Get out your shades because Summer Sports are ramping up this weekend with Rugby, Soccer, Golf, and MORE!
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HSBC Women’s Rugby Sevens Series
Twelve countries are competing this weekend in the fifth round of the HSBC Women’s Rugby Sevens Series in Langford, British Columbia.
Due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, some teams have been unable to compete in each tournament. And because of that, this year’s champion will be chosen by an accumulation of points from each team’s best four events out of six.
So far, Canada has accumulated 30 points and is sitting in eighth position with no podium appearances yet.
As of now, Australia is the team to beat with an impressive 76 points and three gold medals out of four tournaments played. If they make the final at Starlight Stadium this weekend, they will be champions no matter what happens next month during the final tournament in Toulouse, France.
Since the Cup’s inauguration in 2012, Australia (two times) and New Zealand (six times) have been the only nations to win this particular women’s competition.
But that doesn’t mean Canada doesn’t have a chance to get a win of its own on home soil! Don’t miss out as the fight for a medal begins on Saturday with matches against both Spain and Mexico.
To watch the tournament, tune in to CBC Sports on Saturday and Sunday!
Though the 2022 Challenge Cup is yet to be awarded, the NWSL regular season kicks off THIS WEEKEND with a full slate of games! New to the league? Not sure which team to support? Lucky for you, you’ll be able to catch games on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday!
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the NWSL, and it is also the first season that the league will have 12 teams – thanks to the addition of San Diego Wave FC and Angel City FC. Each team will play 22 games in the regular season – 11 home and 11 away.
Friday night at 10 p.m. ET, Angel City FC (based out of Los Angeles) will start their inaugural season against the North Carolina Courage. Saturday, games start at 6 p.m. ET with the Portland Thorns taking on the Kansas City Current. At 8 p.m. ET, the Chicago Red Stars will kick off against Racing Louisville.
Sunday is a FULL day with three games starting at 5 p.m. ET – first up is Washington Spirit vs. OL Reign. At 7 p.m. ET, TWO games will begin, with Orlando Pride facing Gotham FC and Houston Dash facing the San Diego Wave!
With two expansion teams being added, and a whole slew of trades and free agency moves happening over the off-season, teams look a lot different than they did just a few months ago. Can the reigning champions, the Washington Spirit, make another run? Will one of the expansion teams rise to victory in their inaugural season?
Don’t miss any of the opening weekend action, as all games will be available to stream internationally on Twitch with the Angel City FC vs. North Carolina Courage game available on Radio-Canada Sports as well.
Palos Verdes Championship
The LPGA tour continues this weekend as the world’s best in women’s golf head to Palos Verdes Estates, California! The tournament goes from April 28 to May 1, and athletes will be competing for a prize of $1,500,000. 🤑
This is the very first time this event has taken place on the LPGA tour, so while no one is defending a title, it’s a race to see who will be the inaugural champion!
The course will be full of stars, both experienced and new! Sixteen-year-old Anna Davis makes her LPGA debut after winning a sponsorship to compete in the event. She quickly rose in headlines when she became the youngest player to ever win the Augusta Women’s National Amateur and even got a shoutout from Tiger Woods on Twitter!
Celine Boutier of France has had a hot start to her 2022 season, with multiple top-ten finishes. She also has the benefit of having played the Palos Verdes course when she was a college athlete at Duke! Allisen Corpuz of USC and Lilia Vu of UCLA have also played on the course before, with Vu claiming a win in 2018.
You can catch all the action at Palos Verdes Estates Friday from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. ET, and Saturday and Sunday from 6 - 9 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel.
Mutua Madrid Open
Top-ranked tennis players from around the world are going head-to-head in Spain’s capital to claim the title at the 2022 Mutua Madrid Open.
And though the world No. 1 and recent Porsche Tennis Grand Prix champion, Poland’s Iga Swiatek, is not competing due to a shoulder injury, the next-ranked player will be in action. Last year’s singles champion, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, has teamed up with new world No. 2 Paula Badosa from Spain (who she beat in Germany just last week) for the doubles competition.
And after a nearly one-and-a-half year break, former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu is now back on the court and competing in her second tournament of 2022. She is joined in Madrid by fellow Canadian Leylah Fernandez, who is also playing in the singles category.
Fernandez last played earlier this month as part of Team Canada as they went up against Team Latvia at the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup in Vancouver. The 19-year-old helped the team earn a qualifying spot in the international competition’s finals, which will take place in mid-November of this year.
Ottawa-born Gabriela Dabrowski was among the athletes who played alongside Fernandez for Team Canada and has previously claimed the win in the women’s doubles competition at the 2021 Madrid Open with partner Demi Schuurs from the Netherlands. This year, she is attempting to snatch the title for a second time with a new partner, No. 20 seed Giuliana Olmos from Mexico.
Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano: Fight Night
THIS WEEKEND Katie Taylor takes on Amanda Serrano in one of the biggest fights in the history of women’s boxing.
The weekend’s biggest fight goes down in Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Taylor will be defending her WBA, WBC, IGF, WBO and The Ring lightweight titles against the WBC, WBO and IBO featherweight champion, Serrano.
Taylor, who is 20-0, is one of boxing’s brightest stars. This is her second fight at MSG and the first women’s boxing match to ever headline the main room. She’s also fought in front of packed crowds at England’s famous Manchester Arena and Wembley Stadium.
BUT! Don’t overlook Serrano here. She’s a true force to be reckoned with and it should be an interesting fight.
Will Taylor be able to use her perceived edge in boxing skills to oust her Puerto Rican rival? Conversely, can Serrano use her natural power advantage to inflict damage on Taylor? Both are veterans, will the wear and tear of long careers begin to show on one of them? We’ll see…
This fight is huge! You don’t want to miss it. Tune in to Taylor vs. Serrano, Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on DAZN!
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