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Chicago: Build me up, buttercup

April 15, 2021
Source: White Sox/Twitter.com
Source: White Sox/Twitter.com

⚾️Sox: After the White Sox scored six runs on the Cleveland Indians in the first inning, Chicago pitcher Carlos Rodón — who barely made the starting rotation this season — decided to have himself a day and went on to throw a no-hitter and near-perfect game. The South Siders beat Cleveland 8–0, and left us all wondering...what just happened?  

Cubs: Being a Cubs fan is like being in a toxic relationship: they get your hopes up just to tear them down. On Tuesday, the Cubs beat their rival Milwaukee Brewers when Chi-town catcher Willson Contreras — who was hit by Brewer pitches in seven of the teams’ last 14 meetings — hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, silencing Milwaukee’s crowd. Drama. 

  • But, in this relationship, things never last: the Cubbies lost 7–0 last night to close out the series 1-2. You win some, you lose some

🏐Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish women’s volleyball team beat the Army Black Knights 3–1 in the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 64 yesterday. The Irish defense stole the show, racking up 17 blocks and keeping the Knights to a .006 hitting percentage. Straight up embarrassing.

  • The No. 22 Irish face the No. 10 Oregon Ducks in the Round of 32 at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT today. Survive and advance, baby! 

🏀Sky: With the No. 8 overall pick in tonight’s draft, we’re expecting the Sky to target a point guard who can back up star Courtney Vandersloot and avoid turnovers — one of the team’s biggest pain points last season. 

Top contenders for the spot include Arizona’s Aari McDonald, Louisville’s Dana Evans and Stanford’s Kiana Williams, any of which we’d be pumped to see swap their red college jerseys for Sky blue. 

D.C.: East, west, home’s best

April 15, 2021
Source: Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports

⚾️Baseball: The Nationals won a series for the first time this season, taking two of three games from the St. Louis Cardinals. Yesterday’s 6–0 shutout featured pitcher Joe Ross throwing six scoreless innings and Mr. National himself, Ryan Zimmerman, hitting a two-run homer

  • See if those freakin’ bats can keep working when the Nats take on the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET. 

⚽️Soccer: Cherry blossom kits are on the docket and the Spirit are back home at Audi Field for tonight’s 7 p.m. ET Challenge Cup match against expansion team Racing Louisville FC. After forward Trinity Rodman’s sensational pro debut last week, we can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve cleat.

On Saturday night, it’s United’s turn to show off in their MLS season opener against NYC FC. And hopefully new GM Lucy Rushton will leverage her analytics background to fast track United’s rebuild.

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LA: Stick the landing

April 15, 2021
Source: Rand Bleimeister via UCLA Gymnastics
Source: Rand Bleimeister via UCLA Gymnastics

🎓🤸‍♀️Gymnastics: For the first time since 2006, UCLA didn’t qualify as a team to NCAA Championships, but three gymnasts will represent the Bruins at nationals. Nia Dennis, Margzetta Frazier and Chae Campbell will compete for individual titles in tomorrow’s 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT semifinal. 

  • Dennis and Frazier are competing on vault and uneven bars, respectively, so we won’t see either of their iconic Internet-breaking floor routines. Bummer.
  • Campbell, on the other hand, will compete in the all-around and rotate with the LSU Tigers, who are so pumped that they’ve learned her floor routine to do on the sideline. S’cute. 

🏀Basketball: Limited fans are back for tonight’s edition of the Lakers’ historic rivalry with the Boston Celtics. However, the talk of the town isn’t about seeing the defending champs in person, but instead Staples Center’s ableist and sexist "no bag" policy. Who approved this? 

  • Moving onto better choices, we’re starry-eyed over the Sparks’ new jerseys. And while the WNBA season’s still a month away, tap in tonight to see who the Sparks select with the seventh and 10th overall draft picks.

🏈NFL: The Rams aren’t in season, but defensive tackle Aaron Donald is in the news. A criminal complaint was filed against him yesterday for alleged assault. Stay tuned.

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New York: Get it while it’s good

April 15, 2021
Source: Business Wire
Source: Business Wire

⚽️Gotham FC: The newly rebranded Gotham FC beat the Orlando Pride 1–0 in their first match of the NWSL Challenge Cup last night. It was scoreless until the 80th minute, when Gotham forward Paige Monaghan channelled her inner hero and snuck in a one-timer goal off an assist from forward Ifeoma Onumonu. Undefeated in the new kits

🏀Liberty: The Liberty made major moves this offseason when they added forward Natasha Howard and shooting guard Betnijah Laney to complement star point guard Sabrina Ionescu. What New York is still missing? A big woman. 

  • The Liberty have the No. 6 overall pick in tonight’s draft, and we’re expecting them to select a tall forward like Alabama’s Jasmine Walker or Oklahoma State’s Natasha Mack to fill out the lineup. Dream team.

Knicks: After Monday’s decisive win against the LA Lakers, the Knicks stayed hot against the New Orleans Pelicans, beating them 116–106. Julius Randle led the team with 30 points, followed by shooting guard Alec Burks — whose recent spark has fueled the Knicks’ offense as of late — with 21. A winning Knicks team: who is she?

Nets: The Nets, who were missing key players due to injury, lost 123–117 to the Philadelphia 76ers, dropping to the No. 2 spot behind the Sixers in the Eastern Conference standings in the process. Sigh. 

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Philadelphia: Bop to the top

April 15, 2021
Source: Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League
Source: Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League

⚽️Union: After beating Deportivo Saprissa 4–0 in last night’s second leg (aka match) of the Round of 16, the Union are off to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. The quarters will begin in two weeks, but first, the Union will have to face Columbus Crew FC in their MLS season opener on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET. Never too much fútbol. 

🏀Sixers: The Sixers beat the Brooklyn Nets, who were short-staffed without Kevin Durant and James Harden, 123–117 last night. Joel Embiid led with a staggering 39 points, showing us that he is fully back and vying for that MVP title.

  • This was a critical win for the Sixers, who, before this game, were tied with the Nets for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Buh-bye, Big Three

🏐Nittany Lions: Thanks to a first-round bye, the No. 13 Penn State women’s volleyball will open the NCAA Tournament against the N.C. A&T Aggies in the Round of 32 tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET. The road to an eighth National Championship starts now!