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Cubs vs White Sox "Crosstown Cup" coverage returns to CSN this Friday

Cubs vs White Sox "Crosstown Cup" coverage returns to CSN this Friday

Comcast SportsNet’s Crosstown coverage gets underway this Friday, July 10 LIVE from Wrigley Field starting at 2:00 PM!

CSN to carry LIVE coverage of ALL SIX Crosstown battles this season (July 10-12 at Wrigley Field & August 14-16 at U.S. Cellular Field);

coverage team this weekend to include Kasper, Deshaies, Harrelson, Stone, Melton, Hollandsworth, Boyle, Garfien, Crull, Lewis, Mooney and Hayes

CSNChicago.com to also provide LIVE video stream of post-game press conferences, plus detailed “Crosstown Cup” analysis via ‘CubsTalk’ & ‘WhiteSoxTalk,’

along with numerous feature stories & in-game “Tweets” from CSN on-air/digital talent 

Cubs and White Sox fans can get interactive throughout the weekend by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #CrosstownCup

Chicago, IL (July 8, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, is ready jump start the annual northside-southside rivalry in a big way with expanded, LIVE coverage of ALL SIX GAMES of the “Crosstown Cup” series this season and it all starts up this FRIDAY, JULY 10 as the Cubs host the White Sox at Wrigley Field.  Plus - CSNChicago.com will be there to provide dedicated 24/7 coverage of this always-entertaining city series.

Comcast SportsNet’s “Crosstown Cup” coverage gets underway this Friday, July 10 at 2:00 PM CT with an expanded, one-hour, Wrigley Field remote edition of Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group (hosted by Pat Boyle, analysts Todd Hollandsworth & Bill Melton, Cubs reporter Kelly Crull, and White Sox reporter Chuck Garfien), featuring a complete “Crosstown Cup” series preview, interviews with players and coaches, special features, and much more.  First pitch coverage of this “Cubs telecast” on CSN begins at 3:00 PM featuring Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies with the game call.  Immediately following the game, fans can look forward to a complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences featuring Cubs manager Joe Maddon, player interviews and much more on Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois.

Saturday (July 11) and Sunday’s (July 12) games at Wrigley Field will be “White Sox telecasts” on Comcast SportsNet featuring the announcing tandem of Ken “Hawk” Harrelson & Steve Stone.  On Saturday, White Sox Pregame Live presented by Lexus of Orland and Merrillville gets the viewing day underway at 2:30 PM LIVE from Wrigley Field (hosted by Chuck Garfien featuring Melton, Hollandsworth as analysts, along with Cubs reporter Kelly Crull, and White Sox reporter Kip Lewis); first pitch coverage begins at 3:00 PM, which will be followed by Subaru White Sox Postgame Live immediately after the game.  On Sunday, White Sox Pregame Live presented by Lexus of Orland and Merrillville will begin at 12:30 PM LIVE from Wrigley Field (featuring the same coverage team as Saturday); first pitch coverage begins at 1:20 PM, which will be followed by Subaru White Sox Postgame Live immediately after the game.

In addition, Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, will provide even more exclusive “Crosstown Cup” content including the following highlights:

  • Live stream of Cubs manager Joe Maddon post-game press conferences (sponsored by Xfinity) following every Crosstown game.
  • Complete coverage of the “Crosstown Cup” 24/7 from CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney), White Sox Insider Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes), plus - additional coverage provided by CSN “Pre/Post Game Live” hosts Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) and Pat Boyle (@CSNBoyle), along with Todd Hollandsworth (@hollytime28), and Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull).  CSNChicago.com digital baseball reporters Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) and JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) will also be providing game day reports, analysis and features, along with additional White Sox content via John Paschall (@John_Paschall).
  • “White Sox/Cubs Pulse,” a one-stop social media hub that reveals the latest trending topics and player buzz from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  Plus, “White Sox/Cubs Pulse” aggregates all White Sox/Cubs player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag #CrosstownCup. Fans can also get interactive on Twitter by utilizing hashtags #CrosstownCup, #WhiteSoxTalk, and #CubsTalk, plus – for the latest news, up-to-the-minute updates and more, fans are urged to follow @CSNWhiteSox and @CSNCubs.
  • WhiteSoxTalk & CubsTalk, CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive White Sox & Cubs news and opinion sections featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. WhiteSoxTalk & CubsTalk is under the banner of NBC SportsTalk, NBC’s successful digital franchise on NBCSports.com that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBaskteballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and GolfTalkCentral. SportsTalk was extended to CSNChicago.com through the creation of BlackhawksTalk, BullsTalk, CubsTalk, WhiteSoxTalk, ChiFireTalk, BearsTalk, PrepsTalk, IrishTalk and B1GTalk which contains interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent.
  • CSNChicago.com’s state-of-the-art “AT&T U-Verse Lounge” to provide expanded White Sox & Cubs “Crosstown Cup” content throughout the week.
  • CSN Chicago’s White Sox & Cubs content will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships including NBCSports.com, NBCNews.com, Yahoo! Sports and Xfinity.com.

