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CSN announces its 2016 Chicago Fire on-air/digital season coverage details

CSN announces its 2016 Chicago Fire on-air/digital season coverage details

CSN’s 28 regular season game schedule – featuring announcers Dan Kelly and Fire legend Frank Klopas – begins with the HOME/SEASON OPENER on Sunday, March 6 vs. New York City FC at 12:30 PM CT;

“Chicago Fire All-Access” behind-the-scenes special to debut Wed, March 2 at 9:00 PM CT 

Network to also carry five Spanish-language simulcasts on CSN+ in 2016; plus – Live Pre-Game Shows all season long and comprehensive coverage on ‘SportsNet Central’ highlight 2016 Schedule

CSNChicago.com to feature 24/7 reporting from Fire “Insider” Dan Santaromita; website to also feature bi-monthly Fire players interviews in the AT&T U-verse Lounge, Daily Player/Coaches Interviews, Game Highlights, and much more!

Chicago, IL (February 29, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the regional television home of the Chicago Fire, is once again ready to deliver another action-packed MLS season with 28 live regular season Fire games (14 home, 14 away), along with five Spanish-language simulcasts, in-depth pre-game shows, the return of Fire All-Access, extensive nightly coverage on SportsNet Central and the most thorough 24/7 digital “Men in Red” coverage to date on CSNChicago.com!

The 2016 Chicago Fire regular season on Comcast SportsNet gets underway with the HOME/SEASON OPENER against New York City FC on Sunday, March 6 beginning at 12:30 PM CT with Fire Pregame Live.  The opening kick-off will take place at 1:00 PM featuring veteran Fire play-by-play announcer Dan Kelly and first-year Fire game analyst, Chicago Fire/U.S. National Team legend Frank Klopas.  In addition, veteran soccer journalist Paul Tenorio will be a part of every Fire telecast on CSN handling sideline reporting duties.  A special edition of Fire Postgame Live immediately follows the home/season opener featuring live post-game press conferences, live locker room player interviews, full highlights and complete post-game analysis.   

In addition to 28 regular season games (14 on the main CSN channel location and 14 airing on CSN+), five telecasts will be Spanish-language simulcasts that will air on CSN+.  The announcing tandem for the Spanish-language telecasts will feature Telemundo Chicago sports anchor Rodrigo Arana handling play-by-play and MLSSoccer.com columnist Raquel Ortiz providing game analysis.  IMPORTANT NOTE: For the 14 games airing on CSN+, along with the five Spanish-language telecasts, fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s channel finder section (csnchicago.com/channel-finder) for a complete listing of CSN+ and CSN+HD channel locations in their area. 

Prior to the start of the MLS regular season, fans can look forward to the season debut of Fire All-Access on Wednesday, March 2 at 9:00 PM on CSN.  The season’s first edition of this unique behind-the-scenes series, co-produced by CSNChicago.com and the Fire, will include features on new Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez and new Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic at last month’s 2016 MLS SuperDraft that was held in Baltimore, MD, along with a feature on the opening of this year’s training camp sessions as both Fire veteran and newcomers come together for the first time, along with additional season preview segments.  NOTES: Comcast SportsNet will re-air this edition of Fire All-Access on Sunday, March 6 at 12 NOON prior to the network’s live coverage of the home/season opener. Comcast SportsNet’s complete 2016 regular season Fire schedule appears at the end of this release.

Throughout the season, Fire fans are also to tune into SportsNet Central presented by Comcast Business at 6:30 PM, GMC SportsNet Central 10:00 & 10:30 PM and the midnight edition of SportsNet Central presented by CLR for the very latest team/player news, interviews, specials features, and much more. 

From a digital/online perspective, Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, delivers comprehensive 24/7 Blackhawks coverage all season long, including the following highlights: 

  • Fire “Insider” Dan Santaromita joins CSNChicago.com for his first season on the beat.  Follow him on Twitter @TheDanSanto and CSNChicago.com for the latest team/player news and inside access 24/7, which will include daily content featuring match previews, game stories, player interviews, in-depth/long-form features, along with national MLS and U.S. Soccer coverage throughout the year. 
  • CSNChicago.com’s FIRE section - csnchicago.com/firefeaturing numerous videos with players and soccer operations staff, along with comprehensive game previews/recaps and the up-to-the-minute team/player is sponsored by Al Piemonte Ford.
  • Digital video content this season will include bi-monthly Fire player interviews in CSN’s state-of-the-art “AT&T U-verse Lounge,” along with a massive video-on-demand library that will be distributed on CSNChicago.com  and Chicago-Fire.com.

