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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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Tuesday
Nov242009

Puma Bullish On Chicago With New Retail Location

November 24, 2009: Sports and lifestyle footwear and apparel company Puma said it plans to add a second retail location in Chicago, and third in the region, picking "Black Friday," Nov. 27, to unveil what it calls "a unique new retail concept."

The store, located in the Chicago State Street development  at the corner of North State and Randolph, joins the original store on North Rush Street as Chicago locations. Puma also has a retail location in the Woodfield Shopping Center in Schaumburg, Illinois.

The the two-floor, 8,000 square-foot space at  Chicago State Street will be the first to feature the entire array of Puma products, including sport-performance, sport-lifestyle and sport-fashion; soccer cleats and performance running sneakers; and high-fashion collaboration projects with Alexander McQueen and Mihara Yasuhiro. The store will also house essential Puma collections such as Puma Archive and Puma Denim.

Puma said it would follow the opening with a celebration on Dec. 1 that would such in-store events as " sweets, prizes, and other goodies," as well as local athletes and performers. These "employees" will donate their "wages" to the charitable foundation formed by the Chicago Red Stars' Women's Professional Soccer team, which will have representatives at the store. Chicago's Jump Smokers are scheduled to performing 7-8PM.

“We felt that now was the right time to open a brand store that spoke to everything that Puma stands for,” Jay Piccola, President and GM of Puma North America, said in a statement. “During these tough economic times, the brands that stay true to themselves are the ones that will survive. Now more than ever, it’s important for PUMA to showcase the best of the brand to the world.”

Added Jeff Dunn, Puma North America’s vp-retail, “We chose Chicago and State Street because of its location, the city culture, and the local community known for their love of shopping, sports, creativity, and innovation. We feel that this will be a great home for Puma, and a place the local Chicago consumer will truly embrace.”

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