• 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.
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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.
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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).


Bellinger, Yelich Top 1 Million Votes In Early MLB All-Star Game NL Ballot

By Barry Janoff

June 11, 2019: Cody Bellinger, outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich have each topped one million votes in the first National League results released by MLB for the 2019 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.

Berlinger at 1,189,380 and 2018 NL MVP at 1,057,855 are the only two players in either league to date to top one million each in the All-Star Game Ballot presented by Google.

Both players also have a 500,000 lead on the No. 3 outfielder, Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves, who tallied 518,760 votes.

Fortunately for outfielders, under the new MLB All-Star Game voting system, the top nine outfielders in The Primary voting get to move to the next phase, The Starters Election, which begins on June 26 (Noon ET).

Unfortunately for Bryce Harper, who in March signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, he currently sits at No. 10 among NL outfielders (242,719), albeit fewer than 300 votes behind No. 9 Alex Verdugo of the Dodgers (242,988).

Willson Contreras, catcher for the Chicago Cubs, has the largest lead to date among all players in NL and AL All-Star Game voting: 850,613, with catcher Brian McCann of the Braves at No. 2 (269,963).

However, the top three vote-getters move to next round and only 86,000 votes to date separate catchers from No. 2 through No. 6.

Josh Bell of the Pittsburgh Pirates leads all NL first basemen to date (621,915), Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies leads all third basemen (783,684) Javier Baez of the Cubs leads all shortstops (861,496).

Under new guidelines, the top three vote-getters at each position — including nine outfielders — in each league move from The Primary to The Starters Election.

People can vote in The Primary at and all 30 club sites, the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark apps up to five times in any 24-hour period.

People in the U.S. and Canada can also vote on Google Search for every position, or up to 17 unique players per day, by searching "MLB Vote" or the names of their favorite players.

Primary voting ends at June 21 (4 PM ET).

Starters for the 2019 All-Star Game will be unveiled on ESPN that night (7 PM ET).

Pitchers and reserves will be on June 30.

The 90th MLB All-Star Game, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, will air nationally Fox on July 9; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries.

1. Willson Contreras, Cubs 850,613
2. Brian McCann, Brave 269,963
3..J.T. Realmuto, Phillies 206,442
4. Yadier Molina, Cardinals  202,401
5. Yasmani Grandal, Brewers 195,922
6. Austin Barnes, Dodgers 183,692
7. Tony Wolters, Rockies 96,117
8. Buster Posey, Giants 79,768
9. Wilson Ramos, Mets 78,957
10. Francisco Cervelli, Pirates  54,395

1. Josh Bell, Pirates 621,915
2. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs 461,210
3. Freddie Freeman, Braves 406,283
4. Max Muncy, Dodgers 232,583
5. Pete Alonso, Mets 157,347
6. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals 121,546
7. Rhys Hoskins, Phillies 109,680
8. Eric Hosmer, Padres 85,256
9. Jesus Aguilar, Brewers 79,024
10. Joey Votto, Reds 60,985

1. Nolan Arenado, Rockies 783,684
2..Kris Bryant, Cubs 404,855
3. Justin Turner, Dodgers  273,586
4.. Anthony Rendon, Nationals 178,215
6. Manny Machado, Padres 118,244
7. Eduardo Escobar, D-backs 75,493
8. Eugenio Suarez, Reds 69,052
9. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals 66,397
10. Travis Shaw, Brewers 57,915

1. Javier Baez, Cubs 861,496

2. Dansby Swanson, Braves 286,802

3. Corey Seager, Dodgers 257,085

4. Trevor Story, Rockies 243,550

5. Jean Segura, Phillies 138,716

6. Paul DeJong, Cardinals 111,590

7. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres 108,680

8. Orlando Arcia, Brewers 91,594

9. Jose Iglesias, Reds 81,091

10. Trea Turner, Nationals 66,036

1. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers 1,189,380
2. Christian Yelich, Brewers 1,057,855
3. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves 518,760
4. Joc Pederson, Dodgers 344,440
5. Albert Almora Jr., Cubs 294,445
6. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies 278,070
7. Jason Heyward, Cubs 270,745
8. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs 252,557
9. Alex Verdugo, Dodgers 242,988
10. Bryce Harper, Phillies 242,719
11. Nick Markakis, Braves 232,995
12. Juan Soto, Nationals 161,939
13. Melky Cabrera, Pirates 135,216
14. Marcell Ozuna, Cardinals 135,089
15. Andrew McCutchen, Phillies 125,927
16. Ender Inciarte, Braves 125,442
17. Lorenzo Cain, Brewers 120,140
18. Jeff McNeil, Mets 96,632
19. Scott Kingery, Phillies 93,825
20. Ryan Braun, Brewers 87,718

Sanchez, Trout Lead AL Players In MLB 2019 ASG Ballot presented by Google.

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