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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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Serena, Venus Williams Plan New York Trip For Tie Break Tens Tennis Tournament

By Barry Janoff

January 11, 2018: She may have pulled out of the Australian Open, but Serena Williams plans to compete in Tie Break Tens, a non-stop, short-form tennis format, in New York this March.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner, who gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia, this past September and then got married in November. will be joined by sister and ten-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams.

This will be the first Tie Break Tens event played in the U.S.

“Tie Break Tens is a really interesting fast-paced format that is taking the tennis world by storm," Serena Williams said in a statement. "I am excited to be playing in the first ever U.S. tournament and cannot wait to play at Madison Square Garden with my sister.”

Echoed Venus Williams, “I’m looking forward to playing in the next Tie Break Tens tournament with my sister, particularly in front of a New York crowd on home soil. It’s unlike anything we’ve seen in tennis before and it helps bring in new fans to the sport.”

The remaining six participants in the New York tournament will be unveiled shortly.

A Tie Break Tens event in Madrid in 2017 featured some of the top women on the circuit, including now No. 1 ranked Simona Halep, Garbiñe Muguruza, Madison Keys, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Jo Konta, Monica Puig and Maria Sharapova.

The most recent Tie Break Tens tournament was held in Melbourne Park’s Margaret Court Arena Jan. 10 in association with the Australian Open.

That tournament included world No. 1 ranked Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios, Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych, Dominic Thiem, Lucas Pouille and Lleyton Hewitt. Berdych defeated Nadal for the title.

The first Tie Break Tens tournament was held in 2015 in London’s Royal Albert Hall, followed by a Tie Break Tens tournament in Vienna (2016).

Tie Break Tens tournaments are held over one session and involve eight players competing in a knock-out format, with each match consisting of a super tie-break to ten points. The New York competition will offer a $250,000 winner’s prize.

According to marketing support, "Tie Break Tens is NO GAMES. NO SETS. JUST TIE BREAKS. Break the rules. Break the competition. Break the mold. Every Point Counts."

Additional marketing will support the March event in New York.

Prior to an exhibition match in December, Serena Williams had not been part of an official tennis competition since winning the 2017 Australian Open last January, taking time off to give birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia, this past September and to get married in November.

Williams was back in play on Dec. 30, facing French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko in the 10th Mubadala World Tennis Championship in the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.

“We’re thrilled that Serena and Venus are competing in the first Tie Break Tens to be played on U.S. soil, in such an iconic venue."

Williams lost her match against Ostapenko, then decided to withdraw from the Australian Open (Jan. 15-28).

"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be," she said.

“We’re thrilled that Serena and Venus are competing in the first Tie Break Tens to be played on U.S. soil, in such an iconic venue,” Felicity Barnard, CEO for Tie Break Tens, said in a statement.

“Hot on the heels of a sell-out men’s tournament in Melbourne this week, it’s clear that Tie Break Tens is fast becoming a regular fixture in the Tennis calendar.”

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