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Happy 58th birthday to Michael Jordan. Speaking of GOATs, Serena takes on Naomi down under tonight.

Making Headlines

NFL: Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the likely No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, had successful shoulder surgery, per NFL.com.

Soccer: The LA Galaxy II, the MLS club’s reserve team, signed 15-year-old sensation Alex Alcala to his first professional contract.

MLB: The Cubs have agreed to deals with right-handed relievers Brandon Workman and Pedro Strop, according to MLB.com.

NHL: The Rangers announced defenseman Jacob Trouba will be our four to six weeks with an upper-body injury.

Tonight’s Action

Florida Panthers at Carolina Hurricanes, 5 p.m. ET

Odds: Hurricanes -134, Panthers +125 || O/U 6.5

Pick: In the battle to chase down Tampa for first place in the Central Division, look for the Hurricanes to prevail in a close one at home. They are undefeated in Raleigh, and they have a plus-10 advantage in goal differential (+14) over Florida (+4). Despite strong goaltending on both sides, we like the over as well.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Hurricanes-Panthers winner, final score and 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, score and first goal-scorer of Golden Knights-Avalanche. Colorado won 3-2 with Nathan MacKinnon the first to find the back of the net.

Kudos to subscriber Shaun Henderson, who had the Avs winning 3-2 with Nazem Kadri scoring first. Half-credit since Kadri did notch the game-winner with 41 seconds remaining.

Keep the picks coming!