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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. 9-11
1. Hobbs & Shaw $25.4M
2. Scary Stories $20.8M
3. The Lion King $20M
4. Dora and the City of Lost Gold $17M
5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $11.6M
6. The Art of Racing in the Rain $8.1M
7. The Kitchen $5.5M
8. Spider-Man Far From Home $5.3M
9. Toy Story 4 $4.4M
10. Bring the Soul $2.3M
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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WNBA GMs Pick Las Vegas Aces For 2019 Championship, Delle Donna As League MVP

By Barry Janoff

May 22, 2019: What a difference a year makes.

With the 2019 WNBA season ready for takeoff on May 24, the Las Vegas Aces, a team that did not make the playoffs last season, were picked to win the championship.

And Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics was selected as the favorite for league MVP, according to the 17th Annual WNBA.com GM Survey, conducted among the WNBA’s 12 general managers.

The WNBA will feature a new commissioner, Cathy Engelbert, now CEO for Deloitte, who begins July 15.

Also new: AT&T as the league’s marquee sponsor (including logo placement on all team jerseys), a national broadcast deal with CBS Sports, ownership for the New York Liberty (Joe Tsai) and a refreshed logo.

The league also broke a multi-media marketing campaign under the manta, "Make Way" ("Make way. Our game. Our way. The new vibe of the WNBA.")

The WNBA will be missing two key players: Breanna Stewart, 2018 league MVP for the defending champion Seattle Storm, out for the season due to surgery on her ruptured right Achilles tendon suffered in April while playing for Dynamo Kursk in Russia; and teammate Sue Bird out “indefinitely” due to arthroscopic surgery on her left knee.

Las Vegas, which relocated from San Antonio prior to the 2018 campaign, recently acquired via trade Liz Cambage, the 2018 WNBA scoring leader and MVP-runner-up; and selected Jackie Young with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft.

They join A’ja Wilson, the 2018 No. 1 overall pick and WNBA Rookie of the Year, on the Aces roster under head coach Bill Laimbeer.

The Aces were named by a third of GMs to win the title, followed by the Phoenix Mercury, Los Angeles Sparks, Mystics and Atlanta Dream.

The Storm, with Stewart and Bird out, did not make the list.

The Mystics were named as the team most likely to win the Eastern Conference title, followed by the Connecticut Sun and Atlanta Dream.

Delle Donne, entering her seventh WNBA season and third with the Mystics, was named league MVP in 2015.

She was named by more than 40% of the GMs, followed by Brittney Griner (Mercury), Wilson, Cabbage and Jonquil Jones (Sun).

Grinner was predicted to win the Defensive Player of the Year.

The Liberty’s Asia Durr and the Dallas Wings’ Arike Ogunbowale shared the top spot for WNBA Rookie of the Year, followed by Phoenix’s Alanna Smith and Las Vegas’ Young.

Reigning WNBA Coach of the Year Nicki Collen of Atlanta led all vote-getters as the best manager/motivator of people, followed by Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve and Washington’s Mike Thibault, who was voted the best overall coach ahead of Collen, Seattle’s Dan Hughes and Connecticut’s Curt Miller.

Among other predictions in the WNBA GM 2019 poll:

• Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi, the league’s all-time points leader, topped the list for best shooting guard, the player to take a shot with the game on the line and the player hungriest to win a championship this season.

• Washington’s Emma Meesseman was named the international player most likely to have a breakout season. Teammate Ariel Atkins shared top honors for breakout player overall with Chicago’s Diamond DeShields, New York’s Kia Nurse and Las Vegas’ Kelsey Plum.
 
• Voting for the league’s most underrated player was a three-way tie among Los Angeles’ Chelsea Gray, the Atlanta Dream’s Tiffany Hayes and Chicago’s Allie Quigley.

• The Dream was the choice for the best defensive unit and the Lynx named for as having the best home-court advantage.

The 2019 WNBA regular season opening weekend is May 24-26 and runs through Sept. 8.

The AT&T WNBA All-Star Game 2019 is scheduled for July 27 in Mandalay Bay Events Center, home for the Aces.

WNBA Named Cathy Engelbert New Commissioner

WNBA Signs Marquee Alliance With AT&T

CBS Sports Brings In WNBA In Multi-Year Deal

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