The Rush: Sun and Storm thunder to Game 1 wins over Sky and Aces in WNBA Semifinals

The WNBA Semifinals got underway with the Connecticut Sun defeating the defending champion Chicago Sky and the Seattle Storm holding off the Las Vegas Aces in Game 1 of their respective series. Rory McIlroy overtook Scottie Scheffler in the final round to win the Tour Championship while taking a shot at the LIV Tour, which continues to serve as the object of golfers’ defection from the PGA. PLUS: Sue Bird became the all-time assists leader in the WNBA playoffs!

Video Transcript

- And she has no assists. Bri Jones quiets the crowd.


JARED QUAY: The Connecticut Sun outshined the Chicago Sky in the Semifinals to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. That'll be a fun series, no doubt. But we got to talk about Game 1 between the Seattle Storm and the Las Vegas Aces, which was a doozy.

And that's not surprising either, since the match-up features seven number-one overall picks between both teams.

- Holy moly.

JARED QUAY: The Storm led almost the entire game with their superstar point guard Sue Bird, dishing out 12 assists, to become the all-time WNBA Playoff Assist leader. I'm just going to point out that Bird is 41 years old, and has decided to retire after the season.

- Bird, another get ahead in the lap but-- [WHISTLE] --and waves it in. Plus the foul!

JARED QUAY: Now, I'm no pro scout. But she clearly got something left in the tank. However, Vegas didn't just roll over.

The Aces grabbed their first lead of the game in the 4th quarter with 6 minutes left, and managed to maintain a slim advantage. That was until Jewell Loyd hit a huge 3 to take back the lead for the Storm.

- But did Loyd cut it! On a 3!

JARED QUAY: She then hit the dagger stepback 2 to seal the victory. If game one is any indication, this series will be epic. So get your popcorn ready.

- Sick. My-- I love popcorn.

JARED QUAY: On Sunday at the TOUR Championship, we got a golf showdown even I can get excited about.

- Maybe.

JARED QUAY: The guy riding the crazy hot streak over the last few months, Scottie Scheffler, entered Sunday with a 6-stroke lead. But things quickly went downhill for the Masters champion. Ouch. So Rory McIlroy pounced.

- 31 feet away.


Right in the heart of the cup.

JARED QUAY: Rory finished the job to claim his third FedEx Cup, which is an all-time record, his 22nd TOUR victory, and $18 million in prize money. He must have felt really bad for Scheffler, who only walked away with $6.5 million for finishing 2nd. Because McIlroy apologized to Scheffler's family.

RORY MCILORY: I'm sorry.

- No, you know we're not mad.

RORY MCILORY: He deserves it. I love you. Your son is unbelievable.

- I love you too. You tell-- so did you though.

JARED QUAY: Oh, that's cute. But McIlroy has no apologies for the Liv Tour.

RORY MCILORY: You know, I believe in the players on this tour. It's the greatest place in the world to play golf, bar none. And I've played all over the world.

JARED QUAY: Unfortunately for the PGA, the Liv Tour has been looming large the whole season, as golfers have been jumping ship left, right, and center. Golfer Cameron Tringale became the latest defector in what some think will be the first of many, now that the season is over.

- Traitor!

JARED QUAY: I say let's just have the two tours fight it out on the green. Like, they already have clubs. Let's just do it battle royale, "Hunger Games" style. Winner get sponsorships and green jackets.

Losers get black eyes and hospital visits. I know it can be kind of dangerous. So we've got to do a viewer's advisory tour.