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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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Historic MLB Site New Home For Youth Baseball Renamed For Jackie Robinson 

By Barry Janoff

April 2, 2019: As part of the year-long celebration to honor what would have been the 100th birthday of Jackie Robinson, MLB said today that “Historic Dodgertown,” the former spring training site of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers located in Vero Beach, Fla., would be renamed the “Jackie Robinson Training Complex.”

Moving forward, the Complex will “serve as a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.”

The news was unveiled at a press conference attended by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, Jr.; members of Jackie Robinson’s family, including wife Rachel, and children Sharon and David; and Peter O’Malley, former Historic Dodgertown chairman & Dodger owner.

“The Jackie Robinson Training Complex will honor the history and legacy of Dodgertown by fostering the development of the diverse collection of young men and women who are the future of our game,” said Manfred.

“Our plans for the facility extend beyond the playing field and will include growth opportunities for the athletes as they learn about personal character and those who paved the way before them, especially Jackie.”

MLB, which assumed operational control of the facility this past January, said it would “immediately begin planning a series of youth-focused events, which come at no cost to the participants, at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex.”

MLB has utilized the facility over the last few years for a variety of special amateur camps that focus on developing and diversifying the future talent pool in baseball.

MLB said it would soon begin renovations on the Jackie Robinson Training Complex.

Additions will “most prominently include a new indoor training facility that will allow consistent training and workout opportunities for young athletes as well as improvements to Holman Stadium,” which currently has a 6,500-seat capacity.

Additional renovations will be announced at a later date.

The venue currently features Holman Stadium, four additional full-size baseball fields, one half field (90-foot basepaths, no outfield), four softball and youth baseball fields, eight indoor and lighted batting/pitching tunnels, four outdoor batting tunnels with pitching machines, 32 mounds and home plates for individual work and a 60-yard agility and warm-up area.

Once a U.S. Naval Air Station for training night fighter pilots during World War II, the facility served for 60 years as the Dodgers’ Spring Training home from 1948-2008, including both the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Earlier this year, Historic Dodgertown, the first fully integrated MLB spring training site in the South, was added to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail,  a collection of churches, courthouses, schools, museums and other landmarks primarily in the Southern states :where activists challenged segregation in the 1950s and 1960s to advance social justice.

Historic Dodgertown is the only sports property on the U.S. Civil Rights Trails.

It is now featured alongside such sites and cities such as Dr. Martin Luther King’s Atlanta birthplace; the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.; the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth’s where sit-ins began; and the National Civil Rights Museum in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

The events, to be scheduled throughout the summer in 2019 in conjunction with the sports’ governing bodies, include:

• Baseball Breakthrough Series East (USA Baseball) June 6-10
• Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series (USA Baseball)  June 14-18
• Softball Elite Development Invitational (USA Softball) July 12-16
• Hank Aaron Invitational (USA Baseball and the MLB Players Association) July 21-Aug. 2
• RBI Baseball & Softball World Series Aug. 4-15

The Hank Aaron Invitational will host approximately 250 players (ages 13-18) from across the U.S. to receive elite-level training from former Major League players and coaches.

“Commissioner Rob Manfred and his colleagues understand the historical significance of this unique place."

“Major League Baseball is the ideal leader for Dodgertown’s next chapter,” said O’Malley.

“Commissioner Rob Manfred and his colleagues understand the historical significance of this unique place and they’ll do an excellent job being responsible for it.”

According to Manfred, “We believe those who play at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex will be among some of the most passionate and dedicated players in the country.”

PHOTO COURTESY HISTORIC DODGERTOWN

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