NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2019 White Sox and Cubs Spring Training multi-platform coverage details originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com

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: read more

Susan Schmolke is a Los Angeles Dodgers fan and still smarting over their loss to the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 World Series.She was looking forward to the Rams facing the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday and winning back a championship for the city.The Red Sox win is still fresh.,A longtime fan, she was excited that the team, which played in St. Louis from 1994 until 2016, had made it to the Super Bowl just three years after its return to Los Angeles.Its a win even just getting here, Schmolke said.,If you follow a team, you should stay with them.Yolanda Ramirez, 42, another longtime Rams fan, echoed similar sentiments.Of course Im sad, she said after Sundays loss, but at the same time, at least we went all the way to the Super Bowl.,He said he and his wife drove from El Paso to watch the game here.He said Rams fans should be proud of what the team accomplished this year, despite the loss.We came all the way from Texas to celebrate with local Rams fans, Larry Agilar said.,We came a long way in a short time, and Im proud of our team we were in the Super Bowl.Agilar wasnt the only one who traveled across the country to watch the game in Los Angeles.Paige Cayon said she flew from Chicago to watch the game with her husband, a corporate pilot who was in California for business and is born and bred Boston.

But unlike HBO and “Game of Thrones,” WGN and the Cubs aren’t hyping their final season together after 72 years.,In my first year as Cubs beat writer in 1997, WGN televised 144 games.,The following January, the Cubs owners — Tribune Co. — decided to reduce the WGN schedule to 92 games, placing 62 games on CLTV, the company’s local cable news channel.,Fans gradually grew accustomed to watching more games on cable, and in 2003 the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks began their own sports channel, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, which is now NBC Sports Chicago.,WGN will televise the Cubs' season opener — likely for the last time »

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There's a good chance that this stalemate is the result of two high-powered agents waiting for the other to make the first move, in an everlasting game of brinkmanship.,Now it can be told: the 30 reasons why every major-league team isn't signing Harper or Machado.,Baltimore Orioles: The whole reason Harper and Machado are such attractive free agents is that they're young enough to remain stars for years to come.,New York Mets: Sure, Robinson Cano is 10 years older, not as good as Harper or Machado, and costs a ton in his own right.,San Francisco Giants: Garlic fries are a staple at AT&T Park, and Giants owners swear Harper and Machado are vampires.

Red Sox great Ortiz to make special announcement as part of Foxwoods 2018 World Champions Weekend

David Ortiz, Red Sox great and Fox Sports analyst, will be appearing at Foxwoods Saturday, Jan. 19, for an announcement during the casino’s 2018 World Champions Winter Weekend.,Ortiz’ 11 a.m. appearance in the Panera Food Court during the 5th annual Baseball Winter Weekend will feature an announcement regarding the Red Sox icon and the resort.,During the weekend, fans will be able to get up close to Red Sox players and get photos, attend baseball insider panels, as well as enjoy games and activities, including testing your fastball at the speed pitch, taking some swings in the batting cage and experiencing Sox Virtual Reality.,Throughout the day on Saturday, Red Sox coaches and alumni will host a variety of Kids Clinics in the Celebrity Ballroom.,Catch NESN’s live broadcast of Winter Weekend with special appearances from Red Sox players and executives on Saturday. read more

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NEW YORK (AP) — AL MVP Mookie Betts, NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and major league home run champion Khris Davis reached high-priced one-year deals to avoid salary arbitration, while slugger Nolan Arenado and pitchers Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Aaron Nola were among 15 players still on track for hearings.,LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers reacquired catcher Russell Martin on Friday in a trade with Toronto, days after Yasmani Grandal left for a deal with Milwaukee.,NFL read more

BOSTON (CBS) — The New England Patriots are looking to advance to their eighth straight AFC Championship this weekend, but an extremely talented Los Angeles Chargers team is standing in their way.,He sliced up the Patriots-Chargers matchup with sports director Steve Burton on the latest edition of “A Slice Of Sully,” picking L.A. for a 22-16 upset on Sunday.,I’m being a realist; I’m not just going to throw my heart out there and say the Pats are going to win every game, the Red Sox are going to win every game,” Sully said to Burton.,“This [Los Angeles] team is really tough and I think they’re going to surprise the Patriots.”,Sully and Burton also discuss the cold weather in New England and how big of an advantage that will be for the Patriots, plus the big-game potential for James White.

The games are only available to Spectrum cable TV subscribers.,If you live in the Los Angeles TV market, or other TV markets that Dodgers claim as home markets, such as Las Vegas, you can not get the games through the MLB.com TV package or through the MLB Extra Innings package.,When the channel first started, it was only available to Time Warner Cable subscribers in the Los Angeles area and to Bright House subscribers in Bakersfield.,Charter Communications, the other big cable TV player in the Los Angeles area, acquired Time Warner Cable and Bright House and created the Spectrum brand in 2016.,By this time many teams were showing most or even all their games on TV in their local market, usually in a combination of a local TV station and a regional sports network.

It is the first of two dates – the series will return Jan. 19 to Anaheim – and the first of five stops in the state and Arizona

It’s a season of change for the 12-round series.,NBC Sports begins its first season with the Monster Energy AMA Supercross on Saturday with live coverage of the season-opening event in Anaheim starting at 7 p.m. Ralph Sheheen will call the action, as he has done since 2005, and will be joined in the booth by five-time Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael, host and former racer Daniel Blair, and reporter Will Christien.,He and Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Brad Sweet will kick off the 2019 dirt-sprint seasons at Volusia Speedway in Florisa with the Dirt Car Nationals on Feb. 6.,Pit stops read more

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Photo: Catherine Avalone / Hearst Connecticut Media File Photo read more