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Final MLB Power Rankings: Giants No. 1, but who's No. 2?

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Final MLB Power Rankings: Giants No. 1, but who's No. 2?

Each Monday throughout the regular season, Cubs Talk's Tony Andracki and White Sox Talk's JJ Stankevitz ranked all 30 MLB teams. These are the final power rankings -- be sure to check out previous rankings below and offer up your comments to us on Twitter @CubsTalkCSN and @WhiteSoxTalkCSN.

Previous rankings: Preseason Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 First Half Week 15 Week 16 Week 17 Week 18 Week 19 Week 20 Week 21 Week 22 Week 23 Week 24 Week 25 Regular Season

Tony
JJ Comments 1
Tony: Well, duh. They deserve it. Clearly the best team right now.
JJ: Two titles in three years. Good on you, San Francisco.
2
Tony: Don't deserve No. 2 slot, but WS runner-ups have to be, right?
JJ: Best team in baseball in regular season. Bullpen collapse doesn't erase that.
3
Tony: Had a second straight magical year, led NL in run differential.
JJ: Yep. National League had the three best teams in baseball.
4
Tony: Roster packed with talent...but it's an aging group. JJ: Got hot late after plenty of mediocre play.
5
Tony: Really wish they coulda won it all. Great story.
JJ: Incredible run to win the West deserves top-5 love.
6
Tony: Were my NL favorites from start of preseason. Love the core.
JJ: One controversial loss does not make a season. 7
Tony: Called it from outset -- postseason success won't come 'til 2013.
JJ: One loss does not make a season. 8
Tony: I put their chances of repeating at...4 percent.
JJ: Did well to win East, but offense totally tanked in playoffs.
9
Tony: Can they actually play more than one playoff game next year?
JJ: Apparently they play better with backs against the wall.
10
Tony: Everybody's due an off-year, right? World Series or bust in '13.
JJ: No matter what happens next year, '12 was a special year for O's.
11
Tony: My pick to win AL East next year.
JJ: Best team to miss playoffs. Thought about ranking them higher.
12
Tony: Can they really get by without Haren or Ervin?
JJ: Now we sit and wait to see if Trout gets the MVP.
13
Tony: Roster will be loaded next year.
JJ: All that money better pay off in 2013.
14
Tony: Sad end to the season. Will they challenge again in '13?
JJ: 85 wins not bad, but missing playoffs still disappointed.
15
Tony: Really think they should have hung on to Victorino, Pence.
JJ: Great AugustSeptember run fell short.
16
Tony: Will come on fast and furious next year.
JJ: Brutal spate of injuries doomed a talented team.
17
Tony: Norichika Aoki looks like a solid piece.
JJ: Has nothing to do with '12, but don't like the Bell trade at all.
18
Tony: Need to trade young talent for some major-league caliber offense.
JJ: Have some good pieces coming along, but can't fold in August again.
19
Tony: Once young pitching comes along, will be annual contender.
JJ: Like what they're building, but Headley's future is interesting.
20
Tony: Can they ever get over the hump?
JJ: Will moving the fences in help generate some more offense?
21
Tony: Really excited to see how they do next year.
JJ: So. Many. Injuries.
22
Tony: Should be more drama-free next year, at the very least.
JJ: Won't get over the hump until they find some pitching.
23
Tony: Should trade some offense for pitching. Maybe deal with SEA?
JJ: Continue to wallow in mediocrity.
24
Tony: Need to find a way to retain Wright.
JJ: We'll see if Farrell can clean up the mess.
25
Tony: Like Boston, will have much less drama in 2013.
JJ: Baseball's biggest disappointment, and now Ozzie's out of a job.
26
Tony: Don't appear to be anywhere close to a contender.
JJ: Were just awful after the All-Star break.
27
Tony: What is their goal? Are they technically rebuilding?
JJ: Echo Tony's sentiments -- what, exactly, are they doing?
28
Tony: Full season with Tulo, CarGo, Fowler, Rutledge will be interesting.
JJ: Pitching wound up looking like those bad pre-2007 teams.
29
Tony: What if everything goes right next year?
JJ: Gonna be a few years, but like the foundation being built.
30
Tony: Going to be a looooong couple of years, esp in AL West.
JJ: Long way to go, but have a talented front office for the job.

Blackhawks release 2018-19 schedule

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Blackhawks release 2018-19 schedule

Uncap those markers and start circling your calendars, Blackhawks fans. The 2018-19 season is officially out.

The Blackhawks will kick off their 91st campaign in franchise history with a road contest against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The home opener is set for Oct. 7, with an Original Six matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 6 p.m.

The Blackhawks have 14 back-to-back games, and the longest road trip of the season is three, which takes place five times over the course of the season; the longest homestand is four games, from Dec. 12-18.

The biggest highlight of the season will be the Original Six Winter Classic Showdown between the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Jan. 1 at Notre Dame Stadium. It will be the sixth outdoor appearance for Chicago, and fourth in the Winter Classic.

The Blackhawks will also square off with the defending champion Washington Capitals on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m., and welcome them to Chicago on Jan. 20, set for NBC's Game of the Week at 11:30 a.m.

Here's a look at the full schedule:

Chicago Bears Training Camp: Veteran and rookie report dates

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Chicago Bears Training Camp: Veteran and rookie report dates

Chicago Bears training camp is right around the corner with the first practice (non-padded) scheduled for July 21. 

Bears veterans and rookies will report a few days ahead of that first session to acclimate themselves to their new (for some) surroundings. Rookies report on July 16, with veterans coming three days later on July 19.

All eyes will be on QB Mitch Trubisky and the potentially high-flying offense under coach Matt Nagy. Training camp will take on extra importance because of the plethora of new faces on the roster and coaching staff as well as the installation of a completely new offensive scheme. It's critical that Trubisky builds chemistry with wide receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller and Kevin White, all of whom he's never thrown a regular-season pass to. Add Trey Burton to that mix and a lot of miscues should be expected in the preseason.

The rookie class is led by linebacker Roquan Smith, who remains unsigned. With less than 30 days until rookies are required to report, a greater sense of urgency -- even if it's not quite a panic -- is certainly creeping in. Assuming he's signed in time, Smith should earn a starting role early in training camp and ascend to one of the defense's top all-around players. 

The Bears have higher-than-usual expectations heading into the 2018 season making fans eager for summer practices to get underway.