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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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2018 NBA Draft Presented by State Farm Order (To Date)
(Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY June 21 (ESPN)

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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Sep072012

Mad Men: Green Bay Packers Continue To Rack Up Endorsement Deals

By Barry Janoff

September 6, 2012: If you are not a fan of the Green Bay Packers, you not only will have to avoid their games on national TV, but several commercials that air during NFL broadcasts, as well.

The Packers, located in one of the NFL's smallest markets, remain a favorite team on Madison Avenue. The latest example: Packers linebacker Clay Matthews joins teammates Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings as members of the team who have new national endorsements that coincide with the start of the 2012 NFL season.

Matthews takes the lead in a campaign Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor. Rodgers will appear in a national campaign for Pizza Hut supporting the "Big Dinner Box." And Jennings is the new spokesperson for Old Spice in an off-beat marketing push, "Believing in Your Smellf."

Rodgers, who was MVP of Super Bowl XLV when the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, also stars in commercials for State Farm touting the "Discount Double Check," one of which featured Matthews. Both Gillette and Old Spice are divisions of Procter & Gamble, which, like State Farm, is an official marketing partner of the NFL.

Gillette said it teamed with Matthews to support a campaign for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor, which "provides incredible comfort even against the grain [and] Matthews has succeeded by going against the grain of conventional wisdom throughout his football career."

A 30-second TV commercial with Matthews is scheduled to break in October "that captures Matthews challenging the status quo both on and off the field," according to Gillette. Matthews will also appear in digital ads and POP.

Prior to that, Matthews and Gillette will engage consumers by encouraging them to post pictures of their best imitation of Matthews’ “Predator pose” on the brand’s Facebook page. For each photo submitted, Gillette said it would donate $1 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Gillette said it's goal is  to make a $100,000 donation. (Full details here.)

In a promo spot for the activation, Matthews said he would be checking the site "to see who can best capture my pose. Let's see what you got . . . or you might end up on the wrong end of the pose."

“Through his dedication and persistence both on and off the field, Clay embodies what it means to go against the grain and create your own path,” Elliott Wilke, brand manager for Gillette, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the Gillette family, and are excited to work with him to celebrate the passion of NFL fans this season.”

According to Matthews, “I’m pumped to be partnering with Gillette. I know the NFL has the best fans in sports and I can’t wait to see if any of their ‘Predator poses’ can rival mine.”

Green Bay WR Greg Jennings The New Old Spice Guy

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