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From The GIST Team

Good morning!

And happy Marathon Monday to those hitting the pavement in Boston today. The NBA postseason is almost off to the races itself, so keep an eye on your inbox for a preview before the Play-In Tournament tips off tomorrow.

  • Now, take a break from consuming Coachella content and dig into everything else that went down during this jam-packed sports weekend.
Quote of The Day
Quote I love you. I’m coming home.
Scottie Scheffler looks on after a drive.

— World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler to his nine-months pregnant wife, Meredith, after winning his second Masters yesterday. Time to grab that green jacket and go.

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The Masters

⛳ Everyday he’s shufflin’

Scottie Scheffler of the United States poses with the Masters trophy after winning the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club
Source: Warren Little/Getty Images

The GIST: After wild and windy conditions took over the first two rounds at the 88th Masters, World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler blew the field away to win his second green jacket in three years.

How Scottie did it: He’s the best in the world for a reason. The 27-year-old came into the prestigious major having won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players Championship in March, and despite going into yesterday’s final round with just a one-shot lead, the dad-to-be kept his eyes on the prize.

  • There were four players tied for the top spot early in the final round, but Scheffler recorded birdies in six of his last eleven holes to win by four strokes, becoming the second player ever to win the Masters and The Players Championship in the same year.
  • The other one? Five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods.

Zooming out: Speaking of Woods, he set all sorts of (good and bad) records this weekend. As for the rest of the field, eight of the 13 LIV golfers made the cut on Friday to play through the weekend, and in his Masters and major tournament debut, world No. 9 Swede Ludvig Åberg finished in second place at seven-under-par.

  • For all the drama that’s taken place on and off the course, the game appears to be in good hands.
WNBA Draft

🏀 They’re the kids in America (woah)

Angel Reese, Caitlin Clark, Cameron Brink, and Kamilla Cardoso in their college basketball uniforms.
Source: ClutchPoints

The GIST: Iowa’s Caitlin Clark officially turns pro today, as the comedian college hoops phenom and thirty-five other standout players will be selected to the WNBA during tonight’s sold-out 7 p.m. ET draft. Time to roll out the orange carpet.

How the draft works: There are three rounds with 12 picks each. The first four picks were determined by December’s draft lottery, featuring the teams who missed last season’s playoffs, with the Indiana Fever winning the coveted top spot.

  • From there, the remaining eight teams were ordered from worst to best record, though offseason trades shifted things around, leaving three franchises with multiple first-round picks.

The top prospects: The Fever are all but guaranteed to use the first pick on Clark, teaming her up with 2023’s only rookie All-Star and No. 1 pick, Aliyah Boston. Sparks are flying in Indianapolis.

  • But this draft class is stacked far beyond Clark. Either South Carolina champion Kamilla Cardoso or Stanford’s defensive machine Cameron Brink are expected to go No. 2 to the rebuilding LA Sparks. One extra tall girlie, coming right up.
  • Meanwhile, Tennessee’s standout shooter Rickea Jackson and UConn’s post powerhouse Aaliyah Edwards are highly coveted players, along with LSU Bayou Barbie, Angel Reese.

Zooming out: But with just 144 roster spots available, not every player drafted will actually be playing come May’s season start. Tonight marks an exciting first step, but as Phoenix Mercury legend Diana Taurasi said, reality is coming for these college superstars. Pop that corn.

IIHF Women’s World Championships

🏒 The thrill of the fight

Team Canada poses with gold medal and trophy after winning WWHC
Source: The Canadian Price/Christinne Muschi via X

The GIST: After losing the IIHF World Championship (WWHC) at home to Team USA last April, Canada returned the favor last night, defeating the Americans 6–5 in overtime to win their 13th World Championship. The greatest rivalry in sports lives on.

How it happened: Sixty minutes wasn’t enough to settle the score, with the teams going tit-for-tat to a 5–5 score through three periods. Canada’s captain clutch Marie-Philip Poulin — who hadn’t scored all tourney — peaked at the right time, notching two, with Team USA’s Hilary Knight (who’s now the most decorated WWHC athlete) willing her team to fight until the end.

  • But it was Canada’s Danielle Serdachny who scored the game-winner during the 3x3 overtime, taking advantage of the power play to put home the golden goal.

Looking ahead: It’s only up from here for women’s hockey. USA Hockey recently reported that for the first time ever, over 100K women are registered to play across the country.

  • And for the first time in five years, instead of waiting for the next WWHC or Olympics to face off against each other, the national team players will return to their respective pro teams in the PWHL.
  • After an international break, the PWHL is in its final stretch of the regular season before the playoffs begin the week of May 6th. Only up from here.
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Top players in Brazilian women’s club soccer, who covered their mouths in response to Santos head coach Kleiton Lima’s return after 19 players accused him of bullying and harassment.

🎧 What to listen to

This episode of ESPN Daily. March Madness may be over, but the hype around the fashion displayed all tournament sure isn’t.

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Fun and Games

Question of the Day

Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews is just one goal away from becoming the 15th player in NHL history to score 70 goals in the season. With just two games remaining on the Buds’ schedule, do you think the Arizona kid will make history?

On Friday, we asked what sporting event from the weekend you’ll be following closely. 30% voted for The Masters, 22% voted for the NWSL, 19% voted for the IIHF Women’s World Championships, 15% voted for the NBA, and 13% voted for the NHL.

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