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Philadelphia: Onto the next one for the Sixers

June 03, 2021
Source: Sixers/Twitter.com
Source: Sixers/Twitter.com

 🏀Sixers: The first half of last night’s Game 5 had us sweating, but after the 76ers’ 38-point (!!!) third quarter, we breathed a little easier. The Sixers were smooth sailing from there, winning 129–112 to clinch the series. HYFR. 

  • As mentioned, the win came without All-Star Joel Embiid, who suffered a meniscus tear on Monday. While he doesn’t need surgery, it’s unclear how soon he’ll be game ready, so the extra rest before their next series is very welcome. 
  • Speaking of, Philly will now face the Atlanta Hawks, who also won their first-round series 4-1 over the NY Knicks. We’re looking at you, Trae

⚾️Phillies: After the Phils’ hitters had a feeding frenzy, scoring 17 runs in their win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, the final game of the series was postponed due to weather yesterday. We really wanted to see Rhys Hoskins extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Sigh. 

⚽️Union: The Union went out with a bang, beating the Portland Timbers 3–0 on Sunday in their last game before the MLS break. The DOOP is OOO.  

🥎Competition heating up at the Women's College World Series

June 03, 2021
Source: JMU Softball/Twitter
Source: JMU Softball/Twitter

 The set-up: After the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19, postseason softball made its triumphant return last month when 64 teams began their hunt for a trip to the WCWS. Now, following two weekends of thrilling regional and super regional action, eight teams will battle for the national title in a double-elimination tournament beginning today at 12 p.m. ET.

  • And the fun doesn’t stop there. Following this weekend’s double-elimination play, two teams will compete in a best-of-three championship series beginning Monday. Check out the full bracket and tune in on ESPN. Women worth watching, baby.

Top teams: Led by future Olympians, Rachel Garcia and Bubba Nickles, defending champs No. 2 UCLA are looking for their record-extending 13th national title. Meanwhile, fresh off breakout performances from pitcher Odicci Alexander, the tourney’s Cinderella story James Madison University (JMU) will make their first-ever College World Series appearance.

And we can’t forget about No. 1 Oklahoma. This record-breaking squad boasts USA Softball Player of the Year Jocelyn Alo and NFCA Freshman of the Year Tiare Jennings.  

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New York: Knicks end season with loss to Atlanta Hawks

June 03, 2021
Source: Bleacher Report/Twitter.com
Source: Bleacher Report/Twitter.com

🏀Knicks: The Knicks ended their season in the Garden with a hard-fought 103–89 loss to the Atlanta Hawks last night. Julius Randle and RJ Barrett gave it all they got, scoring 23 and 17 points, respectively, but just couldn’t overcome the Hawks’ third-quarter lead. 

  • Throughout the series, New York was often coming from behind, and TBH, the team just looked...tired. Not gonna lie, it stings losing to this kid.  

🏀Nets: The Nets secured a second-round appearance after beating the Boston Celtics 123–109 in Tuesday’s Game 5, and the team looked better than ever. Next up, the Nets will face the Milwaukee Bucks, whose Midwestern fans will hopefully be a bit more...civilized? Game 1’s on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

🏒Islanders: After taking Game 2 in overtime on Tuesday, the Islanders’ series with the Boston Bruins is all tied up. Although the Isles took a few hits, they also made the most of the opportunities they were given. Game 3 is tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

⚾️MLB: The Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4–3 while the Mets won their series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks 7–6 yesterday. Getting dubs from the Bronx all the way to Queens.

🏀⚽️What to watch: Both the Liberty and Gotham FC play this weekend. Sabrina Ionescu and crew take the court tonight at 7 p.m. ET, while Carli Lloyd’s squad kicks off on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. Let’s get in formation.  

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Chicago: Brighter days ahead for the Cubs

June 03, 2021
Source: Cubs/Twitter.com
Source: Cubs/Twitter.com

 ⚾️MLB: After an up-and-down start to the season, the Cubs’ three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres feels like a turned corner. Javier Báez hit three home runs (including yesterday’s bullet), and Anthony Rizzo returned from injury to earn five hits in two games. The North Siders are on top of their National League Central division, and boy, it feels good. 

  • The White Sox’s series finale against Cleveland was postponed yesterday due to inclement weather. While we wait for tonight’s game against the Detroit Tigers, we’ll keep obsessing over the Sox’s new city jerseys. South Side pride. 

🏀Sky: The Sky fell 84–83 to the Phoenix Mercury in a heartbreaker on Tuesday, marking Chicago’s fifth straight loss and third without star Candace Parker. Hopefully the squad can snap their losing streak when they play the Mercury again tonight at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT. 

🎥 What to watch:

  • ⚽️The Red Stars will look to rebound from their 2–1 loss to the Houston Dash last weekend with a win against the North Carolina Courage on Saturday. Keep an eye out for striker Mallory Pugh, because we like what we see

🎓⚾️The Notre Dame men’s baseball team was selected for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, and will also be hosting one of the 16 regional tournaments. The Fighting Irish’s first game is against Central Michigan at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT.   

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Sports Quick Hits: Thursday June 3rd, 2021

June 03, 2021
Source: Michel Euler/AP
Source: Michel Euler/AP

 🎾Tennis: As excited as we were for the French Open to start, we’re not as psyched five days in. Naomi Osaka dropped out, Venus Williams lost her first round match, and Venus and Coco Gauff lost their first-ever doubles match. On the bright side, Serena is still killing it. She’ll play her third round match tomorrow.

🏐Volleyball: An Olympics without Kerri Walsh Jennings? The beach volleyball icon and three-time Olympic gold medalist, alongside partner Brooke Sweat, lost in the final qualifying tournament before next month’s Games in Tokyo. Say it ain’t so.