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MLB City Connect uniforms: Where do Cubs’ uniforms rank among Nike’s new jerseys?

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MLB City Connect uniforms: Where do Cubs' uniforms rank among Nike's new jerseys?

City Connect hopes to connect to a new generation.

Baseball, long stuck in its blowhard, traditionalist ways, is doing something cool alongside Nike in 2021 and in the coming years: All 30 MLB squads are getting really sick alternate uniforms, dubbed the “City Connect” line, which are supposed to capture the essence and reputation of the cities the teams represent.

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So far in 2021, four of the teams’ uniforms have been unveiled, with three more to come over the next month. The Red Sox, Marlins, White Sox and Cubs all got new alternate looks, with the Giants, Diamondbacks and Dodgers still on the slate for reveals. 

Really, it’s a welcome sight for MLB and its partnership with Nike: One of the easiest ways for MLB to attract eyeballs, sell merchandise and push the game into a new generation is to push the envelope with its fashion choices. 

Of the four uniforms released so far, all have been refreshing — albeit a bit jarring — designs. The Red Sox were first, trading their iconic red and white for a Boston Marathon-inspired look, and Nike hasn’t looked back since. Kind of.

So, of the four uniforms released, here’s how they rank:

Nike City Connect uniforms

4. Cubs

The Cubbies may not own all of Chicago — or even the best City Connect uniform in the Windy City this year — but the look is nice enough.

While the muted blue is OK, there’s something cool about seeing “Wrigleyville” on the front of the uniforms in the same font as the famed Wrigley Field marquee. The hats are excellent, too.

Where the Cubs lose points, though, is the real lack of inspiration in the design: While the campaigning of the uniforms tries to make it seem that “Wrigleyville” is the centerpoint of all 77 neighborhoods in Chicago (or something), the reasoning is … really just kind of weak. There’s no “connect” here. Just branding for the ballpark.

Best uniform feature: The hats, featuring the six-pointed Chicago star, are instantly some of the best in baseball. 

Worst uniform feature: The blue is a little dull and lifeless, especially when compared with the other uniforms on this list. Maybe they should have really gone for it with ivy green.

3. Red Sox

Inspired by the Boston Marathon finish line, the Red Sox traded their iconic white and red for yellow and blue, emblematic colors for the city. The idea is certainly out of the box and while the socks (or sox) weren’t red, they’re appealing enough.

The Red Sox went bold with colors that don’t match their uniform pallet but mean something to the city of Boston, and they wore them for Patriots’ Day this year. The font across the chest mirrors the stencil on Boylston Street, the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

It’s always better to go bold with uniform designs, and these, while teetering on the edge of “not it,” are definitely a welcome look for the Red Sox.

Best uniform feature: The bold new colors might not be familiar to Red Sox fans, but they are familiar to Boston denizens.

Worst uniform feature: But really, no red at all? Feels like a little bit of a miss.

2. White Sox

Really, the White Sox City uniforms could be tied for No. 1 here, but there’s something about the “Southside” getup that doesn’t fit. But, all in all, they’re among the best of the redesigns so far.

Thankfully, Nike didn’t needlessly mess with the classic black, white and silver color scheme of the Sox, pairing that pallet with the gothic script from their logo for the “Southside” across the chest. Altogether, the uniforms play true to the franchise but still provide a really fresh look and a good spin on some of the best uniforms in baseball.

Where they lose points: They probably could have done without the pinstripes. There’s something about them that doesn’t fit, and kind of hurts the eyes.

The hats, which simply say “Chi,” don’t shy away from the town’s attitude and reputation, either. That’s how you embrace the spirit of a town with a personality. Take notes, Cubs.

Best uniform feature: The “textured” uniforms that represent the architectural style of the city are just … *chef’s kiss.* 

Worst uniform feature: Maybe they could have done without the pinstripes?

1. Marlins

The Marlins opting for more black in their uniforms over actual Miami pallet colors in recent years is a disappointment, but their city uniforms aren’t. Couple that with the fact that the Marlins honored the history of the former minor league ballclub the Havana Sugar Kings with the getup, and you have a recipe that mixes perfectly.

The Marlins go for a bright red (“Legacy” red), paying homage to the Sugar Kings, in addition to a shoulder patch that mirrors the patch of the defunct team, as well.

Still, intertwined with the actual design of the uniforms is rich history for the Havana-based ballclub that tried to break into the majors. That’s how you do an alternate uniform: a fresh design with actual meaning. Great job, Marlins.

Best uniform feature: The “Miami Marlins” patch, which is made to resemble the Sugar Kings logo.

Worst uniform feature: They’ll only wear them occasionally.

