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Before you settle down for a weekend of watching sports (or maybe get outside and run around a bit?), enjoy our Friday Conversation with a two-time Olympic medalist swimmer going for an encore in Tokyo.

Making Headlines

NHL: Jordan Staal scored his third career postseason overtime goal to lift the Hurricanes over the Lightning in Game 3 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tampa leads the series 2-1. Also: The Bruins topped the Islanders in overtime for a 2-1 lead in their second-round series.

NBA: The Nuggets defeated the Trail Blazers in Game 6 to advance to the second round. 

Tennis: No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev advanced to the fourth round of the French Open. On the women’s side, seventh-seeded Serena Williams advanced, while third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka was upset by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Tonight’s Action

Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET

Odds: Yankees -122, Red Sox +105 || O/U 9.5

Pick: Game 1 of the Yanks-Sox 2021 rivalry. Nathan Eovaldi (6-2, 4.01 ERA) will start for Boston against fellow righthander Michael King (0-2, 2.86) for New York. 

Like our colleagues at The Rundown, Sports Section likes the Yankees on the moneyline.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Red Sox-Yankees winner, the final score, and the player who hits the 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. 

Shoutout to subscriber Tim Maher (@glenayrfarm), who picked the Bruins to defeat the Islanders and was closest to the final score of 2-1 in overtime. Terrific job, Tim!

Keep the picks coming, everyone!

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