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LA: Lakers defeat Steph Curry and the Warriors

May 20, 2021
Source: Ashley Landis/AP Photo
Source: Ashley Landis/AP Photo

🏀Lakers: It was the biggest matchup the play-in tournament has ever seen, with the Lakers defeating Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors last night. LeBron James did what stars do, overcoming poor shooting in the first half and then nailing the game-winning 3-pointer. First round, here we come!

⚾️Angels: While the Lakers try to bring back Showtime, it’s always Sho Time in Anaheim. Angel two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani leads the league with 14 home runs and threw five strikeouts in 4.2 innings last night against Cleveland before moving to right field. Is he a mythical legend in human form? We vote yes.

Unfortunately, the Halos are without the best player in baseball. Star center fielder Mike Trout is expected to miss six to eight weeks after sustaining a calf strain on Monday. Contrary to what Queen Bey says, he’s irreplaceable. 

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Philadelphia: Series tied after Phillies lose to Marlins

May 20, 2021
Source: Phillies/Twitter.com
Source: Phillies/Twitter.com

⚾️Phillies: The Phillies lost to the Miami Marlins 3–1 last night to bring the series count to 1-1. On Tuesday, the Phils’ bats were falling flat until pinch hitter Ronald Torreyes smacked a two-run double, sparking their seven-run eighth inning and helping earn the 8–3 victory. 

  • Last night, the Phils’ lone run was scored off a home run by everyone’s favorite center fielder, Andrew McCutchen, but sadly the remaining six hits weren’t enough to catch up to the Marlins. The teams finish the series tonight at 7 p.m. ET. 

🥎Villanova: Less than a week after the Villanova women’s softball team won their first Big East Conference title in program history, the Wildcats will take the field in another program first: the NCAA tournament

  • Leading the team is senior pitcher Paige Rauch, who racked up the accolades this year, becoming the first to ever win both Big East Player and Pitcher of the year in the same season. Get you a girl who can do both. 

Rauch and the rest of the Villanova squad open the double-elimination regional tournament against the Ole Miss Rebels tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET. Let’s go ’Cats! 

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Drama continues with NCAA

May 20, 2021
Source: Stanford Field Hockey/Twitter
Source: Stanford Field Hockey/Twitter

 🎉The good: On Tuesday, Stanford reversed its decision to cut 11 varsity sports after last July’s original announcement sparked outrage from athletes and alumni. Two lawsuits were filed and supporters, including golfer Michelle Wie West, former USWNT star Julie Foudy and softball legend Jess Mendoza, helped raise millions to save the programs. 

  • Stanford’s original cuts were part of a broader trend throughout college sports stemming from COVID-19-related budget issues. Here’s to a new trend in the right direction.

👎The bad: In addition to the rankings controversy, the NCAA softball championship bracket is drawing deserved criticism as three states set to host regionals this weekend — Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee — have trangender athlete bans. 

  • Last month, the NCAA released a statement expressing support for transgender student-athletes byclaiming championship sites would only be selected if they were “safe, healthy and free of discrimination.” Sure, Jan.

In 2016, the NCAA pulled seven championship tournament games from North Carolina following the state’s introduction of a law discriminating against transgender people. Ball’s in your court diamond, NCAA. 

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NCAA Women's College Cup Final tonight at 5:30pmEST

May 17, 2021
Source: Andy Mead/Santa Clara Athletics
Source: Andy Mead/Santa Clara Athletics

 ⚽️Soccer: Two undefeated clubs will square off for the NCAA title tonight at 5:30 p.m. ET: No. 1 Florida State and No. 11 Santa Clara. Santa Clara already pulled off one upset, beating No. 2 North Carolina 3–1 in the semifinals. Meanwhile, top-seeded Florida State squeaked by, advancing on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals and semis. It’s anyone’s game.

🏈Football: Mother Nature tried to put a damper on their plans, but No. 2 Sam Houston won their first FCS football title with a 23–21 win over No. 1 South Dakota State yesterday. It came down to the wire, with Sam Houston quarterback Eric Schmid finding wide receiver Ife Adeyi for the game-winning touchdown with 16 seconds remaining. Couldn’t have written it better.

🥎Softball: After a thrilling weekend of conference tournament action, the 64-team NCAA tourney bracket was released last night. Highlights include No. 21 Duke — who’s only had a softball program for four years — winning their first ACC title while advancing to their first NCAA tourney. Don’t call it beginner’s luck.

Check out the full bracket before regional action opens up on Friday. Let the road to Oklahoma City begin. 

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LA: Lakers to play Golden State Warriors Wednesday May 19th

May 17, 2021
Source: Forbes Sports/Twitter
Source: Forbes Sports/Twitter

 🏀NBA: The Lakers picked up a 110–98 win over the New Orleans Pelicans yesterday, but it wasn’t enough to help them avoid the anxiety-inducing play-in tournament. They’ll face scoring champ Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Who came up with this sh!t anyway?

  • While the defending champs compete for a spot in the playoffs, the four-seed Clippers will enjoy some time off before playing the five-seed Dallas Mavericks beginning Saturday. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

🏀Sparks: While the NBA season is nearing its end, the WNBA is just getting started. The new-look Sparks struggled in their season opener, falling 94–71 to the Dallas Wings. But with four-time champ Seimone Augustus trading in her sneakers for a Sparks’ clipboard, the squad is in great hands. 

⚾️Baseball: Behind a wild homerun from Shohei Ohtani (because, of course), the Angels pulled out a 6–5 win yesterday, avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox. Meanwhile, the Dodgers couldn’t break out the brooms, dropping yesterday’s contest with the Miami Marlins, 3–2. You win some, you lose some. 

  • But the biggest baseball news of the weekend was made off the diamond. The Dodgers signed future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, who was just released by the Angels on Thursday. How’s that for drama, Hollywood?   

🥎Softball: No. 2 UCLA is heading to their 37th (!!!) NCAA tourney thanks to their record-breaking 11th Pac-12 title win over the weekend. Pitcher Rachel Garcia was named Pac-12 player of the year (for the third time) while coach Kelly Inouye-Perez grabbed her second Pac-12 coach of the year honor. Put some respect on their name.