The GIST’s Quote of the Week

“We’re crazy; that’s what makes us special.”
— Megan Rapinoe (pronounced RAP-EEE-NO) — striker for Team USA, winner of the FIFA Women’s World Cup’s Golden Boot and Golden Ball (awarded to the top goal scorer and best player of the tournament, respectively) and one half of America’s ultimate power couple — reminding us to dream crazier.

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Noddin' my head like yeah, movin' my hips like yeah

The GIST: It’s a party week in the USA. Independence Day? Check. Kawhi to LA? Check (and more on that later). Winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup for a record-setting fourth time? Check.
 
Tell me more, tell me more: No. 1 ranked Team USA won the World Cup 2–0 over the No. 8 Netherlands in a dominating performance yesterday. 

  • Despite the Netherlands being the only team all tournament that kept the USA off the score sheet in the first half, they couldn’t keep it that way for long. In the 61st minute of the 2nd half, the US was awarded a penalty kick after Alex Morgan took a high boot to the chest. Megan Rapinoe took the shot and, in classic Rapinoe fashion, nailed it. So clutch.

  • Since everyone agrees that penalty kicks are the worst way to win a game, up-and-comer Rose Lavelle scored in the 69th minute, securing the Americans’ win.

  • And we have to give a shout-out to the Netherlands keeper, Sari Van Veenendaal. Without some of her miraculous saves, this game could have easily been a blowout.

Stay gold, Ponyboy:It was an amazing tournament for American Rapinoe who won the Golden Boot, which goes to the tournament’s top scorer, and the Golden Ball, given to the tournament’s MVP. Her outspoken nature has also won her a legion of new fans over the past month (though we don’t suspectDonald Trumpis one of them). Get it, girl.

The bigger picture:No matter who you were cheering for, this tournament was a win for women’s soccer. FIFA estimates that the combined 64 matches over the past month will have reached1 billion viewersin total. Heck yes.

  • But FIFA did a weird thing: they scheduled three finals matches yesterday. Along with the biggest match of the Women’s World Cup, they also booked the Copa America and the CONCACAF Gold Cup final matches, the latter of which featured the American men’s team. Apparently, triple-booking July 7th was a “clerical error,” but Rapinoe was not having it. She called it a “ridiculous and disappointing” distraction, and we couldn’t agree with her more.

  • Still, with a new viewership record and sales of women’s soccer jerseys at an all-time high, female soccer players continue to prove that they can kick it with the boys. Take a minute to read this CBC article, featuring our co-founder Ellen, on how apparel sales and fandom will hopefully affect pay equity.

What now?: We know — it’s so sad that the World Cup is over. But don’t fret. The countdown to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is on, and you better believe the support for women’s soccer is going to be bigger and better than ever.

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And now the watch has ended

The GIST: #KawhiWatch is officially over, and we can’t say we’re happy about it. After what seemed like a century of waiting (it was only three weeks), Kawhi Leonard made his decision and signed with the LA Clippers. Welp.

  • He’s the first player to join a new team after winning the NBA Finals MVP. That stat stings, doesn’t it?

He’s going home: Kawhi is a fun guy, board man and California kid. Born and raised in LA, there was a lot of speculation that Kawhi wanted to get back to his “SoCal” roots. We all just hoped that over the last year he’d fallen in love with Canada and would re-sign with the Toronto Raptors.

  • Very early on Saturday morning, news leaked that Kawhi would join the Clippers, signing a 4 year, $142 million max contract. And he’s not alone. Superstar Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder (aka OKC) also signed with the Clippers. And just like that, the Clips are the favourite to win next season’s NBA Championship.

You lose some, you win lose some: Leonard won’t be the Raptors’ only loss this offseason: three-point king Danny Green is also heading to LA, but he’ll be joining the Lakers. Has no one told these guys about the earthquakes?

So, what’s Toronto going to do?: That’s the million dollar question. So far, the biggest name to help fill the gap on the Raps roster (and maybe, one day, the gap in our hearts) is Stanley Johnson. The former 8th overall pick is a big talent but doesn’t have much to show for it…yet. Coach Nurse (and president Masai Ujiri) have some work to do if they want to bring home the trophy next year.

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Would you like a spot of tea?

The GIST: Week one of the most prestigious grand slam tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon, has officially come to a close. Here’s #thegist:

Who’s still in?: The usual suspects: Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Ashleigh Barty, Novak Djokovic (pronounced JOKE-OH-VITCH), Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

  • And a few unexpected faces, including 15-year-old American Coco Gauff (who we are literally obsessed with).

Who’s out?: We’ve lost some good ones along the way: defending Wimbledon champ Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Kevin Anderson and Stan Wawrinka were all eliminated in the third round.

  • And all Canadians except for Milos Raonic (pronounced ME-LOSH RAU-NITCH) in singles and Gaby Dabrowski in doubles are out. These two are Canada’s only remaining hope and play in the round of 16 today at 9:15 a.m. ET and 6 a.m. ET, respectively. Go Canada go!

Anything else I should know?: Actually, yes. The least anticipated category of play at Wimbledon is usually mixed doubles…until now. In an unusual but super hyped twist, 23-time grand slam winner Serena Williams (yes, she’s still competing in singles) and three-time winner Andy Murray, who apparently isn’t retiring after all, joined forces and played their first match as doubles partners on Saturday.

  • They took their first match against unseeded Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi, 6–4, 6–1. And in true superstar fashion, the pair now has their own celeb couple name: SerAndy. How…creative?

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Quickies

Let’s go to the beach beach, let’s go get away: This weekend, Canadian duo Sarah Pavan (of Kitchener) and Melissa Humana-Paredes (of Toronto) beat Americans April Ross and Alexandra Klineman 2–0 to win the World Beach Volleyball Championship! Yasss Queens. This is Canada’s first-ever world beach volleyball championship win. The win also cemented the pair a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Tour de France: Cycling’s biggest race started on Saturday in…not France? The first two stages had the cyclists touring through Belgium, but they’ll cross the French border today. Watch out for Ottawa native Mike Woods as he makes his Tour debut. Want to know more? Click here.

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What's Up This Week

Monday: Just like a regular muggle, Wimbledon needs some rest and relaxation, so they take a day off. It’s called Middle Sunday.

  • As fans, the great thing about Middle Sunday is that it leads to a jam-packed Monday. Today will feature the big three men (Djokovic, Federer and Nadal), 15-year-old phenom Coco Gauff, Brit Johanna Konta and the legend herself, Serena Williams. We suggest you call in sick to work today.

Monday continued: The MLB is taking a week off from its regularly scheduled programming because it’s All-Star week! The festivities kick off today in Cleveland with the Home Run Derby (a home-run hitting contest with $2.5M in prizes on the line).

  • Rookie Vlad Guerrero Jr. will be repping the Toronto Blue Jays at the Derby. Incredible.

Tuesday: On Tuesday, it’s time for the MLB All-Star game, where the best of the National League and the best of the American League square off at 7:30 p.m. ET.

  • Marcus Stroman was supposed to represent our Jays, but had to pull out as he’s battling a pectoral injury. That means no Jays are in the All-Star game…probably fair considering their 34-57 record.