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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.

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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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Jan302010

Continental, Rolex In Timely Alliance With Grand-Am Racing

January 30, 2010: Continental Tire, which in December signed a deal to become title sponsor of the Grand-Am Road Racing Sports Car Challenge, said it would expand its partnership with the racing circuit by becoming the official tire of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, starting with the 2011 season. Financial details were not released.

Continental will make its official Rolex Series racing debut at the 2011 Rolex 24 at  the Daytona International Speedway in Florida next January. Over the next 12 months, Continental Tire and Grand-Am said they would conduct a series of testing "allowing the development of the tire technology to enhance the level of competition for their official Rolex Series racing debut" in January 2011.

The 12-race 2010 Rolex Series season begins Jan. 30-31 with the Rolex 24 at Daytona and runs through the weekend of Sept. 10-11. All races are aired live in the U.S. on Speed TV and are distributed globally by ESPN International. The Rolex Sports Car Series features both purpose-built Daytona Prototypes and the production-based GT division in which cars such as Porsches, Ferraris, Mustangs and Mazdas compete.

Other Grand-AM marketing partners include Sunoco, Coca-Cola, Toshiba, SunTrust Banks and Crown Royal.

"Continental Tire was selected through a stringent evaluation process to be official tire of the Rolex Sports Car Series in 2011, and we are excited that they are expanding their current partnership with Grand-AM Road Racing," Kevin Hindson, vp-marketing and communications, Grand-AM Road Racing, said in a statement. "Continental Tire's display of its commitment to motorsports tire technology can only enhance the already-high level of competition of the world's premier road racing series."

According to Bill Caldwell, vp-sales and marketing for Continental Tire, "[We are] committed to being a leading force in the motorsports community, and becoming the official tire of the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series is part of that strategy. The Rolex series is one of the most highly-regarded racing series in the U.S., and will be a perfect format to emphasize the capabilities of our Continental ExtremeContact ultra-high performance tires. We are honored and excited that Grand-AM has selected Continental to partner with them as the official tire of this series."  

Continental in January also signed a deal to become an official sponsor and the exclusive tire of Major League Soccer, which complements the company's position as a marketing partner of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Grand-Am Racing Treads New Territory With Continental Tire Deal

Continental Continues Sports Roll As Official Tire Of Major League Soccer

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