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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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Most Exciting Sports Worldwide
1. Athletics (i.e. Olympics) 47% Very/Quite Exciting
2. Tennis 43%
3. Football (soccer) 43%
4. Rugby 41%
5. Gymnastics 36%
6. Boxing 32%
7. Formula 1 32%
8. Swimming 26%
9. Horse Racing 25%
10. Cycling 25%

Most Boring Sports Worldwide
1. Golf 70% Very/Quite Boring
2. U.S. Football 59%
3. Cricket 58%
4. Darts 58%
5. Snooker 57%
6. Basketball 52%
7. Horse Racing 52%
8. Cycling 50%
9. Formula 1 49%
10. Boxing 46%

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Top Selling MLS Player Jerseys
1. Miguel Almirón Atlanta United
2. Bastian Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire
3. Josef Martínez Atlanta United
4. Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders
5. David Villa NYCFC
6. Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders
7. Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
8. Kaká Orlando City FC
9. Andrea Pirlo NYCFC
10. Nicolás Lodeiro Seattle Sounders
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Aug012015

Barclays English Premier League 2015: Is Wayne Rooney Still ManU's Money Man?

By Barry Janoff

Aug. 1, 2015: Soccer players are doing pretty well for themselves these days, with a growing number of them listed among the highest-paid athletes in the world.

On Forbes' list for 2015, released in June, Cristiano Ronaldo was No. 3 in the world, with an estimated income of $79.6 million (U.S.) — $27 million of which came from endorsement deals.

Ronaldo was the first non-boxer on the list — which was topped by Floyd Mayweather Jr. ($300 million income from fights and endorsements) and Manny Pacquiao ($160 million income) — and just ahead of soccer icon Lionel Messi, who placed No. 4 with $73.8 million in income ($22 million from endorsement deals).

Among other international soccer stars, Zlatan Ibrahimovic came in at No. 14 on the Forbes list ($39.1 million income), Gareth Bale at No. 18 ($35 million) and Neymar at No. 23 ($31 million income).

With the 24th season of the Barclays English Premier League beginning Aug. 8, Wealth-X has released its list of the EPL's richest players.

Wealth-X describes itself as a "global authority on wealth intelligence, providing sales, marketing, strategy and compliance solutions to clients in the financial services, luxury, not-for-profit and education sectors.

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney took the top spot on the list, emerging as the wealthiest footballer in the league with a net worth of $110 million (U.S.). In 2014, Rooney signed a $105 million, five-year contract extension with ManU.

Forbes, in its list of highest-paid athletes, had Rooney at No. 34 overall, with income at $26.9 million, with about $20 million (U.S.) in salary and the rest in income from such endorsement deals as Nike and Samsung.

Rooney also appears in a new spot, "The Beautiful Game," from Chevrolet, which is a lead partner and jersey sponsor for ManU (pictured above, along with teammates Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick).

Yaya Touré of Manchester City is second on the Wealth-X list with an estimated worth of $75 million.

On the Forbes list, he came in at No. 83, with $20 million in income, all but $3 million from his soccer salary.

John Terry, captain for defending EPL champion Chelsea, and at 34 the oldest player on the list, is listed at No. 3 with a net worth of $65 million.

Rooney's teammate, Bastian Schweinsteiger, is No. 4 in teh EPL with an estimated net worth of $60 million. This coming season marks his first with Manchester United following his $23 million signing from Bayern Munich earlier this month.

Fifth on the Wealth-X list is Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, whose worth was estimated at $55 million.

Manchester United itself is the fifth most-valuable sports franchise in the world, at $3.1 billion, according to Forbes, behind Real Madrid ($3.26 billion), the NFL's Dallas Cowboys ($3.2 billion), MLB's New York Yankees ($3.1 billion) and Barcelona ($3.16 billion).

ManuU previewed the 2015-16 season and unveiled its adidas kit in style over the weekend with a dramatic TV spot, "Break Expectations."

This coming season marks the first for ManU and adidas, which in 2014 signed a ten-year deal to replace Nike, valued at $1.3 billion. Chevrolet's seven-year deal with the club, which began last season, is valued at $600 million, according to industry analysts.

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