CSN announces 2012-13 College Basketball Schedule

CSN announces 2012-13 College Basketball Schedule

COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES 2012-13 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

74 Mens and Womens Game Schedule includes MVC, Horizon League & SEC Conference Action, plus local contests featuring Illinois State, UIC, Loyola, Bradley, SIU, DePaul, Northwestern and more!

Battle of the Midway (taking place on the deck of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier) featuring 9 Syracuse vs. 20 San Diego St. to lead off schedule on Friday, November 9 at 7:00 PM

CSNChicago.coms NCAA section to also provide the latest headlines for all area teams

Chicago, IL (November 6, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, is ready to bring college hoops fans another exciting season of action-packed NCAA basketball featuring 58 mens & 16 womens contests.

Comcast SportsNet viewers can look forward to the very best in localregional basketball action with five games featuring the Horizon Leagues UIC Flames and five games featuring the Loyola Ramblers, along with Missouri Valley Conference action highlighted by Illinois State (seven games), 16 AP pre-season ranked Creighton (three games) Bradley (two games), Southern Illinois (four games) and Northern Iowa (three games) in action all season long, plus live coverage of the MVC Tournament in March. Additional local match-ups are highlighted by games featuring DePaul and Northwestern. From an online perspective, viewers are also urged to visit Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.comNCAA, for the very latest NCAA basketball headlines and updates from all area teams throughout the season.

Comcast SportsNets mens collegiate basketball season tips off with LIVE coverage of the Battle on the Midway game on Sunday, November 11 at 3:00 PM. For the first-time ever, the deck of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum in San Diego, CA will be the site of major college basketball match-up featuring two of the nations best teams: 9 AP pre-season ranked Syracuse vs. 20 AP pre-season ranked San Diego State. The announce team for this special telecast features veteran play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg, color analyst & former Bull Steve Kerr, along with sideline reporterhost Erin Andrews.

Among the key local match-ups on the schedule this season include UIC at Northwestern (Dec. 1 at 7:00 PM), Loyola at DePaul (Dec. 29 at 1:00 PM), Illinois St. at Bradley (Jan. 29 at 7:00 PM), SIU at Illinois St. (Feb. 2 at 3:00 PM) and UIC at Loyola (Feb. 16 at 1:00 PM). Note the attached schedule for a complete list of mens games this season on Comcast SportsNet.

Comcast SportsNets womens basketball season gets underway with a MVC battle on Friday, January 4 LIVE at 7:00 PM as Northern Iowa visits Illinois State. The Redbirds will be featured in five regular season games on CSN this season, plus the network will also carry live coverage of the MVC Tournament semifinals and championship match-ups (note the attached schedule for a complete listing of womens games this season).

Comcast SportsNet will once again provide college basketball fans with a pair of area team college coaches show this season (air dates may vary during the season) Tuesdays (beginning in December): Inside Notre Dame Basketball with Mike Brey (4:30 PM) and Tuesdays (beginning in January): Wildcat Fast Break with Bill Carmody (11:30 PM).

2012-13 MENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL on COMCAST SPORTSNET

