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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%

Poll from YouGov.com

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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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Friday
May122017

Play It Forward: WNBA GM’s Pick Lynx To Win Title, Delle Donne MVP, Plum ROY

By Barry Janoff

May 10, 2017: In anticipation of the 2017 WNBA season, which begins this weekend, 12 GMs across the league participated in the 15th Annual WNBA.com GM Survey, predicting such outcomes as league champion, MVP, most impactful off-season moves, top coach, top players by position, most under-rated player, toughest player and best international player.

The Minnesota Lynx were picked to win the franchise’s fourth WNBA championship in seven years, and Elena Delle Donne, who was traded to the Washington Mystics during the off-season, was selected as the favorite for WNBA Most Valuable Player.

The WNBA also unveiled a new partnership that makes FanDuel the league’s first official, one-day fantasy partner of the WNBA.

According to the WNBA, people will be able to access the "official one-day fantasy game of the WNBA" and compete against others for daily WNBA prizes, including courtside tickets to regular season games, WNBA experiences, merchandise and memorabilia.

The official one-day fantasy game, available throughout the entire WNBA regular season and playoffs, is free to all fans via FanDuel.com, the FanDuel app and WNBA.com, according to the league. (Details here.)

"We are constantly looking to innovate by finding new opportunities to engage with our passionate fans and introduce the WNBA to wider audiences," WNBA president Lisa Borders said in a statement. "This partnership with FanDuel and our new one-day fantasy game will be a fresh, unique way for fans to further connect with their favorite WNBA players and teams throughout our season."

Along with the official one-day fantasy game, between May 13-20, people will have access to the "WNBA Tip-Off Challenge," a series of special edition, free-to-play games for the chance to win WNBA Store credit, tickets to WNBA games, and a grand prize fan experience including courtside seats to the WNBA Finals with a basketball legend.

According to the WNBA.com GM Survey, Washington’s acquisition of Delle Donne and its signing of veteran free agent guard Kristi Toliver, who helped the Los Angeles Sparks win the title last season, were seen as the biggest moves of the off-season by 92% of GMs.

The same number also considered Delle Donne to be the one player acquisition who will make the biggest impact, while 67% named the Mystics as the most improved team.

In addition to being selected as the championship favorite, the Lynx were named the team with the best home-court advantage (58%) while the Sparks were tapped as the "most fun team" to watch (25%).

Delle Donne, the 2015 MVP while with the Chicago Sky, was named as the player most likely to win the 2017 MVP by 42%of the GMs, followed by the New York Liberty’s Tina Charles (25%), 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike of the Sparks (17%) , teammate Candace Parker (8%) and Minnesota’s Maya Moore (8%).

Kelsey Plum of the San Antonio Stars, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, was favored to earn WNBA Rookie of the Year honors by 92% of the GMs.

Moore, a former WNBA MVP and Finals MVP, was voted as the player the GMs would want taking a shot with the game on the line (58%) the best finisher (33%) the best at creating her own shot (33%); and the most dangerous in the open floor (33%).

Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm, now in her 16th season: was the top vote-getter in five categories: best passer (75%), the player who would make the best head coach (75%), the player who is best at making her teammates better (67%), the player with the best basketball IQ (50%) and the best leader (50%).

Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury was named the best guard (67%) and best pure shooter (58%).

Minnesota’s Cheryl Reeve, the reigning WNBA Coach of the Year and a two-time winner of the award, was chosen as the best manager/motivator (42%) and best head coach (33%).

Breanna Stewart of the Storm, the reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year, received the most votes as the player with whom to start a franchise (33%). 

The Atlanta Dream’s Damiris Dantas was named as the international player most likely to have a breakout season (25%)

See the full survey results here.

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