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D.C.: Wizards overtime win

May 10, 2021
Source: Darron Cummings/AP
Source: Darron Cummings/AP

🏀Wizards: The Wizards, and more specifically Russell Westbrook, are too hot to handle. Westbrook was a man on a mission in the Wizards’ overtime win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, helping the Wiz climb to ninth in the Eastern Conference with the game-winning block and earning his 181st career triple-double to tie the NBA record. Bam.

  • Westbrook can break the record against the Atlanta Hawks at 7:30pm ET tonight. But he’ll have to do it without fellow star Bradley Beal, who’s out with a hamstring strain. Fingers crossed Beal will be healthy for the play-in tournament.

🏒Capitals: The Caps picked up an overtime win of their own on Saturday, securing the second seed in the East Division in the process. They close out the regular season tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET against the Boston Bruins, who could be the Caps’ first-round playoff opponent.

  • Captain Alex Ovechkin didn’t play on Saturday, but he still picked up dubs over the weekend, becoming one of the many investors in the NWSL’s Spirit. We love to see the hometown support (and the investment in women’s sports)!

🎓⚽️College soccer: Speaking of women’s soccer, the unseeded UVA team knocked off No. 4 Texas Christian (TCU) 1–0 in yesterday’s quarterfinals, with defender Lizzy Sieracki scoring her first goal of the season. Perfect timing.

  • As for the men, reigning champ Georgetown takes on Marshall in the quarterfinals today at 1 p.m. ET. Hoya — and we can’t stress this enough — Saxa!
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Boston: Celtics struggle

May 10, 2021
Source: Steven Senne/AP Photo
Source: Steven Senne/AP Photo

 🏀Celtics: Graduations, tulips at the Public Garden and a late season Celtics’ collapse... there’s nothing like May in Boston. Despite a breakout 30-point performance from Evan Fournier, the C’s fell 130–124 to the Miami Heat yesterday, slipping to seventh in the Eastern Conference in the process. Ugh.

  • Luckily, the C’s will have another crack at sixth-place Miami tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET. With only four games remaining in the regular season, it’s time to blossom, boys.

🏒Bruins: The third-place Bruins already clinched a playoff spot and now it’s just a matter of where they’ll be seeded. A win or OT loss in tonight’s 7 p.m. ET tilt with the NY Islanders would lock up the third seed. If that happens, Tuesday’s 7 p.m. ET matchup with the Washington Capitals would be a preview of the B’s first-round series. Spicy.

⚾️Red Sox: The best team in baseball? Present. The Pink Sox continued to roll this weekend, securing the series win with a 4–3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles yesterday. Pitcher Martín Pérez will try to lead Boston to the sweep tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET. Getcha brooms ready. 

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Dallas: Mavericks win streak

May 10, 2021
Source: USATSI
Source: USATSI

🏀Mavericks: After clinching their first Southwest Division title in 10 years on Friday, the Mavs picked up their fourth straight win yesterday with a 124–97 dub over the Cleveland Cavaliers. What a weekend. And, while he was ejected from yesterday’s game, Luka Doncic gifted us with this adorable exchange on Friday. He has our hearts.

  • The Mavs are now one step closer to securing at least the sixth seed in the West and avoiding the dreaded play-in tournament. They’ll look to keep it going vs. the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Nothing like the playoffs, baby.

⚾️Rangers: After sustaining a quad strain during spring training, designated hitter Khris Davis made his regular season Rangers debut on Saturday, and since then, the Rangers are 2-0 including a 10–2 win yesterday over the Seattle Mariners. Coincidence? We think not. 

  • Davis and the Rangers will go for their third straight when they take on the San Francisco Giants tonight at 9:45 p.m. ET/8:45 p.m. CT. Now this is a Monday mood we can get behind.

🏒Stars: Well, it was fun while it lasted. After last year’s Stanley Cup finals run, the Stars were officially eliminated from playoff contention over the weekend. You’ll have one last chance to see the 2021 Stars in action when they take on Chicago tonight at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. After that, we’ll be drowning our sorrows in wine replays from the 2020 title run. No shame.

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The GIST's Quick Hits - US (May 6, 2021)

May 06, 2021
Source: Bleacher Report/Twitter
Source: Bleacher Report/Twitter

⚾️Baseball: The hurlers are proving the haters wrong. Following up LA Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani’s incredible dual-threat performances, Tuesday saw Atlanta pitcher Huascar Ynoa become the first pitcher to blast a grand slam since 2018. Go off.

  • And while some pitchers are getting hits, others aren’t allowing any. Baltimore Oriole John Means no hit the Seattle Mariners yesterday, marking this season’s third no-hitter that also just missed being a perfect game. Close, but no cigar.  

🏒Hockey: Here’s a doozy: On Monday, Washington Capitals right winger Tom Wilson who has a history of rough play and subsequent disciplinary action — acted severely outside traditional hockey violence boundaries and went after Rangers’ star Artemiy Panarin, injuring him. Wilson was only issued a slap on the wrist $5,000 fine. Um, WTF?

  • In response, the Rangers put out a statement calling for the firing of the NHL’s head of player safety on Tuesday. But on Wednesday, the Rangers made their own firing, abruptly cutting ties with their president and general manager. Didn’t see that coming.
  • The teams faced off again in their final meeting of the season last night, and unsurprisingly, things started with a line brawl. The first period alone ended with 20 penalties and Wilson leaving with an upper body injury. Saw that one coming. 

⚾️(Minor League) Baseball: Following last year’s COVID-19 cancellation, Minor League Baseball (MiLB) returned on Tuesday, 595 days after the last season ended. Highlights from Opening Day include Tampa Bay Rays prospect (and the No. 1 prospect in baseball) Wander Franco going 3-for-5 in his Triple-A debut, including an RBI triple. What a welcome.

⚽️Soccer Football: USMNT forward Christian Pulisic continues to shine across the pond. His sweet assist in yesterday’s Champions League semifinal helped lift Chelsea to a 2–0 win (3–2 on aggregate) over Real (pronounced REY-al) Madrid. Chelsea is the first club to send their women’s and men’s teams to a Champs League final in the same season. Bloody cool.

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D.C.: A lot more than five for fighting

May 06, 2021
Source: Bruce Bennett, Pool Photos/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Bruce Bennett, Pool Photos/USA TODAY Sports

🏒Capitals: Capital Tom Wilson’s actions in Monday’s game led to the chippiness in yesterday’s rematch with the New York Rangers. Fights broke out immediately and Wilson left after the first period with a supposed upper-body injury.

What’s next: The postseason. But we still have a lot of questions heading into it. Will captain Alex Ovechkin be healthy? He didn’t play last night and left Monday’s contest after playing just one shift. Not good.

  • That’s not all. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov and center Evgeny Kuznetsov were late to a team function and didn’t play Monday for disciplinary reasons. Even worse, Kuznetsov then landed on the COVID-19 protocol list for the second time this season. C’mon.

🏀Wizards: Over on the hardwood, the Wizards lost a tough 135–134 battle to the Milwaukee Bucks last night, making tonight’s 7:30 p.m. ET matchup with the Toronto Raptors even more crucial.

The Wiz are one spot ahead of the Raps in the Eastern Conference standings, and both teams are scrambling to grab the coveted 10th seed. It’s showtime.