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• 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.

• The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, and social impact education innovator EVERFI, Inc. have oined the students of Santee Elementary School in San Jose to launch The Compassion Project for the 2019-2020 school year, described as a “national nonprofit dedicated to providing compassion education to elementary school students across the U.S.”

• The U.S. Golf Association has aligned with Marvel Entertainment to create exclusive golf education products to “engage junior golfers on the essential elements to learning the game." Scheduled to launch in June at the 2019 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach, the collaboration features printed and digital comic books with many of Marvel’s super heroes The story follows Tony Stark (Iron Man) and other Avengers as they teach the next generation of Marvel Super Heroes about golf. Limited-edition Marvel-themed golf posters will be distributed (while supplies last) at the Junior Experience at the 2019 U.S. Open.

• Major League Lacrosse has signed a deal with Anheuser-Busch to have its Bud Light brand become the official beer partner for the 2019 MLL All-Star Game, being played in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD on July 27. The deal includes “prominent signage on the playing field, fan zone activation and various on-site promotions at several sports bars and retail locations in the Greater Annapolis area leading up to the All-Star Game.”

• 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.” 

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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

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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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• 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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Apr092019

D-Wade Gets Bud, Gatorade Tributes As Fans, Players, Mom Honor His Life, Career

By Barry Janoff

April 9, 2019: As part of his “One Last Dance” tour of the NBA in his final pro season, Dwyane Wade has been swapping his No. 3 Miami Heat jersey with select players, including LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Ben Simmons and also-retiring Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.

Ahead of Wade’s last regular season home game with the Heat (tonight vs. the Philadelphia 76ers), Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser has unveiled an extended spot, “This Bud’s For 3,” that not honors Wade the man and the player, as well as his jersey-swapping.

Concurrently, Gatorade today unveiled, "3 Is The Magic Number," featuring music by John Legend, which traces his hoops career and life from Chicago to Miami.

President Barack Obama taped a two-minute tribute message, which ran prior to the Heat game.

“Saying goodbye to a career that you love is never easy.," said the President. "I’ve been there. In my case, I didn’t have a choice: My knees were shot and I had to give up basketball. You have just completed one of the greatest careers in NBA history. Hope the next phase of your career is just as fulfilling and just as spectacular.”

In the Budweiser spot, Wade meets five surprise guests, each of whom he has directly impacted by his actions and words.

This Bud’s For 3,” which will air during NBA games and in the Heat's AmericanAirlines Arena, opens with some of the autographed jerseys that Wade has received this season from players.

Text offers, “Dwayne Wade has been swapping jerseys with NBA legends. But before he says goodbye, we surprised him with five more.”

Wade is shown entering an empty AmericanAirlines Arena. “I literally have no idea what’s coming,” he says.

One by one, people enter with whom Wade has had a personal, impacting situation.

They include Andrea Ghersi, whose brother, Joaquin Oliver, was one of the 17 shooting victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 14, 2018.

Wade wrote Joaquin Oliver’s name on his basketball shoes for a game following the tragedy, and the young man, a big D-Wade fan, was buried wearing a Miami Heat Wade jersey.

"You mean so much to us, and my brother Juaquin loved you from the beginning," Ghersi says in the spot.

She then presents Wade with a basketball jersey her brother wore during a championship basketball game, inscribed, “Please don’t forget my brother.”

Also in the four-minute spot is a woman Wade took shopping with her family after she lost her house and all possessions in a fire ten days before Christmas.

"It was the lowest point in my life,” she says. “Then we received a phone call: 'Would you mind if Dwayne Wade took you on a shopping spree.' That meant so much to me that you were there for us.”

A young man from an underprivileged neighborhood near Miami who met Wade 12 years ago says Wade’s words and inspiration “hit a spark and changed where I was going.” He gives Wade the blazer he wore to a job interview.

A woman who was given a full-tuition scholarship by Wade, without which she would not have been able to go to college, gives Wade her graduation cap and gown.

The visits are capped off by Wade's mother, Jolinda, who talks about when she was sent to prison how he continued to support her, and then bought her a church. “When you bought your momma that church, you don’t even understand the lives you changed.

“I am more proud of the man you have become than the basketball player,” she says. “You are bigger than basketball." She gives her son a minister’s robe.

A closing shot shows these items hanging with the NBA jerseys he has been given.

As part of Wade’s final season, Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, appear in another new Gatorade spot, "Keep Moving," and last month attended A Night on the RunWade 2019 fashion show to raise funds for the Overtown Youth Center.

He also has continued to support The Wade's World Foundation, founded by Wade in 2003, which “works to provide support to community-based organizations that promote education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations.”

After seeing the Budweiser spot, Union posted to her Twitter account, “Bigger Than Basketball. So much bigger than basketball. Man, this captures so much of what @DwyaneWade means to people. I'm also bawling. Watch and RT #OneLastDance. ‘

The Heat have been offering special commemorative items as part of the Wade Legacy Collection, and are giving out T-shirts at the final home game that read,"‘L3gacy.”

Wade’s final regular-season game is on the road against the Brooklyn Nets on April 10.

Among those current and former NBA players with whom he has swapped jerseys this season:

• Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
• Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
• Benny the Bull, Chicago Bulls mascot
• Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
• Chris Bosh, ex-Miami Heat
• Vince Carter, Atlanta Hawks
• Jamal Crawford, Phoenix Suns
• Jae Crowder, Utah Jazz
• Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
• Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
• DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs
• Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
• Goran Dragic, Dallas Mavericks
• Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons
• Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks
• Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers
• Devin Harris, Dallas Mavericks
• George Hill, Milwaukee Bucks
Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks
• LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
• Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
• Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
• Frank Mason, Sacramento Kings
• C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers
• Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
• Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
• Marcus Morris, Boston Celtics
• Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
• Chris Paul, Houston Rockets
• Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics
• D'Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets
• Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers
• Iman Shumpert, Sacramento Kings
• Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
• Isaiah Thomas, Denver Nuggets
• Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
• Jason Williams, ex Miami Heat
• Delon Wright, Toronto Raptors
• Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

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