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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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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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Apr212015

Topps Can't Pass On Exclusive Deal With QB Jameis Winston As It's No. 1 Pick

By Barry Janoff

April 21, 2015: Iconic trading card and collectibles company Topps plans to go down kicking as it enters its final season as an official producer of NFL cards.

Topps has signed quarterback Jameis Winston to an exclusive deal for the 2015 season, with the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner at Florida State expected to go as the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft on April 30.

Winston enters the league dealing with a serious issue that dates back to an allegation of sexual assault from 2012. Winston has not been charged but the young woman in the situation filed a lawsuit this month accusing him of "sexual battery, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress."

Topps did not address the issue. But Nike, which signed Winston to a deal last week, said in a statement, "Jameis has stated his innocence regarding serious charges made against him. We'll continue to monitor the situation."

Winston will autograph cards and potentially other memorabilia and be a face of Topps NFL marketing, which would include packaging, print, Internet and social media.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Winston's cards will first appear in the Bowman Football, scheduled for release in June.

Topps had been producing NFL cards for about a half-century prior to 2009, when it lost its license for a season before re-signing with NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing division of the NFL Players Assn., for 2010.

Rival Panini America, which also produces official NFL products, takes over the exclusive NFLPI license beginning with the 2016 season under a multi-year deal signed last summer.

Panini also plans to make noise this season, having signed quarterback Marcus Mariota last month to an exclusive deal. Mariota is seen as a Top Five pick and going as high as No. 2 in the NFL Draft.

“We are excited to add a player of Jameis Winston’s caliber to the Topps family,” Kevin Eger, brand manager for Topps Football , said in a statement. “Winston is an electrifying player and collectors always look forward to a player’s first Topps Rookie Card. Winston will lead a thrilling 2015 rookie class, and we look forward to working with him in our 60th year of football cards.”

Winston and Mariota are both on the same team in another endorsement deal, having both signed with Nike, along with incoming top-rated rookie running backs Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley.

Both Topps and Panini America currently produce upward of 17-20 NFL-related releases a year.

Panini America To Go Solo With NFL Players Inc.

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