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The Islanders and Lightning face off in Game 7 for the right to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. In preparation, check out our Friday Conversation with an NHL coach who knows a thing or two (or four) about winning Cups.

Making Headlines

NHL: The Canadiens advanced to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1993 with a 3-2 overtime win over the Golden Knights. Montreal’s 23 Cups are the most since the league was founded in 1917-18.

NBA: Paul George had 27 points, 15 rebounds, and eight assists to lift the Clippers over the Suns. Phoenix leads 2-1 with Game 4 scheduled for Saturday night in L.A.

MLB: The Houston Astros have now won 11 straight games after a 12-3 win over Detroit. They’ve scored 25 runs in their last two.

Euro 2020: The first four matches of the round of 16 take place Saturday and Sunday.

What We're Watching

Athletics at Giants, 9:45 p.m. ET

Odds: Athletics -112, Giants -108 || O/U 7.5*

Pick: In Game 1 of the Battle of The Bay, lefthander Sean Manaea (6-3, 3.01 ERA) will start for Oakland and will face righthander Johnny Cueto (5-3, 4.05) for San Francisco.

The Giants are riding a three-game winning streak and Sports Section likes that to continue. Take San Francisco on the moneyline.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Athletics-Giants winner, the final score, and the player who hits the game’s first home run. Nail it, and you get a mention in the next edition of Sports Section. Don’t forget to include your Twitter handle. 

No shoutout again today, as no subscriber predicted the Clippers would defeat the Suns. Let’s get with it, people, and keep the picks coming!

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Today's Action

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