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It appears JAY-Z will become part owner of a major sports franchise.

Sources with knowledge of the situation told TMZ that the hip-hop mogul will have “significant ownership interest” in a NFL team. The insiders say JAY decided to make the move “because he’s a huge fan, already has a sports business and wants to continue to be a change agent for the NFL.”

It’s unclear what team JAY plans to own or when the deal will be finalized, but sources say it’s happening soon.

This story will be updated.

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The all-new NBA Experience at Disney Springs opens one week from today! Once open, the new venue which was designed by Disney in collaboration with the NBA will offer 13 basketball-related experiences. I have put together the top 5 reasons this is a much-needed attraction at Disney Springs.

  1. Inspirational – The NBA is a loved organization worldwide, for any child being able to experience a location that so resembles your favorite athletes norm the new location addition fills a void for the ESPN target crowd sitewide. NBA Experience
  2. Get you moving, In a place where walking is at a premium having a place where kids can leave the simulators and experience a full body in motion experience and put down the phones and tablets. The Nba Move initiative now has a home in Orlando.
  3. THE NBA STORE A one-stop location in Orlando Florida to cop any new NBA merchandise. Are you on vacation in Orlando and your favorite team is playing down at the AMWAY? Or are you a fan of a team whose merchandise is hard to get back home now an option to purchase exclusive merchandise.
  4. Foreign Visitors one-stop-shop. There are 825 million basketball fans on the planet. While the NFL is king of sports in America, Basketball is the more popular sport worldwide. The option for foreign Disney travelers to experience the American way of the game Dr. Naismith created always a plus for exposure from the NBA’s point of view.
  5. A break from the Disney Bubble while still experiencing the Disney feel and eye for detail. Unlike other blog postings from people who have zero interest in the NBA, this experience is for those of us who enjoy sitting down and watching a TNT or NBA TV on a weeknight and our kids.

COLUMBUS — The reminders are on both wrists for Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

Think he’s not OK with having to earn the starting job in training camp despite arriving as the most decorated recruit in school history? Check out the red rubber bands with black lettering.

Humble over hype.

 

Luis Suarez struck in the final minute of the match as Barcelona came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 in the Joan Gamper Trophy at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Suarez came off the bench to turn home a lofted pass from Sergi Roberto in his first appearance of the summer. Ainsley Maitland-Niles‘ own goal had previously canceled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s brilliant opener in front of 98,812 fans in Barcelona.

Barca isn’t as far down the line in their preparations for the new season as Arsenal, who kick off their Premier League campaign next week against Newcastle United, and it told in the first half. Barca had plenty of possession, but aside from tame efforts from Riqui Puig and Jordi Alba they never came close to threatening Bernd Leno in goal.

Arsenal didn’t create a lot but looked comfortable, with Unai Emery handing starts to Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson ahead of their game against Newcastle. Alexandre Lacazette missed out with a knock.

Aubameyang was clinical when a chance eventually came his way. With Samuel Umtiti poorly positioned, the forward spun Jordi Alba and hammered past Netoto give the Gunners the lead 10 minutes before the break.

Ernesto Valverde’s Barca side still have two weeks until their curtain-raiser against Athletic Bilbao and two more friendlies before then. They play Napoli twice in the United States this coming week.

Lionel Messi will be back for those matches, but he didn’t feature against Arsenal. Like Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal, he only returned on Sunday following his participation in the Copa America.

Valverde used the game to give minutes to everyone else, though, and his side improved after he made seven changes at the break. Ousmane Dembele drilled just wide and Leno tipped over from Carles Alena as the home side pressed.

The game turned, though, when Maitland Niles rolled the ball into his own net in the 69th minute after a mix up with Leno. He was under no pressure after Suarez had miscontrolled an Antoine Griezmann pass.

Suarez then hit the side netting before Gabriel Martinelli had a rare chance for Arsenal, firing just wide with Marc-Andre ter Stegen beaten.

With the game heading to penalties, Suarez then stepped up at the end of a week which saw him return to training.

 

Nike and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) have agreed to an extended partnership through 2022 in which Nike remains the league’s exclusive partner of uniforms, apparel, and equipment.

Nike’s relationship to the NWSL reaches back to 2012 when the brand helped catalyze the league as a founding sponsor.

“We look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with the NWSL to create even more opportunities to champion female athletes in their pursuit of greatness,” says Michelle Lobo, GM of Nike Soccer for North America. “We are committed to helping grow the game and are proud to continue the partnership, both in support of players and a growing fan base.”

The enthusiasm for women’s football reached a fever pitch in 2019, both domestically and internationally, with the conclusion of the premier women’s football tournament in France. NWSL President Amanda Duffy says the partnership reflects a shared commitment to further elevating professional soccer.

“The relationship with Nike aligns with our goals to strengthen the level of competition, as well as to support and develop female athletes as they continue to train

Nike Joyride is a Nike-only, proprietary cushioning system made of thousands of TPE beads.*

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The beads are placed within zonally-tuned pods, which allows the foam to expand in all directions (we call this multi-dimensional displacement).**

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The system creates a dynamic footbed that forms to your foot and feels personalized to you.

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The pod scale is based on how the foot strikes the ground when in motion. The heel pod, for example, is bigger to absorb impact, while those at the forefoot are prepared to facilitate a smooth transition forward.***

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The unique sensation is almost like running on bubbles.

The engineering behind it:

*Joyride is the result of intense, iterative trialing. One hundred and fifty materials were tested before landing on a TPE (a copolymer of plastic and rubber) for the beads.
**Engineering the Pods also helped solve the problem of the beads migrating too much around the foot and becoming uncomfortable. With Pods, Nike designers were able to create a zonal-tuning for each respective iteration of Nike Joyride.
***Beads are dispersed within the pods to match the zonal-tuning that aligns with the performance needs of specific points in your stride. (For example, if there are 8,000 total beads in a running shoe, some 50 percent of the beads would cover the heel strike while 5 percent would offer cushioning at the toe.)

Where You’ll See It First

Nike Joyride releases first in the Nike Joyride Run Flyknit. Designed for all runners, the soft cushioning and smooth transition helps ease impact — important whether you’re a seasoned marathoner taking a shake-out run or a novice looking to find your true stride. The Nike Joyride Run Flyknit is available to Nike Members July 25. A global release follows August 15.

Future silhouettes featuring Nike Joyride, tuned specifically for their unique purposes, include the Nike Joyride NSWNike Joyride NSW Setter (which debuted during Matthew Williams’ SS20 ALYX show at Paris Fashion Week), the women’s-exclusive Nike Joyride NSW Optik and the Nike Joyride Kids Nova, expressly engineered for the needs of young athletes.

The Arizona Cardinals unloaded enigmatic defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche on Saturday, announcing his release after practice. While he had a few highlights in three seasons, he was mostly a disappointment as a 2016 first-round pick.

With his release, how does it impact the salary cap?

Nkemdiche was set to have a cap hit of $2.73 million. He was scheduled to earn $1.12 million in salary and a $400,000 roster bonus. That was due on the fifth day of training camp, which would have been Sunday.

None of the money was guaranteed so they potentially could gain a little more than $1.5 million in salary-cap space. However, because he is coming off a torn ACL and is not healthy, he reportedly qualifies for injury protection under the collective bargaining agreement.

According to Joel Corry, instead of saving more than $1.5 million in cap space, they will gain a little less than $1 million.

If that is the case, it means they will carry nearly $1.7 million in dead money from his contract.

Ultimately, they gain less than $1 million and take a $1.7 million hit, but they get rid of one big headache.