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Seattle: Storm start 2021 WNBA season off strong

May 17, 2021
Source: Elaine Thompson/Associated Press
Source: Elaine Thompson/Associated Press

 🏀Storm: It may be with some fresh faces, but the Storm are so back. Our gals dominated in their season opener, a rematch of the 2020 WNBA Finals, routing the Las Vegas Aces 97–83 on Saturday. Only five players from last year’s title team were present to accept their Championship rings, but dominance hasn’t gone anywhere. 

⚽️OL Reign: Despite some tantalizingly close calls on both ends of the pitch, OL Reign finished their first regular-season match against the North Carolina Courage in a scoreless draw on Saturday. 

  • The rock-solid defense was steadied by defender Lauren (aka Lu) Barnes, who tied the NWSL record for most regular-season matches played (and most with a single team) with her 150th on Saturday. Cheers to those years, right, Sue

⚽️⚾️🥎Highlights: 

  • The 5-0-1 Sounders maintained their undefeated status when they shut out LAFC 2–0 last night. One more win and they’ll seal their best-ever start in franchise history. Whatever they’re doing, it’s working. 

The UW softball team secured a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament. On deck: unseeded Portland State on Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT. Play ball! 

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Boston: Celtics need Tuesday night win

May 17, 2021
Source: Nick Wass/AP Photo
Source: Nick Wass/AP Photo

 🏀Celtics: Hold off on that manicure, it’s play-in tournament time. The C’s host the Washington Wizards tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET with a trip to the playoffs on the line. These squads faced each other three times during the regular season, with the C’s winning two of the three (the last back on February 28th). But, the Wizards are one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now. 

  • If the C’s can find a way to contain Jayson Tatum’s bestie Bradley Beal (who has been struggling with a hamstring injury) and triple-double king Russell Westbrook, we’ll be just fine. *bites nails*
  • And if they can’t, at least they’ll have another chance on Thursday. The loser of tomorrow’s game will face the winner of the Eastern Conference’s No. 9 vs. No. 10 seed matchup. Confusing, right? So let’s just get the dub tomorrow.

🏒Bruins: Mondays don’t have to suck when you’re from Title Town. Spend your afternoon grabbing your vaccine and a photo with one of the Patriots’ six Super Bowl trophies, then watch the Bruins bounce back from their heartbreaking Game 1 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals. Puck drops tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.

⚾️🥎On the diamond: The bad news? The Red Sox couldn’t pull out the weekend sweep, falling 6–5 to the LA Angels yesterday. The good news? BU softball got it done on the dirt, winning their third straight Patriot League title and advancing to their 11th NCAA softball tourney. Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend.  

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Dallas: Wings win season opener

May 17, 2021
Source: Dallas Wings/Twitter
Source: Dallas Wings/Twitter

 🏀Wings: The Wings made a statement in their season opener with a huge 94–71 win over the LA Sparks. And rookie Charli Collier made a statement of her own, notching a double-double in her WNBA debut with 11 points and 10 rebounds. No doubt about No. 1.

  • We’ll have to wait until the weekend to see the Wings back in action. They’ll host the defending champion Seattle Storm on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Bring it on. 

🏀Mavericks: The Mavs fell 136–121 to the Minnesota Timberwolves yesterday, but Friday’s 114–110 victory over the Toronto Raptors was the game that really mattered, clinching the Mavs’ second consecutive playoff appearance and avoiding the play-in tournament. HYFR.

  • Enjoy a week of rest and relaxation before the anxiety returns on Saturday when the No. 5 seed Mavs’ face the No. 4 LA Clippers in the first round. Let the games begin.

🏈Cowboys: Breathe a big sigh of relief: quarterback Dak Prescott’s recovery from last year’s season-ending ankle injury is right on track, and coach Mike McCarthy is confident Dak will be healthy for training camp in July. Music to our ears. 

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LA: Lakers to play Golden State Warriors Wednesday May 19th

May 17, 2021
Source: Forbes Sports/Twitter
Source: Forbes Sports/Twitter

 🏀NBA: The Lakers picked up a 110–98 win over the New Orleans Pelicans yesterday, but it wasn’t enough to help them avoid the anxiety-inducing play-in tournament. They’ll face scoring champ Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Who came up with this sh!t anyway?

  • While the defending champs compete for a spot in the playoffs, the four-seed Clippers will enjoy some time off before playing the five-seed Dallas Mavericks beginning Saturday. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

🏀Sparks: While the NBA season is nearing its end, the WNBA is just getting started. The new-look Sparks struggled in their season opener, falling 94–71 to the Dallas Wings. But with four-time champ Seimone Augustus trading in her sneakers for a Sparks’ clipboard, the squad is in great hands. 

⚾️Baseball: Behind a wild homerun from Shohei Ohtani (because, of course), the Angels pulled out a 6–5 win yesterday, avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox. Meanwhile, the Dodgers couldn’t break out the brooms, dropping yesterday’s contest with the Miami Marlins, 3–2. You win some, you lose some. 

  • But the biggest baseball news of the weekend was made off the diamond. The Dodgers signed future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, who was just released by the Angels on Thursday. How’s that for drama, Hollywood?   

🥎Softball: No. 2 UCLA is heading to their 37th (!!!) NCAA tourney thanks to their record-breaking 11th Pac-12 title win over the weekend. Pitcher Rachel Garcia was named Pac-12 player of the year (for the third time) while coach Kelly Inouye-Perez grabbed her second Pac-12 coach of the year honor. Put some respect on their name.   

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Washington D.C.: Wizards comeback to beat Hornets

May 17, 2021
Source: Wizards/Twitter.com
Source: Wizards/Twitter.com

🏀Wizards: Thanks to Bradley Beal’s 20 second-half points, the Wizards earned a comeback 115–110 win over the Charlotte Hornets yesterday, securing Washington’s No. 8 seed ahead of the play-in tournament. Two opportunities to earn a spot in the playoffs? We’ll take it. 

🏒Capitals: In Game 1 of their first playoff series on Saturday, the Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 3–2, thanks to Nic Dowd’s game-winning slapper. For his part, after starter Vitek Vanecek got injured, veteran goalie Craig Anderson filled in and saved the game for the Caps, stopping 21 of 22 shots.

  • The game was only Anderson’s fifth time in goal this season, and the victory made him the oldest goalie in Cap history to record a postseason win. Like we keep hearing, there’s no age limit to being great. Game 2’s tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

⚽️Spirit: The Spirit opened their regular season with a 1–1 draw with the Orlando Pride last night. Washington’s lone goal was scored by Ashley Hatch who, two minutes before, was given a yellow card. Scoring with a side of sass. 

🏀Mystics: The Mystics — who might we remind you are still without star Elena Delle Donne (EDD) — took a beating from the Chicago Sky on Saturday, losing 70–56. Center Tina Charles stepped up with 14 points and six rebounds, but with EDD likely out for at least a few more games, it might be a slow start for our women. Sigh.