• Tennis legend Serena Williams, winner of 23 Grand Slam events and one of the most iconic sports figures of her era, announced that she will step away from the sport after the US Open next month.
"“I have never liked the word retirement,” she wrote in Vogue. “It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I’ve been thinking of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people. Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me. A few years ago I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Soon after that, I started a family. I want to grow that family.”
It was noteworthy - and absolutely accurate - for Williams to point out that if she were a man, she would not have to step away from the sport in order to grow her family.
""If I were a guy, I wouldn't be writing this because I'd be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family," Williams wrote. "Maybe I'd be more of a Tom Brady if I had that opportunity. Don't get me wrong: I love being a woman, and I loved every second of being pregnant with Olympia. ... But I'm turning 41 this month, and something's got to give."
• National Football League owners have approved the sale of the Denver Broncos - for a reported $4.65 billion - to an ownership group led by Walmart heir Rob Walton, his daughter Carrie Walton Penner and her husband Greg Penner, the chairman of Walmart.
The ownership group also includes former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and Ariel Investments President and co-CEO Mellody Hobson.
The Athletic points out that "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who officially introduced the Walton-Penner group to the media shortly after the vote was made official," has made the point in the past that the league was seeking greater diversity in ownership groups: "Three of the six known members of the new ownership group are Black. Three are women."