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The Draft


Today marks the 35th anniversary of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. This weekend, Sarah Thomas will make history as the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl.

Making Headlines

NBA: Fred VanVleet poured in a franchise-record 54 points during Raptors’ 123-108 victory over the Magic. It was the most points scored by an undrafted player in NBA history.

MLB: Designated hitter Nelson Cruz will sign a one-year, $13 million contract to return to the Twins, according to multiple reports.

Hockey: Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has been named GM of Team Canada for the Olympic Winter Games.

Tonight’s Action

Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks

Watch: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Odds: Bucks -8 || O/U 231.5

Pick: In the first showdown between the Eastern Conference playoff teams this season, Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.3 PPG) will dominate from start to finish and Khris Middleton’s timely outside shooting (45.8% 3PT) will be too much for an outmatched Indiana. Lay the points but take the under.

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Shoutout: Yesterday, we asked subscribers to pick the winner of the Clippers-Nets game and leading scorer. No one chose the Nets (124-120) or the leading scorer (Kyrie Irving, 39) so we’ll give the shoutout to…Sports Section. We said to take the Nets +1.5 and over 241.5! Try to keep up.

Keep the picks coming!