Stanley Cup finals take center ice
NHL: Both the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks have endured a long Stanley Cup drought. For the Canucks, the wait for a championship has been ... forever. The Bruins' hiatus has been slightly more manageable. The last time they won it all was 1972. The road to these finals has been an arduous one. Boston needed seven games to win its conference quarterfinals and finals, while it took Vancouver seven games to win its Western Conference quarterfinals and six games to end its semifinal series. The Stanley Cup finals head across the border to Vancouver for Game 1 tonight (8 p.m., NBC).
MLB: It's a big day for Boston sports fans, as the Red Sox will be in action trying to keep pace with the Yankees in the AL East. Currently, Boston is a game out of first, but after winning 13 of 15, the Red Sox have lost their last three. Tim Wakefield is on the mound for the series finale against the White Sox at Fenway (1:35 p.m.). ... The Yankees, will try to stay one step ahead giving A.J. Burnett the starting nod, as New York wraps up its three-game set in Oakland (3:35 p.m.).
French Open: For the first time since 1984, the top-five seeded men have all reached the quarterfinals. No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer have already cemented their places in the semifinals. But top seed Rafael Nadal still has some work to do. He'll face fifth-seeded Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals today. Fourth-seeded Andy Murray will also be vying for a spot in the final four, as he takes on Juan Ignacio Chela. If Murray is able to pull off a victory, it's guaranteed that all the men in the semifinals will be seeded fifth or better.