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NBA Mock Draft 2021: Pistons lock in Cade Cunningham pick; Cavs, Raptors win big with lottery jumps

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Welcome to the 2021 NBA Draft. The Pistons are on the clock.

After winning Tuesday night’s NBA Draft lottery drawing, Detroit is in position to land a franchise-changing prospect with the No. 1 overall pick. But the Pistons aren’t the only team whose fortunes may have been changed by some ping-pong balls.

The Rockets, Cavaliers, Raptors and more could end up selecting key pieces of their rosters on July 29. This year’s draft class has some tremendous talent at the top, and a few of these young players will be expected to contribute immediately upon entering the league.

With just over a month to go until the picks start rolling in, here is Sporting News’ best attempt at a mock draft.

NBA DRAFT BIG BOARD: Ranking the top 60 prospects in 2021

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NBA Mock Draft 2021, post-lottery edition

1. Pistons — Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State (19 years old)

Cunningham is viewed as the consensus top pick because he has the size and skill set that all NBA teams covet. He averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game, and he shot 40 percent on 155 3-point attempts in his lone season with the Cowboys. The turnover numbers weren’t great (4.0 per game), but it should be noted that Cunningham was carrying a largely limited roster.

2. Rockets — Evan Mobley, C, USC (19 years old)

Mobley is the kind of big man that is built to excel in the modern NBA. He can protect the rim (2.9 blocks per game) but moves fluidly enough to stick with guards in the pick-and-roll. He also has the potential to grow as a perimeter threat offensively. The key to his development will be adding muscle to his frame (7-0, 215 pounds).

3. Cavaliers — Jalen Green, G, G League Ignite (19 years old)

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Green emerge as the best pure scorer from this class, as he averaged 17.9 points on 46.1 percent shooting in 15 G League games. He is an outstanding athlete capable of finishing at the rim, even when he has to fight through contact. He needs to improve his playmaking and be more active defensively, but Green undoubtedly possesses tremendous upside.

4. Raptors — Jalen Suggs, G, Gonzaga (19 years old)

One of the biggest stars in college basketball last season, Suggs showed himself to be a terrific leader capable of functioning as a team’s primary offensive creator. While Suggs isn’t a long-range sniper (33.7 percent on 3-pointers), he should be able to develop into a more consistent shooter, and he is a smart off-ball cutter and screener.

5. Magic — Jonathan Kuminga, F, G League Ignite (18 years old)

Much like Green, Kuminga is one of the best athletes from this group of prospects. His size, strength and wingspan could allow him to eventually become a legitimate two-way wing, but he will need time to develop. Kuminga can be a ball-stopper offensively and doesn’t always bring the required intensity defensively. His shooting splits weren’t exactly inspiring (38.7/24.6/62.5 on field goals, 3-pointers and free throws), though it wouldn’t be fair to say his shot is completely broken. 

6. Thunder — Scottie Barnes, F, Florida State (19 years old)

There is a future in which Barnes makes multiple All-Defensive teams. Florida State threw him on just about every type of player, from lead ball handlers to back-to-the-basket big men. He has demonstrated an ability to be a good facilitator, but his shot must improve in order for him to earn respect from opposing defenders (27.5 percent from beyond the arc, 62.1 percent on free throws).

7. Warriors (via Timberwolves) — Davion Mitchell, G, Baylor (22 years old)

Mitchell made a real impression during Baylor’s championship run, stifling any player put in front of him. While he is known as a tenacious defender, Mitchell’s most notable improvements came on the other end of the floor. He became an excellent playmaker (5.5 assists per game) and saw a dramatic jump in his 3-point shooting (32.4 percent in 2019-20, 44.7 percent in 2020-21).

8. Magic (via Bulls) — Keon Johnson, G, Tennessee (19 years old)

Perhaps the best word to describe Johnson is explosive. When this guy drives down the lane and takes off toward the basket, good luck trying to stop him. He also uses that quickness and athleticism well on the defensive end to give opposing guards problems. Johnson’s main focus should be on extending his range, as he shot just 13 of 38 from beyond the arc at Tennessee. 

9. Kings — Franz Wagner, F, Michigan (19 years old)

Wagner displayed versatility on both ends of the floor while at Michigan. He is a smart team defender who can bang with frontcourt players but hold his own against smaller guards. He can also affect the game offensively without eating up possessions, operating as an elbow passer, screener or spot-up shooter. He may not have the ceiling of the guys in front of him, but he could play in the league for a long time.

10. Pelicans — Corey Kispert, F, Gonzaga (22 years old)

One of the top shooters in this class (44 percent on 6.5 3-point attempts per game last season), Kispert’s accuracy and quick trigger should allow him to make an immediate impact at the next level. He isn’t an exceptional athlete, but he battles on the defensive end. He must continue to develop his dribbling skills so he can punish opponents who close out hard to the 3-point line. 

