Northwest Herald sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sports events to watch this weekend:
Bulls at Brooklyn, 7 p.m. Saturday, CSN/ESPN
Center Joakim Noah will be limited during the first-round of the playoffs. But I think the Bulls can steal the first series and can do it on the road.
“It’s really disappointing for me,” Noah told The Associated Press. “You work really hard in the summer and the season to be ready for situations like this, and just to be hurt is really disappointing. It is what it is. We fought hard to get here, and we’re a very capable team. It’s going to be an exciting series against Brooklyn.”
Jay-Z better watch out for the Bulls.
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Arizona at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, WGN
It’s near the end of the regular season for the Hawks as they look to capture the President’s Trophy. The Hawks will look to finish the season with the most points in the league without backup goaltender Ray Emery.
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College football: Intrasquad, Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game, at South Bend, Ind., noon Saturday, NBCSN
Are you a Domer? Still riding on last year’s success? Drinking from the Kool-Aid of Chip Kelly? Well, here’s a preview of the 2013 team that could make another national title run, but probably still will lose to Alabama.
College baseball: Rice at Houston, 12:30 p.m.. Saturday, FSN
Cary-Grove graduate and Houston infielder/pinch-hitter Chris Waylock will be in the dugout as he cheers on the Cougars as they take on the Owls.
College football: Spring game,
Wisconsin, 4 p.m. Saturday, BTN
So, the Badgers have a rotation of quarterbacks and guiding them will be former Marian Central quarterback Jon Budmayr, who is a student assistant coach with the Badgers this season.
College baseball: Illinois at Ohio St., 11 a.m. Sunday, BTN
Cary-Grove graduate and Ohio State left-hander Matt Panek will be in the dugout as he cheers on the Buckeyes as they take on the Illini.
College baseball: Southern Illinois-Carbondale at Creighton, 4 p.m. Sunday, ESPNU
It’s a game that could feature two former Northwest Herald baseball players.
Cary-Grove graduate Luke Mottashed has been one of the top hitters for the SIU baseball team. Mottashed has split time as a catcher and designated hitter this season. He was hitting better than .338 going into the weekend series and slugging at least .486.
Alden-Hebron graduate Mark Winkelman works out of the bullpen for the Bluejays. He is 5-0 with a save this season with a 4.32 ERA.
Earlier this season, Winkelman was one of 75 college baseball relief pitchers named Feb. 8 to the 2013 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year award watch list.
Mottashed and Winkelman both played together for the Pro Player Consultants varsity travel team for two seasons before college.
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