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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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Jan052011

New Year, Same Battle: Nike, adidas Go Toe-To-Toe In Australian Open Activation

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

January 5, 2011: The new year has barely started, but long-time rivals adidas and Nike already are going toe-to-toe in anticipation of the Australian Open, the first of four tennis Grand Slams in 2011.

Among the players who sporting adidas athletic shoes and outfits will be Andy Murray, Jo Tsonga, Ana Ivanovic and Fernando Verdasco. Nike will counter with  athletes including defending champion Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, defending woman's champion Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Juan Martin del Potro and Li Na.

The Australian Open will be played Jan. 17-30 in Melbourne.  It will be shown in the U.S. on ESPN and The Tennis Channel.

A 'thief' has broken into adidas headquarters . . . In anticipation of the tournament, adidas has unveiled "Find Them Fast," an interactive search around the world to find missing pairs of adizero Feather shoes belonging to Tsonga, Ivanovic and Verdasco, as well as missing pairs of adizero F50 Prime boots belonging to soccer star Lionel Messi, all of which were "stolen" from adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

. . . and has taken shoes but left some clues.Consumers will be given clues now through the start of the Australian Open via such media outlets as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. The first set of clues is now accessible at YouTube via "surveillance camera footage" that shows the actual theft of the adidas shoes.

Meanwhile, Nike has started to activate behind the Australian Open by unveiling a collection of shoes and sportswear for Federer, Nadal, Sharapova and del Potro, respectively. A series of clips on YouTube, in addition to a dedicated Australian Open micro-site linked to Nike's home page, will support.

Australian Open marketing partners that will activate for the tournament via multi-media campaigns as well as on-site include IBM, Kia, Rolex, Jacob's Creek, ANZ, Panasonic, Powerade, Evian, Heineken, Virgin Blue Airlines and Wilson, which is expected to supply "4,000 dozen" tennis balls. ESPN will also support its coverage in the U.S. with TV and online efforts.

Separately, adidas is teaming with clothing company Diesel to produce five different limited-edition sports shoes, including two retro styles based on footwear worn by tennis icon Stan Smith. The two brands, which previously collaborated for a special denim collection in 2008, said that the exclusive Diesel/adidas Originals sneaker collection are scheduled to launch Jan. 20, with only 10,000 pairs available globally at Diesel stores on online via Diesel and adidas.

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