Dallas: Wings win season opener
🏀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 in her WNBA debut with 11 points and 10 rebounds. No doubt about .
- 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 . 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 Dak will be healthy for training camp in July. Music to our ears.
LA: Lakers to play Golden State Warriors Wednesday May 19th
🏀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 . They’ll face Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Who 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 , the squad is in great hands.
⚾️Baseball: Behind a 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 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. .
Washington D.C.: Wizards comeback to beat Hornets
🏀Wizards: Thanks to Bradley Beal’s 20 second-half points, the Wizards earned a comeback 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 , thanks to Nic Dowd’s . For his part, after starter Vitek Vanecek got injured, veteran goalie Craig Anderson 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 , 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 was scored by Ashley Hatch who, two minutes before, was given a . 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 . 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.
New York: Knicks secure home-court advantage
🏀Knicks: The Knicks closed out their regular season yesterday with a win over the the Boston Celtics. This win also locked the Knicks as the East’s , meaning they’ll have home-court advantage for their playoff series against the No. 5 . HYFR.
🏒Islanders: Even without star goalie Semyon Varlamov, the Isles edged out the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 during overtime (OT) on Saturday. Fortunately, rookie goalie Ilya Sorokin to hold down the net for his playoff debut. Yessir.
- The game’s star, however, was Kyle Palmieri — a right winger the Isles at this year’s Trade Deadline — who scored two of the team’s goals, including the OT . 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, , who led the team with 30 points on Friday and 20 yesterday. Can you say, undefeated?
Chicago: Sky succeed in 2021 WNBA season opener
🏀Sky: The Chicago Sky crushed the Washington Mystics, who were without star Elena Delle Donne, 70–56 in their season opener on Friday. Forward led the team with 19 points, and forward Candace Parker added 16 in her Chicagoland debut. Parker also , 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 from playoff contention for the fourth straight season. Sigh.
⚾️White Sox: First baseman José Abreu 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 with the Royals’ Hunter Dozier on Friday. Bet that slide felt good.