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NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2019 White Sox and Cubs Spring Training multi-platform coverage details

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NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2019 White Sox and Cubs Spring Training multi-platform coverage details

Chicago, IL (February 7, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - is ready to start up the highly-anticipated 2019 MLB season as it gets set to deliver southside and northside baseball fans with its most extensive cross-platform White Sox & Cubs Cactus League Spring Training coverage to date featuring special remote editions of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado, along with in-depth reports and video offerings at NBCSportsChicago.com and via the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app and much more (NOTE: Fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store).  Note the following highlights beginning next Monday, February 11:

SPORTSTALK LIVE -- Beginning Monday, Feb. 11 through Friday, Feb. 15, NBC Sports Chicago’s weeknight sports discussion roundtable program SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado – featuring host David Kaplan (@thekapman) – will spend the entire week on location in Arizona, rotating its remote position at the White Sox spring training facility in Glendale and the Cubs spring training headquarters in Mesa.  Kaplan will provide the very latest Cubs & White Sox news and player updates throughout the week as he’ll be joined each night by a panel baseball experts, along with numerous special guests from both teams.  SportsTalk Live from Arizona will air at 6:00 PM CT each night with the exception of Tue, Feb. 12 when it airs at 5:00 PM CT.  NOTES: Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) to host SportsTalk Live on Fri, Feb. 15…live stream of SportsTalk Live and NBC Sports Chicago’s entire roster of programming is available at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers. 

DIGITAL: “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app & NBCSportsChicago.com -- From a digital standpoint, the MyTeams by NBC Sports app and NBCSportsChicago.com will have the White Sox and Cubs covered 24/7 featuring in-depth reports from White Sox expert Chuck Garfien and White Sox multi-platform reporter/producer Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber), along with the very latest on the Cubs beat from Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) and Cubs multi-platform  reporter/producer Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23), plus - NBC Sports Chicago’s team of behind-the-scenes Cubs (@NBCSCubs) & White Sox (@NBCSWhiteSox) experts will provide additional content from Arizona throughout the spring.  Among the network’s content offerings will include a multitude of player/coaches/front office exec interviews, behind-the-scenes feature stories, not to mention daily “White Sox Talk” and “Cubs Talk” podcasts (both presented by Wintrust) discussing the hottest topics, along with numerous special guest interviews.  Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.

SOCIAL MEDIA -- From a social media standpoint, fans can look forward to a number of ‘Facebook Live’ (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) and Twitter ‘Periscope’ (Twitter.com/NBCSChicago) segments throughout spring training, along with additional “Sights & Sounds” Cactus League highlights via ‘NBCSChicago’ on Instagram and Instagram Stories (Instagram.com/NBCSChicago). 

CACTUS LEAGUE/SPRING TRAINING GAME COVERAGE -- NBC Sports Chicago’s seven-game spring training telecast schedule (five White Sox and two Cubs) gets underway with the White Sox hosting the defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, March 16 at 3:00 PM CT live from Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ, featuring Jason Benetti and Steve Stone with the game call.  On Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 PM CT, NBC Sports Chicago will carry its first Cubs spring training telecast as the northsiders will face their 2018 Wild Card Game opponent – the Colorado Rockies – featuring the Cubs announcing tandem of Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies from Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  Additional White Sox opponents on this year’s spring training schedule include Cincinnati (Mar. 19), Arizona (Mar. 20), Los Angeles Angels (Mar. 22), and Cleveland (Mar. 24), while the Cubs will take on the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox in the network’s additional spring telecast on March 25.  Complete schedule below:


NBC SPORTS CHICAGO 
2019 Chicago White Sox & Chicago Cubs Spring Training Schedule

“Composite” White Sox/Cubs Spring Training Schedule:
1. Sat, Mar 16    3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. LA Dodgers  Glendale, AZ   
2. Sun, Mar 17   3:00 pm        CUBS vs. Colorado                 Mesa, AZ
3. Tue, Mar 19    8:00 pm        WHITE SOX at Cincinnati       Goodyear, AZ
4. Wed, Mar 20  3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. Arizona         Glendale, AZ   
5. Fri, Mar 22      3:00 pm        WHITE SOX at LA Angels      Tempe, AZ
6. Sun, Mar 24  2:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. Cleveland     Glendale, AZ
7. Mon, Mar 25  8:00 pm        CUBS vs. Boston                    Mesa, AZ

White Sox Spring Training Schedule:                     
Sat, Mar 16        3:00 pm        vs. LA Dodgers                       Glendale, AZ   
Tue, Mar 19        8:00 pm        at Cincinnati                            Goodyear, AZ
Wed, Mar 20      3:00 pm        vs. Arizona                              Glendale, AZ   
Fri, Mar 22          3:00 pm        at LA Angels                            Tempe, AZ
Sun, Mar 24       2:00 pm        vs. Cleveland                          Glendale, AZ               

Cubs Spring Training Schedule:
Sun, Mar 17       3:00 pm        vs. Colorado                            Mesa, AZ                     
Mon, Mar 25       8:00 pm        vs. Boston                               Mesa, AZ                     

All Times Central Time
Schedule Subject to Change

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.  

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 35 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia +, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington + and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Northwest. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com

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Red Stars' Kealia Ohai marries Houston Texans' JJ Watt

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Red Stars' Kealia Ohai marries Houston Texans' JJ Watt

There’s a new sports power couple with ties to Chicago.

