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Los Angeles: Lakers look to bounce back during Game 2

May 25, 2021
Source: Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports

 🏀Lakers: Deep breaths, it’s just Game 1. The Lakers definitely didn’t look like the favorites in yesterday’s 99–90 loss to a limited Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns. And even though things became chippy in the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to fire up the Lake Show. A little urgency, please.

  • The Lakers — especially Anthony Davis, who shot just 5-of-16 from the field — will look to turn things around in front of a raucous crowd tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. 

🏀Clippers: The Clippers also dropped Game 1, falling 113–103 to the Dallas Mavericks at home on Saturday. Playoff Rondo showed up, but the rest of the Clips — the league’s top 3-point shooting team in the regular season — shot just 8-of-36 from the 3-point line. They’ll need to find their magic touch tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.

🏃🏻‍♂️Rapid recaps:

  • 🎓🥎No. 2 UCLA softball beat Minnesota 2–1 in yesterday’s Regional final to move on to Super Regionals and keep their title defense alive.
  • ⚾️ The Dodgers’ starting pitchers showed out all series to help the Boys in Blue sweep the San Francisco Giants yesterday. Break out the brooms! 

🏀The Sparks were on the wrong end of a 97–69 blowout loss to the Las Vegas Aces on Friday. The next challenge ahead? Former Spark Candace Parker and the Chicago Sky. Gulp. 

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Seattle: UW Softball advance to next round

May 25, 2021
Source: Washington Softball/Twitter
Source: Washington Softball/Twitter

 🎓🥎UW: After losing to Michigan on Saturday, No. 16 UW rallied to beat the Wolverines twice yesterday in the double-elimination tournament to move on to Super Regionals. Pitcher Gabbie Plain threw 97 pitches in the 2–0 shutout before coming back 40 minutes later to toss 112 more pitches in seven innings in the winner-takes-all game. Superstar.

⚽️OL Reign: OL Reign won an intense Cascadia clash yesterday, defeating the Portland Thorns 2–1. Forward Megan Rapinoe scored her first regular season goal in almost three years and midfielder Shirley Cruz netted another in the 15th minute. Talk your sh!t, Megan. 

🏀Storm: The Storm beat the Dallas Wings in an 100–97 overtime (OT) thriller on Saturday. Breanna Stewart dominated with 36 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks en route to a new milestone (more on that below), but it was Jordin Canada who came up clutch. 

  • Canada’s floater with 4.4 seconds left in regulation forced the extra period and her two free throws in OT iced the victory. O Canada. 

⚾️Mariners: The Mariners were swept by the San Diego Padres yesterday, but the M’s COVID-19 situation has us a little more worried than their offensive woes. Eek. 

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Chicago: White Sox lose series to Yankees

May 25, 2021
Source: Cubs/Twitter
Source: Cubs/Twitter

 ⚾️White Sox: The White Sox were swept by the Yankees in their weekend series, concluding with yesterday’s 5–4 loss. After starting out with a three-run deficit, the White Sox fought back with home runs by José Abreu, Yasmani Grandal and rookie Andrew Vaughn

  • Sadly, White Sox closer Liam Hendriks walked Yankee legend Aaron Judge in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, giving New York the win. Not our best. 

⚾️Cubs: In the tenth inning, our bae...erm, Báez (Javier, that is), crushed a two-run homer to finally put the Cubbies on the board after nine scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals. The North Siders won the game (and the series) 2–1. 

🏀Sky: With an ankle sprain keeping star Candace Parker out of the lineup, the Sky lost 93–85 to the NY Liberty in their home opener yesterday. The highlights? Diamond DeShields’ team-leading 22 points and Courtney Vandersloot’s 16 assists. We’ll get ’em next time.

⚽️Red Stars: The Red Stars played their first game at home with fans since before the pandemic on Saturday. But despite the energy from the crowd, the game turned out to be a snoozer, ending in a scoreless draw against Gotham FC. Sigh. 

🎓🥎🥍College: Both the Northwestern and Notre Dame softball teams’ seasons were ended by the bats of the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA tournament this weekend. The purple and white were eliminated on Saturday, while the Irish lost both games in the regional final yesterday. Womp.

On the field, the Irish men’s lacrosse team lost 14–13 in overtime to the Maryland Terrapins in the quarterfinals yesterday. At least we still have the Northwestern women’s lacrosse team to root for in their tournament’s semifinals. Go for that gold.  

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New York: Game 1 loss in Madison Square Garden from the Knicks

May 25, 2021
Source: AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Source: AP Photo/Seth Wenig

 🏀Knicks: The Knicks lost Game 1 to the Atlanta Hawks yesterday, falling 107–105 in a game that kept us on the edge of our seats. The fans in Madison Square Garden started the night by booing Trae Young, who went on to score 32 points, including the last bucket of the game. Were the jeers worth it? We’re not so sure.

  • The highlight? A healthy Alec Burks, who led the team with 27 points to keep New York in the game, as the usual high-scoring duo of Julius Randle and RJ Barrett combined for just 29. One game down, four wins to go. Catch Game 2 on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

🏀Nets: The Nets beat the Boston Celtics 104–93 in Game 1 on Saturday. Though the Nets’ offense started out slow, the Big 3 stepped it up in the second half: Kevin Durant ended the game with 32 points, while Kyrie Irving added 29 and James Harden scored 21. HYFR. After that warm up win, we can’t wait for Game 2 tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

🏒Islanders: After a close 5–4 Game 3 loss on Thursday, the Islanders tied up the series with a dominant 4–1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. The Isles scored first and controlled the rest of the game with their pace and style. They also had some familiar faces cheering them on at the Coliseum. Hilarious. 

🔢Box scores: ⚾️ Yankees won 5–4 yesterday to complete their sweep of the Chicago White Sox; ⚾️ Mets lost 5–1 to the Miami Marlins yesterday; 🏀 Liberty beat the Chicago Sky 93–85 yesterday; ⚽️ Gotham FC drew 0–0 with the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday. 

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Philadelphia: Sixers look to keep lead during Game 2 Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.

May 25, 2021
Source: Sixers/Twitter
Source: Sixers/Twitter

 🏀Sixers: The 76ers had a week-long break between the regular season and the playoffs, and it looked like that rest (plus the home court advantage) did them good, as they beat the Washington Wizards 125–118 in Game 1 yesterday. 

  • With MVP-finalist Joel Embiid seeing limited minutes due to foul trouble, Tobias Harris stepped up, leading the team with 37 points. Seth Curry also shone, scoring 15 of his own, including three important 3-point shots in the third quarter. 
  • We can’t wait for more of this in Game 2 on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. 

🏃🏻‍♂️Rapid recaps:

  • 🎓🥎 After suffering two losses in their first three games, the Villanova women’s softball team was eliminated from the NCAA tournament in the Wildcats first-ever appearance. Sigh. 
  • ⚾️Though they lost the first two games of the series, the Phillies took one off the Boston Red Sox yesterday, winning 6–2 largely thanks to infielder Brad Miller’s three-run homer in the first inning. Consider the bell...rung. 

⚽️The Union beat D.C. United 1–0 last night with a goal in extra time from Kacper Przybyłko (pronounced KATS-pehr shuh-BILL-koh). That’s his second goal in the last three games, so we really love what we’re seeing from the Polish striker.