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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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Jul312013

Topps MLB Cards Get Big, Hit The Wall With Reggie, Cal, Nolan, Ozzie, Sparky

By Barry Janoff

July 31, 2013: Topps, which has been producing iconic cards of baseball players for more than 60 years, is moving into Fathead territory.

The company has created a new division, Archive Prints, a collection of 25" x 34" vintage art prints featuring digitally remastered original Major League Baseball card artwork.

The company's first foray into the home decor market will feature more than 1,000 original Archive Prints of the biggest MLB stars from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

According to Topps, each print begins with "the actual physical card from the Topps' archives and then painstakingly re-mastering the artwork with a team of designers."

Unlike the original packs of cards, however, no gum is included.

All Archive Prints are officially licensed by MLB, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Major League Alumni Marketing Assn.

Among the prints being offered are 20 different Nolan Ryan cards (1980-1990), 12 Reggie Jackson cards (with the New York Yankees and California Angels), 14 Cal Ripken Jr. cards, George Brett, Gary Carter, Mike Schmidt, Tony Gwynn, Jim Rice and Ozzie Smith; and managers including Tommy LaSorda and Sparky Anderson.

Topps is supporting with a spot that shows how the prints are made  and a dedicated micro-site that offers the entire collection, which is being updated on a regular basis.

"Having been in the baseball card business for over 60 years, Topps has amassed an amazing collection of one-of-a-kind card artwork and Major League Baseball player photography," Michael Bramlage, vp-digital for The Topps Co., said in a statement.

"Each card captures the style of that year and enshrines the image of your favorite MLB players, exactly as you remember them growing up. We're excited to begin opening up our archives with these authentic, high-quality prints for your wall," said Branlage.

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