• 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.”


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


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


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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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).


Adidas NBA Campaign Highlights Why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Is 'The Blueprint'

By Barry Janoff

February 1, 2014: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 with one of the greatest resumes in the history of the NBA: Six NBA titles (five with the Los Angeles Lakers, one with the Milwaukee Bucks), six MVP awards, 19 appearances in the All-Star Game; and still the NBA leader in points scored (38,387), field goals made (15,837) and blocked shots (3,189).

So it's hard to argue with him when he states in a new adidas commercial, "I Am the Blueprint."

In this case, he is specifically referring to the fact that college basketball in 1967 changed a major rule as a direct result of his play — slam dunks were outlawed, and not re-instated in the college game until 1976 — but that he continued to develop his skills to become an all-time great.

The effort supports the release of the Jabbar Hi basketball shoe, scheduled to hit retail on Feb. 14 (MSRP $100). The first adidas Abdul-Jabbar signature shoe was released in 1971. The push also includes a dedicated Web site and social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

According to adidas, the theme "The Blueprint" came from conversations the company had with its NBA spokesman, including Derrick Rose, John Wall and Damian Lillard.

Abdul-Jabbar himself talks about the situation in documentary style, which also features Bobby "The Bounce Pass" Mitchowski, a fictitious college star played by actor Glenn Howerton of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

The spot opens with vintage footage of Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor (he changed his name in 1971 after winning his first NBA title, which was with the Bucks), playing hoops at UCLA, with the text, "The Day The Dunk Died."

The scene then cuts to Abdul-Jabbar today, wearing an adidas warm-up jacket.

"I don't really remember the lead-up to the chaining of the rules," says Abdul-Jabbar, who led UCLA to three national championships during his four-year career. "But as far as I can remember, it seemed to come out of nowhere."

The action then cuts back to shots of Abdul-Jabbar in action for UCLA, then goes into the "locker room" of an opposing player.

"I think you all saw there was a man out there — what was it — slamming!" says a disgruntled Bobby "The Bounce Pass" Mitchowski to reporters. "I don't like that kind of business. 'Oh, look at me. I'm so tall. I can fly through the air like an eagle.' The jump-stop. The pivot. The bounce pass. That's the game of basketball . . .  Now, if you excuse us, us men need to take a shower."

The spot then cuts back to Abdul-Jabbar. "The reasoning the rules committee gave us [for banning the slam dunk] was that it would be safer for the players if they did not attempt to dunk," Abdul-Jabbar says with a smirk.

Continues Abdul-Jabbar. "I had more than one shot. I had the hook shot," which he later immortalized in hoops history as the "Sky Hook."

"Shy Hook?" laughs Mitchowski. "What's that? Another gimmick? Never gonna work. We'll shut it down, whatever it is. What's this guy's obsession with the sky? Who's he know up there — eagles?"

"I'm the [NBA's] all-time leading scorer," Abdul-Jabbar says as we see a shot of him using the sky hook to score a basket. "I am the blueprint." (See the full spot here.)

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