The Olympics ---- by the numbers


The Olympics ---- by the numbers

From Comcast SportsNet
LONDON (AP) -- The London Olympics this summer is big, big, big by any measure. Here are a few numbers from Olympic organizers that put the July 27-Aug. 12 event into perspective. THE GAMES THEMSELVES: -- 10,500 athletes from 205 national Olympic committees -- 26 sports; 39 disciplines -- 34 venues around the U.K. -- 302 medal events -- 8.8 million tickets -- 21,000 media and broadcasters THE TORCH: -- 8,000 torchbearers to carry the flame across Britain and Ireland -- 8,000 miles (12,785 kilometers ) : Length of the torch relay --300 meters: Average distance each torchbearer has the flame -- 95 percent: Portion of the U.K. population within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of the flame THE PUBLIC: --1 billion visitors to --14 million meals to be served at the games --70,000 volunteers --2,012 official pin badge designs --28 "Olympic live sites" across nation with big screen televisions --203,000 pieces of luggage leaving Heathrow on Aug. 13, the day after the Olympics end EQUIPMENT -- 1 million pieces of equipment -- 600 basketballs --541 lifejackets (canoeing, marathon swimming, rowing, sailing, and triathlon) --510 adjustable hurdles for track events --356 pairs of boxing gloves --99 training dolls for wrestling and judo --53 sets of lane ropes for swimming ATHLETES VILLAGE -- 45,000: number of meals served there per day --165,000: number of towels --22,000: number of pillows SECURITY --12,000 police officers on duty on the busiest days --23,700 security personnel, not including police

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will Bears actually trade Alshon Jeffery?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will Bears actually trade Alshon Jeffery?

Brian Hedger (, Teddy Greenstein (Chicago Tribune) and Rich Campbell (Chicago Tribune) join Chuck Garfien on the panel.

The Bears reluctantly go back to Jay Cutler as the starter. Meanwhile, can the Bears actually trade Alshon Jeffery?

The guys give their predictions for the Bulls season, Hedger dissects the Blackhawks penalty kill problems and Teddy explains why Michigan will win the Big Ten.

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Could Cubs start Kyle Schwarber in World Series game at Wrigley Field?

Could Cubs start Kyle Schwarber in World Series game at Wrigley Field?

CLEVELAND — “No, not right now,” Kyle Schwarber said without hesitation when asked if playing the outfield would be a possibility. The Cubs had just lost their first World Series game in 71 years, with Schwarber showing a minimal amount of rust for someone who hadn’t seen big-league action in more than six months.

Hitting with a brace wrapped around his surgically repaired left knee, Schwarber blasted a double off Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and split his matchups against nasty lefty reliever Andrew Miller (walk/strikeout) during Tuesday’s 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Schwarber keeps smashing all expectations, returning from a gruesome outfield collision that was supposed to keep him sidelined until winter ball — and then a return to the 2017 Opening Day lineup if everything went smoothly.

Manager Joe Maddon promised reporters that they would be surprised by how well Schwarber runs now. Schwarber estimated that video from his Arizona Fall League tune-up represented “about 50 percent” of what he could actually do.

So when the World Series shifts on Friday to Wrigley Field — where the designated hitter will no longer be an option — could the Cubs start Schwarber in the outfield?

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“I have no idea,” Maddon said before Wednesday’s Game 2. “I just want to keep an open mind. But I could keep as open of a mind as I possibly can — it’s up to the doctors to say what he can and cannot do. I would imagine that him playing and coming in today feeling normal is a positive.

“(With) his play tonight — and then we have a day off tomorrow — we can probably reevaluate. I have no proprietary information regarding what a doctor really thinks about this.

“So if it’s brought up to us, and the doc thinks he can ... but I’ve not even asked that question yet to the doctor. We were just trying to get one thing done at a time.”

The Cubs will at least have Schwarber looming as a dangerous pinch-hitter who generated five home runs and a 1.308 OPS during last year’s playoffs. Everything from that clutch performance to his middle-linebacker build to his show-choir video from high school endeared him to Cubs fans.

Just showing Schwarber’s face on the Wrigley Field video board would get a reaction during a random game in the regular season, when he essentially acted like a cheerleader in the dugout. Now imagine him walking up to home plate in the World Series.

“The fans are going to go berserk,” Maddon said. “Our fans really appreciate how hard he worked to get back for this moment. Not everybody would have done that. That’s a tough injury to come back from — really tough — and to accelerate his recovery as much as he (did) speaks to him and the training staff. And I think our fans will appreciate that.”