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What to watch this weekend in women’s sports

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Club soccer dominates the women’s sports lineup this weekend as NWSL teams play their final regular-season matches. Four clubs are battling it out for three remaining playoff spots, with the last six games critical in the postseason race.

Here’s what to watch and how:

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NWSL: NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. Racing Louisville FC

Thursday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Twitch.

Gotham FC can stamp their ticket to the playoffs with a win against Racing Louisville on Thursday in Lynn Family Stadium. The team enters the matchup with a strong away record, notching 17 points in 11 road games.

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NWSL: Orlando Pride vs. Chicago Red Stars

Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m. ET on Twitch.

On the brink of a playoffs berth, Chicago will look for a win against Orlando to secure their postseason spot. The Red Stars and Pride’s last meetup ended in a 1-0 Chicago win.

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NWSL: Kansas City vs. OL Reign

Saturday, October 30 at 8 p.m. ET on Paramount+

Although OL Reign has already locked up their playoff spot and Kansas City has been eliminated from contention, there is still plenty on the line in the teams’ Saturday contest. A win could help clinch a bye for OL Reign, helping to solidify their place in the NWSL semifinals.

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NWSL: Portland Thorns vs. North Carolina Courage

Saturday, October 30 at 10 p.m. ET on Twitch

The North Carolina Courage enters Saturday’s matchup 7th in the NWSL standings after three consecutive losses. A win against Portland on Sunday could keep the Courage’s playoff hopes alive.

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NWSL: Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash

Sunday, October 31 at 2 p.m. ET on Paramount+

The Houston Dash currently sit in the sixth and final postseason spot and will hope to lock up a playoff berth in their game against the Washington Spirit. The Dash will also keep their eyes on the Courage, as Houston needs to stay ahead of North Carolina in points to advance to the playoffs.

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NWSL: NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. Racing Louisville FC

Sunday, October 31 at 3 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network

Gotham FC will get a second shot to clinch a playoff spot against Louisville on Sunday should they come up short on Thursday. Another title up for grabs is the Golden Boot, with Gotham FC’s Margaret Purce currently second in the league’s goal-scorers race.

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Primera División: FC Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad

Sunday, October 31 at 7 a.m. ET on atafootball.com and nbcsports.com

FC Barcelona will take on Real Sociedad in a battle for the top of the table on Sunday. Barcelona currently sits atop the league, starting the season with an unbeaten record.

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D1 Féminine: ASJ Soyaux Charente vs. Olympique Lyonnais

Sunday, October 31 at 7:45 a.m. ET on atafootball.com

Olympique Lyonnais enters Sunday’s contest undefeated, while Soyaux Charente sits in last place with just one win on the season. Catarina Macario, a rising star for the USWNT, has been lighting up Lyon’s attack, notching four goals and one assist in six matches with the club.

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D1 Féminine: Dijon FCO vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Sunday, October 31 at 7:45 a.m. ET on atafootball.com and nbcsports.com

Paris Saint-Germain and fourth place Dijon will face off on Sunday, as PGS looks to remain unbeaten. The contest will be a critical test for PSG in the club’s quest to defend their league title.

For a full schedule of everything you can watch in women’s sports, click here.

Nelly Korda Continues Unprecedented LPGA Run

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Nelly Korda took home the title at the Mizuho Americas Open on Sunday. (Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Nelly Korda continued her unprecedented LPGA run on Sunday, winning her sixth tournament in the last seven starts. 

The 25-year-old Florida native took home the title at the Mizuho Americas Open, becoming the first LPGA player to record six wins in a single season since 2013 — and that’s with three majors and a little over half the season left to play.

"Oh, my gosh, six," Korda said after the win. "I can't even really gather myself right now with that, the head-to-head that Hannah and I had pretty much all day. Wasn't my best stuff out there today, but fought really hard on the back nine."

Korda is just the fourth player on tour to win six times before June 1st, joining LPGA Hall of Famers Babe Zaharias (1951), Louise Suggs (1953), and Lorena Ochoa (2008).

Should her victory run continue, Korda could break the current record for single-season wins, currently set at 13 by Mickey Wright in 1963.

Korda ended Sunday's tournament one shot ahead of Hannah Green, finishing the 18th with a par putt to win it all.

"I mean, to lose to Nelly kind of like is — it's sad, but then it's also Nelly Korda," Green said of her second-place finish. "You know, like she's obviously so dominant right now. To feel like second behind her is quite nice. Unfortunately the bogey on the last has a little bit of a sour taste."

Next up is the US Women’s Open, a tournament that Korda has yet to win in her career. 

