We're kicking things off with Christine Sinclair & NWSL this weekend! + LOTS MORE!
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OK - Portland Thorns are on 🔥! They have the best regular season record (13-6-4) in the league with OL Reign trailing not far behind. Canadian Christine Sinclair is going to do everything in her power to help the Thorns win their FOURTH trophy this year. So far, Portland has won the NWSL Shield, NWSL Challenge Cup, and the International Champions Cup. Now it’s all about the championship!
National Women’s Soccer League @NWSLStaying like this 'til October 22nd 😬 https://t.co/79cYmURc2w
Earlier this week, we saw Racing Louisville beat Orlando Pride 3-1. Orlando scored their lone goal of the match in the third minute and just seconds before halftime, Racing Louisville equalized with this great Ebony Salmon goal. 👇
⚽️ Matches this weekend:
Kansas City vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC - Friday at 8 p.m. ET
Only one match this weekend, so you know I’ll be glued to my screen for this. Catch this game Friday on Twitch!
World Gymnastics Championships
I live for those hold-my-breath-until-they-land moments. If you’re looking for that same thrill, look no further than the World Gymnastics Championships that are underway in Kitakyushu, Japan. The defending champion, Simone Biles, and Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee are not taking part in the World Gymnastics Championships… I know. I’m sad too. But there is tons of exciting new talent to watch out for!
Russia’s Angelina Melnikova does not seem to be slowing down. After winning a gold and two bronze medals at her second Olympic Games, she’s here for her fourth world championships. It seemed only fitting that she grabbed the first gold medal after winning the women’s all-around final yesterday. She finished with a solid score of 56.632 points.
The 21-year-old is also set to compete in all four apparatus finals over the weekend. (BTW, this makes her the first woman to qualify for all five individual finals since Biles back in 2018.)
🤸♀️ Events this weekend:
Apparatus Finals: Women's Vault and Women's Uneven Bars - Saturday at 3:05 a.m. ET
Apparatus Finals: Women's Beam, Women's Floor - Sunday at 3:20 a.m. ET
Road to the Olympic Games - Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
Ouch… The time difference is rough, but CBC Sports has got you covered with more Melnikova and gymnastics all weekend long. You’re not going to want to miss it!
LPGA BMW Ladies Championship
Hungry for some golf? I got you covered.
First round action of the BMW Ladies Championship began Wednesday with some history on the line. Jin Young Ko had a chance to tie the Tour record for the highest number of consecutive rounds in the 60s… But she didn’t, shooting a 71 in the rain yesterday. The record was certainly something on her mind:
Ko is projected to rank No. 1 for the third time in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings if she wins the Tour.
We love a dream chaser, don’t we? Well, Na Rin An is closer to achieving her dream of playing on the LPGA Tour after topping the tournament leaderboard ahead of Round 2. But there’s still so much more golf action left! Round 3 starts TONIGHT!
🏌️♀️ Tee times this weekend:
Round 3 - Friday at 11 p.m. ET and Saturday at 12 a.m. ET
Final Round - Saturday at 11 p.m. ET and Sunday at 12 a.m. ET
You can catch all the weekend games on Golf Channel.
Grand Slam of Curling Masters
The roaring game has begun as the Grand Slam of Curling Masters in Oakville, Ont. started Tuesday. Canadian Kerri Einarson and her team were in a tight one against Team Wranå, needing an extra end to advance to the next draw on opening day. Next, they beat Team E. Kim 5-3. In Draw 9, Team Einarson took down Team Fujisawa 8-5.
Another Canadian, Rachel Homan from Ottawa, also advanced to the next draw after a 6-5 victory on opening day. Team Homan went on to beat Team Fleury 6-5 in their next game. Yesterday, Homan and the squad faced off against Team Peterson, beating them 7-5.
🥌 Games this weekend:
Women’s Triple Knockouts - Friday at 3 p.m. ET
Women’s Quarterfinals - Saturday at 4 p.m. ET
Women’s Semifinals - Saturday at 8 p.m. ET
Women’s Final - Sunday at 12 p.m. ET
A quick look back: WNBA Champs, Indian Wells Final, Speed Skating
We can’t not talk about the awesome results from last week. How amazing was all of that women’s sports action? I know… SUPER AMAZING! Here’s a results recap for you.
WNBA: After an incredible series against Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury, the 2021 WNBA champs are the Chicago Sky defeating Phoenix 80-74 in Game 4. This is the franchise’s first championship. Kahleah Copper earned Finals MVP. Late in the game, Courtney Vandersloot helped seal the victory, scoring in the lane nearing the end of regulation, and at that point, it was OVER. The Sky celebrated with a championship parade this week in the Windy City.
Candace Parker’s legacy came full circle winning the championship with her hometown team. She left the LA Sparks after 13 seasons and proved her worth at home with another team. Parker had some tear-jerking, heart-warming, and incredibly powerful words to share at the press conference post game. 👇
Not to mention there was this special moment of Parker’s daughter, Lailaa, sprinting to her mother after the final buzzer sounded:
🥺 I’m not crying… You are.
(FYI - WNBA Finals viewership increased by 63 per cent, according to ESPN. This was the most viewed Finals since 2017. That’s what I like to hear!)
Indian Wells Finals: A first-time tournament champion was also produced in tennis when Paula Badosa edged Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-6 (2) in her Indian Wells debut. She joined Canadian Bianca Andreescu (2019) and Serena Williams (1999) as winners of the title in their first appearance.
Badosa is having herself a year! This was her second career title. She won in Belgrade earlier in 2021. BTW, the match was a good one - it went on for THREE hours!
Canadian Long Track Speed Skating Championships: Ivanie Blondin was off to a rocky start, but finished off in golden form to win the national championship in the 1,500-metre event. The Ottawa native finished with a time of 1:54.64. Blondin is among the seven speed skaters preselected to the Canadian World Cup team.
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