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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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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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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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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.
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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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Aug082012

NFL Kicks Off Back To Football Campaign With Eli, Nike, Serena, NY Road Runners

By Barry Janoff

August 8, 2012: Back to school? Back to the pool?

Fuhgeddaboutit! What the NFL wants fans to clamor about is going back to football.

With the assistance of Nike, Serena Williams, Condoleezza Rice, New York Road Runners and others, the league has moved front and center with a "Back to Football" multi-media effort supporting the countdown to Sept. 5, when the defending Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants host the Dallas Cowboys.

The game at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, to air nationally on NBC, will not only be the start of the 2012 NFL season, but also the culmination of a month-long campaign that will encompass teams, players, marketing partners and consumer-driven activation.

Nike, now in its first season as the official uniform supplier for the NFL, is the presenting sponsor of Back to Football. The NFL said that the Back to Football theme would be "prominent across all NFL channels, including broadcast media, digital media, social media, print media and retail, at both league- and club-levels with messaging to schools, league and club partners and the entire NFL fan base."

Among the elements, the NFL and Nike are looking for 32 fans — one for each NFL team — to participate in a photo shoot in New York on Sept. 4. (Full details here.) The activation coincides with a print campaign, "It's My Team," set to break in September for the NFL women's apparel division. Among the participants are Williams, who with sister Venus has a minority investment in the Miami Dolphins, who appears in a high-end Dolphins' T-shirt.

Among the others in the print campaign are Donald Trump's wife Melania, Summer Sanders, former secretary of state Rice and daughters of the owners of the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs.

The NFL is joining with New York Road Runners, which oversees the ING NYC Marathon and numerous racing events throughout the year, for the inaugural "NFL Back to Football Run." The event, scheduled for the evening of Aug. 30, is a four-mile run through Central Park open to both casual and avid runners. Before and after the run, participants will have the oppoprtunity to win NFL-themed prizes and meet former NFL players.

Among the media elements is a 30-second spot featuring Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Cowboys' linebacker DeMarcus Ware. The spot opens with a couple in their front yard. "Hey, Eli," the guy says to Manning, who it turns out is at the Giants training facility. "I'm taking my son to his first Giants game . . . " At which point his wife, wearing a Dallas Cowboys T-shirt, interrupts by saying, ". . . his first Cowboys game."

"She's trying to turn him into a Cowboys fan," the husband continues talking to Manning. "Can you help me out, score a touchdown to win him over." After Manning agrees, the man's wife begins to talk to Ware, who is in the Cowboys' training facility. "Okay, DeMarcus, I'm going to need a sack."

After Ware agrees to her request, she takes a moment to introduce the two players. "DeMarcus . . .  Eli. Eli . . . DeMarcus." To which her husband replies, "I believe they've already met."

Then it's back to the requests. "Two touchdowns?" the husband asks Eli. "Three sacks," is his wife's response to DeMarcus. "Four touchdowns?" "Five sacks?"

The players continue to accept the challenge, although with less and less enthusiasm. Ultimately, when Manning moans at the request to score six touchdowns, the husband/dad goes for sympathy:

"It's just that he's my only son, Eli. He might become a Cowboys fan otherwise." (See the full spot here.)

The NFL is also using the effort to support its Play 60 national program, which encourages youngsters to exercise for at least one hour a day.

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