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CSN to carry commercial-free telecasts for upcoming Cubs and White Sox spring training games

CSN to carry commercial-free telecasts for upcoming Cubs and White Sox spring training games

“15 Games in 16 Days” Cactus League spring training game coverage gets underway with a pair of COMMERCIAL-FREE telecasts - presented by Knauz Autopark - on Wednesday, March 16 (Cubs at Kansas City) and Friday, March 18 (White Sox vs. Cubs), showcasing brand new, behind-the-scenes on and the off-the-field feature stories and in-depth profiles with players and coaches from both sides of town!

Network to also present two, new Cubs/White Sox “Road to Opening Day” specials airing later this month!

Chicago, IL (March 9, 2016)FOR THE THIRD-STRAIGHT YEAR, Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the 2016 Chicago White Sox and 2016 Chicago Cubs, has announced it will present a pair of COMMERCIAL-FREE spring training game telecasts to start up its “15 Game in 16 Days” Cactus League schedule beginning next week.

The two commercial-free games to lead off Comcast SportsNet’s spring training game telecast schedule will feature the Cubs against the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals (Wednesday, March 16 live from Surprise Stadium in Surprise, AZ – 3:00 PM CT, featuring the always-entertaining duo of Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies with the game call), which will be followed two days later with a White Sox “Crosstown” telecast as they’ll host the northside rival Cubs (Friday, March 18 live from Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ – 3:00 PM CT, featuring new White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti and veteran analyst Steve Stone). 

The March 16 & 18 commercial-free Cubs and White Sox spring training telecasts on Comcast SportsNet will take this opportunity to showcase brand new interviews and a number of unique & entertaining behind-the-scenes features showcasing Cubs and White Sox players/managers/coaches that fans will simply not want to miss.  Both commercial-free telecasts and every Cactus League spring training game on Comcast SportsNet are presented by Knauz Autopark, located at Route 41 in Lake Bluff, IL.

“With an exciting young Cubs roster and a determined White Sox team featuring a number of new faces, we wanted to once again start off our coverage of the 2016 MLB season in a big way by taking the time we would normally air commercials and give our viewers the opportunity to get to know these players from both an on and off-the-field standpoint,” said Phil Bedella, Vice President/General Manager for Comcast SportsNet Chicago. 

Among the key in-game features that fans can look forward to seeing during the commercial-free telecasts on March 16 & 18 include:

CUBS

  • National League Manager of the Year Joe Maddon goes on a bike ride to discuss baseball, his meditation process, his daily routine, along with thoughts on his expectations for this year’s team.
  • Shortstop Addison Russell talks about his approach to the position, along with his personal life changes during the off-season, which includes marriage and the birth of his first child.
  • National League Cy Young award winner Jake Arrieta discusses the honor being of named the starting pitcher for Opening Day.
  • 2015 rookie sensation Kyle Schwarber talks about his multiple roles and his differing mindset when it comes to playing the outfield or catching.
  • One-on-on interview with Cubs Executive VP/GM Jed Hoyer who discusses the team’s high expectations for 2016, the “embracing the target” concept, and the importance of team chemistry.  

WHITE SOX

  • One-on-one interview with White Sox Senior VP/GM Rick Hahn
  • Outfielder Adam Eaton takes CSN Chicago on an unforgettable ride in his custom Corvette.
  • Starting pitcher Carlos Rodon provides insight into his pitching repertoire and how his confidence has increased heading into his second big league season.
  • CSN Chicago mic’s up White Sox first base coach Daryl Boston for an insider’s viewpoint of the team’s first intrasquad game.
  • Catcher Dioner Navarro puts on the GoPro during live batting practice and also tells an amazing story about his wife and why he wears #27 on his uniform.

Finally, Comcast SportsNet will provide fans with an opportunity to see all the special features shot at spring training this year via a pair of Road to Opening Day specials airing on Sunday, March 27 at 7:00 PM (featuring the Cubs) and 7:30 PM (featuring the White Sox).  Comcast SportsNet will also be announcing its complete on-air/digital 2016 White Sox and Cubs regular season coverage details the week of March 21.

