Cowboys, Bengals donate to victims in El Paso, Dayton shootings

The Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals are partnering with the NFL Foundation to donate $250,000 to funds benefiting the victims of the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

The Cowboys are donating $50,000 to the El Paso Community Foundation Victims’ Fund for victims of the mass shooting that killed 22 people and left about two dozen others injured Saturday. The Bengals are donating $75,000 to the Dayton Foundation, a fund for the wounded and the families of the nine killed in the city’s popular Oregon District early Sunday.

The NFL Foundation will match each donation.

The Cowboys have had community-outreach programs for years in El Paso, a West Texas city with a large contingent of Dallas fans. Cowboys executive vice president Charlotte Jones Anderson, who is the chairwoman of the NFL Foundation, said the club hopes “so many others in Texas and around the country will be inspired to assist the loved ones who are grieving.”

The Bengals made the hour-long drive to Dayton last month and held their first training-camp practice there as part of the NFL’s celebration of its 100th season. The league considers a game played in Dayton in 1920 as its first.


Nadal, Serena advance in tuneups

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal opened his Rogers Cup title defense in Montreal, beating England’s Daniel Evans 7-6 (6), 6-4 in a second-round match delayed by rain three times.

In Toronto, where the women’s draw of the Rogers Cup is held, Serena Williams won her first match since losing the Wimbledon final, beating Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-3, 6-3.

Also, Wimbledon champion Simona Halep of Romania beat American qualifier Jennifer Brady 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5), and second-ranked Naomi Osaka of Japan reached the third round when German qualifier Tatjana Maria retired because of a left abdominal injury.

College football: Standardized injury reports will not be implemented across college football this season after the NCAA explored the possibility in response to the rise of legalized sports betting.

The NCAA’s Board of Governors announced it still supports the association’s rules prohibiting athletes and school administrators from wagering on sports. The board concluded an injury or availability report is not viable.

• Clemson’s national championship program was flagged for eight secondary NCAA violations during a period from July 2018 through June. None of the violations was considered major and all penalty issues have been resolved.

Basketball Allie Quigley scored 22 points, Jantel Lavender had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Chicago Sky beat the visiting New York Liberty 101-92 in a WNBA game. … In the San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am playoffs at Kezar Pavilion, Marquel Hoskins scored 33 points to lead Dream Team to a 110-108 win over S.F. City. Dream Team next will face the Oakland Believers on Friday at Kezar.

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