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CSN announces 2012 College Football schedule

CSN announces 2012 College Football schedule

COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES 2012 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

17 Live Telecasts, including 4 games featuring Illinois State & NIUs Homecoming Game;
Plus Notre Dame & Northwestern weekly coaches shows

Chicago, IL (August 20, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, has announced its 2012 college football schedule highlighted by standout local match-ups featuring pre-season, nationally-ranked Illinois State of the Missouri Valley Conference, 2011 Mid-American Conference champion2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl winner Northern Illinois, plus additional action-packed match-ups from Conference USA and the SEC, along with weekly college coaches shows from Notre Dame and Northwestern.

Comcast SportsNets first of 17 live telecasts from its 2012 college football schedule takes place on Saturday, September 1 at 7:00 PM featuring Conference USA West Division standout Houston hosting Texas State. The following week, on Saturday, September 8 at 12 NOON, Comcast SportsNet will carry the first of four Illinois State Redbirds telecasts starting off with their visit to Eastern Michigan. Additional Illinois State games on Comcast SportsNets 2012 college football schedule this season include road match-ups against Western Illinois (Sept. 22 at 3:00 PM), Northern Iowa (Oct. 27 at 4:00 PM) and Indiana State (Nov. 3 at 1:00 PM).

On Saturday, October 13 at 2:30 PM, Northern Illinois Huskies fans will be in for a treat as Comcast SportsNet will carry the schools annual Homecoming Game as they take on MAC rival Buffalo. Please note the attached schedule for Comcast SportsNets complete 2012 college football schedule, including all Conference USA match-ups, along with scheduled datestimes for its SEC telecasts.

Comcast SportsNet will also provide college football fans with a pair of area team college coaches shows this season on Tuesdays beginning in September (air datestimes may vary during the season) Inside Notre Dame Football with Brian Kelly (4:30 PM) and Northwestern Football: The Pat Fitzgerald Show (11:30 PM).

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2012 College Football Schedule

1. Sat, Sept 1 7:00 pm CUSA: Texas State @ Houston LIVE
2. Sat, Sept. 8 12:00 pm Illinois State @ Eastern Michigan LIVE
3. Sat, Sept 15 3:00 pm CUSA: Florida Intl @ C. Florida LIVE
4. Sat, Sept. 22 3:00 pm Illinois State @ Western Illinois LIVE
5. Sat, Oct 6 6:00 pm CUSA: North Texas @ Houston LIVE
6. Sat, Oct 13 2:30 pm Buffalo @ Northern Illinois LIVE
7. Sat, Oct 20 7:00 pm CUSA: Central Florida @ Memphis LIVE
8. Sat, Oct 27 12:00 pm CUSA: Southern Miss @ Rice LIVE
9. Sat, Oct. 27 4:00 pm Illinois State @ Northern Iowa LIVE
10. Sat, Oct 27 6:30 pm SEC: Teams TBD LIVE JIP 7:00 pm
11. Sat, Nov. 3 1:00 pm Illinois State @ Indiana State LIVE
12. Sat, Nov 3 6:30 pm CUSA: UAB @ Southern Miss LIVE
13. Sat, Nov 10 TBA CUSA: Marshall @ UAB LIVE
14. Sat, Nov 10 6:30 pm SEC: Teams TBA LIVE
15. Sat, Nov 17 11:00 am CUSA: Houston @ Marshall LIVE
16. Sat, Nov 17 6:30 pm SEC: Teams TBA LIVE
17. Sat, Nov 24 2:30 pm CUSA: Southern Miss @ Memphis LIVE

Schedule as of 82012 -- Schedule subject to change

(Live JIP) Live, joined in progress
(TBA) To be announced

Prospects highlight White Sox spring training invitees

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Prospects highlight White Sox spring training invitees

Pitchers and catchers report in just over three weeks and the White Sox announced the list of spring training invitees on Monday.

The White Sox signed six players to minor-league contracts to get them to camp, but, as has been the case for the past year-plus with the White Sox, all eyes will be on the prospects.

