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Before Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, and Ronald Acuna Jr., there was Willie Mays. Happy 90th birthday to the Say Hey Kid.

Making Headlines

Tennis: Top-seed Ashleigh Barty defeated Paula Badosa 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the finals of the Madrid Open. Barty has won 16 consecutive matches on clay.

MLB: The Angels designated Albert Pujols for assignment. The first baseman is hitting .198 with five homers and 12 RBI.

NHL: The league fined the Rangers $250,000 for their public comments against the Department of Player Safety. Also: Kings captain Anze Kopitar had an assist to reach 1,000 points in his career, the eighth active player to do so.

NFL: Lions center Frank Ragnow agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $13.5 million per year, according to multiple reports.

NBA: Russell Westbrook recorded his 33rd triple-double of the season during the Wizards’ 135-134 loss to the Bucks. He is two shy of tying Oscar Robertson’s record of 181. 

Tonight’s Action

Lakers at Clippers

Watch: 10 p.m. ET, TNT

Odds: Clippers -8, Lakers +270 || O/U 210.5

Pick: In a possible first-round postseason preview, the Clippers will look to sweep the regular-season series. While Kawhi Leonard is back for the Clippers following a foot injury, the Lakers will be without LeBron James (ankle) and Dennis Schroder (health and safety protocols).

Sports Section likes the Clippers to prevail again, so lay the points and take the under.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Lakers-Clippers winner, the final score, and the leading scorer in the game. 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 of Indians-Royals, the final score, and the first player to hit a home run. Cleveland won 5-4, with Kansas City’s Hunter Dozier belting the first dinger.

Subscriber Matt Wells (@fasolamatt) was closest to the final score among those who took the Indians. No one predicted Dozier’s blast against Indians ace Shane Bieber. Good job, Matt!

Keep the picks coming, everyone!

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