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Philadelphia: Here we go again

February 18, 2021
Source: Bill Streicher/USA Today
Source: Bill Streicher/USA Today

⚽️USWNT: As if two FIFA World Cups and two Olympic gold medals weren’t enough, Philly’s beloved Carli Lloyd returned to the pitch earlier this year — for what might be her last run with the USWNT — after a knee surgery and 10-month break, and looked good doing it. 

  • Now, Lloyd is joining the team in Orlando for the SheBelieves Cup, but her focus is dead-set on earning an Olympic roster spot. We can’t wait to watch her show the up-and-comers that this vet's still got the moves

🏀Sixers: The Sixers snapped their three-game losing streak last night when they beat the Houston Rockets 118–113. Forward Ben Simmons missed the game due to the stomach flu, but Joel “headband Jo” Embiid, point guard Seth Curry and forward Tobias Harris all stepped up and drained over 20 points each to lead the team to victory. It’s called depth, look it up. 

🏒Flyers: Missing the Flyers but missing Gritty more? Same, same. Thankfully, after nearly two weeks missed due to positive COVID-19 cases, Philadelphia hockey is back and facing off against the New York Rangers tonight at 7 p.m. ET. 

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New York: Shooters gonna shoot

February 18, 2021
Source: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo
Source: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo

🏀Nets: After narrowly beating the Phoenix Suns 128–124 on Tuesday, the Nets face the LA Lakers tonight at 10 p.m. ET. It won’t be quite the powerhouse matchup we were hoping for — Kevin Durant will miss his third straight game due to a hamstring strain (sigh), and LA’s Anthony Davis is also out — but it should be entertaining nonetheless.

Knicks: The Orlando Magic snapped the Knicks’ three-game winning streak when they beat the orange and blue 107–89 last night. The bright side? Power forward Julius Randle, whose 25 points marked his fifth straight 20+-point game. Go off, sir.

🏒NHL: The two New York teams return to the ice tonight to face the two Pennsylvania teams: the Rangers vs. the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Islanders vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pucks drop in both arenas at 7 p.m. ET — but if you can’t take another L this week, we recommend avoiding the Rangers game. 

🏀March Madness is Almost Upon Us

February 18, 2021
Source: David Butler II/AP Photo
Source: David Butler II/AP Photo

Women’s basketball: While the top teams have been playing hot potato with the No. 1 spot, UConn is the most recent squad to grab the honors, marking the ninth consecutive season the Huskies have been ranked No. 1. Sheesh. This success is in large part due to Huskies’ rookie Paige Bueckers (pronounced BECKERS) playing like a vet, averaging over 20 points per game.

  • And, lucky for us, there’s no shortage of NCAA star power. Other key players to watch include No. 3 Louisville’s Dana Evans and No. 4 NC State’s Elissa Cunane.

Men’s: With a growing list of postponements/cancellations and traditionally dominant schools posting their worst records in years, this season has been as unpredictable as an episode of Stranger Things. But what we can predict is No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 Baylor winning — both teams are undefeated as we enter the final stretch of the season.

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D.C.: Winning? Is that you?

February 18, 2021
Source: USWNT/Twitter
Source: USWNT/Twitter

⚽️Spirit: Move over LA, there's another star-studded investor group in the NWSL. Yesterday, the Spirit announced the addition of a whopping 43 new investors. They include legendary 1999 World Cup goalkeeper Briana Scurry, “Magnificent Seven” gold medalist gymnast Dominique Dawes and two former First Children. What a squad.

  • The Spirit aren’t back in business just yet. But two of the team’s newest players — defenders Kelley O’Hara and Emily Sonnett — return to the pitch tonight when the USWNT plays Canada in the SheBelieves Cup. Can’t wait.

🏀Wizards: The Wizards surprisingly won three straight games with last night’s victory over Nikola Jokić and the Denver Nuggets. League-leading scorer Bradley Beal poured in 25 points, including the game-winning free throws. Yet Dāvis Bertāns stole the show by shooting a career-high 35 points, including draining nine of 11 three-pointers. This man is on fire.

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Seattle: Hit it out of the park

February 18, 2021
Source: USWNT/Twitter
Source: USWNT/Twitter

⚽️Soccer: Though the NWSL isn’t back in action until April’s Challenge Cup, two OL Reign players — Megan Rapinoe and Quinn — are taking the pitch in the SheBelieves Cup tonight...just for opposing teams. 

  • Defender Quinn, representing Canada, will square off against forward Rapinoe and the Americans at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Sorry Quinn, but good luck against the USWNT.  
  • Last month’s friendlies against Colombia were Rapinoe’s first game-action in nearly a year, and she made her mark with two goals. More ’Pinoe celebrations, please.

🥎Softball: But before the US-Canada soccer showdown, we’ll be watching No. 2 UW softball deliver bombs against BYU today at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. The Huskies opened their season with a bang last week, winning all five games of the UNLV Tournament. 

  • Pitcher Gabbie Plain’s dominance on the mound led the Huskies’ efforts. The Australian Olympic team hopeful threw a perfect game in the season opener and hasn’t allowed a run yet this year. What, like it’s hard?