Ryo Ishikawa, Chicago Bulls, Masters Leaderboard and Friday's Top Sports Stories

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Ryo Ishikawa, Chicago Bulls, Masters Leaderboard and Friday's Top Sports Stories
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The 2011 Masters has the first 18 holes in the book already and there are plenty of big names in contention.

Phil Mickelson is looking to join Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods as the only golfers to ever win consecutive green jackets.

Many names toward the top of the leaderboard will fall out of contention within the next day or so, while others will get it in gear over the weekend to make a late push. 

If you can't see yourself rooting for any of them, however, this is the time to pull for Ryo Ishikawa.

The young Japanese golfer has stated that he will donate all of his 2011 PGA Tour earnings to the relief effort in Japan, following last month's earthquake and tsunami that caused disaster throughout his homeland.

After 18 holes, Ishikawa carded a 71 leaving him at minus-1 and six shots behind the leaders.

While Ishikawa will hope to post a better score on day two, he will not be the only one looking to climb up the scoreboard at Augusta over the next few days.

In other sports news, the Chicago Bulls inched one step closer towards securing the No. 1 seed in the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs by destroying the Boston Celtics at home last night, 97-81.

Derrick Rose led the winning effort with 30 points.

Stay tuned for the latest at Augusta and the 2011 Masters, the NBA Playoff positioning and all of the top stories from the world of sports.

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