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Five Oklahoma City Energy FC players have been selected to their country's provisional rosters for this summer's Concacaf Gold Cup.
Alvin Jones, Mekeil Williams and Cordell Cato were named to the Trinidad and Tobago 40-man roster, and Omar Gordon and Je-Vaughn Watson were selected to the Jamaica team.
The Concacaf Gold Cup takes place every two years, and features teams in North America, Central America and the Caribbean region.
Each club will announce its final 23-man roster during the first week of June.
Late Tuesday: Smith leads OKC to 6-5 win over New Orleans
Will Smith homered twice and had three hits as the Oklahoma City Dodgers topped the New Orleans Baby Cakes 6-5 on Tuesday in Metairie, Louisiana.
Oklahoma City right-hander Daniel Corcino (3-1) picked up the win after allowing one run on just three hits over five innings.Read more on NewsOK.com

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CHICAGO (AP) — Zion Williamson has never been to New Orleans.

That may be changing very soon.

The Pelicans bucked seriously long odds Tuesday night, winning the NBA draft lottery and the right to have the first chance at selecting the former Duke star next month — and potentially pairing him with Anthony Davis, in what would immediately become one of the league's most intriguing frontcourt duos.

"I don't believe the universe makes mistakes," said David Griffin, who is barely a month into his tenure as New Orleans' executive vice president of basketball operations.Read more on NewsOK.com

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By Erik HorneDid the NBA draft lottery just keep Anthony Davis in New Orleans? At the least, it offered the Pelicans a new hope going into 2019.At Tuesday’s draft lottery in Chicago, the Pelicans landed the No.Read more on NewsOK.com

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WDBJ news anchor Chris Hurst pauses as he is overcome with emotion while holding a photo album that was created by fellow reporter and girlfriend Alison Parker, in Roanoke, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Vester Lee Flanagan opened fire during a live on-air interview for WDBJ, killing Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. (Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times via AP)

People demonstrate in demand of Guatemalan President Otto Perez to step down over a corruption scandal, in Guatemala City on Aug. 27, 2015. Perez suffered a double setback Wednesday, after the country’s top prosecutor called for his resignation and his ex-vice president was maintained in jail for tax fraud. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

Bedouin women take part in a protest against a plan to uproot the Umm Al-Hiran village, which is not recognized by the Israeli government, near the southern city of Beersheba in the Negev desert, on Aug. 27, 2015. In May Israel’s Supreme Court approved the removal of 750-1,000 Bedouin residents from the southern Negev village of Umm al-Hiran to enable the construction of a Jewish town. According to Human Rights Watch, the villagers say they were expelled from their land in 1948, when the state of Israel was established, and while they have been allowed to live there, Israel never recognized the village or approved a zoning plan for it. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

A migrants’ group stands at a collection point of the Hungarian police near the Hungarian village of Roszke, at the Hungarian-Serbian border on Aug. 27, 2015. As Hungary scrambles to ramp up defenses on its border with Serbia, refugees continued to surge into the country in record numbers, police figures confirmed. (Csaba Segesvari/AFP/Getty Images)

Student protesters Joshua Wong (C L) and Nathan Law (C R) stand outside the Wanchai police station in Hong Kong on Aug. 27, 2015. The students reported to police for investigation into their participation in the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy movement. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

Warragamba Dam spills water over the edge after reaching capacity on Aug. 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Warragamba Dam, Sydney’s main reservoir, last spilled in June, 2013. (Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Citizens wearing raincoats drive electric motor bikes in the rain on Aug. 26, 2015 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province of China. South China’s Zhengzhou City encountered severe convective weather on Wednesday afternoon. (ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton leaves court at the conclusion of his hearing on his felony securities indictment, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. Paxton pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges alleging that he defrauded investors before he became the state’s top lawyer, and his attorney Joe Kendall announced that he would no longer represent him. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison via AP, Pool)

Lebanese riot policemen take a rest near the government building during a lull in anti-government protests over an ongoing trash collection crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Beirut has been jolted by daily protests for the past week, including two massive demonstrations that turned violent over the weekend. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Students clash with the riot police during a demonstration against an education reform plan pushed by the government of President Michelle Bachelet, in Santiago, Chile, on Aug. 27, 2015. Critics say the reforms fall short of overhauling a highly unequal education system inherited from the 1973-1990 dictatorship of late ruler Augusto Pinochet. (Claudio Reyes/AFP/Getty Images)

Police clash with victims of toxic investments made by former Banco Espirito Santo (BES) now Novo Banco (New Bank) during a protest in front of the Novo Bank headquarters in Lisbon on Aug. 27, 2015. (PATRICIA DE Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images)

