SPORTS

5 stories, including Cup countdown almost over

05/30/2012 01:51 EDT | Updated 07/29/2012 05:12 EDT

Puck drop at the Stanley Cup final is mere hours away, the Blue Jays had a very Blue Jays type of game, the Spurs set a new NBA record, and a pair of tragedies struck the boxing world.

Here are your top five stories from Tuesday:

1. The wait is finally over. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings goes tonight on Hockey Night In Canada (8 p.m. ET, CBC, CBCSports.ca). In anticipation of that game, we want you to tell us what the "X-factor" will be. One of the players that could turn the tide in the series is Anze Kopitar, a player who senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby says has earned the respect of both his teammates and opponents.

2. It's been a bad few days for the boxing world, a place notorious for bad news striking anywhere at anytime. As CBCSports.ca's Chris Iorfida writes, a pair of tragedies hit the sport as it lost Johnny Tapia, while Paul Williams was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident.

3. The Toronto Blue Jays' bats stayed hot in the second game of their series with the Baltimore Orioles, but Toronto's hurlers continued to make things interesting. Churning out an 8-1 lead before the Orioles chipped away at the Blue Jays' pitching staff, the ninth inning saw Baltimore's go-ahead run at bat with one out. Click here for the full story.

4. The San Antonio Spurs are in the record books — and two games up in the Western Conference Finals. The Spurs beat the Thunder for their 20th straight win, dating back to the regular season. They came into Tuesday's game tied with the 2000-01 Lakers for the longest win streak heading into the playoffs.

5. Another day at the French Open marked another early exit for a top-ranked American. Yesterday, Andy Roddick packed up his things, and on Day 2 Serena Williams was also ousted at Roland Garros. Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak will be back in action today, matching up against No. 31-ranked Jie Zheng.

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