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The Draft


Welcome to all our new subscribers! You’re joining us at the perfect time: an absolutely wild ride through conference tournaments as surprise teams continue to clinch bids.

Making Headlines

NCAAM: Five teams punched their tickets to the NCAA Tournament with conference tourney wins, including No. 1 Gonzaga, Drexel, Mount St. Mary’s, Cleveland State, and Oral Roberts.

NFL: The Saints are releasing veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

WNBA: Four-time WNBA champion Maya Moore announced she will not be making a comeback this season.

Olympics: Thomas Bach was reelected as president of the International Olympic Committee. 

Tonight’s Action

San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks

Watch: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBATV

Odds: Mavericks -4 || O/U 226

Pick: The teams return from the NBA All-Star break for a showdown in the Lone Star State. The Mavericks are on a three-game winning streak, have won 10 of their last 13, and have beaten the Spurs in four of the last five matchups.

Sports Section likes the Mavs to keep rolling, so lay the points and take the over.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Spurs-Mavericks winner, final score, and the combined points from the Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and the Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan. 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 for Brigham Young-Gonzaga. Gonzaga won 88-78, and the Zags’ Jalen Suggs had a game-high 23 points.

We hope you followed (and parlayed) Sports Section’s advice and grabbed BYU +14 and the over 155.

A number of subscribers had Gonzaga to win, but Jason P. Dumont (@jasondumont) was closest to the final spread, predicting a 79-71 Zags victory. No one had Suggs leading the way.

Keep the picks coming!