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Roc Nation Sports Farm Report: 8/17
Rusney Castillo (AAA-Pawtucket) was named the 2018 PawSox MVP, and is the top hitter in the International League (.325)
D.J. Peterson (AAA-Louisville) leads the Bats in doubles (24) and ranks second in homers (14) and RBI (48)
Dustin Peterson (AAA-Gwinnett) is batting .340 in the month of August
Mike Shawaryn (AAA-Pawtucket) is 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in three starts since being promoted to AAA
Braden Shipley (AAA-Reno) has a 2.25 ERA and his holding opponents to a .208 average in his last 4 appearances
Dominic Smith (AAA-Las Vegas) has five extra base hits and a .818 OPS in his last 11 games
Stephen Alemais (AA-Altoona) is batting .333 with a .874 OPS in August
Josh Morgan (AA-Frisco) is batting .357 in his last 12 games
Marcus Wilson (A-Visalia) has 2 doubles, 2 homers and 9 RBI in his last 6 games
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Top Rank Wins Purse Bid for Maurice Hooker’s Mandatory Defense of the WBO Super Lightweight Title Against Alex Saucedo SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (August 14, 2018) – Roc Nation Sports today announced that Top Rank has won the purse bid for Maurice Hooker’s defense of the WBO Super Lightweight Title against top mandatory challenger Alex Saucedo, submitting a $1.625 million bid to secure the rights to promote the WBO title fight. Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KOs), who is co-promoted by Roc Nation Sports and Matchroom Boxing, is entitled to 75 percent of the winning bid while Saucedo (28-0, 18 KOs) will receive the remaining 25 percent. Given today’s outcome, the WBO super lightweight title fight will air on ESPN+. Roc Nation Sports, Matchroom Boxing and Top Rank are expected to schedule the bout for either Nov. 16 or Nov. 17 in Oklahoma City. “I’m very excited to defend my world title on a national platform and show the world what I bring to the ring,” Hooker said. “I feel like this is my time – I’m hungry, I’ve been working hard and I’m ready to make Alex Saucedo my next victim.” “Maurice has earned all of his accolades and we’re incredibly proud of how he’s represented Roc Nation in the ring,” Roc Nation boxing promoter Dino Duva said. “We look forward to collaborating with Top Rank and Matchroom Boxing to finalize the details of this bout and it’ll be one that boxing fans won’t want to miss.” When Hooker returns to the ring, it will mark his first bout since he toppled Terry Flanagan on June 9 via split-decision victory to capture the vacant 140-pound championship belt. The 29-year-old achieved the feat in his first career world title fight in Flanagan’s hometown of Manchester, where he earned scores of 115-113 and 117-111 while another judge scored it 117-111 in Flanagan’s favor. Saucedo is coming off his own victory over Leonardo Zappavigna on June 30 in Oklahoma City, where he won via a seventh-round TKO.   ###
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[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="http://rocnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/MIAxDusse-ROUGH-1.mp4"][/video] For the first year ever, D’USSÉ® Cognac will be serving up custom cocktails and full-service bars throughout the Made In America Festival. The bars will feature a wide range of spirits including vodka, gin, tequila and more as well as custom craft cocktails. MADE IN AMERICA custom D’USSÉ® cocktails will be featured at both specialty and full-service bars. The festival will feature nine different D’USSÉ cocktails, showcasing the versatility of cognac and allowing guests to sample the delicious spirit. Cocktails will include the popular D’USSÉ and Lemonade, D’USSÉ “Long Island” Iced Tea, D’USSÉ Watermelon Cooler, D’USSÉ Mojito, D’USSÉ Strawberry Lemonade, D’USSÉ Painkiller, D’USSÉ Sunray, D’USSÉ The Coco and the D’USSÉ Peachtree. These cocktails will be sold exclusively at the festival at over 20 bars around the grounds throughout the two days.
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Kendrick Lamar will be performing a very special set at MADE IN AMERICA 2018, joining Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, and Meek Mill, along with a lineup including Diplo, Zedd, Miguel, Janelle Monáe, Alessia Cara, Fat Joe, 6lack, and more. This year, the festival, produced by Roc Nation, will continue to benefit the ACLU of Pennsylvania as well as United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. The festival not only honors artists and music lovers, but it also benefits organizations that are vital to accomplishing much needed positive work. Abercrombie & Fitch, Citi, Monster Energy and Puma’s commitments to the arts, as well as the community, make each a perfect fit with MADE IN AMERICA. General Admission & VIP tickets are still available! See you in Philly.  
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"People would make jokes about players not having money to eat at night, well that junk is true," Rochell said. "I didn't have any bread in college. Little Caesars Pizza was $5, so I would get that instead of going and eating a healthier option." Learn more about how Isaac Rochell switched over to a Plant-Based Diet. https://rocnat.io/n/rnir2018  
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“When I look back at last season, I feel nothing but love. Love for our fans, love for my teammates who battled every down, and love for every memory I made. I decided to spread that same love...” Read more at Leonard Fournette's new website: https://rocnat.io/n/lf27 created by Web.com.
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Daniel Caesar, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Pusha T, and Lil Skies have just been added to the 2018 MADE IN AMERICA line-up 🙌 They join headliners Nicki Minaj, Post Malone and a bill rounded out by Meek Mill, Diplo, Zedd, Miguel, Janelle Monáe, Alessia Cara, Fat Joe, 6lack, and more. This year, the festival, produced by Roc Nation, will continue to benefit the ACLU of Pennsylvania as well as United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. The festival not only honors artists and music lovers, but it also benefits organizations that are vital to accomplishing much needed positive work. Abercrombie & Fitch, Citi, Monster Energy and Puma’s commitments to the arts, as well as the community, make each a perfect fit with MADE IN AMERICA. General Admission & VIP tickets are still available! See you in Philly.  
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2018
 JALEN ROSE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC TO BE HELD AUGUST 26 & 27, 2018 
Sponsorship packages, tickets and additional information available at www.jalenrosegolfclassic.com 
DETROIT, Michigan (July 31, 2018) -- The 8th Annual Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Celebrity Golf Classic will be held August 26th and 27th in Detroit.  The much anticipated weekend will be hosted by 13-year NBA Star and current ABC/ESPN analyst, Jalen Rose, and his celebrity friends to benefit the open enrollment, public charter high school he founded in his hometown.
The event will tip-off on Sunday, August 26th with a Red Carpet and Gala Presented by MGM Grand Detroit, an MGM Resorts International property.  Celebrities and guests will enter the exquisite MGM Grand Ballroom via a Red Carpet for a star-studded Gala along with a special performance to be announced.  Hosted by Jalen Rose and Seema Sadekar, the evening will be filled with specialty food, signature cocktails and live entertainment.  
On the morning of Monday, August 27th, the historic Detroit Golf Club will host the 8th Annual Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Tom Gores and Platinum Equity.  The golf experience will feature notable celebrities joining foursomes, a $5K putting contest and $1million shot as well as luxury gift bags featuring premium items from Puma and other donors.  The event will be played on both notable courses and has sold out the past two years.  
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and I am elated to see the event continue to grow each year,” said Rose. “I am very humbled that many celebrity and personal friends participate so that we can raise funds to provide a private school experience in a public school setting.  I truly appreciate everyone’s support as we work together to improve the educational landscape in Detroit and I look forward to our inaugural class of graduates graduating from college next year!”  
The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy is proud to share their scholar success stories, whether they are working towards high school graduation, matriculating to college or persisting towards a degree.  To highlight these stories, golf tournament hole signage will display a different “JRLA Future Leader” at each tee-box noting their future plans.  JRLA currently ranks third for open enrollment high schools in the City of Detroit for college enrollment and first for college persistence.
Celebrity guests will be confirmed closer to the event.  A limited amount of sponsorships, VIP packages and tickets to each event are available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jalenrosegolfclassic.com.
For those who cannot attend the events noted above but would still like to support, the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy is also hosting an online auction featuring once in a lifetime experiences and unique items from August 10-31st.  Bidding opens at 9am EST on August 10th and items can be viewed at http://JRLA2018.givesmart.com.

