Atlanta pieced together 12-hits to take down Houston 6-2 Tuesday night in the World Series opener at Minute Maid Park. The Braves lost starter Charlie Morton after only two-and-a-third innings of work, as X-rays revealed that the ace had a fracture in his fibula after taking a bouncing ball off the bat of Yuli Gurriel. He will miss the remainder of the series. Game 2 is tonight at 8:09 p.m. EST.
FTX is Super Bowl Bound
FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried revealed the highest-profile investment in the crypto exchange’s sports portfolio on Tuesday, announcing that they had purchased a 30-second ad during Super Bowl LVI for an estimated $5.5 million. FTX also unveiled Red Sox legend David Ortiz as their most recent athlete partner, joining a long list that includes Tom Brady and Steph Curry, during a commercial that premiered in Game 1 of the World Series.
NFL Won’t Release Remaining Emails from WFT Investigation
In a rare press conference, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed on Tuesday that the NFL will not release emails and related documents from the investigation into toxic workplace culture at the Washington Football Team. Goodell indicated that the decision to withhold the documents was rooted in the protection of the anonymity of those who came forward with accusations of abuse.
Carli Lloyd Hangs Up Her Cleats
The USWNT shut out South Korea in friendly play in Minneapolis on Tuesday night, 6-0. The match marked the final international cap for Carli Lloyd who announced her retirement earlier this year after a decorated 16-year career with the squad. The US was powered by scoring from Lindsey Horan, Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle, Megan Rapinoe, Lynn Williams, and an own goal from South Korea.
LeBron-less Lakers Hold Off Spurs in OT
LeBron James missed Tuesday’s battle against San Antonio with an ankle injury; however, his team pieced together a scrappy effort to outlast the Spurs 125-121 in overtime. Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook combined for 68 points in the win. The Lakers improved to 2-2 on the season.
Kansas City Unveils First-ever NWSL Stadium
Kansas City became the first city to announce a stadium primarily for NWSL use. The $70 million stadium, which is expected to break ground in 2022, will be located on a seven-acre plot on the Kansas City waterfront and its construction will be privately financed by the club’s owners.
WWE Tags Panini as Trading Card Partner
The WWE announced on Tuesday that, beginning in 2022, it will commence a multi-year partnership with Panini as its official trading card provider, replacing Topps. Panini will kick things off in the lead-up to April’s WrestleMania 38 with the 2022 Panini Prizm WWE.
State Farm Announces New Partnership with Overtime Elite
State Farm will be Overtime Elite’s exclusive on-campus home, auto, and life insurance sponsor, they announced on Wednesday. In addition, State Farm will sponsor “king of the court” one-on-one competitions and take part in several community initiatives in the Atlanta area.
NHL Fines Blackhawks $2M for Mishandling in 2010 Sexual Assault Investigation
An independent investigation of a 2010 sexual assault accusation of former video coach Brad Aldrich by a former player and a high school student found evidence of mishandling by the Chicago Blackhawks organization. As a result, the NHL fined the club $2 million on Tuesday, and the president of hockey operations Stan Bowman stepped down for his role in the events.
Independent Report Reveals Significant Gender Gap in NCAA Spending
During the 2021 NCAA basketball tournament, viral footage captured by Oregon’s Sedona Prince revealed the massive disparities in the amenities and experiences of the men’s and women’s events. This led to an NCAA-commissioned investigation into spending in collegiate sports by an independent law firm, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP. Their report, released on Tuesday evening, uncovered spending disparities of greater than 65% between men’s and women’s sports in the NCAA.
Michigan State Mints New Digital Collectibles Series
As Michigan and Michigan State each look to keep their undefeated records alive at this weekend’s Battle for the Bunyan in East Lansing, the Spartans announced a new collaboration with Campus Legends that will bring their fans blockchain-backed digital collectibles. To kick off the partnership, which is the first of its kind in the Big Ten, fans will be eligible to receive a free, commemorative NFT.