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Community Sports

Murf’s 'Mote: Bulls about to bust some Nets

Shaw Media sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sports events to watch this weekend:


Bulls at Brooklyn, 7 p.m., today, 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.


Phoenix at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m., today, 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.


College football: Intrasquad, Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game, at South Bend, Ind., noon, today, 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 will still lose to Alabama.


College softball: Iowa at Michigan, 2 p.m., Sunday, BTN

Batavia graduate Katie Luetkens could get a chance to see the field for the Wolverines. Luetkens hit her first collegiate home run last weekend as the Wolverines routed Michigan State, 21-2, in that series’ opener.

Luetkens’ two-run home run came in a pinch-hit at-bat and went into the right field grandstands.

Luetkens had plenty to say: “You work hard all week on different mechanics and having the opportunity to come out and display that can remind you why you work so hard all week, and it also serves as a reminder to never be satisfied.”

It was the first career RBI for Luetkens as well.

“As I was rounding third [Michigan coach Carol Hutchins] had a big smile on her face and gave me a high-five – everything kind of slowed down and I thought about how many people wished they could have that moment, and it feels great to have the opportunity,” Luetkens said in a press release. “To experience running in and knowing each one of my teammates are excited for me and have confidence in me, it’s the greatest feeling in the world. We’re so close and we work hard and do everything together.”

College baseball: Southern Illinois-Carbondale at Creighton, 4 p.m., Sunday, ESPNU

Sugar Grove native Alex Staehely will attempt to lead the Bluejays past the Salukis in the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season finale.

• Agree? Disagree? Is someone from the Kane County Chronicle coverage area going to be on TV? Let Kevin Murphy know at

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