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Edition #1053

June 14

From The GIST Team

Put Bridgerton Season 3 on pause (hard, we know) because we have a royally grand sports weekend ahead. After all, why settle for a Duke when one can have today's newsletter?

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Quote of The Day

Why settle for a Duke? (2) It's devastating. It's devastating to have to go from that kind of a high to this kind of a low, to tell your staff and players that this is the level of respect we've gotten immediately after delivering that event.
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— Chicago Red Stars president Karen Leetzow, after a music festival was moved to the Red Stars' home stadium, likely forcing the team to relocate their September match with just three months' notice.

The Latest

NBA Finals

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Source: Danielle Parhizkaran/The Boston Globe via Getty

The GIST: Fresh off Wednesday's 106–99 Game 3 win over the Dallas Mavericks, the Boston Celtics (up 3-0) are one win away from a league record 18th championship trophy. Will the dominant Cs complete the sweep or can the Mavs stay alive?

  • Here's what to know ahead of tonight's massive 8:30 p.m. ET Game 4.

Boston's 48 minutes away from history: No team has ever rallied from an 0-3 deficit in the NBA postseason, much less in the Finals, adding to the air of inevitability that's surrounded the bridesmaid Celtics all season.

Dallas Mavericks look out of sorts: The Mavs' Luka Dončić is a game-changer, but not when he's on the bench. Luka's poor defense caused him to foul out of Game 3 in the fourth quarter, stymying Dallas' comeback attempt. And while he directs his ire at the referees, it may be better suited for his teammates.

  • Though Kyrie Irving broke out of his shooting slump with 35 points in Game 3, the rest of the Mavs have looked inexperienced and out of sync, with 11 different players hitting the floor in an effort to spark some flames. It's light it up or head home tonight.

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Stanley Cup Final

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The GIST: Following in the Celtics' footsteps, the Florida Panthers (up 3-0) need just one more win to clinch their first-ever championship and the first Stanley Cup sweep since 1998, aka when Semisonic released this timely banger.

Panthers hang on for 4–3 Game 3 win: A wise person once said that jetlag is a choice, and the Panthers showed no sign of fatigue last night, taking full control of the series with a feisty road victory. Florida scored thrice in the second period while brick wall goalie Sergei Bobrovsky's 32 saves put the Cats one win away from hockey immortality. Feline good.

Edmonton Oilers need an offensive spark: The Oilers outshot the Panthers 35 to 23 last night and almost came back in the third period, but Edmonton simply hasn't been able to get over the hump. Part of the reason why? Captain Connor McDavid isn't performing like the Hart Trophy winner he's known to be.

  • Superstar McDavid has yet to score in the Final (although he has notched plenty of assists), but the Oils desperately need him to light the lamp if they intend to complete the comeback in hopes of ending Canada's 31-year Stanley Cup drought. It's not over 'til it's over.

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Together With Gainbridge

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Weekend Watching

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Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

🏌️ Men's Golf: US Open — Today through Sunday — NBC and USA

  • There's a two-way tie between world No. 3 Rory McIlroy and world No. 9 Patrick Cantlay atop the leaderboard after yesterday's opening round. Meanwhile, world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler struggled with the spotlight on him and is tied for 39th. Didn't see that coming.

⛳ LPGA: Meijer Classic — Today through Sunday — Golf Channel

  • American Alison Lee, who's searching for her first career LPGA Tour win, leads the field through one round in Michigan, but world No. 14 Canadian and two-time major winner Brooke Henderson is right on her heels, sitting two strokes back.

🎓⚾ NCAA baseball: Men's College World Series — Today through June 24th — ESPN networks

  • Two weeks and 64 teams later, eight squads are swinging into the always unforgettable MCWS from Omaha, Nebraska, where national championship glory is on the line. Hey, batter batter.

🏀 WNBA: NY Liberty vs. Las Vegas Aces — Tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET — ABC

  • It's a tale of two superteams: the Libs are on a seven-game win streak while the defending champ Aces have lost three of their last four. Perhaps Chelsea Gray is the trick up Las Vegas' sleeve to get back on track.

Together With Lingvano

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The GIST's Picks

Recs from our roster!

🥇 Who to know

Lashinda Demus. The American hurdler will receive her gold medal at next month's Paris Games, 12 years after a Russian competitor who was doping took her top spot at the 2012 London Olympics.

🏀What to read

This profile on basketball legend Jerry West, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 86. Forever commemorated in the NBA logo, West changed the game as both a player and an executive.

🛍️ Who's getting their flowers

Playa Society. The streetwear brand that's long celebrated women's basketball with dope WNBA threads was recently tapped to design the expansion team Golden State Valkyries' apparel. Love to see (and wear!) it.

Fun & Games

Question of the Day

As you read, the Boston Celtics are just one win away from their 18th NBA Championship. Do you think they'll complete the sweep tonight? Sound off below.

On Wednesday, we asked if you would take the LA Lakers head coaching job. 63% voted no and 37% voted yes.

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