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Women's British Open Begins Today, Seattle Storm en Route to League Record, Athletes Unlimited to Introduce Women's Lacrosse

Golf

August 20, 2020
CHIANG YING-YING/AP
CHIANG YING-YING/AP

LPGA: This weekend belongs to women’s golf, as the first major of the season gets underway today. The Women’s British Open teed off early this morning at the legendary Royal Troon in Scotland, where most of the top golfers in the world are facing off once again.

  • While Americans Danielle Kang and Stacy Lewis have already notched wins in this stunted new season, this will be the first LPGA tournament since January for the Canadian phenom Brooke Henderson, a top contender who’s looking to win her second major.
     
  • Unfortunately, world No. 1 Jin Young Ko and No. 3 Sung Hyun Park, both South Korean superstars, have opted out of the major, so it won’t truly be the battle of the best we’ve been waiting for.

WNBA: Don’t look now, but the league-leading Seattle Storm have won nine games in a row in the Wubble. Led not only by the legend that is Sue Bird, but also 2018 WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart, the Storm are halfway to setting a new league record.

  • The Storm can beat the 2001 Los Angeles Sparks’ record of 18 consecutive wins if they win their next nine games, which actually seems feasible. Their 10th win should come tonight against the ho-hum Indiana Fever, but the real test will be the No. 2 Las Vegas Aces on Saturday. Follow their run here.

Lacrosse: We have some good news and some bad news. The bad news? The Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL) has folded after just two seasons. The league, which also acted as a national development program, had to cancel its 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and wasn’t able to recover. Sad.

  • The good news? Athletes Unlimited, a new organization of underrepresented sports leagues, is planning to introduce women’s lacrosse as its latest venture (adding to softball and volleyball, which are already on the way), giving the WPLL players a chance to continue their careers on a national stage.