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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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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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Jan072014

Lindsey Vonn A Snow-Go As Injuries Force Her To Withdraw From Winter Games

By Barry Janoff

January 7, 2014: Lindsey Vonn, arguably the most high-profile and highly marketed athlete in the Winter Olympics, said she would be unable to compete in the Games next month due to her injured knee.

Vonn said this morning that she would need surgery on her injured right knee, which would keep her out of action for months.

"I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi," wrote via her official Web site, Facebook and Twitter destination. "I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level."

Vonn had been seeking to try for skiing medals in her fourth Winter Games, dating back to 2002. Her best Olympics showing was in Vancouver in 2010 when she won gold in downhill and bronze in the Super-G. She also has numerous gold and silver medals in the World Championships.

These, in addition to her other accomplishments on the slopes, have made her popular with marketers. Among her current endorsement deals are Under Armour, Rolex, Oakley, Red Bull and P&G.

Vonn is in a current Under Armour commercial (pictured above) that specifically references her comeback. She also appears on the cover of the current issue of Red Bull's The Red Bulletin, decked out in boxing gear with the text: "Lindsey Vonn Pulls No Punches."

Vonn, 29, has been plagued by knee problems for the past year. She required surgery following a crash at the World Championships last February to reconstruct two knee ligaments. She partially re-tore one ligament in November. She competed in the World Cup in early December but suffered another challenge when she stumbled and sprained her knee during an event in  in Val d'Isere, France, on Dec. 21.

Following that incident, she wrote on her Twitter page, "Bummed about today. Skiing with no ACL is hard! Will see how it responds over the next few days and then make a plan #notgivingup #Sochi2014."

Through it all, Vonn has had the support of her boyfriend, golfer Tiger Woods.

"On a positive note, this means there will be an additional spot so that one of my teammates can go for gold," Vonn said in her statement. "Thank you all so much for all of the love and support. I will be cheering for all of the Olympians and especially team USA!"

Responded U.S. ski team member Stacey Cook on her Facebook page, "Bummed Lindsey Vonn. Our team is not the same without you. You leave big shoes to fill for the rest of the year."

Picabo Street, who won a gold medal in Super G during the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, wrote on her Twitter page, "Lindsey Vonn has pulled out of the Winter Olympics in Sochi:(:( her heart must be broken! Hang in there @lindseyvonn we love you!!!"

Vonn might still be part of the Games if broadcast network NBC asks her to join as an analyst and Vonn accepts. During a media event held in New York hours after Vonn revealed that she would not be competing in Sochi, NBC executives said they would "give her some time" before deciding whether or not to approach her regarding having a role in the Games.

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