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Sports Quick Hits: Monday May 24th, 2021

May 25, 2021
Source: Matt York/Associated Press
Source: Matt York/Associated Press

 ⛳️Golf: As we mentioned at the top, Phil Mickelson proved age is just a number yesterday with his second-career PGA Championship win. Not only is he the oldest player to win a major, he’s just the fourth to win one in four separate decades. Congrats, Lefty! Now let’s get you some better security.

🏎️F1: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won yesterday’s Monaco Grand Prix to take his first-ever lead in the Formula One world championship standings. Meanwhile, seven-time world champ Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wasn’t feeling it in Monaco, finishing in a disappointing seventh as he and Verstappen continue their heated hunt for the title.

🎾Tennis: Olivia Rodrigo wasn’t the only one showing out for Gen Z this weekend. On Saturday, 17-year-old Coco Gauff notched her first career singles title on clay while sweeping both the singles and doubles titles at the Italian Open. Perfect timing before next week’s French Open. Très bien. 

What’s not très bien? Fellow Gen Z Denis Shapovalov dropping out of Roland Garros (aka the French Open) with a shoulder injury. C’est dommage. 

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College spring championships going strong

May 13, 2021
Source: Virginia Athletics
Source: Virginia Athletics

⚽️Soccer: And then there were four. Whittled down from a field of 48, the women’s soccer Final Four action kicks off today at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2. In the first semi, No. 1 seed undefeated Florida State will take on Virginia, a traditional soccer powerhouse who upset their way to the College Cup semis.

  • In the late game, No. 2 North Carolina faces No. 11 Santa Clara at 8:30 p.m. ET. Santa Clara is averaging 2.60 goals per game while North Carolina is only giving up an average of .316 goals per game. Let’s see if defense can win championships.

🥎Softball: After the 2020 season was canceled, postseason softball is hitting different this year. Conference tournaments are in full swing, with the 64-team tournament Selection Show set for Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2. But add some softball to your Saturday plans, because a whole slate of conference title games are airing on ESPN networks. HYFR.

⚾️Baseball: On Tuesday, Nevada redshirt junior Tyler Bosetti homered in his ninth (!!!) straight game, setting an NCAA Division I record for most consecutive games with a homerun. And he made it look easy

⛳️Golf: Sadly, it’s the NCAA; you know not all news can be good. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana women’s golf regional was abruptly canceled yesterday due to the course not being “playable at a championship level.” Uh, not too sure about that. Of the 18 teams scheduled to compete, the top six will advance without a single hole of golf played. Brutal.

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Kentucky Derby winner fails drug test

May 10, 2021
Source: Jeff Roberson/AP Photos
Source: Jeff Roberson/AP Photos

 🏇Horse racing: Recent Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed his drug test. Yes, the horse. The American thoroughbred owned by Bob Baffert is at risk of having his title revoked, in what was Baffert’s record seventh win. Baffert has been banned from Churchill Downs (the Derby’s venue) while investigations continue.

🏎 Formula One: To absolutely no one’s surprise, Sir Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix yesterday, thanks to some sneaky strategy from his Mercedes team. F1 is on hiatus until the May 23rd Monaco Grand Prix, so while you wait, check out the latest Beyond The Grid podcast episode featuring the first-ever female F1 team principal, Monisha Kaltenborn.

🥌 Curling: Switzerland won the World Women’s Curling Championship yesterday, earning a spot in next year’s Olympics. Meanwhile, Team USA won the bronze and Team Canada earned an Olympic berth.

⛳️ Golf: A couple of longtime droughts ended in the golf world this weekend. Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Championship yesterday, his first win since November 2019, while Ariya Jutanugarn won the Honda LPGA Thailand in her home country. It marked her 11th career victory, but the first in 1,015 days (almost four years!).  

A golf super league has been proposed

May 06, 2021
Source: Peter Morrison/AP Photo
Source: Peter Morrison/AP Photo

The idea: A golf super league to rival the PGA TOUR, initially called the Premier Golf League and now the Super Golf League (SGL), has been proposed. We know what you’re thinking: “Not this again?!” But, despite its poor timing just two weeks after soccer’s European Super League debacle, the SGL has been somewhat-well received

  • Word of the SGL has been floating around for at least a year, but with some solid financial backing from Saudi oil magnates, organizers are now ready to get it off the ground.

The set-up: The league has started reaching out to players to join, and only the best of the best are receiving invitations. Golfers like world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and No. 10 Brooks Koepka (pronounced KEP-ka) are being asked to play in the 18-event season starting September 2022 that would have them compete both as individuals and teams.

The payout: If it comes down to it, players will have to choose between the legacy of the PGA and the “money grab” of the SGL. And if they go for the latter, they’ll likely face a permanent ban from the PGA TOUR. 

And even though the PGA TOUR recently announced a $40-million Player Impact Fund for the game’s 10 biggest social media stars to split, the SGL could see each participant earn at least $30 million a year. Uh, where’s our invite?

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The GIST's Quick Hits (April 19, 2021)

April 19, 2021
Source: Marco Garcia/Associated Press
Source: Marco Garcia/Associated Press

⛳️Golf: Lydia Ko’s drought ended this weekend. The former world No. 1 won her first LPGA event since April 2018 — the Lotte Championship in Hawaii — and she did it in style. The New Zealander set a new tournament record with a 28-under par score, seven strokes ahead of the four runners-up. 

🏀Basketball: Is it WNBA time yet? The draft is over (and what a draft it was!), the jerseys are ready, and Seattle Storm superstar Breanna Stewart is already in midseason form. Stewart spent her offseason playing in the Euroleague, and like the star she is, won the championship and the Final Four MVP title. Naturally. 

😷COVID-19: This virus isn’t going anywhere fast. The MLB recorded six new cases last week, the NHL postponed three Colorado Avalanche games, and the LA Lakers canceled their trip to the White House. Meanwhile, more than half of all NFL teams decided to skip voluntary offseason workouts (set to start today) due to lacking safety protocols. Uh yeah, good call.