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Alexander Rossi dominates REV Group Grand Prix for second win of 2019

Alexander Rossi dominated today’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, leading every lap but one to crush the 23-car NTT IndyCar Series field for his second win of 2019, bringing him within seven points of the drivers’ championship lead. Honda increased its lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship contest while scoring its fifth win of the season.

Starting second, Rossi swept across the nose of Honda-powered pole qualifier Colton Herta to complete an outside pass as the pair entered the tight right-hand Turn 3 on the opening lap, and never looked back after taking the lead. Once in front, Rossi continued to build his advantage throughout the 55-lap event, heading the field by eight seconds just prior to the first round of pit stops; building that margin to 16 seconds by the second round, and eventually romping to a winning margin of more than 28 seconds in the caution-free event.

Rossi surrendered the lead only once, during the final round to pit stops on Lap 40, to fellow Honda driver Graham Rahal, who elected to run one additional lap prior to making his final stop.

For his part, Rahal spent the second half of the race in a multi-car fight over the third place. While Will Power ran a relatively uncontested second for the final 20 laps, Rahal battled championship leader Josef Newgarden and fellow Honda drivers Herta, James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist for the final podium spot. With Herta on a different tire strategy throughout the race, the order shuffled several times in the closing laps before Newgarden held on to third by 1.5 seconds over Rahal.

Recovering from opening lap contact and a spin that dropped him to the rear of the field, defending series champion Dixon fought his way back to a fifth-place finish, followed by his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Rosenqvist. A slide in Turn 5 from Herta on Lap 53 cost both the rookie and Hinchcliffe, as Hinchcliffe finished finished seventh and Herta eighth.


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NFL Pro-Bowl Quarterback Deshaun Watson Visits the Friends of Zion Museum in Israel

The Friends of Zion Museum hosted NFL Pro-Bowl Quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson plays for the Houston Texans and has been touring Israel for the last few days

In Jerusalem, Deshaun Watson visited the Friends of Zion Heritage Center’s state-of-the-art museum, as part of his tour with Americas Voice in Israel. The museum features seven exhibitions including: interactive characters, 3D technology, touch screens, and surround sound. The FOZ Museum tells the heroic stories of the non-Jews who have assisted the Jewish people throughout the Zionist movement as well as in critical times like the Holocaust.

After his tour, the Texans quarterback was honored for his support of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Deshaun thanked the Friends of Zion Museum and recognized the importance of fighting racism and anti-Semitic on the global stage.

In 2017, Deshaun Watson was drafted in the first round by the Houston Texans. In the National Football League, Watson was picked to play in the prestigious Pro-Bowl game this year, a game for the league’s top players. He played college football at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, winning the 2016 College Football National Championship.

The Friends of Zion Museum recently surpassed 62 million members, making it one of the largest pro-Israel sites in the world. The FOZ Museum is also known for its state-of-the-art technology and has become one of the central institutions in the State of Israel, influencing the world and strengthening Israel’s relations globally. The Friends of Zion Heritage Center is a $100 million project, which is currently building a think tank, research center, ambassador institute and online university.

Opening its doors in 2015, the Friends of Zion Museum is located in the heart of central Jerusalem. The late President Shimon Peres, Israel’s ninth president and eighth prime minister, was the International Chairman of the Friends of Zion Museum. Dr. Mike Evans, prominent Christian Zionist, The New York Times bestselling author and founder of FOZ is the International Chairman and General Yossi Peled, former IDF General and former Knesset Minister is the chairman of FOZ’s Israeli board of trusties.


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USA Football Kicks Off 2019 Protection Tour

Offering the fun and fitness of football to young athletes, USA Football’s 2019 Protection Tour kicks off its national schedule on June 23. The series of USA Football events, conducted in partnership with Riddell, delivers expert-driven football and player safety information to youth players, parents and coaches, including tackling fundamentals, concussion education and equipment fitting.

The 2019 Protection Tour encompasses six free, single-day summer events for approximately 2,000 youth players. Events will take place at NFL stadiums and practice facilities across the country, providing instruction on several components of USA Football’s nationally endorsed Heads Up Football program. The Protection Tour applies non-contact, age-appropriate drills in alignment with the Football Development Model for lifelong health and wellness through America’s favorite sport.

Youth football players, parents and coaches can learn more and register for free 2019 Protection Tour events at https://usafootball.com/protectiontour/. [Note: To register, participants need a USA Football account, which can be created at no cost at this link.]

“With support from Riddell, USA Football’s Protection Tour provides families with fun and dynamic football experiences while delivering better and smarter standards for young players,” USA Football CEO SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “Our Tour sites also feature exceptional football destinations, thanks to the community-minded generosity of NFL teams.”

“Riddell’s widespread work at the grassroots level includes the USA Football Protection Tour, which is an important initiative for us each summer,” Riddell President and CEO DAN ARMENT said. “Protection Tour creates a solid foundation for young athletes to experience the game in an exciting format, and central to the event, is collaborating to share information on proper equipment fitting and advancements in head protection.”


