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CSN to present 'SportsNet Central at the Ryder Cup' coverage starting Tuesday

CSN to present 'SportsNet Central at the Ryder Cup' coverage starting Tuesday

Chicago, IL (September 24, 2012) Beginning tomorrow (Tue, Sept. 25), Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide extensive, live, regional coverage reports from the 39th Ryder Cup (from Medinah C.C. in Medinah, IL) on its signature nightly sports news programs, SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse at 6:30 PM (6:00 PM on Thu, Sept. 27) and GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 PM & 10:30 PM.

Hosted by Pat Boyle (@CSNBoyle) and a variety of Golf Channel analysts (including GolfChannel.com senior writer Rex Hoggard), plus - continuous tourney reports from Gail Fischer (@GailFisch), SportsNet Central at the Ryder Cup segments will feature a comprehensive breakdown of the days key moments, including highlights, interviews and detailed tournament analysis. In addition, CSN Chicagos nightly sports roundtable talk show, Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff featuring host David Kaplan, will have live interviews featuring Golf Channel analysts throughout the week nightly at 5:30 PM.

SportsNet Central at the Ryder Cup segments will also showcase numerous feature stories produced by Golf Channel throughout the week, including:

- Michael Jordan 1-on-1: Jordan talks about his love of golf, the Ryder Cup, his love for Chicago and Chicago as a sports town. Golf Channels Mark Rolfing conducts the interview. (Airdates: Tuesday September 25th and Thursday September 27th).

- David Feherty 1-on-1: CSN Chicagos Pat Boyle goes 1-on-1 with the former PGA Tour membercurrent Golf Channel analyst. (NOTE: The Feherty interview will also air on The Pat Boyle Podcast on Thu, Sept. 27 at 11:00 PM.)

- Profile of Medinah Country Club and the history of the Ryder Cup: Viewers will be provided with an in-depth, hole-by-hole analysis of the course (to also be made available for viewing on CSNChicago.com), along with history of the tournament filled with highlights.

SportsNet Central at the Ryder Cup also will have complete highlights and interviews from The Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble Golf Event (Tue, Sept. 25) featuring numerous celebrity participants, including Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake, Michael Phelps and George Lopez.

Fans are also urged to visit Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, for additional tournament coverage highlights, interviews and much more throughout the week.

Fire trade up in draft, select Hermann Trophy winner Jon Bakero

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Fire trade up in draft, select Hermann Trophy winner Jon Bakero

After trading down in each of the past two drafts, the roles were reversed for the Fire and general manager Nelson Rodriguez.

The Fire traded up to the No. 5 spot, sending $75,000 of General Allocation Money, $100,000 of Targeted Allocation Money, the Fire’s natural first round pick at No. 15 and a player to be named later to Minnesota. With that pick the Fire took Jon Bakero, an attacking player who won the MAC Hermann Trophy, college’s soccer version of the Heisman Trophy, this fall.

Bakero comes in with a heck of a resume and a background. The Wake Forest forward scored 37 goals and had 26 assists in four years. As a senior he had 16 goals and 14 assists in 23 games.

On top of his college accomplishments, Bakero is the son of Jose Mari Bakero, who played for Barcelona for a decade and played in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. The Spanish-born player will count as an international on the Fire’s roster, but offseason moves have cleared out international slots. The Fire are up to six internationals on the roster.

Bakero is noted for his technical ability on the ball and his ability to create chances for himself and his teammates. He played as a striker in college, but in coach Veljko Paunovic’s system he could be used as the underneath attacker that Michael de Leeuw played in 2017 before getting hurt. With de Leeuw and Djordje Mihailovic expected to miss at least a few months of the 2018 season, Bakero should have a chance to start right away based on the current roster.

Bakero was named MVP of the combine leading into the draft. Last year the Fire took Daniel Johnson in the first round after Johnson caught some eyes by standing out at the combine.

The player to be named in the trade will be announced after the team reaches out to the player to notify him of the trade.

Not longer after dealing for Bakero, the Fire traded up to the No. 10 spot. Real Salt Lake gave the Fire the pick in exchange for $85,000 of GAM. The Fire then took Syracuse midfielder Mo Adams.

Adams is a Generation Adidas player, meaning he left college early (after two years) and won't count against the salary cap as a rookie. Adams is from England and plays a defensive midfield role. He could play as a backup to Bastian Schweinsteiger and Dax McCarty as a rookie.

Meet the Prospects: Evan Skoug

Meet the Prospects: Evan Skoug

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Evan Skoug

Skoug, the 22-year-old catcher, was a seventh-round pick of the White Sox in last summer's draft.

A Libertyville native, Skoug played his college ball at TCU, where he and the Horned Frogs made three consecutive College World Series appearances in the last three years. During his final season at TCU, Skoug slashed .272/.378/.544 with a whopping 20 homers and 71 RBIs.

After joining the White Sox organization, Skoug played 21 games with Class A Kannpolis, only picking up 10 hits — but two homers and two triples — in his 76 plate appearances.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Skoug rated as the No. 24 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Skoug in the video above.