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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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Sep302009

P&G Unveils First Olympic Games Activation In USOC Alliance

Olympic skiier Lindsey Vonn temporarily trades in her athletic gear for fashion apparel during P&G photo shoot.September 30, 2009: It didn't take long for Procter & Gamble to activate behind its alliance with the U.S. Olympic Committee. The CPG giant said it has signed a group of high-profile Team USA athletes to represent the company in marketing efforts that will lead up to and carry through the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Financial terms were not revealed.

Among the athletes now aligned with P&G are Allison Baver (U.S. National Champion, Short Track Speed Skating), Tanith Belbin (Olympic silver medalist, Ice Dancing), Vonetta Flowers (Olympic gold medalist, Bobsled), Lindsey Jacobellis (Olympic silver medalist, Snowboarding), Apolo Ohno (five-time Olympic medalist, Short Track Speed Skating) and Lindsey Vonn (two-time World Champion, Alpine Skiing).

According to P&G, Baver, Belbin, Flowers and Vonn will be united with such beauty brands as Cover Girl, Olay, Olay Quench, Pantene, Secret and Venus. Jacobellis and Ohno will be aligned with Vicks. The athletes will be "fully integrated across numerous marketing channels including advertising, public relations, in-store merchandising, mobile, digital and direct mail," according to P&G.

The Cincinnati-based company in September signed a 17-brand marketing deal across five USOC sponsorship categories for the 2010 Olympics and 2012 Summer Games in London. The 2010 Winter Olympics will be held Feb. 12-28.

“Partnering with these world-class athletes further accentuates our commitment to Team USA and P&G’s long tradition of helping people achieve their personal best each and every day,” Kirk Perry, vice president, North America for P&G, said in a statement. “Each one of these athletes has a unique personality that fits within our brands’ equities and we are confident they will resonate with our target consumers.”

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