The Washington Football Team was gifted a second chance to seal the deal Thursday night after an offsides penalty against the Giants led to another try at a last-second field goal. Dustin Hopkins made the 43-yarder on an untimed down after the penalty negated his miss seconds earlier — and WFT took home the W 30-29.
Carli Lloyd Kicks Off Farewell Tour with Five Goals as USWNT Blanks Paraguay
Carli Lloyd netted five goals for the US women’s national team in a 9-0 lopsided win over Paraguay on Thursday night. Lloyd, who is playing in her final slate of matches for the USWNT, became the 10th USWNT player to ever record five goals during a match.
Sore Arm May Shut Down Ohtani’s Pitching for Remainder of Season
LA Angels star Shohei Ohtani may be shut down from pitching for the season, team manager Joe Maddon told reporters on Thursday. Ohtani, who is reportedly experiencing soreness in his throwing arm, will miss his scheduled start today against the A’s and may not return to the mound this season if he doesn’t show signs of improvement.
Indianapolis Colts to Be Featured in First-ever in-season Episodes of Hard Knocks
The NFL announced Thursday night that it would launch first-ever in-season episodes of its reality football program Hard Knocks starring the Indianapolis Colts. The series, which will premiere Nov. 17 (10 p.m. ET) on HBO and stream on HBO Max, will include exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage and focus on quarterback Carson Wentz and others.
USA Men’s Basketball to Replace Gregg Popovich as Coach
After six national teams and two gold medals, USA Basketball has revealed their intentions to replace Gregg Popovich as men’s head coach. They are hopeful to have the position filled by the start of the NBA season on October 19th, and there is a lengthy list of potential contenders including the Warriors’ Steve Kerr, the Suns’ Monty Williams, and the newly minted head coach of the Trail Blazers, Chauncey Billups.
Fantasy Sports App Sleeper Raises $40M, Quadruples Valuation
Sleeper, a growing fantasy sports platform, announced a $40M Series C fundraising round earlier this week, effectively quadrupling its previous estimated valuation to $400M. Notable investors include current and former NBA athletes Klay Thompson (Thompson Family Foundation), Shane Battier, Thirty Five Ventures, and Baron Davis.
RedBird Partners and Lebron James’ SpringHill Approaching Major Deal
When LeBron James shoots, he rarely misses. Variety reports that James’ media company SpringHill is in “advanced talks” with private equity firm SpringHill to purchase a stake, which would drive its value to an estimated $650 to 700 million. As part of the effort, RedHill is soliciting funds from additional partners, including Nike and the Fenway Group, both of which have existing relationships with James.
Fanatics Makes Another Move, Seals 10-year Deal with Cowboys
The most valuable team in the NFL made moves this week, as they secured a 10-year partnership with Fanatics, charging them with running their online and mobile commerce platform. To this point, the Cowboys were the only NFL franchise that internally controlled their online sales.
SLAM and Brady-backed Autograph Ink Exclusive First-Look Deal
In advance of the launch of their basketball vertical, the digital collectibles company co-founded by Tom Brady announced a first-look deal with SLAM. Together, they will create and distribute NFTs exclusively on the DraftKings Marketplace. Additionally, Autograph users will have access to the basketball mag’s iconic archive.
Clippers, Intuit Link Up for $500M Naming Rights Deal
Steve Ballmer and the Clippers announced that Intuit will serve as the naming rights sponsor of their new arena, which breaks ground today and is set to open in time for the 2024-25 season. As part of the 23-year deal, Intuit will also link with the team to revolutionize fan experiences and sponsor opportunities in the Inglewood community, including free tax preparation and entrepreneurial education.