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August 23, 2021

Miguel Cabrera Joins 500 HR Club

Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera became the 28th player to join the elite 500 home run club on Sunday — and the first born in Venezuela — with a 400-foot solo shot against the Toronto Blue Jays. Miggy, who at 38 is playing in his 19th MLB season, is also 45 hits shy of joining the prestigious 3,000-hit club.

Elena Delle Donne Shows Out in Return for Mystics 

Two-time WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne returned to action on Sunday for the Washington Mystics following a pair of back surgeries that have kept her sidelined for the last 22 months. The 31-year old forward finished with 16 points on 5-11 shooting with three rebounds in just 22 minutes of action.

Falcons Owner Launches Investment Group Focused on Sports & Entertainment Startups

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is launching a new company, AMBSE Ventures, focused on funding entrepreneurs and early-stage starts up involved with sports and entertainment. The investment group will reportedly focus on a variety of areas including fan engagement, sports performance, analytics-driven live event operations, and emerging sports and entertainment platforms.

Fanatics Bounces Panini as Official Basketball Card Provider

The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania reported Monday morning that Fanatics has reached a deal with the NBA and NBPA to become the exclusive license-holder to produce basketball cards beginning in 2026, ending Panini’s decade-plus NBA run. The new agreement is expected to grant equity to the league and its players.

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Sends Team Plane to Bring Aid to Haiti

The New England Patriots plane made a special delivery over the weekend to Haiti, bringing medical supplies and doctors to assist in earthquake relief efforts. Pats owner Robert Kraft donated use of the plane, while supplies were donated by Build Health International, a nonprofit in Beverly, Mass.

Cal & FTX Ink 10-Year Naming Rights Deal

FTX, a fast-growing cryptocurrency exchange, is paying $17.5 million for the naming rights to the field at the California Golden Bears’ Cal Memorial Stadium, which will be known as FTX Field, the company announced Monday morning. The deal, which is the first-ever collegiate naming rights sponsorship from a brand in the cryptocurrency space, is good for 10 years — the university accepting 100% of the payment in crypto.