Marcus Smart Inks Multiyear Extension with Puma
Marcus Smart unlocked a new level of play during the 2021-22 season, securing Defensive Player of the Year honors. The defending DPOY revealed that he inked a multiyear extension with Puma, Nick DePaula reports. The deal spans both footwear and apparel. Smart fronts an all-star group of basketball ambassadors, which also include LaMelo Ball, Deandre Ayton, and Breanna Stewart.
Alabama Takes Over as College Football’s No. 1
College football has a new number one. Alabama took over the top spot, replacing Georgia in the AP Top 25 poll, following its decisive 49-26 victory against Arkansas. Georgia slipped to the No. 2 spot as Ohio State, Michigan, and Clemson round out the top five.
Gavin Newsom Restricts Use of Lyrics in California Courts
As rap fans collectively call to free YSL, California is making moves to limit the opportunities for lyrics to be used in court. The state’s governor Gavin Newsom signed the Decriminalizing Artistic Expression Act. With the move, it became the first state to have such legislation on record. As a result, any instances of creative expression can only be used in a trial when surrounding contexts are taken into consideration under “judicial review.”
Kim Kardashian Faces SEC Fine Following Crypto Partnership
Crypto regulation has a new target. Kim Kardashian faces a $1.26 million fine following her participation in an Instagram partnership with crypto company EthereumMax. Kardashian posted an endorsement for the company but failed to reveal the professional affiliation. As part of the same investigation, former NBA player Paul Pierce and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. are also subject to fines due to their relationship with the company.
Alex Morgan Locks in NWSL’s Golden Boot
San Diego has made waves during its inaugural NWSL season. The first-year team locked in the third seed in its division for the upcoming playoffs and set an NWSL attendance record for its Sept. 17 match against Angel City FC. Now, the team’s star player is collecting individual accolades: USWNT legend Alex Morgan is this year’s Golden Boot winner, netting 15 goals in 17 games.
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Tyler Herro, Heat Reach $130M Extension
The league’s best sixth man is staying in Miami. Jeff Schwartz and Mike Lindeman of Excel Sports confirmed to ESPN that Tyler Herro inked a four-year extension with the Heat. The contract includes $120 million in guaranteed cash and an additional $10 million in potential bonuses.