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NBA and NHL Playoffs Continue to Bring the Action

June 10, 2021
Source: NHL on NBC/Twitter
Source: NHL on NBC/Twitter

 🏀NBA: The conference semifinals are heating up. In last night’s only game, the Phoenix Suns doubled their lead over the Denver Nuggets with a 123–98 win in Game 2. Tonight, two series continue: the Milwaukee Bucks vs. the Brooklyn Nets (who lead 2-0, despite still not having James Harden) and the LA Clippers vs. Utah Jazz (who lead 1-0).

🏒NHL: The Montreal Canadiens are still waiting to find out who they'll face in the semifinals. The Habs will play the winner of the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche series, which Vegas is leading 3-2. Game 6 is tonight, and if the Avs can tie it up, then Game 7 is Saturday. Please let it happen, hockey gods.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, meanwhile, are preparing for the New York Saints Islanders, after the Isles beat the Boston Bruins 6–2 last night. That series will likely start this weekend. Bring it on. 

🥎Winner Takes it All Today at Women's College World Series

June 10, 2021
Source: Oklahoma Softball/Twitter
Source: Oklahoma Softball/Twitter

How they got here: Both Florida State and Oklahoma made history as just the fourth and fifth teams in WCWS history to advance to the champ series after losing the first game of the tourney. Behind a stellar offensive and defensive night from freshman Kalei Harding, Florida State claimed Tuesday’s Game 1 with an 8–4 win.

  • But Oklahoma evened things up with a 6–2 win yesterday, with who else but Player of the Year Jocelyn Alo hitting a record-breaking two-run homer in the sixth inning. Clutch.

The big picture: As cliché as it sounds, we’re all winners no matter who hoists the trophy tonight. This year’s WCWS broke rating records, James Madison University (JMU: a mid-major) captured our hearts with a Cinderella run to the semifinals and a thriving pro softball league keeps new stars shining. Just further proof that if you build it, they will come

🎾All Four Grand Slam Finalists Share Something in Common

June 10, 2021
Source: Roland Garros/Twitter
Source: Roland Garros/Twitter

Women’s singles: Don’t recognize any of the semifinalists in the women’s draw? No sweat, they’re all new here. For only the second time in tennis’ Open Era, all four women are Grand Slam first-timers, while the highest world-ranked player remaining is No. 18 Maria Sakkari, who beat reigning champ Iga Świątek (pronounced shvee-AH-tek) in the quarters.

  • Sakkari will play No. 33 Barbora Krejčíková (pronounced crey-CHEE-koh-va), who knocked out 17-year-old Coco Gauff yesterday.
  • Meanwhile, No. 32 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (pronounced pav-loo-CHEN-koh-va) will take on No. 85 Tamara Zidansek (pronounced zi-DAN-sheck) in today’s semis ahead of Saturday’s final. 

Men’s singles: And on the total flipside, the King of Clay Rafael Nadal is making his record-extending 14th appearance in the French Open semis, where he’ll play world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a rematch of last year’s final. 

  • For the other semi, it’ll be No. 6 Alexander Zverev (pronounced SVAIR-ev) and No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas (pronounced see-see-PASS) battling it out before Sunday’s final. Check out the full schedule (including doubles action), here
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Dallas: Wings Delete Tweet About Donation to Police Foundation

June 10, 2021
Source: Dallas Wings/Twitter
Source: Dallas Wings/Twitter

 🏀Wings: Coming off an 85–81 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday, the squad is looking strong on the court, with a two-game road win streak. But off the court? Not so great. In a now-deleted tweet, the Wings said they planned to donate $20 to the Arlington Police Foundation for every blocked shot this season. Umm, read the room?

  • The team is back in action tomorrow night at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT in a rematch with the Mercury. Here’s to extending that win streak...and to more thoughtful tweets.

⚾️Baseball: Dallas is dazzling on the diamond. The Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with yesterday’s 4–3 extra innings walk off win over the San Francisco Giants. Next up, a three-game weekend series with the defending champion LA Dodgers, beginning tomorrow night at 10:10 p.m. ET/9:10 p.m. CT.

  • In college news, unranked Dallas Baptist upset No. 6 TCU and beat Oregon State to advance to their first NCAA Super Regionals in 10 years. They’ll take on Virginia in a best-of-three series beginning Saturday at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT. Keep the celebrations coming
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New York: Islanders Advance to Stanley Cup Semifinals

June 10, 2021
Source: Elise Amendola/AP Photo
Source: Elise Amendola/AP Photo

 🏒Islanders: The Islanders pulled away from the big bad Boston Bruins in the second period of last night’s Game 6, scoring three unanswered goals in the second and ultimately winning 6–2. The victory clinched the series and their spot in the Stanley Cup semifinals for the second straight season. LFG!

  • The Isles will once again face the Tampa Bay Lightning, whom they lost to 4-2 in last year’s conference finals. The defending Stanley Cup champions are looking to repeat, but with fans back in the Coliseum, we only have one question: are they ready for it

🏀Nets: No James Harden? No problem. The Nets still dominated the Milwaukee Bucks in their 125–86 win on Tuesday. TBH, the Bucks played terribly, and their star Giannis Antetokounmpo (pronounced YA-niss ah-dedo-KOON-bo) struggled. And with the way Kevin Durant has been playing, a sweep may be in sight. Game 3’s tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.

⚾️MLB: Pitcher Gerritt Cole led the Yankees to a 9–6 win over the Minnesota Twins last night amidst drama surrounding his likely use of illegal performance-enhancing substances. Since the MLB announced that they would start cracking down on these substances, Cole’s performance has struggled, so we’re glad to see him earning a win. 

  • Cole isn’t the only one alleged to be using these, and many are citing these substances as a potential reason offense has been so limited across the league this season. 

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso publicly disagreed with the MLB’s decision, but clearly he’s not having any issues hitting as he crushed three homers (!!!) in the Mets 14–1 win over the Baltimore Orioles last night. Well played.