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We’re guessing MLB didn’t expect the kind of hijinks we saw from Max Scherzer and Joe Girardi when it decided to crack down on pitchers using foreign substances, but we’re here for all the drama.

Making Headlines

NHL: Nick Suzuki had a goal and two assists in the Canadiens’ 4-1 victory over the Golden Knights. Carey Price added 26 saves as Montreal took a 3-2 series lead. Also: Carl Gunnarsson, who helped the Blues win the 2019 Stanley Cup, retired after 12 seasons.  

MLB: Mets slugger Pete Alonso announced that he will defend his Home Run Derby crown prior to the MLB All-Star Game next month in Denver.

Euro 2020: England beat the Czech Republic 1-0 to top Group D; the Czechs are still through to the next round. Croatia are the third team in the group to progress after knocking out Scotland with a 3-1 victory. In Group E, Sweden knocked out Poland with a 3-2 win courtesy of Victor Claesson’s extra-time goal, while Spain blanked Slovakia 5-0 to finish second behind the Swedes.

What We're Watching

Hawks at Bucks 

Watch: 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT

Odds: Bucks -8 || O/U 225.5*

Pick: Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals pits two teams that few expected to be here. Sports Section likes the Bucks to roll, so lay the points and take the under.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Hawks-Bucks winner, the final score, and the combined points of Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Atlanta’s Trae Young. 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 correctly predicted the Canadiens to defeat the Golden Knights and came closest to the final score (4-1) and the combined number of saves for goaltenders Carey Price and Marc-Andre Fleury (48).

Keep the picks coming, everyone!

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