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From The GIST Team

It’s gonna be May!

New month, same…sausage? ICYMI: The Minnesota Twins are on a nine-game win streak thanks to their trusty, days-old rally sausage. And with that, let’s relish in today’s news.

Quote of The Day
Quote It's all the isms, that's really where I've landed. Racism, sexism, there's homophobia. I think a lot of times, the WNBA never really had a chance because of all of those things…It's not the simplest answer, but in some ways, it's really that simple.
Sue Bird looks on seriously.

— WNBA legend and new Seattle Storm part owner, Sue Bird, on why the league is reaching new levels of popularity now, despite existing for 28 seasons. Calling it like it is.

The Latest
NBA Playoffs

🏀 New kids on the block

NY Knicks’ Jalen Brunson shrugs during the fourth quarter.
Source: Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

The GIST: For the first time since 2005, the second round of the playoffs does not feature LeBron James, Steph Curry or Kevin Durant. With two decades of dominance possibly in the rearview mirror, here’s a refresher on a few of the next gen hoopers lighting up the postseason. Consider the torch passed.

Eastern Conference (EC): Despite enormous efforts from their respective All-Stars Jalen Brunson and Tyrese Haliburton last night, the NY Knicks and Indiana Pacers are both still one win away from advancing to the EC semis. But even when their squads fall short, these two shine.

  • Through his three-point prowess and silky smooth assists, Brunson has transformed the Knicks into a bona fide title contender after a 51-year championship drought, while, thanks in part to fashion icon Haliburton, the Pacers are on their first playoff run since 2020.
  • Elsewhere, the Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum is gearing up for tonight’s 7:30 p.m. ET Game 5 against the Miami Heat and needs just one win to clinch his sixth conference semis berth in seven seasons. Dads do it better.

Western Conference (WC): With the aforementioned James’ status as an LA Laker apparently up in the air, the king of the WC is the defending champion Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokić — the 2023 NBA Finals MVP and undisputed triple-double legend.

  • Another player electrifying social media this postseason? The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards, whose slam dunks and smack talk are winning hearts and drawing serious eyes. A star on the rise.
NHL Playoffs

🏒 This challenge is on

Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes shoots the puck during the third period against the New York Islanders in Game Five of the First Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Source: Josh Lavallee/NHLI via Getty Images

The GIST: Somebody call Jeff Probst because teams are channeling their best outwit, outplay, outlast mentality as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue.

Who clinched: All up 3-1 heading into last night’s Game 5s, the Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche sealed the deal with wins over the NY Islanders and Winnipeg Jets, respectively. Consider those votes tallied.

  • But the Boston Bruins, who had clinching potential, were stunned by the shorthanded Toronto Maple Leafs as left winger Matthew Knies stepped up to secure a 2–1 Game 5 overtime win last night, forcing Game 6 back in The Six tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET.
  • The Florida Panthers, who eliminated the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, will just have to wait for their second round opponent.

Who’s knocking at the door: There are two big Western Conference matchups on deck tonight. The first is evened at two games apiece and anyone’s for the taking as the Dallas Stars host the reigning champion Vegas Golden Knights when the high-scoring series continues tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.

  • Elsewhere, the Edmonton Oilers (up 3-1) will aim to send the LA Kings packing when the Game 5 puck drops tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
  • And after losing Game 5 last night, the Vancouver Canucks (up 3-2) have another opportunity to close out their series against the Nashville Predators on Friday. Survivors, ready?
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Buzzer Beaters

⚽ The U.S. and Mexico dropped their joint bid to host the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Monday and are refocusing on developing a “more equitable” bid for 2031.

👀 Zambia’s women’s soccer team could be barred from competing at this year’s Paris Olympics amid money laundering allegations against their federation’s president. Despicable.

🎓🏀 New superteam, loading? After adding former Stanford standout Kiki Iriafen earlier this week, USC women’s basketball just got even better with the transfer of two-time All Pac-12 guard Talia von Oelhoffen from Oregon State.

🦵 FIFPRO, the global union for soccer players, has launched Project ACL, a three-year research project to investigate the possible causes of the knee injury epidemic plaguing the women’s game. About time.

🇮🇪 Irish footballer Sinead Farrelly retired from international play on Monday but will remain with NJ/NY Gotham FC. Farrelly returned to the pitch for club and country in 2023 following an eight-year hiatus after bravely sharing her story of abuse in the NWSL.

LA Angels superstar and current MLB home run leader Mike Trout will be sidelined indefinitely as he undergoes surgery to repair a torn meniscus, but there’s hope the three-time American League MVP will return this season. Fingers crossed. 

🎾 Former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal survived a memorable Madrid Open third-round match against Argentina’s Pedro Cachin on Monday but fell in yesterday’s Round of 16 — a strong outing, with his favorite Grand Slam, the French Open, starting in a few weeks.

  • Meanwhile, American No. 13 Taylor Fritz will face No. 22 Francisco Cerúndolo in today’s quarter-finals while his compatriot No. 20 Madison Keys clashes with No. 1 Iga Świątek in tomorrow’s semis.

🏒 PWHL Ottawa couldn’t clinch a playoff berth last night, losing 4–3 to NY, but Minnesota will be looking to firm up the four-team picture when they face first-place Toronto tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

🏆 The star-studded UEFA Champions League men’s semifinals kicked off with a 2–2 draw between Bayern and Real Madrid in yesterday’s Leg 1, with Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain set to kick off their semi today at 3 p.m. ET.

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The Kelce brothers. Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Kansas City Chiefs tight end (TE) Travis inked an extension that made him the highest-paid TE in NFL history while his recently retired brother Jason is expected to join ESPN as a broadcaster.

📚 What to read

Night Shift by Annie Crown. A basketball player and a bookworm meet their match in this month’s The GIST Book Club pick. Read with us on Fable today.

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Question of the Day

A new month means new sports on the horizon. Which May sporting event are you most looking forward to?

On Monday, we asked how many NBA teams you thought would advance to the second round by today. 29% voted correctly for two (Denver and OKC), 24% voted three, 22% voted all four, 14% voted one, and 11% voted none.

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