Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Jack Hamilton to discuss the NBA playoffs and Patrick Beverley’s chaotic media appearances; by Alex Kirshner to talk about the war of words between Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher; and by the Washington Post’s Molly Hensley-Clancy to assess U.S. Soccer’s landmark equal pay deal.
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• Follow Jack Hamilton on Twitter, read his coverage of the NBA playoffs for Slate, and buy his book, Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination.
• The Miami Heat have taken a 2-1 series lead against the Boston Celtics thanks to two good quarters.
• The Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins is very good now.
• Defector’s Giri Nathan recaps Patrick Beverley’s trip through the ESPN car wash.
• Some Beverley highlights: “ain’t nobody afraid of anybody there in Phoenix” and sweating out wine.
• Among the current and former players to call out Beverley: Damian Lillard, Danny Green, and Matt Barnes.
• Follow Alex Kirshner on Twitter, read his work in Slate, and listen to his podcast Split Zone Duo.
• Listen to Nick Saban’s comments about Jimbo Fisher and Fisher’s response.
• The Athletic’s long feature on the fraught history between Saban and Fisher.
• Follow Molly Hensley-Clancy on Twitter and read her work in the Washington Post.
• U.S. Soccer announced a labor agreement that equalizes pay for members of the men’s and women’s national teams, including World Cup bonuses.
• Christina Cauterucci in Slate on the labor deal’s “radical genius.”
• Grant Wahl wrote that U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone, who brokered the deal, is “a transformative figure in the history of soccer in the United States.”
• With two U.S. players, Lindsey Horan and Catarina Macario, Lyon thumped Barcelona for its eighth women’s Champions League title.
• In Slate, Eric Betts wrote about Macario’s breakout season. Wahl interviewed Horan about playing in Europe versus the United States and wrote about Barcelona’s rise in women’s soccer.
• Read Hensley-Clancy’s reporting on abuse and misconduct allegations against male coaches in the National Women’s Soccer League.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Walt Budko:
Stefan’s Walt Budko: A tribute to Roger Angell, who died last week at 101.
On this week’s bonus segment, Stefan, Josh, and the Washington Post’s Molly Hensley-Clancy discuss Hensley-Clancy’s story about college athletes who’ve died by suicide and the mental health crisis in college sports.
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