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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.

• NBC Sports Group and World Rugby today signed a four-year partnership to exclusively present the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series across NBC Sports platforms in the U.S. through 2023. The HSBC Sevens Series was an NBC Sports property from 2010-2016.

• ESPN, X Games and MLB said that four more MLB clubs have joined the Shred Hate initiative, described as a “multi-faceted, innovative bullying prevention program striving to put an end to bullying in schools by encouraging youth to choose kindness.

The Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, New York Yankees and Oakland A’s will “support Shred Hate bullying prevention efforts and have the No Bully methodology implemented within select schools in their markets throughout the 2019-2020 academic year.”

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates are returning to the initiative for a second consecutive year. Other MLB clubs have also been part of the initiative, which launched in 2017.

• The Museum of Ice Cream — a hands-on destination that serves homemade ice cream and offers such activities as cookie carousel to a slide that leads into a pool filled with rainbow sprinkles — will add to its original (2016) San Francisco location with the opening of a second location, in New York City’s Soho (555 Broadway), spanning almost 25,000 square feet over three floors.

• On the same day that Naomi Osaka was named the No. 1 seed for the upcoming U.S. Open, the two-time Grand Slam winner has signed a deal with Hyperice, a recovery and performance technology brand that specializes in vibration and percussion fitness devices. She joins such athletes as Blake Griffin and Lindsey Vonn on the roster. Full story here.
 

• Kellogg's Frosted Flakes has signed a deal to become title sponsor for the renamed Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl.  The postseason CFB game will feature teams from the ACC and Pac-12 in the Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31, 2019, and will air for the 52nd consecutive year on CBS. The game was known as the Hyundai Bowl from 2010-18.

• 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

XFL Teams (scheduled to begin play Februty 2020)

• Dallas Renegades
Globe Life Park

• Houston Roughnecks
TDECU Stadium

• Los Angeles Wildcats
Dignity Health Sports Park

• New York Guardians
MetLife Stadium

• St. Louis Battlehawks
The Dome

• Seattle Dragons
CenturyLink Field

• Tampa Bay Vipers
Raymond James Stadium

• Washington DC Defenders
Audi Field

KEEPING SCORE

The 32 men and 32 women who will be seeded in the singles draws at the 2019 U.S. Open (Aug. 26-Sept. 8) have named by the USTA:

U.S. Open Men’s Top Ten Seeds
1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
2. Rafael Nadal, Spain
3. Roger Federer, Switzerland
4. Dominic Thiem, Austria
5. Daniil Medvedev, Russia
6. Alexander Zverev, Germany
7. Kei Nishikori, Japan
8. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece
9. Karen Khachanov, Russia
10. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain

U.S. Open Women’s Top Ten Seeds
1. Naomi Osaka, Japan
2. Ashleigh Barty, Australia
3. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
4. Simona Halep, Romania
5. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
6. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
7. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands
8. Serena Williams, United States
9. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus
10. Madison Keys, United States

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Aug. 16-18
1. Good Boys $21M
2. Hobbs & Shaw $14.1M
3. The Lion King $11.9M
4. Angry Birds 2 $10.5M
5. Scary Stories $10M
6. 47 Meters Down $9M
7. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $8.5M
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $7.6M
9. Blinded By the Light $4.5M
10.The Art of Racing in the Rain $4.4M
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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Jan172019

En Route To Paris, NBA Shares All-Star Game Details On Fan Vote, Roster Draft

By Barry Janoff

January 17, 2019: The NBA office in New York has released the third fans vote totals for the 2019 All-Star Game and details for the All-Star Game roster draft, but the big news came from London.

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers continues to lead the Western Conference — and all players — with 3,770,807 votes, while the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo remains atop the Eastern Conference with 3,626,909 votes in All-Star Game Voting 2019 presented by Google.

Meanwhile, in London, where the New York Knicks played the Washington Wizards in The O2 on Thursday (Jan. 17) — the ninth NBA regular-season game in the U.K. — the league said it was close to finalizing details for a 2020 regular-season game in Paris.

"I was told not to make an announcement today, but it’s something we’re working on very closely — to organize a regular season game in Paris next season,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in London during a pre-game media conference.

“France has historically been a terrific make for the NBA. We have several players from France. We’ve played many exhibition games in Paris over the years. It will continue to be an important market.”

Silver said the league had not played in Paris for a number of years because what used to be Bercy Arena was being renovated and upgraded, now known as AccorHotels Arena.

The NBA’s previous Paris appearance was a pre-season game in 2010 between the Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Although the game and details were yet to be finalized, Silver said, “We’re looking forward to coming back to Paris.”

Hoops will play a bigger role in Paris when it hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics.

In All-Star Game voting, if unchanged, James and Antetokounmpo would be captains for their respective conferences.

The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Draft will be televised by TNT Feb. 7.

TNT will announce the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two team captains, Jan. 24 during the TNT NBA Tip-Off pre-game show

The network will unveil the reserves — seven players from each conference — as selected by NBA head coaches, on Jan. 31 during NBA Tip-Off.

Fans account for 50% of the vote to determine the ten starters (five players from each conference) for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25% of the vote,

In the fan totals released today, James in the West is followed by:

• Luka Dončić Dallas Mavericks 3,301,825
• Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 2,979,080
• Derrick Rose Minnesota Timberwolves 2,712,938
• Paul George Oklahoma City Thunder 2,583,342
• Kevin Durant Warriors 2,432,134 
• James Harden Houston Rockets 2,315,093
• Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 2,091,770
• Russell Westbrook Thunder 2,090,432
• Steven Adams Thunder 1,483,223

In the East, Antetokounmpo is followed by:

• Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics 3,187,015
• Kawhi Leonard Toronto Raptors2,882,227
• Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers 2,292,511
• Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 1,738,043
• Kemba Walker Charlotte Hornets 1,156,040
• Ben Simmons Sixers 941,368
• Jayson Tatum Celtics 826,177
• Victor Oladipo Indiana Pacers 778,983
• Jimmy Butler Sixers 740,778

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 17 in Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.  TNT will televise the NBA All-Star Game for the 17th consecutive year.

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