Sports Quick Hits: June 10th, 2021
💪MMA: What do you do when you’ve already conquered an entire sport? You find a new one. That’s what boxing superstar Claressa Shields is doing. The only boxer in history, female or male, to simultaneously hold all in boxing in two weight classes, is making tonight. Queen of the ring and the octagon.
⚽️Soccer: While the USWNT gear up for the last of their friendlies before the Olympics (tonight against Portugal), their former coach Jill Ellis is focused on the NWSL. This Team USA coaching legend now leads the league’s in San Diego, set to debut in 2022 alongside LA’s Angel City FC. .
Washington D.C.: Mystics with Team Effort Win Over Minnesota Lynx
🏀Mystics: After a much-needed , the Mystics notched their third win of the season, defeating the Minnesota Lynx 85–81 on Tuesday. Tina Charles continued her , scoring 31 points while Natasha Cloud recorded a career-high six (!!!) steals and added 11 points of her own to reach . On cloud nine.
- The Mystics play the LA Sparks tonight at 7 p.m. ET. Let’s see if Washington can string together two consecutive wins for the first time this season.
⚾️Nationals: The Nats snapped a three-game skid with last night’s 9–7 victory over the American League (AL) leader Tampa Bay Rays in 11 tense innings. Third baseman Starlin Castro delivered a big RBI double in the 11th to help the Nats earn that curly W.
- It doesn’t get easier for the Nats: they begin a four-game series with the National League (NL) leader, the San Francisco Giants, tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET. Gulp.
🎓⚾️College: and JMU softball’s historic run ended on Monday, but hopefully UVA baseball can channel their postseason magic. Unseeded UVA into the best-of-three Super Regionals, and they’ll square off against Dallas Baptist on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. ’Hoos ready?
Seattle: OL Reign Continue to Add Superstars to Roster
🏀Storm: It was close through three quarters, but the Storm pulled away in the fourth to defeat the Atlanta Dream 95–71 last night. There was no need for her late-game heroics yesterday, but Jewell Loyd — who scored in the first quarter — still has our early vote for MVP.
- In addition to Loyd’s gem of a game, Sue Bird hit her , becoming only the third player in WNBA history to reach such a milestone. Count it.
⚾️Mariners: Left fielder Jake Fraley saved the game with in the ninth inning last night to force extra innings. Then the M’s put up five runs in the 11th to beat the Detroit Tigers 9–6. Right fielder Dillon Thomas had a heck of a major league debut, with a and his first major league . What a game.
Chicago: Candace Parker Returns to the Chicago Sky Court
🏀Sky: Candace Parker returned to the court after being sidelined for eight games with an ankle injury. She helped the Sky beat the Indiana Fever 92–76, snapping the Sky’s seven-game losing streak in the process. No coincidence there.
- While it was great to see Parker out there, the real hero was guard Courtney Vandersloot, who led with 17 points and 9 assists. The Sky is back, baby!
⚾️MLB: The White Sox fell 6–2 to the Toronto Blue Jays last night. Both teams got on the board early, but it was the Jays’ five runs in the last two innings which gave them the lead, and ultimately the game. Sigh.
- On the North Side, the Cubs beat the San Diego Padres thanks to from Joc Pederson and Sergio Alcántara and strong pitching by Jake Arrietta. Fly that W.
🧐What to know:
- 🎓⚾️The Notre Dame baseball team continues their College World Series journey on Saturday when they face Mississippi State in the first game of their at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT.
Philadelphia: Sixers Dominate Game 2 Over Atlanta Hawks
- The entire squad was firing, with Tobias Harris, Seth Curry and scoring 22, 21 and 14 respectively. Yessirs.
- Defensively, Ben Simmons and Matisse Thybulle held Hawks star Trae Young to 21 points, the least he’s scored in the playoffs. If the Sixers can keep up Tuesday’s dominance, Game 3 is in the bag. Tip off’s tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET.
⚾️Phillies: After eight and two-thirds innings without a run, utility player Luke Williams, who was only on Tuesday (!!!), hit a to give the Phillies the 2–1 win over the Atlanta Braves last night. Welcome to the show, Luke!
🏐Volleyball: Two former Penn State women’s volleyball standouts were named to . Micha Hancock and Haleigh Washington were both part of the 2014 national championship team and will now help the U.S. chase their first-ever indoor gold.