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Philadelphia: No guts no glory

February 11, 2021
Source: PennStateVball / Twitter.com
Source: PennStateVball / Twitter.com

🏈Eagles: ICYMI, QB Carson Wentz wants out of Philly, and his most likely landing spots are the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts. Da 8-8 Bears struggled at QB last season, flip-flopping all year between ex-Eagle Nick Foles and Chicagoland frenemy Mitch Trubisky, and the Colts’ Philip Rivers retired after the season. 

  • The problem? Between the injuries, the interceptions, and the drama, Wentz is undervalued by prospective teams, and the Birds aren’t willing to budge on the price. Know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em, Eags. 

🏐Lions: The Penn State volleyball team finally kicked off their season last weekend, taking down the University of Illinois Fighting Illini in two straight matches, 3–1 and 3–2. Freshman Annie Fitzpatrick wasted no time in her collegiate debut, notching 30 kills and 26 digs on the weekend. Get you a girl who can do both. 

  • Now, in a battle of the undefeated, the No. 8 Nittany Lions will duke it out with the No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday and Sunday. We are!

🎾Serena Williams has yet to lose a set in Australian Open

February 11, 2021
Source: Wilson Tennis/Twitter
Source: Wilson Tennis/Twitter

The GIST: Messing up our circadian rhythms to watch tennis all night has been totally worth it, thanks to some stellar action in the Australian Open.

Staying put: First, the really important news: through two rounds, Serena Williams hasn’t lost a set. Classic. And No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, who’s playing in front of a home crowd, and most recent Grand Slam winner, No. 3 Naomi Osaka, are all still making a run for the title.

  • No major shockers on the men’s side (outside of wild card entry Thanasi Kokkinakis [pronounced TA-NA-SI KO-KI-NAK-IS] playing in a $6 Kmart shirt), with most of the top guys (we miss you Roger) still in the hunt.

Going home: We’ve seen three surprising exits from this tournament already. We were pretty sad to see No. 8 Bianca Andreescu lose her second-round match on Tuesday — after her return to the court following a 15-month injury absence — and Venus Williams struggle through an ankle injury in her second-round match.

  • And last night, reigning champ and No. 4 seed Sofia Kenin lost in straight sets to Kaia Kanepi. Sports.

Up next: Serena, Osaka, and French Open winner Iga Swiatek are all on the Friday schedule (but tonight, our time) on the women’s side, and over on the men’s, our very own Taylor Fritz is facing No. 1 Novak Djokovic (pronounced JOKE-OH-VITCH). Check out the schedule and follow the scores

🏀New York: Bring ’em out

February 11, 2021
Source: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images
Source: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Liberty: In a series of major moves, the Liberty added two WNBA Champions to the roster yesterday. Forward Natasha Howard and guard Sami Whitcomb are both joining the squad after a combined seven years with the Seattle Storm, and while the Liberty may have lost this year’s top draft pick in the trade, who says we need another No. 1?

  • As part of this deal, the Liberty traded Kia Nurse and Megan Walker to the Phoenix Mercury and Stephanie Talbot to the Storm. The Liberty is betting on experience rather than youth (well, except for Sabrina), and we can’t wait to see what the payout will be. 

Net: The Nets beat the Indiana Pacers 104–94 last night. Without Kevin Durant on the court (he’s expected to return tomorrow), fans were glad to see the Nets play to their full potential. So far, they are 4-8 against teams currently sub-.500 and 11-4 against teams over .500. Guess they like to keep it interesting? 

Knicks: The Knicks, on the other hand, are adjusting to their newest player, Derrick Rose, who was traded from the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. Rose will play his second game with the squad tomorrow when they take on the Washington Wizards at 7 p.m. ET. 

🏀The GIST's Bits & Bites: USA

February 11, 2021
Source: NBAE via Getty Images
Source: NBAE via Getty Images

🏀WNBA: Here’s a live look at us trying to keep up with yesterday’s league-altering trades. We’ll start here: three-time WNBA champion Natasha Howard was traded from the Seattle Storm to the New York Liberty and will join forces with 2020 No. 1 draft pick Sabrina Ionescu (pronounced YO-NESS-COO), making the Liberty instant playoff contenders.

  • Meanwhile, former UConn stars Kia Nurse and Megan Walker were traded from the Liberty to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for draft picks. With UConn alumni Diana Taurasi returning for her 17th season, watch out.
  • And in non-trade news, two-time WNBA champion Renee Montgomery is retiring after 11 seasons. Montgomery opted out of the 2020 season to focus on social justice and will keep up the fight alongside her work in sports media. 

🎓🏀College basketball: Hoops fans, rejoice. There had been rumors of a bubble for the women’s March Madness tournament, and the NCAA made things official last Friday, announcing that the entire tournament will be held in San Antonio and the surrounding region. Swish.

  • And if the tournament is going to be anything like the No. 2 UConn Huskies’ overtime win over the No. 1 South Carolina, in front of a record-setting 461,000 viewers (a number that well exceeded the men’s hoops game that followed), then we’re in for a treat. 
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Seattle: Gonna wish we had a storm warning

February 11, 2021
Source: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images
Source: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

🏀Storm: The Storm are definitely not running it back. Yesterday, they traded 2019 Defensive Player of the Year Natasha Howard and sharpshooter Sami Whitcomb to the New York Liberty, and acquired Mikiah “Kiki” Herbert Harrigan from the Minnesota Lynx and Katie Lou Samuelson from the Dallas Wings. Jaw-dropping.

  • The Storm couldn’t give Howard the massive pay raise she deserved. Understandable. But by trading Howard and Whitcomb, the Storm’s defense and three-point shooting takes a big hit that was already diminished by Alysha Clark’s departure last month. 
  • Young newcomers Herbert Harrigan and Samuelson were college standouts, but haven’t produced much in the WNBA yet. Though they’re promising talents, we’re still perplexed by all of the movement from the defending champs.

🏈Seahawks: The Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson aren’t breaking up, but Wilson isn’t happy. He made it crystal clear on Tuesday that he wants better pass protection from the offensive line and more say in personnel decisions. Only time will tell what’s next.

Alleah Taylor: Last month, we covered the initial domestic violence charges against former Seahawk Chad Wheeler. Yesterday, survivor Alleah Taylor bravely spoke about the harrowing events she endured. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.