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Chicago selected to kick off 2015 Dew Tour

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Chicago selected to kick off 2015 Dew Tour

NBC Sports Group announced on Thursday the cities selected for the 2015 Dew Tour schedule. The 11th year of the Dew Tour will bring the world’s best skateboarding and BMX athletes to Chicago, Ill., to kick off the season June 20-21. First-time host Los Angeles, Calif. will also provide a playground for a celebration of the sport and culture of skateboarding, spanning the downtown area from August 14-16. Concluding the season will be eight-year host Breckenridge Ski Resort with snowboard and freeski events Dec. 10-13.

The Dew Tour returns to Chicago after a five year hiatus, highlighted with the successful skateboard and BMX streetstyle competition created by the Dew Tour three years ago.  For the first time ever the Dew Tour will be taking over the beautiful new Grant Park Skate Plaza for skate and BMX street and streetstyle competitions.  Sunday of this event coincides with international Go Skate Day, and will feature special activities for local Chicago area skaters.  Dew Tour’s return to Chicago will also be a celebration of the summer opening of the new Grant Park Skate Plaza.  As part of the celebration, the Dew Tour will be working with the Chicago Park District and Grant Park Conservancy to make further improvements to the park.

Heading to downtown L.A., where skateboard roots run deep, the Dew Tour will create a skateboard cultural ecosystem, inclusive of art, fashion, music, movie premieres, competitions and more. For the first time in the Tour’s 11-year history, the Ace Hotel will act as the central hub of the Dew Tour, encompassing theaters, concert venues and outdoor competition courses. Dew Tour L.A. will feature skateboard street, skateboard streetstyle, and additional skateboard competitions to be named at a later date. It will also host the cinematic version of “Dew Tour Push.”

“Los Angeles is the heart of the skateboard industry, and the Dew Tour has long celebrated the diverse culture that has grown from this hub. We’re shaking things up and tapping into the resources the area provides, from adding movie premiers to incorporating fashion, art and music on a grander scale. We’re ready to bring Dew Tour home to skate’s roots,” said Chris Stiepock, General Manager of the Dew Tour. “This year NBC and the Dew Tour are very excited about holding events in two of the three largest cities in America."

Come December, the Dew Tour will return to Breckenridge, Colo. for the eighth year in a row, representing the winter sports of freeski and snowboarding. As one of the top winter resorts in their capacity to hold a major early-season event, Breckenridge Ski Resort will once again support the top international men and women’s snowboard and freeski athletes to compete in superpipe and slopestyle competitions, while downtown Breckenridge plays host to streetstyle competitions, music and more.

Complete coverage of the events in Chicago, Los Angeles and Breckenridge will all be broadcast on NBC. Additional details about NBC broadcast dates and times will be announced at a later date. 

2015 DEW TOUR EVENT SCHEDULE

DATE EVENT LOCATION
June 20-21 Dew Tour Chicago Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 14-16 Dew Tour Los Angeles Los Angeles, Calif.
Dec. 10-13 Dew Tour Breckenridge Breckenridge, Colo.

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NFC North standings: Bears’ division lead on life support after loss to Dolphins

A tie is all that separates the Bears from the rest of the NFC North division. Chicago’s Week 6 loss to the Miami Dolphins dropped the team to 3-2, which just barely leaves them in first place.

Because the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings tied in Week 2, they sit just behind the Bears at 3-2-1 in the division. The Week 5 bye week also kept Chicago a little bit ahead, but they’re only a game away from dropping down to third.

They still control their own destiny, but Matt Nagy will need an upset win over the New England Patriots on Sunday to maintain their leading position. The Packers are on a bye week, so they would assume first place if the Bears lose.

The Vikings take on the New York Jets for a chance to take sole possession of the NFC North crown, but Chicago is guaranteed to stay ahead of the Detroit Lions, who also have a bye week.

These early season losses are tough on a Bears team trying to grow a division lead before they take on their NFC North foes midseason. The bigger cushion they can build now, the more wiggle room they’ll have when they face the Lions, Vikings and Lions back-to-back-to-back in November.

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

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