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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.

• "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."

• "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member."

• "I intend to live forever, or die trying." — Groucho Marx RIP 8-19-1977

• Per NBC Sports: “A plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife Amy and their daughter Isla rolled off the end of a runway and caught fire upon landing today (Aug. 15)  in Elizabethon (Municipal Airport), Tenn. All (five people) aboard the plane (including two pilots) are safe.”The airport is about 14 miles south of Bristol Motor Speedway, where Earnhardt Jr. was scheduled to be part of the NBC Sports crew cowering this weekend’s Nascar races.

• Continuing its expansion into the sports betting landscape, MLB has signed a multi-year partnership designating FanDuel as an “authorized gaming operator” of the league. FanDuel called it a “landmark deal” as it marks the company’s first partnership with MLB or an MLB team. MLB also has alliances in the sports betting category that include MGM Resorts International, Draftings and Sportradar. Full story here.

• For future trivia buffs: ex-NFL and Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones has become the first player to officially sign with the XFL, which is scheduled to begin play in February 2020. Landry, who played in 19 games (five starts) during his NFL career (2013-18), mainly with the Pittsburgh Steelers, will be assigned to one of eight XFL teams via an eignt man QB draft scheduled for the fall. Financial terms were not released.
 

• Nick Kyrgios, currently ranked No. 27 in the world, has been fined $113,000 by the ATP relating to a series of incidents during his second-round loss at the Western & Southern Open Wednesday evening in Cincinnati, including five separate unsportsmanlike conduct situations, each a $20,000 fine.

• National consumer cannabidiol (CBD) brand cbdMD has signed a deal with reigning UFC heavyweight world champion, Daniel "DC" Cormier, which comes as Cormier is scheduled to defend his heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 on Aug.17.

• T-Mobile said it would donate $2,000 per home run hit at the inaugural T-Mobile Little League Home Run Derby to Little League Baseball and Softball—pledging to hit at least $1 million in total donations in its first year of partnership. The money will fund participation grants to make programs more affordable for kids and families. The donation includes the $642,000 donated at the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at MLB All-Star Week.

• Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has become an investor in the MLS Seattle Sounders, along with his wife, musician Ciara; as well as rap artist Macklemore and his wife Tricia Davis. The Sounders also said that founding owner Joe Roth is leaving the club.

NBA Opening Weekend presented by Kia national TV Games 2019-20:
Oct. 22 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors (TNT), Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers (TNT); Oct. 23 Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers (ESPN), Denver  Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN); Oct. 24 Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets (TNT), Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors (TNT); Oct. 25 Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans (ESPN), Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers (ESPN).

• WNBA Teams, Players Now Part Of NBA 2K20: "We have arrived!" Full story here.

• 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

NBC Sports Group and Mecum Auctions have signed a multi-year partnership extension to continue coverage of Mecum car auctions across NBC Sports through 2024.

The top-five selling cars since the start of the partnership in 2014:
1, 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype GT/104 $7M (2014)
2, 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari $4.7M (2016)
3. 1966 Ford GT40 MkI $4.4M (2016)
4. 1933 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe $3.85M (2018)
5. 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible  $3.5 (2014)

KEEPING SCORE

World's Most Valuable Sports Franchises

1. Dallas Cowboys $5 billion, +4%
2. New York Yankees $4.6 billion +15%
3. Real Madrid $4.24 billion +4%
4. Barcelona $4.02 bilion
5. New York Knicks $4 billion +11%
6. Manchester United $3.81 billion
7. New England Patriots 43.8 billion
8. Los Angeles Lakers $3.7 billion +12%
9. Golden State Warriors $3.5 billion +13%
10. New York Giants $3.3 billion

11. Los Angeles Dodgers $3.3 billion
12. Boston Red Sox 43.2 billion
12. Los Angeles Rams $3,2 billion
14. Washington Redskins $3.1 billion
14. Chicago Cubs $3.1 billion
16. San Francisco 49ers $3.05 billion
17. Bayern Munich $3.01 billion
18. San Francisco Giants $3 billion
19. Chicago Bulls $2.9 billion
19. Chicago Bears $2.9 billion

SOURCE: FORBES

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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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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).

