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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

KEEPING SCORE

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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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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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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Candy, Cars, Bathroom Stalls: Supercuts Rituals Ready To Go For MLB Post-Season

By Barry Janoff

October 5, 2018: Baseball players are known for their rituals and superstitions, and MLB partner Supercuts seeks to uncover many of them in its new post-season campaign, "Rituals.'

The multi-media effort, part of the brand’s umbrella "Ready to Go" effort, focuses on several players who are or have been part of the 2018 playoffs.

The roster includes Didi Gregarious (New York Yankees), Justin Verlander (Houston Astros), Lorenzo Cain (Milwaukee Brewers), Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians), Brock Holt (Boston Red Sox), Ben Zobrist (Chicago Cubs) and Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin.

Each gets a stand-alone spot either on TV or Internet, with support also including mobile, social media (#ReadytoGo) and a dedicated page at the Supercuts Web site, “The Rituals of Ready to Go,” which includes a mini-quiz asking people to match the ritual to the correct player.

A voiceover in the spots explains, "Rituals get baseball players ready to go. Our rituals get you ready to go."

The spots will run across MLB media partners, including TBS, Fox, FS1 and MLB Network and elsewhere during the playoffs and World Series.

Supercuts also has in-game activation, with the brand logo displayed as replays of key pitches, at-bats or defensive plays in the field are shown, with game announcers offering, "That was a 'Ready to Go' moment presented by Supercuts."

This is the biggest effort to date for Supercuts as part of its alliance with the league since it signed this past January as MLB’s “official hair salon” and “official hair stylists.”

The player with the most unusual ritual might be Holt, who lines up sunflower seeds and flicks them onto the field during games.

Close behind is Verlander, who has a passion for the number three, which he says includes “always using the third stall in the clubhouse bathroom, tying my cleats with a triple knot and swiping the rubber on the pitcher’s mound three times.”

Gregarious’ ritual is creating a special handshake for each of his Yankees’ teammates, often accompanied by a dance move.

Zobrist says he “never moves from his spot on the bench during a rally,” while Cain constantly goes through a routine of fidgeting with his cleats, bat and especially his batting gloves while he is at-bat.

Melvin, who was a MLB player for more than a decade before becoming a two-time manager of the year, has the most complicated routines of the Supercuts group.

According to Melvin, he drives the same route to the ball park during winning streak, and when the team loses he follows a different route and then sticks with that until the A’s lose again.

At the stadium, he parks in the same spot at the stadium (No. 6). He eats candy during games, but only in odd innings, and has to have a specific “green candy, the most powerful candy there is,” during the 9th inning.

Are these rituals successful?

“Nothing works all the time,” saids Melvin, “but you are always experimenting with things that work at the highest percentage. When you lose some games, you look for different options.”

Supercuts, a division of Regis Corp., has been touting its MLB alliance this past season in its more than 2,600 locations nationwide.

According to Hugh Sawyer, president and CEO for Regis Corp., “Given the quality and breadth of MLB, we believe this (is) a home run for our Supercuts salons, stylists and guests.”

MLB Takes Its (Super) Cuts At The Plate With New Hair-Care Partner

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