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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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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (June 15-17)

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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Sep022012

Nascar's Patrick Going From Green To Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Special to NYSportsJournalism

September 2, 2012: Danica Patrick usually stands out from the crowd on the race track thanks in part to her lime green car that flies the color of her lead sponsor, GoDaddy.com. But in October, Patrick’s GoDaddy.com No. 7 Chevy is going “pink” to support the month-long Breast Cancer Awareness campaign from the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Patrick and GoDaddy.com said she would drive the hot pink car during the Nascar Nationwide Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 12. The car will retain a prominent GoDaddy.com logo and some lime green items, including the No. 7. The Nascar Nationwide race presented by GoDaddy.com will be seen on ESPN2 at 6:30 PM (ET).

Go Daddy and Patrick's race team, JR Motorsports, are sponsoring the pink-themed car as part of the Chase Authentics’ “Check Your Headlights” program, which works to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research and education. Chase Authentics and JR Motorsports will also feature a “Check Your Headlights” line of apparel and products, such as miniature Danica cars (pictured below), items autographed by Patrick and T-shirts. A portion of the proceeds go directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

“I love the idea of a pink car to help raise awareness about breast cancer," Patrick said in a statement. "The No. 7 Chevy is known for its iconic Go Daddy green color [but] I think the pink car will pop and attract attention for a good cause. We all know someone who has been impacted by this disease and Nascar fans are so passionate, I know they’ll step up to help the cause.”

Each year some 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Of those, 40,000 succumb to the disease, according to The National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Web hosting and domain name registration company Go Daddy said it would donate $50,000 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, along with the Public Interest Registry which manages .Org domain names.

“We are fortunate to be in a position to help others – awareness and prevention are keys to ‘beating breast cancer,’” Teri D’Hooge, Go Daddy’s vp-marketing, said in a statement. “Women’s health has been a cornerstone of Go Daddy’s charity work over the years. We think this campaign is especially powerful because it plays off of Danica and Nascar in a fun, non-conventional way."

Danica and Go Daddy said they hope that this initiative will encourage Nascar fans to "help get more people talking about the breast cancer battle, which unfortunately has touched so many families.”

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