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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. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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Nike Eyes Future With LeBron On Lakers, Jumpman 23 Honors Jordan’s Past

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

July 2, 2018:
When it comes to G.O.A.T.’s, Nike and its Jordan Brand arguably have two of the best.

Even as Nike looks to the future with one of its top endorsers, LeBron James, it’s Jordan Brand division is honoring the past with arguably the greatest spokesman in its history, Michael Jordan.

With James moving from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers via a four-year, $154 million deal, Nike will ramp up kicks and accessories that reflect LeBron’s new purple-and-gold colors with at least several years of King James signature shoes.

Concurrently, the new International Flight Collection highlights three games in which Jordan excelled during the off-season.

According to Nike, "For Michael Jordan, there was no off-season. MJ went so far as to include a legendary ‘Love of the Game/ clause in his contract to ensure he could play year-round. The summer months were an opportunity to travel the globe and show off his legendary skills to thousands of passionate basketball fans in the U.S. and abroad, who were eager just to get a glimpse of the G.O.A.T."

On Aug. 8, 1988, Jordan played a charity game in front of  more than 17,500 people in Los Angeles, scoring 54 points. The game raised $650,000 for the United Negro College Fund — the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to students of color — an organization that Jordan Brand said it “has had a relationship with for over 30 years.”

The Air Jordan 3 “International Flight” has blue and red accents inspired by the jerseys players wore during the charity game. Jordan’s signature is on the tongue of the right shoe (Jordan is right-handed) and patterns on the collar were inspired by the stars on the jerseys.

Jordan played a game Aug. 30, 1990 in Barcelona, where two years later he would help to lead the Dream Team to an Olympic Gold medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics.

As part of a European tour that year, Jordan arrived just before the start of the Spanish League season, where he judged a slam dunk contest and played in a promotional game, finishing the evening with a team-high 37 points, according to Jordan Brand.

The Air Jordan 5 “International Flight” has an orange and blue mosaic pattern inspired by street art in Barcelona, as well as the colors of the jerseys Jordan wore during the game.

It also changes the spelling of Air to “Aire” on the tongue, referring to the Spanish translation of Air Jordan

The their part of the collection references a game on Sept. 12, 1996 t(he summer after the Chicago Bull’s 72-10 championship season).

Jordan and other NBA stars , in Tokyo for a basketball clinic, appeared before 32,000 fans and ”showed off by playing 1-on-1, 4-on-4 and even having a little friendly competition with some of Japan’s famous sumo wrestlers.”

According to Michael Finley, who was on that tour and became one of the first Jordan Brand athletes during his 17-year NBA career,  Jordan never lost his competitive nature.

“We did a little scrimmage against some local guys and a couple of the sumo wrestlers who probably had never touched a basketball in their lives,” said Finley, via Nike. “He had fun with them and joked around, but at the end of the day he told us, ‘Yo, we’re not losing this game.’ He said, ‘I don’t lose. Whether it’s for charity, scrimmage, or in the season, I don’t lose.’”

The Air Jordan 12 “International Flight” has a koi fish scale print on the mud guard and an embossed, kimono-inspired print on the upper. The characters on the heel of the shoe translate to “Air Jordan.”

• The Air Jordan 3 “International Flight” and jersey are now available.

• The Air Jordan 5 “International Flight” and jersey will be available Aug. 28.

• The Air Jordan 12 “International Flight” and jersey will be available Sept. 8.

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