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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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One Year Countdown To Special Olympics '14 For Athletes, Supporters, Marketers

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

June 14, 2013: Organizers,marketing partners and participants and their families, friends and supporters have begun the one-year countdown to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, which will be held in New Jersey, June 14-21, 2014.

The Games are expected to include more than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes, who will compete in 16 sports; 1,000 coaches; 10,000 volunteers; and 50,000 family, friends and spectators.

Founding partners for the 2014 Special Olympic USA Games include Barnabas Health, Hess, PSE&G, ShopRite, Toys 'R' Us and WWE.

ShopRite, which recently signed on as the official supermarket of the Games, said it would provide daily lunches, snacks, and beverages for the athletes and volunteers, as well as all floral arrangements for the various receptions and special events throughout the week. ShopRite will also include the 2014 USA Games in much of its promotional efforts over the next year, including broadcast recognition, outdoor signage and in-store exposure.

According to Joseph Colalillo, chairman and CEO for New Jersey-based Wakefern Food Corp., the merchandising and distribution arm for ShopRite stores. “ShopRite has been a proud supporter of Special Olympics for nearly 30 years through the sponsorship of Special Olympics New Jersey Summer & Winter Games. Year after year, we are inspired by the athletes’ determination, enthusiasm and sportsmanship. It is a great pleasure to announce our support of the 2014 USA Games and we look forward to cheering on all participating Special Olympics athletes.”

Toys 'R' Us, Inc. has  launched a year-long campaign to drive awareness for the 2014 USA Games,, anchored by a dedicated Web page. It features a countdown of the days until the Games begin and featuries profiles and videos of Young Athletes and their families.

Throughout the coming year, Toys 'R' Us also said it would encourage its employees and customers to volunteer with Special Olympics in their communities and share stories of participating through its social media channels and other communication vehicles.

Sports competitions will be held at venues throughout New Jersey, including Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, Mercer County Park and several area private schools.  Special Olympics athletes will also participate in Special Events including an Opening Ceremony at Prudential Center, Closing Ceremony at Sun National Bank Center, a board-walk themed Olympic Town and a Special Olympics Unified Sports Festival.

WWE Tags Special Olympics USA 2014 Team

PSEG Powers Special Olympics

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