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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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Wednesday
Dec042013

Kobe-Messi Faux Feud Takes Global Flight In Turkish Airlines Selfie Shootout

By Barry Janoff

December 3, 2013: Selfie was called the "word of the year" by Oxford Dictionaries.

It also is the word that is a call to action for Kobe Bryant of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and international soccer icon Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona in a new commercial for Turkish Airlines.

"The Selfie Shootout" focuses on Bryant and Messi, in their second spot for the carrier, as they seek to outdo one another with self-taken cell phone pix in global locations. The one-upmanship turns the commercial into a travelogue of destinations to where Turkish Airlines flies.

That includes Boston, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Hurghada, Lagos, Los Angeles, Malaga, Marseille, Nairobi, Venice and Ulanbato.

Among the National Geographic-type settings in the spot are the Great Wall of China, St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, a red carpet event in Hollywood, scuba diving in the Maldives, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and Bangkok.

Ultimately, it's in Istanbul's Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet Square where they unexpectedly meet, and where Bryant photo-bombs Messi's selfie.

The spot ends with the pair continuing their duel and the text, "Turkish Airlines. Flying to more countries than any other airline." (See the full spot here.)

The spot also moves Turkish Airlines from its "Globally Yours" tag line to the new, Widen your world."

"The 'Globally Yours' motto substantially increased international awareness of [our] efforts by creating an image highlighting the development process while enhancing the brand," the carrier said in a statement. "Turkish Airlines has now positioned itself as an important player within the global aviation community and has won a significant number of awards that reinforce this status. It is now time to apply a new brand identity that emphasizes this impressive progress and moves the airline into its future.

The "Selfie Shootout" spot, which was viewed more than two million times during its first day on YouTube, also directs viewers to a Twitter destination with the hash tag, #KobeVsMessi.

Lead agency is Crispin Porter & Bogusky.

In the first spot with the two athletes, "Legends On Board," which broke last December, Bryant and Messi sought to outdo each other while in-flight for the attention of a young boy. He ultimately ops for the stewardess who brings him ice cream. That spot has been viewed more than 105 million times on YouTube.

The new campaign was unveiled during a media event in Los Angeles on Tuesday attended by Bryant, who has been a spokesman for Turkish Airlines for two years.

Bryant and Messi are each recovering from leg injuries. Bryant earns about $19 million in endorsement deals which also include Nike and Lenovo.

Messi's marketing roster also includes Samsung, Procter & Gamble and adidas.

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