Lauryn Hill Announces New Tour for 25th Anniversary of Iconic Debut Album
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill turns 25 this week. To celebrate, the singer announced on Tuesday that she is heading on tour, and she’ll take The Fugees with her for a select set of dates. The 17-stop tour kicks off on Sept. 8 in Minneapolis and wraps on Nov. 9 at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena. The album was the first rap album in history to take home Album of the Year honors at the Grammys.
Steve Kerr Kicks off New Venture with RCD Mallorca Stake
Steve Kerr and Team USA are gunning for gold at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. But before the games officially begin this weekend, Kerr announced that he’s also beginning a venture with a new team. Kerr joins La Liga club RCD Mallorca as an investor. Last summer, Kerr visited the club and gave them a rousing pre-game speech. Now, he steps into the new role alongside fellow NBA alum Steve Nash, who is also a stakeholder in the squad.
Amazon Employs AI for New ‘Thursday Night Football’ Feature
This season, Amazon’s Thursday Night Football will tap AI to help fans weigh in on their favorite team’s next plays. This is the newest feature as part of the Amazon Prime Vision package, giving fans a more analytical peak inside the game. Recently, ESPN debuted a similar feature for its viewers at home.
Myles Garrett, Micah Parsons Get into Pickleball with the Texas Ranchers
An original Major League Pickleball squad has a new group of all-star owners. The Texas Ranchers announced on Tuesday that it has expanded its ownership group to include a wide range of homegrown and current Texas athletes, such as CJ Stroud, Myles Garrett, Micah Parsons, Scottie Scheffler, and more. The Ranchers were one of MLP’s original eight teams. In a statement, Houston Texans QB Stroud said, “Texas has always been home to some of the best sports teams and passionate fans in America, and the Ranchers are going to be that next big phenomenon.”
Microsoft Pledges to Sell Activision Blizzard Cloud Rights in Quest for Sale Approval
Microsoft continues to confront obstacles in its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Most recently, UK regulators have continued to block the sale. Microsoft indicated that it will sell Activision Blizzard‘s cloud rights, which include blockbuster games such as Call of Duty and Overwatch. The move comes as an effort to appease the Competition and Markets Authority. This would allow for users to access the games via a third party (Ubisoft), thus preventing a monopoly. Although the regulatory outfit blocked the sale on Tuesday, it is willing to entertain the workaround option as a potential path.
Dick's Sporting Goods Shares Plummet after Theft Concerns Surface
Dick’s Sporting Goods has had a profitable turn in the wake of the pandemic. As people looked to get outside, the sporting goods retailer saw a spike in sales. However, the company confronted some harsh realities as it released its Q2 report. The company’s shares plummeted 24% on Tuesday, as executives pointed to a rise in theft as a key driver in their adjusted annual outlook. Additionally, the company reported a major overstock issue, as shoppers curbed their spending for outdoor items. The report marked the first loss in three years for the retailer.