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August 25, 2021

Serena Williams Withdraws From US Open With Hamstring Injury

Serena Williams is pulling out of the US Open in order to recover from a torn hamstring, the tennis star announced Wednesday morning via her Instagram account. Williams, a 23-time grand slam champion, has won the Open six times, including three consecutive titles between 2012 and 2014.

Harry Kane to Stay at Tottenham Amid Man City Transfer Rumors

Harry Kane will remain at Tottenham Hotspur this summer and will be “100% focused on helping the team achieve success,” the England No. 9 announced Wednesday on Twitter. The 28-year-old striker had drawn interest (and massive reported bids) throughout the summer from Premier League champions Manchester City.

Fanatics To Take Over Exclusive NFLPA Trading Card Rights

The NFL Players Association will leave Panini for a new 20-year trading card deal with Fanatics starting in 2026 — a move that most certainly will pave the way for a similar deal with the NFL itself. The partnership, first reported by Adam Schefter, means the NFLPA will join the MLB/MLBPA and NBA/NBPA under the umbrella of Fanatics’ upcoming trading card brand.

Hilary Knight Sets World Hockey Goal-scoring Record

With her 45th goal in Tuesday’s 6-0 rout of Russia, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight eclipsed Cammi Granato’s record for the most goals at the IIHF World Championship. The US squares off against Canada on Thursday.

Bucks’ Budenholzer Signs 3-year Contract Extension

The defending NBA champions are sticking with head coach Mike Budenholzer, the team announced Tuesday. The three-year contract extension keeps Coach Bud in Milwaukee through the 2024-25 season.

Nerlens Noel Files Lawsuit Against Agency

New York Knicks center Nerlens Noel is suing his former agent, Rich Paul, and agency Klutch Sports, claiming they were responsible for him missing out on nearly $58 million in earnings. The lawsuit, which was filed Monday, claims Noel was led to believe he would get a “max deal” through representation by Klutch.

Thirty Five Ventures Invests in ReserveBar’s Spirited Change Initiative

ReserveBar, an e-commerce platform specializing in fine spirits, will commit over $5 million over the next three years to its Spirited Change Initiativeseeking to elevate minority- and women-owned brands in the beverage industry. Kevin Durant, Rich Kleiman, and Thirty Five Ventures are among the initiative’s investors, the company announced Tuesday.

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Settlement Reached in FIFA Corruption Scandal

In the wake of the 2015 corruption, fraud, and bribery scandal that rocked international soccer’s governing body, the US government approved a payout of $200 million to FIFA, CONCACAF, and CONMEBOL. The investigation included over 50 individuals and companies and uncovered extreme evidence of impropriety, including racketeering, wire fraud, and conspiracy to launder money.

Jerry Jones Makes Passionate Plea for Fans to Get Vaccinated

On his weekly radio show, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones pleaded with listeners to get vaccinated against COVID-19. As the 78-year old said, “We have got to check ‘I’ at the door and go forward with ‘we.’” He noted that the Cowboys are leading the charge in setting the example for their fans.

Max Kellerman Moving on from ESPN’s “First Take”

The ESPN morning show host announced Tuesday he is leaving “First Take,” creating an empty seat next to co-host Stephen A. Smith. Kellerman, who has appeared on the popular show alongside Smith and Molly Qerim Rose since 2016, will join ESPN Radio as co-host of “Keyshawn, JWill & Max” alongside Keyshawn Johnson and Jason Williams.