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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

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Aug. 9-11
1. Hobbs & Shaw $25.4M
2. Scary Stories $20.8M
3. The Lion King $20M
4. Dora and the City of Lost Gold $17M
5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $11.6M
6. The Art of Racing in the Rain $8.1M
7. The Kitchen $5.5M
8. Spider-Man Far From Home $5.3M
9. Toy Story 4 $4.4M
10. Bring the Soul $2.3M
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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Apr242015

Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings Boxing In Shadow Of Mayweather-Pacquiao

By Barry Janoff

April 24, 2015: With talk about the upcoming welterweight fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Packquiao dominating the fight, sports and other worlds, it may seem to many that the bout between world heavyweight world champion Wladiimire Klitschko and challenger Bryant Jennings is akin to an undercard.

But not to Klitschko or Jennings.

"Fifteen years ago I fought on the Lennox Lewis–Michael Grant Undercard, my first appearance in Madison Square Garden and on HBO," Klitschko said during a media conference in Madison Square Garden. "Fifteen years later I am still around and I have beaten a lot of fighters in that time. Now it's Bryant Jennings."

Mayweather gets a multi-part series with Stephen A. Smith featured on ESPN. Pacquiao gets to appear in Foot Locker commercials.

Mayweather-Pacquio is expected to generate record buys and income when it is shown on PPV via HBO and Showtime.

Klitschko-Jennings will be shown live on HBO (10 PM ET).

The fact that 500 tickets to the Mayweather-Pacquiao May 2 fight went on sale to the public on April 23 (and sold in about 30-60 seconds) made headlines, as did a deal between Mayweather and FanDuel for the daily fantasy company to put its name on the boxer's trunks.

Tickets are still available to Klitschko-Jennings.

With two days until the Klitschko-Jennings bout, the boxing site at CBSSports.com had no stories on the fight, but did have wall-to-wall coverage regarding Mayweather-Pacquiao. NBC Sports site had stories on Mayweather-Pacquio and other boxing events, including its own Premier Boxing Series, but no stories on Klitschko-Jennings.

Of the ten lead stories on Fox Sports online boxing site, one was about Klitschko-Jennings (a Q&A), seven were about Mayweather-Pacquiao.

ESPN's boxing site has had the best Klitschko-Jennings coverage, including Q&A's with both men and several analysis stories.

But even here, ESPN is loaded with Mayweather-Pacquiao, all but putting Klitschko-Jennings in its shadow.

Klitschko has not, however, gone unnoticed.

Celebrity sites have Klitschko covered mainly because of his girlfriend, actress Hayden Panettiere, and their four-month-old daughter Kaya.

A Klitschko-Jennings press conference in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (Aproil 21) attracted about 100 journalists, which was followed by a media-invited workout on Wednesday at Jordan Brand's Terminal 23 on the west side of Manhattan.

“There is nothing like a heavyweight fight in the Garden," Joel Fisher, Executive Vice President of Madison Square Garden, said during the media conference. "There have been more than 30 title defenses here (but) nothing matches the kind of big event we are having on Saturday night. Wladimir Klitschko is without dispute the heavyweight champion compared to the men he fought and won against.”

Klitschko hasn’t lost since he faced Lamon Brewster in 2004. His overall record: 63-3, with 54 knockouts.

This fight will mark his first return to the U.S. since February, 2008 when he defeated Sultan Ibragimov in Madison Square Garden to unify the heavyweight titles. Jennings will be his 27th heavyweight world championship fight. He has been world champion for the second time since 2006 and is now second to the iconic Joe Louis as the longest reigning world champion in heavyweight history. This will be his 17th consecutive title defense, third behind Louis 925) and Larry Holmes (19).

Jennings record: 19 wins, 10 by KO and no defeats. His last two fights were victories against the undefeated Mike Perez and Artur Szpilka — both in Madison Square Garden.

"April 25th it’s going down. I don’t know what else to say," said the Philadelia native Jennins. ”April 25th is history for me, my team and Philadelphia.”

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