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Howard Sudberry joins SportsTalk Live to preview Kentucky Derby

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Howard Sudberry joins SportsTalk Live to preview Kentucky Derby

Heading into Derby Day at Churchill Downs, Arlington Park director of marketing and communications Howard Sudberry has his favorites. Dortumund (3-1), Carpe Diem (8-1) and American Pharoah (5-2) all stand a good chance at winning the 2015 Kentucky Derby, which will air Saturday on NBC at 3 p.m., but poor posting for one of the horses could be an issue.

"Those, to me, are the three most logical contenders," Sudberry said on SportsTalk Live. "Those are the ones I liked. And I was leaning a little bit toward Carpe Diem; we'll see if he can seize the day out of the two-hole, though, because that is a very difficult post position at Churchill Downs and the Derby with 20 horses in there."

The Derby has a little bit of local flavor this year, as Mubtaahij (20-1) did some of his training at Arlington Racetrack in Illinois. He'll enter the Derby with some solid momentum, as Sudberry points out.

"He won the Derby out in Dubai, the UAE Derby, and they say that he didn't run against anything over there but I bet somebody in that field could run a little bit, and he won by eight lengths," he said. "He's been training at Arlington, he looks terrific, he's well-bred. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he won the race."

And if you're planning on placing a wager on Saturday, Sudberry notes that there's always a little bit of luck involved with such a busy track.

"When there's a 20-horse field luck plays a big part in it. It could be 25, 30 percent in this race. If they break badly they're in trouble, when they go into the first turn if they get caught wide or they get bumped along the way, anything could happen," he said. "There could be a great horse get beat because of the trip or the route that he has to take."

NBC Sports Regional Networks launches MyTeams app

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NBC Sports Regional Networks launches MyTeams app

                                                                                   FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND MOBILE APP PROVIDES FANS COMPREHENSIVE MULTI-MEDIA EXPERIENCE COVERING NFL, NBA, NHL AND MLB TEAMS

LIVE STREAMS OF BLACKHAWKS/BULLS/CUBS/WHITE SOX GAMES, INCLUDING PREGAME AND POSTGAME SHOWS, AMONG CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS

LIVE AND ON-DEMAND VIDEO, AUDIO AND WRITTEN CONTENT NOW GIVES FANS EXPANDED ACCESS TO THEIR FAVORITE CHICAGO PRO TEAMS

STAMFORD, Conn./CHICAGO, Ill. – Oct. 16, 2018 – NBC Sports Regional Networks today launched MyTeams by NBC Sports, a first-of-its-kind, team-focused mobile app that provides fans customized, all-in-one access to complete coverage of their favorite teams — highlighted by live-game streaming of all NBC Sports Chicago pro game telecasts featuring the Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, and White Sox.  MyTeams aggregates all multi-media content focused on the 25 NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB teams covered by NBC Sports Regional Networks, which includes the Chicago Bears. Starting now, fans anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

MyTeams’ innovative design features individual feeds for each team. Fans select their favorite team or teams, with no limit, in order of preference, to create a customized content offering that matches their passions, priorities and interests. MyTeams’ robust complement of live and on-demand video, podcasts and written content gives fans a single source to easily find, access and consume all of the coverage that matters most to them – including live games in the market where they subscribe, news, entertainment, analysis, commentary and more. The app’s user-friendly interface and creative presentation allow fans to navigate easily between all of their favorite teams.

MyTeams is highlighted by live coverage of NBA, NHL and MLB games produced by NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Northwest, NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Washington. Live streams of the networks’ pregame and postgame shows, including NFL programs, will also be available on MyTeams. Live-game coverage will automatically play at the top of the respective team pages when available to fans. Authenticated subscribers of the local NBC Sports Regional Network providing the coverage in their region will be able to watch complete live games and game day shows, as well as the network’s linear television channel, from anywhere in the U.S. at no additional cost.

MyTeams pages are available for six NFL teams, seven NBA teams, five NHL teams and seven MLB teams: The NFL’s Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins; NBA’s Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards; NHL’s Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals; MLB’s Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals.

Khalil Mack to undergo additional tests on right ankle this week

Khalil Mack to undergo additional tests on right ankle this week

My kingdom for a healthy right ankle. 

After Khalil Mack hurt his ankle during the Bears' 31-28 loss to Miami last Sunday, the team will reportedly send Mack for further testing: 

While we still don't know exactly what this entails, it's obviously not great news. Mack's been the leader of a defense that ranks as one of -- if not the -- NFL's best. He leads the team in sacks (5) -- for which he's also in the top-10 of all defensive players in the NFL-- and forced fumbles (4). 

And who just so happens to be coming to Soldier Field next Sunday? Tom Brady! Rob Gronkowski! A Patriots team that has succeeded for YEARS on exploiting bad linebacker matchups! Terrific.