Media Contact: Lauren Clark, Ignition Media Group (313) 496-1900 x 103 or [email protected]
ABOUT THE JALEN ROSE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy is an open enrollment, tuition free, public charter high school in Detroit. The mission is to empower all scholars to develop the strength of character, skills, and knowledge needed to matriculate, be great in, and graduate from college so that they have opportunities to be successful in the competitive world and take care of themselves and the people that they love.  Focused on a 9-16 model, the College Success Team works ceaselessly with current scholars and alumni to provide college counseling and support to not only make sure they graduate from high school, but college as well – outcomes that are real game changers in urban education.  More info: https://www.jrladetroit.com


ABOUT PGD GLOBAL

Play Golf Designs, Inc. (PGD Global) is a golf marketing & event company, directing and participating in luxury events for some of the world’s most legendary athletes, brands, entertainers and organizations including Coach Mike Woodson, Julius Erving, Chris Tucker, Jeffrey Osborne, Viacom, The Broadcasters Foundation of America, Diageo and MGM Resorts International. PGD blends pop culture and entertainment, creating the most unique, innovative golf events and experiences for each client. PGD Global focuses on celebrating diversity and inclusion in golf while welcoming women to the game with open arms. Specializing in connecting golf to the modern world of trends and fashion, PGD Global operates golf and lifestyle events and experiences all around the country, welcoming new golfers and businesses to the game. More info: http://pgdglobal.com/

ABOUT TOM GORES AND PLATINUM EQUITY

Platinum Equity is a global investment firm founded by Tom Gores. With $13 billion of assets under management and a portfolio of more than 30 operating companies, the firm specializes in mergers, acquisitions and operations – a trademarked strategy it calls M&A&O® – acquiring and operating companies in a broad range of different sectors. More info: http://www.platinumequity.com

ABOUT THE MGM GRAND DETROIT

The only Forbes Four-Star hotel in Detroit with the only Forbes Four-Star spa in Michigan, the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning MGM Grand Detroit is the city's first and only downtown hotel, gaming and entertainment destination built from the ground up. The hotel features 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests enjoy signature restaurants; two by world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck as well as the hotel’s own sports pub, TAP at MGM Grand Detroit; casual dining options; lounges; and the only resort-style spa in Southeast Michigan. More than 30,000 square feet of meeting space hosts everything from large corporate events to intimate black-tie affairs. MGM Grand Detroit is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). More info: http://mgmgranddetroit.com/

ABOUT DETROIT GOLF CLUB

Steeped in the tradition of the game and the fabric of the Motor City, lies the Detroit Golf Club. Founded in 1899, this exclusive club has an inclusive atmosphere. Designed by Albert Kahn in 1916, the Clubhouse continues to welcome a wide cross-section of individuals and families.  More info: http://detroitgolfclub.org

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