Pitchers Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Dylan Cease and position players Luis Robert, Zack Collins and 2017 first-round pick Jake Burger are among the top prospects the White Sox invited to spring training. The team’s top prospect, Eloy Jimenez, is already on the 40-man roster so he was already set to be included. Jimenez, Kopech, Hansen, Robert and Dunning were just included on Baseball America's top 100 prospects.

Kopech and Collins were in spring training last year and Jimenez was in spring training with the Cubs in 2017 so it’s not an entirely new experience for them, but White Sox fans will be able to get a more extended and accessible look at Jimenez for the first time. Robert will likely have extra attention on him due to this being his first professional baseball in the U.S. Robert played in the Dominican Summer League after signing with the White Sox last summer.

The other non-roster invitees are pitchers Chris Beck, Tyler Danish, Jordan Stephens, Connor Walsh, Brian Clark and Jordan Guerrero and position players Alfredo Gonzalez, Seby Zavala and Jacob May.

The players signed on minor-league contracts are Rob Scahill, Chris Volstad, Michael Ynoa, T.J. House, Patrick Leonard and Matt Skole. Volstad and Ynoa both pitched with the White Sox in 2017, but have since been removed from the 40-man roster. Scahill is a Chicagoland product who graduated from Willowbrook High School and pitched at Bradley in college.

The Brewers have emerged as a darkhorse in the race for top starting pitchers

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The Brewers have emerged as a darkhorse in the race for top starting pitchers

The Milwaukee Brewers are making sure nobody forgets about them in the National League Central.

While the St. Louis Cardinals continue to make trades and the Cubs remain linked to the top starting pitchers on the market even after signing three pitchers, the Brewers have been rather quiet. All winter, the only noteworthy moves from Milwaukee came in the form of under-the-radar pitcher signings — starters Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo plus reliever Boone Logan.

Beyond that, the Brewers have added a bunch of other low-leverage players — catcher Christian Bethancourt and relievers J.J. Hoover, Ernesto Frieri, Michael Brady and Erik Davis. (Nobody would blame you if you haven't heard of any of those players before.)

But maybe the Brewers have just been saving their cash for one of the big guys, with Ken Rosenthal confirming a report Sunday night Milwaukee is not only one of the teams in on Yu Darvish, but they've even made a formal offer:

The Brewers securing Darvish or one of the other top pitchers — Jake Arrieta or Alex Cobb — would be a huge development in their effort to keep pace with the Cubs and Cardinals in the division.

Milwaukee was a surprise contender in 2017 before they faded down the stretch. The main reason they hung around the top of the NL Central all year was a shockingly-effective pitching staff.

However, the Brewers have some serious pitching questions long-term that need to be addressed. Beyond Chase Anderson and Zach Davies in the rotation, there are no sure things. 

Jimmy Nelson underwent shoulder surgery last fall and it's currently unknown when he can be counted on again, though things are progressing ahead of schedule. Junior Guerra — the 33-year-old right-hander formerly of the White Sox — went 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts in 2016 but followed that up with some serious struggles in 2017 (5.12 ERA, 1.48 WHIP).

Chacin, 30, was good in 2017 (13-10, 3.89 ERA, 1.27 WHIP), but struggled with health and inconsistent performance in the five seasons prior. Gallardo, 31, has a 5.57 ERA and 1.55 WHIP over the last two seasons. 

All that adds up to a staff that doesn't inspire much confidence behind a high-powered offense led by Ryan Braun, Travis Shaw, Domingo Santana, Eric Thames plus up-and-comers Lewis Brinson and Orlando Arcia.

Adding Arrieta or Darvish would certainly go quite far in improving the Brewers' biggest weakness and even Cobb could be a serious game-changer in Milwaukee.

As an interesting footnote to the whole Darvish rumor, the minute after Rosenthal confirmed the report, the Brewers official Twitter account took a shot at the Cubs:

Cubs Twitter — never one to back down from a good-natured social media spat — responded Monday morning with a sick comeback: