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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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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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Kyrie Irving Was Dressed As Uncle Drew When He Got The News About Boston Trade

By Barry Janoff

October 11, 2017: One of the biggest trades of the NBA off-season saw all-star Kyrie Irving go from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics in late August in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick.

Irving had set the wheels in motion by requesting a trade after the Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, and was being kept up to date by his agent.

But when the news of the trade actually happened, Irving was in costume as his alter ego, Uncle Drew of Pepsi commercials fame, and without his cell phone.

So it was up to his co-stars, former NBA players and current NBA on TNT commentators Reggie Miller and Chris Webber, to pass long the life-altering details.

According to Miller, they and other current and former NBA and WNBA players were in Atlanta filming Uncle Drew, starring Irving as a former playground legend, now a senior citizen, who still has his hoops moves.

Miller, Webber and the others got the news via their cell phones.

Irving didn’t get the message because, at that moment, he didn’t have his phone with him.

“This is what’s funny about the whole Kyrie Irving trade,” Miller said during a media conference call today to preview the NBA on TNT’s 2017-18 coverage.

“Chris and I were filming a scene for the Uncle Drew movie in Atlanta, C-Webb as Preacher, Nate Robinson as Boots, myself as Lights and Kyrie obviously as Uncle Drew. We were in this small, hot, cramped van getting ready to shoot a scene and all of our phones ding and received a message at the same time.

“Except for Kyrie. He didn’t have his phone. And we looked at our phones. C-Webb looks at us — the message was that Kyrie had been traded to Boston,” said Miller.

Rather than reacting to the news, Miller said he and Webber hesitated for a few moments that likely seemed much longer.

“We’re looking at each other (thinking), Should we tell him?,” Miller said. “Obviously we had to tell him. He was right in front of us. So we showed him the phone.”

Miller and Webber didn’t know how Irving would respond, but the reaction they did get probably was not close to what they expected.

“His expression was funny,” said Miller. “His look was like, Huh? Okay. That was it. He wasn’t like Oh my god! He wasn’t sad. He wasn’t excited. He was like, Let’s do this. And that’s how we all found out that he had been traded to the Celtics.” (Laughs.)

That was the calm before a bit of a storm, according to Irving.

“I was on set,” Irving said during his introductory Celtics press conference on Sept. 1 after the deal had been approved by the NBA. “I cursed probably twice. Then I ran out onto the streets of Atlanta and watched the cars go by.”

Even with the trade, Irving wasn’t away from the Uncle Drew set for too long.

During that introductory press conference, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said that Irving would be returning to the movie production when his initial work with the team was done.

Turner Sports officially tips off the 2017-18 NBA regular season on Oct. 17, with an NBA on TNT Opening Night doubleheader, the first game of which sees LeBron James and the Cavaliers hosting Irving and his new Boston Celtics teammates.

The second game features the defending NBA champion Warriors, who will receive their 2016-17 title rings before hosting the Houston Rockets.

During the NBA on TNT media call, Webber recalled more of the incident when they told Irving he had been traded.

“Right after that, I looked at Reggie and asked, Who has that game the first night?” (Laughs.)

Miller said he looked back at Webber and said, “Well, you know, Marv (Albert) always does ring ceremony Opening Night, so that’s probably going to be you C-Webb because Kevin (McHale) and I are probably going to get Kyrie and LeBron on the return (to Cleveland).

“And C-Webb said, C’mon man. Can’t it be a three-man booth?”

The Uncle Drew movie is a Summit Entertainment release produced by Temple Hill in association with PepsiCo's Creators League Studios.

The scheduled release date is June 29, 2018.

The cast includes Kyrie Irving, Lil Rel Howery, Shaquille O'Neal, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, Chris Webber, Erica Ashv, Erica Ash, Lisa Leslie and Nick Kroll.

According to the studio, the story follows Dax (Lil Rel Howery), who, "after draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll).

“Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend Uncle Drew (Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time.

“The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew’s old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.”

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