Blackhawks hockey returns to Comcast SportsNet!

Blackhawks hockey returns to Comcast SportsNet!

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HOCKEY RETURNS TO COMCAST SPORTSNET

FIRST REGULAR SEASON game telecast on Jan. 20 at Phoenix; HOME OPENER on Jan. 22 vs. St. Louis;
Plus Live PrePost-Game Shows all season long and comprehensive nightly coverage on SportsNet Central, Highlight 2013 Schedule

CSNChicago.com to feature 247 reporting from Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers; website to also feature live video of Post-Game Press Conferences, the brand new Blackhawks Pulse Social Media Center, Daily PlayerCoaches Interviews, Game Highlights, plus - On-Air Talent Blogs, In-Game Twitter updates from CSN talent, Live Chats, Live interactive Scoreboard and more!

Chicago, IL (January 16, 2013) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, is once again ready to deliver another thrill-packed season of NHL excitement with 39 live regular season Blackhawks games (21 home, 18 away), including in-depth pre-game and post-game shows, extensive nightly coverage on SportsNet Central and the most thorough 247 online Blackhawks coverage to date on CSNChicago.com!

The 2013 Chicago Blackhawks regular season on Comcast SportsNet gets underway on Sunday, January 20 as NHL All-Stars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, along with standouts Dave Bolland, Corey Crawford and the rest of the 13 season squad face-off against last seasons 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals opponent -- the Phoenix Coyotes -- live from the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ.

Comcast SportsNets expanded season opener coverage on Jan. 20 gets underway at 7:30 PM with an encore edition of Inside Look presented by Cadillac featuring Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, which will be followed by an encore edition of the Blackhawks Season Preview Special at 8:00 PM. Then, the season premiere of Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live sets up the big night at 8:30 PM featuring hosts Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd. Face-off is set for 9:00 PM featuring the always-entertaining Blackhawks announcing tandem of Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk calling the game action. Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live immediately follows the game highlighted by Coach Quennevilles post-game press conference, along with live locker room player interviews, full highlights and complete post-game analysis.

In addition, Comcast SportsNet will also be carrying the Blackhawks HOME OPENER on Tuesday, January 22 vs. St. Louis for a 7:30 PM face-off. Opening night coverage -- LIVE from the United Center -- gets underway at 5:30 PM with Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff (hosted by David Kaplan), which will be followed by Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, also live from the UC. Jose Cuervo Post Game Live immediately follows the game highlighted by Coach Qs post-game press conference (to also be streamed on CSNChicago.com after this and every Blackhawks home game telecast this season).

Fans can also look forward to a thorough look ahead to the upcoming BlackhawksNHL season on the Chicago Blackhawks Season Preview Special airing Thursday, January 17 at 9:00 PM (to be replayed as noted earlier on Sun, Jan. 20 at 8:00 PM). Hosted by Boyle & Konroyd, the season preview special will feature numerous interviews with Blackhawks playerscoachesfront office execs, along with an extensive preview of the upcoming season with a focus on the NHLs Western Conference.

This seasons Blackhawks regular season schedule on Comcast SportsNet features all 39 games against Western Conference foes, 14 of which are against Central Division opponents. Among the additional highlights to this years Blackhawks schedule on Comcast SportsNet include a pair of games against the division rival Detroit Red Wings (Jan. 27 & Apr. 12), three match-ups against the conference rival Vancouver Canucks (Feb. 1, Feb. 19 & Apr. 22), along with a home ice battle against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings (Mar. 25). (See attached sheet for Comcast SportsNets complete 2013 regular season Blackhawks schedule).

For the fifth-straight season, Blackhawks play-by-play legend Pat Foley and former Blackhawks starUSA Hockey Hall of FamerChicago hockey icon Eddie Olczyk (handling color analysis) will be the featured announcing tandem all season long. SportsNet Centrals Susannah Collins will be the primary on-site reporter for Blackhawks home game telecasts this season. Also, for the eighth-straight year, former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Konroyd will be the featured studio analyst on Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live and Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live joining new Blackhawks studio host Pat Boyle (via Twitter @CSNBoyle).