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Harlem Globetrotters Select Slam Dunk Champion In 2019 Player Draft

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters today held their 13th annual player draft, selecting a wide array of talented prospects that includes three standout collegiate players as well as a two-time Oscar-winning actor and a first-round pick in both the NFL and Major League Baseball drafts.

In all, the Globetrotters selected five players, led by 2019 College Slam Dunk Champion DaQuan Jeffries of the University of Tulsa; 6’4″ WNBA forward Kristine Anigwe of the Connecticut Sun; 7’6″ University of Central Florida center Tacko Fall; two-time Academy Award winning actor and former Division I basketball player Mahershala Ali; and Kyler Murray, a first-round draft pick in the MLB draft and the top overall pick in the NFL draft as well.

“The Globetrotters have always tried to draft athletes who are superstars on and off of the court,” said Sweet Lou Dunbar, who is the Globetrotters’ longtime director of player personnel and head coach. “It is important for players to excite fans with their outstanding athletic ability, but our players need to be more than that, too. This year’s group of draftees really has what it takes to be Globetrotters.”

Following is a full recap of the Globetrotters’ draftees:

Mahershala Ali, is a Golden Globe winner and two-time Academy Award-winner and was also selected as one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2019. Standing at 6’3″, Ali played four years of Division I college basketball as a guard at St. Mary’s (Calif.), where he averaged 7.0 points per game during his senior season.
Kristine Anigwe, 6’4″, was a star forward for the University of California-Berkeley before being picked 9th overall in the 2019 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun. The England-born Nigerian-American rookie, who can dunk, was the recipient of the 2019 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award and 2016 USBWA National Freshman of the Year award. The Phoenix native was the lone female player to participate in the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game dunk contest.
Tacko Fall, a 7’6″ center for the University of Central Florida, led the team to its first NCAA tournament victory in program history in 2019. The Senegal native’s stature made him a social media sensation during the tournament, and he was named AAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 and was third-team All-AAC in 2019. Fall moved to the United States from Dakar at age 16. Initially, he played soccer and had no interest in basketball.
DaQuan Jeffries, the 2019 National Slam Dunk Champion during Final Four Weekend, was a third-team American Athletic Conference pick as a senior in 2018-19. He finished his collegiate career at the University of Tulsa ranked 14th on the program’s all-time blocks list with 74. In his senior year, he led the team in points, blocks and steals. The 6’5″ forward was a four-year letterwinner at Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., where he earned 2015 Oklahoma Class 6A All-State honors.
Kyler Murray, 5’10”, became the first athlete ever to be selected in the first round of both the MLB Draft (by the Oakland A’s in 2018) and the NFL Draft (by the Arizona Cardinals in 2019, when he was taken first overall). He was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 2018 after quarterbacking Oklahoma to the Big 12 Championship. Murray led Allen High School in Allen, Texas to three straight state championships and 43 wins in a row.
Past draftees by the team have included future Globetrotters, as well as high-profile celebrities and sports figures who are excellent examples of what the Harlem Globetrotters are all about – fun, entertaining, and family-friendly basketball.

The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 93 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 124 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades. The American Red Cross is the official charity of the Harlem Globetrotters. Sponsored by Entenmann’s ® Donuts, Ticket Galaxy, Tum-e Yummies and Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter @Globies.


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Patrick Dovigi Donates $5 Million to Fund New Innovative Sports Clinic

GFL Environmental Inc. has announced that founder and CEO Patrick Dovigi has donated $5 million to help create an integrated, one-stop shop that will revolutionize sports medicine research and care in Canada. The Dovigi Family Sports Medicine Clinic will make a difference in the lives of approximately 1.5 million Canadians who suffer sports-related injuries each year.

The new center—built in partnership with Sinai Health System—will provide a single point of access for medical, rehabilitation, imaging and surgical care for sports injuries, thereby helping to eliminate delays in both diagnosis and treatment.

“I spent many years involved in professional sports and it was important for my family and I to ensure Canadians have access to the best care and research in the country,” said Patrick Dovigi, who played minor league hockey and was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers. “This is a unique opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of athletes across Canada.”

As the new director of the Dovigi Family Sports Medicine Clinic, Dr. John Theodoropoulos will continue using his trademark combination of innovative surgery and emerging new therapies to heal tough injuries and restore performance. Theodoropoulos is currently an orthopaedic surgeon at Sinai Health and the orthopaedic physician for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays.

“Not only will we treat patients with regenerative biological treatments, but Patrick’s contribution to a new research chair will support scientists to better diagnose, prevent and treat injuries. This visionary gift from Patrick will translate into better outcomes for patients across the country,” Theodoropoulos said.

“It’s important that every athlete, at every level, has access to the very best research and care, whether they are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior,” said David Cynamon, co-chair and president of the board for the Sinai Health Foundation. “Patrick’s leadership is helping us take sports medicine to the next level at Sinai Health.”


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