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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. 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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WrestleMania 35: All That And More As Event Sets Attendance, Money Marks

By Barry Janoff

April 8, 2019: WWE staged WrestleMania 35 in MetLife Stadium last night, and the mega-event set records even before the last match — which itself was historic — was completed.

WrestleMania 35 broke the record for MetLife Stadium’s highest-grossing entertainment event — $16.9 million — topping the venue’s previous record of $12.3 million set by WrestleMania 29 in 2013.

Over the past 12 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1.2 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event, said WWE.

The crowd of 82,265 people (from all 50 states and 68 countries) is now No. 3 on the all-time WrestleMania list, behind the 101,763 at WrestleMania 32 in AT&T Stadium and 93,173 at WrestleMania 3 in the Pontiac Silverdome,

“We are thrilled that WrestleMania’s return to WWE’s ‘front yard’ delivered incredible results,” John Saboor, WWE evp-special events, said via the organization.

“This would not have been possible without the tireless support of New Jersey governor Phil Murphy and our public and private sector partners throughout the New York and New Jersey region."

In another historic moment, Becky Lynch took the Winner Take All Match versus Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair to capture both the Raw and SmackDown Women's Titles, the first time a women’s match was the featured event in WrestleMania history.

Among other results, Kofi Kingston won his \first WWE championship by defeating Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins defeated "The Beast" Brock Lesnar to claim the Universal Title, Carmella eliminated The Riott Squad’s Sarah Logan to win the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal; and Jimmy & Jey Uso fought off Ricochet & Aleister Black, The Bar and Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev in a Fatal 4-Way to retain the SmackDown Tag Team Titles

Snickers was the exclusive presenting partner of WrestleMania for the fourth consecutive year.

As part of the weeklong WrestleMania celebration, WWE will host five consecutive nights of events in MetLife Stadium and Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

According to Gov. Murphy, “WWE outdid themselves by creating an even more exciting WrestleMania than we experienced six years ago.

“The WWE Universe helped deliver significant economic results to New Jersey, and we look forward to the opportunity of hosting WrestleMania again in the future.”

WrestleMania 36 is scheduled for April 5, 2020 in Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL. Ticket information will be released later this year.

“We now turn our attention to next year, where WrestleMania will make a historic Tampa Bay debut,” said Saboor.

Top Ten All-Time Attendance at WrestleMania:
1. 101,763: WrestleMania 32, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, April 3, 2016
2. 93,173: WrestleMania 3, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, March 29, 1987
3. 82,265: WrestleMania 35, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, April 7, 2019
4. 80,676: WrestleMania 29, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, April 7, 2013
5. 80,103: WrestleMania 23, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan, April 1, 2007
6. 78,363: WrestleMania 28, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida, April 1, 2012
7. 78,133: WrestleMania 34, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, April 8, 2018
8. 76,976: WrestleMania 31, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California, March 29, 2015
9. 75,245: WrestleMania 33, Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida, April 2, 2017
10. 75,167: WrestleMania 30, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, April 6, 2014

PHOTOS COURTESY WWE

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