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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.
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.
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Ronda Rousey Returns With Reebok Effort To State, 'I'm Fine With Not Being Perfect'

By Barry Janoff

July 12, 2016: The woman who was conspicuous by her absence at UFC 200 on July 9 is back in the spotlight in a new multi-platform campaign unveiled today from Reebok that claims, "She isn’t perfect, nor has she ever claimed to be."

"Perfect Never" is anchored by a TV spot in which Ronda Rousey, who was the UFC bantamweight women's champ from November 2012 until losing the title to Holly Holm in November 2015, offers, "Here's the thing about being perfect: Perfect never gets truly tested. Perfect never gets to silence its critics. Perfect never gets a shot at redemption.

"So, yeah, I'm fine with not being perfect."

The effort falls under Reebok's current umbrella campaign, "Be More Human." Lead agency is Venables Bell & Partners, San Francisco.

Rousey has not fought since losing to Holm (who subsequently lost the title to Miesha Tate, who in turn lost to Amanda Nunes this past weekend in UFC 200). UFC hinted that Rousey might return by the end of the year or early 2017.

She has appeared in such films as The Expendables 3, Entourage and Furious 7; and is set to appear in the remake of Road House.

In addition to Reebok, Rousey has deals that include MetroPCS, Buffalo, EA Sports and Monster Energy. She appeared in a Bud Light spot with Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer, "Security," which ran during Super Bowl 50.

Reebok is an official partner with UFC.

Rousey's "Perfect Never" effort is supported by Internet and social media.

A promotion offers people an opportunity to win a "Glam to Grit" experience and tickets to UFC 205 in New York, scheduled for Nov. 16 in Madison Square Garden (Details here.)

A dedicated Web site has other Reebok athletes, including fitness trainer Emily Skye and CrossFit athletes Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and Jamie Jagiya, offering their thoughts on why perfect is in the eye of the beholder.

Among their observations: "Perfect Never means always improving" and "Perfect Never means that we can always be better than yesterday."

Rousey's tweets via #PerfectNever include, "Perfect never leaves room for improvement. It never lets you reach your full potential."

"People either hate my guts or really, really, like me. And I’m OK with that," said Rousey. "Being perfect is not as powerful as being human."

Rousey is represented by WME | IMG, which this week acquired a majority interest in UFC for $4 billion.

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