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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.”

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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. 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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‘This Is My Life Now': 'Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey Trades UFC Octagon For WWE Ring

By Barry Janoff

January 29, 2018: In 2015, UFC star Ronda Rousey made an appearance at WrestleMania 31 alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Levi’s Stadium, confronting Triple H and Stephanie McMahon and taking out their opponents in a quasi-tag-team match.

Rousey is now making it real with the WWE, signing a multi-year deal to appear in WWE events and marketing.

Rousey made her decision public during the WWE’s Royal Rumble in Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, on Sunday night, (Jan. 28).

Her appearance at the event was expected. Less expected, but somewhat anticipated, was her decision to appear full-time for WWE under the moniker “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.

Financial details were not released.

"This is my life now. They are the first priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt,” she said in an on-air interview with ESPN. “When I first met with Triple H I told him there are other things I can do with my time and make way more money but I won’t enjoy nearly as much.”

She wore a leather jacket that belonged to her idol, the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and under that a “Rowdy Ronda Rousey T-shirt, now for sale, as is one that reads, "Hot Ronda."

Rousey pointed to a large WrestleMania 34 sign hanging in the arena, then confirmed her intentions with a message on her Twitter account, “My road to #wrestlemania begins.”

After making her presence Royal Rumble 2018, she did her first official WWE photo shoot then returned the jacket to its owner, Colton Toombs, Rowdy Roddy's son.

WrestleMania 34 is scheduled for April 8 in Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. With the addition of Rousey — who may again be teamed with “The Rock” — the event could break the venue’s all-time attendance mark: 75,167, set at WrestleMania 30 in 2014.

Mercedes-Benz SuperDome can hold more than 76,400 people.

Prior to her official decision Rousey had made several appearances on behalf of WWE at scheduled events. She also has been training with pro wrestlers for her new career, according to analysts who cover wrestling.

"It's funny — it's kind of like acting, in that it was something I always wanted to do but I never thought was in the cards for me," Rousey said during her ESPN interview. "And now that I realize I really do have this opportunity, I feel like my 6-year-old self would totally kick my ass if I didn't take it."

Like many of WWE’s stars, Rousey brings with her a solid following on social media.

She has 11.2 million followers on Facebook, 3.44 million followers on Twitter.

Rousey won a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, then went on to win each of her three amateur MMA fights, each in less than a minute.

After joining UFC, she won her first 12 pro fights — many in the first round — and rose to national prominence as “MMA’s most unstoppable force,” with marketing deals that included Monster Energy, Carl's Jr., Reebok, Metro PC, Snail Games and Buffalo clothing and accessories.

But she then lost a match in an upset to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in 2015, and in her next fight, more than a year later, she lost to Amanda Nunes.

Rousey has remained in the public spotlight through supporting roles in movies (Furious 7, Entourage), in a Bud Light Super Bowl 50 commercial (with Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer), as a producer (Why We Fight TV series documentary) and appearances on such shows as Live! with Kelly, Ellen, Conan and Battle of the Network Stars.

Now, its on to conquer the world of WWE.

“The only thing that money gets you is the freedom to choose how you spend your time and who you spend your time with,” she told ESPN. “I don’t want to make money for the sake of making money. I want to be part of this company and get the most out of my life and my opportunities.”

PHOTOS COURTESY WWE

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