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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.
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NBA Nation 2013: Hoops And Hype, Chocolate Thunder, Sprint And Sprite 

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

May 20, 2013: What tours the country, includes interesting events for hoops fans and sports fans alike and offers the opportunity to meet the likes of NBA icon Darryl Dawkins, current league up-and-coming stars and the Warrior Girls and the Laker Girls.

It is NBA Nation presented by Sprint, the league's mobile basketball playground, which is scheduled to begin its eighth summer tour on May 25 and visit eight cities through mid-July. Dribble to Stop Diabetes (a partnership among the NBA, Sanofi US and the American Diabetes Assn.) and Sprite are associate partners of NBA Nation presented by Sprint.

According to the league, NBA Nation presented by Sprint is a 20,000 square foot operation that includes full and half courts, free interactive basketball activities and autograph signings by Dawkins, NBA players and entertainers.

NBA Nation presented by Sprint is scheduled to travel more than 10,000 miles and make stops in San Francisco (Carnaval, May 25-26), Los Angeles (Universal CityWalk, June 1-2, Charlotte (Taste of Charlotte, June 7-9), Chicago (Taste of Randolph, June 15-16(, Washington D.C.(Safeway Barbecue Battle, June 22-23), East Rutherford (State Fair Meadowlands, June 28-30), Philadelphia (Wawa Welcome America! Taste of Philadelphia, July 5-7) and Dallas (Taste of Dallas, July 12-14).

Among the sponsored events, the Sprint Unlimited NBA Experience offers the Kevin Durant Unlimited Free Throw Competition and the Steve Nash Fast Break Challenge, offering the opportunity to win a new Sprint phone and other prizes; Sprite’s Slam Dunk Showdown, where people at each stop can display their best dunks before a panel of judges (including Dawkins), with one winner from each city receiving a $2,500 and the opportunity to compete in the championship event at NBA All-Star 2014 to win $10,000; and the Dribble to Stop Diabetes tent can participate in a pop-a-shot challenge, photo opportunities and a chance to win exclusive prizes while learning more about how to help stop diabetes.

According to Dawkins, "You can always visit Charming Chocolate, but other great legends show up on the tour . . . and current day players will show up for sure. NBA Nation does it right, we do it pure. Young talent in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest bring their very best. What is left over, we call that a mess. Hanging with the sponsors, like Sprint, get up to date on the latest tech. Don't wear a suit, you will get some lint."

Dawkiins also named a dunk for the following tour stops:

Los Angeles: Layin' it back LA, where the talent is always up to par.
Charlotte: Hottest stop on the tour, it’s always 102 for sure.
Chicago: No sand in your teeth, it could get gritty, come out to Chi-town, it will get windy.
Washington D.C.: DC . . . where you can ride a llama or see Obama, hanging with me.
East Rutherford: The city that is growing and people not knowing, the lights are glowing, Nation’s still going.
Philadelphia: Don't stop to look at the morning Dove, come to Philadelphia to see what you’re made of, cause it’s the sure enough city of brotherly love.
Dallas: Dazzling Dallas where they do ribs right, up all morning and still all night.

PHOTO: Courtesty NBA

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