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Sox reinstate Jesse Crain from 15-day DL

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Sox reinstate Jesse Crain from 15-day DL

After suffering from a strained left oblique, right-hander Jesse Crain has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and has returned to the White Sox from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Class AAA Charlotte.

As expected upon Crain's return, left-handed pitcher Eric Stults has been designated for assignment.

While in Charlotte, Crain made two appearances with the Knights, allowing no hits and delivering three strikeouts in 2 scoreless innings pitched. He's 0-0 with the White Sox this season, earning a 2.57 ERA, recording 10 strikeouts in 10 games.

Stults' contract was purchased from Class AAA Charlotte on May 7. He played two games with the South Siders, posting a 0-0 record with a 2.70 ERA.

Check out Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford's sweet 2019 Winter Classic helmet

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Check out Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford's sweet 2019 Winter Classic helmet

Corey Crawford's helmet for the 2019 NHL Winter Classic was revealed on Friday, and it's very easy on the eyes. Take a look:

So fresh, so clean. The Blackhawks unveiled their jerseys for the 2019 Winter Classic last month, paying homage to the team's 1934 uniform. Crawford's helmet obviously follows this trend, using the same color theme and logo.

Played on New Year's Day, the Winter Classic provides NHL teams with the opportunity to wear special occasion uniforms for the annual game. The Blackhawks, appearing in their fourth Winter Classic, are no stranger to this. 2019 will be their fourth appearance in the outdoor event, taking on the Bruins on at Notre Dame Stadium.

Previously, the Blackhawks faced the Red Wings at Wrigley Field (2009); the Capitals at Nationals Park (2015); and the Blues at Busch Stadium (2017). They are looking for their first win in the event, though, as they lost all three of their previous appearances in regulation. 

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WATCH: Trevor Keegan, the top 2019 football recruit in Illinois, announces his college decision

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WATCH: Trevor Keegan, the top 2019 football recruit in Illinois, announces his college decision

It can't be easy being a low-key 6-foot-6, 310 pound senior in high school. But Crystal Lake South’s four star-ranked offensive tackle Trevor Keegan, the state's top recruit for the Class of 2019, has (for the most part) remained as ‘under the recruiting radar’ as possible.

Keegan has been very quiet. He hasn't revealed much when it comes to specific college leanings throughout his recruiting process. But that’s all about to change, as he makes his college announcement Friday night at 6:30 in South’s auditorium.

The calm before the announcement storm, so to speak, makes it all the more intriguing. It’s an event you can see live on @NBCSPreps via Periscope at 6:30 p.m. 

Keegan, who last week narrowed down his final top destination list to Michigan, Penn State and Georgia, is at the end of a rigorous decision process. He racked up 35 total scholarship offers from most —if not all— of the major players from every Power Five conference across the country. 

So which school will Keegan select on Friday night? 

According to Rivals.com Midwest Football Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt, "Trevor has been very quiet and really hasn't said much at all up to this point. Most roads for me on his decision leads to Michigan, yet if he decided on either Penn State or Georgia I would not be shocked."

Expect Keegan to make Friday’s verbal commitment official this coming Wednesday, Dec. 19, when the football Early National Letter of Intent Signing Period begins. 

Keegan, along with the rest of the Class of 2019, will be just the second football class allowed to sign an early Letter of Intent. Last December, the Class of 2018 took full advantage of the first early signing window as nearly 75 percent of all BCS scholarship players signed during the early period.

The Class of 2019 is projected to equal or even surpass last year's 75 percent early signing rate.