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Let's get down to business

June 24, 2021
Source : The Saysh One
Source : The Saysh One

🎓College: Though our nation may be divided, it turns out we can all agree on something: the NCAA has it wrong. On Monday, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld a lower court’s decision that the NCAA violates antitrust law by limiting education-related benefits for athletes. This means athletes can receive unlimited compensation, so long as it’s tied to their education.

  • Looking ahead, six states have laws that will go into effect July 1st permitting college athletes to be paid for sponsorships, appearances and more. Now, the NCAA is racing the clock to implement a temporary nationwide solution. Stay tuned.

👟Allyson Felix: Fresh off qualifying for her fifth Olympics, Felix announced the launch of her new shoe brand, Saysh yesterday. Felix was without a shoe sponsor after famously splitting with Nike in 2019, so she decided to make her own. Run momma run.

🏀Jordan Brand: Move over, The Last Dance. Michael Jordan made his greatest contribution yet when he announced the Jordan Brand’s “WNBA family” campaign, featuring 11 WNBA players. Representation matters.

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Boston: Celtics Hire New Head Coach with NBA History

June 24, 2021
Source: Celtics Life/Twitter
Source: Celtics Life/Twitter

🏀Celtics: The C’s made the first offseason HC hiring, selecting Ime Udoka (pronounced ee-MAY you-DOH-ka) as the 18th head coach in Celtics history. Udoka played in the NBA for six years before joining the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant in 2012 (where he won an NBA title in 2014). More recently, he was an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets.

⚾️Red Sox: After expressing his frustration with the MLB’s new crackdown on foreign substances, Sox pitcher Garrett Richards gave up four earned runs in just over one inning pitched yesterday. Sure doesn’t seem like a coincidence…

The Sox couldn’t overcome Richards’ dismal start, falling 8–2 to the Tampa Bay Rays. Boston will go for the series win tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET before hosting the Evil Empire NY Yankees for a three-game set beginning tomorrow. 

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Dallas: Wings Player Selected to Represent Team USA

June 24, 2021
Source: Dallas Wings/Twitter
Source: Dallas Wings/Twitter

🏀Wings: After Tuesday’s disappointing 80–70 loss to the Connecticut Sun, the Wings faithful had something to cheer about yesterday when Allisha Gray was selected to represent Team USA in women’s 3x3 basketball’s Olympic debut. See you in Tokyo.

  • Hopefully that positive energy carries over into tonight’s 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT tilt with the Indiana Fever, who...only have one win this season. Let’s keep it that way.

⚾️Baseball: The Rangers took a 2-1 series lead over the Oakland Athletics with yesterday’s 5–3 win. HYFR. The fourth and final game of the series is today at 2:05 p.m. ET/1:05 p.m. CT, followed by No. 2 Texas squaring off with Virginia at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT in a College World Series elimination game. Hook ’em, Horns!  

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Seattle: Basketball Olympics Teams Stacked with Storm Players

June 24, 2021
Source: Seattle Storm/Twitter
Source: Seattle Storm/Twitter

⚽️OL Reign: To no surprise, Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle headline the U.S. Olympic squad. We’ll also see an OL Reign athlete on Team Canada: Quinn was named to their second Olympics and will be one of the few openly trans athletes to compete at the Games. Proud.

  • The Reign’s match on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT against NJ/NY Gotham FC will likely be the last NWSL action for ’Pinoe and Rose before the USWNT Send-Off Series starts on July 1st. It’ll (literally) be a hot one.

🏀Storm: The other half of our fave power couple, Sue Bird, is also headed to the Games (her fifth!) with Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd joining Bird in Team USA’s quest for their seventh consecutive gold medal. 

  • Katie Lou Samuelson is also Tokyo-bound, but as part of the inaugural 3x3 team instead.
  • Adding it all up, half of the Storm’s roster are Olympians: four Americans and two Australians. Yes, the defending WNBA champs are stacked, but we already knew that.

🏃‍♂️Track & Field: Ah, steeplechase, track & field’s closest cousin to Wipeout. Allie Ostrander from the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts’ pro team will race in the 3000m steeplechase final of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials at 11:47 p.m. ET/8:47 p.m. PT tonight.

It’s remarkable that Ostrander, who shared that she’s seven weeks into recovering from an eating disorder, will be on the starting line. True strength.  

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Los Angeles: Controversy Over WNBA MVP Absence from Team USA Roster

June 24, 2021
Source: Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group
Source: Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group

🏀Clippers: For the third time this postseason, the Clips fell behind 2-0 in a series. Ugh, déjà vu. Kawhi Leonard remains out for Game 3, so Paul George needs to lead the squad to a win tonight at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. A word of advice? Make your free throws.

🏀Sparks: The Sparks surprisingly have no players on the U.S. Olympic roster. Nneka Ogwumike (pronounced oh-gwoo-MIH-kay) was not named to the 12-person team on Monday, making the almost-31-year-old the only former WNBA MVP to never make an Olympic squad.

  • Ogwumike has been out with a knee injury since June 1st, but was reportedly set to return before the Olympics. In comparison, WNBA GOAT Diana Taurasi (from Chino!) is also injured but is going to the Games (her fifth). Hmm.
  • Former Spark Candace Parker, who was left off the 2016 squad herself and chose to never play for Team USA again, had some choice words as well.

⚾️MLB: Two-way star Shohei Ohtani allowed only one run in six innings yesterday, but the potential game-winning run was overturned and the Angels ultimately lost to the San Francisco Giants 9–3 in 13 innings. Sigh.

  • The Dodgers didn’t fare any better and were swept by the San Diego Padres last night. Wa wa wa waaa.