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Pro Football HOFer-elect GIL BRANDT tweeted about an incident that took place en route to Billings, Mont., to see a friend. Brandt and his wife, SARA, "missed their turnoff on the highway and went to turn around at the next exit." However when they did so, the "pair got shot at." Bullets came through the windshield and "almost hit Sara." No one "appeared to be injured in the shooting" (DALLASNEWS.com, 7/10).
BRACKET MADNESS: More than 700,000 brackets were submitted for the '19 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Challenge, and 26-year-old HUNTER MCHARRY took home the $250,000 grand prize. McHarry "correctly picked" Mets 1B PETE ALONSO as the Home Run Derby champion. He "picked every Derby matchup correctly." He also "correctly picked who would hit the longest home run," Blue Jays 3B VLADIMIR GUERRERO JR., and "how long that home run would be -- a projected 488 feet." McHarry was also one of 27 Bracket Challenge participants and came "closest to guessing the record-setting 312 homers" (MLB.com, 7/11).
GOOD ANSWER! A number of NFLers are set to appear on ABC's “CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD,” with DE CAM HEYWARD "making the first appearance" by a current Steeler this year. He will compete with the NFLPA All-Stars alongside Saints WR MICHAEL THOMAS, Patriots CB STEPHON GILMORE, Broncos LB BRADLEY CHUBB and Ravens QB LAMAR JACKSON. They will be going up against Team NFLPA Legends, which features Pro Football HOFers AENEAS WILLIAMS, BRIAN URLACHER, TIM BROWN, JACKIE SLATER and DERMONTTI DAWSON (POST-GAZETTE.com, 7/11).
NAMES: Force 10 Sports Management, which owns the WNBA Seattle Storm, announced Thursday the "signing of its lineup for the first independently-owned professional women's 3×3 basketball team" in the U.S. The women signed to the Force 10 3×3 roster are CIERRA BURDICK, ALEXIS PETERSON, LINNAE HARPER and MEGAN HUFF (SEATTLETIMES.com, 7/11)....Former NBAer NATE ROBINSON is hosting his Nate Robinson & Friends Celebrity Kickball Game on Saturday at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls, N.J. at 2:00pm ET. Among those expected to attend are fellow former NBAers AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE and JERMAINE O’NEAL. Actor MICHAEL RAPAPORT and Knicks G DENNIS SMITH JR. “will also take part” in the event (NORTHJERSEY.com, 7/10)....Browns RB DUKE JOHNSON JR. signed with Rosenhaus Sports' DREW ROSENHAUS for representation. Earlier this week, 40 Sports & Entertainment Group's KRISTIN CAMPBELL “confirmed ... that she no longer was representing Johnson” (ESPN.com, 7/11)....Ilitch Holdings President & CEO CHRISTOPHER ILITCH and MLB Cardinals President BILL DEWITT III were spotted at Allen & Co.'s Sun Valley Conference in Idaho (THE DAILY).