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The Draft


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In 24 hours, the First Four tips off from Indianapolis, which means seven straight hours of play-in games beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

Making Headlines

NHL: The Sabres fired head coach Ralph Krueger after the team’s 12th consecutive loss. Also: Islanders forward Anders Lee will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

NFL: The 49ers and Trent Williams agreed to a six-year, $138.06 million deal — $55.1 million guaranteed — that will make him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history.

NCAAM: No school in the 68-team field withdrew from the NCAA Tournament before Tuesday’s deadline.

NCAAW: Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale announced her retirement. She led the Sooners to three Finals Fours in 25 seasons.

Tonight’s Action

Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers

Watch: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Odds: Bucks -5.5 || O/U 235

Pick: Both teams enter this one on a roll. The Eastern Conference-leading 76ers have won six in a row, and the third-place Bucks — 2.5 games back — have earned four consecutive victories.

Tobias Harris has picked up the slack for Philly during Joel Embiid’s absence through injury, but with the Sixers playing a night after a hard-fought win over the Knicks, we expect Giannis Antetokounmpo to dominate the middle. Giannis is looking for his fourth straight triple-double.

Take the Bucks and lay the points. We also like the over.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Bucks-76ers winner, 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 Hurricanes-Red Wings, the score, and the first goal-scorer.

Detroit surprised the team with the best winning percentage in the NHL with a 4-2 victory. Carolina’s Nino Niederreiter notched the first goal.

Sports Section had a split-decision. We had the Hurricanes on the puck line (-1.5, +122), but we hit on the over-5.5.

Much like Sports Section, no subscriber suspected the improbable Red Wings victory. David Nagelberg (@SportsGuruDave) did have Niederreiter scoring first. Good job, Dave!

Keep the picks coming, everyone!