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Benches clear as Bryce Harper charges mound in Nationals vs. Giants

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Benches clear as Bryce Harper charges mound in Nationals vs. Giants

Fireworks came early when the Nationals-Giants ballgame turned into a wild boxing match on Monday. 

The gloves came off and benches cleared after San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland pegged 2015 N.L. MVP Bryce Harper with a fastball in the eighth inning.

To put it mildly, Harper did not take that too kindly as he charged the mound and launched his helmet in the direction of Strickland, missing wide. Punches for both parties, however, connected. Each side got in a nice right hook, leading to a massive scrum near the mound. 

It took about five Giants players and coaches to separate Strickland from the brawl, and even in the dugout he remained emotional. For Harper, it resulted in his ninth career ejection.   

The two competitors do have some history. Three years ago, Harper hit two home runs off of Strickland, admiring both for a long time. 

This is just Game 1 of the series, so the bad blood may be just beginning. 

ICYMI: Bears win first divisional game since 2016, Blackhawks lose seventh-straight game and Bulls beat depleted Cavaliers

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ICYMI: Bears win first divisional game since 2016, Blackhawks lose seventh-straight game and Bulls beat depleted Cavaliers

The Bears won their third-straight game, the Blackhawks lost their seventh game in a row and the Bulls picked up their fourth win of the season. Here's what you may have missed in Chicago sports over the weekend.

Bears

Behind a big game from Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears won their third-straight game to improve to 6-3. Sunday's game demonstrated how the Bears are trending up as a team, while the Lions might be trending down.

Trubisky tore up a bad Lions' defense for 355 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. The win was the Bears' first against an NFC North foe since Oct. 31, 2016, keeping them atop the division standings.

On the other hand, kicker Cody Parkey struggled immensely, boinking two field goal attempts and two extra-point tries off the uprights. Despite Parkey's struggles, Matt Nagy said the Bears are not considering a change at kicker. 

In lighter news, the Bears somehow misspelled Prince Amukamara's last name on his jersey for Sunday's game. They eventually fixed the error, but come on, man!

Laurence Holmes, Matt Forte, Alex Brown and Lance Briggs broke down the win on the latest Under Center Podcast. Check it out!

Bulls

The Bulls finished the week with a winning record, defeating the Cavaliers Saturday 99-98. The Cavaliers missed potential game-winning shots on the last possession and an ensuing tipback. Despite the win, the Bulls showed that they're still learning how to close out games.

Zach LaVine posted 24 points against the Cavaliers; LaVine has now scored at least 20 in all 13 of the Bulls' games this season and is excelling at carrying the team's scoring on his shoulders

There was an upbeat vibe at practice on Sunday following Saturday's win. Kelly Crull offered up her thoughts from practice, including the unique way that Wendell Carter Jr. finds his stats. 

In former-Bulls news, the Timberwolves finally traded Jimmy Butler, dealing the disgruntled All-Star to the 76ers. NBA Twitter had a field day with the news, at the expense of both the Timberwolves and 76ers.

On the latest Bulls Talk Podcast, NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh discussed why Stephen Curry is the new Michael Jordan as well as the future outlook for the Bulls. 

Blackhawks

The Blackhawks losing streak extended to seven games on Saturday in Philadelphia, dropping their record under head coach Jeremy Colliton to 0-2-0. The power play went 0-for-4 against the Flyers, and Eddie Olyczyk addressed his concern over it needing to be fixed during Saturday's broadcast.

While the offense as a whole is struggling (12 goals during the losing streak), Nick Schmaltz has just eight points (two goals) in 16 games. Can Colliton unlock Schmaltz's full potential?

Colliton, of course, started the season as head coach of the Rockford Icehogs. He plans on keeping close tabs on the Icehogs for any potential boost the team can provide the Blackhawks.

Friday, the Blackhawks announced that they agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with 2018 first round pick Nicolas Beaudin.

Other

ESPN's Buster Olney made waves Friday when he published a story regarding the Cubs being open to trading Kris Bryant. With all due respect to the report, the Cubs are not going to trade Bryant.

In the first edition of a series, Doug Glanville details his offseason experience of playing Winter Ball in Puerto Rico.

Also, the Cubs don't appear to be big spenders this offseason, though the White Sox look willing to break out the checkbook.

NBC Sports Chicago to carry live coverage of the 2018 Iowa High School Athletic Association Football State Championships beginning this weekend

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NBC Sports Chicago to carry live coverage of the 2018 Iowa High School Athletic Association Football State Championships beginning this weekend

Chicago, IL (November 5, 2018) -- NBC Sports Chicago – THE Home of the #AuthenticFan – along with the Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN), will deliver LIVE high-definition coverage of the 2018 Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Football State Championships beginning this Thursday, November 8 at 9:00 AM CT from the UNI-Dome on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA.

