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• In response to the mass shooting that occurred in the early hours of August 4, 2019, The Dayton Foundation has established the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund.

• "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."

• "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member."

• "I intend to live forever, or die trying." — Groucho Marx RIP 8-19-1977

• Per NBC Sports: “A plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife Amy and their daughter Isla rolled off the end of a runway and caught fire upon landing today (Aug. 15)  in Elizabethon (Municipal Airport), Tenn. All (five people) aboard the plane (including two pilots) are safe.”The airport is about 14 miles south of Bristol Motor Speedway, where Earnhardt Jr. was scheduled to be part of the NBC Sports crew cowering this weekend’s Nascar races.

• Continuing its expansion into the sports betting landscape, MLB has signed a multi-year partnership designating FanDuel as an “authorized gaming operator” of the league. FanDuel called it a “landmark deal” as it marks the company’s first partnership with MLB or an MLB team. MLB also has alliances in the sports betting category that include MGM Resorts International, Draftings and Sportradar. Full story here.

• For future trivia buffs: ex-NFL and Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones has become the first player to officially sign with the XFL, which is scheduled to begin play in February 2020. Landry, who played in 19 games (five starts) during his NFL career (2013-18), mainly with the Pittsburgh Steelers, will be assigned to one of eight XFL teams via an eignt man QB draft scheduled for the fall. Financial terms were not released.
 

• Nick Kyrgios, currently ranked No. 27 in the world, has been fined $113,000 by the ATP relating to a series of incidents during his second-round loss at the Western & Southern Open Wednesday evening in Cincinnati, including five separate unsportsmanlike conduct situations, each a $20,000 fine.

• National consumer cannabidiol (CBD) brand cbdMD has signed a deal with reigning UFC heavyweight world champion, Daniel "DC" Cormier, which comes as Cormier is scheduled to defend his heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 on Aug.17.

• T-Mobile said it would donate $2,000 per home run hit at the inaugural T-Mobile Little League Home Run Derby to Little League Baseball and Softball—pledging to hit at least $1 million in total donations in its first year of partnership. The money will fund participation grants to make programs more affordable for kids and families. The donation includes the $642,000 donated at the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at MLB All-Star Week.

• Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has become an investor in the MLS Seattle Sounders, along with his wife, musician Ciara; as well as rap artist Macklemore and his wife Tricia Davis. The Sounders also said that founding owner Joe Roth is leaving the club.

NBA Opening Weekend presented by Kia national TV Games 2019-20:
Oct. 22 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors (TNT), Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers (TNT); Oct. 23 Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers (ESPN), Denver  Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN); Oct. 24 Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets (TNT), Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors (TNT); Oct. 25 Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans (ESPN), Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers (ESPN).

• WNBA Teams, Players Now Part Of NBA 2K20: "We have arrived!" Full story here.

• The NFL said the Pro Bowl would return to Orlando's Camping Ground Stadium for the fourth successive year, scheduled for Jan. 26, 2020. It will air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and be simulcast on ABC (3 PM ET). 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.”

POLL POSITION

NBC Sports Group and Mecum Auctions have signed a multi-year partnership extension to continue coverage of Mecum car auctions across NBC Sports through 2024.

The top-five selling cars since the start of the partnership in 2014:
1, 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype GT/104 $7M (2014)
2, 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari $4.7M (2016)
3. 1966 Ford GT40 MkI $4.4M (2016)
4. 1933 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe $3.85M (2018)
5. 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible  $3.5 (2014)

KEEPING SCORE

World's Most Valuable Sports Franchises

1. Dallas Cowboys $5 billion, +4%
2. New York Yankees $4.6 billion +15%
3. Real Madrid $4.24 billion +4%
4. Barcelona $4.02 bilion
5. New York Knicks $4 billion +11%
6. Manchester United $3.81 billion
7. New England Patriots 43.8 billion
8. Los Angeles Lakers $3.7 billion +12%
9. Golden State Warriors $3.5 billion +13%
10. New York Giants $3.3 billion

11. Los Angeles Dodgers $3.3 billion
12. Boston Red Sox 43.2 billion
12. Los Angeles Rams $3,2 billion
14. Washington Redskins $3.1 billion
14. Chicago Cubs $3.1 billion
16. San Francisco 49ers $3.05 billion
17. Bayern Munich $3.01 billion
18. San Francisco Giants $3 billion
19. Chicago Bulls $2.9 billion
19. Chicago Bears $2.9 billion

SOURCE: FORBES

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Aug. 9-11
1. Hobbs & Shaw $25.4M
2. Scary Stories $20.8M
3. The Lion King $20M
4. Dora and the City of Lost Gold $17M
5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $11.6M
6. The Art of Racing in the Rain $8.1M
7. The Kitchen $5.5M
8. Spider-Man Far From Home $5.3M
9. Toy Story 4 $4.4M
10. Bring the Soul $2.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Channel Chasers

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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Apr092019

D-Wade Gets Bud, Gatorade Tributes As Fans, Players, Mom Honor His Life, Career

By Barry Janoff

April 9, 2019: As part of his “One Last Dance” tour of the NBA in his final pro season, Dwyane Wade has been swapping his No. 3 Miami Heat jersey with select players, including LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Ben Simmons and also-retiring Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.

