Shaw Media sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sporting events to watch this weekend:
Pro hockey: NHL playoffs, Western Conference finals, Game 1, Los Angeles at Blackhawks, 4 p.m. today, NBCSN and NHL playoffs, Western Conference finals, Game 2, Los Angeles at Blackhawks, 7 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN
Back-to-back Hawks games on the weekend? A sports lover’s dream. I’m still a little over the edge on the couch from that last overtime game. Hopefully, the Hawks have gained some momentum, so I don’t have to cringe in every game I watch for the rest of the postseason.
Pro basketball: NBA playoffs, Eastern Conference finals, Game 6, Miami at Indiana, 7:30 p.m., today, TNT
The Pacers are on the brink of elimination. If you’re a Bulls fan, like me, you want to see the Heat lose. Why? Nothing against Heat fans, I sort of just want to see LeBron James lose. Yeah. I’m that guy. Do I respect him? Yes. Do I want to see him win another title? No. Go Pacers.
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Tennis: French Open, third round, at Paris, 11 a.m. Sunday, NBC
An American in Paris? At least on the women’s side? Serena Williams and other American women have made their mark this week at Roland Garros.
Soccer: Men’s national teams, exhibition, United States vs. Germany, at Washington, 1 p.m., Sunday, ESPN2
Can the U.S. men’s soccer team rebound after a 4-2 loss to Belgium? U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann gets to face his former country.
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WNBA: Tulsa at Sky, 5 p.m., Sunday, WCIU
The Sky’s Elle Delle Donne outperformed Brittney Griner in the season-opener and finished with four blocks. Although Delle Donne didn’t dunk, she’s just an exciting player to watch, in just her rookie season.
College softball: World Series, Game 8, Arizona State vs. Michigan, at Oklahoma City, 1:30 p.m., today, ESPN2
Batavia graduate and Michigan junior Katie Luetkens will get to help the Wolverines stay alive at the national championship. If the Wolverines win this game, they’ll play another elimination game today.
Pro baseball: Arizona at Cubs, 6 p.m., FOX or Arizona at Cubs, 1:10 p.m. Sunday, WGN
Get a chance to check out Diamondbacks closer and St. Charles East graduate Matt Reynolds. Entering Friday’s game, Reynolds was 0-2 this season with 2 saves and 5 holds. He has 21 strikeouts in 211/3 innings with a 1.16 ERA. Arizona’s roster also features former Kane County Cougar Cliff Pennington.
• 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.