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Chicago: All shook up

April 12, 2021
Source: Matt Patterson/AP
Source: Matt Patterson/AP

⚽️NWSL: Besides the aforementioned disappointing off-field events, on the pitch the Red Stars had a tight opening game of the Challenge Cup, tying the Dash 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 one of three 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’ relief pitchers struggled, allowing a Royals home run in the ninth inning yesterday to lose the game. Sigh. 

🏒NHL: The Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4–3 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 postseason

  • 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 trade with the Florida Panthers last week), at least the team gave us these photos 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 25 under 25 ranking would fire up the squad. A missed opportunity. 

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Philadelphia: It’s anyone’s game

April 12, 2021
Source: Phillies/Twitter.com
Source: Phillies/Twitter.com

⚾️Phillies: After losing the first two games of their weekend series, the Phillies beat the Braves 7–6 in their final matchup last night. The teams swapped home runs all night, until Philly third baseman Alex Bohm scored in the ninth inning after a controversial call dubbed him as safe. Drama. 

  • Homers from Rhys Hoskins, Bryce Harper and Didi Gregorious brought in six of the Phils’ seven runs. Overrated, who? 

🏒Flyers: The Flyers collapsed against the Buffalo Sabres — the worst team in the league — yesterday, blowing a two-goal lead in the second period and ultimately losing 5–3

  • This was a crucial game for the Flyers, who were teetering on the edge of making the playoffs. But after this meltdown, it’s not looking hopeful for Gritty’s guys. Maybe it’s time to consider a new sport.

Yesterday’s loss also dashed any hope of general manager Chuck Fletcher acquiring additional talent to help the Flyers out this year. So expect Fletcher’s moves, if any, to be setting up the Flyers for future seasons. 

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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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D.C.: Not out of the woods yet

April 05, 2021
Source: Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports

⚾️Nationals: Due to their COVID-19 outbreak, the Nats have yet to open their season. As of last count, four players have tested positive and an additional seven players and two staff members are in quarantine. Tonight’s game against the Atlanta Braves is postponed, and who knows if the series will actually start tomorrow.

  • General manager Mike Rizzo indicated that most of those 11 quarantined players were on the 26-man opening night roster, so the Nats will need to call up reinforcements from their alternate training site. Eek.
  • And while pitchers were cleared to throw one by one at Nats Park during this pause, position players were not. Even if the season does start tomorrow, the timing doesn’t bode well for the Nats.

🏒Capitals: The Caps relied on goaltender Ilya Samsonov’s big saves to beat the New Jersey Devils 5–4 yesterday, winning all eight games against the Devils this season. We’ll take it.

The Caps sit atop the East Division with 54 points. But their No. 1 status will be tested tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET by the New York Islanders, who are hot on the Caps’ heels with 52 points. Let’s try for a little better than an 8–4 loss this time.