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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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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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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Thursday
Sep272012

Why Nascar's Jeff Gordon 'Switched' From Hendrick To Nick's Team Umizoomi

By Barry Janoff

September 27, 2012: Jeff Gordon may be 12th in the current Nascar Sprint Cup chase, but he will be first in the hearts of kids and fans of Team Umizoomi, an animated show on Nickelodeon.

The four-time Nascar champion, who drives for Hendrick Motorsports, takes on not only animated brethren to tout the next episode (Sept. 28), but a geometric foe, as well, who has turned the wheels on his No. 24 car from round to triangle. The conundrum is resolved when Team Umizoomi — Milli, Geo and Bot— use their "mighty math powers" to help Gordon and pre-school viewers solve the problem.

The episode, The Great Shape Race, goes beyond the airtime on Nick. A promo spot featuring Gordon has been anchoring marketing, and the episode will live on via several interactive and social media activations that encourage kids to race along with Gordon and friends, use math to solve race-related challenges and work   on puzzles and other games using numbers and shapes to reach solutions.

In the episode, according to Nick, "UmiCar and DumpTruck try to race against each other toward Shape Mountain in order to win the big prize: a magic Dodecahedron. However, Team Umizoomi needs to keep a watchful eye on DumpTruck, who will stop at nothing in order to win."

Going animated is not new for Gordon. He also is teaming up with Nickelodeon's rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with elements including a TMNT paint scheme for the Oct. 13 Bank of America 500 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which will support the Drive To End Hunger organization.

In the promo spot, Gordon is about to enter a race when he notices something strange about his car. "Huh!? Triangles!" Gordon exclaims when he looks at the tires on his vehicle. "Where's my pit crew?"

Then it's Team Umizoomi to the rescue. "We can help, Jeff," they exclaim. "Your wheels are in no shape to race."

"You got that right," answers Gordon. "Is there something you can do about that?"

Looking at the triangular wheels, they exclaim, "Circle! Super shapes!" The problem is resolved when the round wheels appear in their proper place.

"Thanks," smiles Gordon. "I'm going to run circles around those other cars." (See the full spot here.)

According to Nick, the show, and this episode, encourage "viewers at home [to] use their mighty math powers including shape recognition and counting." The online elements at NickJr.com include the Umicar Shape Race game, the UmiCar Crafting activity, the Shape Race maze, the Umi Shape Mountain poster and the Umizoomi board game.

"My kids, that’s all we DVR, that’s all we watch is Nickelodeon programming . . . The kids love racing and they love the paint schemes."

“To have a cool car like this, I know the kids are going to be excited about it,”  Gordon said in a statement. “They love Nickelodeon. My kids, that’s all we DVR, that’s all we watch is Nickelodeon programming . . . The kids love racing and they love the paint schemes. As a parent now, these types of moments are very special.”

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