CSN, CSNChicago.com to deliver extended 'BMW Bulls Postgame' coverage following EVERY Bulls-Heat matchup!

CSN, CSNChicago.com to deliver extended 'BMW Bulls Postgame' coverage following EVERY Bulls-Heat matchup!

COMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNCHICAGO.COM TO DELIVER EXTENDED BMW BULLS POST GAME LIVE COVERAGE
FOLLOWING EVERY BULLS-HEAT PLAYOFF MATCH-UP

King, Gill & Schanowski host extended BMW Bulls Post Game Live coverage

following EVERY NBA Eastern Conference match-up on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com starting Sunday night, May 15

CSNChicago.com to also provide exclusive behind-the-scenes video and post-game reports

from Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam, along with game highlights, blogs, Bulls In Game Live and much more!

Chicago, IL (May 13, 2011) Its the match-up everyone has been waiting for as Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the NBA Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls (who finished the 2010-11 regular season with the NBAs best overall record at 62-20, eliminated the Indiana Pacers in Round 1 and eliminated the Atlanta Hawks in Round 2 of the 2011 NBA Playoffs), and CSNChicago.com, the networks 247 online home for even more in-depth Bulls playoffs coverage, are ready to bring fans complete wall-to-wall Bulls coverage throughout the teams entire NBA Eastern Conference Finals battle against the rival Miami Heat with extended editions of BMW Bulls Post Game Live following EVERY GAME.

Stacey King, Comcast SportsNets always-entertaining Bulls game analyst and three-time NBA champion, joins hosts Mark Schanowski and Kendall Gill (with Gail Fischer providing live locker room interviews with players and coaches) for BMW Bulls Post Game Live starting Sunday night, May 15 (approx. 9:45 PM) immediately following Game 1. Plus every on-aironline edition of BMW Bulls Post Game Live will feature live post-game press conferences with Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, along with interviews featuring Bulls and Heat players. Comcast SportsNets complete NBA Eastern Conference Finals BMW Bulls Post Game Live on-aironline schedule is included in this release.

Comcast SportsNets 247 online home, CSNChicago.com, will provide even more exclusive Bulls playoffs content coverage including the following:

Bulls In Game Live: Real-time, live data combined with timely editorial including compelling elements such as detailed play-by-play, in-game scoring, shot charts, situation statistics, Twitter feeds from Stacey King (@Sky21King) and Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam (@CSNBullsInsider NOTE: Sam will be on-site for every homeroad playoff game), LIVE in-game chat sessions, headlines, NBA Playoffs scoreboard, photos and more.
Stacey King Poster Shop: Newly launched area showcases Staceys signature poster videos of slam dunks and must-see plays; also includes @Sky21King Twitter feed and link to the Stacey King Soundboard at Bulls.com.
Game highlights available on CSNChicago.com following every game.
Live, in-game chat sessions featuring King, Schanowski & Gill.
Exclusive, behind-the-scenes video from practice, shoot arounds, postgame, etc.
Beyond the Arc & Running with the Bulls blog updates from Sam and Schanowski, news articles, photo galleries, etc.
SMS alerts available for Bulls breaking news, scores and more.
Additional NBA Playoffs coverage content sharingcross-promotion via ChicagoBulls.com, NBCSports.com & ProBasketballTalk.com.
CSNChicago.coms Bulls coverage is presented by Suzuki

Additional on-air BullsNBA Playoffs coverage highlights on Comcast SportsNet include full-blown weeknight Bulls discussionanalysis on Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan, featuring host David Kaplan. Also, every 6:30PM edition of SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse will provide thorough pre-game coverage featuring a complete preview of each match-up, along with numerous playercoaches interviews, and viewers will get the complete wrap-up featuring game highlights and additional post-game interviews on GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 PM and 10:30 PM.

Note the following game-by-game breakdown of Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.coms post-game coverage for the Bulls NBA Eastern Conference Finals series vs. Miami:

BULLS vs. MIAMINBA EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS POST-GAME COVERAGE ONCOMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNCHICAGO.COM
Game 1: Sun, May 15 (approx. 9:45 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live(NOTE: LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

Game 2: Wed, May 18 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live(NOTE: LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

Game 3: Sun, May 22 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live(NOTE: LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)
Game 4: Tue, May 24 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live(NOTE: LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

Game 5: Thu, May 26 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live (NOTE: If necessary; LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

Game 6: Sat, May 28 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live (NOTE: If necessary; LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

Game 7: Mon, May 30 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live (NOTE: If necessary; Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

For its five total first round Bulls playoff game telecasts this season vs. Indiana, Comcast SportsNet posted a personal best Bulls playoffs series record of approx. 1.62 MILLION Chicago TV homes viewing these games, which included the highest single game rating for any team in network history (13.69 for Rd. 1, Gm. 3 at Indiana on April 21). Plus, an additional 855,000 households tuned in to Bulls PrePost Game Live for surrounding coverage of the five first round telecasts. Compared to the final first round Bulls playoff average last season (2.97 household avg. vs. Cleveland), Comcast SportsNets first round average this season was a 9.24, an increase of 211 compared to last year (ratings for Adults 25-54 grew 279). Comcast SportsNet also set a new Bulls regular season record with a 4.50 average household rating per game, a 90 increase from last season.