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2016 Chicago Fire Schedule

  1. Sun, Mar 6       1:00 pm        vs. New York City FC                     (2016 HOME/SEASON OPENER!)          
  2. Sat, Mar 19      4:00 pm        vs. Columbus Crew SC                  CSN+
  3. Sat, Apr 2         4:00 pm        vs. Philadelphia                              (Spanish on CSN+)
  4. Sat, Apr 16       4:00 pm        vs. Montreal                                  CSN+
  5. Sat, Apr 30       4:00 pm        vs. D.C. United                              (Spanish on CSN+)
  6. Wed, May 11    9:00 pm        @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC           CSN+
  7. Sat, May 14      6:30 pm        @ New England                            
  8. Wed, May 18    6:30 pm        @ New York                                  CSN+         
  9. Sat, May 21      4:00 pm        vs. Houston                                   CSN+ (in progress - CSN 4:30p)

10. Sat, May 28      7:30 pm        vs. Portland                                   (Spanish on CSN+)

11. Sat, June 18     8:00 pm        @ Colorado                                   CSN+ (in progress - CSN 9:30p)

12. Wed, June 22   6:00 pm        @ Philadelphia                               CSN+

13. Sat, July 9        6:30 pm        @ Toronto FC                              

14. Wed, July 13     7:30 pm        vs. Sporting Kansas City                (Spanish on CSN+)

15. Sat, July 16      8:00 pm        @ FC Dallas                                  CSN+

16. Sat, July 23      6:30 pm        @ New England                             CSN+

17. Sun, July 31      6:00 pm        vs. New York                                 (Spanish on CSN+)

18. Sat, Aug 6        9:00 pm        @ Real Salt Lake                          

19. Sat, Aug 20      6:30 pm        @ Montreal                                   CSN+

20. Wed, Aug 24     7:30 pm        vs. Los Angeles                             CSN+

21. Sat, Aug 27      6:00 pm        @ D.C. United                               CSN+

22. Sat, Sept 3       7:30 pm        vs. Philadelphia                              CSN+

23. Sat, Sept 10     7:30 pm        vs Toronto FC                               CSN+

24. Wed, Sept 28    9:30 pm        @ Seattle Sounders FC                

25. Sat, Oct 1         6:30 pm        @ Columbus Crew SC                  

26. Thu, Oct 13      7:30 pm        vs. Columbus Crew SC                 

27. Sun, Oct 16      4:00 pm        vs. New England                           

28. Sun, Oct 23      3:00 pm        @ Toronto FC                                             

28 games – 14 CSN & 14 CSN+

14 Home, 14 Road

Schedule subject to change

All times are Central Time

Reynaldo Lopez is changing his place in the White Sox rebuild: 'When I'm on the mound, I'm the best and I don't care about the rest'

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Reynaldo Lopez is changing his place in the White Sox rebuild: 'When I'm on the mound, I'm the best and I don't care about the rest'

Rebuilds are full of surprises.

Fans can pencil in any names they want into their 2020 lineups, but there’s almost no one who’s going to have a 100-percent success rate when it comes to predicting exactly what the next contending White Sox team will look like.

Reynaldo Lopez carried plenty of hype when he was acquired from the Washington Nationals in the Adam Eaton deal prior following the 2016 season. He had a high prospect ranking before he was called up last summer. He hasn’t materialized out of nowhere.

But with names like Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen, Carlos Rodon and others to compete with for one of those coveted rotation spots of the future, was anyone going to use the term “ace” to describe Lopez?

Well, in this rebuilding season’s most pleasant surprise for the White Sox and their fans, that’s exactly what Lopez has been. He’s been hands down the team’s best starting pitcher, and he’s making the case that he shouldn’t be considered an ancillary piece in this rebuilding process but a featured one.

He might not be getting the attention that others are. But he’s doing the most with his opportunity of being at the big league level right now. In the end, as long as you’re getting batters out, who cares how much attention you get?

