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Dallas: You’re hot then you’re cold

April 19, 2021
Source: USATSI
Source: USATSI

🏀Mavericks: The up-and-down Mavs couldn’t bounce back from Friday’s 117–109 loss to the NY Knicks, falling 121–107 to the Sacramento Kings last night. Luka Doncic came alive in the second half, leading all scorers with 37 points, but it wasn’t enough to secure the W. 

  • The Mavs will have two rest days before they look to right the ship Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT against the Eastern Conference’s last-place Detroit Pistons. Time for some more Luka magic. 

🏀Wings: The Wings (and Doncic) welcomed some new and exciting faces to Dallas during last week’s WNBA draft. But former Texas star Charli Collier and Finnish phenom Awak Kuier won’t be repping the Wings’ “Rebel Edition” jersey, one designed to honor the women who served in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program during World War II.

  • The Wings pulled the jersey after learning that the WASP corps did not accept a single Black applicant to the program. The right decision.

⚾️Rangers: Pitcher Kyle Gibson threw eight scoreless innings and first baseman Nate Lowe hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th, lifting the Rangers to a 1–0 win over the Baltimore Orioles yesterday. HYFR. Next up, the Rangers face a tough LA Angels team tonight at 9:38 p.m. ET/8:38 p.m. CT, their first AL West game of the season.

🏀Happy WNBA Draft Day!

April 15, 2021
Source: Stephen Spillman for American-Statesman
Source: Stephen Spillman for American-Statesman
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New York: Get it while it’s good

April 15, 2021
Source: Business Wire
Source: Business Wire

⚽️Gotham FC: The newly rebranded Gotham FC beat the Orlando Pride 1–0 in their first match of the NWSL Challenge Cup last night. It was scoreless until the 80th minute, when Gotham forward Paige Monaghan channelled her inner hero and snuck in a one-timer goal off an assist from forward Ifeoma Onumonu. Undefeated in the new kits

🏀Liberty: The Liberty made major moves this offseason when they added forward Natasha Howard and shooting guard Betnijah Laney to complement star point guard Sabrina Ionescu. What New York is still missing? A big woman. 

  • The Liberty have the No. 6 overall pick in tonight’s draft, and we’re expecting them to select a tall forward like Alabama’s Jasmine Walker or Oklahoma State’s Natasha Mack to fill out the lineup. Dream team.

Knicks: After Monday’s decisive win against the LA Lakers, the Knicks stayed hot against the New Orleans Pelicans, beating them 116–106. Julius Randle led the team with 30 points, followed by shooting guard Alec Burks — whose recent spark has fueled the Knicks’ offense as of late — with 21. A winning Knicks team: who is she?

Nets: The Nets, who were missing key players due to injury, lost 123–117 to the Philadelphia 76ers, dropping to the No. 2 spot behind the Sixers in the Eastern Conference standings in the process. Sigh. 

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Philadelphia: Bop to the top

April 15, 2021
Source: Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League
Source: Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League

⚽️Union: After beating Deportivo Saprissa 4–0 in last night’s second leg (aka match) of the Round of 16, the Union are off to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. The quarters will begin in two weeks, but first, the Union will have to face Columbus Crew FC in their MLS season opener on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET. Never too much fútbol. 

🏀Sixers: The Sixers beat the Brooklyn Nets, who were short-staffed without Kevin Durant and James Harden, 123–117 last night. Joel Embiid led with a staggering 39 points, showing us that he is fully back and vying for that MVP title.

  • This was a critical win for the Sixers, who, before this game, were tied with the Nets for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Buh-bye, Big Three

🏐Nittany Lions: Thanks to a first-round bye, the No. 13 Penn State women’s volleyball will open the NCAA Tournament against the N.C. A&T Aggies in the Round of 32 tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET. The road to an eighth National Championship starts now! 

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Chicago: Build me up, buttercup

April 15, 2021
Source: White Sox/Twitter.com
Source: White Sox/Twitter.com

⚾️Sox: After the White Sox scored six runs on the Cleveland Indians in the first inning, Chicago pitcher Carlos Rodón — who barely made the starting rotation this season — decided to have himself a day and went on to throw a no-hitter and near-perfect game. The South Siders beat Cleveland 8–0, and left us all wondering...what just happened?  

Cubs: Being a Cubs fan is like being in a toxic relationship: they get your hopes up just to tear them down. On Tuesday, the Cubs beat their rival Milwaukee Brewers when Chi-town catcher Willson Contreras — who was hit by Brewer pitches in seven of the teams’ last 14 meetings — hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, silencing Milwaukee’s crowd. Drama. 

  • But, in this relationship, things never last: the Cubbies lost 7–0 last night to close out the series 1-2. You win some, you lose some

🏐Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish women’s volleyball team beat the Army Black Knights 3–1 in the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 64 yesterday. The Irish defense stole the show, racking up 17 blocks and keeping the Knights to a .006 hitting percentage. Straight up embarrassing.

  • The No. 22 Irish face the No. 10 Oregon Ducks in the Round of 32 at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT today. Survive and advance, baby! 

🏀Sky: With the No. 8 overall pick in tonight’s draft, we’re expecting the Sky to target a point guard who can back up star Courtney Vandersloot and avoid turnovers — one of the team’s biggest pain points last season. 

Top contenders for the spot include Arizona’s Aari McDonald, Louisville’s Dana Evans and Stanford’s Kiana Williams, any of which we’d be pumped to see swap their red college jerseys for Sky blue.