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CSN to replay all 16 Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff victories along with the Championship Parade/Rally celebration!

CSN to replay all 16 Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff victories along with the Championship Parade/Rally celebration!

Relive the “Journey” beginning Sunday, July 12 at 7:00 PM CT

Chicago, IL (July 2, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, will provide its viewers with a special programming gift this summer entitled Chicago Blackhawks: A Championship Journey presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com and Your Chevy Dealers. 

Beginning Sunday, July 12 at 7:00 PM CT, this extraordinary, five-day (July 12-16) summertime journey will give viewers the opportunity to relive (and DVR) all of the excitement and glory of the Blackhawks amazing Stanley Cup championship run with complete game replays of every Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoff victory in the Western Conference Round 1 series vs. Nashville, Round 2 vs. Minnesota, the Western Conference Final vs. Anaheim – plus, the heart-pounding 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which earned the Blackhawks their third Stanley Cup Championship in just six years. 

Comcast SportsNet will televise the first of its 16 Stanley Cup Playoff game replays on Sunday evening, July 12 at 7:00 PM beginning with Game 1 of the Blackhawks opening round series at Nashville, which featured the Blackhawks storming back from a 3-0 deficit to win the game 4-3 in double-OT.  The remaining three wins from this series will air on the following dates/times: (Round 1/Game 3 vs. Nashville – Sun, July 12 at 11:00 PM), (Round 1/Game 4 vs. Nashville – Mon, July 13 at 2:00 PM), and (Round 1/Game 6 vs. Nashville – Mon, July 13 at 7:00 PM).  NOTE: All games from this series were original Comcast SportsNet Chicago telecasts.

Over the course of the following four days/nights (featuring the original “NHL on NBC” telecasts), Comcast SportsNet will air all four wins from their Western Conference/Round 2 sweep against Minnesota (starting Tuesday, July 14 at 1:30 PM) and all four wins from their thrilling, seven-game Western Conference Final series against Anaheim (starting Wednesday, July 15 at 12:30 PM).  Then -- on Thursday, July 16 beginning at 12 NOON -- Comcast SportsNet will carry all four Stanley Cup Final victories against the Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning, including the Stanley Cup championship-clinching Game 6 home ice victory at 6:45 PM, which will feature the post-game, on-ice presentation of the Stanley Cup and Duncan Keith’s reception of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.  Additional coverage from Comcast SportsNet’s Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hawk Ford will also be included, which features expanded championship celebration coverage from the United Center.  Also on Thursday, July 16, CSN will replay its acclaimed, exclusive-access coverage of the 2015 Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship Parade & Rally at 9:00 PM.  (NOTE: The entire schedule for Comcast SportsNet’s Chicago Blackhawks: A Championship Journey is included in this announcement.  Game replays will only be made available within Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s regular NHL viewing territory.)

From a digital standpoint, fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s “BlackhawksTalk” section (csnchicago.com/blackhawks), which includes numerous Stanley Cup game highlights and exclusive interviews, along with a look back at the team’s amazing playoff journey, round-by-round, with game recaps provided by Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers. Fans can also get interactive during all games of Comcast SportsNet’s special marathon presentation of Chicago Blackhawks: A Championship Journey by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #HawksTalk.

 

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: A CHAMPIONSHIP JOURNEY

presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com and Your Chevy Dealers

Sunday, July 12

7:00 PM – Round 1/Game 1: Blackhawks at Nashville (4-3 double-OT win -- Blackhawks erase three-goal first period deficit; eventual Conn Smythe Trophy winner Keith scores game-winner)

11:00 PM – Round 1/Game 3: Nashville at Blackhawks (4-2 win -- Darling starts in net for first time in career; Toews w/goal & assist in victory)

Monday, July 13

2:00 PM – Round 1/Game 4: Nashville at Blackhawks (3-2 triple-OT win -- Darling w/50 saves; Seabrook scores thrilling game-winner)

7:00 PM – Round 1/Game 6: Nashville at Blackhawks (4-3 series-clinching win -- Keith scores game-winner late in third period)

Tuesday, July 14

1:30 PM – Round 2/Game 1: Minnesota at Blackhawks (4-3 win -- Wild erase three goal deficit, but Teravainen scores game-winner late in second period to cap win)

3:30 PM – Round 2/Game 2: Minnesota at Blackhawks (4-1 win -- Kane w/two goals; Crawford 30 saves)

7:00 PM – Round 2/Game 3: Blackhawks at Minnesota (1-0 win -- Crawford w/30 saves in shutout win; Kane scores)

11:00 PM – Round 2/Game 4: Blackhawks at Minnesota (4-3 series-clinching win -- Seabrook, Shaw, Kane, Hossa score; Blackhawks hold off late third period flurry by Wild)

Wednesday, July 15

12:30 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 2: Blackhawks at Anaheim (3-2 triple-OT win -- longest game in Blackhawks franchise history; Crawford w/60 saves; Kruger scores game-winner)

4:00 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 4: Anaheim at Blackhawks (5-4 double-OT win -- six total third period goals, three each by Blackhawks & Ducks; Vermette scores game-winner)

9:30 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 6: Anaheim at Blackhawks (5-2 win -- Blackhawks force a Game 7 thanks to three, key assists from Keith; Kane w/goal & assist in second period)

11:30 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 7: Blackhawks at Anaheim (5-2 series-clinching win -- Blackhawks head back to Stanley Cup Final thanks to two first period goals from Toews; Kane w/three assists)

