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• Per will have to make the French Open Grand Slam field as an unseeded player. "This year again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women’s seeds based on the WTA ranking," via the French Tennis Federation. She currently is ranked No. 453 in the world by the WTA.

• Per offering his Isleworth estate (9927 Giffin Court) Orlando for $28M. Includes 31K sq ft living space, 6K sq ft indoor hoops court, 2.1K sq ft garage with dance & recording studios.

• The NBA said that 40 players are expected to attend the NBA Global Camp 2018, a pre-Draft showcase scheduled for June 2-5 at La Ghirada Sports Center in Treviso, Italy, for top Draft-eligible prospects from outside the U.S. The camp will include team interview sessions, five-on-five games, shooting drills, and strength and agility testing in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams, all under the direction of NBA personnel.

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2018 NBA Draft Presented by State Farm Order (To Date)
(Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY June 21 (ESPN)

1. Phoenix Suns
2. Sacramento Kings
3. Atlanta Hawks
4. Memphis Grizzlies
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Orlando Magic
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Brooklyn Nets)
9. New York Knicks
10. Philadelphia 76ers (from Los Angeles Lakers)

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (May 18-20)
1. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $125M
2. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $28.7M
3. Book Club - Paramount - $12.5M
4. Life Of The Party - Warner Bros. - $7.7M
5. Breaking In - Universal - $6.5M
6. Show Dogs - Open Road - $6M
7. Overboard - Lionsgate - $4.7M
8. A Quiet Place - Paramount - $4M
9. Rampage - Warner Bros. - $1.5M
10. Feel Pretty - STX Entertainment - $1.2M
11. Super Troopers 2 - 20th Century Fox - $1.1M
12. Black Panther - Disney - $0.8M
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Sep032012

Dwight Howard Pens 'Still Love Ya' Ad To Orlando, But Did He Add Insult To Injury?

By Barry Janoff

September 3, 2012: Dwight Howard and the city of Orlando did not have a friendly breakup.

Now, the NBA all-star center is looking to rebuild some of the damage he left behind when his protracted departure from the Magic culminated with his trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Howard took out a full-page advertisement in the Orlando Sentinel on Sunday, Sept. 2, in which he professed his love for Orlando and the fans he played in front of for eight seasons. Whether or not he added insult to injury with the ad remains to be seen.

The ad has "Dwight Howard" written in large print across the top, under which is a collage of photos showing Howard in better times with fans. That is followed by Howard's 88-word ode to his time in the city:

"To play the game of basketball in the NBA is a blessing and to have had the opportunity to play before the Orlando fans for eight years was truly a privilege and and honor.

"Words cannot express the love that I have for Orlando. With your support we have done great things in this city from hanging banners to impacting our youth.

"Although my career with the Magic has come to a close, my love for the city and the people that make it beautiful will never end."

Howard went straight from Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy to the Magic in 2004 and during his tenure there was a six-time All-Star and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

He also became one of the league's most marketable players, with endorsement deals in excess of $10 million that currently include adidas, McDonald's and Mission Athletecare.

But his departure from Orlando came with serious damage to his image, beginning during the 2010-11 season when he publicly wavered between signing a contract extension or leaving as a free agent; then again in 2011-12 when, having signed a one-year deal with Orlando, he hit the lockout-shortened campaign with a request to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets.

Ultimately, Howard followed in the huge footsteps of Shaquille O'Neal, who in 1996 left the Magic as a free agent to sign with the Lakers, where he joined Kobe Bryant to lead the team to consecutive NBA titles in 2000-2001-2002. Unlike O'Neal's departure, where the Magic received nothing in return, Howard's off-season trade — which also involved the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers — included numerous players, money and future draft choices.

Howard was recently in China as part of a tour  under the auspices of adidas. His 2011-12 season ended early due to back surgery in April, and his recovery has made the timeline for his return to the court uncertain. According to the 2012-13 NBA schedule, Howard will face the Magic in Los Angeles on Dec. 2, then return to Orlando for the first time as a member of the Lakers on March 12.

Despite the scenario regarding his departure from Orlando, Howard still has numerous fans and the potential for new endorsement deals in Los Angeles. He has more than 3.4 million followers on Twitter but his Web page is under construction as he prepares for his first season with the Lakers.

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