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The Draft


The final weekend of the 2020-21 college basketball season is here. To get us geared up for the Final Fours, our “Friday Conversation” features an analytical pioneer.

Making Headlines

NCAAM: Kansas signed coach Bill Self to a lifetime contract. The five-year rolling agreement automatically adds one year at the conclusion of each season. Also: Duke guard DJ Steward announced that he has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft.

MLB: The league postponed the final two games of the series between the Mets and Nationals to allow for further COVID-19 testing and contact tracing within the Washington organization.

Tonight’s Action

Diamondbacks at Padres 

Watch: 10:10 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Odds: Padres -225, Diamondbacks +185 || O/U 8

Pick: Blake Snell is expected to start for San Diego. The lefthander did not allow a run across five spring training starts. He’ll be opposed by righty Merrill Kelly for Arizona.

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

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Diamondbacks-Padres winner and final score. 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 and score of White Sox-Angels. 

The Angels won 4-3.

Much like Sports Section, no subscriber had the Angels coming out on top. Hey, nobody’s perfect on Opening Day.

Keep the picks coming, everyone!

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