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NBA Star P.J. Tucker Teams Up to Unveil his New Sneaker Collection

Sneakerheads know eBay is the ultimate destination for new, vintage and hard-to-find kicks; it’s also the marketplace that the NBA’s most renowned sneaker collector, P.J. Tucker, has been using daily for years. To celebrate sneaker culture and the start of the NBA season, eBay has teamed-up with P.J. to share an in-depth look at his new sneaker loft and launch a selection of sneakers inspired by his own collection. Starting today, fans can hear from P.J. himself about how eBay has helped shape his ultra-impressive collection, then visit to cop similar looks.

“I started using eBay in junior high school to search for sneakers and I’ve been on it almost every day since – I love the thrill of the search,” P.J. said. “Apart from having the best inventory and rarest sneakers, especially in my size, one of my favorite parts of shopping on eBay is being able to talk to the sellers and have a real conversation. I’m excited to be able to share some of my favorite eBay picks with fans so they can add to their own collections.”

Inspo from the Sneaker King
Debuting on eBay’s YouTube channel, the new video follows P.J. as he highlights some of his all-time favorite eBay scores and details his quest to track down super rare pairs. Some of his best eBay finds are the Air Jordan 9 Bin 23 in Gold, Air Force 1 Craig Sager, SB Chunky Dunky, Lebron 8 SVSM, Air Max 1 Chlorophyll, among others.

“eBay’s sneakerhead community is one of our most passionate, and P.J. Tucker epitomizes that passion; we couldn’t miss the opportunity to share with fans an inside-look at his new Sneaker Loft and share this perspective with other collectors on the marketplace,” said Mark Flaa, GM of Sneakers, eBay North America. “Not only can fans hear about some of his best scores on eBay, but they’ll have the chance to shop some of those favorites to add to their own collection.”

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Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith Teams Up to Launch Authentication for Sports Memorabilia

eBay, one of the world’s most dynamic marketplaces, is partnering with PROVA Group and founder Emmitt Smith to officially offer its witnessed authentication services to the marketplace’s 182 million global shoppers. Starting today, sellers can use PROVA Group’s services to verify their items as legitimate, and buyers can rest assured they are getting exactly what they pay for. To further demonstrate the authenticity and legitimacy of PROVA Group’s SmarTag™ technology, the partners are hosting an exclusive auction event at, now through 7pm PT on August 5, featuring a breadth of verified sports cards and memorabilia from Smith’s own personal collection.

A majority of proceeds will go to Smith’s charitable organization, Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities, and their efforts to support underserved children with a focus on leadership development, school readiness and college scholarships.

“By partnering with PROVA Group, eBay is taking collector confidence to a whole new level by ensuring the value and historical information associated with each PROVA-tagged collectible is legit,” said Smith. “The marketplace’s values of trust, value and selection squarely align with PROVA Group’s, and it was only natural to bring our verification services to eBay’s customers. Together with eBay, we can connect millions of sports memorabilia enthusiasts with an amazing selection of one-of-a-kind collectibles verified by our service.”

“As a preferred shopping destination for collectors of sports memorabilia looking for a wide variety of rare and desirable inventory, it’s incredibly important to eBay that we can verify those items are legitimate,” said Steve Halupka, Vertical Manager, Sports Memorabilia at eBay. “This commitment is shared by Mr. Smith and the PROVA Group team, and together, with PROVA Group’s modern witnessed authentication process, we’re able to expand eBay’s authentication services and a shopper’s confidence when they turn to us for that special addition to their collection.”

In addition to finding a piece of football history, shoppers can rest assured they are supporting a good cause, as proceeds go to sustaining programs that are at the forefront of Smith’s charitable organization, Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities.

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NBA Star Landry Shamet Announces Latest

Tohi, the ready-to-drink wellness beverage made with antioxidant-rich Aronia Berries, announces professional basketball star Landry Shamet as a Tohi Athlete Ambassador.

Shamet, a shooting guard for the Los Angeles Clippers has been drinking Tohi for two years and has always considered its unique benefits a vital part of his nutrition routine. Tohi’s whole-body benefit paired with its Midwestern roots – where Shamet was raised – made the partnership a natural fit.

Shamet, who is known as one of the NBA’s top up and coming young players, wants to elevate awareness of Tohi and Aronia Berries and make them a household name. Especially as Aronia is emerging as a trending ingredient and is being recognized in both trade and consumer press for its remarkable health benefits.

