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Noah blamed Le Coq Sportif for causing a foot injury during the '12-13 season
YAHOO SPORTS' Kelly Dwyer cited a TMZ report which stated Bulls F Joakim Noah and France-based athletic apparel company Le Coq Sportif "are now suing each other, after a partnership gone wrong." Noah blamed his Le Coq Sportif shoes for causing a foot injury during the '12-13 season and also is blaming the company for "allegedly not paying him what he was supposed to be handed" as part of his six-year, $6M deal. Noah's suit mentions the 16 games he missed as a result of the injury (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 4/23).

TAXING SITUATION: Accounting, tax and advisory firm CohnReznick on Thursday announced that MLB Exec VP/Baseball Operations Joe Torre will continue to serve as its national spokesperson, and unveiled its new multimillion ad campaign -- titled "Game Changer" -- designed to convey the firm's expertise (CohnReznick).

14 KARAT FOOTBALL: Pandora Jewelry and the NFL on Thursday announced that they have joined forces to introduce a collection of Pandora charms that will represent each of the league's 32 teams. Engraved NFL team logos will be featured on sterling silver and 14K gold, Pandora's football helmet charm ($160) and a sterling silver dangle ($65) (Pandora).

ICE CREAM CREW: The Crew on Thursday announced that it has partnered with Columbus-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in a move that will see the food served at Crew Stadium concession stands throughout the regular season. The deal is the first sports-specific sponsorship for the company (Crew).
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