As previously mentioned, surrounding game coverage this season includes Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, a half-hour pre-game show featuring a breakdown of the evenings match-up, interviews with coaches and players and a look at the other games around the NHL. Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live will air prior to all Blackhawks games starting at 7:00 PM or later on weekdays and prior to every weekend game telecast. (NOTE: For weekday games beginning at 6:00 PM, Comcast SportsNet will have extensive Blackhawks pre-game coverage in Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff). CTL will also be the place to hear from numerous BlackhawksNHL experts all season long.

Immediately following Comcast SportsNet Blackhawks game telecasts, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live featuring live coverage of head coach Joel Quennevilles post-game press conferences, along with locker room interviews with Blackhawks players. Following the majority of Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live airings, viewers can catch GMC SportsNet Central 10:00 & 10:30 PM andor the midnight edition of SportsNet Central presented by CLR with the most complete recap of the days top local and national sports news.

Three regular season Blackhawks games are currently scheduled to be telecast on Comcast SportsNet Plus this season (see attached schedule). Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN) telecasts are provided to Comcast SportsNet affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously. Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers can watch all CSN games on CLTV. Cable and satellite operators who do not carry CLTV will place CSN telecasts on a to-be-determined channel. Viewers can visit CSNChicago.com for the exact channel location of Comcast SportsNet, CSN, Comcast SportsNet HD and CSN HD telecasts in their area.

From an online perspective, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, delivers comprehensive 247 Blackhawks coverage all season long, including the following highlights:

Live stream of Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville's post-game press conferences following EVERY home game telecast.
Video highlights from every Blackhawks game, including in-game highlights after each period. Pre-game interviews from morning skates will also be provided, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis from the Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live team.
Blackhawks Pulse presented by AT&T U-Verse, a brand new, one-stop social media hub that reveals the latest trending topics and player buzz from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Plus, Blackhawks Pulse aggregates all Blackhawks player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag HawksTalk.
Blackhawks In-Game Live, a second screen platform for PCs, tablets and mobile devices that combines state-of-the-art infographics, data visualization of real-time statistics and game info with rich social interactivity tied to CSN Chicagos live game broadcasts.
Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers returns for her third season on the beat. Follow her on Twitter @TramyersCSN for the latest teamplayer news and inside access 247.
Nina Falcone joins CSN Chicago to serve as Blackhawks digital reporter and producer. Falcone will provide Blackhawks and NHL reportsfeatures on the beat with Myers. Follow @HawksTalkCSN on Twitter for full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news straight from the United Center.
Susannah Collins, CSN Chicagos Blackhawks television reporter providing pre-game and post-game coverage from the arena, will also contribute digital content and videos for CSNChicago.com throughout the season. Follow her on Twitter @SusannahCollins
CSNChicago.com and ChicagoBlackhawks.com will collaborate in content creation and distribution throughout the regular season to provide fans in-depth player interviews and features plus behind-the-scenes access to everything going on and off-the-ice within the Blackhawks organization.

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO
2013 Chicago Blackhawks Schedule

