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CSN to carry live coverage of the 2016 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships

CSN to carry live coverage of the 2016 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships

CSNChicago.com to air highlight packages of all games throughout each weekend;

CSNChicago.com & IHSA.tv to live stream every post-game press conference 

Comcast SportsNet’s “MASCOT MADNESS” tournament champion to be recognized during halftime of the Class 4A Boys title game on Saturday, March 19

Chicago, IL (March 9, 2016) -- Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com, the television & digital home of the IHSA Championships, will be airing LIVE on-air/digital coverage of “America’s Original March Madness,” the 2016 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Boys Basketball State Championships, on Friday, March 11 & Saturday, March 12 (Class 1A & 2A) and Friday, March 18 & Saturday, March 19 (Class 3A & 4A) from the Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena in Peoria, IL.  Over the next two weekends, Illinois preps hoops fans can look forward to seeing every action-packed semifinal, consolation and championship battle starting Friday at 12 NOON CT featuring four, live semifinal match-ups, along with a pair of consolation and two huge state championship title games on Saturday.  Plus – EVERY game will be telecast in a high-definition (HD) format.  The 2016 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships will be produced by the IHSA & PlayOn! Sports.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  •  Several IHSA Boys Basketball State Championship telecasts will air on CSN+ (available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER or IHSA.org for complete channel location details for ALL games throughout the state. 
  • In addition to CSNChicago.com, IHSA.tv will also provide a live stream of every IHSA Boys Basketball State Championship telecast.
  • Fans can interact via Twitter throughout the entire weekend by utilizing the hashtag #IHSA to share their comments and showcase their school spirit for their favorite teams.   In addition, fans are urged to visit Comcast SportsNet’s official preps Twitter handle (@CSNPreps) for up-to-the-minute tournament news, scores, and more 24/7.

CSNChicago.com & IHSA.tv will also be providing fans with a live stream of every IHSA Boys Basketball State Championship post-game press conference.  In addition, CSNChicago.com’s IHSA Preps section (csnchicago.com/preps) will feature highlight packages from all games over the next two weekends, plus – Comcast SportsNet viewers can look forward to special championship editions of High School Lites on Friday, March 11 at 11:00 PM & Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 PM for a complete rundown of every boys championship game, including expanded highlights and player/coaches interviews. 

In addition, the champion of Comcast SportsNet’s wildly-popular “Mascot Madness” tournament, determining the state’s most popular high school sports team nickname, will be officially recognized during halftime of Boys Class 4A title game on Saturday, March 19.

The following schedule details Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the 2016 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships over the next two weekends (all times Central Time) (play-by-play/color analyst/sideline reporting teams are in parentheses), plus – Matt Rodewald will be the host at the IHSA’s “March Madness Experience” area at Carver Arena, featuring interviews with key IHSA experts, coaches, and more between games and during half-time segments:

FRIDAY, MARCH 11

12:00 PM –      Class 1A Semifinal #1: LEROY vs. LIBERTY(Lee Hall/Telly Hughes/Zach Kerker)

2:00 PM –        Class 1A Semifinal #2: LEO (Chicago) vs. WOODLAWN(Lee Hall/Telly Hughes/Zach Kerker)

6:30 PM –        Class 2A Semifinal #1: CENTRAL (Breese) vs. ST. JOSEPH-OGDEN (St. Joseph) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kelly Crull) (NOTE: This game will air on CSN+HD; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

8:15 PM –        Class 2A Semifinal #2: HALES FRANCISCAN (Chicago) vs. ROCKRIDGE (Taylor Ridge)(Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kelly Crull) (NOTE: This game will air on CSN+HD; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

SATURDAY, MARCH 12

12:00 PM –      Class 1A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Telly Hughes/Zach Kerker)

2:00 PM –        Class 1A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Telly Hughes/Zach Kerker)

6:30 PM –        Class 2A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kelly Crull)

8:15 PM –        Class 2A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kelly Crull)

FRIDAY, MARCH 18

12:00 PM –      Class 3A: SEMIFINAL #1 (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Tom Dore/TBA)

2:00 PM –        Class 3A: SEMIFINAL #2 (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Tom Dore/TBA) (NOTE: This game will air on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location until 3:00 PM before cutting away to live White Sox vs. Cubs spring training baseball action…this game will air in its entirety on CSN+HD; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

6:30 PM –        Class 4A: SEMIFINAL #1 (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Camron Smith/Kelly Crull) (NOTE: This game will air on CSN+HD; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

8:15 PM –        Class 4A: SEMIFINAL #2 (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Camron Smith/Kelly Crull) (NOTE: This game will air on CSN+HD; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

SATURDAY, MARCH 19

12:00 PM –      Class 3A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Tom Dore/TBA)

2:00 PM –        Class 3A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Tom Dore/TBA) (NOTE: This game will air on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location until 3:00 PM before cutting away to live White Sox spring training baseball action…this game will air in its entirety on CSN+HD; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

6:30 PM –        Class 4A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Camron Smith/Kelly Crull)

8:15 PM –        Class 4A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Camron Smith/Kelly Crull)

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.