Ionescu has ARRIVED! Plus Pure Silk & Diamond League
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Leaning into the long weekend like...
The first week of the 2021 season has been jam-packed with stellar performances from the league’s stars (*cough *cough Sabrina Ionescu).
The rising star has already left her mark on this season, becoming the fastest player in WNBA history to record a triple-double. Ionescu had 26 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to help New York beat the Minnesota Lynx 86-75 on Tuesday night, giving the Liberty their first 3-0 start in 14 years.
Ionescu is absolutely killing it with a game-winning buzzer beater in her first home game and a triple-double in her second. The Liberty look like they’re going to be a BIG threat this year and I can’t wait to see how the rest of their season unfolds. The Liberty play again on Friday and Sunday so make sure to tune in!
This weekend’s WNBA schedule:
Dream vs. Fever - Friday at 7pm ET
Liberty vs. Mystics - Friday at 7pm ET
Sun vs. Mercury - Friday at 10pm ET
Sparks vs. Aces - Friday at 10:30pm ET
Storm vs. Wings - Saturday at 8pm ET
Mystics vs. Fever - Sunday at 1pm ET
Liberty vs. Sky - Sunday at 1pm ET
Sun vs. Aces - Sunday at 6pm ET
2021 Track and Field Wanda Diamond League Series: Gateshead
This year's Diamond League will open in Britain for the first time on Sunday with Gateshead replacing Rabat as the season’s first host city.
Keep your eyes on Brittany Crew! She will be the only Canadian women to compete at the season-opening event as the national record holder (19.28 metres) in women’s shotput.
I also cannot wait for the blockbuster women’s 100m clash featuring THREE OF THE SIX FASTEST WOMEN IN HISTORY! In what could be a preview to the Olympic Games later this summer, Jamaican speed queens Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah will face off against red-hot American Sha’Carri Richardson, the early-season favourite, for the first time this year.
Check out the live action from the Diamond League Series track and field event on Sunday at 2pm ET on CBC Sports!
LPGA Pure Silk Championship
The LPGA Tour season moves onto its 10th tournament of the year this weekend at the Pure Silk Championship. At a glance, it looks like a run-of-the-mill event but given a closer look, the stop at Kingsmill Resort is actually one of the more critical weeks of the year.
After Sunday’s play wraps up, the LPGA “reshuffles” the priority list for tour members for the first time since 2019. The reshuffle lets players from lower categories move into higher ones based on their current play (or move up on the priority ranking within a category).
The 144-player field features current No.3 and 12-time LPGA champion Sei Young Kim and five winners from the 2021 season. Some of the names I’ll be keeping my eye on are Nelly Koda, who’s ranked No. 4 in the world, one spot ahead of Canadian Brooke Henderson, and fan-favourite Lexi Thompson, both of whom are also tough competitors.
Check out the Pure Silk Championship on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 3-6pm ET on the Golf Channel!
The NWSL kicked off its regular season last weekend. Two new teams went head to head, and the weekend closed out with a five-goal performance from the 2021 Challenge Cup champions.
There are four matchups over the weekend:
North Carolina Courage vs. Orlando Pride - Saturday at 7pm ET
Chicago Red Stars vs. Gotham FC - Saturday at 8pm ET
Portland Thorns vs. OL Reign - Sunday at 6pm ET
Houston Dash vs. Kansas City - Sunday at 7pm ET
Challenge Cup champions, Portland Thorns are looking GOOD. Their ability to dictate play on both sides of the ball and maintain defensive dominance makes them an extremely dangerous squad. Portland defends and presses as a unit and I’m excited to see them matchup against OL Reign on Sunday.
This weekend will be full of exciting NWSL matches. Tune in on Saturday and Sunday on Twitch!
Secret Dream Gap Tour, Canadian Edition
Because this is a long weekend... it’s only fair to mention the start of the Canadian leg of the PWHPA Dream Gap Tour on Monday! Taking place in Calgary, AB, the tour is supported by none other than the Calgary Flames.
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The round-robin competition will feature Team Scotiabank (Calgary), Team Sonnet (Toronto) and Team Bauer (Montreal) as they face-off to become the first-ever Canadian Secret Cup Champion!
What better way to spend the long weekend than watching women’s hockey?! Tune into the first game of the Canadian leg of the Secret Dream Gap Tour on Monday at 5pm ET as Team Sonnet take on Team Bauer on Sportsnet NOW!
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