Thursday, July 16

12 NOON – Stanley Cup Final/Game 1: Blackhawks at Tampa Bay (2-1 win -- Teravainen w/game-tying goal in third period and notches assist on Vermette’s game-winner)

2:15 PM – Stanley Cup Final/Game 4: Tampa Bay at Blackhawks (2-1 win -- Crawford w/24 key saves; Saad scores game-winner in third period)

4:30 PM – Stanley Cup Final/Game 5: Blackhawks at Tampa Bay (2-1 win -- pivotal Game 5 victory featured Vermette’s game-winner early in third period; stellar defensive showcase for Hjalmarsson; Crawford w/31 big saves)

6:45 PM – Stanley Cup Final/Game 6: Tampa Bay at Blackhawks (2-0 Stanley Cup Championship-clinching shutout win!…first time Blackhawks win title at home since 1938!...Keith wins Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP!  Highlighted by goals via Keith and Kane, along with 25 saves for Crawford, Blackhawks earn their third Stanley Cup title in just six years!)

9:00 PM – Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup Championship Parade & Rally (replay of Comcast SportsNet’s acclaimed, behind-the-scenes coverage of the historic downtown parade celebration on the streets of downtown Chicago and rally at Soldier Field)

All times Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change

The next preps-to-pros leaper, Anfernee Simons confident 'I'll be able to make this jump'

The next preps-to-pros leaper, Anfernee Simons confident 'I'll be able to make this jump'

Anfernee Simons looks more like a ball boy than a 2018 NBA Draft prospect right now. He’s not considered small, what with having a 6-foot-3 frame with a massive 6-foot-9 wingspan, and he weighed in at last week’s NBA Draft Combine at 183 pounds, “heavier” than Lottery-bound guards like Trae Young, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Collin Sexton.

But there’s plenty of potential to unpack from the soon-to-be 19-year-old, baby-faced combo guard. Don’t let the appearance fool you. Simons is one of the most talented players in the class, and a team patient enough to let him develop at his own pace could reap major benefits in due time.

You won’t find much video on Simons, as the IMG Academy star is preparing to be the first prospect to go preps-to-pros without a year in college since Thon Maker did so in 2016.

Simons, a consensus five-star recruit in the 2018 class, originally committed to Louisville in November 2016 and then decommitted the following September shortly after Rick Pitino was fired. Since he had graduated from Edgewater High School in Florida and was playing a post-grad year at IMG Academy, he became eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft because he is a year removed from high school. That’s where he played this past season, declaring for the draft and signing with an agent in late March.

“The opportunity is there. Me and my parents talked about it a lot and I feel like I’m confident in myself that I’ll be able to make this jump,” he said at last week’s Combine. “So I just felt like, do it now and not waste any time.”

Simons has been on the radars of NBA teams, even if he’s not a household name like Ayton, Doncic and Bagley. He’s currently projected outside of the Lottery, in part because teams haven’t seen him compete against collegiate level talent and because his wiry frame almost surely means time in the G-League as a rookie. But again, the skill set is there.

Simons is a point guard with solid range beyond the arc. He may struggle off the ball because of his size, though that long wingspan and a quick release from his chest should allow him to get off shots. He’s a blur in transition and finishes well at the rim – his 41.5-inch vertical was tied for third best at the Combine, and his three-quarters court sprint was eighth fastest.

He’s a mixed bag defensively. Wingspan is the fun buzz word these days, and that will help him at the next level, but his small frame means there’s work to be done. A strength and conditioning coach will salivate at bringing Simons into the weight room and getting his body NBA-ready.

“Just staying durable through 82 games,” Simons answered when asked about his biggest challenge physically at the next level. “Taking care of your body is real pivotal so I feel like learning how to take care of my body now is a good thing.”

Simons maturely answered that the “unknown” of his game will be both a positive and minus during the pre-draft process. While fellow prospects he may face in team workouts don’t know as much about him and, thus, his game, teams also need to find out more about Simons’ game and off-court habits.

“Coming in young, people don’t know who I am and haven’t seen me play much. That’s the good side about coming in early,” he said. “It could be the same thing (negatively). People haven’t seen me like that, so I feel like they don’t know who I am. They probably think I’m too young to play in the league.”

Simons met with the Bulls and has scheduled a pre-draft workout with them. Though the Bulls feel like their rebuild could go quicker than anticipated – especially if they hit on their No. 7 pick – there could be plenty to gain from drafting for upside on a player like Simons.

Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne will both be free agents in 2019, and Denzel Valentine’s long-term future isn’t set in stone in Chicago. That leaves plenty of openings in the backcourt behind Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine. Simons won’t be ready to contribute much in 2018-19, but the Bulls wouldn’t need him to. A handful of outlets projected Simons as a top-5 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Bulls could snag him a year earlier, let him develop in Hoffman Estates and bring him up in a year when they’re a step closer to contending.

Daily White Sox prospects update: Gavin Sheets hits his first homer of 2018

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Gavin Sheets hits his first homer of 2018

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Class A Winston-Salem

Gavin Sheets hit his first home run of the season in a 12-4 loss. While it's taken him this long to hit his first ball out of the park, Sheets has a .380 on-base percentage and his 24 walks make for one of the top 10 totals in the Carolina League. Blake Rutherford doubled in this one, while Sheets, Rutherford, Alex Call and Luis Alexander Basabe combined to draw five walks.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Gonzalez and Evan Skoug each had a hit in a 9-3 win.

Triple-A Charlotte

Charlie Tilson had two hits in a 9-3 loss.