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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.
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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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Dec012009

NBA Puts New Spin On 2009-10 Version Of Hardwood Classics Nights

December 1, 2009: The NBA and its teams will again celebrate their history with more than 60 retro games under the NBA Hardwood Classics Nights banner.

Key to the Hardwood Classics event is that merchandise is available exclusively at the NBA Store in New York City, NBAStore.com and NBA team shops.

As part of this season's celebration, which will tip off Dec. 2 with the Cleveland Cavaliers honoring the franchise's 40th anniversary, seven teams will relive the history of basketball in each city by wearing uniforms from adidas that represent various  decades of the NBA’s history. Marketing support will include special ceremonies, in-arena entertainment and promotions. The teams are the Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz.

NBA Hardwood Classics Nights will run through March 31, 2010, featuring 62 games, with 19 televised on ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV.

The NBA initiated a version of Hardwood Classic Nights during the 2001-02 season when the Los Angeles Lakers honored their Minneapolis roots with a special ceremony, banner unveiling, attendance by Minneapolis legends including George Mikan and retro uniforms. In 2002-03, eight teams hosted NBA Hardwood Classics Nights games, and that expanded to 12 teams in 2003-04. It has been an annual event since then.

In addition to the retro jerseys worn by each team participating in the NBA’s 2009-10 Hardwood Classics Nights program, the Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks and the Lakers will be wearing a special anniversary jacket on court during Heritage Week, Feb. 21-28, 2010. The anniversary jacket features commemorative patches representing each championship won by that team. Hardwood Classics Nights.

Highlights of the 2009-10 Hardwood Classic Nights schedule include:

• The Warriors will celebrate their history in San Francisco by wearing the 1963-64 San Francisco Warriors home uniform.

• The Timberwolves and the Magic will both celebrate their 20th anniversaries by wearing their respective inaugural 1989-90 road uniforms.

• The Cavaliers will celebrate their 40th anniversary by wearing the same uniform the team wore during the 1988-89 season.

• The Trail Blazers will wear road uniforms from their 1976-77 championship season and will celebrate their 40th anniversary.

• The Raptors will celebrate the history of basketball in Toronto by wearing uniforms from the Toronto Huskies 1946-47 season.

• The Jazz will celebrate their 30th anniversary by wearing their 1979-1980 road uniforms marking the first year they played in Utah.

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