Jose Abreu helps White Sox rally to tie record for April wins

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Jose Abreu helps White Sox rally to tie record for April wins

BALTIMORE -- The White Sox closed a record-tying April in the most appropriate of ways -- with another heavy dose of late-inning magic.

Jose Abreu made up for a costly error with two late RBIs, including singling in the go-ahead run in the ninth, and the White Sox tied a team record for April victories with an 8-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles in front of 29,152 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Playing without manager Robin Ventura, who was ejected after a controversial review in the fourth, the White Sox scored five times in the final three innings to rally for win No. 17. They finished the season’s opening month with a 17-8 mark to tie the 2000, 2005 and 2006 clubs for most April victories.

“I’ll put a lot of money with Jose at the plate with runners in scoring position,” Adam Eaton said. “We got the job done. Good team win. Not really how we drew it up, but it shows character with the team for sure. Battling back, each delivering punches and for us to get the last punch in there … Huge night for us.”

It was in particular a big showing for Abreu, who entered the game with a .220 average and 11 RBIs, his fewest in April in three seasons. The occasion became even bigger after Abreu’s fielding error in the eighth -- one of two by the White Sox -- extended the inning for Matt Albers.

With the White Sox leading 7-5, Abreu couldn’t handle a nice throw by Todd Frazier with two outs in the eighth and Manny Machado reached. Albers -- whose scoreless streak was snapped after 33 1/3 innings -- hit Adam Jones with the next pitch and Chris Davis followed with a game-tying, two-run double off Zach Duke.

But a team that has scored 49 of its 95 runs (51.6 percent) from the seventh inning came through again.

Eaton started the winning rally with a bunt single off Orioles closer Zach Britton, who exited the game as he injured himself retrieving the ball. Carlos Sanchez then walked against reliever Vance Worley to set up Abreu, who also singled in the tying run in an eighth-inning rally. Abreu drove an 0-1 cutter from Worley to right and Eaton slid in to home ahead of the throw from Joey Rickard. Nate Jones, who got the final out in the eighth, retired the side in order in the ninth to close it out.

The White Sox also rallied back from a pair of earlier deficits, long after Orioles starter Kevin Gausman departed.

Brett Lawrie, who had a solo homer in the third, walked and stole second base in the seventh and Austin Jackson singled after a 10-pitch battle with Mychal Givens to get the White Sox within 5-4.

The White Sox scored three runs off Darren O’Day, who hadn’t allowed a run all season. Sanchez had a pinch-hit double to open the eighth inning and scored on Abreu’s tying RBI single to right. Frazier blasted a 411-foot homer -- his seventh -- to center to put the White Sox up 7-5. The team’s 49 runs from the seventh inning on are the most in the American League. The White Sox, who finished with 10 hits, also have six comeback wins.

“It seemed like everybody picked everybody up tonight,” Frazier said. “It’s just a good character builder here.”

The offense came through for starter Mat Latos, who had his worst start of the season. The Orioles tried often to go the opposite way against Latos and it worked to the tune of four runs and 11 hits.

Baltimore had at least two hits in four of the five innings that Latos worked, including solo homers by Pedro Alvarez and Jonathan Schoop to tie it at 3 in the fourth.  

Latos allowed two hits to start the third, but was spared more damage when Adam Jones grounded into a controversial 5-4 double play that resulted in the 12th ejection of Ventura’s career.

Machado, who had singled ahead of Jones, slid late into second base and made contact with the leg of Lawrie, who never threw to first. Ventura asked for a review as Machado appeared to be in violation of the new slide rule. After a stoppage of at least six minutes, review officials determined that Machado didn’t interfere on the play and Jones was safe at first. Ventura immediately argued the call and loss of challenge with crew chief Gerry Davis, who ejected him.

But Latos pitched around it. He stranded two more runners on in the fourth to keep the score tied, but Baltimore pulled ahead in the fifth as Latos walked Matt Wieters and Alvarez doubled deep to center to make it 4-3.

Latos saw his ERA increase to 1.84 from 0.74.

“I was fortunate,” Latos said. “The offense showed up and put up a bunch of runs on the board and the defense showed up and we were able to get away with a really good win, a hard fought win.”

Ventura is pleased with how his team has handled its early success. Even though the White Sox have proven to be a fiery team in the dugout, Ventura thinks his veteran core has helped them keep a level head. While he’s pleased with the team’s April, he doesn’t think White Sox players will get ahead of themselves.

“They're looking for Sunday,” Ventura said. “They're excited about the win, no doubt, the way they're playing. But very good group about focusing on what's at hand and not looking in the rear view mirror.”

Today on CSN: Sale, White Sox close series with O's

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Today on CSN: Sale, White Sox close series with O's

The White Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at noon. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today's starting pitching matchup: Chris Sale (5-0, 1.66) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2, 3.91)

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Nick Kwiatkoski Chicago Bears NFL Draft Profile

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Nick Kwiatkoski Chicago Bears NFL Draft Profile

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 150 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Nick Kwiatkoski (LB), West Virginia

6’2” | 243 lbs.

2015 stats:

85 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 3 INT

Selection:

4th round, 113rd overall to Chicago Bears

Scouting Report:

"Kwiatkoski is known for his weight room work and has transitioned his body type from safety to inside linebacker. He has some physical limitations that could prevent him from becoming a full-­time starter, but his mean streak and ability to finish as a tackler could serve him well as a special teamer which is likely how he will have to make a team." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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