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For young girls, women and Latinas, to hear a voice that represents them is so impactful for not only the sport to grow its audience, but to continue to broaden the opportunities for more young girls, women and Latinas to do the same.

— ESPN broadcaster and softball legend Jessica Mendoza, who — along with Baltimore Orioles play-by-play announcer Melanie Newman — will make history as part of ESPN’s first-ever all-female MLB broadcast team on September 29th. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: representation matters.


✊ Abortion: Women athletes are taking a stand


The GIST: Over 500 women athletes are taking a stand on new abortion restrictions, demonstrating once again why athletes shouldn’t just “stick to sports.”

The context: Earlier this year, (mostly) a bunch of uninformed old white men passed the Texas Heartbeat Act, which restricts people in Texas from getting an abortion after six weeks gestation.

  • The act encourages enforcement through civil lawsuits, meaning it’s up to citizens to report anyone who has had or who has helped someone receive an “illegal” abortion.
  • And now, Mississippi anti-abortionists are asking the Supreme Court to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which held that it’s a woman’s constitutional right to choose to have an abortion.

The latest: Yesterday, over 500 pro, collegiate and high school athletes — including Megan Rapinoe, Sue Bird and Layshia Clarendon — as well as the NWSL and WNBA players’ associations filed an amicus brief at the Supreme Court, arguing against the abortion ban.

  • In the brief, the athletes argue that Roe v. Wade has had an incalculable effect on the growth of women’s sports and the empowerment of female athletes and includes statements from players who have had their own abortion experiences.
  • The brief is 73 powerful pages long, and if you’re looking for a little more than just the gist, we highly recommend giving it a read here.

⚽️ Soccer: Make it stop


The GIST: Soccer’s abhorrent racism problem continues to rage on, and FIFA is finally taking some baby steps to curb it.

The history: After infuriating incidents of racial abuse towards English soccer players during an England vs. Hungary match in Budapest in June, UEFA handed down a two-match “fan ban” in July, meaning Hungary’s next two home games in European UEFA-sanctioned tournaments will be played without fans (and, consequently, their dollars).

The latest: Unfortunately, that ban (though UEFA claimed they tried) didn’t apply to international FIFA-sanctioned events. And September 2nd’s World Cup qualifier, again featuring England and Hungary, in front of a packed Budapest crowd saw — you guessed it — the “racist behavior of numerous [Hungarian] supporters.” Disgusting.

  • As a result, FIFA announced its own fan ban — a one-match penalty that will see Hungary host Albania in an empty stadium in October — along with a $217K USD fine. It’s not nothing, but it’s definitely not enough.


🧴 The future is now


The GIST: Have you ever spent a little too much on a new skincare product, only for it to not work? Maybe it’s the product, but more likely, it’s the way you’re applying it (tough love, we know). It’s time to switch things up, with Droplette.

That new new: Our skin’s protective layer can’t always tell the good from the bad, so it blocks most things from absorbing. That means the expensive serum you bought to even out your skin tone…about 90% of it is just sitting on top of your skin.

  • Droplette’s game-changing skincare device fixes that by transforming products into a micro-mist to penetrate 20x more than traditional skincare products.

Skin’s in: By making ingredients tiny and fast-moving, Droplette delivers the benefits you need in a way that your skin can actually absorb. Oh, and Droplette’s founded by female scientists and backed by NASA. Casual.

⚽️🏀⚾️ Quick hits


⚽️USWNT: After last week’s 9–0 rout of Paraguay in the first of their September friendlies, the USWNT wasn’t any friendlier yesterday, winning 8–0. Alex Morgan notched a hat trick, Catarina Macario scored twice and who else but Carli Lloyd added another after scoring five goals last week. Sheesh.

🏀NBA: Maybe his 2021 postseason performance was foreshadowing, because Ben Simmons isn’t showing up in Philadelphia yet again. After a contentious offseason, Simmons announced yesterday that he will not attend Sixers training camp and has no plans to play in the NBA until he’s traded to another team. Sound familiar?

⚾️MLB: The race for the postseason is in full force, and while teams are calculating their magic number, we have some other milestone numbers for you: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jon Lester recorded his 200th career win on Monday, making him just the third active pitcher to reach the mark.

  • Meanwhile, Kansas City Royal Salvador Perez hit his 46th home run of the season on Monday, breaking the record for most homers by a catcher in a single season. Get you a player who can do both.



The two days without NFL action between Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football are always rough, but luckily Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski is keeping us entertained. Gronk gonna Gronk.


A behind-the-scenes look at Simone Biles’ Gold Over America Tour, which kicked off last night in Tucson, Arizona. And check here for upcoming tour dates across the U.S. Just GOAT things.


While you wait for our WNBA postseason special edition to hit your inbox tomorrow, read this article detailing how the W reached a pro sports league–leading 99% COVID-19 vaccination rate. Take notes, MLB.


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