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The Draft


We’ll see if Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, and Rory McIlroy can flip the script on lackluster Masters opening rounds. First, in today’s “Friday Conversation,” meet the former NHL player who is one of the voices of EA Sports’ video game franchise.

Making Headlines

NCAA Hockey: Massachusetts stunned two-time defending champion Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 in overtime and will face St. Cloud State in Saturday’s Frozen Four championship game. Each team is seeking its first national title.

MLB: Umpire Ron Kulpa admitted he made a mistake (“I should have called him out”) to end the Mets’ controversial 3-2 victory over the Marlins.

NBA: The Jazz extended their franchise-record home winning streak to 23 with a 122-103 victory over the Trail Blazers.

Tonight’s Action

Phillies at Braves, 7:20 p.m. ET

Odds: Braves -127, Phillies +108 || O/U 7.5

Pick: Zack Wheeler will be on the mound for the Phillies against fellow righthander Charlie Morton for the Braves in their home opener.

Sports Section — like our friends over at The Rundown — likes the Braves on the moneyline. Lean over.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Phillies-Braves winner and the final score. 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 Suns-Clippers, the score, and the leading scorer. 

Los Angeles won 113-103 behind Paul George’s game-high 33.

Subscriber Jason P. Dumont (@jasondumont) predicted a 113-109 Clippers win. No one foresaw George’s big game. Congrats, Jason!

Keep the picks coming, everyone!

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