Ahead of Wade’s last regular season home game with the Heat (tonight vs. the Philadelphia 76ers), Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser has unveiled an extended spot, “This Bud’s For 3,” that not honors Wade the man and the player, as well as his jersey-swapping.

Concurrently, Gatorade today unveiled, "3 Is The Magic Number," featuring music by John Legend, which traces his hoops career and life from Chicago to Miami.

President Barack Obama taped a two-minute tribute message, which ran prior to the Heat game.

“Saying goodbye to a career that you love is never easy.," said the President. "I’ve been there. In my case, I didn’t have a choice: My knees were shot and I had to give up basketball. You have just completed one of the greatest careers in NBA history. Hope the next phase of your career is just as fulfilling and just as spectacular.”

In the Budweiser spot, Wade meets five surprise guests, each of whom he has directly impacted by his actions and words.

This Bud’s For 3,” which will air during NBA games and in the Heat's AmericanAirlines Arena, opens with some of the autographed jerseys that Wade has received this season from players.

Text offers, “Dwayne Wade has been swapping jerseys with NBA legends. But before he says goodbye, we surprised him with five more.”

Wade is shown entering an empty AmericanAirlines Arena. “I literally have no idea what’s coming,” he says.

One by one, people enter with whom Wade has had a personal, impacting situation.

They include Andrea Ghersi, whose brother, Joaquin Oliver, was one of the 17 shooting victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 14, 2018.

Wade wrote Joaquin Oliver’s name on his basketball shoes for a game following the tragedy, and the young man, a big D-Wade fan, was buried wearing a Miami Heat Wade jersey.

"You mean so much to us, and my brother Juaquin loved you from the beginning," Ghersi says in the spot.

She then presents Wade with a basketball jersey her brother wore during a championship basketball game, inscribed, “Please don’t forget my brother.”

Also in the four-minute spot is a woman Wade took shopping with her family after she lost her house and all possessions in a fire ten days before Christmas.

"It was the lowest point in my life,” she says. “Then we received a phone call: 'Would you mind if Dwayne Wade took you on a shopping spree.' That meant so much to me that you were there for us.”

A young man from an underprivileged neighborhood near Miami who met Wade 12 years ago says Wade’s words and inspiration “hit a spark and changed where I was going.” He gives Wade the blazer he wore to a job interview.

A woman who was given a full-tuition scholarship by Wade, without which she would not have been able to go to college, gives Wade her graduation cap and gown.

The visits are capped off by Wade's mother, Jolinda, who talks about when she was sent to prison how he continued to support her, and then bought her a church. “When you bought your momma that church, you don’t even understand the lives you changed.

“I am more proud of the man you have become than the basketball player,” she says. “You are bigger than basketball." She gives her son a minister’s robe.

A closing shot shows these items hanging with the NBA jerseys he has been given.

As part of Wade’s final season, Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, appear in another new Gatorade spot, "Keep Moving," and last month attended A Night on the RunWade 2019 fashion show to raise funds for the Overtown Youth Center.

He also has continued to support The Wade's World Foundation, founded by Wade in 2003, which “works to provide support to community-based organizations that promote education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations.”

After seeing the Budweiser spot, Union posted to her Twitter account, “Bigger Than Basketball. So much bigger than basketball. Man, this captures so much of what @DwyaneWade means to people. I'm also bawling. Watch and RT #OneLastDance. ‘

The Heat have been offering special commemorative items as part of the Wade Legacy Collection, and are giving out T-shirts at the final home game that read,"‘L3gacy.”

Wade’s final regular-season game is on the road against the Brooklyn Nets on April 10.

Among those current and former NBA players with whom he has swapped jerseys this season:

• Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
• Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
• Benny the Bull, Chicago Bulls mascot
• Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
• Chris Bosh, ex-Miami Heat
• Vince Carter, Atlanta Hawks
• Jamal Crawford, Phoenix Suns
• Jae Crowder, Utah Jazz
• Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
• Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
• DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs
• Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
• Goran Dragic, Dallas Mavericks
• Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons
• Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks
• Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers
• Devin Harris, Dallas Mavericks
• George Hill, Milwaukee Bucks
Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks
• LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
• Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
• Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
• Frank Mason, Sacramento Kings
• C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers
• Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
• Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
• Marcus Morris, Boston Celtics
• Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
• Chris Paul, Houston Rockets
• Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics
• D'Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets
• Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers
• Iman Shumpert, Sacramento Kings
• Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
• Isaiah Thomas, Denver Nuggets
• Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
• Jason Williams, ex Miami Heat
• Delon Wright, Toronto Raptors
• Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

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