Philadelphia: Doin’ a little East Coast Swing
🎓🏐🥍College: After a hard-fought loss in the Sweet Sixteen to the Texas Longhorns yesterday, the Penn State women’s volleyball team’s dreams of a national championship are over. Though the Nittany Lions came out firing and took the first set, Texas’ height and offensive power outlasted Penn State’s scrappy defense.
- Meanwhile, on the field, Penn State men’s lacrosse star Mac O’Keefe broke the NCAA when he drilled his into the back of the Michigan Wolverines' net on Saturday. WE ARE the best to ever do it.
⚾️Baseball: The Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday, closing out their weekend series 2-1. Pitcher Aaron Nola held the mound for all nine innings, allowing only two hits in his first complete game. Love to see it.
⚽️Union: Despite threatening to score many times throughout the match, the Union’s MLS opener ended in a against Columbus Crew FC yesterday. Playing the defending MLS Cup champions so close and keeping them off the score sheet is a great start to the season.
D.C.: Through the looking glass
⚾️Nationals: After splitting their Thursday-Sunday series 2-2 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Nats now hold a 5-8 record. But more concerning than yesterday’s 5–2 loss are the rapidly accumulating injuries. Star pitcher Stephen Strasburg — who was scheduled to start yesterday — was with shoulder inflammation. Eek.
- That’s not all. Relievers Wander Suero (strained oblique) and Luis Avilán (torn elbow ligament) are also dealing with health issues. And here we thought 2021 was going to be better.
🏀Wizards: The very streaky Wizards will look to extend their four-game winning streak tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder — and every one of the Wiz’s remaining 16 games counts. They’re currently neck-in-neck with the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors for 10th in the .
- This is a BFD as the seventh through 10th placed teams in each conference participate in a before officially securing a playoff spot. While the Wiz have an than their two closest opponents, .
🏒Capitals: The Caps dropped a to the Boston Bruins yesterday. Despite the loss, the Caps are still atop the East Division with 10 regular season games remaining. If the started today, their first-round opponent would be the Bruins. Spicy.
Chicago: All that jazz
⚾️White Sox: After shortstop Tim Anderson hit a off the first pitch of the day, White Sox fans knew yesterday was going to be a good one. The South Siders went on to beat the Boston Red Sox in both games of their doubleheader, taking a 2-1 series lead ahead of the teams’ final game today at 11:10 a.m. ET/10:10 a.m. CT.
⚽️Soccer: Fire FC opened their MLS season with a draw against the New England Revolution on Saturday. All four goals were scored within the first 30 minutes of play, with Robert Beric and Luka Stojanovic finding the net for Chicago. We’ll take it.
- ICYMI, the Red Stars lost to the Portland Thorns on Thursday. With an 0-1-1 record, they'll look for their first win against Kansas City tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT.
🏀Bulls: Thanks to Nikola Vučević’s 25-point effort, the Bulls beat the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, snapping their five-game losing streak in the process. We’re hopeful the Bulls can keep the positive momentum going against the Boston Celtics tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT.
New York: Let’s get it started
🏀Knicks: The Knicks earned their sixth straight win — the franchise’s longest win streak in seven years — yesterday, beating the New Orleans Pelicans in overtime. Reggie Bullock drained a to send the game to overtime, and Julius Randle had his fourth straight 30-point game with 33. Playoffs, is that you?
⚾️MLB: The Mets beat the Colorado Rockies yesterday, winning two of their three-game series. Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman pitched eight innings, giving up just one run on three hits and capping off his dominant performance with insane behind-the-back stop. LGM!
- Meanwhile, the Yankees against the Tampa Bay Rays, losing all three games of their weekend series. To top it off, All-Star outfielder Jay Bruce randomly decided to for good after yesterday’s game. Double whammy.
⚽️MLS: NYC FC and Red Bulls FC both lost their MLS season openers 2–1 this weekend, with NYC and the Red Bulls . Sigh. Thankfully both teams will have the week to regroup ahead of their matches this weekend.
LA: Put some respect on women’s sports
⚽️Friday: In their final, regular season match before the NCAA Tournament, No. 19 USC and No. 3 UCLA women’s soccer played to a 2–2 draw on Friday. Due to COVID-19 limitations, were allowed into the Coliseum.
🏈Saturday: The next day, the USC football team, who are not in season, played their Spring Showcase (a scrimmage amongst themselves) at the same exact outdoor venue in front of . The stark contrast in attendance policies seems
⚾️The blowback: We’re frustrated. And we’re not the only ones. The USC baseball team standing in solidarity with the women’s soccer team, asking for equal investment in women’s and men’s sports. We love to see the support, but why can’t just do the right thing in the first place?