CSNChicago.com to chronicle 1 nationally-ranked SIMEON CAREER ACADEMY throughout the 2011-12 IHSA basketball season

CSNChicago.com to chronicle 1 nationally-ranked SIMEON CAREER ACADEMY throughout the 2011-12 IHSA basketball season

CSNCHICAGO.COM GRANTED UNPRECENDENTED ACCESS TO CHRONICLE 1 NATIONALLY-RANKED SIMEON CAREER ACADEMY THROUGHOUT THE 2011-12 IHSA BASKETBALL SEASON

Weekly webisodes to be hosted by David Kaplan, along with feature pieces from Insider Aggrey Sam, plus numerous player profiles & exclusive video features

Chicago, IL (December 12, 2011) -- Comcast SportsNets 247 digital outlet, CSNChicago.com, will provide preps fans with a special treat this winter as the network has been granted unprecedented access to the 1 pre-season ranked high school basketball team in the nation: Simeon Career Academy (the alma mater of Chicago Bulls superstar and reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose), who are now led by the nations top-ranked player, Jabari Parker.

In this latest edition of CSNChicago.coms popular preps feature section entitled DRIVE, hosted by Comcast SportsNet on-air personalityformer college basketball coach & recruiter David Kaplan, fans will be taken on a season-long journey with the Simeon hoops team as they vie for their third-straight Class 4A state title (NOTE: a fan-friendly DRIVE: Simeon Basketball page has been created to act as a hub for all video and written components: CSNChicago.compreps_simeon).

Among the key season-long highlights of DRIVE: Simeon Basketball include the following:

Weekly video webisodes featuring exclusive, never-before-seen, inside access to the amazing world of Simeon basketball.

CSNChicago.coms basketball Insider Aggrey Sam to pen numerous team feature pieces and player profiles throughout the 2011-12 preps season.

SportsNet Centrals news desk to provide additional video coverage of games to supplement digital team's exclusive inside access; content to also be utilized in High School Lites (airing on Comcast SportsNet every Friday night at 10:30 PM).

Player profile video features to include top college recruits Jabari Parker (who was recently named USA Basketballs Male Athlete Player of the Year), along with standouts Steve Taylor, Jaleni Neely, Kendrick Nunn, Kendall Pollard and many others.

Analysis of team development by legendary head coach Robert Smith through exclusive interviews and 'mic'd up' practice sessions.

CSNChicago.coms Jake Flannigan, Matt Zickus and Jeremy Masaki Murayama will be shootingproducingediting all DRIVE: Simeon Basketball webisodes.

White Sox instructor Luis Sierra to coach in 2017 World Baseball Classic

White Sox instructor Luis Sierra to coach in 2017 World Baseball Classic

Luis Sierra hopes to take another step next spring toward achieving his dream of being a major league manager when he coaches in the World Baseball Classic.

Sierra — who spent eight of 10 minor league seasons in the White Sox farm system — will return as a coach for Colombia after participating in the WBC qualifier last spring.

Colombia, which plays in Pool D in Miami along with the United States, Canada and Dominican Republic, is managed by Luis Urueta, a short-season field coordinator in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ farm system. Sierra, a pregame instructor in his second year for the White Sox, is Colombia’s first-base coach. The 29-year-old said the transition from player to coach hasn’t been too difficult.

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“It didn’t take too long and that’s what I do now and that’s my focus, just to help the guys and get better as a coach and as a person,” Sierra said. “It’s been a great experience so far. Still learning. Hopefully one day I’ll be a big league manager.”

Sierra, who was a catcher and an infielder in his professional career, hails from Barranquilla, which is also the home of White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana. The two live near each other and work out in the offseason. Quintana has expressed interest in pitching for Colombia during the 2017 WBC.

Cubs-Pirates game ends in a 1-1 tie

Cubs-Pirates game ends in a 1-1 tie

PITTSBURGH – This definitely felt like something out of spring training, with Thursday night’s game between the Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates suspended as rain kept pouring down on PNC Park, ending after five innings in a 1-1 tie.

Major League Baseball considered this an official game – its first tie since it happened to the Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros on June 30, 2005 – and stats will still count after an 83-minute rain delay. But there is no need to make it up with the Cubs having already clinched the National League’s No. 1 seed and the Pirates eliminated from wild-card contention.

The last time the Cubs finished in a tie: a 2-2 five-inning draw with the Montreal Expos on May 28, 1993 at Wrigley Field.