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Seattle: OL Reign break NWSL attendance record

August 30, 2021
Source: Sounders FC/Twitter
Source: Sounders FC/Twitter

⚽️Soccer: Yesterday’s Cascadia rivalry doubleheader started off with a bang courtesy of Megan Rapinoe, who scored both goals in OL Reign’s 2–1 victory over the league-leading Portland Thorns. Who reigns supreme? 

  • There were 27,248 fans (an NWSL attendance record!) at Lumen Field — the Reign’s usual home field of Cheney Stadium has a capacity of 6,500. Our hearts are so full.
  • Unfortunately, the Sounders couldn’t follow up with a win of their own, falling 2–0 to the Portland Timbers. Next time.

🏀Storm: Are our defending champs...okay? The Storm lost to the Chicago Sky by 32 points yesterday: the worst regular-season home loss in team history. Eek. 

  • Since returning from the Olympic break, the 18-10 Storm have dropped five of eight, including the last three. Just speculating, but we have to wonder if our squad is tired.

⚾️Mariners: The Mariners’ slim playoff hopes plummeted these last few days as they lost the first three games of their series against the Kansas City Royals. At least the M’s avoided a sweep, securing a 4–3 win yesterday, in which third baseman Kyle Seager smashed his career-best 31st home run of the season. Congrats, Seags.

  • Up next? The American League West–leading Houston Astros are in town for a three-game series starting tonight at 10:10 p.m. ET/7:10 p.m. PT. 
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New York City: Underwhelming preseason performances for Jets and Giants

August 30, 2021
Source: Giants/Twitter
Source: Giants/Twitter

🏈NFL: Even with most of their starters making an appearance, the Giants closed out their preseason with a 22–20 loss to the New England Patriots last night. As for the Jets, they tied the Philadelphia Eagles 31–31, finishing their preseason Friday. Underwhelming. 

⚾️MLB: After winning 13 straight games — the team’s longest streak since 1985 — the Yankees lost back-to-back bouts against the Oakland Athletics this weekend, including yesterday’s 3–1 loss. Even though they split the series 2-2, fans are still feeling pretty pumped about the red-hot Bronx Bombers. 

  • Over in Queens, the Mets beat the Washington Nationals 9–4 for the 2-1 series win yesterday. Sunday run day. 

⏱Rapid recaps: ⚽️Gotham FC lost 1–0 to the Orlando Pride in Gotham’s last match with head coach Freya Coombe. The club is in the process of hiring a new head coach, and we wish her the best at Angel City FC

🏀On the court, the Liberty lost to the Phoenix Mercury again on Friday, falling 80–64. The Libs are now ranked No. 8 in the WNBA, so if they continue their skid they’ll likely lose out on the playoffs. *crosses fingers*  

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Philadelphia: Penn State Women's Soccer off to a great start

August 30, 2021
Source: Penn State WSOC/Twitter
Source: Penn State WSOC/Twitter

🏈Eagles: ICYMI, the Eagles tied the NY Jets 31–31 in the Birds’ final preseason game on Friday. Most starters sat out to avoid unnecessary injury and to allow the coaches to watch backups perform before they make final roster decisions. Fingers crossed for Travis Fulgham.

  • Over the weekend, the Eagles traded for Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback (QB) Gardner Minshew, adding a third QB to the depth chart. The Birds were going to pick up another QB anyway, and getting one with starting experience is a bonus. Hot seat: Jalen Hurts

🎓College: Soccer, volleyball and field hockey have already kicked off their fall seasons, with more sports to come

  • ⚽️Penn State women’s soccer beat Hofstra 2–1 yesterday to improve their record to 3-0, and the men’s team opened with a draw with George Mason on Thursday before  winning over Syracuse yesterday.
  • 🏐The Nittany Lions’ No. 12-ranked women’s volleyball team is 2-1 after beating UCF 3–0 on Saturday, and 🏑field hockey earned their second straight win yesterday. WE ARE impressed. 
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🔢Box scores: ⚾️The Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7–4 to claim the series 3-1; ⚽️ the Union lost 3–1 to D.C. United on Saturday.  

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Washington D.C.: Mystics make push for final playoff spot

August 30, 2021
Source: WNBA/Twitter
Source: WNBA/Twitter

⚾️Nationals: The Nats lost 9–4 to the NY Mets yesterday, but there’s good news on the horizon. Catcher Keibert (pronounced KAY-ber) Ruiz — the No. 19 prospect in MLB who was traded to D.C. in July — will make his Nat debut tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET against the Philadelphia Phillies. Intrigued.

🏀Mystics: Saturday’s 76–75 win over the Dallas Wings was huge for the Mystics as they erased an 18-point deficit to stay in the hunt for the eighth and final playoff spot. In the absence of former MVPs Elena Delle Donne and Tina Charles, Natasha “clutch” Cloud stepped up and scored 21 points, all in the second half. 

  • The Mystics take on the league-leading Connecticut Sun tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET. Buckle up.

⚽️Spirit: The Spirit’s supporter groups (SGs) took center stage yesterday as the team played to a scoreless draw with the North Carolina Courage. A Spirit SG was told to take down their “Sell the team, Steve” sign, referring to majority owner Steve Baldwin’s missteps in recent weeks. The SGs were undeterred and chanted “sell the team” for the final minutes of the game.  

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Seattle: Megan Rapinoe plays key role in latest OL Reign win

August 23, 2021
Source: OL Reign/Twitter
Source: OL Reign/Twitter

🏀Storm: Sue Bird and Stephanie Talbot drilled key three-pointers in the fourth quarter to hold off the Washington Mystics yesterday, putting the Storm in a three-way tie for first atop the WNBA standings.

  • Securing a top-two spot is crucial as the teams receive two byes in the playoffs, while the third and fourth spots only receive first-round byes. 
  • With seven regular season games left, including tomorrow’s clash with the Minnesota Lynx at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, every win matters. Let’s get this bread.

⚾️Mariners: The Mariners redeemed themselves big time yesterday, defeating the Houston Astros 6–3 in extra innings after being blown out the previous two contests. Infielder Ty France notched an RBI single in the 11th inning before third baseman Kyle Seager hammered a three-run homer to secure the W. That’s more like it.

⚽️Soccer: Saturday was all about the late-game heroics. Megan Rapinoe converted two penalty kicks to lift OL Reign to a 3–2 win over NJ/NY Gotham FC and the Sounders scored twice in the span of two minutes to claim a 2–1 victory over Columbus Crew. Comeback kids.