DEERFIELD, Ill. — When Derrick Rose went down and Luol Deng was traded, the Bulls needed a leader. Enter, Joakim Noah. He became a sort of point-center, running the offense while cleaning up on the glass and on defense. Chicago wound up with 48 wins in a season that could have gone all wrong. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— Saturday Games:
— TORONTO — BKN--Nets-Raptors. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— INDIANAPOLIS — BKN--Hawks-Pacers. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— OKLAHOMA CITY — BKN--Grizzlies-Thunder. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— CHARLOTTE, N.C. — BKN--Bobcats-Douglas-Roberts. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
ATLANTA — If the Atlanta Hawks were playing another sport, they might have a glimmer of hope heading into the playoffs. Not so in the NBA. Power talks. In the last two decades, 17 titles have been won by teams that had at least the fourth-best overall record in the league. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth are in contention entering the second round of the RBC Heritage. Kuchar is tied for the lead with Scott Langley and William McGirt while the 20-year-old Spieth is three shots back. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Pablo Larrazabal runs into a lake to escape hornets "three times the size of bees" during the second round of the Malaysian Open. The Spaniard gets medical treatment, including injections, but finishes his round. "I've never been so scared," he says. SENT: 400 words, photos.
DULUTH, Ga. — Bernhard Langer, who won the inaugural event in 2013, Miguel Angel Jimenez, coming off a fourth-place finish in the Masters, and Fred Couples are among the favorites for the start of the Greater Gwinnett Classic. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— KAPOLEI, Hawaii — GLF--LPGA Tour. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by midnight.
HOOVER, Ala. — Jacksonville Jaguars long snapper Carson Tinker enjoyed the relative anonymity his position gave him in Alabama. Then came April 27, 2011. A tornado ripped apart his house, killing his girlfriend. Now, Tinker has written a book about the ordeal. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Reggie Wayne can't wait to get back on the field after recovering from a torn knee ligament. Andrew Luck can't wait to have him back there. But the two Colts stars may not get a chance to do their usual work when the offseason team activities begin next week. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words by 9 p.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — Marc Marquez safely navigated the first turn of the Grand Prix of the Americas and quickly settled in for his second consecutive victory of the 2014 season. The rest of the grid in MotoGP will have to hope the Spaniard doesn't make such easy work of the world championship. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.
— DURHAM, N.C. — BKC--Duke-Hood-NBA. Duke sophomore Rodney Hood following Jabari Parker by declaring for NBA draft. SENT: 250 words, photos.
— WASHINGTON — Obama-Navy Football. Obama presents Commander-in-Chief trophy to Navy football team at White House. SENT: 120 words, photos.
— NCAA-Hardship Waivers. NCAA could force hardship transfers to sit a year but gain extra year of eligibility. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — GYM--NCAA Women's Gymnastics. Defending champion Florida among 12 schools looking to make finals at NCAA women's gymnastics championships. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Sessions at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
— HKN--NHL Playoff Capsules.
— BBO--Baseball Capsules.
— GLF--Golf Capsules.
Friday's Time Schedule (EDT)
Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Toronto at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Detroit, 7:08 p.m.
Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Seattle at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
Houston at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
San Francisco at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.