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Blogs with Balls returns to Chicago for annual event

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Blogs with Balls returns to Chicago for annual event

Blogs with Balls, an annual summit featuring sports bloggers and mainstream media members, will kickoff its event on Wednesday in Chicago, returning to the Windy City for the first time since 2010. 

"This is the 3rd time BWB is holding an event in Chicago,” said Don Povia, Co-Founder, Blogs With Balls and Managing Partner, Transition Sports & Entertainment. “There are very few sports towns that match the Windy City's passion for its teams. BWB is truly a community-based event - both from a topical and geographical standpoint - and we are fortunate to have been embraced by locally by those communities, none as much as the team at Comcast SportsNet Chicago. From contributions of its personalities (including Dave Kaplan this year) and staff, our success in Chicago can be directly attributed to CSN Chicago's continued support."

“Blogs With Balls continues to make a positive impact in their leadership in the sports new media area in bringing together fantastic thought leaders for engaging and relevant conversations,” said T.K. Gore, Senior Director, Digital of Comcast SportsNet Chicago. “We are thrilled to partner with #BWB6 to help bring the Chicago sports community together plus showcase and distribute the quality content via this year’s strong lineup of panelists and speakers.”

The event will be held at First Ward Events (2033 West North Ave) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are still on sale for the public and can be purchased here.

Here's a list of the panels and speakers scheduled for the #BWB6 event. You can find a full description of each panel here:

Measuring Online Influence

9:45 -10:15am

• JR Jackson, JR Sport Brief
• Brandon Williams, Ketchum Sports & Entertainment
• Kyle Nelson, MVP Index

Athletes off the Field

10:15-10:45am

• Keith Bulluck, NFL; Managing Partner – Transition Sports & Entertainment
• Tim Ryan, Writer/Humorist/Fashion Critic
• Matt Sebek,  Founder – JoeSportsFan.com, RookiesApp.com & CastApp.co
• Mike Dolan,  Athletes Quarterly
• Shawn Smith,  XAM Sports

Like, Follow, Swipe Right: How the NBA is Connecting with Fans in the Modern Era

10:45 – 11:25am

• Zach Harper, CBS Sports
• Eddie Maisonet III, The Sports Fan Journal
• Andrew Nicholson, Sacramento Kings
• Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

Fresh Kicks: The Evolution of SLAM

11:25 – 11:55am

• Scoop Jackson
• Ben Osborne
• Quinn Peterson

The State of Chicago Sports (and Media)

11:55 – 12:40pm

• Moderator:  Sarah Spain, ESPN
• Jon Greenberg, ESPN Chicago
• Laurence Holmes, 670 The Score
• David Kaplan, Comcast SportsNet Chicago
• Jen Lada, Comcast SportsNet Chicago

• Dan Katz, Barstool Big Cat

Ask Spencer Anything

1:05 – 1:15pm

The Business of Football

1:15 – 1:35pm

Q&A with NFLPA Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs George Atallah & NFLPA President/Cincinnati Bengal Eric Winston.

We’ll Do It Live

1:35 – 2:00pm

• Jay Busbee, Yahoo
• Kevin Kaduk, Yahoo
• Frank Schwab, Yahoo

One-On-One: Christina & Fallon

2:00 – 2:20pm

Chicago-based journalist and activist Christina Kahrl interviews Chicago-based MMA fighter Fallon Fox.

Breaking Away From the Narrative: How to Navigate the Waters of 24/7 NFL Coverage

2:20 – 3:05pm

• Moderator, Michael Schottey, Bleacher Report, Football Insiders
• Eric Edholm, Yahoo! Sports
• Andrea Hangst, Bleacher Report
• Maggie Hendricks, USA Today
• Robert Klemko, MMQB

Your Pitch is Futile

3:05 – 3:45pm

• Mitch Germann, Fleishman-Hillard
• Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead
• Robert Littal, Black Sports Online
• Dayn Perry, CBS Sports
• Zack Smith, Taylor

Justice, Society and the Rise of Online and Athlete Activists

3:45 – 4:30

• Moderator:  Kevin Blackistone, ESPN
• Julie DiCaro, A League of Her Own
• Aaron Harison, Co-Founder & President, Washington Free Beacon
• Greg Howard, Deadspin
• Chris Kluwe, NFL
• Cyd Zeigler, Outsports

For more on BWB6, visit their website and follow them on Twitter at @BlogsWithBalls

Carlos Rodon's first win in 10 months showed he could still be the ace of the future for White Sox

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Carlos Rodon's first win in 10 months showed he could still be the ace of the future for White Sox

As encouraging as the reports are on many of the White Sox’s minor-league pitching prospects, Carlos Rodon’s effort against the Athletics on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field could prove just as significant to the rebuild on the South Side.

