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🥎Competition heating up at the Women's College World Series

June 03, 2021
Source: JMU Softball/Twitter
Source: JMU Softball/Twitter

 The set-up: After the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19, postseason softball made its triumphant return last month when 64 teams began their hunt for a trip to the WCWS. Now, following two weekends of thrilling regional and super regional action, eight teams will battle for the national title in a double-elimination tournament beginning today at 12 p.m. ET.

  • And the fun doesn’t stop there. Following this weekend’s double-elimination play, two teams will compete in a best-of-three championship series beginning Monday. Check out the full bracket and tune in on ESPN. Women worth watching, baby.

Top teams: Led by future Olympians, Rachel Garcia and Bubba Nickles, defending champs No. 2 UCLA are looking for their record-extending 13th national title. Meanwhile, fresh off breakout performances from pitcher Odicci Alexander, the tourney’s Cinderella story James Madison University (JMU) will make their first-ever College World Series appearance.

And we can’t forget about No. 1 Oklahoma. This record-breaking squad boasts USA Softball Player of the Year Jocelyn Alo and NFCA Freshman of the Year Tiare Jennings.  

🏀Second round of NBA Playoffs set to begin

June 03, 2021
Source: Philadelphia 76ers/Twitter
Source: Philadelphia 76ers/Twitter

 Who’s in, who’s out: Even with star Joel Embiid (pronounced jo-ELL em-BEED) out and “day-to-day” due to a knee injury, the Sixers still eliminated the Washington Wizards in Game 5 last night with a 129–112 win.

  • The Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz also won their Game 5s, knocking out the New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies, respectively. Check out the updated playoff bracket for the next round’s matchups.

Who’s next: The Dallas Mavericks and the LA Clippers continued their series last night too, with a Game 5 win for Dallas to give them a 3-2 lead. They could end it all in tomorrow’s Game 6 at 9 p.m. ET.

  • Despite Dame Lillard’s record-setting Game 5 performance, the Portland Trail Blazers are down 3-2 and playing for their lives against the Denver Nuggets tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

The LA Lakers are down 3-2 against the Phoenix Suns, and the Lakers’ Game 5 loss was so bad that LeBron James actually left the bench early to avoid the final moments. Yikes. Game 6 is at 10:30 p.m. ET tonight.  

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Boston: Celtics end season 2021 NBA season

June 03, 2021
Source: Sports Illustrated
Source: Sports Illustrated

 🏀Celtics: Well, that escalated quickly. After Tuesday’s 123–109 loss to the Brooklyn Nets eliminated the C’s from the playoffs, the front office wasted no time making offseason moves. Yesterday morning, team president Danny Ainge announced his retirement and his replacement: now former Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

  • That leaves the question of who the new coach will be. A handful of names have been floated, but our pick is San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon, who would be the first female NBA head coach if the C’s take our advice. Your move, Brad.   

🏒Bruins: With the C’s eliminated, Boston’s spring title hopes (professional that is, congrats BC!) are riding on the B’s. They’ll take on the NY Islanders tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET in Game 3 of their tied second round series. One positive sign: forward Craig Smith — who missed the Game 2 loss with a lower-body injury — is expected to return. Can’t wait.

⚾️Red Sox: The Sox continue to struggle, suffering their third straight loss at the hands of the Houston Astros last night. They’ll look to avoid the series sweep in today’s 2:10 p.m. ET matchup, before heading to the Bronx to face the NY Yankees in a three-game weekend series. Yankees, and we cannot stress this enough, suck.   

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Dallas: Mavericks look to claim series at home during Game 6

June 03, 2021
Source: Hoop Central/Twitter
Source: Hoop Central/Twitter

 🏀Mavericks: Luka Doncic’s neck looked just fine yesterday as he scored 19 points in the first quarter alone, lifting the Mavs to a 105-100 win over the LA Clippers and a 3-2 series lead. Dallas can claim their first playoff series win since 2011 and punch their ticket to the Western Conference semis with a home court victory in tomorrow’s Game 6. Let’s get loud, Mavs nation.

⚾️Rangers: The Rangers are taking L’s left and right. Not only did they fall 6–3 to the Colorado Rockies yesterday, they were also deservedly dragged after the Internet noticed Texas is the only MLB team that isn’t hosting a Pride Night this June. Never too late to add it to the calendar…

🏀Wings: After dropping a few down-to-the-wire battles, the Wings picked up win number two on Tuesday with a convincing 79–69 victory over the LA Sparks. Next up, they’ll face the Seattle Storm tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT, the first of two straight games vs. the defending champs.

  • And they’ll be without 2021 No. 13 draft pick Dana Evans, who was traded to the Chicago Sky yesterday. Wishing Evans the best of luck in ChiTown.
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Los Angeles: Lakers and Clippers both look to stay alive in Game 6

June 03, 2021
Source: Matt York/AP Photo
Source: Matt York/AP Photo

 🏀Clippers: Our NBA teams need to stage comebacks as epic as Coachella 2022. After losing the first two games of the series to the Dallas Mavericks, the Clippers won the next two on the road before losing Game 5 at Staples Center last night. East, West, home is not best.

  • Mav star Luka Doncic didn’t seem hampered by his neck injury last night, which doesn’t bode well for the Clips in tomorrow night’s do-or-die Game 6. Here we go.

🏀Lakers: What a series of unfortunate events. With Anthony Davis sidelined on Tuesday, the Purple and Gold lost Game 5 by 30 points to the Phoenix Suns. Straight up embarrassing. 

  • AD is a game-time decision, but either way, the defending champs must win Game 6 tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT to avoid an early, first-round exit. Crossing all our fingers and toes.

🎓🥎UCLA: Hopefully reigning champs UCLA softball fare much better in the WCWS against No. 10 Florida State tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT. Not only do the Bruins have soon-to-be Tokyo Olympians Rachel Garcia and Bubba Nickles (who returned from a wrist injury last week), they also have home run queen Maya Brady. Can you say stacked?

🏀Sparks: Outside of Kristi Toliver, who shot an efficient 5-of-6 from the field, the Sparks’ offense was mostly MIA in Tuesday’s loss to the Dallas Wings. See if our 2-3 LA squad can heat up against the 1-8 Indiana Fever tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.