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The Draft

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If you’re looking to bet on something besides basketball and hockey, things are looking up. One of the season’s best golf events starts Thursday — and don’t sleep on late-night tennis.

Making Headlines

NBA: Kyrie Irving said the Nets “look very average” after their third loss in a row dropped them 4.5 games out of first and put them only three games above the 10th seed.

NFL: The Washington Football Team re-signed quarterback Taylor Heinicke to a two-year deal. Also: Texans team president Jamey Rootes resigned after more than 20 years with the organization.

NHL: Blue Jackets forward Patrik Laine was benched during Monday’s game against the Hurricanes because he “verbally disrespected” a coach, according to The Athletic.

Tonight’s Action

Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET

Odds: Canadiens -110, Leafs +100 || O/U 6.5

Pick: The Leafs (10-2-1) and Canadiens (8-2-2) face off for the first time since Opening Night. In the 749th all-time meeting between the teams, we’re going with the Leafs to continue their scorching play behind Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. Despite strong goaltenders at each end, take the over.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Maple Leafs-Canadiens winner, final score and 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 score and high scorer of Celtics-Jazz. Utah won 122-108 and easily covered the spread (as Sports Section told you to take). Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 36.

We have our first repeat winner as Jason P. Dumont (@jasondumont) was the only one to pick the Jazz. We’ll ignore that his margin of victory was off by 11 points (113-110) and that Jayson Tatum only scored 28. Congrats (again), Jason! 

Keep the picks coming!