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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks have no health issues heading into Game One of their NHL playoff series with the St. Louis Blues Thursday night. Stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (tavyz) are back from injury layoffs. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock anticipates some game-time decisions for the opener. He could get Vladimir Tarasenko (tehr-uh-SENK'-oh) back from a broken thumb that has sidelined him 15 games. T.J. Oshie (OH'-shee) missed practice on Wednesday.

CHICAGO (AP) - Veteran Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko (kuh-NEHR'-koh) is expected to make his first home start of the season Thursday against the Boston Red Sox. Konerko has had just one hit in nine at-bats as a part-time player. The pitching matchup for the series finale will be Chris Sale (sayl) for Chicago and Jon Lester for Boston.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals road trip continues Thursday night in the nation's capital. They begin a four-game series against the Washington Nationals as Adam Wainwright tries for his third victory of the season. Taylor Jordan will pitch for Washington.

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Bulls will open the NBA playoffs at home Sunday against the Washington Wizards. The Bulls finished the regular season as the number-four seed in the Eastern Conference while the Wizards leap-frogged the Brooklyn Nets on the final night to grab the fifth spot.

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