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Sports Quick Hits: September 13th, 2021

September 13, 2021
Source: F1/Twitter
Source: F1/Twitter

🏎F1: Yesterday’s Italian Grand Prix (GP) was a trip. The Lewis Hamilton–Max Verstappen rivalry finally came to a head yesterday when Verstappen caused a crash that took them both out of the race (don’t worry, he was penalized), before Drive to Survive sweetheart Daniel Ricciardo won his first GP since 2018 and celebrated with a traditional Aussie shoey. Crikey.

⚾️Baseball: Unfortunately there’s no mercy rule in the MLB. If there was, the Baltimore Orioles wouldn’t have been subjected to a 22–7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday, which included a home run from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. that tied him with LA Angel superstar Shohei Ohtani as the league leader. O-K! *O-K!* Blue Jays!

🏀WNBA: The Seattle Storm will have to finish the regular season (all seven days of it) without their best player. Breanna Stewart suffered a foot injury last week and will be reassessed prior to the playoffs (which are set to begin on September 23rd). Rest up, champ! 


Sports Quick Hits: September 8th, 2021

September 08, 2021
Source: Francisco Seco / AP
Source: Francisco Seco / AP

🏎F1: The worst kept secret in motorsport is finally out in the open. A day after Valtteri Bottas announced he was leaving his longtime team Mercedes to join Alfa Romeo next season, Mercedes announced George Russell as their newest driver and Lewis Hamilton’s future teammate. 

🏒Hockey: The NWHL got a facelift, and we have...mixed feelings. The league announced its rebrand yesterday, complete with a new name — the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) — and a new logo, but they have yet to announce a change to its inclusion policy, a plan for increasing player salaries or a way to improve TV coverage. Plenty of work yet.

⚾️Baseball: Like father, like son. Toronto Blue Jay Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 40th home run (HR) of the season on Monday, making him and his dad — former Montreal Expo Vladimir Guerrero Sr. — the second father-son pair in MLB history to hit the 40 HR mark. Apple meet tree. 

🏈College: The first AP Top 25 Poll of the college football regular season (not including Week 0) was released yesterday, and Clemson is out of the top four for the first time since 2017, while Georgia jumped three spots to No. 2 behind No. 1 Alabama. Let the cupid shuffle begin. 


Sports Quick Hits: August 30th, 2021

August 30, 2021
Source: USATSI
Source: USATSI

🏈Football: The new college football season began with its five-game “Week 0” opening weekend (check out our college football preview for more), and UCLA and Illinois, who defeated Hawaii and Nebraska, respectively, are the early winners. The rest of the 130 teams will be in action this weekend for Week 1.

⚾️Baseball: For the first time since 1959, a Michigan team won the Little League World Series (LLWS). Ohio loaded the bases in the final inning, but Michigan held on for the 5–1 win in yesterday’s final. 

  • Congrats to Taylor North Little League and all the young stars for 10 days of unforgettable play from Williamsport, PA.

⚾️MLB: The police investigation into LA Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s alleged sexual assault of a California woman has been turned over to prosecutors, where LA’s district attorney will decide whether or not to move the case forward. In the meantime, the MLB has extended Bauer’s paid administrative leave, yet again, to Friday. Ugh.

🏎Racing: What felt like the longest F1 broadcast ever resulted in the shortest F1 race in history. After the start of yesterday’s Belgian Grand Prix was postponed for over four hours due to rain, the eventual race lasted just two laps before being called off for unsafe conditions, with Max Verstappen winning it all.  


Sports Quick Hits: August 23rd, 2021

August 23, 2021
Source: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo
Source: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo

🏀Basketball: On Saturday, during Phoenix Mercury’s 84–69 win over the Atlanta Dream, 39-year-old Diana Taurasi etched her name in the WNBA record books once again when she became the first player to net 9,000 career points and 2,000 assists. 

⚾️Baseball: After Toronto Blue Jay Steven Matz gave up only one run in nine innings (which just happened to be helping Miguel Cabrera’s  500th career homer), the Jays lost 5–3 in extra innings. They’ll try for a W again today at 7:07 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, in the Little League World Series south of the border, Texas’ Ella Bruning had two hits in her squad’s 6–0 win on Friday, making her just the third girl to have multiple hits at a single LLWS. The girl’s got game.  


Sports Quick Hits: August 19th, 2021

August 19, 2021
Source: F1.com
Source: F1.com

🏎Formula One: Despite Tokyo’s successful hosting of the Olympics and soon-to-come Paralympics, organizers have cancelled October’s Japanese Grand Prix for the second straight year due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. The F1 drama has been top-notch this season, so hopefully they’ll find a replacement venue soon. The Drive to Survive fans need it.

⚾️Baseball: The Toronto Blue Jays are battling for a Wild Card spot in the toughest division in the MLB, and now they’ll have to do it — for at least the next week — without star outfielder George Springer, who’s been ruled out with a knee sprain. Hate to see it. 

  • Meanwhile, on Tuesday night Cincinnati Red Joey Votto became the second Canadian in MLB history — after Larry Walker — to record 2,000 career hits...and then followed it up by talking about his dog post-game. The cutest. 

🏈NFL: On Monday, the Atlanta Falcons announced that their entire roster is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, making them the first (and only) NFL team to reach the mark. Hopefully they’ll have some company soon, as 91.7% of players in the league are fully vaccinated. Money talks