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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Monday
Nov262012

Quarterback Cam Newton Phones Home, Goes From Passer To 'Patissier'

By Barry Janoff

November 26, 2012: Samsung has NBA star Lebron James touting its Galaxy Note II in national commercials, showing how the phone makes all aspects of his life easier.

Now, Microsoft has NFL quarterback Cam Newton not only showing how the Windows Phone 8 makes his life easier, but also helps him during a cooking challenge issued by his mom.

The second-year player for the Carolina Panthers gets to customize his "Live Tiles" screen to adapt to his lifestyle, which includes "learning to cook or building a brand," as he explains in the commercial.

The ad broke this week during sports programming, and will run tonight during ESPN's Monday Night Football when the Panthers visit the Philadelphia Eagles. It is part of a Microsoft series for the product that also has commercials starring Jessica Alba and Gwen Stefani.

"I'm trying to be the best," Newton explains in the spot. "It doesn't matter if I'm learning to cook (via the AllRecipes app on his phone) or building a brand. And don't even get me started with Xbox. I'll take on anyone, any time"

He then relates that his "motivation comes from a lot of places. But my inspiration comes from someone special."

We then see a photo of his mom on the phone, followed by a picture of a pie she has baked along with the challenge, "Beat this."

Cut to a shot of Newton wearing a patissier (pastry chef) outfit and hat, standing in a kitchen along with two friends. Newton has just baked his own dessert. "Now you know that looks good," he says as he photographs the creation with his phone and sends to his mom.

"That's me. And this is my Windows phone."

A voiceover then chimes in, "New Windows' phone. Re-invented around you." (See the full spot here.)

Newton's other marketing deals include Under Armour and EA Sports, both of which show up as apps on Newton's phone display during  the commercial, as does the Cam Newton Foundation.

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