Boardroom & PLL Prepare to Kick off Street Lacrosse in NYC
The Premier Lacrosse League and Boardroom have launched Street Lacrosse, a new, more accessible version of the sport. It will debut with an Open Run event on Sept. 8 in New York City at Kevin Durant’s “Build It and They Will Ball” court at East Side Community School on East 12th Street. “When KD and Ace invested in the PLL, we all knew our biggest impact would come from creating more access to the sport by giving back to the community,” said Paul Rabil, PLL’s co-founder and president. “Much like the game of basketball, Street Lacrosse will function as an equalizer for anyone who wants to pick up and play. We couldn’t be more excited about the launch of this movement.”
Diddy Makes Good on BET Promise, Donates $1M to Jackson State Football
Diddy will not back out on a promise. In 2022, the entrepreneur indicated that it was his “responsibility” to financially support HBCUs as he received a lifetime achievement award from BET. Now, he’s making good. The Howard University graduate donated $1 million to the Jackson State football team. In a statement, Diddy said, “This donation to Jackson State is not just a financial contribution, it’s an investment in the future of our culture.” On the same day, Puff also cut a $1 million check to the Earn Your Leisure Foundation “geared towards fostering economic empowerment and upholding the legacies of historically Black institutions.”
Simone Biles Continues Stunning Comeback with Eighth All-around National Title
Simone Biles is back like she never left. The four-time Olympic gold medalist competed in her first national championship since she took a break to care for her mental health following the 2020 Olympics, which were postponed to Summer 2021 due to the pandemic. Despite the break, Biles emerged as the overall champion, marking a record-breaking eighth title. Biles received a resounding ovation following her floor routine, led by her teammates and coaches. Reflecting on the moment, Biles told NBC, “It’s really amazing. Everybody in here believes in me. So I just need to start believing in myself a little bit more… It was really special.” The 26-year-old also became the oldest women to take home all-around honors at the event.
Travis Scott Maintains Top Spot on Billboard 200 for Fourth Consecutive Week
Travis Scott can claim the soundtrack of August. The Houston rapper’s Utopia claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for the fourth consecutive week. The album becomes the first rap release to capture the top spot for four consecutive week’s since Drake’s Scorpion accomplished the same feat in 2018. Elsewhere on the top 10 list, the Barbie soundtrack slid into the No. 4 spot while Taylor Swift‘s Midnights took No. 5.
Brandon Ingram Signs with Jordan Brand
The 2023 FIBA World Cup is underway in Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia. As Team USA handle New Zealand 99-72 on Saturday to tip off the tournament, one of the team’s core players debuted a shoe deal. New Orleans Pelicans standout Brandon Ingram revealed over the weekend that he has signed a new deal with Jordan Brand. Ingram said, “Signing with Jordan Brand is a game-changer. A life-changer, and now that it is a reality, I can’t wait to do special things together on and off the court.” According to Nick DePaula, Ingram will be one of the faces of the Jordan 38 rollout.
'Gran Turismo' Races to No. 1 at the Box Office
The strong summer at the box office continues. As the total summertime gross approaches $4 billion, there was a new No. 1 at the box office. Gran Turismo just barely beat out Barbie, bringing in $17.3 million and $17.1 million respectively. The new film, starring Orlando Bloom and David Harbour, raced past the Greta Gerwig phenomenon. However, this weekend also marked National Cinema Day, which means the numbers are still officially rolling in. Blue Beetle took the third spot with a sluggish $13.8 million.