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The GIST's Quick Hits - US (April 12, 2021)

April 12, 2021
Source: AFP
Source: AFP

🏇Horse racing: Another gender barrier hurdled! On Saturday, Rachael Blackmore became the 20th female jockey to participate in, and first woman to win (!!!), 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 finalize a purchase of the Minnesota Lynx and Timberwolves. The deal would have him assume co-ownership of the WNBA and NBA teams starting in 2023. JLo (maybe) 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 first in franchise history. Elsewhere in SoCal, the much-hated LA Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is being investigated by the MLB for using suspicious baseballs. Never a shortage of drama in La La Land.

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Boston: Raise that banner

April 12, 2021
Source: Hockey East/Twitter
Source: Hockey East/Twitter

🎓🏒College hockey: UMass — the Commonwealth’s flagship university — did us proud on Saturday, dangling their way to a dominant 5–0 win over St. Cloud State to claim their first-ever NCAA men’s hockey title. Another banner for Beantown, baby. 

⚾️Red Sox: Looks like the Sox are getting an early start on their spring cleaning as they picked up their second consecutive sweep with a 14–9 win over the Baltimore Orioles yesterday. After being placed on (and then testing off) the COVID-19 injury list for cold-like symptoms, designated hitter J.D. Martinez blasted three (!!!) home runs just one day later.

  • The Red Sox will take their six-game win streak to Minnesota for a four-game series with the Twins, beginning today at 2:10 p.m. ET. Pitcher Martín Peréz will get the start against his old team, who let him go in 2019. Revenge, is that you?

🏀Celtics: Jayson Tatum followed up his record-breaking 53-point performance on Friday with a double-double yesterday, leading the C’s to a 105–87 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Next up, the Celtics continue their West Coast road trip tomorrow against the Portland Trail Blazers at 10 p.m. ET. East Coast, beast coast.

🏒Bruins: The B’s couldn’t maintain the winning energy for Boston, falling 8–1 to the Washington Capitals yesterday. Yikes. Luckily, the Bruins have a chance to turn things around tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET when they take on the last-place Buffalo Sabres. 

The B’s couldn’t maintain the winning energy for Boston, falling 8–1 to the Washington Capitals yesterday. Yikes. But the loss was quickly overshadowed by last night’s blockbuster trade that has former NHL MVP Taylor Hall and winger Curtis Lazar coming to the Bruins for Anders Bjork and a 2021 second-round pick.

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Dallas: Don’t call it a comeback

April 12, 2021
Source: Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports

🎓🏒College hockey: UMass — the Commonwealth’s flagship university — did us proud on Saturday, dangling their way to a dominant 5–0 win over St. Cloud State to claim their first-ever NCAA men’s hockey title. Another banner for Beantown, baby. 

⚾️Red Sox: Looks like the Sox are getting an early start on their spring cleaning as they picked up their second consecutive sweep with a 14–9 win over the Baltimore Orioles yesterday. After being placed on (and then testing off) the COVID-19 injury list for cold-like symptoms, designated hitter J.D. Martinez blasted three (!!!) home runs just one day later.

  • The Red Sox will take their six-game win streak to Minnesota for a four-game series with the Twins, beginning today at 2:10 p.m. ET. Pitcher Martín Peréz will get the start against his old team, who let him go in 2019. Revenge, is that you?

🏀Celtics: Jayson Tatum followed up his record-breaking 53-point performance on Friday with a double-double yesterday, leading the C’s to a 105–87 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Next up, the Celtics continue their West Coast road trip tomorrow against the Portland Trail Blazers at 10 p.m. ET. East Coast, beast coast.

🏒Bruins: The B’s couldn’t maintain the winning energy for Boston, falling 8–1 to the Washington Capitals yesterday. Yikes. Luckily, the Bruins have a chance to turn things around tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET when they take on the last-place Buffalo Sabres. 

The B’s couldn’t maintain the winning energy for Boston, falling 8–1 to the Washington Capitals yesterday. Yikes. But the loss was quickly overshadowed by last night’s blockbuster trade that has former NHL MVP Taylor Hall and winger Curtis Lazar coming to the Bruins for Anders Bjork and a 2021 second-round pick.

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New York: Never a dull moment

April 08, 2021
Source: Mets/Twitter.com
Source: Mets/Twitter.com

⚾️Mets: After splitting the first two games with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets melted down in the final game of their opening series yesterday, losing 8–2 after the Phillies’ four-run first inning established a lead the Mets couldn’t overcome. Sigh. 

🏀NBA: The Knicks and Boston Celtics were neck-and-neck for most of their fun, fast-paced game last night, but the Celtics scraped by with the 101–99 win in the end. Knicks guard RJ Barrett continued his hot streak, shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from behind the arc and leading the team with 29 points. Love to see it. 

  • Over in Brooklyn, the Nets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 139–111 last night on the first of at least 10 days without James Harden, who will be sidelined due to a hamstring injury. 
  • To pile it on, Kevin Durant was fined by the NBA after nasty direct messages between him and actor Michael Rapaport were made public on Twitter. Even though KD “apologized” for the backlash, his comments left us disappointed in the star. 

🏈Jets: ICYMI, the Jets traded quarterback (QB) Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday, solidifying the Gang Green’s plan to draft a QB with their second overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. Is it too early to plan a Zach Wilson welcome party?

⚽️NWSL: New York and New Jersey’s NWSL team, formerly known as Sky Blue FC, announced a name change and brand overhaul earlier this week. The team will now be known as Gotham FC and will rock a Batman-esque color scheme. After watching their new hype video, we’re already counting down the days until the bat signal shines over the pitch. 

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The GIST's Quick Hits - US (April 8, 2021)

April 08, 2021
Source: Robin Buckson/Detroit News
Source: Robin Buckson/Detroit News

⚾️MLB: The MLB announced a new location for their All-Star Game, and if he keeps things up, we could see Detroit Tigers rookie Akil Baddoo in action in Colorado. After homering on the first pitch of his first MLB at-bat last week, Baddoo followed it up with a grand slam in his second career game and a walk off single in his third. 

  • But he wasn’t done there. Yesterday, Baddoo hit an RBI triple and dazzled in the field by throwing a runner out at second base. Can he go 5-for-5? Catch him tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m. ET vs. Cleveland.

🏈NFL: Two of the 22 women suing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson identified themselves and shared their heartbreaking stories this week. Ashley Solis described the negative effects Watson’s sexual harassment has had on her mental health and professional life, while Lauren Baxley called him “nothing more than a predator with power."

  • As a result, Nike has suspended their sponsorship of Watson and Beats by Dre  has completely ended theirs...but the Texans and the NFL still remain silent. Shocker

🏀College basketball: While the women’s March Madness tourney was setting viewership records, there were some big coaching moves on the men’s side. On Monday, North Carolina hired former Tar Heel Hubert Davis, the program’s first Black head coach. Davis was an assistant to his predecessor, Hall of Famer Roy Williams. Big shoes to fill.

As for firings, coach Sean Miller is out at Arizona. The school was part of the 2017 FBI investigation into college basketball and, in December 2020, the men’s team self-imposed a one-year postseason ban due to the ongoing investigation.