Note Comcast SportsNet’s full coverage breakdown for the upcoming White Sox vs. Cubs “Crosstown Cup” series:

FRIDAY, JULY 10

2:00 PM – Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group – One-hour, expanded edition pre-game show LIVE from Wrigley Field

3:00 PM – WHITE SOX at CUBS (L) – “Cubs telecast” featuring Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies

6:00 PM – Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois (time approx.) – complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

7:00 PM – White Sox at Cubs (game replay)

10:00 PM/10:30 PM/12:00 AM – SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

SATURDAY, JULY 11

2:30 PM – White Sox Pregame Live presented by Lexus of Orland & Merrillville – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from Wrigley Field

3:00 PM – WHITE SOX at CUBS (L) – “White Sox telecast” featuring Ken “Hawk” Harrelson & Steve Stone

6:00 PM – Subaru White Sox Postgame Live (time approx.) – complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

6:30 PM/10:00 PM/10:30 PM/12:00 AM – SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:30 AM – White Sox at Cubs (game replay)

SUNDAY, JULY 12

12:30 PM – White Sox Pregame Live presented by Lexus of Orland & Merrillville – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from Wrigley Field

1:20 PM – WHITE SOX at CUBS (L) – “White Sox telecast” featuring Ken “Hawk” Harrelson & Steve Stone

4:30 PM – Subaru White Sox Postgame Live (time approx.) – complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

6:30 PM/10:00 PM/10:30 PM – SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

1:30 AM – White Sox at Cubs (game replay)

ALL TIMES CENTRAL TIME

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

NOTE: Comcast SportsNet’s complete details on Round 2 of the “Crosstown Cup” series, which will take place at U.S. Cellular Field August 14-16, will be announced in the coming weeks.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

On this episode of SportsTalk Live, Fred Mitchell, Seth Gruen and Jason Goch join David Kaplan on the panel.

The Cubs bats come alive against the Giants while Theo says there have been plenty of trade rumors but no trade talks. Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

Plus, Ray Ratto joins Kap to talk about the Warriors struggles and the guys debate if LeBron is playing his final game in a Cavaliers uniform.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

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: Joliet Catholic Academy

Head coach: Jake Jaworski

Assistant coaches: Dave Douglas, Cory McLaughlin, Chris Kinsella, Mark Mettille, Jake Ziesmer, Zach Dolph, Josh Greenback and Craig Slowik

How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference). JCA failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. St. Rita

Aug. 31 @ IC Catholic Prep

Sept. 7 @ St. Viator

Sept. 14 vs. Carmel

Sept. 21 @ Marist

Sept. 28 vs. Benet Academy

Oct. 5 vs. Marian Catholic

Oct. 12 @ Nazareth Academy

Oct. 19 @ Notre Dame

Biggest storyline: Can Joliet Catholic snap a two-year hiatus from the state football playoffs?

Names to watch this season: OT Dave Monnot and RB Kenyetta Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will need to reload at the quarterback and wide receiver positions. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few seasons at one of the state's best football programs. That said, 2018 has the potential to be the turnaround year the Hilltoppers have been looking for. Second-year head coach Jake Jaworski will feature four big and experienced offensive linemen, led by senior OT Dave Monnot (6-foot-6, 287 pounds). They also have a name to watch in junior-to-be RB Kenyetta Williams. If Joliet Catholic can survive another challenging early season non-conference schedule, they will compete in the always-tough ESCC.