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Dallas: Wings win season opener

May 17, 2021
Source: Dallas Wings/Twitter
Source: Dallas Wings/Twitter

 🏀Wings: The Wings made a statement in their season opener with a huge 94–71 win over the LA Sparks. And rookie Charli Collier made a statement of her own, notching a double-double in her WNBA debut with 11 points and 10 rebounds. No doubt about No. 1.

  • We’ll have to wait until the weekend to see the Wings back in action. They’ll host the defending champion Seattle Storm on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Bring it on. 

🏀Mavericks: The Mavs fell 136–121 to the Minnesota Timberwolves yesterday, but Friday’s 114–110 victory over the Toronto Raptors was the game that really mattered, clinching the Mavs’ second consecutive playoff appearance and avoiding the play-in tournament. HYFR.

  • Enjoy a week of rest and relaxation before the anxiety returns on Saturday when the No. 5 seed Mavs’ face the No. 4 LA Clippers in the first round. Let the games begin.

🏈Cowboys: Breathe a big sigh of relief: quarterback Dak Prescott’s recovery from last year’s season-ending ankle injury is right on track, and coach Mike McCarthy is confident Dak will be healthy for training camp in July. Music to our ears. 

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LA: Lakers to play Golden State Warriors Wednesday May 19th

May 17, 2021
Source: Forbes Sports/Twitter
Source: Forbes Sports/Twitter

 🏀NBA: The Lakers picked up a 110–98 win over the New Orleans Pelicans yesterday, but it wasn’t enough to help them avoid the anxiety-inducing play-in tournament. They’ll face scoring champ Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Who came up with this sh!t anyway?

  • While the defending champs compete for a spot in the playoffs, the four-seed Clippers will enjoy some time off before playing the five-seed Dallas Mavericks beginning Saturday. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

🏀Sparks: While the NBA season is nearing its end, the WNBA is just getting started. The new-look Sparks struggled in their season opener, falling 94–71 to the Dallas Wings. But with four-time champ Seimone Augustus trading in her sneakers for a Sparks’ clipboard, the squad is in great hands. 

⚾️Baseball: Behind a wild homerun from Shohei Ohtani (because, of course), the Angels pulled out a 6–5 win yesterday, avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox. Meanwhile, the Dodgers couldn’t break out the brooms, dropping yesterday’s contest with the Miami Marlins, 3–2. You win some, you lose some. 

  • But the biggest baseball news of the weekend was made off the diamond. The Dodgers signed future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, who was just released by the Angels on Thursday. How’s that for drama, Hollywood?   

🥎Softball: No. 2 UCLA is heading to their 37th (!!!) NCAA tourney thanks to their record-breaking 11th Pac-12 title win over the weekend. Pitcher Rachel Garcia was named Pac-12 player of the year (for the third time) while coach Kelly Inouye-Perez grabbed her second Pac-12 coach of the year honor. Put some respect on their name.   

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Washington D.C.: Wizards comeback to beat Hornets

May 17, 2021
Source: Wizards/Twitter.com
Source: Wizards/Twitter.com

🏀Wizards: Thanks to Bradley Beal’s 20 second-half points, the Wizards earned a comeback 115–110 win over the Charlotte Hornets yesterday, securing Washington’s No. 8 seed ahead of the play-in tournament. Two opportunities to earn a spot in the playoffs? We’ll take it. 

🏒Capitals: In Game 1 of their first playoff series on Saturday, the Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 3–2, thanks to Nic Dowd’s game-winning slapper. For his part, after starter Vitek Vanecek got injured, veteran goalie Craig Anderson filled in and saved the game for the Caps, stopping 21 of 22 shots.

  • The game was only Anderson’s fifth time in goal this season, and the victory made him the oldest goalie in Cap history to record a postseason win. Like we keep hearing, there’s no age limit to being great. Game 2’s tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

⚽️Spirit: The Spirit opened their regular season with a 1–1 draw with the Orlando Pride last night. Washington’s lone goal was scored by Ashley Hatch who, two minutes before, was given a yellow card. Scoring with a side of sass. 

🏀Mystics: The Mystics — who might we remind you are still without star Elena Delle Donne (EDD) — took a beating from the Chicago Sky on Saturday, losing 70–56. Center Tina Charles stepped up with 14 points and six rebounds, but with EDD likely out for at least a few more games, it might be a slow start for our women. Sigh.    

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New York: Knicks secure home-court advantage

May 17, 2021
Source: Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports

 🏀Knicks: The Knicks closed out their regular season yesterday with a 96–94 win over the the Boston Celtics. This win also locked the Knicks as the East’s No. 4 seed, meaning they’ll have home-court advantage for their playoff series against the No. 5 Atlanta Hawks. HYFR. 

🏀Nets: The Nets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 123–109 last night to finish out their regular season and secure the No. 2 seed in the East — and they did it with style. Playoffs, here we go!

🏒Islanders: Even without star goalie Semyon Varlamov, the Isles edged out the Pittsburgh Penguins 4–3 in Game 1 during overtime (OT) on Saturday. Fortunately, rookie goalie Ilya Sorokin stepped up to hold down the net for his playoff debut. Yessir. 

  • The game’s star, however, was Kyle Palmieri — a right winger the Isles acquired at this year’s Trade Deadline — who scored two of the team’s goals, including the OT game-winner. Color us impressed. Catch Game 2 tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

🏀Liberty: The Liberty opened their season with back-to-back victories against the Indiana Fever, winning 90–87 on Friday and 73–65 yesterday. Besides Ionescu’s aforementioned game-winner, we have to shout out the WNBA’s Most Improved Player from 2020, Betnijah Laney, who led the team with 30 points on Friday and 20 yesterday. Can you say, undefeated?

⚽️Gotham FC: Gotham FC also opened their regular season with a win, beating the Houston Dash 1–0 thanks to forward Midge Purce’s mid-game goal. That’s how we do it.  

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Chicago: Sky succeed in 2021 WNBA season opener

May 17, 2021
Source: Bleacher Report/Twitter.com
Source: Bleacher Report/Twitter.com

 🏀Sky: The Chicago Sky crushed the Washington Mystics, who were without star Elena Delle Donne, 70–56 in their season opener on Friday. Forward Kahleah Copper led the team with 19 points, and forward Candace Parker added 16 in her Chicagoland debut. Parker also shone on defense, stifling the Mystics in the second half. No place like home, Candace?

🏀Bulls: The Bulls closed out their season with a 118–112 win over the Milwaukee Bucks last night. While we love to see a win, this game didn’t mean much, as the Bulls were already eliminated from playoff contention for the fourth straight season. Sigh. 

⚾️White Sox: First baseman José Abreu scored off a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the White Sox the 4–3 win in the final game of their series against the Kansas City Royals yesterday. It was a thrilling finish and especially satisfying after Abreu was part of a rough collision with the Royals’ Hunter Dozier on Friday. Bet that slide felt good.