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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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Oct052009

Nascar's McMurray In Good Spirits With Diageo's Jeremiah Weed

Jamie McMurrayOctober 5, 2009: Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea has unveiled a deal to sponsor Nascar driver Jamie McMurray of Roush Fenway Racing in what the Diageo vodka brand is calling its "first major sponsorship." Financial terms were not disclosed.

Diageo sibling Crown Royal, which recently renewed a multiyear commitment to Roush Fenway Racing, had been McMurray's primary sponsor but moved to RFR's Matt Kenseth for 18 events beginning in 2010.

Weed's deal with McMurray begins at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Oct. 17 as primary sponsor of the No. 26 Roush Fenway Ford Fusion. The Nascar Banking 500 Only From Bank of America event will be the fifth round of the 10-race Chase for the 2009 Nascar Sprint Cup. Diageo said this would be the first time a vodka brand takes on primary sponsorship for a driver since Nascar lifted in 2004 its long-standing ban on hard liquor companies sponsoring teams, enabling them to join beer and malt beverages as primary Nascar sponsors.

The deal, which will come with a strong "drink responsibly" message, comes at a time when hard liquor companies are rethinking their sports sponsorships and financial spends. Richard Childress Racing said last month that Brown-Forman would not extend its relationship with RCR beyond this season, meaning they would lose the Jack Daniels sponsorship that began in 2005. And Jim Beam, sponsor of owner-driver Robby Gordon's No. 7 Toyota, said they would part ways after the 2009 season.

“In its first ever major sponsorship, Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea is thrilled to utilize Nascar as a platform to extend its Southern ideals and traditions to the millions of fans who follow the sport,” Judd Zusel, director of innovation for Diageo, said in a statement. “Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea sees a clear opportunity to elevate the brand even further by connecting with adult consumers that have an undying passion for the sport they love, and encourage them to enjoy our sweet tea vodka responsibly throughout the weekend’s race festivities.”

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