“I’m at the beginning of my career – but I already think about longevity. What you put in your body is important now – but will also pay off in the long run. I drink Tohi as part of an overall commitment to a healthy lifestyle.”

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Former NBA Star Nate Robinson to Fight YouTuber Jake Paul

Youtuber Jake Paul will fight former NBA star Nate Robinson on the undercard to legendary former Undisputed Heavyweight World Champion and entrepreneur Mike Tyson and four-division World Champion Roy Jones Jr. on September 12, 2020 at 9pm ET aired on pay-per-view through cable, satellite and Triller as exclusive streaming pay-per-view for $49.99.

A three-hour live event airing globally, the Paul vs. Robinson fight is set for 6 rounds and will be one of multiple exhilarating fights taking place during the broadcast leading up to the Tyson vs. Jones Jr. faceoff. This program will also include other significant undercard matches as well as iconic musical performances to be announced in the coming weeks.

This match is Robinson’s professional boxing debut, challenging Paul, who is undefeated as a professional. Details of this unprecedented faceoff will be shown in a corresponding documentary airing exclusively on Triller, that will feature behind the scenes footage and lead up training to the fight in five 10-minute episodes.

Social icon, musical artist and undefeated boxer Jake Paul began his professional boxing debut in 2019 against fellow personality AnEsonGib, resulting in a victory for Paul via technical knockout at 2:18 in the first round. The fight garnered more attention than the main event, and Paul has been credited for bringing hundreds of thousands of new boxing fans to the sport via his social media platforms. Previously Paul fought Deji as the co-main event to Logan Paul and KSI in 2018. Paul won the fight after five rounds as Deji’s corner called the fight on his behalf.

NBA veteran point guard Nate Robinson was selected 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns in 2005 and since led an illustrious eleven-year career, playing for the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, among others. The first three-time slam dunk champions, Robinson saw success across multiple sports, originally attending college on a football scholarship.

Paul has continued to train daily since his last fight and is predicting another knockout, “it’s an honor to be a part of this historic event and have the opportunity to continue to demonstrate my boxing ability to the world against an elite athlete,” said Paul. “I respect Nate for accepting the challenge, but have no doubt that I will once again finish my opponent in the early rounds. You can’t play boxing and it certainly isn’t basketball where you get fouled out for touching someone. We are the modern day gladiators and I will treat the fight as such. This is my future. This is my calling. This is war.”

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Tiger Woods Releases a BTS Look at Surgery and Recovery

Centinel Spine, the largest privately-held spine company focused on anterior column reconstruction, today announced the release of the Tiger Woods: Reborn patient journey video. Created in partnership with 15-Time PGA Tour Majors Winner Tiger Woods, this video is Tiger’s first-hand-account of his remarkable recovery from incapacitating back pain—directly resulting from his successful spinal fusion surgery through the support of Centinel Spine’s technology.

Tiger Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery using Centinel Spine’s STALIF M-Ti™ Anterior Lumbar Integrated Interbody fusion device in April 2017 to alleviate ongoing, debilitating pain in his back and legs. Tiger Woods: Reborn is presented in Woods’s own words—detailing his personal challenges with spinal-related pain and reflecting upon the procedure that allowed him to regain his life and ultimately complete his PGA Tour comeback after almost three years of golf inactivity. Told through the lens of Emmy-nominated director Kevin Foley, the video also includes medical perspective from the spine surgeon who performed the procedure, as well as cinematic visuals of his comeback. The release of Tiger Woods: Reborn supports Centinel Spine’s mission to educate the public on spinal disease and treatment options that allow individuals to continue to function at a high level.

According to Tiger Woods:

“I wasn’t seeking a solution that allowed me to return to competitive golf, only provide relief from my pain and allow me to return to life with my family. Playing golf again at a high level was just icing on the cake. The Centinel Spine technology was the right solution for me and I hope sharing my story in this video will help others suffering with spine-related pain to know that solutions exist—and that there is hope.”

“Centinel Spine is committed to advancing patient care, and an important aspect of this is furthering patient education and empowerment,” said Centinel Spine CEO Steve Murray. “The goal of our partnership with Tiger Woods is to ensure that individuals suffering from debilitating spine pain are aware that surgical solutions exist that allow individuals to continue to function at a high level. This video is an authentic account of Tiger’s patient journey and how he was able to regain his life through spine surgery, told in his own words. Hopefully, this story inspires others living with pain to seek options that may help them as well,” concluded Murray.

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