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April 12, 2023

Brittney Griner Will Capture Russian Detention Experience in Upcoming Memoir

Four months after being released from a Russian penal colony, Brittney Griner is ready to share her story. On Tuesday, the Phoenix Mercury star announced plans to write a memoir chronicling her time spent overseas. Per her Instagram, Griner’s intention with the forthcoming book is to “raise awareness surrounding other Americans wrongfully detained abroad, such as Paul Whelan, Evan Gershkovich, Emad Shargi, Airan Berry, Shahab Dalili, Luke Denman, Eyvin Hernandez, Majd Kamalmaz, Jerrel Kenemore, Kai Li, Siamak Namazi, Austin Tice, Mark Swidan and Morad Tahbaz.” A title has not been revealed, but the book is scheduled for release in spring 2024. This will be Griner’s second memoir. Her first, In My Skin: My Life On and Off the Basketball Court, was published in 2014.


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SZA Sets New No. 1 Billboard Record

SZA has officially made R&B history. On Tuesday, Billboard disclosed the singer’s “Kill Bill,” off her second studio album SOS, reached its 16th week at the top of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The achievement breaks a record once held by Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You,” which made it to 15 weeks on top in 2006. Billboard states the hit racked up 23.4 million U.S. streams in her record-breaking week with 6,000 downloads. That’s not all the good SZA news for the day. Capitalizing off the success of her North American tour, the St. Louis native announced a slew of new dates overseas and stateside. Before returning to the United States for 23 stops, SZA will take her talents to Europe, performing 10 shows alongside singer Raye.

Sothebys Achieves Rare Air with $2.2M ‘Last Dance’ Jordans

Michael Jordan hasn’t suited up in two decades, but the basketball legend is still breaking records. On Tuesday, Sothebys announced that a pair of Air Jordan 13s worn by His Airness in Game 2 of the 1998 NBA Finals from the memorable The Last Dance season sold for $2.2 million, setting a new world record for the most expensive sneakers ever sold. The trainers were originally gifted to a ball boy following Jordan’s impressive 37-point winning performance against the Utah Jazz. Unsurprisingly, the GOAT also held the previous record for the most expensive shoes sold: A pair of Air Ships worn during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls fetched $1.5 million in 2021.

Cavinder Twins Prepare for Next Chapter, Turn Down Fifth Year of Eligibility

Haley and Hanna Cavinder will be Miami Hurricanes for life, but no longer active on the school’s hoops roster. After a memorable 2022-23 season that brought them to the Elite Eight, the duo announced they declined to take the fifth-year option of collegiate availability granted to NCAA athletes during the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, the twins plan to pursue other opportunities. While they were coy about their next steps, they prepared a solid runway to the next chapter given their seven-figure NIL valuation and social media stardom which primes them for careers outside of basketball.

Mike Trout Joins Star-studded Investors in TMRW

TMRW Sports just added another A-list face to its roster of superstar investors. The agency announced that Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout is joining the company co-founded by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, with Mike McCarley as an investor. Other decorated athletes who double as backers include Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Dwyane Wade. “The innovative approach TMRW Sports is taking to deliver sports and entertainment through new technology is going to change the way fans interact with their favorite sports,” Trout wrote on Twitter of his investment. “I couldn’t be more excited to announce that I’m joining the team as an investor.”

YouTube TV Announces New Sunday Ticket Pricing Structure

Football fans, start saving. After much anticipation, YouTube has officially revealed the pricing structure for the widely popular Sunday Ticket option. After nearly 20 years at DIRECTV, Sunday Ticket is moving over to streaming. The feature allows audiences to watch their favorite NFL team play, no matter the market. Normally priced at $349, YouTube TV subscribers can get Sunday Ticket for $249 during a special presale period sans RedZone. To add RedZone, it’ll cost $289 during the presale and $389 afterwards. YouTube also teased a number of new features for the experience, including “Multiview,” fantasy stats, real-time data, and the ability to purchase merch during the contest.