"Doubleheader Friday" on CSN to include expanded, live White Sox-Tigers coverage!

"Doubleheader Friday" on CSN to include expanded, live White Sox-Tigers coverage!

"DOUBLEHEADER FRIDAY" ON COMCAST SPORTSNET TO INCLUDE EXPANDED, LIVE WHITE SOX-TIGERS COVERAGE!

Network to provide 10-straight hours of live, Chicago baseball-focused programming starting at 12:30 PM on Friday, August 31

Expanded Coverage for White Sox at Tigers game beginning at 4:30 PM; White Sox PrePost Game Live to take place from Comerica Park!

CSNChicago.com coverage highlighted by feature stories, talent blogs, in-game Twitter messages from Insiders & on-air talent and much more!

Chicago, IL (August 30, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, will deliver 10-straight hours of expanded doubleheader coverage on Friday, August 31 beginning at 12:30 PM (programming line-up details below). Plus, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, will provide fans with even more extensive doubleheader coverage, including feature stories, talent blogs, videos, game previewsrecaps and much more from Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney & White Sox Insider Dan Hayes. Note the following line-up from Comcast SportsNets Doubleheader Friday coverage beginning at 12:30 PM TOMORROW:

12:30 PM Subaru Cubs Pre-Game Live Expanded pre-game coverage featuring Comcast SportsNets David Kaplan, Todd Hollandsworth and Gail Fischer LIVE from Wrigley Field.
1:20 PM CUBS vs. SAN FRANCISCO (L) Featuring Len Kasper & Bob Brenly with the game call.
4:15 PM Cubs Post Game Live, presented by Horseshoe Casino (time approx.) Hosted by David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth from the Comcast SportsNet studios featuring the LIVE post-game press conference featuring Cubs manager Dale Sveum, player interviews and complete game analysis.
4:30 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff Hosted by David Kaplan, this special early edition of CTL will preview the huge White Sox-Tigers series, including analysis from Tribune writers, special guests from Comerica Park and much more!
5:30 PM White Sox Pre-Game Live LIVE from Comerica Park in Detroit! Hosted by Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton, this special remote of edition of White Sox Pre-Game Live will preview the evenings game and overall series; along with providing a detailed pitching analysis and position breakdown, plus commentary from CSNChicago.com White Sox Insider Dan Hayes (Twitter via @DanHayesCSN) and other special guests.
6:00 PM WHITE SOX at DETROIT (L) Featuring Ken Hawk Harrelson & Steve Stone with the game call.
9:00 PM White Sox Post Game Live, presented by Orland Park Nissan (time approx.) LIVE from Comerica Park in Detroit! Complete post-game analysis from Garfien & Melton, including the LIVE post-game press conference featuring White Sox manager Robin Ventura, along with player interviews and a preview of the series next two games. (NOTE: Garfien will continue to report on the final two games of the series at Detroit for both SportsNet Central & CSNChicago.com; fans can follow Garfien on Twitter at @ChuckGarfien)
9:30 PM & 10:00 PM GMC SportsNet Central Comprehensive White Sox-Tigers & Cubs-Giants recaps, highlights, interviews and much more from the entire day in sports.

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 14 local networks that deliver more than 2,400 sporting events annually along with breaking news and comprehensive analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, CSS, Comcast Sports Southwest, and Comcast SportsNet Houston (launching October 2012). NBC Sports Regional Networks also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nations largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, visit CSNChicago.com or ComcastSportNet.com.

Cubs narrowly hang on for win over Cardinals

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Cubs narrowly hang on for win over Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jake Arrieta remained unbeaten on the season despite allowing as many as four runs for the first time in nearly a year and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-8 on Wednesday.

Arrieta (9-0) joined the White Sox's Chris Sale as the only nine-game winners in the majors.

Arrieta allowed four runs in a regular-season game for the first time since June 16, 2015.

Arrieta became the first Cub to win his first nine decisions since Kenny Holtzman in 1967 and it is the best start to a season for the franchise since Jim McCormick went 16-0 in 1886.

Kris Bryant hit a three-run homer and Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist each drove in two for the Cubs.

Rutgers looking at bringing football game to Yankee Stadium

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Rutgers looking at bringing football game to Yankee Stadium

Northwestern isn't the only Big Ten team looking to bring football to an iconic baseball stadium.

Last week, it was Northwestern athletics director Jim Phillips talking about his desire to get the Wildcats back on the gridiron at Wrigley Field, and now Rutgers athletics director Pat Hobbs is talking about getting the Scarlet Knights football squad back in action at Yankee Stadium.

Hobbs and new head football coach Chris Ash threw out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of Tuesday's Yankees game, and Hobbs talked about bringing Rutgers football back to the Bronx.

"(The Yankees) want to work more closely with us," Hobbs said, his quotes published by NJ.com. "We want to look at maybe bringing a game here and announcing that sometime down the road. I guess the Yankees see Rutgers is starting to move forward and is a good story, so they want to be part of it, too."

Rutgers has played thrice previously at Yankee Stadium: one regular-season game against Army (which was a home game for the Black Knights) and two appearances in the Pinstripe Bowl.

Should Rutgers play a game there in the future, it would likely mean losing a home game in New Jersey.

Hobbs said he hopes to announce something soon, but we'll see if the Knights play a home game in the Bronx sometime in the next couple of seasons.

Until then, enjoy Hobbs and Ash throwing out that first pitch.

James Blackmon Jr. will be back with Hoosiers in 2016-17

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James Blackmon Jr. will be back with Hoosiers in 2016-17

After missing the majority of last season, James Blackmon Jr. will return to Indiana for his junior season.

Blackmon had entered his name into the NBA Draft, taking advantage of new rules allowing underclassmen to do so without hiring an agent and participate in team workouts while still being able to return to the college level with their NCAA eligibility intact.

But after learning more about his pro potential, he withdrew ahead of Wednesday night's deadline.

Getting Blackmon back will almost be like adding a completely new player for Tom Crean, whose Hoosiers won a regular-season conference championship last season without Blackmon playing in a single Big Ten game.

Blackmon shone as a freshman, averaging 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds during the 2014-15 campaign. Last year, he averaged 15.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 13 games and posted significantly better shooting numbers, shooting 48 percent from the field and 46.3 percent from 3-point range.

It was reported Tuesday that Troy Williams will forego his senior year at Indiana and stay in the draft, and the Hoosiers lose their best player with the graduation of Yogi Ferrell. But Blackmon's return as well as those of Thomas Bryant and O.G. Anunoby should make Indiana a formidable threat in the Big Ten in 2016-17.