"Obviously it's on the top of my priority list," she said. "I just know there is never any good when you put more pressure on yourself. Just going to stay in my bubble that week and take it a shot at a time."

Earlier this year, Korda became the fastest player to collect $2 million in prize money over a single season. This latest win earned her an additional $450,000, bringing her season total up to $2,943,708.

Caitlin Clark Signs Multi-Year Deal with Wilson, Gets Signature Basketball Collection

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Clark is just the second athlete to get a signature basketball collection with Wilson. (Wilson Sporting Goods)

Caitlin Clark has signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Wilson Sporting Goods that will include a signature basketball collection, the brand announced early Tuesday. 

According to Boardroom, Clark is just the second athlete to develop a signature collection with Wilson, with the first being Michael Jordan in the 1980s. In addition to her basketball collection, she will also "test, advise and provide feedback on a range" of related products. 

Three Clark-branded white-and-gold Wilson basketballs have already dropped. Each ball features laser-cut engravings of some of the guard's most memorable moments at Iowa, where she became the all-time leading scorer in Division I college basketball history.

Three Wilson basketballs from Clark's collection have already dropped. (Wilson Sporting Goods).

"I think it is super special, and it's been fun for me," Clark told Boardroom. "I feel like I was just that young kid who had those basketballs that I would store in the garage. I'm just very lucky and fortunate to partner with Wilson to create something that everyone can enjoy. It connects with a lot of generations, and it'll be fun to see kids walking around holding them."

The No. 1 overall pick at the 2024 WNBA Draft, Clark has been building up a slate of major endorsements since turning pro. Current partnerships include Gatorade and Panini, and she’s also close to signing a signature shoe deal with Nike worth a reported $28 million.

New York Liberty off to First 4-0 Start in 17 Years

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Sabrina Ionescu led the undefeated Liberty to a 74-63 win over Seattle Monday night. (Evan Yu/NBAE via Getty Images)

The New York Liberty are 4-0 on the season for the first time since 2007. 

The 2023 WNBA title finalists notched a 74-63 win over Seattle on Monday night, with Sabrina Ionescu dropping 20 points alongside eight assists. After the game, Ionescu told reporters she thought the team was coming together a bit easier than they did last year.

"I think having a year together, we don't nearly have to communicate as much on the court anymore," she said. "Because we can just play off one another and read. And that's obviously been the growth of this team, is being able to play a season together last year."

The team’s defense has also contributed heavily to the season's winning start. Last night, the Liberty held Jewell Loyd to just 13 points and nine rebounds. Loyd let the Storm in scoring, with only two other players in double digits, while Nneka Ogwumike missed her second straight game with an ankle injury. 

Storm free agency acquisition Skylar Diggins-Smith had eight points, and is averaging 14.5 points and 5.8 assists per game this season. In her postgame remarks, Storm head coach Noelle Quinn called on others to give her grace in her return. 

"There needs to be respect about the fact that she's had two children and hasn’t played in 20 months," said Quinn. "She’s not going to come overnight and be who she was 20 months ago and we have to respect that and honor that. And I do.

"My grace as a coach is to know she’s working her butt off every day. You guys don’t see it. Every single day. Two children. Not one, two. Not many can do that."

Australia’s Sam Kerr Ruled Out for 2024 Paris Olympics With ACL Injury

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A longtime Matildas mainstay, Kerr has made 128 appearances for Australia alongside 69 career goals. (Joe Prior/Visionhaus via Getty Images)

Australia has confirmed that captain and star striker Sam Kerr will miss the Paris Olympics due to an ACL injury suffered early this year. 

Kerr, who also stars for Chelsea, tore her ACL in January. While unlikely that she would recover in time for the Olympics, Football Australia (FA) hadn’t confirmed her status until Tuesday when the team revealed its squad for upcoming warm-up games. 

In a statement, the FA said that Kerr remained on the sidelines and will continue her rehab program at Chelsea. 

"Attacker Amy Sayer (ACL) and forward Sam Kerr (ACL) remain on the sidelines with long term injuries," the report read. "Kerr and Sayer will continue their rehabilitation programmes in their home club environments and subsequently will not be available for selection for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games."

Tuesdays 23-player squad is a "strong guide" to the final Olympic lineup, according to coach Tony Gustavsson, but others like injured midfielders Katrina Gorry and Aivi Luik could potentially figure into the conversation. 

"[They] most likely will be physically available to be part of an Olympic roster," Gustavsson said of Gorry and Luik. "This window will be a tough one for me and my staff in terms of evaluating players, where they are, and then the final selection process for Paris."

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