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• ESPN said that the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship – won by Novak Djokovic over Roger Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) – earned an overnight rating of 3.0 for its more than five hours of coverage up 114% vs. the championship match a year ago for Djokovic vs. Kevin Anderson. The match peaked at its conclusion with a 4.6 rating. At 4:57, it was the longest match of the Gentlemen’s Singles tournament this year and the longest Gentlemen’s Singles final in Wimbledon history. It also was the first men’s singles Major championship to be decided by a tie-break.

• New York Life has signed as a founding partner of the ESPN-owned ACC Network, the national network dedicated to Atlantic Coast Conference sports coverage, scheduled to launch Aug. 22. New York Life remains the official life insurance company of the ACC as well as the exclusive presenting sponsor of the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament which airs across the ESPN and ACC networks. 

• The Baseball Hall of Fame has signed a deal with VIDSIG, Inc., a San Francisco-based software company that offers live one-on-one video interactions between athletes and fans. The technology will allow Hall of Famers to “hold virtual meet-and-greets or autograph sessions through the use of a computer from the comfort of the athletes' homes.”

• Inter Miami CF and the City of Fort Lauderdale have finalized a comprehensive agreement for the 64-acre property commonly known as the Lockhart stadium site, following a city commission meeting on Tuesday evening,according to the club, which has soccer icon David Beckham as a major investor and spokesperson. "With this agreement, Inter Miami CF will proceed with structural and foundation construction of the site as it prepares to launch its inaugural season in Major League Soccer in March 2020 in Fort Lauderdale."

• As part of its ongoing NFL 100 celebration, the league will make commissioner Roger Goodell available to “announce the first round draft picks for every team” in one Fantasy Sports league. The winning league will also receive a custom NFL100 Trophy and an exclusive NFL 100 prize package, including a Bose SoundLink III speaker, a gold NFL 100 football and a NFL Vineyard Vines tote. Details here.

• The International Olympic Committee is moving closer to making a major change in the way it regulates how athletes can market themselves during the Summer and Winter Games. 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

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

KEEPING SCORE

The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 5-7
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
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

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

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Feb242018

MLB, Topps Honor, Support Stoneman Douglas Victims, Families, Friends

By Barry Janoff

(UPDATED February 26)

February 24, 2018: MLB came to bat this weekend for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, honoring league-wide the 17 victims, their relatives, friends and supporters by wearing special caps from New Era with SD on them.

Topps supported the cause, as well, issuing a limited-time Topps NOW card featuring MLB players wearing Stoneman Douglas caps and T-shirts that read “MSDStrong.”

Teams held a moment of silence for the victims before each game.

Signed caps will be put up for auction, with proceeds to benefit the Broward Educational Foundation to support the official Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund.

Topps said that 100% of proceeds from the sale of its card would also be donated to the Broward Educational Foundation.

"It's a tragedy. It was a tragedy that hit the state of Florida, where we have two teams, but obviously has very specific baseball connections," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement, referring to the events of Feb. 14 during which 14 students and three staff members were killed. "Really a very strong sentiment among the clubs that this was the appropriate thing to do immediately."

According to MLB, the effort began with a few Grapefruit League teams, which wanted to wear the caps pre-game. All 30 teams soon opted to join in the support and fund-raising effort for the school community.

The caps made for the fund-raising effort were provided to all players, coaches and umpires.

A video from MLB shows players, coaches and umps wearing the caps and meeting with students and teachers from Stoneman Douglas.

“We’re not just wearing (the caps), we are on-board,” Joe Madden, Chicago Cubs manager, says in the clip. “None of us ever want to see anything like that happen again. We have to do everything possible in order to prevent that from happening again."

The tragedy was felt especially hard by Anthony Rizzo, first baseman for the Cubs, who attended Stoneman Douglas.

Rizzo spoke at a prayer vigil at Pine Trails Park the day after the shooting.

"It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do," Rizzo said earlier this week in a statement after meeting with families of the victims of the shooting. "You don't know what to say, there's nothing you can say. When people get shot, you're grateful they're alive.

“When they pass away, you're grateful you knew them. Just to see how real it is, it's sad and it's why I'm so proud of what they're doing back in Parkland and how everyone is coming together. They're going to turn this tragedy into something positive,” said Rizzo.

Rizzo has started a fund-raising auction with Fanatics Authentic to benefit families impacted by the Feb. 14 tragedy.

Items for bid include an on-field meet-and-greet at Wrigley Field with Rizzo, a Rizzo autographed Sports Illustrated cover featuring Rizzo and Cubs, an autographed photo of Rizzo and the Cubs meeting President Obama in the White House,a  meet-and-greet on-field with Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, lunch for two with Johnny Bench and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Namath at the PGA National Gold Club; and such non-baseball items as golfing with Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer Jason Taylor, a Dolphins Training Camp VIP Experience with Dan Marino and a Dolphins Premium Seat Package for four that includes tickets versus the New England Patriots, pre-game field passes and post-game press conference passes.

More items are expected to be added. All of the money generated by bidders will be donated to Marjory Stoneman Douglas victims with help from the Rizzo Family Foundation.

The auction will run through March 25.

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