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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

BUY SELL

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.
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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
Friday
Sep132013

Brow-Beaters: Kaepernick, Wilson Kinda, Sorta Have Bet On NBC's 'SNF' Game

By Barry Janoff

September 12, 2003: Some players in the NFL may be called highbrow and others may be called lowbrow. Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson could be described as eyebrow.

When the San Francisco 49ers travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks on national TV this Sunday, viewers will be paying close attention to the arms and legs of Niners quarterback Kaepernick and Seattle quarterback Wilson.

Fans of Madden NFL 25 will also be paying attention to the eyebrows of the two men.

A friendly wager between Kaepernick and Wilson calls for the losing quarterback to shave off one of his eyebrows. The wager was unveiled in a TV spot in anticipation of their NBC Sunday Night Football game that shows both men playing against each other in EA Sports' Madden NFL 25. (See the full spot here.)

EA Sports is supporting the TV spot with social media including Twitter, FaceBook and YouTube, sharing "more news about the wager."

EA Sports is using the promotion to keep interest high in its video game, which was released at the end of August. Sales of Madden NFL 25 (the 25th anniversary of the game) topped one million units its first week versus 1.65 million last year (for Madden NFL 13), according to industry analysts.

Wilson, however, burst the bubble. During an interview earlier this week on Seattle's KJR-AM sports radio, he revealed that the bet was based more in fun than fact.

When asked by radio host Dave "Softy" Mahler, "Did you really make a bet with Kaepernick that the loser would shave off an eyebrow?" Wilson laughed and replied, "It was more of just a friendly, joking around type deal. It's not real serious. We'll probably do something digitally. Something like that."

The Madden NFL 25 version of the Niners versus the Seahawks "was three times more popular than any other [game] during the first week," according to EA Sports.

The facial hair situation is not the only objective at stake. Both teams go into the game 1-0 and favorites to win the NFC West. Only one can make it to the Super Bowl (if either does at all).

Sunday Night Football this past weekend, featuring a game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys attracted more than 23.2 million viewers and was the top-rated program of the night, according to NBC.

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