• Recently retired NBA star Tony Parker has been named president of NorthRock Sports, Artists and Entertainment, a division of Northrock Partners, a finance and lifestyle advisory firm that currently oversees $1.5 billion in assets, whose holdings include Golf Magazine, and the Nicklaus Companies in partnership with golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

• Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, Mike Trout and Javier Baez are the leading vote-getters in new All-Star Game ballot results released by MLB. Full story here.

• The WTA will premiere the NYJTL Bronx Open, Aug. 16-24, in the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in The Bronx, NY. The women’s tournament will take place the week before the U.S. Open in New York and offer $250,000 in prize money.

• SunTrust and BB&T financial firms said that Truist Financial would be the name of the company following their merger later this year. The name — “intended to give the bank a single, fresh identity” — could also become the new name for the home venue for the Atlanta Braves, now known as SunTrust Stadium.

• BBVA Compass Stadium, home to the MLS Houston Dynamo, has been renamed BBVA Stadium as part of financial company BBVA Group's overall rebranding process.

• The LPGA said it would “implement a comprehensive integrity program, in partnership with Genius Sports, to deliver sports-betting related monitoring, education and structures for the management of investigations.”

“Sports betting is certainly coming and we’ll have to get our hands around it," LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said via the organization. “Sports betting may bring another wave of worldwide sports fans to the LPGA, but it will require us to be protected and supported by experts like Genius."

• 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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1, Leo Messi soccer $127M
2. Cristiano Ronaldo soccer $109M
3. Neymar Jr. soccer $105M
4. Canelo Alvarez boxing $94M
5. Roger Federer tennis $93.4M
6. Russell Wilson NFL $89.5M
7. Aaron Rodgers NFL $89.3M
8. LeBron James NBA $89M
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Based on total sales on StubHub for U.S. tour dates from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2019
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2. Queen with Adam Lambert
3. Paul McCartney
4. Ariana Grande
5. Shawn Mendes
6. Billie Eilish
7. JoJo Siwa
8. Twenty One Pilots
9. Hootie and the Blowfish
10. Florida Georgia Line

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Weekend Box Office June 7-9
1. The Secret Life of Pets 2 $47.1M
2. Dark Phoenix $33M
3. Aladdin $24.5M
4. Godzilla $15.4M
5. Rocketman $14M
6. Ma $7.8M
7. John Wick 3 $7.4M
8. Avengers: Endgame $4.8M
9. Pokémon Detective Pikachu $3M
10. Booksmart $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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Bellinger, Yelich Top 1 Million Votes In Early MLB All-Star Game NL Ballot

By Barry Janoff

June 11, 2019: Cody Bellinger, outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich have each topped one million votes in the first National League results released by MLB for the 2019 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.

Berlinger at 1,189,380 and 2018 NL MVP at 1,057,855 are the only two players in either league to date to top one million each in the All-Star Game Ballot presented by Google.

Both players also have a 500,000 lead on the No. 3 outfielder, Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves, who tallied 518,760 votes.

Fortunately for outfielders, under the new MLB All-Star Game voting system, the top nine outfielders in The Primary voting get to move to the next phase, The Starters Election, which begins on June 26 (Noon ET).

Unfortunately for Bryce Harper, who in March signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, he currently sits at No. 10 among NL outfielders (242,719), albeit fewer than 300 votes behind No. 9 Alex Verdugo of the Dodgers (242,988).

Willson Contreras, catcher for the Chicago Cubs, has the largest lead to date among all players in NL and AL All-Star Game voting: 850,613, with catcher Brian McCann of the Braves at No. 2 (269,963).

However, the top three vote-getters move to next round and only 86,000 votes to date separate catchers from No. 2 through No. 6.

Josh Bell of the Pittsburgh Pirates leads all NL first basemen to date (621,915), Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies leads all third basemen (783,684) Javier Baez of the Cubs leads all shortstops (861,496).

Under new guidelines, the top three vote-getters at each position — including nine outfielders — in each league move from The Primary to The Starters Election.

People can vote in The Primary at and all 30 club sites, the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark apps up to five times in any 24-hour period.

People in the U.S. and Canada can also vote on Google Search for every position, or up to 17 unique players per day, by searching "MLB Vote" or the names of their favorite players.

Primary voting ends at June 21 (4 PM ET).

Starters for the 2019 All-Star Game will be unveiled on ESPN that night (7 PM ET).

Pitchers and reserves will be on June 30.

The 90th MLB All-Star Game, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, will air nationally Fox on July 9; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries.

1. Willson Contreras, Cubs 850,613
2. Brian McCann, Brave 269,963
3..J.T. Realmuto, Phillies 206,442
4. Yadier Molina, Cardinals  202,401
5. Yasmani Grandal, Brewers 195,922
6. Austin Barnes, Dodgers 183,692
7. Tony Wolters, Rockies 96,117
8. Buster Posey, Giants 79,768
9. Wilson Ramos, Mets 78,957
10. Francisco Cervelli, Pirates  54,395

1. Josh Bell, Pirates 621,915
2. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs 461,210
3. Freddie Freeman, Braves 406,283
4. Max Muncy, Dodgers 232,583
5. Pete Alonso, Mets 157,347
6. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals 121,546
7. Rhys Hoskins, Phillies 109,680
8. Eric Hosmer, Padres 85,256
9. Jesus Aguilar, Brewers 79,024
10. Joey Votto, Reds 60,985

1. Nolan Arenado, Rockies 783,684
2..Kris Bryant, Cubs 404,855
3. Justin Turner, Dodgers  273,586
4.. Anthony Rendon, Nationals 178,215
6. Manny Machado, Padres 118,244
7. Eduardo Escobar, D-backs 75,493
8. Eugenio Suarez, Reds 69,052
9. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals 66,397
10. Travis Shaw, Brewers 57,915

1. Javier Baez, Cubs 861,496

2. Dansby Swanson, Braves 286,802

3. Corey Seager, Dodgers 257,085

4. Trevor Story, Rockies 243,550

5. Jean Segura, Phillies 138,716

6. Paul DeJong, Cardinals 111,590

7. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres 108,680

8. Orlando Arcia, Brewers 91,594

9. Jose Iglesias, Reds 81,091

10. Trea Turner, Nationals 66,036

1. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers 1,189,380
2. Christian Yelich, Brewers 1,057,855
3. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves 518,760
4. Joc Pederson, Dodgers 344,440
5. Albert Almora Jr., Cubs 294,445
6. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies 278,070
7. Jason Heyward, Cubs 270,745
8. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs 252,557
9. Alex Verdugo, Dodgers 242,988
10. Bryce Harper, Phillies 242,719
11. Nick Markakis, Braves 232,995
12. Juan Soto, Nationals 161,939
13. Melky Cabrera, Pirates 135,216
14. Marcell Ozuna, Cardinals 135,089
15. Andrew McCutchen, Phillies 125,927
16. Ender Inciarte, Braves 125,442
17. Lorenzo Cain, Brewers 120,140
18. Jeff McNeil, Mets 96,632
19. Scott Kingery, Phillies 93,825
20. Ryan Braun, Brewers 87,718

Sanchez, Trout Lead AL Players In MLB 2019 ASG Ballot presented by Google.

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