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The big picture: Stories matter, and the Blues are on the precipice of writing one of the great ones. But history matters, too, and the city of Boston is now three wins away from accomplishing something we haven't seen since 1936.
The bottom line: If you're from Boston or enjoy watching cities dominate for long periods of time, root for the Bruins. Otherwise, root for the underdog Blues. Pretty simple.
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Virginia cruised to a 13-9 victory over defending champion Yale to cap off a miraculous title run and win its first men's lacrosse title since 2011.
The backdrop: Just like their basketball team, UVA suffered a first-round exit to a small college in Baltimore last season (Loyola). And just like their basketball team, UVA's title run this season was full of epic comebacks.
All title games:
What's next: Plenty more lacrosse coming your way this summer. The action continues on Saturday, with Week 1 of the Premier Lacrosse League's inaugural season.
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Pac-12 champion UCLA is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA baseball tournament, which begins on Friday with regional play. The Bruins (47-8) won every series this season and are currently riding a 10-game winning streak.
INDIANAPOLIS — France's Simon Pagenaud won the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, holding off Alexander Rossi, who briefly took the lead with less than two laps to go.
MONTE CARLO, MONACO — With his tires failing, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) held on to win his third Monaco Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) placed second, denying Mercedes its sixth straight one-two finish. Go deeper.
FLORIANOPOLIS, BRAZIL — A triathlete competes in the IRONMAN Florianopolis, which was won by two Americans, Andy Potts and Sarah Piampiano. P.S. ... This video gets me jacked up.
CHARLOTTE — Martin Truex Jr. overcame an early flat tire to win the Coca-Cola 600. Brad Keselowski won the first two stages, with Truex picking up wins in the final two stages of NASCAR's longest race. Highlights.
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13 years ago today, Barry Bonds hit his 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth for second on the all-time list. Two years later, he passed Hank Aaron for the top spot — asterisk included.
All-time HR leaders:
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The annual Isle of Man TT Races begin on Saturday. Between 1907 and 2018, there have been 149 fatalities during official practices or races, including five in 2016.
Go deeper: We'll have additional coverage later this week, but for now, familiarize yourself with the world's most dangerous race.
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1. Who will cover the spread in Indians (+1.5) vs. Red Sox?
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Kendall "Hello Bryce" Baker
Trivia answer: Albert Pujols (641), Miguel Cabrera (467), Edwin Encarnacion (393), Nelson Cruz (367), Curtis Granderson (338).