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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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King James, Greek Freak Lead Initial Fan Voting For 2019 NBA All-Star Game

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 3, 2019: In the first tabulations from the NBA on voting for the 2019 All-Star Game, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo lead their respective conferences with 1,083,363 and 991,561 votes, respectively.

Kyrie Irving of Boston Celtics is the only other player to date with more than 900,00 votes (910,329).

Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks leads all rookies with 679,839 votes and is second overall among front court players in the West in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google.

Fans account for 50% of the vote — which began on Christmas Day — to determine the ten starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game.

All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25% of the vote.

The NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 17 in Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. (TNT, 8 PM ET).

Behind James and Dončić, the Top Five Western Conference front court vote getters also include Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant (659,968)., Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans (605,417) and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (580,055).

Golden State’s Stephen Curry holds first place among West guards with 793,111 votes.

The Minnesota Timberwolves Derrick Rose, a leading candidate for Comeback Player of the Year, is second with 698,086 votes.

The Top Five West Guard also include the Houston Rockets James Harden (541,606), Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook (459,792) and golden State’s Klay Thompson (247,618).

Behind Antetokounmpo, the Top Five East front court players include Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors (774,172), Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers (648,002), Sixers teammate Jimmy Butler (222,206) and Jayson Tatum of the Celtics (214,622).

Among the Top Five East guards behind Irving are Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, now in his final NBA season (409,156), Kemba Walker of the NBA All-Star Game host team Charlotte Hornets (319,519), Ben Simmons of the Sixers (259,993) and Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers (198,009).

NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google voting for fans, players and media will conclude on Jan. 21 (11:59 PM ET).

Two remaining fan voting updates will be shared on  Jan. 10 and Jan. 17. 

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will follow last year’s format.

Two team captains — the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes — will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their picks regardless of conference affiliation.

Details about the NBA All-Star Draft regarding TV airing, will be shared at a later date.

TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, on  Jan. 24 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.

The network will announce the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Jan. 31 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.

NBA ALL-STAR VOTING 2019 PRESENTED BY GOOGLE

Eastern Conference
Frontcourt

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 991,561 votes
2. Kawhi Leonard (TOR) 774,172 votes
3. Joel Embiid (PHI) 648,002 votes
4. Jimmy Butler (PHI) 222,206 votes
5. Jayson Tatum (BOS) 214,622 votes
6. Blake Griffin (DET) 192,694 votes
7. Vince Carter (ATL) 76,022 votes
8. Andre Drummond (DET) 68,204 votes
9. Gordon Hayward (BOS) 66,492 votes
10. Al Horford (BOS) 62,288 votes

Guards
1. Kyrie Irving (BOS) 910,329 votes
2. Dwyane Wade (MIA) 409,156 votes
3. Kemba Walker (CHA) 319,519 votes
4. Ben Simmons (PHI) 259,993 votes
5. Victor Oladipo (IND) 198,009 votes
6. Kyle Lowry (TOR) 180,571 votes
7. Zach LaVine (CHI) 128,605 votes
8. Jeremy Lin (ATL) 62,573 votes
9. Bradley Beal (WAS) 61,269 votes
10. John Wall (WAS) 54,366 votes

Western Conference
Frontcourt
1. LeBron James (LAL) 1,083,363 votes
2. Luka Dončić (DAL) 679,839 votes
3. Kevin Durant (GSW) 659,968 votes
4. Anthony Davis (NOP) 605,417 votes
5. Paul George (OKC) 580,055 votes
6. Steven Adams (OKC) 261,327 votes
7. Nikola Jokić (DEN) 235,272 votes
8. Kyle Kuzma (LAL) 195,477 votes
9. Draymond Green (GSW),138,017 votes
10. DeMarcus Cousins (GSW) 92,977 votes

Guards
1. Stephen Curry (GSW) 793,111 votes
2. Derrick Rose (MIN) 698,086 votes
3. James Harden (HOU) 541,606 votes
4. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 459,792 votes
5. Klay Thompson (GSW) 247,618 votes
6. Damian Lillard (POR) 200,609 votes
7. DeMar DeRozan (SAS),197,524 votes
8. Lonzo Ball (LAL) 175,040 votes
9. Devin Booker (PHO) 111,897 votes
10. Chris Paul (HOU) 101,104 votes

NBA Signs Google As All-Star Game Voting Presenting Partner

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