Ons Jabeur Joins Naomi Osaka in NC Courage Ownership Group
Ons Jabeur is expanding into the soccer world. On Friday, the current No. 5 best tennis player in the world announced to Boardroom that she had joined the North Carolina Courage ownership group. The 28-year-old joins fellow WTA professional Naomi Osaka as the second pro tennis athlete to invest in the NWSL club. Jabeur told Boardroom that she had been thinking about this decision for “a while” and believes that at the rate women’s soccer keeps ascending, this is the right time to be a part of history. A self-proclaimed Real Madrid fan herself, Jabeur is a three-time Grand Slam finalist and has endorsement deals with Lotto and Wilson.
'Barbie' Eyes Global Record After Becoming Top-grossing Domestic Film of 2023
Another week, another record for Barbie. The Greta Gerwig-directed project reached $575.4 million at the domestic box office, officially making it the highest-grossing movie of the year in North America. Per CNBC, it could also soon become the highest-grossing global release of 2023. For context, The Super Mario Bros. Movie has generated $1.35 billion at the box office worldwide. As things stand, Barbie has already earned $1.3 billion despite releasing three months later, meaning this weekend could be another history-clinching occasion for Warner Bros. Discovery, Mattel, and the entire cast.
Lakers to Unveil Kobe Bryant Statue
Kobe Bryant‘s memory will be cemented in the form of a statue that’s set to be unveiled on Feb. 8, 2024, the Los Angeles Lakers and his widow, Vanessa Bryant, announced on Thursday. “Since arriving in this city and joining the Lakers organization, he felt at home here, playing in the City of Angels,” Mrs. Bryant said in a video posted to Instagram at 8:24 a.m. “On behalf of the Lakers, my daughters and me, I am so honored that, right in the center of Los Angeles, in front of the place known as the house that Kobe built, we are going to unveil his statue so that his legacy can be celebrated forever.” The ceremony will take place outside Crypto.com Arena, and tickets to attend the Lakers game that day will go on sale Friday, Aug. 25, at 12 p.m. PST.
Beyoncé's Tour Collects Nearly $130M in July
During a summer that has seen concertgoers going to extreme lengths to witness their favorite artists perform, one performer stuck out above them all in July — Beyoncé. According to Billboard, the singer’s Renaissance World Tour recorded $127.6 million in revenue over 11 shows between July 8-30, becoming the largest one-month earner for any artist since the Boxscore archives began in the mid-1980s. This feat also edges Bad Bunny’s $123.6 million gross from last September, making it the biggest one-month gross since the charts debuted in February 2019. Through Aug. 1, Bey’s Renaissance World Tour has collected $295.8 million, becoming Beyoncé’s highest-grossing tour thus far, passing The Formation World Tour and its $256.1 million profit.
Flau'jae Johnson Gets Street Named After Her in Georgia
If you’re driving through Georgia, your GPS might direct you to a street with a familiar athlete’s name. On Thursday, Savannah native Flau’jae Johnson joined the ranks, sharing on Instagram that she officially has an intersection under her name. According to Nola.com, Georgia state Rep. Carl Gilliard drafted a resolution in April to name the junction of State Route 204 at West Montgomery 18 Cross Road after the reigning NCAA women’s national champion. Johnson, who most recently donated $10,000 to the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club while also distributing $100,000 worth of shoes, uniforms, backpacks, and other items to the organization, is the youngest person in Georgia’s history to have an intersection named after them.
Julian Edelman Joins Former Teammates Brady, Gronk at Fox Sports
Julian Edelman is following former New England Patriots teammate Tom Brady to Fox Sports. The 37-year-old is joining Fox NFL Kickoff next season, it was announced Thursday, replacing Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton. The ex-NFL wideout previously served as an analyst on Inside the NFL for the past two years. Edelman played all 12 of his professional years in Foxborough, winning three Super Bowl titles before retiring in 2021.
Beats Taps Caleb Williams, Shedeur Sanders to Headline ‘Elite' Class
Beats revealed its inaugural “Beats Elite” class on Thursday, a roster of college football athletes joining the brand’s iconic lineup of ambassadors. According to the release, Beats Elite athletes will be featured across various marketing campaigns and wear custom products splashed with the company’s imagery. The class of 2023 consists primarily of QBs, with one DB and one RB. The names include Michigan’s JJ McCarthy, USC’s Caleb Williams, Notre Dame’s Sam Hartman, and Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders. To accompany the launch, the class all starred in a short film featuring a new track titled “Blood Moon” by Mike WiLL Made-It and Lil Uzi Vert.