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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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May042015

Off Course: Tiger Woods. Lindsey Vonn Say They Are No Longer A Golf Twosome

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

May 4, 2015: As they say in Hollywood, Ti-Lind is no more.

Golf star Tiger Woods and world-renowned skier Lindsey Vonn revealed on their respective Web and social media sites on Sunday that their three-year relationship has come to an end.

That also put to an end thoughts that companies might have had of pairing them in marketing efforts.

Unlike some high-profile couple break-ups, this one dissolved mutually and with the participants showing mutual respective for the other.

"Lindsey and I have mutually decided to stop dating," Tiger Woods wrote on his Web site of the three-year relationship.

"I have great admiration, respect and love for Lindsey and I'll always cherish our time together. She has been amazing with Sam and Charlie and my entire family."

The two were seen at The Masters last month along with Woods' kids. That scene, as it now seems, was the exception rather than the norm.

"Unfortunately, we lead very hectic lives and are both competing in demanding sports," wrote woods. "It's difficult to spend time together."

On her Facebook page, Vonn wrote, "After nearly three years together, Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship. I will always cherish the memories that we've created together. Unfortunately, we both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart. I will always admire and respect Tiger. He and his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart."

The two made a substantial marketing couple, although they never appeared together in ads or endorsements.

Though down from a high of about $120 million in annual endorsements, Woods' current marketing roster — valued at some $35 million by industry analysts — includes Rolex, MusclePharm, Kowa, Nike Golf and Upper Deck.

Vonn's endorsement deals, put at some $3-$5 million, include Under Armour, Oakley, Red Bull, Head and GoPro.

The split comes as Woods has amped-up his playing schedule by committing to six tournaments, beginning this week with The Players Championship in Florida and followed by The Memorial in Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio (June 4-7) and the 115th U.S. Open in Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash. (June 18-21).

He also said he would play in the Greenbrier Classic, the Open Championship and the Quicken Loans National.

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