Golson stays poised against pressure of Oklahoma

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Golson stays poised against pressure of Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. -- Playing in just his second-ever collegiate road game, Everett Golson stood in the face of 86,031 fans and looked as poised as he's been all year.

Golson didn't blow up the box score, completing 13 of 25 passes for 177 yards and gaining 64 yards on 11 rushes. But the key number for him was zero, as in how many turnovers he committed.

"He's growing up," coach Brian Kelly said.

Beyond the stat sheet, Kelly saw his redshirt freshman quarterback do more than just play with confidence.

"He led -- he actually sensed that he was leading," Kelly said. "He was communicating, he was talking, he was doing things that you hope as you go through this process that start to see. He was confident, he was calm -- all the things that you need to see from your quarterback on the road against a very good opposition in Oklahoma."

That crowd of 86,031 was the largest on Oklahoma Memorial Stadium History. It's a stadium in which OU coach Bob Stoops had only lost four times in 83 games heading into Saturday. In other words, it's not exactly the place a guy making his sixth career start can win with ease. Golson did just that, even if his line doesn't show it.

A little more than a month ago, Golson was coming off a miserable two-interception performance against Michigan in which he was yanked in the second quarter in favor of Tommy Rees. But since then, he's grown, even with the pains of a trio of turnovers against Stanford.

"I don't think I would," Golson said of if he would have handled the atmosphere at OU well last month. "I think that's partially because of the game experience and it's also because of the guys around me. I can admit that six or seven weeks ago I didn't really feel that I was ready."

That growth has been a series-to-series process in games, as Kelly explained two weekends ago following Notre Dame's win over Stanford. Ask any of Golson's teammates, though, and they'll tell you the biggest strides are being made in preparing for those games.

"He didn't just grow up today, he's been growing each week and getting better and improving," tight end Tyler Eifert said. "It's just the way he goes to work, trying to get better and having that as his mindset."

Kelly and Notre Dame designed the Irish to rely on defense for its success as they developed a first-year starting quarterback. But on Saturday, Golson showed his promise -- maybe not statistically, but as a leader.

"Everett Golson led our team," Kelly said. "He had obviously been challenged to continue to grow and it's been a process, but I thought tonight was a big step up for our quarterback, and our offense elevated itself against a great competition on the road."

CSN will air six Cubs spring training games in 2017

CSN will air six Cubs spring training games in 2017

Cubs fans will get to see 10 spring training games on TV in 2017 as they begin their World Series title defense, including six contests on CSN.

The Cubs released their spring broadcast schedule Monday afternoon, featuring 10 games on TV, 10 on the radio on 670 The Score and then 27 internet radio broadcasts on Cubs.com.

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie will be the broadcasters for Cubs.com games while Kasper and Jim Deshaies will serve as the announcers for all TV contests.

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Here are all six of CSN's broadcasts (all game times in Mountain Time Zone): 

—Wednesday, March 15 (7:05 p.m.) vs. Diamondbacks
—Sunday, March 19 (7:05 p.m.) vs. Royals
—Wednesday, March 22 (6:05 p.m.) vs. Reds
—Saturday, March 25 (1:05 p.m. PT) vs. Reds
—Tuesday, March 28 (1:05 p.m.) vs. Giants
—Friday, March 31 (1:10 p.m. CT) vs. Astros

Here's the complete Cubs spring schedule:

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.