11. Hornets — Alperen Sengun, C, Besiktas (18 years old)

An old-school, post-up big man, Sengun dominated the Turkish Super League, averaging 19.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 64.6 percent from the field. He has great touch around the rim and has shown a willingness to hit the open man. There are questions about his lack of shooting and defensive limitations.

12. Spurs — Jalen Johnson, F, Duke (19 years old)

Johnson only played 13 games at Duke, leaving the team in February in order to focus on preparing for the NBA Draft. His tantalizing talent was on full display at times, particularly his ability to create for himself and others in the open floor. Will those flashes of brilliance outweigh possible concerns about his maturity?

13. Pacers — Josh Giddey, G, Adelaide (18 years old)

Giddey won NBL Rookie of the Year after averaging 10.9 points, 7.5 assists and 7.4 rebounds per game. He understands how to manipulate defenses and create passing lanes. He isn’t a lights-out shooter (29.3 on 3-pointers) or out-of-this-world athlete, but there is reason to believe he will develop into nice piece of an NBA rotation.

14. Warriors — James Bouknight, G, Connecticut (20 years old)

Bouknight gets buckets. A natural scorer (18.7 points per game), the UConn star can find his way to the basket and hit contested jump shots off the dribble, an important skill for NBA guards. He will have to work on his passing and provide more consistent resistance on the defensive end, but he should provide plenty of offensive firepower.

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USA Olympic gymnastics trials 2021: TV schedule, live streams to watch qualifying for Tokyo

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There may be somewhat of a changing of the guard on the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team for the 2021 Summer Games in Tokyo. Simone Biles will be a constant for the women’s team, but aside from her, little will remain the same.

That’s why there will be a level of intrigue surrounding the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials, which take place from June 24-27 at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo. Notably, competitors like Jordan Chiles, Jade Carey and Suni Lee will look to earn spots on the four-gymnast women’s team while two others compete for individual specialist roles.

For the men, all four qualifiers will be chosen as well. Only Sam Mikulak remains from the 2016 Olympic team, so there will be a few new faces on that team, too.

Sporting News has you covered on how to watch each of the gymnastics qualifying events throughout the entirety of the trials:

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How to watch USA Olympic gymnastic trials

  • TV channels: NBC, NBC Sports

NBC owns the exclusive rights to all Olympic broadcasts in the United States and will be airing the gymnastics trials from June 24-27.

TV Schedule

The USA Olympic gymnastics trials will take place in St. Louis, Mo. from June 24-27. Each day consists of several rounds of each of the four women’s events and six men’s events in gymnastics.

Here’s NBC’s full scheduled TV coverage for the USA Olympic gymnastic trials. For a full schedule of events for the trials, click here.

Thursday, June 24

Event Time (ET) Channel
Men Day 1 6:30-9 p.m. NBCSN

Friday, June 25

Event Time (ET) Channel
Women Day 1 7:30-8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Women Day 1 8-10 p.m. NBC

Saturday, June 26

Event Time (ET) Channel
Men Day 2 3-4 p.m. Olympic Channel
Men Day 2 4-6 p.m. NBC

Sunday, June 27

Event Time (ET) Channel
Women Day 2 8-8:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Women Day 2 8:30-11 p.m. NBC

Olympic trials gymnastics schedule 2021

The gymnastics trials are unique compared to other Olympic qualifiers, as they will largely consist of the same 4-6 events on a daily basis with different gymnasts participating in them each day.

For the men, there are six Olympic events:

  • Vault
  • Pommel horse
  • Floor
  • Rings
  • Horizontal bar
  • Parallel bars

For the women, there are four:

  • Vault
  • Floor
  • Uneven bars
  • Beam

Throughout the televised coverage, you will see these events in action. Here are the big competitors to watch on each day of the 2021 U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials.

For a full look at the events and start lists, click here.

Thursday, June 24

  • Sam Mikulak
  • Brody Malone
  • Yul Moldauer
  • Akash Modi
  • Donnell Whittenburg

These five men will compete in all six events during Thursday’s competition.

Friday, June 25

  • Simone Biles
  • Jordan Chiles
  • Suni Lee
  • Jade Carey
  • MyKayla Skinner

These five women will compete in all four events during Friday’s competition.

Saturday, June 26

The same five men will bear watching on Saturday during the finals, including any other gymnasts that make noise during the qualification process.

  • Sam Mikulak
  • Brody Malone
  • Yul Moldauer
  • Akash Modi
  • Donnell Whittenburg

Sunday, June 27

The same five women will bear watching on Saturday during the finals, including any other gymnasts that make noise during the qualification process.

