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The Draft


The NBA trade deadline has passed, and both Sweet 16s tip tomorrow. Before more madness, please enjoy our latest “Friday Conversation” with an award-winning sports media personality who co-owns a pro team.

Making Headlines

NHL: Penguins center Sidney Crosby became the eighth-fastest player in league history to reach the 1,300-point milestone during Pittsburgh’s 4-0 victory over the Sabres.

MLB: Pitcher Gio Gonzalez announced his retirement on Instagram after 13 major-league seasons.

NFL: Running back Leonard Fournette is signing a one-year, $3.25 million deal to return to the Buccaneers, according to multiple reports.

Tonight’s Action

Hawks at Warriors 

Watch: 10 p.m. ET, ESPN

Odds: Hawks -7 || O/U 219

Pick: The Warriors are missing Stephen Curry and Draymond Green (illness) is questionable. Golden State has dropped three in a row and is 3-7 in its last 10 games. The Hawks traded veteran guard Rajon Rondo for Lou Williams on Thursday, and Williams isn’t expected to make his Atlanta debut until Sunday.

Sports Section likes the Hawks laying the points and the under.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Hawks-Warriors 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 Wild-Blues, the score, and the game’s first goal-scorer. Minnesota won 2-0, with Marcus Johansson netting the first goal. 

We hope you followed Sports Section’s advice of taking the Wild on the moneyline and the under-5.5.

Subscriber Mark Jeske (@juicyjeske) was closest to the final score, and no one had Johansson. Way to go, Mark!

Keep the picks coming, everyone!