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Published: Saturday, May 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

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

MUST-SEE TV

NBA playoffs, conference semifinals, Game 3, Oklahoma City at Memphis, 4 p.m. today, ESPN

Memphis won on the road in Game 2 and outscored the Thunder, 30-19, in the fourth quarter. And Memphis almost had Game 1. Memphis doesn’t necessarily scream TV ratings, but something makes me want to root for them. Before Friday, all of the NBA series were tied at 1. I’m also going to pretend the Bulls blowout loss in Game 2 didn’t really happen.

Not many around the NBA are surprised.

“When you get this deep into the playoffs, they’re all good teams, they’re all very good teams more than capable of winning at home or on the road,” Golden State coach Mark Jackson said in a recent Associated Press story. “So I’m not surprised at all. Good coaching, good playing, you make adjustments and win games. They’ve all been great games.”

PGA Tour, The Players Championship, third round, at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 1 p.m. Sunday, NBC

If Tiger Woods is involved, why not? I mean Woods had a pretty good opening day. Woods made birdie on every par 5 for the first time since 2006 and broke 70 in the opening round for the first time ever in The Players Championship.

SET THE DVR

Cubs at Washington, 3 p.m., today, CSN

Well, here’s the script this season. Make it interesting, and then ultimately fall short. Before Friday’s game, the Cubs were 5-8 in one-run games this season. At least, you’ll get to see the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg.

CATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS LATER

IIHF World Championship, preliminary round, United States vs. Germany, at Helsinki (same-day tape), 9:30 a.m., Sunday, NBCSN

Catch a little hockey with your mom before you head off to Sunday brunch for Mother’s Day.

OF NOTE

College baseball: Michigan State at Iowa (tape-delay), 7 p.m., today, BTN

Michigan State baseball heads on the road to face Big Ten foe Iowa in a three-game series beginning Friday. The Spartans have won four of their last five including a pair of midweek wins over Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan. The Spartans were sitting in fifth-place in the Big Ten heading into the weekend.

St. Charles North graduate and Michigan State redshirt sophomore shortstop Ryan Richardson is battting second and hitting near .300 this season.

College softball: Big Ten Tournament, championship at Lincoln, Neb., noon, Sunday, BTN

Batavia graduate and Michigan junior utility player Katie Luetkens looks to celebrate with the Michigan softball team. The Wolverines earned the No. 1 seed for this tournament by winning the Big Ten regular season title.

Men’s lacrosse, NCAA, Division I, playoffs, first round, Towson at Ohio State, 2 p.m., Sunday, ESPNU

St. Charles North graduate Dominic Imbordino has played in all 15 games for the Buckeyes this season. The winner of the Ohio State vs. Towson game will take on the winner of a matchup between No. 6 seed Maryland (10-3) and Cornell (12-3) at 12:30 or 3 p.m. May 18 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md.

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

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