Regular Season:
1. Sun, Jan 20 @ Phoenix 9:00 pm
2. Tue, Jan 22 vs. St. Louis 7:30 pm
3. Thu, Jan 24 @ Dallas 7:30 pm
4. Sat, Jan 26 @ Columbus 6:00 pm
5. Sun, Jan 27 vs. Detroit 6:00 pm
6. Fri, Feb 1 @ Vancouver 9:00 pm CSN
7. Sat, Feb 2 @ Calgary 9:00 pm
8. Tue, Feb 5 @ San Jose 9:30 pm
9. Thu, Feb 7 @ Phoenix 8:00 pm
10. Sun, Feb 10 @ Nashville 7:00 pm
11. Tue, Feb 12 vs. Anaheim 7:30 pm
12. Fri, Feb 15 vs. San Jose 7:30 pm
13. Tue, Feb 19 vs. Vancouver 7:30 pm
14. Fri, Feb 22 vs. San Jose 7:30 pm
15. Sun, Feb 24 vs. Columbus 6:00 pm
16. Mon, Feb 25 vs. Edmonton 7:30 pm
17. Thu, Feb 28 @ St. Louis 7:00 pm
18. Fri, Mar 1 vs. Columbus 7:30 pm
19. Tue, Mar 5 vs. Minnesota 7:30 pm
20. Fri, Mar 8 @ Colorado 8:00 pm CSN
21. Sun, Mar 10 vs. Edmonton 6:00 pm
22. Thu, Mar 14 @ Columbus 6:00 pm
23. Sat, Mar 16 @ Dallas 7:00 pm
24. Mon, Mar 18 @ Colorado 8:00 pm
25. Wed, Mar 20 @ Anaheim 9:00 pm
26. Mon, Mar 25 vs. Los Angeles 7:00 pm
27. Tue, Mar 26 vs. Calgary 7:30 pm
28. Fri, Mar 29 vs. Anaheim 7:30 pm
29. Mon, Apr 1 vs. Nashville 7:30 pm
30. Thu, Apr 4 vs. St. Louis 7:30 pm
31. Sat, Apr 6 @ Nashville 2:00 pm
32. Sun, Apr 7 vs. Nashville 6:00 pm
33. Tue, Apr 9 @ Minnesota 7:00 pm CSN
34. Fri, Apr 12 vs. Detroit 7:30 pm
35. Mon, Apr 15 vs. Dallas 7:00 pm
36. Fri, Apr 19 vs. Nashville 7:30 pm
37. Mon, Apr 22 @ Vancouver 9:00 pm
38. Wed, Apr 24 @ Edmonton 8:30 pm
39. Fri, Apr 26 vs. Calgary 7:30 pm

39 Regular Season Games (21 Home, 18 Road)
All Times Central Time Schedule Subject to Change

27 Days to Kickoff: Whitney Young

27 Days to Kickoff: Whitney Young

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 1, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 26. You can view Edgy Tim's other football previews here.

School: Whitney Young

Head coach: Tim Franken

Assistant coaches: Victor Marin, Chris Mallette, Cam Browns and Matt Derrig.

How they fared in 2015: 9-1 (7-0) CPL Chicago Big Shoulders Conference. Whitney Young made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost to Niles North in opening-round action.

Biggest storyline in 2016: How will the Dolphins fare moving up to the CPL Illini Red Bird conference this season?

Names to watch this season: RB Ke'Vaughn Chappell, OL/DL Justeon Kimmons

Biggest holes to fill: Can the Dolphins find some answers at quarterback and linebacker after graduation losses from this past spring?

EDGY's Early Take: Whitney Young has been very strong over the past few seasons, and now comes a move up in competition to the rugged CPL Illinois Red Bird conference. Having an All-State running back in Chappell and four returning offensive linemen should help the Dolphins chances this season.

'It's about effort': Team USA proves there's more than one way to win

'It's about effort': Team USA proves there's more than one way to win

For more than six and a half minutes in the second quarter of Friday night’s exhibition game against Venezuela, the United States men’s national team looked lost.

The prohibitive favorite in the Rio Olympics missed 13 consecutive shots, committed two turnovers and was called for a shot clock violation, an almost unimaginable infraction considering the level of talent across the board on the floor.

The offense remained stagnant much of the night, a rare occurrence for a team that had looked unstoppable in averaging 108 points in their first three contests. But in their 80-45 thumping of Venezuela, Mike Krzyzewski’s group proved it has more ways to win a game than simply outshooting its opponent.

A combination of tenacious rebounding and determined defense allowed the Americans to move to 4-0 in exhibition play in their second-to-last tune-up before next month’s Olympic Games, where they’ll attempt to three-peat as gold medal winners.

“Two of the consistent parts of the game we did great with tonight, and that is you can play really good defense and you can rebound every night,” Krzyzewski said after the game. “Because it’s about effort. And our guys have given that effort.”

Playing without their top player, Nets point guard Greivis Vasquez, Venezuela hung around in the first quarter thanks in part to Team USA’s cold shooting. They even took a 12-10 lead on back-to-back triples from John Cox, who finished with a team-high 14 points. The Americans opened the game 3-for-10 before finishing the quarter on a 12-2 run. Kyrie Irving was the lone starter to shoot better than 50 percent (4-for-7); the other four starters combined to shoot just 8-for-31 (25.8 percent).

