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StubHub sells pair of Game 7 Warriors tickets for $99k

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Game 7 of the NBA Finals will be played Sunday at Oracle Arena, where a pair of courtside seats were sold by StubHub for $49,500 each. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Game 7 of the NBA Finals will be played Sunday at Oracle Arena, where a pair of courtside seats were sold by StubHub for $49,500 each. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Online ticket reseller StubHub sold its most expensive pair of non-suite tickets for an event on Friday afternoon, the company reported someone paid $49,500 apiece for two courtside tickets to Sunday’s deciding Game 7 matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

StubHub spokesman Cameron Papp said the price of the tickets topped the company’s previous record of $37,000 paid for a courtside ticket to Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. The company also sold a ticket for last year’s mega-bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao for $35,000.

The identity of the buyer was not revealed, but Papp said the person is “well known.”

Hip hop mogul Jay Z and his wife, pop singer Beyonce, were spotted courtside at Game 6 in Cleveland on Thursday. Singer Justin Bieber and international Brazilian soccer star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior were spotted hanging out with Golden State in their locker room after Game 2. Usher, who attended Game 5 in Oakland, is a documented fan of the Cavaliers. Actress Jessica Alba is publicly known as being a fan of the Warriors as her husband, Cash Warren, once had a production company with former Golden State star Baron Davis.

And of course, everyone is familiar with the bond superstar Drake and MVP Stephen Curry share.

The Cavaliers have won their last two games against the Warriors in the Finals to set the stage for the dramatic Game 7 — LeBron James & Co. are seeking to become the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 series deficit in the Finals to win the title.

StubHub sold five tickets to Game 6 in Cleveland for $25,000 apiece, while the Warriors’ resale site sold two tickets on Friday to Sunday’s game for $21,500 each.

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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns

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Secretary Nielsen resigns

WASHINGTON, DC (Diya TV) —   Kirstjen Nielsen, the US Homeland Security Secretary, is stepping down over major differences with the administration on how to implement President Trump’s immigration policies.

Meanwhile, President Trump continues to campaign around the nation to make the case for his re-election in 2020. Over the weekend, he told a Las Vegas crowd India is charging 100% tariffs to the U.S. on many things and he wants to reciprocate. He added the Senate is not doing enough to change what he calls “stupid trade.”

The South Asian Bar Association’s Northern California chapter held their annual fundraising gala, a chance for judges, attorneys and the next generation to network and honor their peers.

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are moving to San Francisco in the fall, so they held their final Bollywood Night in Oakland. We’ll take you behind the scenes and introduce you to a member of the Warriors Dance Team that choreographed an epic Bollywood dance.

And Ravi Ahuja, the former CFO of Fox Networks, is now Walt Disney Television’s CFO and president of business operations.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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University of Houston’s President, Renu Khator joins the NCAA Division I Board

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —  Renu Khator, President & Chancellor of University of Houston, the first Indian American to lead a major research university in the U.S., is joining the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors.

Framroze “Fram” Virjee is now permanent president of the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). He was a private practice lawyer for nearly 30 years before becoming interim CSUF president last year.

Rutgers Law School announced Neal Katyal, the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and Vanita Gupta, the former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division will both be 2019 commencement speakers.

George Jacob, the President & CEO of non-profit Bay.org behind the ambitious Bay Ecotarium, received the 2019 Louie Kamookak Medal from the The Royal Canadian Geographic Society for making Canada’s geography better known to Canadians and to the world.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Golden State Warriors host first-ever Sikh Awareness Night

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OAKLAND, CALIF. (Diya TV) — Oracle Arena was the site of the first-ever Sikh Awareness Night as the Golden State Warriors cruised to a 117-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night.

It was the second one in as many weeks throughout the NBA as the Los Angeles Clippers introduced it to their home crowd last week.

Other teams and leagues have previously hosted Sikh Heritage Nights, including the San Jose Sharks, who were the first NHL team last year to hold such an event.

Aman Singh, part of the local gurdwaras organization to put the event together, was excited for the community to be represented.

“We contribute to society here, so it’s great to be able to be part of this, to be able to have exposure and allow other folks in the community to get an idea of our heritage, Sikh values,” Singh said.

Fans got there early enough to take pictures outside Oracle and awaiting them inside was an up-close view of Stephen Curry’s highly-anticipated shootaround.

Soon enough, Singh — who was also coaching the pregame scrimmage — would hit the Warriors hardwood with 16 young kids from the Sikh community to shot hoops.

For 13-year-old Gagandeep Kaur of Milpitas, it was an unforgettable moment to be out there.

“Being able to play on the same court as my inspirations means a lot,” she said.

The five-minute scrimmage right before players from the Warriors and Grizzlies hit the floor included some dazzling shots and a buzzer-beater as well.

Members of the two teams remained close by as they eventually stood in front of their inspirations during the National Anthem.

Additionally, right after halftime, they were greeted with high-fives from Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and among others coming out of the tunnel.

“It’s great to be part of something like this,” Singh said.

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