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What Had Happened Was: 9/7/16

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GAME. BLOUSES.

If you missed Tuesday night’s Minnesota Lynx-Los Angeles Sparks WNBA game, you didn’t just miss a contested finish — the Lynx won by just three points, good for first place in the AP power poll and a double bye to the semifinals of the playoffs — you also missed a memorable moment.

During an in-game interview with Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, ESPN’s Holly Rowe tried to lead a basketball conversation, but Reeve steered the discussion somewhere more interesting and heartfelt. Check this out:

Salute.


BLESSINGS!


SOCIAL STATUS

The insane season of 23-year-old New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez continues. It wasn’t enough that he cranked 11 home runs in the month of August (a mark he reached quicker than anyone in baseball history). Now, Sanchez is flooring people with his cannon behind the plate, rifling down would-be base stealers and smothering wild pitches that would get past mere mortal catchers. Check out ESPN reporter Andrew Marchand’s story on Sanchez’s rise — how the man went from being a teenager who couldn’t catch a fastball down the middle to being who he is now: one of the very best players around.


FOR THE CULTURe

Washington, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier leaves her post, decries the District’s “broken” criminal justice system.

Baltimore Ravens tight end Ben Watson wrote a thoughtful Facebook post, adding to the conversation about standing or kneeling during the national anthem.

Chicago recorded its 500th homicide of the year, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Actor Tituss Burgess is adapting the 1996 film The Preacher’s Wife for Broadway.

Tennis player Venus Williams had a really impressive season, which we might have missed given her sister is the GOAT.

Musical artist Erykah Badu is donating funds from her concerts to help get unprocessed rape kits tested in Detroit.


TOP THREE TWEETS

Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?

1. AYE, COME THRU

2. I’M NOT SEEING IT

3. GROOVY, BABY


#ICYMI

Our sis Jill Hudson dove into the on-court fashion of the best tennis player to ever live: Serena Williams.

2014 US OPEN FIRST ROUND AGAINST TAYLOR TOWNSEND

Simple V-neck Nike tennis dress worn with black undershorts? Pretty standard. But add a black-and-white leopard print and long glossy bright pink nails that complement her wrist band, and you’ve got full-throttle Tennis Fashionista. Flirty, playful and unapologetically modern, Serena’s style game has just enough Compton to shake folks up.

2014 WIMBLEDON DOUBLES WITH SISTER, VENUS

Serena was forced to retire from the match after appearing disoriented and double faulting. Rumors swirled that she was either drunk, on drugs or was pregnant, all of which she denied. Pity that the controversy overshadowed one of her classiest on-court looks. Extra points awarded for her soft, pretty hairstyle and elegant cat-eye makeup.


PICTURE PERFECT

Ryan Cortes is a staff writer for The Undefeated. Lemon pepper his wings.

Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.