• 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.”


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)


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



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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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).


Bellinger, Yelich, Trout Lead As 2019 MLB All-Star Game Voting Nears Final Tally

By Barry Janoff

June 17, 2019: MLB has released the next “Primary Round” votes for the 2019 All-Star Game, and it shows that  Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, Mike Trout and Javier Baez are among the players who will advance to the “Starters Election” but that Bryce Harper might not.

Primary voting for the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot closes June 21 (4 PM ET).

The top three vote-getters at each position in each league — and nine outfielders per league — move to "The Starters Election," which begins June 26 (Noon ET).

Harper, who in March signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, currently sits at No.10 among NL outfielders, 32,242 votes behind Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies (530,342).

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Bellinger leads all players across both leagues with 2,184,251votes.

Yelich, outfielder with the Milwaukee Brewers, is second and the only other player with more than two million votes at 2,065,382.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Trout is third (1,904,273), followed by Cubs shortstop Baez (1,672,062) and teammate catcher Willson Contreras (1,555,490).

Starters for the 2019 All-Star Game will be unveiled June 27 on on ESPN.

Pitchers and reserves will be named June 30, with Bryce potentially finding a spot among the latter if he does not accumulate enough fan votes.

The 2019 All-Star Game in Progressive Field in Cleveland, will air nationally on Fox, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries.

The Top Ten vote-getters to day across both leagues also include Houston Astros outfielder George Springer (1,495,817), Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (1,475,825), New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (1,357,340), Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (1,322,935) and Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr.,(1,229,200).

People may vote in "The Primary" at and all 30 club sites, the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark apps up to five times in any 24-hour period.

Fans in the U.S. and Canada can also vote on Google Search for every position, or up to 17 unique players per day, by searching "MLB Vote" or the names of their favorite players.

1. Gary Sanchez, Yankees 1,357,340

2. James McCann, White Sox 580,394

3. Robinson Chirinos, Astros 487,868

4. Jason Castro, Twins 444,533
5. Christian Vazquez, Red Sox 302,686
6. Jonathan Lucroy, Angels 268,710

7. Roberto Perez, Indians 176,976
8. Josh Phegley, Athletics 151,679

9. Mike Zunino, Rays 128,345

10. Martin Maldonado, Royals 113,525

1.Willson Contreras, Cubs 1,555,490

2. Brian McCann, Braves 725,484

3. Yasmani Grandal, Brewers 513,412

4. J.T. Realmuto, Phillies 438,390

5. Yadier Molina, Cardinals 375,690
6. Austin Barnes, Dodgers 344,745

7. Tony Wolters, Rockies 204,641

8. Wilson Ramos, Mets 167,879
9. Buster Posey, Giants 146,905
10. Yan Gomes, Nationals 101,584

1. Luke Voit, Yankees 696,164

2. C.J. Cron, Twins 586,303

3. Carlos Santana, Indians 560,836
4. Jose Abreu, White Sox 517,473

5. Yuli Gurriel, Astros 433,692
6. Albert Pujols, Angels 384,322
7. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 362,659
8. Edwin Encarnacion, Mariners/Yankees 205,040
9. Mitch Moreland, Red Sox 193,609

10. Ji-Man Choi, Rays 168,723

1. Josh Bell, Pirates 1,106,186

2. Freddie Freeman, Braves 1,022,535

3. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs 948,047

4. Max Muncy, Dodgers 446,704

5. Pete Alonso, Mets 319,256

6. Rhys Hoskins, Phillies 249,341

7. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals 234,176
8. Jesus Aguilar, Brewers 188,332

9. Eric Hosmer, Padres 149,749

10. Daniel Murphy, Rockies 112,317

1. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox 893,689
2. Hunter Pence, Rangers  602,766
3. Nelson Cruz, Twins 506,211
4. Shohei Ohtani, Angels 362,947
5. Aledmys Diaz, Astros 353,015
6. Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees 295,326
7. Avisail Garcia, Rays 282,170
8. Khris Davis, Athletics 251,191
9. Daniel Vogelbach, Mariners 237,238
10. Yonder Alonso, White Sox 147,177

1. Tommy La Stella, Angels 1,020,912

2. Jose Altuve, Astros  923,117

3. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees 739,074
4. Jonathan Schoop, Twins 362,504
5. Whit Merrifield, Royals 247,903

