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• Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists Class of 2018: Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Hugh Evans, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Rudy Tomjanovich, Chris Webber, Kim Mulkey, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, Wayland Baptist University. Class of 2018 will be named during the NCAA Men’s Final Four weekend in San Antonio March 31-April 2.

• Serena Williams, who said her first auto purchase was a while Lincoln Navigator SUV she named “Ginger,” has signed to become an official spokesperson for the brand. A social media-based marketing campaign includes videos of Williams talking about and driving the 2018 Navigator, with ongoing videos to follow. “Partnering with a brand like Navigator comes from a genuine place,” she said in the first video. “Let’s just be honest: Serena Williams needs to be in the new Navigator.”

• The Smashing Pumpkins unveil 'Shiny And Oh So Bright' 36-city tour, their first tour in nearly 20 years, with founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha. Produced by Live Nation.

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IMDbPro’s ALL-TIME TOP-GROSSING, LIVE-ACTION SPORTS-THEMED MOVIES*
1. The Blind Side (2009) $255.9M
2. The Karate Kid (2010) $176.6M
3. The Waterboy (1998) $161.5M
4. The Longest Yard (2005) $158.1M
5. Jerry Maguire (1996) $153.9M
6. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) $148.2M
7. Rocky IV (1985) $127.8M
8. Rocky III (1982) $125.1M
9. Seabiscuit (2003) $120.2M
10. Blades of Glory (2007) $118.6M
*These are the Top 10 domestic-grossing, live-action movies with sports as a central theme. These numbers have not been adjusted for inflation.

Data provided by Box Office Mojo

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Most-Watched Winter Olympics in U.S. TV History
1. Lillehammer, 1994* 204 million
2. Vancouver, 2010 190 million
3. Salt Lake City, 2002 187 million
T4. Torino, 2006 184 million
T4. Albertville, 1992 184 million
T4. Nagano, 1998 184 million
* Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding incident

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Jun132017

Diddy, BeyoncĂ©, J.K. Rowling Take It To The Bank Among Highest-Paid Celebrities

By Barry Janoff

June 12, 2017: It pays to be a musician if you want to be among the highest-paid celebrities in the world.

The two highest-paid celebs in the world are in the music business — Sean "Diddy" Combs, who earned $130 million this past year, and Beyoncé, who made $105 million — and musicians make up five of the top eight highest paid celebrities, also including No. 4 Drake ($94 million), No. 6 The Weekend ($92 million) and No. 8 Coldplay ($88 million).

Musicians comprise 37% of the Top 100 and athletes 30% with the remainder considered actors, performers and/or in the media, topped by author J.K. Rowling at No. 3, who earned $95 million this past year, according to a new report from Forbes.

The earning period is June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017.

Diddy stars in a new documentary, from Live Nation Productions, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story, an Apple Music exclusive schedule to debut June 25.

The documentary traces his rise from as a youth in Harlem and follows him during a three-week rehearsal session during which he reunites with members of his Bad Boy Records label for a sold-out show in Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn, according to Apple Music.

Among the athletes, the leading earners are No. 5 Cristiano Ronaldo ($93 million), No. 10 LeBron James ($86 million) and No. 14 Lionel Messi ($80 million).

In addition to Coldplay, top-earning groups over the past year include No. 11 Guns N’ Roses ($84 million), No. 21 Metallica ($66.5 million) and No. 32 Red Hot Chili Peppers ($54 million).

Musicians make up five of the top eight highest paid celebrities in the world: Diddy, Beyoncé, Drake, The Weekend and Coldplay.

Mark Wahlberg is Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, with $68 million (No. 20), followed by No. 22 Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ($65 million) and No. 31 Vin Diesel ($54.5 million), according to Forbes.

There are no female athletes on the list. Serena Williams was the only woman athlete among the Top 100 Earning Athletes in the world in a recent Forbes report, coming in at No. 51 with some $27 million in tennis winnings and endorsements (but not including income from investments in such companies as Mission and the NFL’s Miami Dolphins).

The third highest-ranked woman in the Top 100 was Ellen DeGeneres (No. 16, $77 million), listed as a media "personality."

There was only one actress on the Forbes list: No. 58. Sofia Vergara ($41 million).

See the full list here.

Top 25 Highest-Paid Celebrities
1. Diddy $130 million (Musician, U.S.)
2. Beyoncé $105 million (Musician, U.S.)
3. J.K. Rowling $95 million (Author, U.K.)
4. Drake $94 million (Musician, U.S.)
5. Cristiano Ronaldo $93 million (Athlete, Portugal)
6. The Weeknd $92 million (Musician, Canada)
7. Howard Stern $90 million (Personality, U.S.)
8. Coldplay $88 million (Musicians, U.K.)
9. James Patterson $87 million (Author, U.S.)
10. LeBron James $86 million (Athlete, U.S.)
11. Guns N' Roses $84 million (Musicians, U.S.)
11. Rush Limbaugh $84 million (Personality, U.S.)
13. Justin Bieber $83.5 million (Musician, Canada)
14. Lionel Messi $80 million (Athlete, Argentina)
15. Dr. Phil McGraw $79 million (Personality, U.S.)
16. Ellen DeGeneres $77 million (Personality, U.S.)
17. Bruce Springsteen $75 million (Musician, U.S.)
18. Adele $69 million (Musician, U.K.)
18. Jerry Seinfeld $69 million (Comedian, U.S.)
20. Mark Wahlberg $68 million (Actor, U.S.)
21. Metallica $66.5 million (Musicians, U.S.)
22. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, $65 million (Actor, U.S.)
23. Roger Federer $64 million (Athlete, Switzerland)
24. David Copperfield $61.5 million (Magician, U.S.)
25. Kevin Durant $60.6 million (Athlete, U.S.)

SOURCE: FORBES

Ronaldo, LeBron, Messi World’s Highest Paid Athletes

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