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HOT: The Cubs

They went 7--3 over 10 games, including six wins in a row, and have more young studs than they have since 1998. Success is as sure as Kerry Wood to the Hall of Fame.

NOT: The Clippers

They blew a 3--1 lead over the Rockets, washing out of the semifinals for the third time in four years. Well, at least they're not the Lakers.

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

The Islanders offered half-ounce vials of "melted ice" from Nassau Coliseum—their home for 43 years—for $20 and sold out in three hours.

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