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• Puma, which is rebooting its hoops division with the signing of potential top NBA draft picks Deandre Jordan and Michael Bagley III to shoe deals, said it has named producer/musician/businessman Jay-Z as president of basketball operations. The company said it has been working with Jay-Z run Roc Nation “for quite some time.” In addition, Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier, a Puma partner for its first signature shoe in the 1970’s and long-time endorser, has signed a lifetime contract with the shoe brand.

• Panini America has signed an exclusive autograph trading card memorabilia agreement with All-American point guard Trae Young, a projected Top Ten pick in this week's 2018 NBA Draft. Young led the nation in both scoring (27.4 ppg) and assists (8.8 apg) during a his freshman season with the University of Oklahoma.

• Xyience said it would be an official sponsor and the official energy drink for the 2018 International Champions Cup presented by Heineken, a premier  occer tournament featuring top clubs and players from Europe. The ICC runs from July 20- Aug. 7 and includes 17 matches played across 14 U.S. cities. (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and SiriusXM.) Sponsors also  include Heineken, Ally, Hertz, MasterCard, Gatorade, Konami and Vivid Seats.

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Top-Selling MLB Jerseys (Jan.-May 2018)

1. Jose Altuve Houston Astros
2. Aaron Judge New York Yankees
3. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Giancarlo Stanton New York Yankees
5. George Springer Houston Astros
6. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
7. Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs
8. Shohei Otani Los Angeles Angels
9. Carlos Corea Hoston Astros
10. Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox
11. Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
12. Cody Bellinger Los Angeles Dodgers
13. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
14. Javier Baez Chicago Cubs

SOURCE: MLBShop.com

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1. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $180 M ($231.5M worldwide)
2. Ocean's 8 - Warner Bros. - $19.6M
3. Tag - Warner Bros. - $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Disney - $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $8.8M
6. Hereditary - A24 - $7M
7. Superfly - Sony - $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $5.3M
9. Adrift - STX Entertainment - $2.1M
10. Book Club - Paramount - $1.9M
11. A Wrinkle In Time - Disney - $1.8M
12. Gotti - Vertical Entertainment - $1.7M

NOTE: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal $173.6M international (opens in U.S. June 22)

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Jun172010

Will Alexis Thompson Be The Next 'Tigress' Woods

Alexis Thompson arrived at the ShopRite Classic in Red Bull style. (Photo: PRNewsFoto/Red Bull, Francois Portmann)June 17, 2010: People keep looking for the next Tiger Woods, at least the one whose prowess on the golf course has rewritten the sports history books. They might need to look at golf's distaff side for the answer.

Alexis Thompson, the No. 1 women's amateur player in the world who at 12 became the youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, has turned professional at the age of 15 following a storied amateur career and has signed deals with Red Bull and Cobra-Puma Golf.

Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed. Analysts put the two deals at about $2-$3 million. She is handled by Bobby Kreusler of Blue Giraffe Sports, Atlanta.

As part of what was called a "long-term partnership" with Cobra-Puma, Thompson will wear Puma golf shoes and apparel, use Cobra golf clubs and will be featured in upcoming marketing campaigns, consumer and trade events.

Red Bull did not detail Thompson's role. It is expected she will appear in marketing and experiential campaigns along the lines of other Red Bull endorsers such as Olympic stars Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn, Rajon Rondo of the NBA's Boston Celtics, Reggie Bush of the NFL defending Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints and action sports star Travis Pastrana.

Should she continue her winning ways as a pro, analysts indicate that Thompson could greatly expand her marketing roster to include endorsements in such categories as clothing, jewelry, electronics, food and health and beauty.

“[Alexis'] style and groundbreaking performance on the course make her the perfect Cobra and Puma Golf representative,” Bob Philion, President of Cobra-Puma Golf. said in a statement. “Our brands are well suited to her game right now and are poised to progress with her career in the future, while she develops as a professional golfer.”

Thompson's pro debut brings much-needed positive attention to the LPGA at a time when the Tour has lost several sponsors and is down to 25 events (from 31 in 2009), with 14 in the U.S. (down from 20 last season). No. 1 player Lorena Ochoa retired in April, about two years after Annika Sorenstam, the biggest money-winner in LPGA history, retired.

Thompson makes her debut as a pro at the 2010 LPGA ShopRite Classic in New Jersey June 18-20. She also is expected to play at the 2010 Women’s U.S. Open July 8-11 at the Oakmont (Pa.) CC. According to BGS, "Lexi will play a limited schedule on the LPGA and Ladies European Tours including starts at the Shoprite LPGA Classic, CN Canadian Women's Open and the P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Wal-Mart, with additional events to be announced in the near future."

Michelle Wie, who turned pro in 2005 at the age of 16 amidst much fanfare and sponsorship backing, is also playing at the LPGA ShopRite Classic. Wie is the top money-maker on the LPGA tour as far as endorsements, earning about $12-$15 million from deals with McDonald's, Kia, Nike and Omega.

“I am proud to represent Cobra and Puma Golf,” Thompson said in a statement. “Not only do both brands make great, technically advanced products that will help me play better on the course, but I’ve always loved them both for their edge and style."

Regarding Red Bull, Thompson said,  "I've always felt Red Bull was a fun brand because they push the limits and don't do things in a traditional way," said Lexi. "I look forward to putting my new wings to use both on and off the course."

Thompson, from Coral Springs, Florida, was named Golfweek's 2009 Women's Amateur Player of the Year and the 2009 Junior Girls Player of the year. Along with being the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, she has represented her country in the Junior Ryder Cup and Junior Solheim Cup, and in 2009 was the youngest winner ever of the Junior PGA Championship.

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