⚽USWNT Add Another Win as NWSL International Break Ends
Euros: It’s been a wild few days in Europe. Tuesday’s matches saw a into Germany’s stadium, injuring fans during Germany’s 1–0 loss to France, and Portugal's 3–0 win over Hungary made Cristiano Ronaldo (who we , BTW) the Euros’ .
- Yesterday was a touch tamer, with wins for Wales, Italy and Russia, and three more matches are on deck today. Check out all the results and the full schedule .
- Also, we’re pleased to report that Denmark’s Christian Eriksen after against Finland last Saturday. His team takes the pitch today at noon ET to face .
USWNT: The beat No. 38 Nigeria 2–0 last night. The friendly was the last one during the NWSL’s international break, but the USWNT will be back on the pitch July 1st and 5th for Olympic tune-ups against Mexico. Dust off your vuvuzelas; the summer of soccer has begun!
Los Angeles: Largest Crowd Since Pandemic Shut Down Cheer Dodgers to Victory
🏀Clippers: While we’re still in shock that Kawhi Leonard is out indefinitely with a sprained knee, the Clips took it in stride. In Kawhi’s absence, Paul George posted a huge and Reggie Jackson in the Clips’ 119–111 Game 5 victory over the Utah Jazz last night. Playoff P and Mr. June, coming through.
- Although Utah drained 17 (!!!) three-pointers in the first half, the Clips weathered the storm and came out strong after halftime. Fired up.
- And hey, here’s hoping tomorrow night’s full capacity crowd will buoy the Clips to their first conference finals appearance ever. Staples Center, make some noise.
⚾️MLB: The energy from definitely boosted the Dodgers to a 5–3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, but the Chavez Ravine faithful couldn’t lift the defending champs to a series sweep yesterday. Can’t win ’em all.
- Meanwhile, the Angels want to shake off being swept by the Oakland A’s yesterday. Shohei Ohtani is set to take the mound at 9:38 p.m. ET/6:38 p.m. PT tonight for “” against the Detroit Tigers. Light that baby up.
🏀Sparks: Even with the Ogwumike (pronounced oh-gwoo-MIH-kay) sisters out due to injuries and Te’a Cooper serving a , the Sparks still beat the Phoenix Mercury . Let’s make it two straight against Phoenix tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.
Boston: Red Sox Earn Two Game Sweep Against Atlanta Braves
⚾️Red Sox: Boston got their
peaches wins out in Georgia, defeating the Atlanta Braves 10–8 yesterday to complete the two-game sweep. Even the ! Next up, the red-hot Red Sox will test their three-game win streak against the () Kansas City Royals tomorrow at 8:10 p.m. ET. Do we hear four?
🏈Patriots: With his contract set to expire this year, four-time Pro Bowler and 2019 Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore the Pats’ mandatory mini training camp this week. Gilmore is likely holding out in the hopes of securing an increased bag, but his absence has sparked .
🏀Celtics: Jayson Tatum was totally snubbed by the , but he’ll be on a much more important roster: the Olympic one. Tatum is to become the first Celtic to represent Team USA since Larry Bird won gold with the Dream Team in 1992. Now we just need to know if the will make the trip to Tokyo.
🏀NBA Playoffs Can't Escape Influx Injuries
The injuries: LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard? . Brooklyn Nets phenom Kyrie Irving? . Phoenix Suns’ Mr. Playoffs himself, Chris “CP3” Paul? Out indefinitely due to . In total, eight All-Stars have missed at least one postseason game, an all-time high. Yikes.
- The playoff injury bug is not uncommon, but seeing so many big names on the sidelines is. The reason? LeBron thinks it’s because of the shortened offseason.
The series: Despite the injuries, the playoffs must go on. The conference semifinals will wrap up this weekend as the Clippers vs. Utah Jazz (3-2), Atlanta Hawks vs. Philadelphia 76ers (3-2), and Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks (3-2) each conclude their series. Check out the bracket .
Philadelphia: Sixers Struggle to Keep Lead in Game 5
🏀Sixers: After enjoying a large lead for most of Game 5 last night, the 76ers crumbled in the fourth quarter, losing to the Atlanta Hawks after Atlanta took the lead with less than two minutes left in the game. Ugh.
- Missed free throws and careless turnovers stifled the Sixers’ attempts to recover, and Trae Young and his Hawks walked out of the Wells Fargo Center with the 3-2 series lead.
- The highlight? Seth Curry drained three-pointers all night, scoring 36, and was only outdone by Joel Embiid with 37. It’s win or go home for the Sixers when they meet again tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET. Not, not nervous.
⚽️Union: After nearly a month off due to the MLS break, the Union are ready to take the pitch again with head coach Jim Curtin, who signed a yesterday, leading the charge. The beloved 2020 MLS Coach of the Year and Philly-area native is here to stay...and to win an MLS Cup. Step one? Beat Atlanta United on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET.