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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.

KEEPING SCORE

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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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

Source NBC Sports

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Thursday
Jan152009

President Obama Will Make Olympic Pitch For Baseball

Jan. 15, 2009: President Barack Obama already has publicly stated his support to have Chicago host the 2016 Olympics, but later this year he also will use his power to help have baseball reinstated as an Olympic sport for the '16 Summer Games. "Obviously there are priorities, but we have been working with his people and he will be very involved in getting baseball back into the Olympics," said Dr. Harvey Schiller, president of the International Baseball Federation, the governing body that represents all of the game's federations worldwide (including softball, which also is seeking reinstatement). "This commitment [from the president-elect] is very important to our plans." President Obama's public push would be baseball-specific, going beyond a video he made supporting Chicago as the 2016 host city, which was shown as part of a presentation that Dr. Schiller made to the IOC during a 30-minute meeting on Nov. 14 in Lausanne, Switzerland. That presentation also included a photo of Obama, who was then campaigning for president, wearing a Chicago White Sox jersey and a video of former President George H.W. Bush speaking in favor of Chicago. Dr. Schiller said that if Chicago was selected as host city and baseball was reinstated, the city's two MLB parks, Wrigley Field (Cubs) and U.S. Cellular Field (White Sox) would help generate $30 million in revenue from baseball alone. The presidential push will be part of an eight-month drive that begins with the World Baseball Classic in March, runs through the MLB season and World Series and includes the Baseball World Cup in September, which will be played throughout Europe with 22 teams, including the U.S. The IOC is scheduled to consider making a decision on two of seven sports seeking Olympics Games reinstatement on Oct. 3, the day after it is scheduled to select the 2016 Summer Games venue. The IOC said it would have 28 sports at the 2016 Olympics, meaning that two sports can be added. The others seeking reinstatement are golf, karate, roller sports, rugby and squash. In July 2005, the IOC voted to drop baseball and softball from the Olympics following the 2008 Summer Games and won't be part of the 2012 Games in London. Back to Home Page

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