Kealia Ohai, a midfielder who was traded to the Red Stars in January, married Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt on Saturday in The Bahamas. The pair shared a number of photos on social media the morning after.


Ohai had spent the first six years of her pro career with the Houston Dash, putting her in the same city as Watt. When Ohai was traded to the Red Stars, she and her then fiancé took photos together decked out in Red Stars gear.

Ohai has 28 goals in her NWSL career and has made three appearances for the U.S. national team. Watt is a five-time all-pro defensive end who has won three Defensive Player of the Year awards.

They aren’t the only soccer-football marriage on the Red Stars. Midfielder Julie Ertz is married to Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.

NBC Sports Chicago to air 'The Adamles: Mind Over Matter' documentary

NBC Sports Chicago to air 'The Adamles: Mind Over Matter' documentary

Chicago, IL (February 12, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago will provide viewers with a special, exclusive documentary presentation entitled The Adamles: Mind Over Matter, chronicling the past year with beloved Chicago sports on-field/broadcasting icon Mike Adamle and his devoted wife Kim on their challenging journey dealing with the life-altering effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  This in-depth, half-hour documentary unveiling the emotional realities of heartache, hope, love and triumph premieres Monday, February 17 at 7:00 PM CT exclusively on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive.  TRAILER: https://bit.ly/37nxdfA

 

Over the past few years, Mike and Kim have been open about sharing their daily challenges to help bring a heightened level of awareness of CTE, along with better educating other individuals who may also be suffering with CTE symptoms. Mike, a standout athlete who was both an All-American fullback at Northwestern and a veteran of six seasons in the NFL, including one with the Chicago Bears, is probably best known off-the-field as one of local and national sports media’s most versatile anchor/reporters. After a successful three decade-plus career in sports media, Mike officially retired in 2017 due to his health issues. While CTE can only be diagnosed post-mortem, many experts believe Mike is living with it, but he and Kim are determined to not let the disease win, nor define their life and devotion to one another.

 

The Adamles: Mind Over Matter was produced, written and edited by NBC Sports Chicago’s Emmy award-winning team of Executive Producer of Original Content Sarah Lauch, Senior Producer of Original Content Ryan McGuffey and Managing Photographer Matt Buckman. 

 

“Mike and Kim’s story is one that we felt needed more than just one interview…we needed to experience their challenges with them over the course of a year to better enable us and our viewers to fully understand what they are going through on a daily basis,” said Kevin Cross, Senior Vice President/General Manager, NBC Sports Chicago.  “We couldn’t be more thankful to Mike and Kim for opening their doors and hearts to us and we are honored to tell this amazing story about their unwavering determination and love.”

 

In addition to deep discussion with Mike and Kim, The Adamles: Mind Over Matter includes interviews with Dr. Bal Nandra (IV Solution Chicago), Dr. George Michalopoulos & Dr. David Traster (The Neurologic Wellness Institute), Jesse & Iryna DeSoto (Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Long Grove) and Adamle family friend/NBC Sports Chicago host David Kaplan.  

 

NBC Sports Chicago will re-air The Adamles: Mind Over Matter throughout the month of February on the following dates/times: Feb 19 (9:00 PM), Feb 20 (11:30 AM on NBCSCH+), Feb 22 (12:30 PM), Feb 24 (11:00 PM), Feb 27 (6:00 PM on NBCSCH+), Feb 28 (9:00 AM on NBCSCH+) and Feb 29 (9:30 PM).

 

Please note the following quotes from the NBC Sports Chicago Original Production of The Adamles: Mind Over Matter, debuting Monday, February 17 at 7:00 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago and NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive:

 

“The one thing that would hurt me the most is if I get separated emotionally or spiritually from my daughters Svetlana and Alex. Sometimes they break out in tears, ‘don’t leave us, dad.“ - Mike

 

“In this evolution of spreading awareness about CTE, we can help other people, tell them that they are not bad, they are victims. It is a disease. It is brain damage.” - Kim

 

“One night I went on the air doing the sportscast totally asleep. That is a little scary. You do not think about being Mr. Superman. You do not know that part of you exists anymore. If you just gut it out, you are going to be ok.” - Mike

 

“What we have seen is an overall improvement of Mike’s quality of health in the last six to eight months. His memory and mood have improved.”  - Dr. Nandra, IV Solutions

 

“Mike’s my role model. I have learned to be more grateful and live in the moment…it is when he is at his worst, that I see his best.” - Kim

 

 

NOTE:  To assist patients and families who may be living with CTE, Mike and Kim have established their own not-for-profit organization – “The Mike Adamle Project: Rise Above” – a program of the Concussion Legacy Foundation.  For more information and/or to donate to “Rise Above,” fans are urged to visit GoFundMe.com/MikeAdamleProject.

 

 

NBC Sports Chicago, a partnership between the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Bulls (NBA), 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 and Chicago Cubs multi-platform coverage, plus - local sports discussion programs that includes SportsTalk Live, and massive cross-platform coverage provided by the network’s growing digital platform, NBCSportsChicago.com, the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app, and its variety of fan-focused social media outlets. Fans can follow the network on Twitter via @NBCSChicago.  

 

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 35 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia +, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington + and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago/NBC Sports Chicago+, and NBC Sports Northwest. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.