• 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. 23-25
1. Angel Has Fallen $21.3M
2. Good Boys $11.8M
3. Overcomer $8.2M
4. The Lion King $8.2M
5. Hobbs & Shaw $8.1M
6. Ready or Not $7.8M
7. Angry Birds 2 $6.4M
8. Scary Stories $6M
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $5.2M
10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $5M
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.
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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).


Bryant, Bumgarner, Posey, Pence Pace Mid-Season Top-Selling MLB Jersey Lists

By Barry Janoff

July 23, 2015: It pays to be a member of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants if you want to have a top-selling MLB jersey, but it doesn't hurt to be part of the Chicago Cubs youth movement, either.

Three members of the Giants placed among the best-selling jerseys for the first half of the 2015 season, led by pitcher Madison Bumgarner at No. 1, catcher Buster Posey at No. 3 and outfielder Hunter Pence, according to, based on sales from April - July 11.

The three also placed among the Top Ten based on sales according to the Baseball Hall of Fame's during that same period, where Bumgarner was No. 2, Posey No. 3 and Pence No. 9.

Financial figures were not disclosed.

The Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend is hosting induction ceremonies for the Class of 2015 — Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz — and surrounding events. Not surprisingly, they lead the list of top-selling Hall of Fame gear, followed by such icons as Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks, Nolan Ryan, Ozzie Smith, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth.

Bumgarner, who was MVP of the 2014 World Series, added to his public persona by starring in a national campaign for workwear brand Carhartt. Posey, who has won three World Series rings with the Giants, has deals that include Under Armour, Esurance, BodyArmor and Topps.

Cubs rookie Kris Bryant was No. 2 among top-selling jerseys according to, but was No. 1 overall according to the Hall of Fame. Teammate Anthony Rizzo came in at No. 10 at and No. 15 at

The defending AL champion Kansas City Royals — which had five players on the recent All-Star Game roster for the American League — had no players among the Top 20 at, but Alex Gordon was No. 20 at the Baseball Hall of Fame site.

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees had the hottest-selling jersey during the second half of the 2014 MLB season, thanks to it being his farewell-retirement campaign, according to

Behind Jeter, the Top Ten best-selling jerseys for the second half of 2014, per, were Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels), Posey, Yasiel Puig (Los Angeles Dodgers), David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox), Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers), Yoenis Cespedis (Oakland A's/Boston Red Sox) and Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox).

The Yankees did not have a player among the Top 20 on either sales list for the first half of 2015 (although his jersey is still among the top-selling items at the Hall of Fame) but their crosstown rivals, the Mets, had two: Matt Harvey and David Wright.

Kershaw, three-time (and two-time defending) Cy Young winning pitcher for the Dodgers, had a strong showing on both lists: No. 4 at and No. 5 at the Baseball Hall of Fame's

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and Trout of the Angels, two of MLB's hottest young stars, placed No. 5 and No. 7, respectively among the top-selling jerseys at; but switched order at, with Trout coming in at No. 6 and Harper at No. 8.

Jersey sales were not just about youngsters: Ortiz, who has been in MLB since 1997 and has been a member of the Boston Red Sox since 2003, was No. 9 at and No. 7 at

Top-Selling Jerseys (April-July 11)

1. Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
2. Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs
3. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
4. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
6. Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants
7. Mike Trout Los Angels Angels
8. Matt Harvey New York Mets
9. David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
10. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
11. Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
12. Yadler Moiina St. Louis Cardinals
13. Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
14. Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
15. Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds
16. Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
17. David Wright New York Mets
18. Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels
19. Max Scherzer Washington Nationals
20. Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles Dodgers

Per Baseball Hall of Fame
1. Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs
2. Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
3. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
4. Yadier Moiina St. Louis Cardinals
5. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
6. Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
7. David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
8. Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
9. Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants
10. Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
11. Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
12. Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
13. Matt Harvey New York Mets
14. Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
15. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
16. Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
17. Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
18. Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals
19. David Wright New York Mets
20. Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals

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