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• Saturday’s Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship on ESPN earned a 2.1 overnight rating, up 27% from a 1.7 in 2017 (Garbine Muguruza vs. Venus Williams).  It was ESPN’s highest since 2015 (2.2 for Serena Williams vs. Muguruza).

• Mitsubishi Motors deal to become title sponsor for college football's (Dec 12 on ABC). The game was presented by in '16, but had no sponsor in '17. Currently played in Sam Boyd Stadium, it will move to the new venue, now under construction, in '20.

ESPN’s 14th Annual ESPYS Auction benefiting the V Foundation for Cancer Research has launched on eBay and will continue through Wednesday, July 18. This year’s auction will feature 80+ experience. Details at https://www.ebay.com/rpp/espn.

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2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Participants
1. Jesus Aguilar Milwaukee Brewers
2. Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
3. Max Muncy Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Alex Bregman Houston Astros
5. Kyle Schwarzer Chicago Cubs
6. Javier Baez Chicago Cubs
7. Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
8. Rhys Hoskins Philadelphia Phillies
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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (July 13-15)

1. Hotel Transylvania 3 $44.1M
2. Ant-Man and the Wasp $28.8M
3. Skyscraper $25.4M
4. Incredibles 2 $16.2M
5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $15.5M
6. The First Purge $9.1M
7. Sorry to Bother You $4.3M
8. Sicario $3.8M
9. Uncle Drew $3.2M
10. Ocean’s 8 $2.9M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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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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Jul112018

NFL, MLB, MMA Athletes, All Native Hawaiians, Launch Challenge Relief Fund

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

July 11, 2018: Hawaii is considered to be a prime destination for sun, fun and entertainment.

But the devastation caused by the Kilauea Volcano on Hawai’i Island has impacted not just local communities but others around the world.

To help raise funds and awareness to support those affected by Kilauea Volcano, a group of pro athletes from the NFL, MLB and UFC — all natives of Hawaii — have formed  Be A Hero for Hawai‘i Challenge with the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.

The Be A Hero for Hawai‘i Challenge is a friendly competition to encourage their teammates, rivals, and fans to give to their island home and see which team sport is able to raise the most in donations.

The founding group includes Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway, UFC fighter Yancy Medeiros, St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong, Texas Rangers infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Kamu Grugier-Hill, linebacker for the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, who brought this initial group together.

“It has been devastating to see all of the destruction caused by the volcano on the Big Island — my sister-in-law and her family are one of hundreds who have lost their homes. And these families won’t be able to return to their community,” Grugier-Hill said in a statement.

“It is going to take a long time to rebuild and they will need a lot of resources. I had to do something to help and was looking for a way to bring people together around it. So I called other pro athlete friends who were from Hawai‘i to join in.”

According to Grugier-Hill, “These guys didn’t hesitate and were immediately on board. That’s just how Hawai‘i rolls. And being the competitors we are, we thought it would be great to see which one of our sports could raise the most money.”

“Both on and off the field, or octagon, Kamu and the other athletes epitomize what true heroes are,” Micah Kane, CEO and president of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, said in a statement.

“Through their hard work, commitment and dedication they have all found success in their chosen careers but when called upon, they give back to their community and help others — they are setting a great example to the young local kids in our community who look up to them.”

Multi-media cause-marketing includes an anchor spot that features each of the six founding “Heroes For Hawaii” athletes talking about their efforts and urging others to join in.

"It means a lot to me to be able to join in with other professional athletes from Hawai‘i to help out the families suffering on Hawai‘i Island."

At a dedicated Web site, visitors can donate to their favorite sport, currently from among baseball, football and MMA.

According to Mariota, "It means a lot to me to be able to join in with other professional athletes from Hawai‘i to help out the families suffering on Hawai‘i Island. The people from Hawai‘i have supported all of us throughout our careers and now it's our turn to give back to them.

“The volcano is causing a lot of damage and we know it's not over. They're going to need a lot of help in assisting the families in need and helping them to rebuild . . . Mahalo for your support."

Donations to the Be A Hero for Hawai‘i Challenge can be made online at www.HeroesforHawaii.org or by mail at Hawai‘i Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI, 96813. Note which sports team is being supported when sending donations via mail.

To track the progress of each “team” during the Be A Hero for Hawai‘i Challenge, visit www.HeroesforHawaii.org or search #HeroesforHawaii on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for player information and updates.

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