Shaw Media sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sporting events to watch this weekend:
Pro hockey: NHL Playoffs, Western Conference semifinals, Game 5, Detroit at Blackhawks, 7 p.m., today, NBC
The Blackhawks’ losing streak is now at three and the Hawks’ season is on the verge of being over, now facing a steep 3-1 deficit. I’m not giving up hope, but let’s face it, the Hawks need a “Miracle on Ice” to win the series.
Auto racing: IRL, IndyCar, Indianapolis 500, 11 a.m., Sunday, ABC
If you watch one IndyCar race, this is one is the tops. This race will also feature four female drivers, for only the second time in history.
SET THE DVR
Tennis: French Open, first round, at Paris, 4 a.m. Sunday, ESPN2
Unless you’re getting up early, be sure to definitely record this. Although this is my least favorite of the Grand Slams because of the red clay courts, extreme time difference and Americans typically not faring well, be sure to catch some matches. Serena Williams will be the Americans’ best hopes in the women’s single draw. She’s won a career-best 24 matches in a row. She’s won two of the three last majors, the Olympics. As long as she’s healthy, there’s no stopping the world No. 1, who defeated No. 3 Victoria Azarenka last weekend on clay courts.
What makes me nervous and saving space on the DVR? Williams’ only title at Roland Garros came back in 2002 and she dropped her only first-round match in a Grand Slam in an opening-round match last year.
CATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS LATER
Pro baseball: Miami at White Sox, 6 p.m., today, Fox
Did the White Sox win a series against Boston? And they get a series against the lowly Marlins, at home? If you’re a White Sox fan, you have to thank the scheduling gods. And if you’re a Cubs fan, you’re hoping for a couple of Sox injuries before the Sox-Cubs series starts Monday.
College rowing – women’s: Big Ten rowing, (tape delay), 4 p.m., Sunday, BTN
Spoiler alert, the Big Ten Championships were held in Indianapolis with the Wisconsin rowing team finishing third. Kate Condon of Geneva was the coxswain on the Second Varsity Four boat for the Badgers.
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