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Murf's Mote: Hitting the Bullseye as season comes to a close

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

NBA playoffs, first round, game 7, Bulls at Brooklyn, 7 p.m., today, TNT:
Well, here we are. The Bulls are bruised, injured, sick. They are down to the last straw. And yes, while you can wonder what this series or season would be like if Derrick Rose would have played, he didn’t. The Bulls have given pretty much everything in the tank. There’s only so many injuries a team can suffer.

If they somehow pull a miracle, and get themselves into the second round, that would just be icing on the cake. Tom Thibodeau did all he can. The Bulls are just really trying to make the best of a bad situation. It’s still been a fun season, don’t get me wrong. The season’s just been on life support all season. It might be time to pull the plug.

It’s time to go toward the light at the end of tunnel and wait until next season (Note: I think the Cubs already have that phrase down.).

NHL playoffs, conference quarterfinals, Blackhawks at Minnesota, 2 p.m., Sunday, NBC: Get the snacks and drinks ready, because hockey fans – you are in for the longhaul.

As Shaw Media sports reporter Tom Musick pointed out in his column after the Hawks’ first win in the series, “The No. 1 seed Hawks might have dominated the regular season en route to a 36-7-5 record, but nothing comes easily at this time of year. A slew of low-scoring games awaits, many of which will be decided by one goal, some of which will go to sudden-death overtime.”

Musick is pretty much on par as he also notes that including Tuesday’s 10-mile-long roller coaster of a game, the Hawks have gone to overtime in eight of their past nine postseason games. That includes one game this season, five out of six playoff games against Phoenix in 2012 and Games 6 and 7 against Vancouver in 2011. He says breathe and exhale, I say pop the aspirin, practice yoga during intermission and just prepare to dance to some “Chelsea Dagger” after the game.

MLB, White Sox at Kansas City, 6 p.m., today, WGN:
The White Sox are the first team to take a series from Texas this season. They move up slightly on the scale of mediocre Chicago baseball.

Horse racing: Kentucky Derby, at Louisville, Ky., 3 p.m., Saturday, NBC:
There’s nothing like Kentucky’s finest sporting event of the season. I bet you’ll enjoy one of the quickest sporting events all year.

College men’s volleyball: NCAA Division I national championship match, BYU vs. UC-Irvine, 8 p.m., today, ESPNU:
St. Charles North graduate Russ Lavaja looks to bring a national championship tonight for BYU. The senior middle blocker had five kills and two assisted blocks in the national semifinal against Penn State. He played all three sets. Lavaja is an AVCA second-team All-American this season and was an all-conference selection this season.

College men’s lacrosse: ECAC tournament championship, Ohio State vs. Denver, at Geneva, N.Y., 3 p.m., today, FSN: St. Charles North graduate Dominic Imbordino helped No. Ohio State (third seed) top No. 4 Loyola (Md.) (second seed) in the conference semifinals Thursday. Imbordino is a defender, and has played in all 14 matches this season.

College baseball: Indiana at Nebraska, 6 p.m., tonight, BTN: St. Charles North graduate Zach Hirsch gets to help the Huskers past the Hoosiers. Both teams entered the Big Ten race at 11-4.

College softball: Northwestern at Michigan, noon, today, BTN; 11 a.m., Sunday, BTN: After dropping two of three to Nebraska in the Big Ten last weekend, Batavia grad Katie Luetkens looks to help push the Wolverines toward an outright conference title this weekend. The Wolverines need one win in the series to clinch their sixth straight Big Ten title.

• 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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