encourages the collective actions of people around the world with the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030.

Alicia Fox & Goldust: Hire Heroes USA empowers U.S. military members, veterans and military spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce.

Big E & Carmella: KaBOOM! is dedicated to making sure all kids get the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play.

Shinsuke Nakamura & Natalya: Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

The Miz & Asuka: Rescue Dogs Rock is an animal rescue organization whose goal is to provide homeless, neglected or abused dogs the medical care they need and the loving home they deserve.

Sami Zayn & Becky Lynch: UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first and works toward the day when no children suffer from preventable causes. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.

Finn Bálor & Sasha Banks: Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to empower people with intellectual disabilities.

Apollo Crews & Nia Jax: Susan G. Komen’s mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

Facebook Watch is a new platform for shows on Facebook where brands can build and engage with a community of fans.

According to WWE, “Each 20-minute episode will reflect a progressive approach to production, with elements optimized for mobile consumption, experimentation and social interaction, including the ability for fans to engage with Superstars during the show. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to select match-ups, match stipulations and more, on Facebook.”

Facebook Watch is available on desktop, mobile and connected TV apps. Fans can follow WWE Mixed Match Challenge to add episodes to their personal Watchlists.

New WWE Series Pits Raw Vs. SmackDown Stars On Facebook Watch

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