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The NFL Draft starts next Thursday. In our latest “Friday Conversation,” a former 2012 second-round defensive end shares how he’s still using his platform for good off the field.

Making Headlines

Golf: Tony Romo shot an opening-round 77 at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Veritex Bank Championship. He chipped in for eagle on his first hole.

NFL: According to ESPN, the Browns exercised the fifth-year option of quarterback Baker Mayfield’s contract.

Soccer: Barcelona are working on a three-year contract offer to Lionel Messi, according to multiple reports.

NBA: Anthony Davis returned to the Lakers’ lineup after missing 30 games due to injury. The eight-time All-Star had four points in L.A.’s 115-110 loss to the Mavericks.

Tonight’s Action

Padres at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET

Odds: Dodgers -150, Padres +130  || O/U 6.5

Pick: In a matchup of aces, Yu Darvish (1-1, 2.55 ERA) will start for the Padres opposite Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.99) for the Dodgers.

Sports Section likes the Dodgers to bounce back tonight. Take Los Angeles on the moneyline and the under.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Padres-Dodgers winner, the final score, and the combined strikeouts from Darvish and Kershaw. 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 Hurricanes-Panthers, the score, and first goal-scorer. Carolina won 4-2, with Florida’s Aleksander Barkov notching the first goal.

While no subscriber had Barkov scoring first, David Nagelberg (@SportsGuruDave) gets his second shoutout in a row by predicting the Canes to win 4-2.

Keep the picks coming, everyone!

Comments? Suggestions? You can reach me at chris.kuc@thedraftmag.com or follow me on Twitter.