LA: Lakers defeat Steph Curry and the Warriors
🏀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 in the first half and then nailing the . First round, here we come!
⚾️Angels: While the Lakers try to bring back , it’s always Sho Time in Anaheim. Angel sensation Shohei Ohtani with 14 home runs and threw five strikeouts in 4.2 innings last night against Cleveland before moving to right field. Is he a ? We vote yes.
Philadelphia: Series tied after Phillies lose to Marlins
⚾️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 , sparking their seven-run eighth inning and helping earn the 8–3 victory.
- Last night, the Phils’ lone run was scored off a 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.
- Leading the team is senior pitcher , 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.
Drama continues with NCAA
🎉The good: On Tuesday, Stanford reversed its decision to cut 11 varsity sports after last July’s sparked outrage from athletes and alumni. Two lawsuits were filed and , 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 throughout college sports stemming from COVID-19-related budget issues. Here’s to a in the right direction.
👎The bad: In addition to the , 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 expressing support for transgender student-athletes byclaiming championship sites would only be selected if they were “safe, healthy and free of discrimination.” .
NCAA Women's College Cup Final tonight at 5:30pmEST
⚽️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 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 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 title while advancing to their first NCAA tourney. Don’t call it beginner’s luck.
LA: Lakers to play Golden State Warriors Wednesday May 19th
🏀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 . They’ll face Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Who 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 , the squad is in great hands.
⚾️Baseball: Behind a 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 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. .