The WNBA’s 26th season starts TONIGHT and you don’t want to miss a moment! 👏
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Is it Christmas morning?! It sure feels like it because the WNBA IS BACK! After an incredible 25th anniversary season in 2021, the WNBA is back for year 26. With all the growth around the league and women’s basketball in the last few years, it’s safe to say the excitement can be felt ahead of the league’s opening weekend.
The offseason was full of trades, free agent signings and moves so don’t be surprised if your favourite team looks a little different. Big moves include Stef Dolson moving from champs Chicago Sky to the New York Liberty, Tina Charles heading to the Phoenix Mercury and the Indiana Fever drafting FIVE rookies that will be on their opening night roster. The Fever only have four returning players from the 2021 season.
So what will happen this season? Will the Chicago Sky go back-to-back? Can the Indiana Fever gain some momentum? There are more opportunities than ever to catch your team’s games on national television, and WNBA League Pass has apparently gotten a face lift ahead of opening weekend 👀 so you won’t miss any of the action!
There is a FULL weekend of WNBA action ahead - on Friday catch the Indiana Fever vs. Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. ET, Los Angeles Sparks vs. Chicago Sky at 8 p.m. ET and at 10 p.m. ET, BOTH the Las Vegas Aces vs. Phoenix Mercury AND the Minnesota Lynx vs. Seattle Storm tip off!
Then Saturday, Connecticut Sun vs. the New York Liberty starts at 6 p.m. ET, followed by the Atlanta Dream vs. Dallas Wings at 8 p.m. ET. Sunday there is another three-game slate – at 3 p.m. ET, the Indiana Fever vs. Los Angeles Sparks go head to head, followed by the Washington Mystics vs. Minnesota Lynx at 8 p.m. ET and finally the Seattle Storm face the Las Vegas Aces to close out the weekend at 10 p.m. ET.
All games are available with the WNBA League Pass and Sportsnet with Mystics vs. Lynx also available on Radio-Canada Sports. And if you miss any of the action, League Pass lets you go back and watch games at any time! What a steal!
This is a big weekend for the NWSL and we’re ready for it!
Not only will teams be participating in ongoing league games, two of them will also be competing for the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup title. The Washington Spirit and North Carolina Courage will go head-to-head for the championship on Saturday afternoon!
The Spirit are currently ranked No. 4, while the Courage are at No. 8 coming into the Cup final. Still, North Carolina will have home-field advantage, which could even the scale.
This is the first time both teams made it to the final in the league’s short history. AND Canadian goalkeeper Devon Kerr will join the Spirit, competing as the only player from the Great White North!
Meanwhile, in regularly scheduled games, we have No. 2 Gotham FC vs. No. 6 San Diego Wave on Saturday and the newly cemented, celebrity-supported Angel City vs. the last-place Orlando Pride on Sunday.
Super League Triathlon 🏃🏽♀️
An event unlike any you’ve probably ever witnessed will take place in Singapore’s Marina Bay this Saturday morning, as the Super League Triathlon begins. This event features a swim leg in the reservoir before athletes take to smart bikes and treadmills to complete the bike and run legs virtually.
This event will mark the first ever triathlon ESports World Championships. And while events like these usually take place indoors, Super League has decided to hold the virtual legs of this event outdoors with the views of the Marina Bay to give athletes a unique experience.
With exercise technology advancing to the point where ESports virtual tournaments are becoming more and more common, it is exciting to see them being brought to the world stage. There will be two heats of eight athletes competing, with the athlete who finishes the race with the best time overall winning the World Championship!
You can catch the Super League Arena Games Triathlon final on CBC Sports, Saturday morning at 4 p.m. ET!
Grand Slam of Curling 🥌 Kioti Tractor Champions Cup
Twelve women’s curling teams are competing in The KIOTI Tractor Champions Cup in Alberta this Sunday, which is the fourth and final Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event of this season.
A lot is at stake here for these competitors, including a $210,000 combined prize purse and a final chance to play with their crew, as some are planning to separate for next season to begin preparing for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games.
So, who should you look out for in this ice-cold competition?
First things first! Keep an eye out for Ottawa-born Rachel Homan who took home the title an impressive three times (over the Cup’s five-year run) and placed second to Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones at the first-ever competition in 2016.
It’s no surprise she and her teammates love (victory) dancing all the way to the finish line!
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Next, make sure you also peep Swedish curler Anna Hasselborg and her elite team! History was made only two weeks back at the Princess Auto Players’ Championship as they became the first women’s team to win a Grand Slam, taking all four majors. And if they bag this one too, they will continue their record-breaking streak as the first women’s team to win all six different titles in the series.
Not bad since winning teams take home $25,000 and a berth to next year’s KIOTI Tractor Champions Cup in Regina to defend their titles!
Watch the entire competition on Sportsnet NOW.
W Series 🏎
The waiting is finally over… W Series is back! It’s been 195 days since the nail biting finale to W Series’ second season, but the international single-seater motor racing championship for women drivers’ 2022 campaign begins this weekend with a double-header in support of Formula 1’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix.
The second season left off with the Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas where Jamie Chadwick became a two-time W Series champion in front of a record 400,000 fans. And the British powerhouse will begin her title defence THIS WEEKEND at the new Miami International Autodrome and I couldn’t be more excited.
With two titles, six race victories and six other podium finishes to her name from a 14-race W Series career to date, Chadwick starts the season as the woman to beat. She will compete for the newly formed Jenner Racing Team this year, and will share the spotlight in Miami with her rookie teammate, Chloe Chambers.
W Series’ schedule for this weekend starts on Friday with a 30-minute practice session at 4 p.m. ET. Saturday will begin with qualifying from 9:10 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. ET. The drivers’ best time will determine the starting grid for race one – which is at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday – and their second-best time will determine the starting grid for race two, which begins at 10:35 a.m. ET on Friday. Both races will be 30 minutes plus one lap.
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