1. Sun, Nov 11 3:00 pm 9 Syracuse vs. 20 San Diego State (from the USS Midway) Live
2. Thu, Nov 15 6:00 pm Illinois State @ Drexel Live
3. Sat, Nov 17 6:00 pm Bradley @ IUPUI Live
4. Sat, Dec 1 12:00 pm Illinois State @ Louisville Live
5. Sat, Dec 1 2:00 pm Furman @ Loyola Live
6. Sat, Dec 1 1:00 pm UIC @ Northwestern SDD 7:00 pm
7. Sat, Dec 8 3:00 pm Colorado State @ UIC Live
8. Sun, Dec 8 7:00 pm W. Michigan @ Illinois State Live
9. Sat, Dec 15 1:00 pm Eastern Michigan @ UIC Live
10. Sat, Dec 15 4:00 pm Iona @ Georgia Live
11. Wed, Dec 19 6:00 pm Illinois State @ Dayton Live
12. Sat, Dec 22 1:00 pm Mercer @ Alabama Live
13. Sat, Dec 22 7:00 pm Winthrop @ Auburn Live
14. Sat, Dec 29 1:00 pm Loyola @ DePaul Live
15. Sat, Dec 29 3:00 pm Florida A&M @ Georgia Live
16. Sun, Dec 30 3:00 pm Alabama A&M @ Mississippi State Live
17. Sun, Dec 30 5:00 pm N. Iowa @ Wichita St Live
18. Sun, Dec 30 7 :00 pm Loyola MD @ Memphis Live
19. Wed, Jan 2 7:00 pm Creighton @ Illinois State SDD 3:00 am
20. Thu, Jan 3 8:00 pm Lamar Univ @ Stephen F. Austin Live
21. Sat, Jan 5 1:00 pm Green Bay @ Detroit Live
22. Sat, Jan 5 8:00 pm S. Illinois @ Evansville Live
23. Sat, Jan 12 1:00 pm Bradley @ N. Iowa SDD 3:00 pm
24. Sat, Jan 12 1:00 pm Valparaiso @ Milwaukee SDD 3p or 12:30a
25. Sat, Jan 12 7:30 pm Memphis @ UAB Live
26. Tue, Jan 15 7:00 pm S. Illinois @ Bradley Live
27. Sat, Jan 19 1:00 pm CSU @ Green Bay Live
28. Sat, Jan 19 7:00 pm Evansville @ Indiana State SDD 3:00 am
29. Wed, Jan 23 7:00 pm Creighton @ Drake SDD 3:00 am
30. Sat, Jan 26 1:00 pm Cleveland St @ Youngstown State Live
31. Sat, Jan 26 3:00 pm Detroit @ Loyola Live
32. Sat, Jan 26 7:00 pm Evansville @ Illinois State Live
33. Tue, Jan 29 7:00 pm Illinois State @ Bradley SDD 3:00 am
34. Wed, Jan 30 7:00 pm Missouri State @ Creighton SDD 3:00 am
35. Thu, Jan 31 7:00 pm UW-Green Bay @ UIC Live
36. Sat, Feb 2 1:00 pm UW-Green Bay @ Loyola Live
37. Sat, Feb 2 6:30 pm Indiana State @ Drake Live
38. Sat, Feb 2 3:00 pm S. Illinois @ Illinois State Live
39. Sun, Feb 3 4:00 pm Northwestern St. @ McNeese St. Live
40. Wed, Feb 6 7:00 pm Illinois State @ Drake Live
41. Sat, Feb 9 1:00 pm Valparaiso @ CSU or Detroit @ Green Bay Live
42. Sat, Feb 9 1:00 pm Butler @ George Washington SDD 3:00 pm
43. Sat, Feb 9 6:30 pm Missouri State @ Wichita State Live
44. Tue, Feb 12 7:00 pm Indiana State @ Missouri State SDD 3:00 am
45. Wed, Feb 13 7:00 pm Arkansas @ Auburn Live
46. Sat, Feb 16 1:00 pm UIC @ Loyola Live
47. Sat, Feb 16 3:00 pm Georgia State @ George Mason Live
48. Sat, Feb 23 3 :00 pm William & Mary @ George Mason Live
49. Wed, Feb 27 7:00 pm N. Iowa @ S. Illinois SDD 3:00 am
50. Sat, Mar 2 1:00 pm Illinois State @ Northern Iowa Live
51. Sat, Mar 2 1:00 pm Youngstown State @ Wright State Live
52. Sat, Mar 2 4:00 pm (MVC) Wildcard : Teams TBA Live
53. Thu, Mar 7 6:00 pm (MVC) Tournament Opening Round 1 Live
54. Thu, Mar 7 8:30 pm (MVC) Tournament Opening Round 2 Live
55. Fri, Mar 8 12:00 pm (MVC) Tournament Quarterfinal 1 Live
56. Fri, Mar 8 2:30 pm (MVC) Tournament Quarterfinal 2 Live
57. Sat, Mar 9 1:30 pm (MVC) Tournament Semifinal 1 Live
58. Sat, Mar 9 4:00 pm (MVC) Tournament Semifinal 2 Live

2012-13 WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL on COMCAST SPORTSNET

1. Fri, Jan 4 7:00 pm N. Iowa @ Illinois State Live
2. Thu, Jan 17 7:00 pm S. Illinois @ Indiana State Live
3. Sat, Jan 19 4:00 pm Southern Illinois @ Illinois State Live
4. Mon, Jan 21 7:00 pm Creighton @ Missouri State Live
5. Fri, Jan 25 7:00 pm N. Iowa @ Creighton SDD 3:00 am
6. Fri, Feb 8 7:00 pm N. Iowa @ Wichita State Live
7. Sun, Feb 10 2:00 pm Creighton @ Illinois State Live
8. Thu, Feb 14 7:00 pm Illinois State @ Southern Illinois Live
9. Sat, Feb 23 1:00 pm Syracuse @ S. Florida Live
10. Thu, Feb 28 7:30 pm Wichita State @ Illinois State Live
11. Sun, Mar 3 12:30 pm MVC: Wildcard game Teams TBA Live
12. Sat, Mar 9 11:00 am Big East Tournament Second Round Game 1 Live
13. Sun, Mar 10 5:00 pm Big East Tournament Quarterfinal Live
14. Sat, Mar 16 1:30 pm MVC Tournament Semifinal 1 Live
15. Sat, Mar 16 4:00 pm MVC Tournament Semifinal 2 Live
16. Sun, Mar 17 2:00 pm MVC Tournament Championship Live

(Schedules as of 11612)

SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

SDD Games airing on a same day delay basis
LIVE JIP Live games joined in progress

John Lackey sees Cubs lining up for World Series run: ‘It’s all here’

John Lackey sees Cubs lining up for World Series run: ‘It’s all here’

PITTSBURGH — The Cubs have so much going for them, all this blue-chip talent, a clubhouse mix of young players and grizzled veterans, arguably the best manager in the game, an impactful coaching staff and a front office that blends scouting and analytics as well as anyone.

