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Bits & Bites: This Week in Sports (US)


News from the NWSL Expansion Draft, Women's College Basketball, and Michaela Schiffrin.

January 14, 2021

๐Ÿ’NHL: Regardless of how desperately we missed hockey, it still feels like the new NHL season snuck up on us last night...especially with that 5:30 p.m. ET puck drop between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers. Sidney Crosby was back to his classic goal-scoring ways, but so were the Flyers, who won 6โ€“3.

  • The prime matchup of the night was, of course, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. Renewing their age-old rivalry, the Leafs took the W in overtime. Check out all the scores from night one here.

๐ŸŽพTennis: Thanks to three straight qualifying wins, 30-year-old Vancouverite Rebecca Marino qualified for the upcoming Australian Open yesterday, securing her first major appearance since 2013. Age is but a number.

  • On the flipside, former World No. 4 Eugenie Bouchard was dealt a second qualifying round loss (and a classic sister snapback from her twin), so sheโ€™ll miss the major, due to start February 8th. Ouch.

โšฝ๏ธSoccer: Everyone, including Megan Rapinoe, knows that Canadian soccer is the best soccer. And the North Carolina Courage showed they agree, drafting Deanne Rose, Canadaโ€™s youngest goal scorer in Olympic soccer history, as their 10th overall pick in last nightโ€™s NWSL Draft. Represent!