Looking much like the ace the Sox envisioned prior to Rodon’s rough 2017 season that ended with shoulder surgery, the left-hander put together his most successful effort of ’18 during a 10-3 drubbing of the Athletics before a sun-drenched crowd of 21,908.

Making his fourth start of the season, Rodon matched a career-high by going eight innings. He yielded two runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Rodon earned his first win of the season to help the Sox salvage a split of the four-game series.

“I felt good today—a lot of strikes,” Rodon said. “It was good to go eight and just be ahead of guys.”

Helping matters for Rodon was an offensive explosion by the Sox, led by Yoan Moncada’s career-high six RBIs. After falling behind 2-0, the Sox plated five runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings as Moncada cleared the bases with a double off the base of the wall in the fifth and launched his 10th home run of the season to drive in three more an inning later.

“Today was a great day,” Moncada said via a team interpreter. “I just went out to play the game the way that I play. Just to have fun. It was a very good game for me.”

Daniel Palka and Yolmer Sanchez also homered as the Sox won for just the second time in their last 11 games.

Rodon was the happy recipient of the run support to win his first game since Aug. 21, 2017, against the Twins. On Sunday, he threw 99 pitches, 69 for strikes and was consistently in the mid-90s with his fastball.

“I’m looking to do that every time out,” Rodon said. “Just show up and establish the strike zone with the fastball and be aggressive.”

The 25-year-old’s second-inning strikeout of Khris Davis was the 400th of Rodon’s career. It is a career that is continuing after a surgery that was a setback, but one that did not derail Rodon’s confidence that he would again pitch effectively.

“There are up-and-down days when you go through shoulder surgery or any surgery for any player,” Rodon said. “You've just got to work through it and try to make your way back. I'm here now and it’s looking up and I’m trying to get better.”

So is it reasonable to view Rodon as the future ace after all?

“You certainly can’t discount that,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He has to go out there and continue to get his feet underneath him and get through the rest of the season healthy and climbing.”

In other Sox pitching news, Renteria said starter Dylan Covey, who was removed in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game due to a hip flexor injury, “felt better” Sunday and the team will continue to monitor the right-hander’s progress.

Meanwhile, veteran Miguel Gonzalez made a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte as he continues to recover from inflammation in his right rotator cuff. Gonzalez went three innings and allowed one hit with a walk and a strikeout. Outfielder Eloy Jimenez belted his first homer for the Knights in the game.

A series to forget: Facts and figures from Cubs' rough weekend in Cincinnati

A series to forget: Facts and figures from Cubs' rough weekend in Cincinnati

The Cubs and their fans may want to invent and use one of those Men In Black neuralyzers because the four-game series in Cincinnati was one to forget.

The Reds finished off a four-game sweep of the Cubs on Sunday with an 8-6 win. The way the Reds won the finale will be especially painful for the Cubs considering they led 6-1 after six innings. Mike Montgomery appeared to tire in the seventh inning and Pedro Strop got rocked out of the bullpen to lead to a seven-run seventh for the hosts.

The Reds have now won seven in a row and 10 of 12, but still sit 13 games under .500. Bizarrely, the Reds also swept the Dodgers, the Cubs’ next opponent, in a four-game series in May. Duane Underwood will start for the Cubs Monday against the Dodgers and make his major league debut.

Here are some other wild facts and figures from the series:

  • The last time the Reds swept the Cubs in a four-game series was back in 1983. That was the first week of the season and three weeks before the infamous Lee Elia rant.
  • One positive for the Cubs from the game was Montgomery’s start. Through six innings he allowed one run on three hits and two walks. However, he gave up a single, a double and a single in the seventh before Strop relieved him. Montgomery had gone six innings and allowed one run in each of his last four outings.
  • Strop was definitely a negative. On his first pitch, Strop gave up a home run to pinch-hitter Jesse Winker, the second home run for a Reds pinch-hitter in the game. Then Strop allowed a single, a walk, a single and a double before getting an out. Strop’s final line: 2/3 inning pitched, four runs, one strikeout, three walks, four hits.
  • The Cubs led in three of the four games this series, including two leads after five innings.
  • The Cubs were 5-for-23 (.217) with runners in scoring position in the series. On the season the Cubs are hitting .233 with RISP, which is 22nd in the majors and fourth-worst in the National League (but ahead of the division-rival Brewers and Cardinals).
  • The Reds outscored the Cubs 31-13 and scored at least six runs in every game. The Reds are now 6-3 against the Cubs this year after going a combined 17-40 against the Cubs from 2015-2017.