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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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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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Nov132018

NFL Stars Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Marshawn Lynch: No Phones At Dinner

By Barry Janoff

November 13, 2018: NFL legends Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Ronnie Lott and Harris Barton as well as Marshawn Lynch know that games can be lost if you are distracted.

They also know that family time during dinner can be wasted if you are too distracted.

Rice, Young, Lott and Barton — who each had stellar careers in the NFL, with many of the years spent as members of the San Francisco 49ers — and Lynch of the Oakland Raiders have joined with Common Sense for a PSA campaign, “Device-Free Dinner,” which takes a humorous look at an all-too-common problem.

According to Common Sense, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology, “Ninety-two percent of parents feel that quality conversations at dinnertime are very important for connecting with their kids, yet many worry that devices at the table are taking away from those moments.”

"Our devices keep us connected, informed, and engaged, but in today's tech-driven world it's important to take breaks," James Steyer, founder and CEO for Common Sense, said via the San Francisco-based organization

"Research shows that kids and adults alike feel addicted to their devices, and our need to constantly check them undermines family connections. Family interaction, including eating meals together, is critical for children's social and intellectual development."

In the campaign’s anchor spot, “Fumble,” Rice, Young and Barton act as game announcers describing the action as a family is seated at the dinner table, all of them engrossed with their own cell phones.

When mom asks for some green beans, dad lifts the plate without raising his eyes from his device and accidentally dumps the contents onto the table.

“Are you seeing this!?” says Young. “You can’t make a mistake like this so early in the meal.”

“Green beans all over the place,” say Rice, a Hall of Fame wide receiver. “Guess who would have caught the green beans . . . Jerry Rice.”

Lott shows up at the dinner table as a sideline reporter. “Why’d you spill the beans?” he asks dad. Lott then takes way all of their cell phones.

The PSA spot will air in 45-, 30- and 15-second versions nationally throughout the NFL season on networks including CBS, Fox, Cox, Xfinity, Charter and Comcast; across the participating NFL stars' social media channels; and on the 49ers and Raiders Web sites.

Digital and social media (#DeviceFreeDinner) support.

In "Hot Sauce,” Lynch is seen in his Bay Area restaurant encouraging a kid to cause some mischief (pouring hot sauce into his dad’s soda) to help teach his parents, distracted on their cell phones instead of interacting with their son, a lesson.

In “Kid Hat,” he hands the young boy his hat, which dad doesn’t notice until he looks up after drinking his hot-sauced soda.

“Marshawn says ‘No phones at the table!’”

According to Common Sense, “Research proves the benefits to kids of family dinners, such as vocabulary acquisition, fewer behavior problems, lower rates of substance abuse, and healthier eating patterns.”

Common Sense said it launched the Device Free Dinner campaign in 2016 to “raise awareness of media balance and encourage families to make the most of their time together.”

An earlier series of PSA featured actor Will Farrell as a dad too distracted by his cell phone and its various apps to talk to his family during dinner.

Common Sense partnered with Citron Haligman, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Camp + King and Anchorfield for the effort.

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