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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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Jan052011

New Year, Same Battle: Nike, adidas Go Toe-To-Toe In Australian Open Activation

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

January 5, 2011: The new year has barely started, but long-time rivals adidas and Nike already are going toe-to-toe in anticipation of the Australian Open, the first of four tennis Grand Slams in 2011.

Among the players who sporting adidas athletic shoes and outfits will be Andy Murray, Jo Tsonga, Ana Ivanovic and Fernando Verdasco. Nike will counter with  athletes including defending champion Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, defending woman's champion Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Juan Martin del Potro and Li Na.

The Australian Open will be played Jan. 17-30 in Melbourne.  It will be shown in the U.S. on ESPN and The Tennis Channel.

A 'thief' has broken into adidas headquarters . . . In anticipation of the tournament, adidas has unveiled "Find Them Fast," an interactive search around the world to find missing pairs of adizero Feather shoes belonging to Tsonga, Ivanovic and Verdasco, as well as missing pairs of adizero F50 Prime boots belonging to soccer star Lionel Messi, all of which were "stolen" from adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

. . . and has taken shoes but left some clues.Consumers will be given clues now through the start of the Australian Open via such media outlets as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. The first set of clues is now accessible at YouTube via "surveillance camera footage" that shows the actual theft of the adidas shoes.

Meanwhile, Nike has started to activate behind the Australian Open by unveiling a collection of shoes and sportswear for Federer, Nadal, Sharapova and del Potro, respectively. A series of clips on YouTube, in addition to a dedicated Australian Open micro-site linked to Nike's home page, will support.

Australian Open marketing partners that will activate for the tournament via multi-media campaigns as well as on-site include IBM, Kia, Rolex, Jacob's Creek, ANZ, Panasonic, Powerade, Evian, Heineken, Virgin Blue Airlines and Wilson, which is expected to supply "4,000 dozen" tennis balls. ESPN will also support its coverage in the U.S. with TV and online efforts.

Separately, adidas is teaming with clothing company Diesel to produce five different limited-edition sports shoes, including two retro styles based on footwear worn by tennis icon Stan Smith. The two brands, which previously collaborated for a special denim collection in 2008, said that the exclusive Diesel/adidas Originals sneaker collection are scheduled to launch Jan. 20, with only 10,000 pairs available globally at Diesel stores on online via Diesel and adidas.

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