LA: Stick the landing
🎓🤸♀️Gymnastics: For the first time since 2006, UCLA didn’t qualify to NCAA Championships, but three gymnasts will represent the Bruins at nationals. Nia Dennis, Margzetta Frazier and Chae Campbell will compete for individual titles in tomorrow’s 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT semifinal.
- Dennis and Frazier are competing on vault and uneven bars, respectively, so we won’t see either of their floor routines. Bummer.
- Campbell, on the other hand, will compete in the all-around and with the LSU Tigers, who are so pumped that they’ve to do on the sideline. S’cute.
🏀Basketball: Limited fans are back for tonight’s edition of the Lakers’ historic rivalry with the Boston Celtics. However, the talk of the town isn’t about seeing the defending champs in person, but instead Staples Center’s . Who approved this?
- Moving onto better choices, we’re starry-eyed over the Sparks’ . And while the WNBA season’s still a month away, tap in tonight to see who the Sparks select with the seventh and 10th overall draft picks.
Dallas: I’m gonna be your number one
🏀Wings: After trading the No. 7 pick to the LA Sparks yesterday, the Wings still have three (!!!) top-10 picks in tonight’s WNBA draft and we’re stoked that expected No. 1 overall Texas’ Charli Collier is likely staying close to home. As for the No. 5 pick, keep your fingers crossed for two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Aari McDonald still being available.
🏒Stars: Following yet another tough overtime loss on Tuesday, Stars fans got more bad news yesterday with the announcement that goalie Ben Bishop and right winger Alex Radulov will miss the remainder of the season due to injuries. Is it October yet?
⚾️Rangers: Thanks to a five strikeout, 5.2 inning gem from pitcher Kohei Arihara, the Rangers picked up a 5–1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday to take a 2-1 series lead. Pitcher Jordan Lyles will look to keep the lockdown defense rolling tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET/6:10 p.m. CT as the Rangers hunt for the series win and their third straight.
⚽️FC Dallas: After advancing to the conference semifinals last season, FC Dallas is back this Saturday, taking on the Colorado Rapids at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. With 2020 team-leading scorer Franco Jara returning for his second year and veteran goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer in net, this team is poised for another deep playoff run. !
New York: Can’t win ’em all
🏒NHL: After the Rangers clobbered the Islanders on Friday, the teams’ rematch last night ended with an Islanders victory. Defenseman Ryan Pulock’s overtime goal, which happened to be his first goal of the season, tipped the scales in favor of the Isles. Now that’s good timing.
⚾️Yankees: The Yankees lost the first two games of their series with the Tampa Bay Rays, but they bounced back to beat their divisional rival 8–4 yesterday. Old between the teams resurfaced, culminating in both teams being issued warnings in the first inning yesterday after Yank pitcher Jordan Montgomery Ray Austin Meadows. Fiery.
- The Lakers came out strong and controlled the game, and after Kyrie Irving and Laker Dennis Schroder were in the third quarter for fighting (allegedly over a ), the Nets lost what little energy they had.
- They’ll attempt to pull themselves together against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at 8 p.m. ET, although the team will be due to personal reasons.
Chicago: All shook up
⚽️NWSL: Besides the aforementioned disappointing off-field events, on the pitch the Red Stars had a tight opening game of the Challenge Cup, in the scoreless effort. Chicago’s next match against the Portland Thorns on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT will be another tough one, but you know we love a Challenge.
⚾️MLB: The 4-5 Cubs won against the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend, and the 4-5 White Sox split their two games with the Kansas City Royals. The North Siders suffered pitching woes and an uninspired offense, while the South Siders’ , allowing a Royals home run in the ninth inning yesterday to lose the game. Sigh.
🏒NHL: The Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, marking only the second win in their last five games. It was an important win for Chicago’s playoff chances though, as they teeter on the edge of making the .
- While we’re expecting the Hawks to be relatively quiet ahead of this afternoon’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline (especially after a big with the Florida Panthers last week), at least the team gave us of players and their pets to keep us entertained. S’cute.
🏀NBA: The Bulls lost 121–117 to the Minnesota Timberwolves last night. It was a disappointing performance from Chicago, especially since we thought rookie Patrick Williams being left off ESPN’s ranking would fire up the squad. A missed opportunity.
The GIST's Quick Hits - US (April 12, 2021)
🏇Horse racing: Another gender barrier hurdled! On Saturday, Rachael Blackmore became the 20th female jockey to participate in, and (!!!), the Grand National horse race in England, the premier steeplechase (think Kentucky Derby, but with jumps) in Europe. Jolly good!
🏀Basketball: We’re not sure what Alex Rodriguez’s connection to the Land of 10,000 Lakes is, but he’s been working hard to of the Minnesota Lynx and Timberwolves. The deal would have him assume of the WNBA and NBA teams starting in 2023. JLo () courtside at a W game? Yes, please.
⚾️Baseball: The San Diego Padres recorded the first no-hitter of the season on Friday, and somehow the . Elsewhere in SoCal, LA Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is being investigated by the MLB for . Never a shortage of drama in La La Land.