SPORTS

A long, hard-fought series can tell you a lot about a team. That’s certainly true for the Bruins. With a Game 7 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, the B’s look like a resilient, re-energized group ready for a long playoff run.

Next up: the Columbus Blue Jackets, the NHL’s giant-slayers and, arguably, the hottest hockey team around.

Before the puck drops Thursday night at TD Garden, here’s a rundown of what you need to know for Round 2:

The Fatigue Factor…Or Not

UMass Football Player A Premier Option In 2019 NFL Draft

Apr 24, 2019
Andy Isabella.
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UMass Amherst football player Andy Isabella could make school history in this year’s NFL draft.

The elite men begin the race on Monday. It was the sixth anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings.
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Kenya's Lawrence Cherono outsprinted Ethiopa's Lelisa Desisa over the final few steps to win the Boston Marathon on Monday.

For more than three decades, no American woman won the Boston Marathon.

Heading into last year’s race, Des Linden was one of three runners with a good chance to break that drought. She was 34 years old, a two-time Olympian with an impressive running resume. And she had nearly won the race in 2011, coming up two seconds short after a sprint to the finish.

But she almost didn’t make it to the start of the 2018 Boston Marathon because of something that happened 10 months earlier, in July 2017, in a race on the other side of the world.

Donnie Gardiner doesn’t like to waste time. Not with the Red Sox home opener fast approaching.

After offering a quick greeting at Gate D — “C’mon in. Welcome to Fenway Park,” he says — he rushes off to the visitors’ clubhouse. Gardiner walks and talks.

“We have city inspections we have to worry about,” he says. “We have construction we have to finish up. We have just all kinds of things going on right now.”

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