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After much anticipation the WNBA playoffs have officially arrived!!
Here’s a little rundown of how the WNBA playoffs work. 👉
There are four rounds of playoffs in total beginning with a single-game elimination first round (which was yesterday), where the fifth and eighth ranked teams went head to head while the teams ranked sixth and seventh faced off.
The winners move on to Sunday’s second round where they’ll go against the third or fourth ranked team in yet another single-game elimination. Those winners move onto the semifinals to face the top two regular season teams who earned a bye through to the semis. THEN both the semis and the finals will be a more traditional playoff format with a best-of-five series.
I for one CAN’T WAIT to get into the WNBA playoffs. This structure is so intense and fast-paced it’ll be a lot of fun. Yesterday, the Mercury survived a scare from the Liberty while the Sky took care of business against the Wings. AND ON SUNDAY we’ll get to see the Mercury, Storm, Sky and Lynx fight for their playoff lives.
WNBA playoff games the weekend:
Phoenix Mercury vs. Seattle Storm - Sunday at 3pm ET
Chicago Sky vs. Minnesota Lynx - Sunday at 5pm ET
2021 Extreme Barcelona
It’s safe to say the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games brought a lot of attention to the skateboarding and scooter world. I mean, the talent is INCREDIBLE!
And this weekend, the world championships arrive in Barcelona! There is, of course, a difference in format between the scooter and skateboarding competitions but both will put the spotlight on some of the world’s best extreme athletes.
The Extreme Skate Contest takes place in a street plaza and features a list of Europe and Latin America’s top skaters along with the best of the local Barcelona and national scene. The women will compete in an intense lineup on Saturday for the FINAL! You don’t want to miss it.
Similar to the skate contest, the Scooters World Championships will bring together the best scooter riders in the world of Street and Park disciplines, together with new talents from countries where the scene is gaining popularity, representing their national teams. Don’t forget to catch the women’s park final on Sunday morning!
Super League Triathlon Championship Series: Malibu
The Super League Triathlon Championship Series has been fast, furious and EXHAUSTING! But the grand finale of the series is almost upon us.
Because Malibu is the final Super League race, there are some extra points up for grabs (20 points for the win versus the 15 points awarded in Jersey, Munich and London). There will also be a few more stars added to the start list.
The women’s eliminator starts at 4:30pm ET on Saturday afternoon and I’m curious to see if Jessica Learmonth will win yet again. BUT the lineup is stacked with Olympians, IRONMAN contenders and world class triathletes so I’m thinking Learmonth will have some tough competition.
Check out this weekend’s Super League Triathlon Championship Series Finale in Malibu, Saturday at 4:30pm ET on CBC Sports!
The NWSL is back in action on Saturday and Sunday! The Portland Thorns still hold a decent lead as they sit comfortably in first place but it’s a pretty tight race for the second and third place positions.
As the season nears its end, every last game is important in terms of solidifying a teams spot in the rankings. Check out the weekend!
Games this weekend:
Gotham FC vs. North Carolina Courage - Saturday at 3pm ET
Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns - Saturday at 8pm ET
Racing Louisville vs. Houston Dash - Sunday at 3pm ET
Washington Spirit vs. Kansas City - Sunday at 5pm ET
OL Reign vs. Orlando Pride - Sunday at 7pm ET
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