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The GIST's Quick Hits - CA (April 12, 2021)

Soccer

NWSL Challenge Cup, CANWNT, Rachael Blackmore, Toronto Raptors

April 12, 2021
Source: Canada Soccer/Twitter
Source: Canada Soccer/Twitter

โšฝ๏ธSoccer: The NWSL Challenge Cup kicked off over the weekend, but most of our Canadian stars missed the debut in the name of national play overseas. The CanWNT played a friendly match against Wales on Friday, winning 3โ€“0, and will play England tomorrow in a warm-up for the Olympics. 

๐Ÿ‡Horse racing: Another gender barrier hurdled! On Saturday, Rachael Blackmore became the 20th female jockey to participate in, and first woman to win (!!!), the Grand National horse race in England, the premier steeplechase (think Kentucky Derby, but with jumps) in Europe. Jolly good!

๐Ÿ€Basketball: The Toronto Raptors are in a weird spot. After a miserable March, things โ€” despite last nightโ€™s loss to the NY Knicks โ€” are slowly improving for the Raps, currently sitting in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. 

That means a few games in either direction will be the difference between a playoff spot or high draft pick. They have until May 16th to figure their sh!t out.