Shaw Media sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sports events to watch this weekend:
Pro hockey: Blackhawks at St. Louis, 7 p.m. Saturday, WGN
It’s the regular season finale for the Blackhawks, who have already wrapped up the Presidents’ Trophy. It will be interesting to see how the Hawks play since goaltender Ray Emery left the Oilers game Wednesday night with a lower body injury.
SET THE DVR
Pro football: NFL Draft, Day 3, 11 a.m., Saturday, ESPN, NFL Network
Who will be Mr. Irrelevant? Will the Bears pick up anyone decent? Who’s left and how many small college players will get picked? You’re on the clock.
CATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS LATER
Mixed martial arts: UFC 159, at Newark, N.J., 8 p.m., Saturday, PPV
In the main event, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his title for the fifth time, this time against Chael Sonnen. I’m hoping Jones wins by submission.
Track and field: Penn Relays, at Philadelphia, noon, Saturday, NBC
Considered the oldest and largest track meet in the country, the Penn Relays feature novice, high school, college and Olympic-caliber competition in from of crowds that range from 20,000-plus Thursday to more than 50,000 Saturday.
While NBC will only show a few highlights from this prestigious meet that started Wednesday, the St. Charles North boys track team have sent relay teams there.
Track and field: Drake Relays, 7 p.m., Saturday, ESPN2
More than 8,000 track & field athletes will converge on Iowa’s state capital for the 104th edition of America’s Athletic Classic. Widely regarded as one of the world’s premier sporting events, the addition of nineteen medalists from the 2012 London Olympics has only heightened the anticipation and excitement for this weekend.
While ESPN2 will only show a few highlights from this prestigious meet that started Wednesday, Geneva native, Aurora Christian graduate and Iowa senior Brandon Oest will compete in the high jump. Also in the meet: Marmion graduate and Minnesota junior Andrew Larsen in the 5,000 meters; Kaneland graduate and Minnesota sophomore Logan Markuson in the pole vault and more. Maggie Gannon (Burlington Central graduate) already represented the Kane County Chronicle coverage area by winning the 4x1,600-meter relay Thursday.
College football: Iowa, spring game (tape delay), 7 p.m., Sunday, BTN
St. Charles native and Marmion graduate Ryan Kolka looks to get playing time at long snapper.
College softball: Michigan at Nebraska, noon, Saturday, BTN; Michigan at Nebraska (tape delay), 2 p.m., Sunday, BTN
Michigan junior utility player and Batavia graduate Katie Luetkens will try to keep the Wolverines (40-7, 16-0 Big Ten) on track for a regular season conference title.
• Agree? Disagree? Is someone from the Kane County Chronicle coverage area going to be on TV? Let Kevin Murphy know at firstname.lastname@example.org.