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Chicago: Notre Dame Baseball Advance to NCAA Super Regional

June 08, 2021
Source: ND Baseball/Twitter.com
Source: ND Baseball/Twitter.com

 🎓⚾️Notre Dame: For the first time since 2002, the Fighting Irish baseball team is heading to the NCAA Super Regional after beating Central Michigan 14–2 yesterday. Senior infielder Niko Kavadas captured an Irish record after smashing his 21st homer of the season. Damn.

  • Notre Dame’s bats are hot-hot-hot, and we can’t wait to see them continue against the winner of the Starkville Regional which will be decided today. Go Irish, beat (insert team here)!

⚾️MLB: The White Sox shut out the Detroit Tigers 3–0 yesterday to earn their third win of the four-game weekend series. The Sox were carried by their three-run second inning and pitcher Dylan Cease’s scoreless performance. And also, Yermín Mercedes’ new haircut.

  • After suffering three losses at the hands of the San Francisco Giants, the Cubs won the final game in the teams’ series 4–3 thanks to two home runs by Patrick Wisdom, the North Siders’ newest hot hitter. We love having you in Wrigleyville, Pat. 

🔢 Box scores: ⚽️ The Red Stars beat the North Carolina Courage 1–0 yesterday while the 🏀 Sky lost 68–63 to the LA Sparks as Candace Parker is still sidelined with her ankle injury.  


Seattle: Storm Look for Success on the Road Starting June 9th

June 08, 2021
Source: Seattle Storm/Twitter
Source: Seattle Storm/Twitter

 🏀Storm: Every matchup between the Storm and the Dallas Wings goes down to the wire. Jewell Loyd nailed the game-winner to beat Dallas in overtime on Friday, but the Wings exacted revenge yesterday, with Dallas’ Arike Ogunbowale (pronounced ah-REE-kay oh-goon-boh-WAH-lay) delivering the dagger to take it 68–67. Tough.

  • Next, the Storm will embark on a five-game road trip, facing the Atlanta Dream first on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. 

⚽️OL Reign: In the battle of the teams with too many names, the Reign couldn't capitalize on their chances and lost to NJ/NY Gotham FC 1–0 on Saturday. USWNT star Rose Lavelle has yet to win a game with the Reign since joining the squad last week, but with moves like these, it’s bound to happen soon.

⚾️Mariners: The Mariners’ offense came through in the ninth inning, securing a 9–5 victory yesterday over the LA Angels to split the four-game series. Rookie pitcher Logan Gilbert earned his first major league win, throwing seven strikeouts. Welcome to the show.

In more good news, starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi’s injury is not as bad as we initially feared when he exited Saturday’s game after being hit in the knee. Whew. 


Sports Quick Hits: June 7th, 2021

June 08, 2021
Source: Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

 ⛳️Golf: With a 14-year-old ripping drives and a 17-year-old leading the first round, we definitely thought the U.S. Women’s Open winner was going to be a high schooler...but instead, it was Yuka Saso of the Philippines — at the ripe old age of 19 — who won it all in a three-hole playoff, tying for youngest champ in tournament history. The kids are alright.

🎾Tennis: There go the greats. Serena Williams lost her fourth round match at the French Open yesterday, and Roger Federer, who just came back from a knee injury, withdrew from his after a grueling third round, four-set winner on Saturday. We weren’t ready for goodbyes.

  • Some exciting names are still in it though: 17-year-old Coco Gauff, Sloane Stephens and reigning champ Iga Swiatek (pronounced shvee-AH-tik), as well as legends Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, all play today. Check out the full schedule here.

🤸‍♀️Gymnastics: The GOAT keeps GOATing. Last night, Simone Biles won her seventh U.S. all-around gymnastics title, the most all-time by a female gymnast. No surprise here. 

⚽️NWSL: The Orlando Pride celebrated the start of Pride Month by continuing their undefeated season yesterday, with a 1–1 draw against the Washington Spirit. The zero-to-hero Pride also continue to lead the rankings, after spending the last two seasons near the bottom. The whole league now gets a well-deserved break and will return to the pitch June 19th. 


Los Angeles: Clippers Hope to Shine in Round 2 of NBA Playoffs

June 08, 2021
Source: Ashley Landis/AP
Source: Ashley Landis/AP

 🏀NBA: While the Lakers won’t defend their championship (still crying), the Clippers are keeping the City of Champions’ title hopes alive, defeating the Dallas Mavericks in Game 7 yesterday to advance to the second round. 

  • Kawhi Leonard almost collected a triple-double, while Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris came up big late in the fourth quarter. We like it like that.
  • The Clips face the Jazz in Utah for Game 1 tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. No rest for the wicked.

🏀Sparks: Although both Ogwumike (pronounced oh-gwoo-MIH-kay) sisters are out with injuries, Erica Wheeler stepped up with a season-high 22 points in the Sparks’ 68–63 victory over the Chicago Sky on Saturday. LA’s defense was stellar as well, with Amanda Zahui B.’s (pronounced ZAH-wee BEE) four blocks and Nia Coffey’s timely swat down the stretch. Bam.

🎓🥎UCLA: Despite an early, three-run homer from pitcher Rachel Garcia, the defending champs UCLA were eliminated from the WCWS by No. 1 Oklahoma on Saturday. Not how we wanted to see one of the all-time greats end her collegiate career.

  • Garcia and utility player Bubba Nickles will trade in the blue and gold for the red, white and blue when they join Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics next month.

⚾️MLB: Both the Dodgers and Angels lost yesterday, with the Dodgers dropping a three-game series to the Atlanta Braves and the Halos splitting a four-game series with the Seattle Mariners. You win some, you lose some. 


New York: Islanders Head into Tonight's Match Looking to Earn First Series Lead

June 08, 2021
Source: Islanders/Twitter.com
Source: Islanders/Twitter.com

🏀Nets: Even though the Nets took home a solid Game 1 win over the Bucks, fans aren’t getting too comfortable. The Bucks, led by All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo (pronounced YA-niss ah-dedo-KOON-bo), struggled to score on Saturday, especially from the three-point arc, making only six of their 30 attempts. Yikes. 

  • The Bucks will likely perform better in Game 2, while the Nets will be missing Harden after he re-injured the hamstring he’s struggled with all season. It’s not clear if/when he’ll return, but he’s definitely sidelined for tonight’s 7:30 p.m. ET game. 

🏒Islanders: The Islanders evened out their second-round series against the Boston Bruins with their 4–1 win on Saturday. After suffering a nasty slash from Bruins forward David Krejčí, Matt Barzal got his revenge by scoring the Isles’ game-winning goal. Satisfying. 

  • Tonight’s game is crucial as the teams return to Boston, where the Isles will look to earn their first lead of the series. Puck drops at 6:30 p.m. ET. 

⚾️Yankees: To top off a week of Yankee drama, including speculation of Gerrit Cole’s potential use of performance enhancers, Giancarlo Stanton’s ups and downs, and Aaron Boone’s temper tantrum, the Boston Red Sox swept our pinstripes with yesterday's 6–5 extra-innings win. Get your sh!t together, Yanks!

🔢 Box scores: ⚾️ The Mets beat the San Diego Padres 6–2 yesterday; 🏀 the Liberty lost 85–64 to the Connecticut Sun on Saturday; ⚽️ Gotham FC beat the OL Reign 1–0 on Saturday.