The GIST - Chasing the crown

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Morning!

Still crying after USWNT legend Julie Ertz’s final match for the red, white, and blue last night? Same. But good thing we stocked up on tissues, because fellow superstar Megan Rapinoe will don the crest one last time as the squad’s friendlies continue against South Africa on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET. *sniffs*

  • Until then, distract yourself from the tears with today’s sports news.

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I threw the ball in her court and told her, you know, ‘I’ve seen you rock the stage in Arrowhead, you might have to see me rock the stage in Arrowhead and see which one’s  a little more lit.’

— Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, adding fuel to the Taylor Swift romance rumor fire and confirming that he’s invited Miss Tay to see him play at his home stadium. Maybe they really are a fresh page on the desk, filling in the blanks as they go.

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Solheim Cup

⛳ The Super Bowl of women’s golf

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The GIST: The Solheim Cup — one of golf’s most anticipated tourneys — is officially underway in Spain, with Team USA and Team Europe swinging for glory in this unique team competition. Let’s tee up all the deets.

The details: The Solheim features 12 of the best players from the Ladies European Tour contending with the 12 top U.S. golfers from the Ladies Professional Golf Association across a three-day match-play competition. The first two days (the first of which is currently underway) consist of foursome and four-ball matches, while the final day is entirely singles matches with players from each team competing one-on-one.

  • Adding to the hype, the Solheim only happens once every two years. Team USA holds a narrow all-time 10-7 edge in wins, but Europe has dominated recently and will be going for a three-peat this year. Spicy.

Names to know: For starters, the three newest friends of The GIST: Team USA captain Stacy Lewis, world No. 2 Lilia Vu, and No. 3 Nelly Korda, who joined The GIST of It podcast ahead of the tourney start. Vu’s one of five Solheim rookies on the squad, while Korda will be making her third appearance.

  • Another U.S. rookie to know? No. 32 Rose Zhang, the 20-year-old breakout star who’ll be looking to add Solheim Cup champion to her already impressive resume.
  • As for Team Europe, keep an eye on France’s No. 5 Céline Boutier, who notched her first major win this year, and vice captain Anna Nordqvist of Sweden, who’ll be playing in her field-leading eighth Solheim. This is far from her first rodeo.
WNBA semifinals

🏀 Chasing the crown

Source: Women’s Hoopz/X

The GIST: The WNBA semifinals are officially locked in, with the top four seeds advancing to the best-of-five series, which tip off on Sunday. The more hoops, the better.

No. 3 Connecticut Sun vs. No. 2 NY Liberty — Sunday at 1 p.m. ET: It took all three first-round games, but the Sun are through to their fifth consecutive semis after beating the No. 6 Minnesota Lynx 90–75 on Wednesday.

  • Meanwhile, NY has balled out in true superteam fashion this postseason, with high-profile players, including former Sun star Jonquel Jones, surging at the perfect time. The commuter rivalry is just heating up.

No. 4 Dallas Wings vs. No. 1 Las Vegas Aces — Sunday at 5 p.m. ET: Don’t sleep on the Wings, the only team to beat the Sun, Libs, and Aces this year on the back of newly named Most Improved Player, Satou Sabally.

  • That said, Vegas went 3-1 against Dallas this regular season, with reigning Defensive Player of the Year (not to mention MVP) A’ja Wilson shutting down the Wings’ absurdly tall and talented offense.
  • What’s more, the title-defending Aces have experience and a full week of rest on their side, a big advantage over the Wings, who are making their first semis appearance since 2009.
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Even if your squad’s playoff hopes are dashed, you can hold onto summer baseball vibes long after they hang up their cleats. Just close your eyes, crack open a Corona Premier, and bam — you're right back in the bleachers.

Weekend Watching

Source: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

MLB: Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers — Tonight at 8:05 p.m. ET — MLB TV

  • The wild wild American League West is living up to its name. With just half a game separating three teams in the division standings, this weekend’s three-game series between the current second- and third-place squads is must-see TV.

🎓🏈 NCAA football: No. 19 Colorado vs. No. 10 Oregon — Tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. ET — ABC

  • Head coach Deion Sanders and the Buffs will face their first true test of the season when they visit the rowdy Autzen Stadium in Eugene for a Top-25 Pac-12 showdown. Buckle up.

🏎️ F1: Japanese Grand Prix — Sunday at 1 a.m. ET — ESPN

🏈 NFL: Buffalo Bills vs. Washington Commanders — Sunday at 1 p.m. ET — CBS

  • Fight off the Sunday scaries with some football. Quarterback Josh Allen and the Bills will be looking to break down the Commanders’ strong defense as they hope to hand Washington their first loss of the season.

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📰 What to know

Content warning: This section contains mention of sexual assault.

Olympic bobsled medalist Aja Evans is suing her chiropractor, alleging that she was sexually assaulted while competing for Team USA. When will it end?

📺 What to watch

High School Musical, because why not? With school back in session, sing along to all your faves from the Disney classic. We’re all in this together.

🎃 How to prep for spooky season

By catching up on some of the most memorable Halloween sports moments. Tricks and treats.

📧 What to subscribe to

The Daily Skimm for all the details on the day's biggest stories. They filter out the noise in a well-rounded, fun read.

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Fall is right around the corner and, just like Lorelai Gilmore, we cannot contain our excitement for the season. On that note, what’s your fave way to get into the autumn spirit? Vote from the options below or reply to this email with your go-to traditions.

On Wednesday, we asked you who you think would win the winner-take-all game between the Connecticut Sun and Minnesota Lynx. 53% voted the Sun and 47% voted the Lynx. What a series.

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