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Dallas: We fly high

April 08, 2021
Source: Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports

🏀Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis poured in a double-double, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Mavs, as they fell 102–93 to the Houston Rockets last night, snapping their five-game win streak. They’ll face another challenge in tonight’s 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT tilt with two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (pronounced YONNIS ANDEDO-KOONPO) and the Milwaukee Bucks. 

  • Last time the Mavs played the Bucks, Milwaukee held on for a three-point nail-biter win. But, Dallas also had key players out for that contest due to COVID-19 protocols. New squad, who dis?

⚾️Rangers: Led by pitcher Kyle Gibson’s six scoreless innings and eight strikeouts, the Rangers secured the series win with yesterday’s 2–1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. They’ll need more great defense when they take on the high-powered offense of the San Diego Padres tomorrow at 8:05 p.m. ET/7:05 p.m. CT. 

🏈Cowboys: Talk about a sight for sore eyes. Quarterback Dak Prescott is back on the gridiron and looking strong after he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5 last season. Is it September yet?

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The GIST's Quick Hits - US (April 1, 2021)

April 01, 2021
Source: Keith Srakocic/AP
Source: Keith Srakocic/AP

🎓NCAA: The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in the antitrust case brought against the NCAA. It’s a complicated case that basically boils down to that the NCAA doesn’t want to pay their student athletes. Nothing really new there. To dive deeper, check out this explainer from ESPN. The Court is set to rule in late spring/early summer. 

🏈NFL: The league has officially agreed to a 17-game season. Good. Now that that’s settled, we have bigger fish to fry: Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson now faces 21(!!!) separate lawsuits for sexual assault and innappropriate behavior, while 18 women have come out in his defense. Solid chance Deshaun sees zero games this season. Boy bye. 

🎾Tennis: The streak is over. After 23-straight hard court wins dating back to February 2020, No. 2 Naomi Osaka ended her run yesterday with a surprising straight-set loss to world No. 25 Maria Sakkari in the Miami Open quarterfinals. Time to start a new streak!

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Philadelphia: Now or never

March 25, 2021
Source: Villanova MBB/Twitter.com
Source: Villanova MBB/Twitter.com

🏈Eagles: The Eagles signed former Jets backup quarterback (QB) Joe Flacco to a one-year, guaranteed $3.5 million contract on Tuesday. We know what you’re thinking: WTF? Yes, 36-year-old Flacco won a Super Bowl in 2012. But...he also went 0-4 in the games he started last season. Yikes.

  • Even though Flacco brings knowledge and experience to share with the Eagles’ young presumed starter, Jalen Hurts, it’s not worth $3.5 million. Will the Birds ever stop burning money on half-rate QBs?  

🎓🏀WBB: The Drexel Dragons lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Monday, falling 67–53 to a rock-solid Georgia Bulldogs team. Senior guard Hannah Nihill was the lone Dragon to score in the double-digits, draining 22 points for the squad. Her career might’ve ended this week, but at least she went down scoring. 

MBB: After cruising through the first two rounds of the tournament, the No. 5 Villanova Wildcats will have to battle the No. 1 Baylor Bears in the Sweet 16 on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. ET.

  • The Bears, led by Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Davion Mitchell, are best-in-class three-point shooters, and many have them picked to go all the way. Once again, the world is betting against the ’Cats, but they’re thriving as the under...cats. 
  • Ever since ’Nova star guard Collin Gillespie injured his MCL a few weeks ago, forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and guard Justin Moore have seamlessly stepped up to lead the team. Time for them to take it to the next level. Survive and advance, baby!
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The GIST's Quick Hits: WTF Edition (March 25, 2021)

March 25, 2021
Soure: Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire
Soure: Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire

🏒NHL: Referee Tim Peel must’ve missed last week’s newsletter when we reminded assholes everyone that the mic is always hot. Peel “no longer will be working NHL games” after he was caught admitting that he wanted to call a penalty against the Nashville Predators and found a way to make it happen. Power trip much?

🏈NFL: Washington Football Team (WFT) part-owner Dan Snyder was given the all-clear from the NFL to buy out the team’s minority investors and (along with his mother and sister) obtain nearly full ownership. That said, Snyder has not been cleared yet by Beth Wilkinson, the attorney still investigating the WFT for 15 years’ worth of sexual harassment allegations.

🏈High school football: The head coach from Duxbury High School’s football team in Massachusetts was fired after using anti-Semetic words as play calls in the team’s recent home opener. Horrifying and disgusting. Can people stop being terrible so we don’t have to keep sharing awful news, please?

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Boston: I need a hero

March 25, 2021
Source: Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports

🏈Patriots: Yesterday, the Tempe, Arizona police department honored Pats OT Justin Herron as a hero after he helped stop an attempted sexual assault over the weekend. Herron and another bystander intervened after a man attacked a 71-year-old woman in a park.

  • “All I could do was just rush myself over there to make sure I could help the victim and make sure I could comfort her and be the best person I can be,” Herron said. Patriot proud.

🏒Hockey: After two games were postponed due to COVID-19 protocols, the Bruins will return to the ice tonight, taking on the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. ET. Ironically, it’ll also be the Commonwealth’s first game with fans since March 2020, as the Garden is set to host a 12 percent capacity crowd, about 2,100 fans. Be like Tuukka, wear a mask. 

  • And there’s even more hockey action in the Hub. Not only will No. 1 seed B.C. and No. 3 BU compete in the first round of the NCAA men’s ice hockey championship on Saturday, the NWHL’s Boston Pride also resume their hunt for the Isobel Cup tomorrow.
  • Right before the playoffs were suspended in early February, the Pride had scored 13 (!!!) goals in two games to earn a spot in the semis. Here’s to picking up right where they left off.