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A wild weekend saw both 1-seeds eliminated from the NBA postseason, two overtime finishes in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and a first-time major winner…

Making Headlines

Olympics: 35-year-old sprinter Allyson Felix qualified for her fifth Olympics with a second-place finish in the 400 meters at trials; in swimming, Simone Manuel booked her trip to Tokyo with a win in the 50-meter freestyle.

NHL: Nicholas Roy scored an OT game-winner for the Golden Knights, who evened up the Conference Finals at 2-2 with the Canadiens.

NBA: The Suns defeated the Kawhi-less Clippers 120-114 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals without star Chris Paul, who’s still in COVID protocol but is expected to return early in the series, per Yahoo Sports. Devin Booker came up big with 40 points and his first career triple-double.

MLB: The Rays called up MLB top prospect Wander Franco for Tuesday’s game vs. the Red Sox; Mets ace Jacob deGrom will start Monday’s doubleheader vs. the Braves after leaving a June 16 start (right flexor tendinitis).

Euro 2020: Italy beat Wales 1-0 on Sunday to secure the top spot in Group A, and the Netherlands beat North Macedonia 3-0 on Monday to win Group C. The group stage ends Wednesday; the Round of 16 begins this weekend.

What We're Watching

Islanders at Lightning

Watch: 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Odds: Lightning -186 / Islanders +160 || O/U 5

Pick: We’re not overthinking this one. The Islanders nearly blew a 3-0 lead but held on to even the series. Tonight, the Lightning will find a way to bounce back at home, and we like the over.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Islanders-Lightning winner, the 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 to subscriber Sergio del Prado (@SergiodelPrado9), who on Friday correctly predicted the Bucks would defeat the Nets and was closest to the final score (115-111 in OT) and the combined points for Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo (88). Good job, Sergio!

Keep the picks coming, everyone!

Today’s Guest Writer Jimmy Greenfield is a former Chicago Tribune sportswriter who is seeking a multiyear contract just like Schwarber, but for the time being is excited to be pinch-hitting for the great Chris Kuc.

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