Hey, we noticed you're in Canada but are currently viewing our US site. Would you like us to take you to the Canadian site, or do you want to stay on the US site?
Picking up what we're putting down? We thought you might be. Sign up for our free 3x-weekly newsletter to get "the gist" of what's going on in the sports world in less than 5 minutes.
Skip to Content

All Stories

🏀March Madness: Men's Final Four

April 01, 2021
Source: UCLA MBB/Twitter
Source: UCLA MBB/Twitter

No. 2 Houston vs. No. 1 Baylor, 5:14 p.m. ET: Led by “nightmare” Davion Mitchell and Big 12 Player of the Year Jared Butler, the Baylor Bears lead the nation in three-point shooting percentage. But Baylor’s high-powered offense must contend with Houston’s second-best-in-the-nation defense.

  • Houston is the first team to ever advance to the Final Four by defeating only double-digit seeds, so surging No. 1 Baylor will certainly be a test for the Cougars. Let’s see if defense really does win championships. 

No. 11 UCLA vs. No. 1 Gonzaga, 8:34 p.m. ET: With feisty play from Johnny Juzang, the UCLA Bruins have scrapped their way to the Final Four by pulling off three upsets. On the other hand, behind Jalen Suggs and Drew Timme’s (pronounced TIMMY) mustache sharp shooting, the ’Zags have bulldozed through the tourney, winning every game by double digits. 

UCLA is just the second team to ever reach the Final Four after playing in the “First Four” play-in round while undefeated Gonzaga have been the favorites from the start. This matchup is truly what March, er, April is all about.

🎾🏈

The GIST's Quick Hits - US (April 1, 2021)

April 01, 2021
Source: Keith Srakocic/AP
Source: Keith Srakocic/AP

🎓NCAA: The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in the antitrust case brought against the NCAA. It’s a complicated case that basically boils down to that the NCAA doesn’t want to pay their student athletes. Nothing really new there. To dive deeper, check out this explainer from ESPN. The Court is set to rule in late spring/early summer. 

🏈NFL: The league has officially agreed to a 17-game season. Good. Now that that’s settled, we have bigger fish to fry: Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson now faces 21(!!!) separate lawsuits for sexual assault and innappropriate behavior, while 18 women have come out in his defense. Solid chance Deshaun sees zero games this season. Boy bye. 

🎾Tennis: The streak is over. After 23-straight hard court wins dating back to February 2020, No. 2 Naomi Osaka ended her run yesterday with a surprising straight-set loss to world No. 25 Maria Sakkari in the Miami Open quarterfinals. Time to start a new streak!

🏀March Madness: Women's Final Four

April 01, 2021
Source: Arizona WBB/Twitter
Source: Arizona WBB/Twitter

No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 1 Stanford, 6 p.m. ET: South Carolina rolled in their Elite Eight game, defeating No. 6 Texas 62–34. Meanwhile, Stanford struggled in theirs, falling to the largest deficit of their season before surging to a jaw-dropping 78–63 comeback victory over No. 2 Louisville. Even Ciara and Russell Wilson are fans.

  • This top-seed showdown features two legendary coaches: Stanford’s Tara VanDeveer is the winningest coach in NCAA women’s history, while South Carolina’s Dawn Staley is a former WNBA great and 2020 Naismith Coach of the Year. Buckle up.

No. 3 Arizona vs. No. 1 UConn, 9:30 p.m. ET: While Arizona is the new kid on the block, reaching the women’s Final Four for the first time in school history, UConn is making their record-setting 13th (!!!) consecutive Final Four appearance. No bad luck here.

The aforementioned herstory-maker freshman Paige Bueckers (pronounced BECKERS) is averaging 20 points per game, but she’ll be up against two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Arizona’s Aari McDonald. What a matchup.

🏀🏒

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. 

🏀

Chicago: Let’s go, go, go...Fly the W

April 01, 2021
Source: Ross Franklin/AP Photo
Source: Ross Franklin/AP Photo

⚾️Sox: The young, scrappy and hungry White Sox open their season against the LA Angels tonight at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT. Something tells us the late night will be worth it.

  • Most of the South Siders’ favorites will be back on the diamond tonight, including starting pitcher Lucas Giolito, first baseman José Abreu and shortstop Tim Anderson, who, BTW, has already set some high expectations for the squad. Love the confidence.

Cubs: It’s a beautiful day to be a North Sider because Wrigley is ready to welcome (some) fans back for the Cubs' Opening Day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 2:20 p.m. ET/1:20 p.m. CT. Kyle “The Professor” Hendricks is starting on the mound, and fans are looking forward to attending another one of his classes.

  • While the Pirates are in a rebuilding phase, the Cubs are looking to defend their NL Central division title and then some. Opening the season with a win would be a great place to start. Go, Cubs, go!

🏀Bulls: The Bulls extended their five-game losing streak last night, falling 121–116 to the Phoenix Suns. This is Chicago’s season-worst skid, and it comes right after All-Star Nikola Nikola Vučević was signed to take the Bulls to the “next level.” Something’s off, and if the Bulls have any hope of a postseason berth, they need to figure it out ASAP.