Please note Comcast SportsNet’s complete 2016 Cubs and White Sox spring training telecast schedule:

Composite White Sox/Cubs Spring Training Schedule:

  1. Wed, Mar 16 3:00 pm       CUBS at Kansas City              Surprise, AZ    (replay at 12:30am)

(COMMERCIAL-FREE LIVE TELECAST)

  1. Fri, Mar 18    3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. CUBS           Glendale, AZ  (replay at 10pm on CSN+)

(COMMERCIAL-FREE LIVE TELECAST)

  1. Sat, Mar 19  3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. LA Dodgers  Glendale, AZ   (replay at 7pm on CSN+)
  2. Sun, Mar 20  3:00 pm       WHITE SOX at Oakland         Mesa, AZ         (replay at 12:30am)
  3. Mon, Mar 21 3:00 pm        WHITE SOX at Cleveland       Goodyear, AZ (replay at 7pm on CSN+)
  4. Tue, Mar 22  3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. San Francisco Glendale, AZ (replay at 7pm on CSN+)  
  5. Wed, Mar 23  3:00 pm      CUBS at Texas                       Surprise, AZ     (replay at 12:30am)      
  6. Thu, Mar 24  3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. LA Angels    Glendale, AZ  (replay at 12am on CSN+)
  7. Fri, Mar 25   3:00 pm         CUBS vs. Milwaukee              Mesa, AZ         (replay at 12:30am on CSN+)
  8. Sat, Mar 26 2:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. Cincinnati     Glendale, AZ   (replay at 7pm on CSN+)
  9. Sun, Mar 27 3:00 pm        CUBS vs. Seattle                    Mesa, AZ         (replay at 12:30am)
  10. Mon, Mar 28  3:00 pm      WHITE SOX at Colorado        Scottsdale, AZ (replay at 7pm on CSN+)
  11. Tue, Mar 29 3:00 pm        CUBS vs. Oakland                  Mesa, AZ        
  12. Wed, Mar 30  3:00 pm     WHITE SOX at Cincinnati       Goodyear, AZ   (replay at 12:30am)
  13. Thu, Mar 31  7:00 pm        CUBS vs. NY Mets                 Las Vegas, NV (replay at 12:30am)      

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 5

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NBC SPORTS CHICAGO

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 5

High School Lites is back with an action-packed Week 5 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

DRIVE: Batavia (episode 5)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: South Elgin football

VIEWER'S CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Oswego East beats Plainfield South 29-0

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Vinnie Panico

FRIDAY'S TOP 25 SCORES:

(1) Lincoln-Way East 38, Lincoln-Way Central 0

(2) Nazareth Academy 45, Benet Academy 7

(3) Batavia 41, Wheaton South 20

(4) Homewood-Flossmoor 28 Lincoln-Way West, 14

(5) Brother Rice 20 Providence Catholic, 0

Lake Zurich 23, (6) Stevenson 20

(7) Mount Carmel 28, Marmion Academy 7

(9) Simeon 48, Perspectives 13

(10) Marist 42, Joliet Catholic 6

(11) Loyola-Academy 21, St. Ignatius 14 (OT)

(12) Maine South 21, (16) Evanston 13

(13) Oswego 49. Plainfield East 0

(15) Richards 50, Shepard 14

(17) Phillips 49, Morgan Park 0

Conant 21, (18) Barrington 12

(19) Willowbrook 20, Hinsdale South 10

(20) Naperville Central 56, Metea Valley 13

(21) Bolingbrook 35, Bradley-Bourbonnais 13

(22) Montini 29, St. Rita 13

(24) New Trier 59, Niles West 0

(25) Hillcrest 27, Lemont 7

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Kenwood 46, Back of the Yards 6

Notre Dame 45, Marian Central Catholic 6

Warren 24, Lake Forest 10

Curie 13, Hubbard 6

SATURDAY'S TOP 25 GAMES

Dundee-Crown at (8) Cary-Grove

Downers Grove North at (14) Glenbard West 

York at (23) Hinsdale Central 

Week 3 NFL picks: Over 90 percent of experts pick Bears to defeat Cardinals

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Week 3 NFL picks: Over 90 percent of experts pick Bears to defeat Cardinals

The Bears aren’t going to take the Arizona Cardinals lightly on Sunday, but Chicago isn’t expected to have too much trouble with their Week 3 opponent.

The Cardinals have scored six points through two games, shutout last week against the Los Angeles Rams. Quarterback Sam Bradford has struggled and his offensive line has been a big reason for it, making another favorable matchup for Khalil Mack to continue his strong start.

Few experts expect the Cardinals to pull off the upset, with over 90 percent of NFL prognosticators picking the Bears to win, according to NFL Pick Watch.

Analysts from CBS and MMQB as well as the analytics from FiveThirtyEight are picking against Chicago this week, while every Pro Football Focus analyst picked the Bears across the board.

The Cardinals are nearly touchdown underdogs by Las Vegas betting lines, and sportsbooks see the game as one of the lowest-scoring matchups of the weekend.

Arizona hasn’t had much offensive success this season, but with talent like David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, an upset is only ever a few plays away. The Cardinals defense has done well in spite of the team’s struggles, and this game won’t be a walk in the park for the Bears on the road.