And the beat goes on
The GIST: Mediation over the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the US women’s soccer team (USWNT) against the US Soccer Federation (USSF) broke down late last week. *insert exasperated sigh here*
Quick, remind me about the lawsuit: Poetically filed on International Women’s Day in March, the lawsuit alleges pay disparity and unequal playing and training conditions and resources between the USWNT and their male counterparts. Refresh your memory on the case here.
What is the USWNT team saying? What about the USSF?: They’re saying opposite things, which is part of the problem. While few details about the mediation talks have been made public, USWNT striker Christen Press had a few things to say about it: “We were very hopeful...that [the USSF] were going to take our proposals and our positions seriously, which is simply that every game that we play, we get compensated the same way a man would for playing or winning that game. And it broke down right there.”
Meanwhile, the USSF said that the USWNT took an “aggressive and ultimately unproductive approach that follows months of presenting misleading information to the public.”
So we have ourselves a she said, he said?:Kind of. And unfortunately, as far as we know, no further talks have been scheduled and it seems like mediation has stopped altogether. It appears this one is headed to the courts. Someone callJessica Pearson, stat.
Green, green grass of home
The GIST: Get your golf claps ready, because the CP Women’s Open golf tournament starts today! The LPGA’s top stars are at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, ON, for Canada’s national championship, and all eyes are on last year’s champ, Brooke Henderson.
Last year, Henderson, of Smiths Falls, ON, became only the second Canadian to ever win the tournament and the first since it became a recognized LPGA event in 1973. Read more about Canada’s best golfer of all time (no, seriously) in our GIST spotlight.
Yeah, you read that right. Liu, who’s from Vancouver, will be the youngest player to ever compete in the CP Women’s Open. And then next week, she’ll start grade 8. Meanwhile, her best friends are just coming home from sleepover camp.
Three days of practice rounds start today, and round one of official play starts on Thursday. If you’re looking to enjoy the action in person, you can purchase your tickets here.
Speaking of golf, how are the guys doing?: The PGA playoffs continued this past weekend with the BMW Championship. The world’s top 70 golfers met at Medinah Country Club in Illinois, for the second of three playoff events, with 26-year-old American Justin Thomas winning it all.
The top 30 golfers in the FedExCup rankings will now move on to this coming weekend’s final PGA playoff event: The TOUR Championship. As you can imagine, this tournament is a BFD, and among the contenders is 23rd-ranked Corey Conners, Canada’s only competitor.
Who’s notably missing? Tiger Woods, who finished in the 38th spot. We guess the cat could stay away.
That one had to hurt
The GIST: Last week, LA Lakers big man DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins suffered a season-ending, and maybe even career-ending, ACL tear during a pre-season practice scrimmage. His injury comes just six weeks after he signed a one-year deal with the Lakers. Yikes.
Remind me, who’s Boogie?: Once upon a time, Cousins was a BFD in the NBA. Selected fifth overall in the 2010 NBA Draft, Cousins was a three-time NBA All-Star. But this is his third leg injury in just a year and a half (first rupturing his Achilles tendon in January 2018), and his star power has greatly suffered since.
Last summer, he signed a one year deal with the Golden State Warriors (aka the team our Toronto Raptors beat in the NBA Finals), despite his inability to play at the start of the season. He came back from his Achilles injury in January 2019 and played just 30 games. He then tore his quadriceps tendon in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The guy just can’t catch a break.
Is this the last we’ll see of him?: Unfortunately, it’s looking like it. With his latest injury, this could be the end of Boogie Cousins (and maybe the end of the Lakers’ run to the Finals?) as we know it. Given that Boogie has matured from his old and angry self over the past couple years, we’re pretty sad about this one.
Meanwhile, in Australia: The FIBA Basketball World Cup starts on August 31 in China, so our Canadian men’s senior basketball team is currently playing in the land down under to warm up for the big show. And despite losing about half their roster before leaving for Oz, they’re actually playing pretty well.
Canada went 1-1 in exhibition games against Australia, who they’ll face on September 1st in the group stage of the World Cup. Not great, but not bad.
Team Canada will now go on to play two games against New Zealand before facing off against the United States in another two exhibition showdowns. Team USA is, as always, the heavy favourite to win the World Cup.
Besides the obvious, why is the World Cup a big deal?: Because it’s a qualifier for next year’s Summer Olympics, meaning that Canada will need to finish in the top two in their region (FIBA Americas) in order to qualify. Not, not nervous.
What, like it's hard?
The GIST: The WNBA has just three more weeks left of the regular season, and playoff spots are still up for grabs.
Last year’s WNBA Finals runner-up, the Washington Mystics, earned the first playoff spot on Friday night, with an 86–79 win over the Minnesota Lynx. With eight games left to play, this is the earliest playoff clinch in Washington’s franchise history. How...mystical.
The Connecticut Sun punched their ticket to the postseason this weekend, as well, leaving just six playoff spots for the remaining 10 teams.
Canadian basketball superstar Kia Nurse and her team, the New York Liberty, are currently in 11th place, but have nine regular-season games left to play. At this point, no team (not even the last-place Atlanta Dream) is out of contention, meaning the next three weeks are going to be intense. We are SO here for it.
What's up this week
Tuesday to Thursday: The Blue Jays are playing a three-game series against the LA Dodgers. Fan (and GIST) favourite third-baseman Vladdy Guerrero Jr. may be out of the lineup for a few days thanks to a swollen knee, so rookie shortstop Bo “The Flow” Bichettewill just have to double up on hits in his absence. We think he can do it.
Speaking of baseball, the Little League World Series is on. And guess what? For the first time since 2014, a girl is playing in the tournament. And guess what else? She, to no one’s surprise, is killing it. Maddy Freking’s Midwest team takes on the Southwest tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
The CP Women’s Open golf tournament has officially begun, and luckily for you, there are some tickets left to purchase! This LPGA tournament is being held at the Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario (a short GO-train away, or if you’re driving, multiple parking lots with shuttle service), from today until the 25th. It’s likely your last chance this summer to see the pro golfer with the most wins in Canadian history — yes we’re talking Brooke Henderson — in her element LIVE and on home soil, defending her championship. Amazing.
So, be sure to buy your tickets to be part of the fun. Tickets start at $20. Purchase your tickets here!
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