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March 2, 2024

Allen Iverson Getting a Statue Outside of 76ers Practice Facility

The Philadelphia 76ers announced Friday that Hall of Fame guard Allen Iverson will become the 10th player in franchise history to be honored with a sculpture at the team’s training complex. The unveiling ceremony is scheduled for April 12, and two days later, Iverson will also be honored ahead of the Sixers’ game against the Brooklyn Nets. “Paying homage to the legends who paved the way for our franchise is not only the right thing to do; it’s an incredible source of inspiration for current and future generations of 76ers players and staff who enter our Training Complex every day, as well as kids in the city of Philadelphia and at large,” said Sixers co-owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer. During his tenure with the team, Iverson became an 11-time All-Star and four-time league scoring champion. He also led the Sixers to the playoffs six times, including a trip to the NBA Finals in 2001.


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Elon Musk is Suing OpenAI, Sam Altman Over Contract Breach

Claiming the company abandoned its goal of developing AI “for the benefit of humanity broadly,” Elon Musk is suing OpenAI, its CEO Sam Altman, and others affiliated with the company. Per The New York Times, the 35-page lawsuit was filed Thursday in Superior Court in San Francisco and seeks a jury trial. Musk, who left OpenAI in 2018, is suing over breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and dishonest business practices. The Tesla CEO also wants a ruling to prohibit anyone, including Microsoft, from benefiting from OpenAI‘s software.

Lindsey Vonn Joins Utah Royals Ownership Ahead of NWSL Return

Three-time Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn announced on Thursday she has joined the Utah Royals FC ownership group, one led by David Blitzer and Ryan Smith. “I’m so excited to be supporting women and especially women in the Utah community. As someone that’s been a member of the Utah community for a long time and also helping the Olympic bid for 2034, I’m so excited to have the Utah Royals back in the NWSL,” Vonn said. Initially established in 2017, the Utah Royals played two seasons in the NWSL before postponing its operations in 2020 and moving to Kansas City in 2021. Behind Blitzer and Smith, the organization was brought back as an expansion team and will make a rare second debut on March 16 at home against Chicago.

'Dune: Part Two' Makes Over $12M in Previews from Box Office Debut

Dune: Part Two has now grossed more than $12 million in previews across 3,400 theaters, Variety reported Friday. IMAX venues alone made $4.5 million. For context, the first Dune film recorded $5.1 million in previews during its simultaneous debut in theatres and Max during the pandemic in 2021. The sci-fi sequel from Warner Bros. and Legendary is estimated to earn between $70 million and $80 million in its opening weekend. However, some projections are aiming the movie even higher in the $90 million range. Dune: Part Two stars Timothée Chalamet, Austin Butler, Zendaya, Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, and many more famous faces are guaranteed to garner sold-out audiences.

8 MLS Teams Included in New Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Format

US Soccer confirmed Friday it’s decided on the format of the 2024 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, scheduled to run from March 19 through Sept. 25. Per the announcement, 96 teams from across the amateur and professional status will play a total of 95 matches during that period. Out of those 96, only eight play in Major League Soccer: Atlanta United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LAFC, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, and Sporting Kansas City. They make up the Division I teams. The remaining 88 teams will be split between Division II, Division III, and the Open Division. The opening round will be the first time since 2008 that all 32 games will be exclusively between amateur teams from the Open Division and professional teams from Division III. Find all the details at ussoccer.com.