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What to watch this weekend in women’s sports

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It’s another busy weekend in women’s sports, with the WNBA Playoffs moving into the second round, the NWSL returning from the international break, and the LPGA tour heading to Arkansas.

In the WNBA, the Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx await the winners from Thursday’s first round matchups between the New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury, and the Dallas Wings and Chicago Sky.

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Seattle Storm vs. higher seeded winner

Sunday, September 26 at 3:00pm ET on ABC.

Seeded fourth, the Seattle Storm will take on the highest seed from the first round single-elimination games. The Storm enter the playoffs after a challenging end to the regular season, playing without an injured Breanna Stewart, whose status for Sunday’s game remains unclear.

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Minnesota Lynx vs. lower seed winner

Sunday, September 26 at 5:00pm ET on ESPN2

No. 3 Minnesota Lynx will take on the lower seeded winner of the first round games. Sylvia Fowles and Napheesa Collier have been solid on both sides of the ball for the Lynx, with Collier leading the team in points, contributing 16.2 points per game, and Fowles averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. Fowles was also recently named Defensive Player of the Year by Just Women’s Sports in their end-of-year awards.

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NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. North Carolina Courage

Saturday, September 25 at 3 p.m. ET on Paramount+

Third-ranked North Carolina Courage will face off against 8th place Gotham FC at Red Bull Arena, with Gotham looking for a critical home win to buoy the team’s playoff chances. Carli Lloyd is expected to take the pitch for Gotham after a five-goal performance to kick-off her farewell tour with the USWNT.

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Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns FC

Saturday, September 25 at 8 p.m. ET on Paramount+

The Portland Thorns sit at the top of the NWSL standings, six points clear of second-place OL Reign. Sophia Smith returns to the Thorns after scoring her first international goal with the USWNT in their international friendly against Paraguay.

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Racing Louisville vs. Houston Dash

Sunday, September 26 at 3 p.m. ET on Paramount+

At seventh and ninth in the NWSL standings, the Houston Dash and Racing Louisville FC are both pushing for a spot in the postseason. Houston is especially looking to get back into the win column, having tied or lost their last three league matchups.

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Washington Spirit vs. Kansas City

Sunday, September 26 at 5 p.m. ET on Paramount+

The Washington Spirit will take the pitch for the first time after forfeiting the team’s last two NWSL games due to COVID-19 protocol violations.

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OL Reign vs. Orlando Pride

Sunday, September 26 at 7 p.m. ET on Twitch

The Orlando Pride haven’t lost since Aug. 22 and will look to add another three points to their 28 in the NWSL standings. OL Reign is on a run as well, winning four of their last five games.

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Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Friday, September 24 at 9-11 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

Saturday, September 25 at 1-4: p.m. ET on Golf Channel

Sunday, September 26 at 12-3 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

Jin Young Ko returns to the course one week after her emphatic victory at the Portland Classic. Golfers will be competing with a $2,300,000 purse on the line.