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Rather than rub salt in Lakers faithful wounds after a fourth straight loss, let’s focus on the diamond and appreciate the great matchups on tap in the next two days.

Making Headlines

Soccer: Megan Rapinoe scored twice to lead the United States women’s national team over Argentina 6-0 to capture its second consecutive SheBelieves Cup. Also: Thierry Henry cited family reasons for stepping down as coach of CF Montreal.

College football: Clemson defensive end Justin Foster announced his retirement due to lingering complications from COVID-19.

Tennis: Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from next week’s ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands, due to a back injury.

NBA: The Jazz throttled the Lakers 114-89 to win for the 22nd time in their last 24 games; a whopping 20 of them have come by double digits.

Tonight’s Action

No. 9 Iowa at No. 3 Michigan

Watch: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Odds: Michigan -4.5 || O/U 155

Pick: Next week is March, so this Big Ten ranked showdown takes on even more significance. Michigan has to find a way to shut down Iowa big man Luka Garza (24.7 points per game), but the Hawkeyes will struggle to beat the Wolverines at the Crisler Center (11-game home win streak). 

Sports Section is a believer in the Wolverines so lay the points and watch them continue to roll. This will be a low-scoring affair, though; lean under.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Iowa-Michigan winner, final score and leading 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 Pacers-Warriors. Golden State won 111-107 with Steph Curry and Malcolm Brogdan each scoring a game-high 24. Sports Section had an off night: We had the Pacers moneyline and the over 231. Ouch.

Subscriber Jeff Bernstein (@jnbernstein) fared much better, predicting Golden State to prevail 120-101 and Curry to lead the scorers. Nice job, Jeff! 

Keep the picks coming!