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The Draft


Welcome to June, aka Crunch Time — the NBA and NHL playoffs level up, plus the U.S. Open, College Baseball and Softball World Series, and Wimbledon. Let’s do this.

Making Headlines

NHL: Marc-Andre Fleury, Philipp Grubauer, and Andrei Vasilevskiy were named finalists for the Vezina Trophy. Also: The Islanders topped the Bruins in overtime to even their second-round series at 1-1.

MLB: The Orioles fell to the Twins for their 14th consecutive loss.

NBA: Bradley Beal scored 27 to lead the Wizards over the 76ers and stave off elimination. Also: The Jazz took a 3-1 series lead over the Grizzlies.

Soccer: Sergio Aguero will join Barcelona on a free transfer from Manchester City.

Tonight’s Action

Padres at Cubs, 8:05 p.m. ET

Odds: Padres -108, Cubs -108 || O/U 7.5

Pick: Lefthander Ryan Weathers (2-1, 1.31 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Padres facing righty Kyle Hendricks (5-4, 4.63) for the Cubs.

Sports Section likes Hendricks and the Cubs to continue their strong play. Take Chicago and over.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Padres-Cubs, the final score, and the player who hits the game’s first home run. Nail it, and you get a mention in the next edition of Sports Section. Don’t forget to include your Twitter handle. 

Shoutout: Friday, we asked subscribers to predict the winner of Brewers-Nationals, the score, and the player to hit the first home run. 

The game was postponed due to rain, so no shoutout today.

Keep the picks coming, everyone!

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