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This Week in Tennis, Soccer, and Hockey

December 10, 2020

🎾Tennis: Thanks to Sofia Kenin’s Australian Open win in early February (yes, that was this year, and yes, it does feel like it was a decade ago), and her second place finish at Roland-Garros, the world-ranked No. 4 won herself another title to cap off 2020: the WTA Player of the Year.

⚽️Soccer: Before golf rounds out the 2020 championships on Sunday, the MLS Cup will be awarded on Saturday night. The defending champ Seattle Sounders FC are slight underdogs to the host Columbus Crew SC, who are dealing with their ninth positive COVID-19 case of the postseason. Ouch. The final match kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET.

  • Over in Europe, the round of 32 in the UEFA Women’s Champions League — an annual tournament where the top European club teams play against each other over a season-long series — is underway. Check out the full schedule here.

Content warning: The following piece contains references to sexual assault.

🏒Hockey: Okay, this one is awful. The Pittsburgh Penguins are facing a lawsuit for hiring serial sexual harasser Clark Donatelli as the head coach of their AHL affiliate the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and then keeping him on even after he sexually assaulted an assistant coach’s wife while on a team road trip. This story is disgusting and just proves that hockey culture is, unfortunately, alive and unwell.