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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. 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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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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Becky Lynch Breaks Ground In 'WWE 2K20' Cover, Marketing With Roman Reigns 

By Barry Janoff

August 5, 2019: WWE champion Becky Lynch can now add another accolade to her career: According to 2K, she is the first woman to appear on the cover of WWE 2K, sharing the spotlight on WWE 2K20 with Superstar Roman Reigns.

Lynch and Reigns will also anchor a global multi-media campaign, “Step Inside,” to support the release of the game, scheduled for Oct. 22.

“My career has been about breaking barriers and doing what nobody else has done before,” said Lynch via 2K.

“Being the first female Superstar on the cover of a WWE 2K video game is no exception.”

The “Step Inside” worldwide campaign launched today with an anchor spot, “Cocktail Party,” and is expected to include digital, social media and WWE activation.

In “Cocktail Party,” Lynch — aka “The Man" — literally crashes an all-boys party in Hulk Hogan’s mansion attended by WWE stars past and present to share the news that she is the first female to appear on a WWE 2K cover.

“Nice work, man,” Reigns says to Lynch.

2K said that in direct response to fan feedback, WWE 2K20 would include several franchise firsts “alongside streamlined gameplay and a variety of popular modes.”

The “story-driven, objective-based '2K Showcase: The Women’s Evolution'" follows the careers of the Four Horsewomen: Raw Women’s Champion Lynch, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley, Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks.

2K said controls would be “streamlined to allow new players to jump into the game more easily, while experienced players will still enjoy a challenge.”

“Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns embody passion, determination and perseverance, and they’re both major game changers within the larger WWE landscape,” Chris Snyder, vp-marketing for 2K, said via the video gaming company.

“They are the spirit of WWE 2K20, which is going to introduce changes requested by our fans. They asked for female-driven MyCAREER and 2K Showcase offerings, and we’re giving them just that, as well as streamlined controls and our brand new WWE 2K20 Originals. We can’t wait to reveal more details soon.”

WWE 2K20 players will be able to compete as both male and female Superstars in MyCAREER and Mixed Tag matches, according to 2K.

WWE Towers returns from last year with new challenges, including a story-driven Tower centered around the career of Reigns.

The game also introduces a service model — WWE 2K20 Originals — “set to deliver a wealth of 2K Showcase add-on content for player exploration beyond the game’s initial launch.”

Each of the WWE 2K20 Originals will present a new playable world and its own unique theme, with more details to be unveiled in the coming months. (WWE 2K20 Originals is downloadable content that may require additional purchase, per 2K).

The cover is a landmark for Reigns, as well. He had been battling leukemia over much of the past decade and was out of the ring for most of 2018, but revealed this past February that the disease was in remission.

According to Reigns, “As a gamer myself, being on the cover of WWE 2K20 alongside ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch and joining the likes of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and John Cena is a huge career and personal milestone for me.”

WWE 2K20 is currently scheduled for worldwide release on Oct. 22, 2019 for the PlayStation4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X and Windows PC.

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