Sabrina Ionescu Launches SI20 Foundation, Partners With DREAM
Sabrina Ionescu is a force on the court, but the New York Liberty All-Star is also using her platform for community endeavors off the hardwood. On Wednesday, the Nike athlete announced the launch of the SI20 Foundation, with its first initiative being a partnership with DREAM, a New York-based youth development organization and public charter school network. In addition to hosting a basketball clinic for DREAM Charter School student-athletes on Sept. 9, the non-profit will also welcome DREAM students to Liberty’s final home game of the regular season against the Washington Mystics the following day. The attendees will also receive a special visit from Ionescu after the contest.
Travis Scott's 'UTOPIA -- Circus Maximus Tour' Announced Through End of Year
Travis Scott is going back on the road, bringing his Utopia — Circus Maximus Tour to 28 cities across North America through the end of the year. The jaunt promoting his latest album, Utopia, kicks off in Charlotte on Oct. 11 and runs until Dec. 29. Stops include Kansas City, Vancouver, Nashville, and Barclays Center in Brooklyn. One notable city missing is Scott’s hometown of Houston, which was on the tour schedule “at one point,” according to Rolling Stone. However, Scott will visit Dallas on Oct. 17 and Austin on Nov. 21. Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. local time.
Mavericks to Play Preseason Game Against Luka Dončić's Former Team in Madrid
The Dallas Mavericks will play a preseason game against reigning EuroLeague champion Real Madrid at the WiZink Center in Madrid on Tuesday, Oct. 10, the NBA announced Wednesday. The game will mark 35 years since the first NBA games were played in Spain in 1988 and the league’s eighth game played in the country’s capital. It’ll be the first preseason contest in Madrid since 2016, when Luka Dončić played for Real Madrid and hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder. Dončić joined Real Madrid when he was 13 and became the youngest-ever EuroLeague and EuroLeague Final Four MVP after he led Real Madrid to the 2018 EuroLeague title at 19 years old.
Beyoncé Named Honorary Mayor of Santa Clara
Who runs Santa Clara? Beyoncé. As her sold-out Renaissance World Tour prepares to have everyone at Levi Stadium on “mute,” Queen Bey has been named honorary mayor and given a key to the California city. Beyoncé’s longtime publicist, Yvette Noel-Shure, accepted the proclamation on her behalf. “I have worked with Beyoncé now for close to 27 years. And it gives me great joy to still be recognized for her contributions to the arts and to society at large,” Noel-Shure said of the honor. The proclamation, which includes Mayor Lisa Gillmor’s name, lauded the 41-year-old’s achievements, saying Beyoncé “has had a tremendous cultural impact as one of the most influential pop culture figures, and attaining wide success with the R&B group Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé (also) broke out on her own as a solo artist.”
Saudi Arabia’s PIF Obtains Minority Stake in PFL for Reportedly $100M
SRJ Sports Investments, a company that was launched earlier this month by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, has obtained a minority stake in mixed martial arts promotion Professional Fighters League (PFL), it was announced Wednesday. Sportico reported the acquisition was worth $100 million; however, a representative for the PFL declined to confirm the amount. “There is no better global investor with industrial-strength capital [than PIF] to help us achieve our global vision,” Donn Davis, PFL co-founder and chairman, said. “With this capital, we now have what we need to realize our vision to start the next chapter, become not just No. 2, but the potential co-leader in MMA.” The first PFL Super Fight will take place in the first quarter of 2024, the PFL said, with former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and YouTuber Jake Paul both expected to appear on pay-per-view in 2024.
US Health Services Considering Cannabis Reclassification
In a note sent to Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) administrator Anne Milgram, US Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine asked for marijuana to be reclassified as a Schedule III drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Currently a Schedule 1 drug, around 40 states have legalized marijuana use in some capacity, but hemp remains completely illegal in some states and even at the federal level. Verano Holdings and Sunburn Cannabis, two pro-cannabis companies, praised the HHS move, with Veranos CEO George Archos saying, “cannabis prohibition and its outdated status as a Schedule I substance have unduly harmed countless individuals affected by the failed War on Drugs.”