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Noah and Kia Motors to host art supply drive

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Noah and Kia Motors to host art supply drive

Joakim Noah and Kia Motors America will host the Kia Art Supply Drive before Saturdays game vs. the Dallas Mavericks at the United Center.Prior to tip-off, fans are encouraged to drop off new or unused art supplies at any of the United Center admission gates. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.The first 250 fans that attend the game and donate new or unused art supplies will receive a voucher which will allow them to meet Noah and receive his autograph directly following the game.Fans not attending the game can still assist in the collection by donating art supplies to any of the 24 local Kia dealerships from now until Monday Apr. 23.Proceeds from the drive will go to support Noahs Arc Foundation. Noahs Arc Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Noah and his mother Cecilia Rodhe, whos a renowned sculptor and an expressive art therapist. The Foundation helps children develop confidence and a stronger sense of self through a powerful combination of the physicality and discipline of sports and the emotional open mindedness of art. Brought together, these two life skills encourage kids to grow into well-balanced, more confident adults can express the purity of their true thoughts and feelings.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa's 49th homer of the season came with a runner on 1st and one out, when Oriel Hershiser served up a high fastball that Sammy belted 415 feet into the last few rows in left-center field. 

Sosa would later start the game-winning rally in the bottom of the ninth, scoring the game-tying run on a Henry Rodriguez single through the right side of the infield. Jose Hernandez would step in the next at-bat and walk it off with a base hit that scored Mark Grace, as Sammy and the Cubs bested the Giants 6-5. 

Fun Fact: A 33-year-old Barry Bonds would hit home run No. 25, finishing the season with 37 homers. He would finish the next season with 34 dingers but would string five consecutive seasons with at least 45 home runs, of course hitting a record 73 home runs in 2001. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Michael Kopech prepares for The Show

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Michael Kopech prepares for The Show

Pete McMurray, David Haugh and Ben Finfer join David Kaplan on the panel and discuss the long-awaited arrival of Michael Kopech for the White Sox, Yu Darvish's short rehab start and Mitch Trubisky's second preseason game.

Plus, they discuss new NFL rules and when Eloy Jimenez could get his call up.

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