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New York City: Islanders Look to Take Game 5 Over Lightning in Stanley Cup Playoffs

June 21, 2021
Source: Twitter.com/New York Islanders
Source: Twitter.com/New York Islanders

🏒Islanders: The Isles have grit galore, and it was on full display in their Game 4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Our boys headed into the third period with a 3–0 lead, but the Lightning struck back, quickly notching two goals and hungry for the equalizer. 

  • Enter: Ryan Pulock. In the frenzied final seconds of the game, the defenseman made this desperate save to stop a buzzer-beater and seal the win. Chills.
  • As they return to Tampa, the Isles need to keep the intensity up and build an early lead over the Lightning. Puck drops on Game 5 tonight at 8 p.m. ET. See you at The Barn

🏀Nets: The Nets’ buzzer-beater story didn’t have as happy an ending. The finalé of their series with the Milwaukee Bucks was absolutely wild, with the two heavyweights of the Eastern Conference going blow-for-blow ’til the bitter end. Kevin Durant played out of his mind, sinking an almost game-winner that instead sent the teams to OT. Our hearts are still pounding.

  • But you can only hit so many game-saving shots in one night; without much help (read: literally zero points) from his bench, KD and the squad fell 115–111 to the Milwaukee Bucks in a Game 7 heartbreaker.  
  • While we’re enjoying #hotgirlsummer, we hope the injury-plagued Nets get some desperately-needed R&R. The Big 3 barely played together, but they gave us a taste of what we hope to see next year. KD, if we catch you poolside, drinks are on us. 

🔢 Box scores: 🏀The Liberty beat the LA Sparks 76–73 in Sunday’s celebration of the W’s Inaugural Game; ⚽️Gotham FC drew the league-best Orlando Pride 1–1.  

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Philadelphia: Sixers Head into the Offseason After Disappointing Game 7

June 21, 2021
Source: Twitter.com/Philadelphia 76ers
Source: Twitter.com/Philadelphia 76ers

 🏀Sixers: From Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris’ double-doubles to Hawks star Trae Young’s shooting struggles, the Wells Fargo Center was crackling with confidence last night. Though the teams were neck-and-neck through the whole game, we thought that No. 1-seed swag would help pull our Sixers through and seal them a spot in the Eastern Conference finals. 

  • But sloppy play, 17 turnovers (yeesh), an unexpectedly good game from Hawks guard Kevin Huerter and a disappointingly ineffective Ben Simmons let the Hawks steal this one 103–96
  • As the Sixers head into the offseason, Simmons may feel a trade target on his back. We think president of operations Daryl Morey will do whatever it takes to keep Embiid around — and that might mean clearing some space under that salary cap. 

🔢  Box Scores: ⚽️The Union drew 2–2 with Atlanta United FC yesterday thanks to defender Jakob Glesnes’ insane goal; ⚾️The Phillies fell 11–2 to the league-leading San Francisco Giants yesterday. 

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Sports Quick Hits: June 21st, 2021

June 21, 2021
Source: ESPN Stats & Info/Twitter
Source: ESPN Stats & Info/Twitter

⛳️Golf: Spaniard Jon Rahm won his first major yesterday, the U.S. Open, with a 6-under-par score, beating out the likes of Louis Oosthuizen (pronounced OOST-hay-zen), Brooks Koepka (pronounced KEP-ka) and Rory McIlroy. Not a bad way to spend your first Father’s Day.

🏒NHL: Things are all tied up over in the Stanley Cup semifinals, with both series — Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens vs. Vegas Golden Knights — tied at 2-2. TikTokers aren’t the only ones with ice in their veins

🏎F1: Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen found his wings during the second-last lap of yesterday’s French Grand Prix, when he passed reigning champ Lewis Hamilton and won his third race of the season. Next up is a double-header in Austria, where the W Series season is also set to start (more about that Saturday *wink wink*). 

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Los Angeles: Disappointing Result for Clippers in Game One

June 21, 2021
Source: Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo
Source: Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo

🏀Clippers: Yesterday, less than 48 hours after dispatching the Utah Jazz in an emotional Game 6, the Clippers faltered at the finish of Game 1 in the Western Conference finals. Mann of the hour Terance Mann cut the Clips’ deficit to two with 22 seconds remaining, but the Phoenix Suns rallied, taking it 120–114. 

  • With stars Kawhi Leonard (sprained knee) and Clipper-turned-Sun Chris Paul (health and safety protocols) out, it was Paul George dueling Phoenix’s Devin Booker. George scored 34 points, but Booker couldn’t be tamed with a massive 40-point triple-double.
  • The Clips look to even the series tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Suns in four? Nah.

🏀Sparks: The Sparks couldn’t close out either, falling to the NY Liberty 76–73 in yesterday’s celebration of the WNBA’s inaugural game. LA was denied the opportunity to win not just once, but twice, by Liberty Rebecca Allen in the waning seconds. Sigh.

⚾️MLB: Angel two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani keeps showing out. He announced Friday that he will participate in the Home Run Derby on July 12th...before promptly smashing two homers that night, another on Saturday and then another yesterday to tie for the MLB home run lead with 23. Somethin’ special. 

Meanwhile, the Dodgers almost embarrassed themselves, but escaped with a series sweep, handing the Arizona Diamondbacks their 17th straight loss yesterday. Phew. 

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Washington D.C.: Spirit Forward Makes History as Highest Profile Japanese Trans Athlete

June 21, 2021
Source: Washington Spirit/Twitter
Source: Washington Spirit/Twitter

⚽️Spirit: Although forward Kumi Yokoyama didn’t play in the Spirit’s 1–1 draw, they still made history on Saturday. Yokoyama became the highest-profile Japanese trans athlete when they came out as a trans man on the YouTube channel of fellow Japanese player Yuki Nagasato. BFD.

  • Yokoyama cited OL Reign’s Quinn, the NWSL’s first openly trans athlete, as an inspiration. We’re so honored that Kumi is sharing their authentic self with us. Proud.

⚾️Nationals: We’re partying like it’s 2019. The Nats won a four-game series over the National League (NL) East-leading NY Mets yesterday, powered by the return of fan favorite Gerardo Parra (and Baby Shark) and by left fielder Kyle Schwarber, who smashed five home runs in two days. Oops, he did it again. 

🏃‍♂️Rapid recaps:

  • 🎓⚾️UVA baseball opened their College World Series campaign with a bang, shutting out Tennessee 6–0 yesterday. They’ll look to carry that into tomorrow’s 7 p.m. ET matchup against Mississippi State.

🏀The Mystics beat the league-worst Indiana Fever Saturday, but Natasha Cloud left with an ankle sprain in the second quarter. Make the injuries stop.