6. Brandon Lowe, Rays 237,277

7. Michael Chavis, Red Sox 236,526

8. Jason Kipnis, Indians 137,724

9. Dee Gordon, Mariners 119,799

10. Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox 110,786

1. Ozzie Albies, Braves 1,011,132

2. Mike Moustakas, Brewers 966,391

3. Ketel Marte, D-backs 554,524

4. Enrique Hernandez, Dodgers 455,704
5. Cesar Hernandez, Phillies 424,379
6. Daniel Descalso, Cubs 410,122

7. Robinson Cano, Mets 179,750

8. Kolten Wong, Cardinals 163,237
9. Brian Dozier, Nationals 156,129

10. Ryan McMahon, Rockies  109,692

1. Alex Bregman, Astros 1,322,935

2. Gio Urshela, Yankees 502,614

3. Hunter Dozier, Royals 424,028

4. Rafael Devers, Red Sox 335,635

5. Marwin Gonzalez, Twins 290,264

6. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays 269,492

7. Matt Chapman, Athletics 267,590

8. Yoan Moncada, White Sox 262,416

9. David Fletcher, Angels 192,712

10. Jose Ramirez, Indians 136,766

1. Nolan Arenado, Rockies 1,475,825

2. Kris Bryant, Cubs 850,758

3. Josh Donaldson, Braves 550,947

4. Justin Turner, Dodgers 512,237

5. Anthony Rendon, Nationals 378,761
6. Manny Machado, Padres 207,354
7. Eduardo Escobar, D-backs 185,561
8. Travis Shaw, Brewers 148,322

9. Maikel Franco, Phillies 138,948

10. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals 132,248

1. Jorge Polanco, Twins 818,082
2. Carlos Correa, Astros 656,995
3. Gleyber Torres, Yankees 565,728

4. Tim Anderson, White Sox 510,337
5. Francisco Lindor, Indians 460,952
6. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox 410,134
7. Andrelton Simmons, Angels 274,181

8. Elvis Andrus, Rangers 166,275

9. Adalberto Mondesi, Royals 148,843
10. Willy Adames, Rays 126,583

1. Javier Baez, Cubs 1,672,062

2. Dansby Swanson, Braves 764,663
3. Corey Seager, Dodgers 494,546

4. Trevor Story, Rockies 457,159
5. Jean Segura, Phillies 286,287

6. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres 246,374

7. Orlando Arcia, Brewers 233,953

8. Paul DeJong, Cardinals 195,357

9. Trea Turner, Nationals 150,392

10. Jose Iglesias, Reds 134,143

1. Mike Trout, Angels 1,904,273

2. George Springer, Astros 1,495,817

3. Michael Brantley, Astros 924,173

4. Austin Meadows, Rays 887,946

5. Mookie Betts, Red Sox 777,642

6. Eddie Rosario, Twins 687,515

7. Aaron Judge, Yankees 577,640
8. Joey Gallo, Rangers 537,934

9. Josh Reddick, Astros 511,903

10. Max Kepler, Twins 435,789

11. Byron Buxton, Twins 418,287
12. Brett Gardner, Yankees 259,179
13. Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox 258,476
14. Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox 234,302
15. Tommy Pham, Rays 223,250

16. Aaron Hicks, Yankees 221,578
17. Trey Mancini, Orioles 206,620

18. Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers 194,328
19. Kole Calhoun, Angels 168,971
20. Kevin Kiermaier, Rays 158,609

1. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers 2,184,251

2. Christian Yelich, Brewers 2,065,382

3. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves 1,229,200

4. Albert Almora Jr., Cubs 645,291

5. Jason Heyward, Cubs  614,823

6. Nick Markakis, Braves 614,358

7. Joc Pederson, Dodgers 598,909
8. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs 585,997

9. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies 530,342
10. Bryce Harper, Phillies 498,100

11. Alex Verdugo, Dodgers 437,115
12. Ender Inciarte, Braves 332,134
13. Juan Soto, Nationals 302,375
14. Lorenzo Cain, Brewers  282,069
15. Marcell Ozuna, Cardinals  275,590
16. Melky Cabrera, Pirates  252,384
17. Scott Kingery, Phillies 233,131

18. Andrew McCutchen, Phillies 224,871
19. Ryan Braun, Brewers 221,172
20. Jeff McNeil, Mets 205,542

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