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Top of the morning!

We're only halfway to Friday, but this is the last you'll be hearing from us until Sunday, as our full-time squad is reconnecting and recharging IRL at The GIST's offsite in Toronto. Miss you already.

Quote of The Day
Quote I feel like a kid. I'm so lucky to do this for my job.
Indiana Fever rookie Caitlin Clark smiles.

— WNBA rookie Caitlin Clark, taking it all in before making her official pro debut with the Indiana Fever last night (more on that below). A lifelong dream, realized.

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🏀 Watched it begin again

Caitlin Clark dribbling the ball in her Indiana Fever debut
Source: Getty Images

The GIST: From the young fans in the stands to the superstars on the court, last night's highly anticipated WNBA season premiere didn't disappoint. And with league parity on the rise, there's never been a better time to jump on the bandwagon.

Caitlin Clark struggles in Indiana Fever debut: Playing in front of a sold-out crowd (the Connecticut Sun's first sellout since their home opener in 2003), Clark, the NCAA all-time leading scorer, sat for most of the first quarter after getting into early foul trouble while squaring up with Sun superstar and 2023 MVP runner-up Alyssa Thomas.

  • Clark grew more comfortable throughout the game, eventually reaching 20 points, but also recorded 10 turnovers. The WNBA learning curve is no joke.
  • Thomas, meanwhile, recorded her ninth career triple-double in the 92–71 Sun win, while her fiancée DeWanna Bonner moved up to fifth on the W's all-time scoring list with a 20-point performance. Now that's a power couple.

Superteams surprised: Last season's superteams, the defending champion Las Vegas Aces and runners-up NY Liberty, didn't exactly dominate in their respective season openers. The revamped Phoenix Mercury's 20-year veteran Diana Taurasi drained seven threes to challenge Vegas, but the Aces eventually pulled away for an 89–80 win.

  • Elsewhere, the Libs eked out an 85–80 dub over the Washington Mystics, but reigning MVP Breanna Stewart only scored eight points for NY, far below her usual double-digit production.

Up next: College hoops fans, rejoice and clear your calendars — tonight is all about the rookies. First, LSU alum Angel Reese makes her pro debut when her rebuilding Chicago Sky take on the Dallas Wings at 8 p.m. ET.

  • Then the LA Sparks' Rickea Jackson (Tennessee) and friend of The GIST Cameron Brink (Stanford) hit the court against the Atlanta Dream at 10 p.m. ET. It's all happening.

⏪ Playoffs: About last night

Jalen Brunson #11, Isaiah Hartenstein #55, and Alec Burks #18 of the New York Knicks react during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers.
Source: Sarah Stier/Getty Images

🏒 PWHL — No. 3 Boston sweeps No. 2 Montréal to reach the final: Down two goals heading into the third period, Boston turned up the heat and scored twice to force, you guessed it, overtime (OT). But, this time, Boston needed only one OT period as Finnish phenom Susanna Tapani put the icing on the cake to send Boston to the inaugural championship series.

🏀 NBA — NY Knicks take series lead: For the fifth time this postseason, Knicks All-Star Jalen Brunson tallied more than 40 points, the key to NY's dominant 121–91 dub over the Indiana Pacers. With the 'Bockers one win away from the conference finals, one thing's for sure: Friday's Game 6 is going to be a doozy.

  • Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokić (40 points, 13 assists) was virtually unstoppable in last night's 112–97 Game 5 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite losing the first two games of the series, the defending champs can eliminate Minnesota in tomorrow's 8:30 p.m. ET Game 6.

🥅 NHL — Boston Bruins extend series without captain Brad Marchand: No captain, no problem for the Bruins, who outlasted the Florida Panthers in last night's 2–1 Game 5 win behind goalie Jeremy Swayman's heroic 28-save performance. Boston lives to fight another day and will look to force a Game 7 on Friday.


🏆 Playoffs: What's next

Maddie Rooney #35 of Minnesota defends her net against Brittany Howard #41 of Toronto in the second period in Game Three of the Semi-Finals of the PWHL Playoffs.
Source: David Berding/Getty Images

🏒 PWHL — Minnesota stays alive with Game 3 shutout: Minnesota goaltender Maddie Rooney's 18 stops literally saved their season with Monday's 2–0 Game 3 victory over top-seeded Toronto.

  • And with Toronto's leading scorer Natalie Spooner potentially out of the lineup for tonight's 8 p.m. ET Game 4, the door is wide open for Minny to even the series at home and force a winner-take-all Game 5 in Toronto on Friday. *deep breaths*

🏀 NBA — No. 1 Boston Celtics can advance with one more win: The Celtics (up 3-1) are this close to a repeat trip to the Eastern Conference Finals and can clinch their spot with a Game 5 dub over the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

🥅 NHL — Dallas Stars and NY Rangers can clinch conference finals berth: After losing Game 1, the Stars have asserted their dominance to take a 3-1 lead over their Central Division foes, the embattled Colorado Avalanche. The Big D can secure their return to the Western Conference Finals in front of their home crowd tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Giddy up.

  • Over in the Metropolitan Division, the forecast is looking stormy as the NY Rangers (up 3-2) have yet to put away the Carolina Hurricanes, who scored four goals in Monday's third period to push the series to a Game 6. Let's see if the third time's the charm for the regular season's best squad, tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET.
Weekend Watching
Scottie Scheffler of the United States smiles on the practice putting green during a practice round prior to the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.
Source: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

As mentioned, we won't be sliding into your inbox on Friday. But to keep you in the know, here's a list of some of the must-see events. All sports all the time.

Golf: PGA Championship — Tomorrow to Sunday (TSN+): The second major of the year tees off from the famous Valhalla Golf Club, where world No. 1 (and new dad) Scottie Scheffler will look to defend his title and win his third straight start.

🎓🥎 NCAA softball regional championship — Friday to Sunday (ESPN Networks): The road to the Women's College World Series begins this weekend as 64 schools fight for one of the 16 highly coveted Super Regional spots. No diamonds, no pressure.

🎓🥍 NCAA men's and women's lacrosse championship — Thursday to Sunday (ESPN Networks): No time to relax — the second round of the men's and women's national tournament resumes tomorrow. One match to watch? No. 1 Northwestern women — featuring record-setting attacker Izzy Scane — vs. No. 8 Penn in the quarter-final.

🏎️ F1: Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix — Sunday at 9 a.m. ET (TSN5): Grab your espresso as the season continues from Imola, Italy. With Ferrari and Mercedes expected to bring significant car upgrades this weekend, will Red Bull miss the top of the podium for the second straight race? Only time will tell.

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