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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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May222019

WNBA GMs Pick Las Vegas Aces For 2019 Championship, Delle Donna As League MVP

By Barry Janoff

May 22, 2019: What a difference a year makes.

With the 2019 WNBA season ready for takeoff on May 24, the Las Vegas Aces, a team that did not make the playoffs last season, were picked to win the championship.

And Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics was selected as the favorite for league MVP, according to the 17th Annual WNBA.com GM Survey, conducted among the WNBA’s 12 general managers.

The WNBA will feature a new commissioner, Cathy Engelbert, now CEO for Deloitte, who begins July 15.

Also new: AT&T as the league’s marquee sponsor (including logo placement on all team jerseys), a national broadcast deal with CBS Sports, ownership for the New York Liberty (Joe Tsai) and a refreshed logo.

The league also broke a multi-media marketing campaign under the manta, "Make Way" ("Make way. Our game. Our way. The new vibe of the WNBA.")

The WNBA will be missing two key players: Breanna Stewart, 2018 league MVP for the defending champion Seattle Storm, out for the season due to surgery on her ruptured right Achilles tendon suffered in April while playing for Dynamo Kursk in Russia; and teammate Sue Bird out “indefinitely” due to arthroscopic surgery on her left knee.

Las Vegas, which relocated from San Antonio prior to the 2018 campaign, recently acquired via trade Liz Cambage, the 2018 WNBA scoring leader and MVP-runner-up; and selected Jackie Young with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft.

They join A’ja Wilson, the 2018 No. 1 overall pick and WNBA Rookie of the Year, on the Aces roster under head coach Bill Laimbeer.

The Aces were named by a third of GMs to win the title, followed by the Phoenix Mercury, Los Angeles Sparks, Mystics and Atlanta Dream.

The Storm, with Stewart and Bird out, did not make the list.

The Mystics were named as the team most likely to win the Eastern Conference title, followed by the Connecticut Sun and Atlanta Dream.

Delle Donne, entering her seventh WNBA season and third with the Mystics, was named league MVP in 2015.

She was named by more than 40% of the GMs, followed by Brittney Griner (Mercury), Wilson, Cabbage and Jonquil Jones (Sun).

Grinner was predicted to win the Defensive Player of the Year.

The Liberty’s Asia Durr and the Dallas Wings’ Arike Ogunbowale shared the top spot for WNBA Rookie of the Year, followed by Phoenix’s Alanna Smith and Las Vegas’ Young.

Reigning WNBA Coach of the Year Nicki Collen of Atlanta led all vote-getters as the best manager/motivator of people, followed by Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve and Washington’s Mike Thibault, who was voted the best overall coach ahead of Collen, Seattle’s Dan Hughes and Connecticut’s Curt Miller.

Among other predictions in the WNBA GM 2019 poll:

• Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi, the league’s all-time points leader, topped the list for best shooting guard, the player to take a shot with the game on the line and the player hungriest to win a championship this season.

• Washington’s Emma Meesseman was named the international player most likely to have a breakout season. Teammate Ariel Atkins shared top honors for breakout player overall with Chicago’s Diamond DeShields, New York’s Kia Nurse and Las Vegas’ Kelsey Plum.
 
• Voting for the league’s most underrated player was a three-way tie among Los Angeles’ Chelsea Gray, the Atlanta Dream’s Tiffany Hayes and Chicago’s Allie Quigley.

• The Dream was the choice for the best defensive unit and the Lynx named for as having the best home-court advantage.

The 2019 WNBA regular season opening weekend is May 24-26 and runs through Sept. 8.

The AT&T WNBA All-Star Game 2019 is scheduled for July 27 in Mandalay Bay Events Center, home for the Aces.

WNBA Named Cathy Engelbert New Commissioner

WNBA Signs Marquee Alliance With AT&T

CBS Sports Brings In WNBA In Multi-Year Deal

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