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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.
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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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Apr212015

Topps Can't Pass On Exclusive Deal With QB Jameis Winston As It's No. 1 Pick

By Barry Janoff

April 21, 2015: Iconic trading card and collectibles company Topps plans to go down kicking as it enters its final season as an official producer of NFL cards.

Topps has signed quarterback Jameis Winston to an exclusive deal for the 2015 season, with the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner at Florida State expected to go as the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft on April 30.

Winston enters the league dealing with a serious issue that dates back to an allegation of sexual assault from 2012. Winston has not been charged but the young woman in the situation filed a lawsuit this month accusing him of "sexual battery, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress."

Topps did not address the issue. But Nike, which signed Winston to a deal last week, said in a statement, "Jameis has stated his innocence regarding serious charges made against him. We'll continue to monitor the situation."

Winston will autograph cards and potentially other memorabilia and be a face of Topps NFL marketing, which would include packaging, print, Internet and social media.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Winston's cards will first appear in the Bowman Football, scheduled for release in June.

Topps had been producing NFL cards for about a half-century prior to 2009, when it lost its license for a season before re-signing with NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing division of the NFL Players Assn., for 2010.

Rival Panini America, which also produces official NFL products, takes over the exclusive NFLPI license beginning with the 2016 season under a multi-year deal signed last summer.

Panini also plans to make noise this season, having signed quarterback Marcus Mariota last month to an exclusive deal. Mariota is seen as a Top Five pick and going as high as No. 2 in the NFL Draft.

“We are excited to add a player of Jameis Winston’s caliber to the Topps family,” Kevin Eger, brand manager for Topps Football , said in a statement. “Winston is an electrifying player and collectors always look forward to a player’s first Topps Rookie Card. Winston will lead a thrilling 2015 rookie class, and we look forward to working with him in our 60th year of football cards.”

Winston and Mariota are both on the same team in another endorsement deal, having both signed with Nike, along with incoming top-rated rookie running backs Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley.

Both Topps and Panini America currently produce upward of 17-20 NFL-related releases a year.

Panini America To Go Solo With NFL Players Inc.

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