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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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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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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Coca Zero Begins March Madness Campaign

Feb. 11, 2009: Coca-Cola believes it's never too soon to get mad, as in March Madness, and is asking college basketball fans to join in by sharing photos and videos that could be incorporated into a 30-second TV spot that will premiere on CBS on April 6. Coke Zero, the "official fan refreshment of the NCAA," wants consumers and fans of NCAA March Madness to become part of a “Taste the Madness” effort by visiting www.tastethemadness.com. There, they can upload "their most animated and fanatical" videos and photos supporting their favorite NCAA college basketball team. Suggestions range from bouncing faster than Duke University’s Cameron Crazies to reciting your school’s fight song more passionately and intensely than thousands of University of Kansas fans chanting “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk. A Coke Zero panel of judges will determine, the best entries submitted to the Coke Zero "March Madabase" between now and the NCAA Men’s Final Four on April 4.

Coke Zero has also partnered with CBS college basketball studio analyst Seth Davis to help promote the "Taste the Madness" program. Former University of Notre Dame player (and former star with the NBA's Detroit Pistons) Bill Laimbeer, will represent the program in Detroit, where the 2009 national semifinals and championship game will be played at Ford Field. “NCAA basketball fans have loyalty and enthusiasm for their favorite teams that’s unmatched in any other sport,” Bill Kelly, svp, Coca-Cola Trademark Brands, Coca-Cola North America, said in a statement. “Just like Coke Zero set itself apart from other beverages with its combination of Real Coke Taste and Zero calories, the NCAA basketball fanatics we select for the ‘Taste the Madness’ vignette will stand out through their distinct displays of school spirit and unparalleled fan madness.” Coca-Cola is an official NCAA corporate champion. Back to Home Page

 

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