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Washington D.C.: Mystics Throw Up Big Team Effort

June 08, 2021
Source: Domenic Allegra/The Next
Source: Domenic Allegra/The Next

 🎓🥎Softball: Unseeded JMU softball hope to take their historic WCWS run into the championship series with a win in today’s elimination game against No. 1 Oklahoma at 4 p.m. ET. The Dukes already upset the Sooners once, what’s one more? Time to smash more homers and lay it all out there. 

🏀Mystics: Although the Mystics lost a close 96–93 battle to the Las Vegas Aces on Saturday, there were some positive takeaways: Myisha Hines-Allen delivered a double-double and Ariel Atkins chipped in a career-high 29 points. Natasha Cloud — who dished out 11 assists — said it best: “We're a team that once this clicks, we're a scary f---ing team...” Energy.

  • The Minnesota Lynx come to town tomorrow, although former Mystic Aerial Powers is out with a hamstring injury. Tip-off’s at 7 p.m. ET.

⚾️Nationals: The Nats dropped a three-game series to the Philadelphia Phillies with yesterday’s 12–6 loss, collapsing like the netting behind home plate. Womp.

⚽️Spirit: The Spirit sweated it out in a 1–1 draw with the Orlando Pride yesterday. They’ll be back in action on June 19th against the Chicago Red Stars.  

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Philadelphia: Sixers Come Close but Lose to Hawks in Game One

June 08, 2021
Source: Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports
Source: Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports

🏀Sixers: Our hearts are still pounding from the final three minutes of yesterday’s Game 1. The squad came back from a 16-point deficit to nearly take the game, but the Hawks made some key shots to end it, winning 128–124

  • Even though it was a thrilling ending, the Sixers played terribly: they missed 11 free throws, gave up 19 turnovers, and made only 10 of 29 three-point attempts. The good news? It was so bad that the Sixers are unlikely to play that horribly again. It’s science.
  • If the 76ers can clean it up and shut down Hawks star Trae Young, they’ll take Game 2 tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

⚾️Phillies: The Phils’ 12–6 win yesterday was a wild one: J.T. Realmuto hit his 100th career homer, Andrew McCutchen recorded his 1,000th career run, pitcher Cristopher Sánchez made his MLB debut, and the netting at CBP collapsed. Sheesh.

The victory marked the Phils’ third in four games and gave them the 2-1 series win. They’ll look to keep it going when they take on the Atlanta Braves tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET. 

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New York: Islanders Head into Tonight's Match Looking to Earn First Series Lead

June 08, 2021
Source: Islanders/Twitter.com
Source: Islanders/Twitter.com

🏀Nets: Even though the Nets took home a solid Game 1 win over the Bucks, fans aren’t getting too comfortable. The Bucks, led by All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo (pronounced YA-niss ah-dedo-KOON-bo), struggled to score on Saturday, especially from the three-point arc, making only six of their 30 attempts. Yikes. 

  • The Bucks will likely perform better in Game 2, while the Nets will be missing Harden after he re-injured the hamstring he’s struggled with all season. It’s not clear if/when he’ll return, but he’s definitely sidelined for tonight’s 7:30 p.m. ET game. 

🏒Islanders: The Islanders evened out their second-round series against the Boston Bruins with their 4–1 win on Saturday. After suffering a nasty slash from Bruins forward David Krejčí, Matt Barzal got his revenge by scoring the Isles’ game-winning goal. Satisfying. 

  • Tonight’s game is crucial as the teams return to Boston, where the Isles will look to earn their first lead of the series. Puck drops at 6:30 p.m. ET. 

⚾️Yankees: To top off a week of Yankee drama, including speculation of Gerrit Cole’s potential use of performance enhancers, Giancarlo Stanton’s ups and downs, and Aaron Boone’s temper tantrum, the Boston Red Sox swept our pinstripes with yesterday's 6–5 extra-innings win. Get your sh!t together, Yanks!

🔢 Box scores: ⚾️ The Mets beat the San Diego Padres 6–2 yesterday; 🏀 the Liberty lost 85–64 to the Connecticut Sun on Saturday; ⚽️ Gotham FC beat the OL Reign 1–0 on Saturday. 

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Chicago: Notre Dame Baseball Advance to NCAA Super Regional

June 08, 2021
Source: ND Baseball/Twitter.com
Source: ND Baseball/Twitter.com

 🎓⚾️Notre Dame: For the first time since 2002, the Fighting Irish baseball team is heading to the NCAA Super Regional after beating Central Michigan 14–2 yesterday. Senior infielder Niko Kavadas captured an Irish record after smashing his 21st homer of the season. Damn.

  • Notre Dame’s bats are hot-hot-hot, and we can’t wait to see them continue against the winner of the Starkville Regional which will be decided today. Go Irish, beat (insert team here)!

⚾️MLB: The White Sox shut out the Detroit Tigers 3–0 yesterday to earn their third win of the four-game weekend series. The Sox were carried by their three-run second inning and pitcher Dylan Cease’s scoreless performance. And also, Yermín Mercedes’ new haircut.

  • After suffering three losses at the hands of the San Francisco Giants, the Cubs won the final game in the teams’ series 4–3 thanks to two home runs by Patrick Wisdom, the North Siders’ newest hot hitter. We love having you in Wrigleyville, Pat. 

🔢 Box scores: ⚽️ The Red Stars beat the North Carolina Courage 1–0 yesterday while the 🏀 Sky lost 68–63 to the LA Sparks as Candace Parker is still sidelined with her ankle injury.  

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Sports Quick Hits: June 7th, 2021

June 08, 2021
Source: Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

 ⛳️Golf: With a 14-year-old ripping drives and a 17-year-old leading the first round, we definitely thought the U.S. Women’s Open winner was going to be a high schooler...but instead, it was Yuka Saso of the Philippines — at the ripe old age of 19 — who won it all in a three-hole playoff, tying for youngest champ in tournament history. The kids are alright.

🎾Tennis: There go the greats. Serena Williams lost her fourth round match at the French Open yesterday, and Roger Federer, who just came back from a knee injury, withdrew from his after a grueling third round, four-set winner on Saturday. We weren’t ready for goodbyes.

  • Some exciting names are still in it though: 17-year-old Coco Gauff, Sloane Stephens and reigning champ Iga Swiatek (pronounced shvee-AH-tik), as well as legends Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, all play today. Check out the full schedule here.

🤸‍♀️Gymnastics: The GOAT keeps GOATing. Last night, Simone Biles won her seventh U.S. all-around gymnastics title, the most all-time by a female gymnast. No surprise here. 

⚽️NWSL: The Orlando Pride celebrated the start of Pride Month by continuing their undefeated season yesterday, with a 1–1 draw against the Washington Spirit. The zero-to-hero Pride also continue to lead the rankings, after spending the last two seasons near the bottom. The whole league now gets a well-deserved break and will return to the pitch June 19th.