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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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Mar092011

Snowboarder/Skateboarder Shaun White Stuck On Stride Sponsorship Deal

March 9, 2011: Shaun White, who has mastered the sports of snowboarding and skateboarding, and has been a major factor in bringing both to a mainstream audience, has signed a deal with Kraft Foods to represent Stride gum in marketing and promotional efforts.

Financial terms of the two-year deal were not disclosed.

According to Kraft Foods, White will be the official spokesperson and will be "engaged in a variety of promotional activities throughout the coming months" for Stride, which comes with the tag, "The Ridiculously Long Lasting Gum."

White, who has won gold medals at both the Winter Olympics and X Games, recently signed a deal with BFGoodrich. He also has marketing deals that include Red Bull, Burton, Oakley, Ubisoft and Target, according to his official Web site.

"When Stride approached me about partnering with the brand, I knew it would be a great fit and I am looking forward to working with them on some pretty exciting things," White said in a statement.

Stride said it would unveil specific activations featuring White throughout 2011, but that they would include including giveaways and digital and social media campaigns such as Facebook and Twitter.

Kraft Food is seeking to make Stride edgy enough for the young, cutting edge demo that follows White. Stride was launched in 2006 by Cadbury Adams, a division of Kraft Foods, "to give gum chewers a fun, unique and long lasting chewing experience," according to the company. TV spots have included a test marketing group that goes ballistic when their Stride Shift gum changes flavors from citrus to mint as it is being chewed, and a group of covert operators who force people to spit out their long-lasting flavor Stide gum. Lead agency is JWT, New York.

"Shaun is a long-time fan of Stride and embodies what the brand is all about: always on the cutting edge with the unexpected and groundbreaking."

Also among Stride's 14 flavors are Forever Fruit, Always Mandarin, Nonstop Mint, Uber Bubble, Eternal Melon, Mega Mystery and Spark.

"Shaun is a long-time fan of Stride and embodies what the brand is all about: always on the cutting edge with the unexpected and groundbreaking," Gary Osifchin, marketing director for Stride, said in a statement. "We are thrilled that Shaun will be representing Stride."

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