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Nov142016

Ford Draws On Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon Japanese Anime To Sell Automobiles

By Barry Janoff

November 14, 2016: In their own cartoon universes, characters from Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z use special powers to defend the Earth from alien forces.

In their Madison Avenue universe, they use their powers to seek the keys to automobiles from Ford.

Building on a strategy it used earlier this year to target millennials, Ford has tapped into popular Japanese anime characters from the two Japan-based series in new spots for the car company’s Fusion and Focus.

The spots are part of an umbrella "Overdubs" effort in which the actual anime characters are heard to utter such statements as "The new Ford Fusion is the most stylish car I’ve ever seen" and "We want a car that has an audio system from Sony for listening to our favorite tunes."

As Ford explains it, "We’re picking some of our favorite TV shows and videos games and taking bad lip-synching to the next level."

For authenticity, the company was able to use the actual people who voice the anime characters.

Sailor Moon is a comic book series published in Japan from 1991-1997, and as an anime TV series from 1992-1997 (which was re-run more recently, including in the U.S. on Cartoon Network).

It tells the story of a young girl named Usagi, who is transformed into Sailor Moon, one of a group of schoolgirls who are incarnations of super-powered alien princesses. They use their powers to combat forces seeking to rule Earth, with Usage aided by her transformed cat, Luna.

The Sailor Moon spot is timed to not only sell the 2017 Fusion but also raise awareness for a feature-length Sailor Moon movie, due out this January, under the auspices in North America of Viz Media.

In "Sailor Moon’s Ford Fusion Dream," Usage is seen in one of her favorite pastimes— looking out her bedroom window and gazing at the stars.

"Look," she says to Luna, "I see the constellations Sagittarius, Libra and the new Ford Fusion. I just love it so much. the sculpted exterior, the newly redesigned grill and wheels. It’s the most stylish car I’ve ever seen."

Her cat Luna, who possess the power of speech, replies, "The new Fusion has more than just looks. It offers driver-assist features like pre-collision assist with pedestrian protections and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go. They can help make driving less stressful."

The upcoming Salior Moon film, which will have a limited run, is a re-release from 1993 in a remastered HD format.

Dragon Ball Z, which dates back to the 1990s and airs in the U.S. on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, is featured in another Overdubs creative.

In a spot for the Ford Focus, "The Ultimate Wish Is Granted," Dragon Ball Z’s main characters, Krillin and Gohan, call upon Porunga, a magical dragon creature who is able to grant wishes. "Now that you have summoned me, what are your three wishes?"

The two boys have their priorities. "First, we want a car that has an audio system from Sony for listening to our favorite tunes. Second, we want another car, but this one comes with the rearview camera so you can see where you are going when you reverse. And third, we want a car with an EPA estimated 42 highway miles per gallon in case we need to drive around Planet Namek (where much of the story takes place) finding the dragon balls."

"Actually, all of those features are standard in the Ford Focus," says Porunga. "It just takes one wish."

"But we want three different cars," reply Krillin and Gohan.

"Enough!"says Porunga. "I’m just giving you the Ford Focus," followed by text, "Conserve your wishes."

Dragon Ball Z characters are also featured in a second spot for the Ford Fusion, "Witness An Unbelievable Fusion," in which they combine their powers, usually to ward off evil, for another purpose.

"It worked. Look at that stylish exterior. Looking like a true warrior. this Fusion is unbelievable." One of the characters then exclaims, "I call shotgun."

This past April, Ford ran a series of anime Overdubs spots for its 2017 Fusion Titanium and Focus, including a spot dedicated to its Ford Focus Electric.

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