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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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Dec122016

Team USA Heating Up For 2017 Special Olympics Winter World Games

By Barry Janoff

December 12, 2016: With just about 90 days until the start of the 2017 Special Olympics World Games next March, Special Olympics Team USA has started to train in earnest, spending three days this week at Killington (Vt.) Resort.

Many members of Special Olympics USA — which is is comprised of 150 athletes, 40 coaches and approximately 20 delegation members who support team operations — will train to compete in seven sports: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowboarding, snowshoeing and speed skating.

The skiiers, snowboarders and snowshoers will practice at Killington Resort, speed skaters and figure skaters will train in Spartan Arena in Rutland and floor hockey members at Castleton University.

The delegation also includes Special Olympics Unified Sports teams, people with and without intellectual disabilities who compete together as teammates.

The Winter World Games are scheduled for March 14-25, 2017, with events in Graz, Ramsau and Schladming, Austria.

Bank of America is premier sponsor for the Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Sponsors also include Audi, Coca-Cola and Microsoft.

For the first time in the history of the Special Olympics World Winter Games, ESPN and ABC networks will cover events from start to finish, with features, interviews and news updates throughout the competition.

The first International Special Olympics Summer Games were held in Chicago in 1968, the first International Special Olympics Winter Games were held in February 1977 in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

This is expected to be the largest Special Olympics World Winter Games in history, with more than 2,600 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from 106 nations scheduled to compete in Austria.

The World Winter Games Opening Ceremony will air on ABC (March 18), followed by Games coverage on ABC the next day, a program each weeknight on ESPN2 from March 20-24 and a wrap up program following the Games, recapping the competitions and Closing Ceremony.

ESPN said its nightly coverage would include interviews with athletes and special guests, a daily competition showcase featuring highlights from the day’s action during SportsCenter and other ESPN programming, profiles and feature stories and on-site reporting.

In addition, a special series of original vignettes will be produced as a part of ESPN’s coverage and will begin appearing on ESPN and digital media in the buildup to the beginning of ESPN’s coverage

"The Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria are going to be a remarkable showcase of the power of sports to have a positive impact on people’s lives," Russell Wolff, evp-ESPN International, said in a statement.

"We’re extremely excited about our coverage plans and very proud to again be showcasing the Special Olympics movement across our media, bringing the amazing competition, athleticism, stories and spirit on display in Austria to millions of fans around the world," said Russell.

Under its current deal, ESPN said it would continue as an official broadcaster of the Special Olympics World Games through the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle and the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

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