College championships this week
🏑Field hockey: Behind from junior Erin Matson (her second of the game!), No. 1 North Carolina defeated No. 2 Michigan in a thrilling 4–3 contest for the national title last night. North Carolina is 65-1 in their last three seasons, winning three straight national titles. Talk about dynasty.
🏐Beach volleyball: In a battle of LA’s best, No. 2 USC defeated reigning champ No. 1 UCLA 3–1 yesterday to give the Trojans their third beach volleyball national championship. USC’s duo of Sammy Slater and Julia Scoles delivered the final blow, when Slater to secure the title. (Southern) girls women, they’re undeniable.
⚽️Soccer: The women’s soccer semifinals are set. After advancing on penalty kicks, No. 1 Florida State kicks things off against Virginia on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET. The other semi features two teams who advanced behind narrow 1–0 wins, with No. 2 North Carolina taking on No. 11 Santa Clara Thursday at 8:30 p.m ET. Can’t wait.
🏈Football: Don’t call it a comeback. No. 2 Sam Houston rallied from a 21-point deficit to earn their 38–35 win over No. 3 James Madison in yesterday’s semifinal. Meanwhile, No. 1 South Dakota State pummelled Delaware 33–3 en route to clinching South Dakota’s first ever FCS national title game appearance. A brand new winner will be crowned .
⚽Portland Thorns win 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup
NWSL: On Saturday, Portland Thorns FC won the second inaugural Challenge Cup on penalty kicks over NJ/NY Gotham FC. Thorns and CanWNT superstar Christine Sinclair (her 60th NWSL goal, no less) eight minutes in, becoming the league’s leading goal scorer among active players in the process.
- In the second half, Gotham’s Carli Lloyd of USWNT lore at 1–1. And because there’s no overtime in the Challenge Cup, the match went through seven rounds of penalty kicks before Portland won 6–5 in the shootout.
- Luckily, we don’t have to wait long for more NWSL excitement: the regular season starts on Saturday, so be sure to keep your eyes out for our special guide to the season then.
Women’s Super League: Before your flare up, a quick reminder that England’s top tier women’s club soccer is called the Women’s Super League (WSL), the counterpart of the men’s Premier League. And this weekend, won the league title for a record fourth time.
New York: Knicks and Nets on the road
🏀Knicks: Everyone — and we mean — is loving this Knicks team right now. With their victory over the LA Clippers yesterday, our beloved Knickerbockers will return to the Garden having won at least half of the games on their trip out West.
- If they can beat the LA Lakers tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET, the Knicks will be even closer to in the Eastern Conference and avoiding the . .
🏀Nets: The Nets toughed it out against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, winning 125–119 and ending their four-game skid. This one came down to the wire, with the Nets overcoming a 21-point deficit in the fourth to take their first lead since the start of the game. The cherry on top? Keep an eye out for a soon. *crosses fingers*
⚾️MLB: Despite some confusing (apparently the boys don’t know the difference between ), the Mets shone in their sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend. They’ll ride their five-game win streak into a two-game series versus the Baltimore Orioles, starting tomorrow at 7:10 p.m. ET.
- Meanwhile, thanks to Giancarlo Stanton’s bottom-of-the-ninth , the Yankees captured two this weekend against the Washington Nationals. Next up, the Yanks will face the Tampa Bay Rays tomorrow at 7:10 p.m. ET.
🏒Rangers: The Rangers wrapped up their season in Boston this weekend, beating the Bruins 5–4 on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Broadway Blueshirts will be watching the Stanley Cup playoffs on the couch with the rest of us. At least one New York hockey team is .
Chicago: Gabby Williams traded after suspension
🏀Sky: The Sky for the 2021 season (for salary reasons, not disciplinary ones), then traded her to the LA Sparks in a move that surprised everyone — including Williams. The Sky’s 2018 first-round pick is a reliable power forward who will likely play for France at the Tokyo Olympics.
- The Sky, already undermanned due to their , couldn’t risk Williams missing the bulk of their season for overseas commitments, so they suspended her contract, then . No official comment from Williams, but her Twitter makes her seem….
- In exchange, the Sky snagged this year’s No. 10 overall pick, , as well as to Leonie Fiebich. We’re sad to see Williams go but are excited about this fresh young talent.
⚾️MLB: The Cubs may have lost 6–5 to the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday, but we’re still psyched because Beth Mowins made herstory as the first female broadcaster of a regular season Cubs game. on us next time, Beth!
- Meanwhile, the surging Sox the Kansas City Royals, allowing only four runs in the three-game series. Let’s see if they can keep things going against the Minnesota Twins this week, starting tomorrow night at 8:10 p.m. ET/7:10 p.m. CT.
🏒Blackhawks: The ’Hawks missed the playoffs for the third time in the last four years. Welp. Catch them one last time before they hit the golf course when they host the Dallas Stars tonight at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.
Philadelphia: 76ers win over Pistons
🏀76ers: The 76ers made it look all too easy this weekend in their over the Detroit Pistons. As expected, Joel Embiid led the squad with 29 points and six rebounds. Pleasantly surprising? Outstanding play from rookie Tyrese Maxey, who usually rides the bench but to start for Ben Simmons, who was out with back tightness.
- Maxey had 22 points, five rebounds, two steals and one block on the evening, earning from Embiid and Dwight Howard (who also ).
- The Sixers have won eight straight and hold a comfortable three-game lead for the top spot in the East. !
⚾️Phillies: The Phillies closed out their three-game series in Atlanta tonight, falling to the Braves 6–1. Between Friday’s 12–2 blowout win and Saturday’s humiliating loss with , we feel like we have .
- Hopefully the Phils can get back on the horse in their upcoming series with the Washington Nationals this week, starting tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Hanging it up:
- 🏒The Flyers missed the playoffs for the fifth time in the last nine years. Womp. Catch them one last time before they hit the golf course when they host the New Jersey Devils tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
🎓⚽️ The Penn State men’s soccer team couldn’t overcome Georgetown’s early lead in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday, losing 3–2. Bummed, but proud.