• 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.”


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


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


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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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).


MLB Food Field Of Dreams: If You Cook Donut Sliders, Grasshoppers They Will Eat

By Barry Janoff

March 13, 2018: For a long time, the haphazard food experiences inside MLB ball parks were centered around hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jack.

Now, food adventures inside MLB ball parks include the Cleveland Indians Flamethrower pulled pork sandwich, Detroit Tigers Chicken Shawarma Nachos, Oakland A’s Monte Khrush Davis Cristo sandwich (ham, turkey, cheese and strawberry preserves served between two Belgian Liege waffles), Tampa Bay Rays Reuben Cuban Sandwich and the Milwaukee Brewers Cheddar Beer Bratwurst.

To help people whet their appetites for the 2018 season, MLB said it plans to present its first MLB FoodFest, scheduled for April 21-22, to be held in Center415, located on Fifth Avenue (between 37th and 38th) in New York.

According to MLB, the FoodFest — with the theme ’30 Ballparks. 1 Plate” — features special selections from each of the 30 clubs served under one roof.

“This is not your average ballpark food,” MLB explains on the FoodFest Web site. “While we keep some of the fan favorites, each ballpark has picked an item they feel shows off the level of culinary experience you receive at their stadium.

“This includes sandwiches, nachos, burgers, chicken, fries, and more, all in a way you haven't seen before.”

According to MLB, each sample is about half the size of what you would receive in a ballpark.

The defending World Series champion Houston Astros will serve their Chicken Waffle Cone, which is popcorn chicken with mashed potatoes and honey mustard in a waffle cone.

Most unusual: Perhaps the Seattle Mariners Toasted Grasshoppers.

Also on the list of you don’t see that served at home: the Texas Rangers Chicken and Donut Slider (chicken between a glazed donut served with buffalo ranch and honey); Los Angeles Dodgers Cheeto-Lote (corn covered with chipotle mayo, parmesan, Tajin and Flaming Hot Cheetos); and the Atlanta Braves Pig Pickin’ (BBQ-spiced tortilla shell served with curly fries, mac-n-cheese, pulled pork, coleslaw and roasted cord pico de gallo with a side of fried pork rinds).

Every club designated one concession item to represent them at MLB FoodFest. Featured fare ranges from “ballpark classics to stadium-exclusive fan favorites to original menu items debuting this season.”

MLB FoodFest will cover two floors and more than 20,000 square feet. (The special event is open from 11 AM to 9 PM ET each day. Details here.)

People have two options for ticket purchases: Food for $25 or food and beer for $40.

MLB said the food-beer ticket includes three beer vouchers. (Anyone purchasing and using a food-beer ticket must be 21 or older. Details here.)

Each ticket includes one tasting-sized serving of all 30 ballpark food items. Soft drinks and water are complimentary.

(Tickets must be secured online prior to arrival at the venue. Each ticket grants access to the space for a designated two-hour block. Details here.)

In addition to the food available, MLB FoodFest will feature such interactive exhibits and art as the Hot Dog Room presented by Nathan’s Famous, the official hot dog of MLB; the Popcorn Pit; Clubhouse Bar serving craft and light beer selections from Anheuser-Busch (food-beer ticket required for beer; and a baseball-themed lounge in which to eat and drink.

People attending the event are being encouraged to post their experience and images on social media with the hash tag #MLBFoodFest.

Options available at MLB FoodFest are scheduled to include:

Arizona Diamondbacks Churro Dog

Atlanta Braves Pig Pickin’  

Baltimore Orioles Chesapeake Waffle Fries

Boston Red Sox New England Lobster Rolls

Chicago Cubs Chicago Dog

Chicago White Sox South Side Horseshoe sausage sandwich

Cincinnati Reds Fry Box Fries (with bacon, cheese, gravy, green onions)

Cleveland indians Flamethrower pulled pork sandwich

Colorado Rockies Helton Burger and Fresh Cut Fries

Detroit Tigers Chicken Shawarma Nachos

Houston Astros Chicken Waffle Cone

Kansas City Royals Brisket-Acho Nachos

Los Angeles Angels Pork Katsu

Los Angeles Dodgers Cheeto-Lote

Miami Marlins Bacon-Wrapped Plantain

Milwaukee Brewers Cheddar Beer Bratwurst

Minnesota Twins Kurd Marczuk (breaded cheese curds and bratwurst topped with brown gravy)

New York Mets Classic NY Deli Pastrami Sandwich

New York Yankees Adobo Bao chicken and pork rinds on a bun

Oakland A’s Monte Khrush Davis Cristo sandwich

Philadelphia Phillies Pork Bulls Sliders

Pittsburgh Pirates Pulled Pork Pierogie Hoagie

San Diego Padres Seaside Market’s Tri-Tip Nachos

San Francisco Giants Crazy Crab Sandwich

Seattle Mariners Toasted Grasshoppers

St. Louis Cardinals Gioia’s Hot Salami Sandwich

Tampa Bay Rays Reuben Cuban Sandwich

Texas Rangers Chicken and Donut Slider

Toronto Blue Jays Jerk Chicken Nachos

Washington Nationals Crab Grilled Cheese

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