Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts to be next featured guest on CSN's "Inside Look"

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts to be next featured guest on CSN's "Inside Look"

CHICAGO CUBS CHAIRMAN TOM RICKETTS TO BE THE NEXT FEATURED GUEST ONCOMCAST SPORTSNETS MONTHLY INTERVIEW SERIES, INSIDE LOOK

Inside Look presented by Cadillac, hosted by Comcast SportsNets David Kaplan -- featuring Tom Ricketts to debut Christmas DaySunday, December 25 at 4:30 PM

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of Inside Look, including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (December 20, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac.

Debuting Christmas DaySunday, December 25 at 4:30 PM, Comcast SportsNets David Kaplan hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago business mogullifelong Cubs fan and now Chicago Cubs Chairman TOM RICKETTS. Ricketts discusses everything from his days of rooting for the Cubs as a fan, to becoming the owner and chairman of one of pro sports most popular franchises, bringing Theo Epstein to the northside to run the baseball operations, his thoughts on the 2012 Cubs and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV. Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Tom Ricketts on the following datestimes: Sun, Jan. 1 at 5:30pm; Sun, Jan. 8 at 9:30pm; Fri, Jan. 13 at 11:30pm; Sat, Jan. 14 at 7pm; Thu, Jan. 19 at 8:30pm; Sat, Jan. 28 at 7:30pm and Mon, Jan. 30 at 7pm

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Tom Ricketts presented by Cadillac, premiering Christmas DaySun, Dec. 25 at 4:30 PM exclusively on Comcast SportsNet:

RICKETTS on if he would have changed anything when he became Cubs chairmanwith the knowledge he has now:

I dont think we wouldve done much differently. If you go back to those first couple of days, a lot of people wanted some quick decisions, particularly with baseball. I think they expected an owner to come in and change out the GM and go in this new direction and have some kind of bold plan, and in our case, it was my decision that I think whats best for us is to really get to understand what our strengths are in a baseball organization, what our weaknesses are, be fair to the people that are here, and really get to know the baseball organization better.

RICKETTS on the much-publicized Theo Watch, in particular, the Starbucks sighting:

Well, the funny part is that it was part of our Secret Agent Man-type stuff. He (new Cubs President, Baseball Operations Theo Epstein) was sneaking in for the weekend, and we were very careful about who picked him up from the airport and all these things, and, of course, no plan survives that much secrecy. His wife wants an ice coffee and he hops out to get it and, of course, bumps into someone who recognizes him, so I guess we didnt have to be that secret because everybody found out anyway. Thats just the way it happens, just kind of a funny thing.

RICKETTS on his public perception and staying true to his goals:

I dont really follow too closely what the perception is. All along, we started off with this day one is square one for everybody in the organization. Jim (Hendry) had that ruleCrane (Kenney), whos running the business side had that ruleon the business side, weve done well. Im talking to Crane about extending his contract. Were going to have him as part of the organization for a long time, locking down our business side. On the baseball side, we werent getting it done. We think we gave Jim a fair shot, but when it looked like it wasnt going to be where we needed it to be, we had a great conversation and just decided to part ways and that got the process started.

The period between when Jim left and when Theo came in was a little awkward, because you couldnt really tell people what you were doing, but there was never a moment where I didnt really feel like we had it under control. I think the only moment when I was a little nervous was when if we could ask the Red Sox for permission, and its entirely likely, its possible they could say no, and then wed have to go on and look for another candidate, and thats embarrassing because that candidate obviously wouldnt be the first choice and you cant keep those kind of requests secret. But we just hung tough, consistentand played through it, and I think wed done as best as we could.

RICKETTS on if he believes the 2012 Cubs will be competitive:

Well, absolutely. You look at a lot of the turnarounds in baseball over the last few years. Teams that have lost 90 games and have come back and won 90 games. You get the right 25 guys in that clubhouse with the right manager and everyone stays healthybaseball, its a lot of parity, you come back and you stay healthy, you get off to a good startthen absolutely were back in the hunt.

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 April in the most appropriate of ways -- with another heavy dose of late-inning magic.

Jose Abreu had two late RBIs, including driving 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 ejected manager Robin Ventura, the White Sox scored five times over the final three innings to rally for their 17 th win.

They finished the opening month with a 17-8 mark, tying the 2000, 2005 and 2006 clubs for most April wins.

An inning after his error allowed Baltimore to rally from two down, Jose Abreu provided his team with some redemption in the ninth. Abreu followed a two-out single by Adam Eaton and walk by Carlos Sanchez with an RBI single to right off Vance Worley to put the White Sox ahead for good. Nate Jones then pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the win.

The White Sox have scored 49 of their 95 runs (51.6 percent) from the seventh inning on.

The offense came to life against Baltimore’s bullpen, long after starter Kevin Gausman was gone.

Brett Lawrie walked to start the seventh against Mychal Givens and stole second base. Austin Jackson singled on the 10th pitch he saw from Givens to get the White Sox within a run.

They jumped ahead in the eighth with three runs against Darren O’Day, who hadn’t allowed a run all season. Sanchez doubled to open the inning and scored on a game-tying single to right by Abreu. Todd Frazier then launched a massive 411-foot homer -- his seventh -- to center to put the White Sox up 7-5.

Baltimore tied it in the bottom of the eighth when Abreu’s two-out error extended the inning for Matt Albers, who saw his scoreless streak snapped at 33 1/3 innings. Machado reached when Abreu dropped Frazier’s throw and Albers hit Jones. The White Sox brought Zach Duke on to face Chris Davis, who doubled in the tying runs.

A find since the season began, Mat Latos wasn’t as sharp with his location on Saturday.

Location has been a necessity for Latos, who has mostly worked with his fastball sitting between 88-90 mph. Whereas he’d been able to consistently locate most of his pitches in his first four starts, Latos was off the mark and the Orioles took advantage.

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 in the fourth.  

The right-hander gave up a run in the first inning on a Mark Trumbo single but didn’t allow any more until the fourth despite giving up four hits. That’s because Adam Jones grounded into a controversial 5-4 double play in the third that resulted in the 12 th ejection of Ventura’s career. Machado, who reached on an infield single, 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 rule regarding slides at second base. 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.

Latos stranded two on in the fourth after yielding the solo homers and retired the first two batters he faced in the fifth. But Latos walked Matt Wieters and Alvarez doubled deep to center to put Baltimore up 4-3.

Latos, who saw his ERA increase to 1.84 from 0.74, allowed four earned runs and 11 hits in five innings.

The Orioles added a run in the sixth on Jones’ two-out RBI double off Zach Putnam.

After falling behind early, the White Sox rallied with the help of a Machado error in the third inning. Jerry Sands and Dioner Navarro started with singles. Adam Eaton then appeared to hit into a double play but Machado’s throw was wide of second, which allowed the tying run to score. Schoop then dropped Tyler Saladino’s pop up, which allowed another run as the White Sox pulled ahead 2-1.

Lawrie’s two-out solo home run -- his third of the season -- off Orioles starter Kevin Gausman put the White Sox up by two in the fourth inning. But Gausman shut down the White Sox the rest of the way, retiring the final seven men he faced after he yielded a two-out single to Sands.

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

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Sunday 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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