“It’s not about what people say or what they are talking about,” Lopez said through a translator. “It’s about the confidence I have in myself, and I have plenty of confidence in myself. For me, I’m the best. I’m not saying the other guys are not. I’m just saying that’s the confidence I have. When I’m on the mound, I’m the best and I don’t care about the rest.”

Sunday marked the best start of Lopez’s young career, so said the pitcher himself. He was terrific in shutting down the visiting Texas Rangers, holding them to just two hits over eight scoreless innings.

It was one heck of a bounce-back performance considering what happened last time out, when he was roughed up for six runs in just two innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The difference? His attitude, his focus, his intensity, his conviction.

“I just changed my attitude in the game,” Lopez said. “I was more positive today than I was in my last outing and that was one of my biggest differences.”

“I do think he came out a little bit more focused, to be honest,” manager Rick Renteria said. “The intensity level was a little higher today. I think he threw the first couple pitches 97, 98 miles an hour, where his last outing they were at 93, 94. There wasn’t a whole lot of commitment or conviction to his pitches (against the Pirates). I think, as we talked after the last outing, (pitching coach Don Cooper) spoke to him a little about making sure he brought that intensity that he has the ability to do, to bring it from Pitch 1 and he did today.”

Renteria liked it all, and he saw something different in his pitcher when he went out to talk to him with two outs in the eighth. Lopez issued a two-out walk, and Renteria considered lifting Lopez from the game.

Lopez made sure his manager wouldn’t pull the plug on this outing.

“I hid the baseball in my glove because I didn’t want to leave the game,” Lopez said. “I asked me, ‘How are you? Are you good?’ And I told him, ‘Yes, I’m good.’ Then he asked me again, ‘Do you think you are able to get him out?’ And I said yes, ‘This is my game, and I’m going to finish it.’”

What did Lopez do with his extra life? He finished it all right, blowing Shin-Soo Choo away with a 96-mile-an-hour fastball. Then he showed as much emotion as he’s ever shown on a major league field. He earned that celebration.

“When you see your manager come out and you’ve already gone through most of your game in terms of what you might think you have in number of pitches available to you, and you reiterate that you want to finish a particular batter because you want to get out of that inning, and you do it, it's an accomplishment,” Renteria said. “It's a big accomplishment. For him, pretty good hitter. He battled him and he was able to get out of that inning and complete a very, very strong eight-inning outing.”

It’s the kind of exclamation point on a dominant afternoon that could stir some big plans in White Sox fans always dreaming of the future. What Lopez has done this season has been a strong case for a spot in that future rotation and a spot at the front of it, at that. Following Sunday’s gem, Lopez owns a 2.98 ERA with at least six strikeouts in four of his nine starts.

There’s a lot of development and a lot of time left before the White Sox contention window opens. But Lopez pitching like this offers a glimpse into the crystal ball, a look at what could be for an organization that’s acquired so much talent over the last two years.

You might not have seen it coming like this, but the future arriving in the form of Lopez is a sign that brighter days are ahead on the South Side.

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O'Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we'll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Jacobs

Head coach: Bill Mitz

Assistant coaches: Bubba Smith, Mike Warren, Brian Zimmerman, JM Foote, Ryan Arndt and Bob Mackey

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-3 Fox Valley Conference). Jacobs made the Class 7A playoff field. The Golden Eagles lost to Lincoln-Way West in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 Hampshire 

Aug. 31 @ Huntley 

Sept. 7 Dundee-Crown 

Sept. 14 @ McHenry 

Sept. 21 Neuqua Valley 

Sept. 28 Prairie Ridge 

Oct. 5 @ Cary-Grove 

Oct. 12 Crystal Lake South 

Oct. 19 @ Crystal Lake Central

Biggest storyline: Can the Golden Eagles move up in the Fox Valley Conference pecking order in 2018?

Names to watch this season: OT Joacheim Price and OL Nick Zonta

Biggest holes to fill: The Golden Eagles will need to replace its entire starting linebacker group from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Year in and year out, Jacobs is always a factor in the rugged Fox Valley Conference (seven playoff appearances in the last eight years). The Golden Eagles return some starters in several key spots. If the underclassmen group can step up this summer, look for Jacobs to challenge for the FVC conference title and a higher seed in 7A come IHSA playoff time.