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The NBA trade deadline produced two monster moves before lunch. The Bulls get Nikola Vucevic at center and inch closer to the East’s heavyweights, and the Mile High City looks to chase down Salt Lake City with Aaron Gordon.

Making Headlines

MLB: The Astros and righthander Lance McCullers Jr. agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract extension, according to multiple reports. Also: The White Sox said outfielder Eloy Jimenez will be out 5-to-6 months with a ruptured pectoral tendon.

NBA: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, Norman Powell, Evan Fournier, and Javale McGee were among players sent to new teams prior to the trade deadline.

NCAAW: No. 2 seeds Louisville, Texas A&M, and Maryland advanced to the Sweet 16.

NFL: The Jets signed former 49ers running back Tevin Coleman to a one-year, $2 million contract, according to ESPN.

Golf: Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Thomas all lost their first-round matches at the WGC Dell Match Play.

Tonight’s Action

Blues at Wild, 8 p.m. ET

Odds: Wild -120, Blues +116 || O/U 5.5

Pick: This is the first of eight scheduled meetings between the West Division rivals. Minnesota has won a franchise-record 10 consecutive home games. St. Louis (16-11-5) is 4-3-3 in its last 10, while the Wild (20-10-1) are 7-3-0. 

Sports Section likes the Wild on the moneyline and the under.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Blues-Wild winner, final score, and the game’s 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 winner of Nets-Jazz, the final score, and the leading scorer. 

Utah won 118-88 behind Donovan Mitchell’s game-high 27.

Sports Section had the Jazz laying 10 points but came up short on the under-230.5.

Subscriber Tim Maher (@glenayrfarm) goes back-to-back by not only picking the Jazz to win but predicting Mitchell’s big game.

Keep the picks coming, everyone!