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There’s been no shortage of stunning playoff action and head-shaking misogyny since our last chat, so without further ado, let’s dive into the madness.

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Quote There is a big difference between an opinion and dehumanizing hateful speech.
NBC Sports Boston anchor Trenni Casey smiles.

— NBC Sports Boston anchor Trenni Casey, commenting on the smallest man who ever lived Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker’s recent sexist comments. Sources say he’s still in the kitchen.

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PWHL Finals

🏒 You get a goal, you get a goal, you get a goal

PWHL Boston celebrates after scoring a goal
Source: Steve Senne/AP

The GIST: And they’re off — the puck dropped on the inaugural PWHL Finals last night, with No. 3 Boston taking an early series lead over No. 4 Minnesota in the best-of-five championship action. Just getting started.

Unexpectedly high-scoring Game 1: Billed as a battle between two goalies at the top of their game, Game 1 turned out to be a scoring fest that included a flurry of five goals in nine minutes during the second period, with Boston winning 4–3 after both teams traded genos.

  • One of those goals, the eventual game-winner, belonged to defender Jess Healey, who went from Boston’s last pick in the inaugural draft to their Game 1 hero. Any given Sunday.
  • On the other side, Minnesota’s Taylor Heise notched two goals and an assist, giving her an impressive five points in her last four games.

Previewing Game 2, tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET: The series stays in Boston for Game 2, where the home team will try to remain undefeated in the postseason. After the abundance of scoring in Game 1, both standout goalies (Aerin Frankel for Boston and Maddie Rooney for Minnesota) should settle in, but if this postseason has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected.

NBA Playoffs

🏀 Hitting ’em hard and soft

Minnesota Timberwolves Anthony Edwards passes the ball.
Source: C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images

The GIST: Heart rates soaring and Stephen A. Smith memes flying — there’s truly nothing like Game 7 Sundays. With history made and the Conference Finals now set, here’s how it happened.

Minnesota Timberwolves upset defending champion Denver Nuggets: After trailing by as many as 20 points, the Wolves stormed back to win Game 7 98–90 and knock MVP Nikola Jokić’s Nuggets out of the playoffs. Minnesota’s comeback was propelled by the explosive confidence of Anthony Edwards and the Wolves’ rock-solid defense, which shut down an exhausted Joker.

  • For the first time since 2004 (aka the same year Kelly Clarkson released Since U Been Gone), the Wolves are so moving on to the Western Conference Finals, facing Luka Dončić’s Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

Indiana Pacers shoot the lights out to eliminate NY Knicks: The Pacers fought back from a 3–2 series deficit to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals (ECF), capping off the comeback with yesterday’s 130–109 Game 7 win over the injury-plagued Knicks.

  • NY notably lost their fearless leader, Jalen Brunson, to an injury in the second half, and Indy shot a playoff record-setting 67.1% from the floor, with all five starters contributing at least 17 points. Teamwork makes the dream work.

ECF tips off tomorrow: Back in the ECF for the first time since 2014, the Pacers face the intimidating Boston Celtics in Beantown at 8 p.m. ET. The well-rested Cs have considerably more postseason experience than the Pacers after qualifying for six of the last eight ECF, but Indy boasts a fully healthy roster and played well against Boston in the regular season. It’s anyone’s ball game.

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Quick Hits

🏒 Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers face off for a trip to the Western Conference Final

Before the NY Rangers and Florida Panthers drop the puck on the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday, the Pacific Division rivals (and only remaining Canadian teams) will battle it out from Vancity in Game 7 tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

  • It’s been a high-scoring series thus far, and with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid back to his Hart Trophy–playing ways and a Western Conference Final date with the Dallas Stars on the line, expect plenty more fireworks in this one. Puck yeah.

🏌️ Xander Schauffele wins first career major at the PGA Championship

The Olympic gold medallist finally has a major title. Schauffele led the field from day one, finished with the lowest score ever in a major championship, and birdied the final hole to finish just ahead of LIV golfer and former US Open champion, Bryson DeChambeau. Talk about clutch.

  • Off the links, ICYMI, world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler was arrested after a traffic incident while trying to enter Valhalla Golf Club on Friday morning. He was released hours later and continued to play, where he finished tied for eighth place.

⛳ World No. 1 Nelly Korda claims sixth 2024 title at the Mizuho Americas Open

Amid a rash of illness and injury at this weekend’s tourney, the 25-year-old American stayed strong, holding off Australia’s Hannah Green by one stroke to earn her sixth win in seven starts and become the first LPGA golfer since 2013 to win six times in one year. Incredible.

♠️ The WNBA investigates Las Vegas Aces’ sponsorship deal with Vegas tourism authority

The league is investigating news that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority will provide each Aces player with a $100K annual sponsorship for the next two seasons.

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👏 NJ/NY Gotham FC captain Lynn Williams is now the NWSL’s all-time leading scorer after tallying her 79th career goal in yesterday’s 2–1 win over the Chicago Red Stars. More than an okay time.

⚽ Chelsea routed Manchester United 6–0 on Saturday to win their fifth consecutive Women’s Super League title, sending incoming USWNT head coach Emma Hayes out on top. Happy tears.

🤸 Simone Biles is as golden as ever. She won the Core Hydration Classic all-around title on Saturday, performing three eponymous skills in her first competition since winning a record-setting sixth all-around world title last October.

🎾 World No. 1 Iga Świątek topped No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets to win the Italian Open on Saturday, reasserting her clay-court dominance as she aims to defend her title at the upcoming French Open.

🎓🥎 After a weekend of raucous regionals, the 64-team NCAA softball field has been whittled to 16 before Super Regionals begin later this week. Nothing soft about it.

🎓🥍 And then there were four. No. 1 Northwestern, No. 2 Boston College, No. 3 Syracuse, and unranked Florida make up the four-team field heading into this Friday’s NCAA women’s lacrosse national tourney semifinals.

🏎️ Red Bull’s Max Verstappen held off McLaren’s Lando Norris to win the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix by 0.7 seconds yesterday, Verstappen’s fifth win in seven races this season. Simply unstoppable.

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Sunday Scroll: Strong like a mother

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