Iowa football fans can look forward to OVER FORTY-FIVE HOURS of live, action-packed coverage over the next two weekends beginning with the 8-Player & Class 3A Semifinals airing on Thursday (Nov. 8), followed by the Class A & 4A Semifinals on Friday (Nov. 9), along with the Class 1A & 2A Semifinals on Saturday (Nov. 10).  The following week, viewers will be treated to two-straight days of triple-header State Championship coverage with the 8-Player/Class A/Class 3A title games taking place on Thursday, Nov. 15, which will be followed by the Class 1A/2A/4A state title games on Friday, Nov. 16 (NOTE: Full schedule details appear at the end of this announcement).  Calling the action for the IHSAA Football state championship telecasts features play-by-play announcers Alan DeBolt and Bryan Clark, along with game analysts Kent Larsen and Bob Selby (NOTE: Specific game assignments TBA).

In addition -- EVERY IHSAA Football State Championship telecast on NBC Sports Chicago will be made available LIVE to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive.  Fans can also visit IHSNN.com to access the NBCSportsChicago.com live stream.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit the following link: nbcsportschicago.com/live-faq

IMPORTANT: In addition to multiple cable and telco providers throughout the state of Iowa, NBC Sports Chicago is also available throughout the entire state on satellite via DIRECTV (ch. 665, 665-1 for NBC Sports Chicago+) and DISH (ch. 429, and varied DISH channel locations for NBC Sports Chicago+ games).  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on numerous streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.  Viewers who currently do not receive NBC Sports Chicago as part of their channel offerings are urged to contact their provider and ask that NBC Sports Chicago be added to their service.  For a complete schedule, cable/satellite channel locations, live streaming information, and additional details about NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage of the IHSAA Football State Championships, fans are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com/IOWA.  The following schedule details NBC Sports Chicago’s multi-platform coverage of the 2018 IHSAA Football State Championships (all times Central Time):  

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8

9:00 AM –        8-Player Semifinal #1: ROCKFORD [10-1] vs. SOUTHEAST WARREN (Liberty Center) [12-0]

12:00 PM –      8-Player Semifinal #2: NEW LONDON [10-1] vs. FREMONT-MILLS (Tabor) [10-1]

5:30 PM –        Class 3A Semifinal #1: EPWORTH/WESTERN DUBUQUE [9-2] vs. SGT. BLUFF-LUTON [10-1]

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

8:15 PM –        Class 3A Semifinal #2: XAVIER (Cedar Rapids) [11-0] vs. LEWIS CENTRAL (Council Bluffs) [11-0]

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9

10:00 AM –      Class A Semifinal #1: WEST HANCOCK (Britt) [9-2] vs. HUDSON [11-0]

1:00 PM –        Class A Semifinal #2: EDGEWOOD-COLESBURG [10-1] vs. AHSTW (Avoca) [11-0]

4:00 PM –        Class 4A Semifinal #1: DOWLING CATHOLIC (West Des Moines) [9-2] vs. BETTENDORF [10-1]

7:00 PM –        Class 4A Semifinal #2: SOUTHEAST POLK [6-5] vs. CEDAR FALLS [11-0]

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10

10:00 AM –      Class 1A Semifinal #1: PELLA CHRISTIAN [8-3] vs. DIKE (New Hartford) [11-0]

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

1:00 PM –        Class 1A Semifinal #2: WEST SIOUX (Hawarden) [10-1] vs. VAN METER [11-0]

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

4:00 PM –        Class 2A Semifinal #1: WAUKON [10-1] vs. BOYDEN-HULL/ROCK VALLEY [10-1]

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

7:00 PM –        Class 2A Semifinal #2: WEST LIBERTY [8-3] vs. PRAIRIE CITY/MONROE (Monroe) [11-0]

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

10:00 AM –      8-Player: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD)

1:30 PM –        Class A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD)

7:00 PM –        Class 3A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD)

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

11:00 AM –      Class 1A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD)

2:00 PM –        Class 2A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD)

7:00 PM –        Class 4A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD)

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

NBC Sports Chicago, a partnership between the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago Cubs (MLB), Chicago White Sox (MLB) and the NBC Sports Group, features over 275 live pro games in high definition each year.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago delivers extensive pre/post-game coverage for its core pro team partners, as well as Chicago Bears postgame coverage, local sports discussion programs that includes SportsTalk Live, and massive cross-platform coverage provided by the network’s growing digital platform, NBCSportsChicago.com, the new “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app, and its variety of fan-focused social media outlets. Fans can follow the network on Twitter via @NBCSChicago.  

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