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🏀LA: Sister, sister

March 04, 2021
Source: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Source: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

🏀Sparks: While we’re absolutely not over Candace Parker leaving the Sparks, there is some good in the world: the Ogwumike (pronounced OH-GWOO-MIH-KAY) sisters are officially back! Little sis Chiney broke her own re-signing news last week, and big sis Nneka followed that up by re-signing on Tuesday. 

  • Chiney opted out of last season for medical reasons, so it’s been a minute since we’ve watched the sisters play together. May’s scheduled WNBA season start can’t come soon enough.

College women’s basketball: But as much as we love the Ogwumikes, there’s zero chance you’ll catch us rooting for their alma mater Stanford. Today at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT in the Pac-12 Tournament quarter-finals, the Stanford Cardinal are up against the USC Trojans, who dispatched Arizona State in the first round yesterday. Can the “Women of Troy” pull off the upset? 

  • As for UCLA, they had a first-round bye and will face UW tonight at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. There’s nothing like postseason basketball.
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D.C.: Just keep swimming

March 04, 2021
Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

🏊‍♀️Swimming: Guess who’s back, back again? Oh, just the most decorated female swimmer of all time, the DMV’s own Katie Ledecky. In her first long course race in a year, the 23-year-old crushed the competition at the Pro Swim Series 1,500m freestyle last night. Her 15:42.92 effort was well off her own world record, but a good one to get in before the Olympics. 

  • The five-time Olympic gold medalist’s not done yet. Ledecky is slated to compete five more events in the next three days, including tonight’s 100m and 400m freestyle. Tired just reading about it? Same.

🏒Capitals: While Ledecky wowed us in the pool, her beloved Caps pulled off a solid victory as well. In defenseman Zdeno Chára’s teary-eyed return to Boston, the Caps prevailed over the Boston Bruins in a hard-fought 2–1 shootout. We’re not crying, you’re crying.

🏀Wizards: The Wizards hope to enter their week-long break on a high note with a win tonight over the potentially Kawhi Leonard-less LA Clippers. Well, one Wizard will still be in action during the off-period: Bradley Beal, who will start the All-Star game for the first time ever on Sunday. Speaking of tears...

🏀Chicago: Ring chasin’

March 04, 2021
Source: Notre Dame WBB/Twitter.com
Source: Notre Dame WBB/Twitter.com

Women’s basketball: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish kick off the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Tournament when they take on the Clemson Tigers tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT. 

  • The Irish come into the tournament as the No. 6 seed, meaning it’d be quite the upset if ND comes out with the ’ship. But you never know, they do have the luck of the Irish.
  • The team has seen a spark out of a pair of freshmen: Maddy Westbeld and Olivia Miles. Westbeld is this year’s ACC Rookie of the Year, and Miles has scored in the double digits in the last four games. Let’s go, girls. 

Men’s basketball: The No. 4-ranked U of I Fighting Illini have caught fire at the perfect time, crushing the No. 2-ranked Michigan Wolverines 76–53 on Tuesday to complete a trifecta of big, Big Ten wins. Even though the Illini are still without star Ayo Donsunmu, thanks to guys like André Curbelo and Trent Fraizer stepping up, the team hasn’t missed a beat.

  • To secure four straight wins to close out the regular season, the Illini will have to beat the No. 7-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT, but we ain’t afraid of no nut. 
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Seattle: Repping loud and proud

March 04, 2021
Source: Seattle Storm/Twitter
Source: Seattle Storm/Twitter

🏀Sparks: While we’re absolutely not over Candace Parker leaving the Sparks, there is some good in the world: the Ogwumike (pronounced OH-GWOO-MIH-KAY) sisters are officially back! Little sis Chiney broke her own re-signing news last week, and big sis Nneka followed that up by re-signing on Tuesday. 

  • Chiney opted out of last season for medical reasons, so it’s been a minute since we’ve watched the sisters play together. May’s scheduled WNBA season start can’t come soon enough.

College women’s basketball: But as much as we love the Ogwumikes, there’s zero chance you’ll catch us rooting for their alma mater Stanford. Today at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT in the Pac-12 Tournament quarter-finals, the Stanford Cardinal are up against the USC Trojans, who dispatched Arizona State in the first round yesterday. Can the “Women of Troy” pull off the upset? 

  • As for UCLA, they had a first-round bye and will face UW tonight at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. There’s nothing like postseason basketball.
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Boston: Truth hurts

March 04, 2021
Source: Matthew J. Lee/Globe/Getty Images
Source: Matthew J. Lee/Globe/Getty Images

🏈Patriots: It’s been a quiet offseason for the Pats, but that could change soon. The Minnesota Vikings released Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Rudolph on Tuesday, and he’s reportedly interested in signing with New England. Hey Lizzo, can we get a remix if this deal goes down? 

🏒Bruins: The only thing worse than seeing Zdeno Chára return to the Garden in another uniform? Watching our former captain beat the Bruins in that uniform. The B’s did pick up a point, but fell 2–1 in a shootout loss to the Washington Capitals last night. Pain.

  • They’ll run it back for a rematch tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET. The B’s are jockeying with the Caps (and the NY Islanders) for first place in the East Division, making this Friday night showdown a must-win.

🏀Basketball: The Celtics will go for their fourth straight win when they take on the Toronto Raptors tonight at 7 p.m. ET. Watch for Jaylen Brown and Pisces Jayson Tatum to continue dominating together before they battle it out at the All-Star weekend three-point contest on Sunday.

And if you’re looking for some hoops before tonight’s C’s game, watch No. 13 B.C. women’s basketball take on No. 5 Syracuse in the second round of the ACC tournament at 2:30 p.m. ET. We smell an upset.