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The Draft


An amazing weekend of sports highlighted by the Nos. 2-5 ranked men’s teams in action and NBA All-Star Sunday. Plus: This week’s guest in our “Friday Conversation” series.

Making Headlines

NHL: Three-time Stanley Cup champion Brent Seabrook announced the end of his playing career with the Blackhawks due to injuries. Also: The Flames fired coach Geoff Ward and replaced him with Darryl Sutter.

NBA: Blake Griffin and the Pistons have agreed to a contract buyout, and the six-time All-Star will be an unrestricted free agent, according to multiple reports.

NFL: The Washington Football Team released quarterback Alex Smith. Also: Center Jason Kelce announced that he will return to the Eagles for his 11th season.

Tonight’s Action

Blues at Kings 

Watch: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Odds: Blues -130, Kings +120 || O/U 5.5

Pick: The Blues won the first meeting between the teams this season before the Kings won the next three. St. Louis comes in on a three-game winning streak, but Los Angeles is also playing well with a 6-2-2 mark over its last 10.

Sports Section is riding with the Kings and the over.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Blues-Kings, final score, and first goal-scorer. Nail it, and you get a mention in the next edition of Sports Section. Don’t forget to include your Twitter handle. 

 Shoutout: Yesterday, we asked subscribers to predict the winner, score, and leading scorer of Bucks-Grizzlies. Milwaukee won 112-111, and Memphis’ Ja Morant had a game-high 35. 

Sports Section turned the ball over badly, missing on the Bucks -6 and falling short of the over 234.

Of the subscribers who picked the Bucks, Scott Gardner (@wsg724) came the closest to the final score. Nice job, Scott!

Keep the picks coming!