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The Draft


Two heavyweight Round of 16 Champions League matches kick off Tuesday afternoon. We recommend tuning in and gambling (responsibly) while you take a break from your brackets. Friday is right around the corner.

Making Headlines

NFL: Veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Washington Football Team reached a one-year agreement, according to multiple reports. Also: The Broncos exercised their option on linebacker Von Miller for the 2021 season, and tight end Rob Gronkowski is returning to the Buccaneers, according to his agent.

NCAAM: Six officials were sent home from the NCAA tournament bubble in Indianapolis after one tested positive for COVID-19 and was in contact with the other five, according to ESPN.

NCAAW: UConn coach Geno Auriemma is expected to miss the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament after testing positive.

NBA: Forward Marvin Bagley III suffered a broken left hand during the Kings’ 122-116 loss to the Hornets.

Tonight’s Action

Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. ET

Odds: Hurricanes -225, Red Wings +200 || O/U 5.5

Pick: We just praised the red-hot Canes, so tonight we’re putting our money where our mouth is. They figure to blitz the Wings (8-17-4), who rank near the bottom in power-play and penalty-kill percentages. 

Take Carolina on the puck line (-1.5, +122), and lean over. If you don’t want to worry about the two-goal cover, our bonus play is a moneyline parlay (around -115) with the Avalanche.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Hurricanes-Red Wings winner, final score, and the first goal-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 and score of Lakers-Warriors, as well as the combined points of Los Angeles’ LeBron James and Golden State’s Stephen Curry. 

The Lakers won 128-97, and James and Curry combined for 49.

Sports Section missed badly with our call to take the Warriors and the points. We did, however, hit the over-224.

Subscriber Cory Hansen (@coryhansen) had the Lakers and was closest to the final score and the points for James and Curry. Nice work, Cory!

Keep the picks coming, everyone!