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AISHA VISRAM filled in on the NHL Kings' athletic training staff on Jan. 13, becoming the "first woman to stand behind the Kings' bench and the second confirmed to have worked behind an NHL bench." Like the players whose health and fitness she monitors, she "had to move up through the ranks." The "fuss that it caused, though, left her with conflicting emotions." Visram said, "This story has received a lot of attention, which is overwhelming, but it is in some ways disappointing that it has. I mean, a woman stood on the bench for an NHL game and it felt like the entire sporting world took notice, and that's obviously not what we want." She added, "If people can't remember the last time there was a woman on an NHL bench, it's clearly been too long" (L.A. TIMES, 1/21)....

NAMES: 76ers Managing Partner JOSH HARRIS has invested $10M into Philadelphia-based Mosaic Development Partners "in a bid to help the Black-owned firm diversify the real-estate workforce and boost development in disenfranchised communities." The cash infusion "will help the firm staff up to handle bigger projects -- including some outside its home turf of Philadelphia -- while directly funding elements of some existing projects" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/21)....In one of the largest donations in  Arizona State history, Suns investor FRANCIS NAJAFI and his wife DIONNE have donated $25M to the school's Thunderbird School of Global Management. Francis and Dionne are "both Thunderbird graduates and have been regular donors to the school as well as to ASU for years" (, 1/20)....WNBA Commissioner CATHY ENGELBERT is teeing it up this week at The American Express in Palm Springs alongside PGA Tour pros MATTHEW WOLFF and GARY WOODLAND (Palm Springs DESERT SUN, 1/20).

SBJ Morning Buzzcast: June 24, 2022

Excel Sports scores at NBA Draft; Breaking down year one of the USFL; DP World Tour finally states its LIV Golf policy and big names in sports invest in Jackpot.

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SBJ's Austin Karp posted up with NBA power forward Thaddeus Young. The 15-year veteran discussed his venture capital strategy, his investment in technology and much more.

SBJ Spotlight: Predicting which U.S. cities will host World Cup matches

SBJ Facilities Writer Bret McCormick and Soccer Writer Alex Silverman say five U.S. cities are locks to host World Cup matches in 2026. But they have different ideas when it comes to the rest of the field.

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