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College Crosse Prospectus - July 3, 2017: NLL Expansion News; Chilling With Dylan Maltz.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for July 3, 2017.

The Fourth Of July Is Tomorrow!

Here are some patriotic songs to get you ready for the big day tomorrow. Have a happy birthday, America!!!

No list of patriotic songs can be complete without the Queen! Hit it, Whitney!!!

God bless America! Shout out to all the brave servicemen and women around the world keeping us safe! Party responsibly tonight & tomorrow!

College Crosse News.

Great scoop by Marisa!!! - Sources: NLL plans to expand to San Diego, Philadelphia in 2019.

According to multiple sources, the NLL is planning on adding a team in San Diego in 2019. The southern California team would be one of two to join the league, with the other likely being a return to Philadelphia. Sources within the league indicate the San Diego owner would be Joseph Tsai, the co-founder of Alibaba Group. The group would also have the goal of adding a potential other major sports team, such as an NBA team. The league is also looking towards Long Island, but no owners have emerged despite a potential arena deal. Teams in Canada and Texas have also been discussed as a part of the league’s expansion plan.

#GemBomb!

I'm dying at this Chillin' with Dylan (Maltz) video.

9 News in Colorado did a nice segment about the slim chances Colorado boys and girls have at getting a college scholarship. One interesting note was that girls lacrosse had the second highest reported rate of high school athletes to college scholarships in Colorado at 8.46%.

So, when comparing the total number of kids in one high school class--freshmen to seniors--with four years worth of college commitments, the results are shocking. "No matter what someone tells you, the percentages don't lie," CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green told 9NEWS in an interview earlier this year. "Only three percent of high school athletes go on to compete at the collegiate level." That's right. In the state of Colorado, roughly only 3.4 percent of all the state's high school athletes will end up receiving some form of athletic scholarship to play their sport in college. That's it, at any level. And, when breaking down those statistics to reflect just NCAA Division I competitors, that number drops to 1.15 percent in-state. That's even lower than the national average of 2.29 percent.

Golf Digest did a post on the celebrations at the Inside Lacrosse all-star game.

The game features the top high-school lax bros in the country and was televised on ESPN. If you made it this far, you may be wondering - "who the hell cares?" Believe me, I don't. While lacrosse is becoming quite the popular sport in America, it's still a tough sell for fans of the four major sports that have actual, successful professional leagues. But after watching these absolutely hilarious celebrations from Saturday's game in Baltimore, MD., now I'm kind of sad I missed it.

Nice story about how a lax team helped support their teammate who suffered a lacerated kidney during a game.

At his lowest, most helpless point, Jordan Jimeno would turn to his mother Del and complain about accommodations. The Brooke Point High School lacrosse player wanted no part of his room on the fifth floor at Children’s Hospital—no part of the bed he was confined to for eight days while recovering from a lacerated kidney and other internal injuries he sustained during a May 11 game. “Like I tell everyone, eight days in a hospital bed, can’t do anything, it’s depressing,” said Jimeno, 17. “It’s sad. I didn’t want to be there.” Jimeno eventually emerged from his nadir, thanks to an outpouring of support from relatives and relative strangers alike. “I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the people I have in my life: the lacrosse team, my family, my extended family, friends of my friends,” Jimeno said. “People I don’t even know heard about my injury and told me they were praying for me.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

NOT A GOOD LOOK, CHRIS!!!: Beach closed to everyone except Chris Christie's family.

“That’s just the way it goes.” That was Gov. Chris Chrstie’s response to reporters on Saturday when asked why it was okay for his family to vacation at Island Beach State Park over the Fourth of July weekend — while everyone else was locked out of the popular destination because of the government shutdown Christie ordered, leaving state parks, beaches and other facilities closed. “The governor has a residence at Island Beach. Others don’t,” Christie said. “Run for governor and you can have the residence.”

World/National News.

Britney Spears shut down Jerusalem.

Britney Spears’ arrival in Israel has caused quite the commotion. It’s the pop star’s first visit to the country and a tour of the holy sites in Jerusalem on Sunday was described by Israeli news outlets as a veritable mob scene. While Spears’ security detail was substantial, the Western Wall is mainly accessible by foot. This presented a challenge for the “Make Me…” singer and her team as they made their way through mobs of fans, press, and onlookers (see video below). Spears is scheduled to perform at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park on Monday night, the same outdoor venue where Justin Bieber and Aerosmith recently headlined and where Radiohead is due to take the stage on July 19.

Your GIF for July 3, 2017.

Kid saved his dad’s life!

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