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Good morning. No matter what, your team did better yesterday than the owners of the Ever Given cargo ship. Let’s get to it.
- Nathan
In today's Sprint:
⚽️  Continued dominance
👟  Dad shoes
🔥  Sprint's picks
Trivia: Who is the all-time leader in Champions League assists?
  1. Lionel Messi
  2. Kaka
  3. Andres Iniesta
  4. Cristiano Ronaldo

SOCCER
Wave the White Flag
Facing its toughest test since winning the 2019 World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team crushed France, the #3 team in the world.
United States 2 vs. France 0
  • Early goals from stars Alex Morgan and Meghan Rapinoe put the game out of reach. The U.S. outshot France 15 to 3.
The U.S. women are unbeaten in their last 39 matches. Their last loss? To France, all the way back in the pre-COVID era (2019).
UCL second leg
Sometimes you win but you really lose, and sometimes you lose but you really win.
On aggregate: For Champions League knockout stages, the combined “aggregate” score of the two legs (games) determines the winner. This means a team can lose the second leg and still win the round...which happened twice yesterday.
Bayern Munich 1 vs. PSG 0 - PSG win on aggregate 3-3 due to away goals
  • Neymar (Man of the Match) and co. held off a fantastic Bayern team to book PSG’s second straight trip to the Champions League semi finals.
  • Neymar just happened to celebrate in front of Joshua Kimmich, who previously said Bayern was the better team and would advance.
FC Porto 1 vs. Chelsea 0 - Chelsea win on aggregate 2-1
  • Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic was fouled 11 times. The last player to win 11 fouls in a UCL match? Lionel Messi in 2011.
  • Despite the loss, Porto scored the goal of the tourney with this ridiculous bicycle kick.
What’s on tap tomorrow?
Manchester City (2-1 on aggregate) at Borussia Dortmund - 3:00 ET on Paramount+
Real Madrid (3-1 on aggregate) at Liverpool - 3:00 ET on Paramount+

AROUND THE LEAGUES
He'll Be Back
Nuggets’ star Jamal Murray tore his ACL against the Warriors. It's a huge loss for Denver, a team that looked like legit contenders after trading for Aaron Gordon.
(38-18) LA Clippers 126 vs. (25-28) Indiana Pacers 115
  • Paul George (36 pts, 7 reb, 8 ast) is 4-0 against his former team and has topped the 30 point mark in each outing.
(34-21) LA Lakers 101 vs. (27-26) Charlotte Hornets 93
  • In an era where offense is king, the Lakers are hanging their hat on defense. They allow the second fewest points in the NBA (105.9).
Other top performer: Lu Dort (42 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast, 4 stl)
MLB
(6-5) Seattle Mariners 4 vs. (5-6) Baltimore Orioles 3 - 8 innings
  • Fun fact: Double headers in the MLB this season are 7 inning games, meaning the 8th inning was technically an “extra inning.”
(7-3) Boston Red Sox 4 vs. (5-5) Minnesota Twins 2
  • Rafael Devers blasted his fifth home run in four games, helping the Sox extend their win streak to seven games.
NHL
(28-11-5) Washington Capitals 6 vs. (19-17-6) Philadelphia Flyers 1
  • The Caps spread the wealth, scoring six goals by six different players. They took the solo lead atop the East division.
(22-12-6) Boston Bruins 3 vs. (10-25-7) Buffalo Sabres 2 - SO
  • The Bruins’ Kevan Miller put on a hockey boxing clinic as Taylor Hall led his new team to a win over his old team.

WATER COOLER TALK
He Said What?
🏀  Kevin Durant and Shannon Sharpe exchanged unpleasantries on Twitter over fake quotes and burner accounts.
👟  New Balance inked an apparel deal with Boston College, the company’s third college partnership, as it continues to shed the “Cool Dad” look.
🏈  The Washington Football Team signed basketball-to-tight end athlete Sammis Reyes, hoping to recapture the magic of Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez, and Jimmy Graham. Oh, he's ripped.
🏈  Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers players aren’t reporting to voluntary offseason workouts, citing increased Covid-19 positivity rates.
🎾  Teo Davidov, an ambidextrous young tennis player, hits both lefty and righty forehands, completely removing the dreaded backhand from his game.

SPRINT'S PICKS
Stat: Julian Edelman graduated middle school, high school, college, played a 12-year NFL career, and retired all while Tom Brady was an NFL QB.
Quote: “Who is he?” - Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards when asked about his team’s new owner, Alex Rodriguez. He claimed to not know baseball, but this video says otherwise.
Highlight: Come for the Miles Bridges poster, stay for the Hornets commentators.

WEDNESDAY WATCHLIST
NBA
Brooklyn Nets (37-17) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (37-17) - 7:00 ET on ESPN
Dallas Mavericks (29-24) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (27-25) - 9:30 ET on ESPN
MLB
Miami Marlins (3-6) vs. Atlanta Braves (4-6) - 7:20 ET on ESPN+
NHL
Colorado Avalanche (29-9-4) vs. St. Louis Blues (19-16-6) - 7:30 ET on NBCS
Vegas Golden Knights (28-11-2) vs. LA Kings (16-19-6) - 10:00 ET on NBCS

TRIVIA ANSWER
D. Cristiano Ronaldo is both the Champions League all-time leading goal scorer (134) and assist giver (42). Messi is second in both with 119 goals and 36 assists.

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