• 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. 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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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.
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.
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.
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).


Acuna, Ohtani, Altuve, Stanton Vie To Become Topps' 2019 Leader Of The Pack

By Barry Janoff

September 17, 2018: Topps card company for the fourth consecutive year is seeking input from consumers and fans as to which player should earn the prestigious No. 1 card for its 2019 Topps Baseball Series 1.

The series is scheduled to hit retail Jan. 30, 2019.

Topps, which recently extended its deal as the official global trading card partner for MLB through 2025, has offered a list of 19 players from which people can vote, as well as a 20th slot for a write-in vote.

The list to become the next leader of the pack includes Ronald Acuna Jr. (Atlanta Braves), Mookie Betts and Chris Sale (Boston Red Sox), Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve (Houston Astros), Kris Bryant and Javier Baez (Chicago Cubs), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers), Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals) and Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels).

The past three No. 1 cards as voted by consumers and fans were Mike Trout, Kris Bryant and Aaron Judge, respectively.

Judge was also card No. 1 in Topps current on-going Living Set collection, which re-creates the look of the company’s iconic hand-painted 1953 MLB set.

Players who have been No. 1 in Topps baseball history also include Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Nolan Ryan, Mike Piazza, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Derek Jeter.

Voting is now through Sept. 24, 2018 (11:59 PM ET).

Topps said the winner would be revealed "a couple of weeks before the release" of 2019 Topps Baseball Series 1.

The 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of professional baseball and the 35th anniversary of 1984 Topps with special inserts and cards depicting the history of baseball.

In conjunction with the No. 1 voting Topps is offering prizes, randomly choosing entries from those who voted.

Winners will be selected randomly and contacted via e-mail. (Topps said that If you're a winner, you have one month to claim your prize.)

Prizes include 2018 Topps Luminaries hobby box, 2018 Topps Chrome Baseball hobby box, 2018 Topps Clearly Authentic hobby box, 2018 Bowman High Tek Baseball hobby box, 2018 Topps Baseball Factory Set, 2018 Topps Tier One Baseball Tier One Talent Autographs: Rhys Hoskins, 2017 Topps Five Star: Kyle Schwarber autograph, 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Autographs: Ian Happ RC, 2017 Topps Luminaries: Carl Yastrzemski autograph /15 and 2017 Bowman's Best Gold autograph: Anthony Rizzo /50.

The Topps Company was founded in 1938, and has had a partnership with MLB since 1952.

Full List Of Potential Topps No. 1 Card nominees:

• Ronald Acuna Jr. (Atlanta Braves)
•  Jose Altuve (Houston Astros),
• Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox)
• Javier Baez (Chicago Cubs)
•  Alex Bregman (Houston Astros)
• Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs)
•  Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)
• Jacob deGrom (New York Mets)
• Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)
• Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)
• Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)
• Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians)
• Shohei Ohtani (Las Angeles Angels)
• Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)
• Chris Sale (Boston Red Sox)
• Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals)
• Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees)
• Juan Soto (Washington Nationals)
• Trevor Story (Colorado Rockies)

Voting details here.

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