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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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Jun142017

With NFL Jersey Sales Like This, Oakland's Marshawn Lynch Could Run For President

By Barry Janoff

June 14, 2017: Marshawn Lynch made the right move to come back to the NFL after taking a year off, at least as far as merchandise sales go.

Lynch, now in his first season with the Oakland (soon to be Las Vegas) Raiders, topped the list of best-selling jerseys for May, a solid return for a player who retired after Super Bowl L (Feb. 2016) following more than five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

He then applied for reinstatement earlier this year and was traded from the Seahawks to his hometown Raiders in April, making May the first full month his Raiders jersey would be on sale..

Among the Top Five, Lynch came in ahead of Tom Brady of the Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys teammates Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott and Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans.

He also topped his new quarterback, Derrick Carr, and his former QB with the Seahawks, Russell Wilson, according to stats for the month of May from NFLShop.com.

Specific sales figures were not released.

Lynch would even have done well as a presidential candidate, topping sales in 14 states, mostly in the west,

They included California, Alaska, Hawaii, his former stomping ground in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas and Indiana.

However, Brady ruled sales in the most number of states, 17, claiming all of New England: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode island.

Brady also took Montana, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Kentucky, Louisiana, Alabama, Virginia, Maryland and Florida.

Prescott led jersey sales in Texas as well as Oklahoma and Mississippi.

Von Miller topped sales in Colorado and Wyoming.

Although he is now with the New Orleans Saints, Adrian Peterson’s new jersey was the top selling jersey in Minnesota, where he played ten seasons with the Vikings (although he appeared in just 20 games over the past three years).

Colin Kaepernick’s San Francisco 49ers jersey placed at No. 17, even though he became a free agent in March and is no longer with the team.

Rookie James Conner came in at No. 11, the top-selling jersey among the Pittsburgh Steelers and first-year players.

Dick’s Sporting Goods has a different list of top NFL sales. According to its Jersey Report, the Top 25 selling jerseys over the past month are:

1. Tom Brady New England patriots
2. Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys
3. Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions
4. Von Miller Dencer Broncos
5. Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys
6. Cam Newton Carolina Panthers
7. Luke Kuechly Carolina Panters
8. Julian Edelman New England Patriots
9. Carson Wentz Philadelphia Eagles
10. Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
11. J.J. Watt Houston Texans
12. Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants
13. Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots
14. Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts
15. Le’Veon Nell Pittsburgh Steelers
16. Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
17. Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
18. Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons
19. A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals
20. Marcus Mariota Tenness Titans
21. DeMaryius Thomas Denver Broncos
22. Jarvis Landry Miami Dolphins
23. Joe Haden Cleveland Browns
24. Todd Gurley II Los Angeles Rams
25. Derek Carr Oakland Raiders
SOURCE: Dick’s Sporting Goods

Top-Selling NFL Jerseys May 2017
1. Marshawn Lynch  Oakland Raiders
2. Tom Brady New EnglandPatriots
3. Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys
4. Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys
5. Deshaun Watson Houston Texans
6. Derek Carr Oakland Raiders
7. Odell Beckham Jr  New York Giants
8. Carson Wentz Philadelphia Eagles
9. Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons
10. Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots
11. James Conner Pittsburgh Steelers
12. Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
13. Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions
14. Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
15. Khalil Mack Oakland Raiders
16. Julian Edelman New England Patriots
17. Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers
18. Von Miller  Denver Broncos
19. Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons
20. Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys
21. Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
22. Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys
23. Cam Newton Carolina Panthers
24. Drew Brees New Orleans Saints
25. Adrian Peterson New Orleans Saints
SOURCE: NFLSHOP.com

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