So, no, John Lackey is not at all surprised by the way this clicked into place, 101 wins and counting for the machine built with October in mind.

“Not really,” Lackey said after Tuesday night’s 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. “I had some pretty good offers from other people, and I chose this one for a reason. It’s all here.”

But to win the World Series — and get the jewelry Lackey talks about — you still need some luck, good health and the guts to perform in those Big Boy Games. That reality of randomness and matchups made a pregame announcement some 250 miles away from PNC Park so telling.

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos tore the ACL in his right knee, ending his MVP-caliber season. The National League East champions will lose a .307 hitter with 22-homer power from the middle of their lineup and a veteran presence for a playoff rotation that will likely be without injured ace Stephen Strasburg (right elbow) in the first round.

“That’s a tough one when you lose your catcher, a guy who’s that significant for the pitching staff,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Think about the pitching staff — it’s so different when you know the guy back there is your guy and he knows what’s going on. The communication’s different. The trust factor, all that stuff is different.”

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Within that big-picture context, the Cubs survived as Lackey limited the checked-out Pirates (77-80) to one run across five innings in his fifth start since recovering from a strained right shoulder and coming off the disabled list. Maddon then used six different relievers — staying away from Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon and Aroldis Chapman — during a three-hour, 49-minute game that felt more like the Cactus League.

After defecting from the 100-win St. Louis Cardinals team the Cubs bounced out of last year’s playoffs, Lackey finished the regular season at 11-8 with a 3.35 ERA and 188 1/3 innings.

“I’m going to get to 200,” Lackey said.

Beyond wins and losses, Lackey called this season his career best in terms of “those numbers that they’ve made up in the last few years” like WHIP (1.04) and opponents’ OPS (.646) and whatever. And, no, he doesn’t know his WAR, either: “Not even close.”

Yes, the Cubs got the old-school attitude they wanted when they signed Lackey to a two-year, $32 million deal before the winter meetings. For all the talk about the pitching deficit and the New York Mets after their young guns swept the Cubs out of last year’s NL Championship Series, the Cubs are getting their money’s worth with a guy who will turn 38 in October.

The amazing Mets have lost three of those frontline starters — Matt Harvey (thoracic outlet syndrome), Jacob deGrom (nerve damage in his right elbow) and Steven Matz (bone spur in his left elbow) — and are still holding onto the first wild-card spot, which says something about this playoff field.

This doesn’t guarantee anything in October, but the Cubs are just about as close to full strength as they could reasonably hope now. Instead of the silence that would have come with losing an irreplaceable player like Ramos, the sound system in the postgame clubhouse blasted Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Notorious B.I.G. after their 101st win.

“Yeah, we lost Dexter (Fowler) for a bit,” Maddon said. “We lost (Kyle) Schwarber all year. Otherwise, when a couple pitchers got banged up, whether you’re talking about Rondon or Strop, I don’t think that our injuries have been as magnified because we’ve covered them pretty well.

“We still had our moments, like everybody else has. But when you get to right now, we’re getting well, and hopefully that trend continues. But to lose somebody of that magnitude for them, that’s got to be difficult.”

Kyle Fuller heads to injured reserve as Bears make other roster moves

Kyle Fuller heads to injured reserve as Bears make other roster moves

The upheaval that has afflicted the 2016 Bears roster ratcheted up a notch late Tuesday when the Bears placed cornerback Kyle Fuller on injured reserve due to a knee injury and shuffled the depth chart elsewhere.

The Bears waived tight end Greg Scruggs, who was making the switch to offense from the defensive line, and linebacker Jonathan Anderson, while moving linebacker John Timu from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. To fortify the defensive line, where nose tackle Eddie Goldman is down indefinitely with an ankle injury, the Bears signed CJ Wilson, a 2010 draft pick of the Green Bay Packers who has played for the Packers, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions, starting 19 of 78 career games played.

Fuller, the 14th-overall pick of the 2014 draft and once identified as a building block of the Bears defense, underwent knee surgery Aug. 15 while the team went to New England for practices and a preseason game with the Patriots. He had been making significant strides in recovery as far as straight-ahead running but was still hampered with change-of-direction.

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Coach John Fox on Monday said simply that Fuller “has a sore knee. It has some medical things that kind of restrict you. When we get that healed up, he’ll go.”

The IR designation does not necessarily end Fuller’s season. Beginning in 2013, under an agreement between the NFL and Players Association, one player per team may be placed on injured reserve and later be brought back to the active roster. That player must sit out six weeks and cannot be activated for an additional two weeks.

With inside linebacker Danny Trevathan out following surgery on his thumb, Anderson had been expected to see additional playing time, possibly with the No. 1 unit. But rookie Nick Kwiatkoski started Sunday at Dallas in the base 3-4 and Christian Jones cycled in with sub packages.