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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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 UPCOMING EVENTS


March 17-18-19: World Baseball Classic Final Four, AT&T Park, San Francisco
March 31: Start of 2013 MLB season


April 6 & 8: NCAA Men's Div. I Basketball Final Four, Georgia Dome, Atlanta
April 7 & 9: NCAA Women's Div. I Basketball Final Four, New Orleans Arena
April 8-14: The Masters, Augusta National GC, Augusta, Ga.
April 11 & 13: NCAA Men's Div. I Frozen Four Hockey Championship, Pittsburgh
April 15: Boston Marathon

April 21: Virgin London Marathon

April 17: End of NBA regular season
April 20: Start of NBA playoffs
April 25-27: NFL Draft, Radio City Music Hall, New York (ESPN)
April 27: End of NHL regular season

April 29: NHL Draft Lottery
April 30: Start of NHL Stanley Cup playoffs

May 4: Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, Louisville
May 12-15: PGA Tour The Players Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
May 18: Preakness, Pimlico Race Track, Baltimore

May 26-June 9: French Open Tennis Grand Slam, Roland Garros, Paris
June 6-8: NBA Finals begin
June 8: Belmont Stakes, Belmont Race Track, Belmont, NY
June 10-16: U.S. Golf Open, Merion CG, Ardmore, PA
June 24-July 7: Wimbledon Tennis Grand Slam, LondonJune 27: NBA DraftJune 28: Last possible day of Stanley Cup Finals
June 30: NHL Draft, Prudential Center, NY

July 9: Home Run Derby, Citi Field, New York (ESPN)
July 10: MLB All-Sar Game, City Field, New York (Fox)
July 14-17: British Golf Open, Kent, England

Aug. 11-14: PGA Champoinship, Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga.

Aug. 26-Sept. 9: U.S. Open Tennis Grand Slam, Billie Jean King Natl. Tennis Center, Flushing, NY
Sept. 28: End of MLB regular season

Oct. 13: Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Nov. 4: ING NYC Marathon


Sites of Upcoming Super Bowls 

Super Bowl XLVIII: Feb. 2, 2014 New Meadowlands Stadium, NJ Feb. 2014
Super Bowl XLIX: February 2015 University of Phoenix Stadium, Feb. 2015 
Super Bowl L: February 2016 NFL will name site May 2014 between Sun Life Stadium, Miiami; and Santa Clara Stadium, Calif. (San Francisco 49ers)
Super Bowl LI: February 2017 NFL will name site May 2014 between Reliant Stadium, Houston; and the stadium not named to host Super Bowl L


Sites of Upcoming NBA All-Star Games  
Feb. 16, 2014: New Orleans Arena
February 2015: tBD

Sites of Upcoming MLB All-Star Game  

July 16, 2013: Citi Field, New YorkJuly 15, 2014: Target Field, Minneapolis

Sites of Upcoming Olympic Games


2014 Winter Olympics: Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7-23
2016 Summer Olympics: Rio de Janeiro
2018 Winter Olympics: PyeongChang, South Korea
2020 Summer Olympics: To be named October 2013



NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Final Four Sites
April 6-8, 2013: Atlanta, Georgia Dome
April 5-7, 2014: Dallas, Cowboys Stadium
April 4-6, 2015: Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium
April 2-4, 2016: Houston, Reliant Stadium


NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Final Four Sites
April 7-9, 2013 - New Orleans, Superdome
April 6-8, 2014 - Nashville
April 5-7, 2015 - Tampa Bay
April 3-5, 2016 - Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium

BCS National Championship   
January 7, 2014: Pasadena, Calif.

FIFA World Cup 
June-July 2014: Brazil
June-July 2018: Russia
June-July 2022: Qatar


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