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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.

• "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.”

POLL POSITION

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)

KEEPING SCORE

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

SOURCE: FORBES

BUY SELL

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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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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Sanchez, Trout, Springer Early Leaders In 2019 MLB All-Star Game AL Voting

By Barry Janoff

June 10, 2019: With the 2019 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard just four weeks off, the league has unveiled the first fan ballot results presented by Google for the American League — and the numbers are very good for Gary Sanchez, Mike Trout and George Springer.

New York Yankees catcher Sanchez holds the largest lead among players at all positions — more than 600,000 votes over James McCann of the Chicago White Sox — while Los Angeles Angeles outfield Trout and outfielder George Springer of the Houston Astros are No. 1 and No 2, respectively, in their position to date.

Trout has the most votes to date among all AL players at more than 900,000, some 200,000 ahead of Springer, who in turn is about 300,000 ahead of Austin Meadows of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Alex Bregman of the Astros has a commanding lead of more than 300,000 votes at third base over Gio Urshela of the Yankees.

The voting and selection of AL teams is far from over.

People can vote in "The Primary" at MLB.com and at all 30 club sites, the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark apps up to five times in any 24-hour period. People in the U.S. and Canada can also vote at Google Search for every position, or up to 17 unique players per day, by searching "MLB Vote" or the names of their favorite players.

Primary voting ends at June 21 (4 PM ET).

Under new guidelines, the top three vote-getters in "The Primary" at each position — including nine outfielders — in each league move to The Starters Election., which begins Noon ET on June 26.

The votes will reset for a 28-hour voting time through June 27 (4 PM ET).

Starters for the 2019 All-Star Game will be unveiled on ESPN that night (7 PM ET).

Pitchers and reserves will be on June 30.

The 90th MLB All-Star Game, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, will air nationally Fox on July 9; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries.

Fox Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the U.S.

The T-Mobile Home Run Derby is scheduled for July 8, to air on ESPN.

The 2019 Home Run Derby winner will receive a $1 million prize

CATCHER
1. Gary Sanchez, Yankees 737,107
2. James McCann, White Sox 289,475
3. Jason Castro, Twins 199,497
4. Robinson Chirinos, Astros 197,976
5. Christian Vazquez, Red Sox 183,291
6. Jonathan Lucroy, Angels 139,059
7. Josh Phegley, Athletics 89,795
8. Mike Zunino, Rays 64,167
9. Martin Maldonado, Royals 56,763
10. Roberto Perez, Indians 55,799

FIRST BASE
1. Luke Voit, Yankees  393,356
2. C.J. Cron, Twins 302,586
3. Jose Abreu, White Sox 286,145
4. Carlos Santana, Indians 250,615
5. Albert Pujols, Angels 192,816
6. Yuli Gurriel, Astros 188,318
7. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers  180,803
8. Mitch Moreland, Red Sox 116,979
9. Ji-Man Choi, Rays 77,847
10. Chris Davis, Orioles 70,010

SECOND BASE
1. Tommy La Stella, Angels 487,598
2. Jose Altuve, Astros 448,131
3. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees 379,820
4. Jonathan Schoop, Twins 179,792
5. Michael Chavis, Red Sox 156,208
6. Whit Merrifield, Royals 146,670
7. Brandon Lowe, Rays 110,507
8. Dee Gordon, Mariners 63,483
9. Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox 55,079
10. Jason Kipnis, Indians  50,065

THIRD BASE
1. Alex Bregman, Astros 630,159
2. Gio Urshela, Yankees 269,716
3. Hunter Dozier, Royals  216,809
4. Rafael Devers, Red Sox 202,569
5. Matt Chapman, Athletics  159,155
6. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays 150,074
7. Marwin Gonzalez, Twins 132,235
8. Yoan Moncada, White Sox 122,121
9. David Fletcher, Angels 90,761
10. Yandy Diaz, Rays 62,930

SHORTSTOP
1. Jorge Polanco, Twins 395,210
2. Carlos Correa, Astros 329,421
3. Gleyber Torres, Yankees 322,958
4. Tim Anderson, White Sox 281,862
5. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox 220,317
6. Francisco Lindor, Indians 175,868
7. Andrelton Simmons, Angels 130,774
8. Adalberto Mondesi, Royals 81,777
9. Elvis Andrus, Rangers 73,559
10. Willy Adames, Rays  60,392

OUTFIELD
1. Mike Trout, Angels 951,002
2. George Springer, Astros 776,352
3. Austin Meadows, Rays 468,111
4. Michael Brantley, Astros  458,577
5. Mookie Betts, Red Sox 450,407
6. Eddie Rosario, Twins 344,215
7. Aaron Judge, Yankees 308,134
8. Joey Gallo, Rangers 281,179
9. Josh Reddick, Astros 220,079
10. Max Kepler, Twins 202,822
11. Byron Buxton, Twins 192,230
12. Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox 138,911
13. Brett Gardner, Yankees 138,426
14. Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox 124,490
15. Tommy Pham, Rays 119,691
16. Aaron Hicks, Yankees 110,139
17. Trey Mancini, Orioles  100,457
18. Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers 95,875
19. Kevin Kiermaier, Rays 76,526
20. Kole Calhoun, Angels 74,625

DESIGNATED HITTER
1. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox 491,955
2. Hunter Pence, Rangers 329,321
3. Nelson Cruz, Twins  214,702
4. Shohei Ohtani, Angels 166,275
5. Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees 157,411
6. Aledmys Diaz, Astros 152,614
7. Khris Davis, Athletics 140,227
8. Daniel Vogelbach, Mariners 131,700
9. Avisail Garcia, Rays 127,731
10. Yonder Alonso, White Sox 71,174

Bellinger, Yelich Top One Million Votes In Early ASG NL Ballot

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