While jury still deliberate, former St. Paul’s School student Owen Labrie, left, leaves the Merrimack Superior Court at the end of day with security in tow Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Concord, N.H. Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving the prestigious St. Paul’s School in Concord. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, Pool)

President Barack Obama is greeted by a woman during a tour of the Treme neighborhood Aug. 27, 2015, in New Orleans. President Obama visited New Orleans on Thursday to praise its people’s “extraordinary resilience,” 10 years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the “Big Easy” and shattered Americans’ confidence in government. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Colombian citizens cross the bordering Tachira River as they leave Venezuela with their belongings, arriving in Cucuta, Colombia, on Aug. 27, 2015. Hundreds of Colombians are fleeing Venezuela, opting to leave the country with their belongings rather than be deported empty-handed like more than 1,000 people sent home in an escalating border crisis. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the border between Tachira and the Colombian department of Norte de Santander closed last week in response to an attack by unidentified assailants on a military patrol, which wounded a civilian and three soldiers on an anti-smuggling operation. (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)

A masked kurdish militant holds a molotov cocktails in front of a barricade during clashes with Turkish police on Aug. 27,2015, in the Gazi district of Istanbul. Five people, including two children and a soldier, were killed in clashes between Kurdish militants and security forces in Turkey’s restive Kurdish-majority southeast on Aug. 27, 2015, local officials and the army said. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Forensic officers stand in front of a truck inside which were found a large number of dead migrants on a motorway near Neusiedl am See, Austria, on Aug. 27, 2015. The vehicle, which contained between 20 and 50 bodies, was found on a parking strip off the highway in Burgenland state, police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil said at a press conference with Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner. (Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images)

Captain Ed Lloyd Owen links arms with Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole as he completes his ‘Short Walk Home’ in aid of Walking With The Wounded on Aug. 27, 2015 in London, England. The walk from Cyprus to London has taken 5 months covering covering 11 Countries. The British Army Officer Captain has raised over 21,000 GBP for Walking for the Wounded. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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There’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur in America. After all, high growth companies now have the ability to start and scale just about anywhere thanks to the myriad technological advancements that lower the barriers to entry.
Revolution’s Rise of the Rest tour, led by Steve Case, was built on the foundation of that very principle. In that vein they’ve made it their goal to capitalize on the entrepreneurial spirit alive and thriving in various tech ecosystems across America and spawn innovation across our great country.
To date Case has logged 3,000 miles across 14 cities on his big, blue bus, and along the way he’s invested $1.5 million into a smattering of diverse startup companies. Even our own CEO Frank Gruber got to tag along for the entirety of the tour from Washington DC to New Orleans this past May.
Along the way Gruber contributed to the mission of Rise of the Rest by hosting startup pitch competitions and interviewing Case at local events along the way to showcase the local talent. The question on all of our minds, however, has been if Case will decide to embark on yet another tour.
If you’re unaware, today is America’s first ever White House Demo Day, an event that actually proves Revolution’s stance on entrepreneurship in America 100 percent accurate. The event takes place in Washington DC and operates much like an accelerator demo day would: startups pitch their ideas to funders, innovators from around the country, and even President Obama.
As Case tells us, it’s the absolute perfect stage to announce that he will, in fact, be heading up a fourth Rise of the Rest bus tour, and he’ll even be making it a little bigger. Not only will the 2016 tour include five additional cities in the Western US, Case has also committed to investing and additional $1 million across ten more Rise of the Rest tour cities.
The difference in this fourth tour will be added participation from Google for Entrepreneurs and Salesforce for Startups. Case will also open partnerships with Engine, Seed Here Studio, Startup Grind, Village Capital, and Tech.Co (hey, that’s us!).
“It was an honor to attend the first White House Demo Day in the nation’s history, and I was pleased to announce the expansion of our Rise Of The Rest initiative to level the playing field for entrepreneurs everywhere,” says Case. “I look forward to visiting Baltimore, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Manchester, and Portland this Fall as our bus travels through the Northeast to visit some of America¹s most iconic cities.”
During the fall stops in the quoted cities, the Revolution team and their partners will:
Meet with local entrepreneurs, businesses, nonprofits, universities, and public officials to discuss the opportunities and challenges of fostering startup growth
Hold a pitch competition open to the public where a local startup will receive $100,000 investment
Host a happy hour party to celebrate the visit
If you’re interested in learning more about the Rise of the Rest tour make sure to check out their website and follow the #riseofrest hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. To give you a taste, here are some of Fank’s pictures from when he went on the tour with Case this past May:

Image Credit: Pixabay

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