  • Simone Biles
  • Jordan Chiles
  • Suni Lee
  • Jade Carey
  • MyKayla Skinner

USA gymnastics live streams

All of Team USA’s gymnastics events will be available to stream on Peacock, NBC’s streaming platform. You can also stream the events with fuboTV when they are aired on NBC or NBC Sports. NBCSports.com and NBCOlympics.com will carry some of the earlier qualifying events. 

Olympic gymnastic trials results 2021

The top two all-around women’s gymnasts at the U.S. Olympic trials will automatically qualify for Team USA. The U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team will consist of a four-competitor team along with two additional individual slots, which the United States earned the right to bring to the Summer Games as individual athletes to compete as specialists in line with new rules that allow smaller nations to be competitive.

The men’s side is simpler. The top four finishers at the Olympic trials will make the roster, while they have earned one extra spot for a specialst. 

Women’s

Event Top Scorers
Vault
Uneven bars
Beam
Floor

Men’s

Event Top Scorers
Vault
Pommel horse
Floor
Rings
Horizontal bar
Parallel bars

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Islanders, Anthony Beauvillier force Game 7 in (possibly) last game at Nassau Coliseum

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders staved off closure of the Nassau Coliseum for at least a little longer with a 3-2, come-from-behind overtime win Wednesday night. Whether the ice can be melted one final time at the Old Barn is now labeled as “to be determined” as the home team forced a Game 7.

“We’re obviously a resilient group and we knew we had a lot of time on the clock still, so, just stuck with it and fortunate to get two goals and tie it up and obviously win in overtime,” said Mathew Barzal. 

Things started a little better for the Islanders than they did two nights prior when they were blown out of Amalie Arena in Tampa 8-0. The first goal of that game came just 45 seconds after the drop of the puck. In this game, they came out matching the tempo with the Bolts in front of a loud and boisterous crowd. But the fans were all hushed when Brayden Point did, well, Brayden Point things — again.

The Calgary, Alta., native lit the lamp for the ninth consecutive game; only Reggie Leach’s 10 straight games with a goal stands in his way of the record.

In the second period, the Lightning killed off a 5-on-3 for about a minute before Anthony Cirelli gave them a two-goal lead. His fourth goal of the postseason went five-hole through netminder Semyon Varlamov. But the Islanders, with the crowd fully behind them, got one back with under six minutes left in the middle frame. Jordan Eberle, who entered Game 6 with just three goals in the postseason and amid a six-game goal drought, threw a backhander on net and past the blocker of Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy.

The Islanders had their chances after that. Barzal controlled the puck for a Steve Yzerman amount of time in the first few minutes of the third period. Kyle Palmieri pulled Vasilevskiy out but couldn’t tuck the puck in behind him. Eberle had a chance for his second with just over 12 minutes to go.

Maybe they got a jump from Jets guard Greg Van Roten pounding a beer and then smashing the container on his head. Maybe it was because it seemed as if the crowd was standing the rest of the way. 

With 8:44 left on the clock, Scott Mayfield — who probably should have been called for cross-checking Nikita Kucherov in the back and knocking him out of the game after one shift— became an unlikely Islanders hero. He went down the right wing and beat Vasilevskiy top shelf to even things. It was just his third career playoff goal and his first since Game 3 of the first round against the Penguins.

The building was hopping after that, although things got dicey for the hometown team when Matt Martin took a high-sticking penalty with 5:57 remaining. Varlamov and his crew held the Lightning at bay, and with the fans chanting a deafening “Let’s Go Islanders,” the game went to a nail-biting overtime.

New York didn’t need much time in the extra session, however.

Just 68 seconds in, Anthony Beauvillier intercepted a pass deep in the offensive zone — he said postgame that he blacked out — and buried it.

“Feels amazing, to be honest. That building coming into overtime was smelling like cigarettes and now it smells like beers,” said the goal scorer. “That place was going crazy so everyone is happy we’re going back to Tampa.”

The building erupted as the Islanders flew off the bench to swarm the overtime hero. And as the team celebrated, so did the fans — by throwing beer cans and bottles onto the ice and sticking around long past the team had left the ice.

“I’ve never seen anything like that,” said Barzal with a smile before adding it was “a little dangerous.”

“It’s one of the best [moments],” said bench boss Barry Trotz when asked where Game 6 will rank among his career hghlights. “I love this group, the character of this group. And this building and what it’s meant to a number of players and more than anything, our fans. These are great moments. Going off the ice, everybody’s hugging each other, there’s beer cans flying all over. It’s quite a sight.  

“These are great memories to have. But we’ve got to get another one.”

It’ll now come down to that Game 7 on Friday night in Tampa to determine who will play for the Stanley Cup.

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