And yet during their dry spell in the second quarter, which included five scattered free throws, Team USA was able to increase its lead from 13 to 14 with stifling defense and stellar rebounding; in that same span Venezuela committed two turnovers and missed nine of 11 field goal attempts, with only one offensive rebound to show for it.

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“We played great defense. We didn’t score but they didn’t score,” said Kevin Durant, who finished 3-for-9 with nine points. “That’s the name of the game for us. If we don’t score we can’t let the other team score. It’s simple.”

Venezuela shot just 24 percent from the field and committed 18 turnovers. Cox, the cousin of Kobe Bryant, said the Americans' ability to switch at each position made each possession difficult.

"They’re so good because they can switch everything because of their length and athleticism. So I don’t think there’s another team in the Olympics that can do that," he said. "It’s difficult to take advantage on offense, and they’re talented and they’re going to be tough to beat because they switch down the line. Even their bigs can move their feet with our guards and other guards, so they’ll be a tough matchup. And that’s why they’re special."

The Americans were also helped in the defensive struggle by superb rebounding across the board. DeMarcus Cousins finished with a team-high 13 rebounds, Carmelo Anthony added nine of his own and Jimmy Butler, playing in front of a home Chicago crowd, snatched eight boards. Team USA won the battle of the boards, 54-29, outperforming the +21 rebounding advantage they had amassed in their first three games.

“You get 54 rebounds and we’re playing defense right to the very end, and that’s what I’m looking for,” Krzyzewski said. “The fact that the ball was not going in and they were playing very good defense against us does not stop us from giving a really quality effort, especially on the board and the defensive end.”

Team USA flipped the switch in the second half, with the bench unit beginning the third quarter on a 12-4 run that pushed the lead to 26 points. The Americans then made 10 of 12 shots in the final stanza posting 24 points on an array of outside shots – Klay Thompson connected on a pair of triples – and highlight reel dunks from DeAndre Jordan and DeMar DeRozan.

Team USA finished the contest shooting 43 percent from the field, nearly seven percentage points worse than their team average entering the contest. Their four made 3-pointers, three of which came from Thompson, were a far cry from the 39 they connected on in their first three games.

But their ability to shoot out of character for 40 minutes – the 80 points were tied for the second fewest for an Olympic team under Coach K – and still win handily was a positive sign for Krzyzewski.

Eight of Team USA’s 13 players averaged 20 or more point per game last season – Paul George rested with a sore calf. And its two returning players from the 2012 team, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, have five NBA scoring titles to their name. They’ve also got four players who have won NBA titles while playing for historically good offenses (Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Thompson for Golden State; Kyrie Irving for Cleveland).

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“We’re gonna knock shots down. We’ve got the best players in the world, the best shooters in the world, best penetrators in the world,” Durant said. “Shots don’t really matter to us. We played great defense and I think that’s what we’ve been doing the whole trip.”

There’s little doubt they’ll find their shooting touch in time for their opening round game on Aug. 6 against China. Krzyzewski even hinted at the team needing to find more comfort and rhythm using the international basketball, though he was quick to denounce that as an excuse for the poor shooting. 

After breezing through three exhibition games, winning by 37, 49 and 50 points, the Americans were forced to work in a different fashion for their victory Friday night. The final margin, 35, wasn’t indicative of the effort Team USA needed to show in order to pull away. They did show that effort, and it’s something that will serve them well moving forward when the games count.

“To be quite frank I’m very pleased about tonight,” Krzyzewski said, “because you don’t just want to hit 17 threes and not work hard.

"We had to work real hard tonight and we won.”

Bears sign Willie Young to two-year contract extension

Bears sign Willie Young to two-year contract extension

Watch out Bass Pro Shops: Willie Young may be stopping in with a bag full of money.

The Bears announced Saturday morning they have agreed to a two-year contract extension with the veteran outside linebacker.

Young, who was heading into his final season of a three-year deal he inked with the Bears in 2014, is now signed with the team through the 2018 season.

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The 30-year-old Young finished second on the Bears last season with 6.5 sacks after switching from defensive end to outside linebacker in Vic Fangio's base 3-4 defense. Young notched a career-high in sacks with 10 during the 2014 season.

Young, originally a seventh-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, has amassed 97 tackles and 22.5 sacks in 141 career games.