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Looking ahead to Sunday's Chicago Marathon

Looking ahead to Sunday's Chicago Marathon

The 39th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is nearly upon us.

The 26.2-mile race will take place on Sunday and will be televised on NBC at 7 a.m. This year more than 41,000 runners are expected to start.

This year's route begins and ends in Grant Park. The race will pass through Lincoln Park and go as far north as Addison St., just a few blocks east of Wrigley Field, before heading back south. The runners will then go back towards the Loop, passing by CSN Chicago's office on Orleans St. just before crossing the Chicago River again. The race will turn west at Adams St., taking runners all the way to Damen Ave., a block south of the United Center. Towards the end of the race, runners will approach U.S Cellular Field as the course cuts through the Illinois Institute of Technology and De La Salle before cutting north on Michigan Ave. to finish the race.

There is also a free app for the marathon that features live race day runner tracking, a schedule, weather updates, an interactive course map, photos and more. Click here for more info on the app which is powered by Tata Consultancy Services.

Executive race director Carey Pinkowski was a guest on SportsTalk Live. Watch the video including him above for more on the upcoming race.

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



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.

Who's Chicagoland's high school football coach of the year so far?

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Who's Chicagoland's high school football coach of the year so far?

Who would be Chicagoland’s high school football Coach of the Year so far?

With seven weeks of IHSA football in the books, let's take a look at some of the worthy names that should be considered. 

Rob Zvonar - Lincoln-Way East: Zvonar, who is in his 18th season coaching the Griffins (7-0), is also the only head varsity football coach that the schools has known. Sure, Zvonar has a program that is perpetually stacked with talent and sheer numbers. But what makes Zvonar's work this season --and especially over the past few seasons-- has been twofold. First, Zvonar and his staff guided this program through some very difficult waters when Lincoln-Way North was closed and kept winning games and making state playoff runs while dealing with the chaos surrounding the school merger. Second, very few schools can reload and never skip a beat better than Lincoln-Way East. The state's best team this season is a prime example of a team that brings in several new faces and just keeps winning. 

Jordan Lynch - Mount Carmel: The former Caravan (6-1) and NIU standout quarterback was brought in to take over the storied football program back in December when Hall of Fame coach Frank Lenti was (basically) forced out. So far this season, Lynch has been able to maintain the success on the field while changing the Caravan's power running offense to a more modern shotgun spread run/pass option game while retaining a very strong group of veteran assistant coaches. No one had as much pressure to win this season than Jordan Lynch did.

Daunte Culbreath – Simeon: Culbreath is in his seventh season in charge of the Wolverines. He has also been around the program for years and has led the Wolverines to an impressive 7-0 season. Their key wins have come against the likes of Ohio power Trotwood-Madison (5-2) and CPL power Phillips (5-2). Culbreath has developed multiple names who have played at the highest level of football over the years. This season, he features standout QB Alante Brown (Michigan State) along with a defense that has allowed just 38 points through seven games.

Brian Badke – Brother Rice: Badke, who is in his seventh season at Brother Rice (7-0), has been able to guide the Crusaders from a 2-7 season a year ago to a perfect 7-0 mark so far in 2018. This team that will be one of the top seeds in the upcoming 8A state playoff field. The Crusaders are seeing the benefits of starting several key names as underclassmen last fall while also mixing in some highly talented underclassmen this season. It’s translated to great success.

John Walters – Glenbard East: Walters, who is in his ninth season at Glenbard East (7-0), will have his Rams in the IHSA state playoff field for just the second time in school history. The first appearance was in 1999. Walters and his coaches have been able to develop a very strong senior class over the past few season. The hard work has paid off. There is no question that this program has taken their lumps over the years. But this season has ramped up the excitement level among alumni and current students alike. It’s a big story for a school that has truly had very little football culture. 

Other names also in the running; 

Paul Parpet - Lisle

Nick Heldreth-  Willowbrook

Mike Bukovsky - Montini Catholic

Bryan Stortz - Conant

Sinque Turner - Kenwood

Ron Muhitch - Wheaton South 

Bob McMillen - St. Francis

Dan Hutchings - Coal City

Dylan Mack - Elmwood Park

Dan McGuire - Yorkville

Bill Bicker - Plainfield South

Adam Lewandowski - Andrew