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Boston: Got that sunshine on my Sunday best

April 05, 2021
Source: Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports

🏀Celtics: After a big 118–102 win over the Houston Rockets on Friday, the C’s followed it up with their Sunday best yesterday, defeating the Charlotte Hornets 116–86. Jayson Tatum led the squad with 22 points, while new guy Evan Fournier avenged his dismal debut with 17 points. 

  • The Celtics will look to keep it rolling tomorrow against the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Sixers have won both contests this season, so let’s hope third time’s the charm for the C’s.

⚾️Red Sox: There was only one Red Sox winner from opening weekend and that was pitcher Tanner Houck’s mom, who watched her son pitch in the majors live for the first time on Saturday. Sadly the fun stopped there, as the Baltimore Orioles swept the Sox, including an embarrassing 11–3 loss yesterday. Yikes.

  • The Sox have a chance to turn things around tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET in the first of a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays, where pitcher Nick Pivetta will face the Rays for the first time in his career. 

🏒Bruins: Thanks to a hat trick from Brad Marchand, the B’s beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 7–5 on Saturday. They’ll carry that momentum into a two-game series with the Philadelphia Flyers, beginning tonight at 7 p.m. ET. There’s a lot riding on this rivalry matchup, as the B’s and Flyers are jockeying for fourth place in the East Division. Bring it on.

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Philadelphia: Happy and sad at the same time

April 01, 2021
Source: Mary Holt/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Mary Holt/USA TODAY Sports

⚾️Phillies: It’s Opening Day, and our Phils are kicking off the season against (one of) our favorite teams to hate, the Atlanta Braves. Given the NL East divisional rivals both have sluggers like first basemen Freddie Freeman from Atlanta and Rhys Hoskins from Philly, expect a shoot out. 

  • Thanks to that scoring power, this matchup is going to come down to which ace, Atlanta’s Max Fried or Philly’s Aaron Nola, can throw more curveballs. Find out when the first pitch is thrown at 3 p.m. ET. 

🏒Flyers: The Buffalo Sabres ended their 18-game losing streak by clobbering the Flyers 6–1 last night. How embarrassing. Even though Philly's defense has struggled all season, we never expected them to lose like this to a bottom-of-the-basement team. Yikes.

  • To send a wake up call to the backsliding Flyers this week, head coach Alan Vigneault made former starting goalie Carter Hart a practice player and waived the rights of defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere. 
  • But based on last night’s performance, it didn’t seem to have worked. Maybe he should let Gritty give the next pep talk instead. 

🏀Sixers: The Sixers, who are still missing All-Star Joel Embiid due to injury, also struggled this week, losing 104–95 to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. With the Brooklyn Nets closing in on the Sixers’ top spot in the East, the boys need a statement win against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 7 p.m. ET. 

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The GIST's Quick Hits - US (March 29, 2021)

March 29, 2021
Source: Formula One/Twitter
Source: Formula One/Twitter

🏎Formula One: Lewis Hamilton is back on top...just as we expected. The reigning F1 world champ held off a pushy Max Verstappen to open the season with a win at the Bahrain Grand Prix yesterday. 

  • ICYMI, there’s still plenty of time to read yesterday’s Sunday Scroll (and watch Netflix’s F1: Drive to Survive) to get caught up before the next race: the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on April 18th.

🏒Hockey: The NWHL finally finished their Isobel Cup championship over the weekend, just a month after their already-shortened season was halted due to COVID-19 entering their Lake Placid bubble. The Boston Pride won 4–3 over the Minnesota Whitecaps on Saturday night for the league’s second title. That’s something to be proud of.

Figure skating: Is it too soon to call Nathan Chen the GOAT? He won his third straight men’s singles title at this weekend’s ISU World Figure Skating Championships, extending his undefeated streak that dates back to the 2018 World Championships. 

  • On the women’s side, the Russians swept the podium, but Americans Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell earned Olympic berths with their performances. 

⚽️Soccer: In some not-so-great, and actually kind of surprising news, the US men’s under-23 team lost their Olympic qualifier 2–1 to Honduras yesterday, meaning we won’t have representation in Tokyo in men’s soccer. Guess the USWNT will just have to carry the hopes and dreams of America...as per usual.

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Chicago: With every ending is a new beginning

March 29, 2021
Source: Loyola MBB/Twitter.com
Source: Loyola MBB/Twitter.com

🎓College: In the battle of Cinderella stories, the No. 12 Oregon State Beavers walked away with the glass slipper, beating the No. 8 Loyola Ramblers 65–58 in the Sweet 16 on Saturday. The Ramblers came out hot, limiting the Beavs’ offense with their best-in-class defense early on. But while Loyola forced a total of 10 turnovers on the game, their offense wasn’t up to snuff. 

  • And when the Beavs stretched their lead to 11 points in the second half, Loyola just couldn’t hit their shots. The Ramblers only made 33% of their attempts (vs. a 50% season average) and just five of 23 three-pointers attempted. Yikes.
  • Senior captain Cameron Krutwig led the Ramblers with just 14 points, with guards Braden Norris and Lucas Williamson adding 10 each. While fans loved cheering on the Ramblers (and Sister Jean) once again, all good things must come to an end. 

🏀NBA: The 19-25 Bulls have lost five of their last six games, including their 120–104 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. The game also featured the Chicagoland debut of All-Star Nikola Vučević (pronounced NI-KOH-LA VO-CHEH-VICH), who was recently traded to Chicago from the Orlando Magic. 

  • Vučević scored a team-high 21 points, but it was clear the Bulls still have adjustments to make to properly take advantage of his skills. Hopefully they’ll have worked out a few more kinks by tonight’s 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT tip-off against the Golden State Warriors. 

🏒NHL: The Blackhawks lost back-to-back games to the Nashville Predators this weekend, including last night’s 3–2 loss. The 16-14 ’Hawks will be back on the ice to face the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT. 

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Boston: City of champions

March 29, 2021
Source: Boston Pride/Twitter
Source: Boston Pride/Twitter

🏒Pride: As we mentioned earlier, the Pride earned their second Isobel Cup with a thrilling 4–3 win over the Minnesota Whitecaps on Saturday. And they did it at home, as the league moved the semis and finals to Boston’s Warrior Ice Arena following the abrupt season suspension in Lake Placid last month. Love that dirty water.

  • Former Harvard star Jillian Dempsey was named Isobel Cup MVP and the Pride became the first team to win the Isobel Cup twice. And all that hardware had people taking notice, including Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. So here for this crossover.

🏀Celtics: The C’s made some moves ahead of last week’s NBA trade deadline. Most notably, former Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (along with his career-high 19.7 points per game) is headed to the Hub. Fournier is currently out due to COVID-19 protocols, but we can’t wait to see him bring some magic to Boston.

  • There were also some goodbyes, including fan favorite Daniel Theis, who played in two consecutive Eastern Conference semifinals with the C’s. Thanks for the memories
  • The Celtics return to the Garden tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET to take on the New Orleans Pelicans in the C’s first game with a home crowd since March 2020. We missed you too, Jayson.