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Finally Friday!

From Mercury entering retrograde to a torrent of troubling sports news, it’s been a wild week, to say the least. But we want to end it on a high note: Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of our college sports newsletter (!!!) and we’re celebrating by giving 10 lucky subscribers an item of their choice from The GIST’s merch shop.

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Optimism is Ohtani's choice. The last time he was at this juncture, he returned and evolved into the greatest baseball player anyone has seen. Doubt him at your peril.

Shohei Ohtani looking at hit during MLB game

— ESPN baseball reporter Jeff Passan, waxing poetic after the news that LA Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani tore a ligament in his elbow and won’t pitch again this season, but will still hit.

  • Ohtani was expected to garner big bucks when he entered free agency at the end of the season, but this elbow injury (which could result in his second Tommy John surgery since 2018) throws a multi-million dollar curveball in his potential earnings. Fingers crossed the Drake curse has run its course.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup

😡 Expect the unexpected

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Content warning: This section contains mention of sexual misconduct.

The GIST: Amid repeated calls for his resignation after he forcibly kissed Spain’s captain Jenni Hermoso as she accepted her FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC) medal on Sunday, Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales announced early this morning that he is not stepping down, insteading vowing to fight for his post. You can’t make this sh!t up.

The no-background: Following swift backlash to the kiss (among other lewd gestures), Rubiales released a bullsh!t “apology” earlier this week, apparently eager to brush all criticism aside and ignore the calls for his removal, even as Hermoso herself urged action.

The latest: Still, in an impassioned speech at today’s RFEF extraordinary general assembly, Rubiales said the kiss was “mutual and with consent.” He shared that he would not be forced out of his role due to a “witch hunt” and “false feminism” and called the last five days a “social assassination” of his character.

  • Not only that, but Rubiales doubled down on backing Spain’s controversial women’s national team head coach, Jorge Vilda, reportedly offering him a four-year contract extension and increasing his salary to half a million Euros next year.

The pattern: Unfortunately, women’s soccer and misogyny go hand in hand. In the past year alone, an investigation uncovered widespread misconduct within the NWSL, CanWNT played under protest as they fought for equal treatment from their federation, and Zambia’s head coach was accused of sexual misconduct by his players.

  • And after all that, last week, FIFA president Gianni Infantino had the audacity to say that the onus is on female footballers to “convince us, men, what we have to do” when speaking about equality in the game.

Zooming out: Women's soccer has never been more popular, yet players are still fighting for protection on the field, in the locker rooms, and even in moments of glory. When will it end?

US Gymnastics Championships

🤸 All roads lead to Paris

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The GIST: Say bonjour to your weekend plans because the 2023 US Gymnastics Championships are officially underway, with Olympic hopefuls looking to impress in San Jose, CA.

  • This is the last meet before the five-woman and five-man rosters drop for the world championships in October, where spots in the Paris 2024 Olympics are on the line.

Simone Biles: After taking a nearly two-year hiatus following her battle with “the twisties” at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Biles was back like she never left at the U.S. Classic earlier this month, dominating her way to the all-around title.

  • So it’s no surprise Biles is again the favorite heading into the weekend. A win would make her the oldest U.S. women’s all-around champion and the first gymnast — woman or man — to win eight U.S. all-around titles. They don’t call her the GOAT for nothing.

Other gymnasts to watch: Fellow Olympic all-around champion Suni Lee headlines the field alongside Biles, with Olympic medalists Jade Carey and Jordan Chiles rounding out the star-studded lineup. As for the men, two-time reigning champ Brody Malone is out with injury, leaving Asher Hong and last year’s runner-up Donnell Whittenburg as the ones to watch.

  • The men started the party last night, but it’ll be a GNO when the women’s action begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Peacock, with the fun continuing through the weekend. Flippin’ stoked.
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Lionel Messi continues to tear through the American soccer scene — his Inter Miami CF squad booked a spot in next month’s US Open Cup final. Now see what Leo will do in his first regular-season MLS game, tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET against the NY Red Bulls.

🏒 Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews just got paid. The standout center signed a four-year, $53M extension on Wednesday, making him the highest paid player in NHL history.

🍁 After one round of play at the CPKC Women’s Open hosted in Vancouver, Japan’s Yuka Saso leads the field at 6-under par, while American Rose Zhang sits tied for third.

Americans Collin Morikawa and Keegan Bradley and Norway’s Viktor Hovland are in a three-way tie for first after yesterday’s opening round at the Tour Championship in Georgia.

Oft-injured Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg announced his retirement from pro baseball yesterday. The former No. 1 overall draft pick will always be remembered for his electric start in the bigs and his 2019 World Series MVP performance.

🏅 On Wednesday, American Katie Moon and Australian Nina Kennedy agreed to share the pole vault gold medal at the World Athletics Championship after more than two hours of back-and-forth competition. Sharing is caring.

Weekend Watching

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🏀 FIBA World Cup: USA vs. New Zealand — Tomorrow at 8:40 a.m. ET — ESPN2

  • The tourney favorite red, white, and blue boys begin their quest to avenge their seventh-place 2019 World Cup finish as Olympic qualifying action tips off in Manila.

🎓🏈 NCAA football: No. 13 Notre Dame vs. Navy — Tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. ET — NBC

  • The No. 13 Fighting Irish fittingly kick off Week 0 action over in Dublin, Ireland, taking on the unranked Midshipmen. Hut, hut, hike.

LLWS US Championship: Texas vs. California — Tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET — ESPN

  • It all comes down to this. Only one American team can advance to Sunday’s Little League World Series final and it’ll be either the All-Stars from the Lone Star State or the youngsters from the City of Angels.

🏎️ F1: Dutch Grand Prix — Sunday at 9 a.m. ET — ESPN

  • The paddocks are reopening after a month-long break — can anyone stop Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in his home country race?

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Women’s World Cup goalkeeper shirts. After England’s keeper Mary Earps gave Nike an earful for the company’s lack of goalie merch, kits for the USWNT, England, France, and the Netherlands will be available for purchase soon. About damn time.

📺 What to watch

The Real Housewives of Miami. The ladies of South Beach are at it again, but this season includes former tennis pro Martina Navratilova, the partner of the first openly queer housewife, Julia Lemigova. Love to see it.

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