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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JJ Redick had a game high 24 points, while teammate Ben Simmons recorded his fifth triple-double of the season with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists.,NCAA confirms failed drug test by Clemson DL

The NCAA has confirmed that Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence has been suspended for Saturday’s CFP semifinal game against Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl following a failed test for performance-enhancing drugs.,Sebastian Aho scored his team-leading 15th goal in the third period for the Hurricanes, who lost their third out of four games.,— The Penguins won for the ninth time in 13 games this month as Phil Kessel scored two power-play goals in a 5-2 victory against the Red Wings.,Blake Coleman scored twice, Damon Severson tallied 25 seconds into the game and Kyle Palmieri added his team-high 19th goal in New Jersey’s fourth victory in 19 road games. read more

To hear Nolet and his mother Kim talk about it, his love of baseball and his talent for playing the sport have been crucial in facing the daunting challenge of a childhood learning disability.,He dominated high school baseball as a left-handed pitcher, spending three years at St. Mary’s before transferring to Annapolis High this school year.,There’s little doubt that baseball provided a welcome outlet to the grueling challenge Nolet faced in the classroom during his early school years.,Former St. Mary’s baseball coach Johnny Poss also mentored Nolet through his difficulties and stuck with him for the three years he played with the Saints.,That included working with teachers before school and skipping practices; playing only in games during his freshman year on the St. Mary’s junior varsity team because he spent 12 hours with tutors per week at the Huntington Learning Center in Gambrills.

IRVINE, Calif. -- Keilani Ricketts was the best player on arguably the best college softball team of all time., But with softball reinstated in the Olympics after a 12-year hiatus, at least for Tokyo in 2020, something dawned on her as she prepared for the WBSC World Championship, which begins Thursday and offers 15 countries their first chance to join host Japan in the Olympic field., And still the defining experience of her time in college might not have been on the field in Norman, Oklahoma, or even up the road in Oklahoma City, home to the Women's College World Series., Fresh out of Oklahoma, Ricketts was the ace of the American team that won silver in the 2012 world championships., But when she joined National Pro Fastpitch in 2013, caught in the middle of the conflict between that league and USA Softball, and soon also signed in the Japanese league with Toyota Shokki, the best hitters in the world proved they can hit anything they know is coming.

LaRue County senior Blake Shelton has heard all the jokes about having the same name as a famous country singer., In LaRue County’s second game, Shelton gave a glimpse of what was to come as he went five innings against Louisville Fern Creek without allowing a hit., The Hawks ended up losing the game, 6-0 but Allen knew Shelton was going to have a good year., Although the first start set the tone for his season, Shelton said one of his best starts was one at the end of the year., Shelton, who signed to play baseball for Campbellsville University next year, admitted to being excited for the next chapter of his career after finishing off this season in grand style.