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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.

• 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.”

POLL POSITION

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

KEEPING SCORE

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

BUY SELL

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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Channel Chasers

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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Nike Jump-Starts NFL Alliance By Getting In Gear With College Football

NFL players show off Nike's new Pro Combat System.December 14, 2010: College football teams across the nation are ready to do battle in the plethora of bowl games being played over the next few weeks. And so is Nike.

The sports giant has unveiled its next generation of Nike Pro Combat uniforms and cleats, which football teams from the University of Oregon, Boise State University, Texas Christian University and University of Florida are scheduled to wear when they appear in upcoming bowl games. The gear includes the Zoom Alpha Talon Cleat and Pro Combat jerseys and pants featuring Nike Pro Deflex padding, which provides extra protection and a two-way airflow that cools the body and wicks away sweat. 

The new goods were unwrapped on Dec. 14 as part of the 2010 Nike Media Summit at Cowboys Stadium in Texas,. The occasion also helped to jump-start Nike's recently signed a deal to replace adidas as the official outfitter of the NFL beginning with the 2012 season. Among the crowd were NFL players Ndamukong Suh, Clay Matthews, Dwayne Bowe, Felix Jones and Steven Jackson. They and other Nike endorsers will be able to wear the new cleats beginning with games this week and weekend.

“Nike, Inc., is the leading, most innovative football company in the world and the top choice of football athletes at every level,”  Kris Aman, vp-athletic training for the Beaverton, Ore.-based company, said during the event. “Our success is based on creating breakthrough products and experiences unmatched in our industry, helping write the next chapter for Nike Football.”

The Boise State Broncos will wear the new Nike gear during the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl against Utah on Dec. 22;  the Florida Gators will don their uniforms and cleats at the Outback Bowl against Penn State in Tampa Bay on Jan, 1, 2011; TCU will debut the new Air Zoom Alpha Talon cleat with a new version of their current 2010 Nike Pro Combat uniform at the Rose Bowl presented by Vizio against Wisconsin in  Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 1; and the Oregon Ducks will display their Nike offerings at the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game against quarterback Cam Newton and Auburn on Jan. 10 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Az.

All four games will air on ESPN.

“This new cleat gives me the traction and protection when and where I need it most,” said Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions. “Nike Football keeps raising the bar, giving players the best cleats in the game today.”

According to Nike, the Zoom Alpha Talon is the company's "most advanced cleat ever featuring] improved footing at full speed with an innovative on-demand, adaptive traction system. The interior cleats in the forefoot extend when full pressure is applied for more traction when needed and retract when not. The Air Zoom Alpha Talon cleat also features a Flywire upper for lightweight lockdown, a low-profile cushioning system for comfort, and Nike Pro Deflex padding around the ankle for breathable protection."

"Our success is based on creating breakthrough products and experiences unmatched in our industry, helping write the next chapter for Nike Football."

Regarding the Pro Combat System, Nike offered that the "redesigned base layer and uniform deliver the ultimate in breathable protection for superior speed . . . The uniform design emphasizes thermoregulation by featuring Nike Pro Deflex padding with two-way airflow to cool the body and wick away sweat. . . The uniform also provides enhanced protection throughout the crucial 'hit zone'  between the knees and shoulders, delivering robust padding without the bulk."

Nike's five-year deal with the NFL, which begins in April 2012, gives the company official on-field exclusivity in uniforms and gear worn by players and coaches.

NFL Refashions $2B Apparel Category With Nike, New Era Deals

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