Six Blackhawks will play in World Championships

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Six Blackhawks will play in World Championships

The Blackhawks early exit from the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs has allowed six players to represent their country in the 2012 World Championships.

Team Sweden will have a trio of Hawks including defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, left wing Viktor Stalberg and center Marcus Kruger. Hjalmarsson played for Sweden in the 2007 World Junior Championships, logging two goals and an assist in seven games. Kruger will wear the gold and blue for the third time and second in the World Championships. He had two goals and an assist in nine games in 2011. This is Stalberg's first time representing his home country.

In addition, Michael Frolik will play for the Czech Republic for the fifth time. He scored three goals and assisted on two others in nine games with the national team in 2011.

Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith accepted invitations to play for Team Canada, while Jonathan Toews turned down the opportunity. Keith won gold for Canada at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

The 2012 IIHF World Championships will be held from May 4-20 in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Bears guard Josh Sitton named as injury replacement in Pro Bowl

Bears guard Josh Sitton named as injury replacement in Pro Bowl

The Bears have another Pro Bowler.

After initially getting shut out on the Pro Bowl roster, the Bears have since had two players named as injury replacements with guard Josh Sitton now joining running back Jordan Howard.

Sitton was named as an injury replacement Monday afternoon for Packers guard T.J. Lang, who left Sunday's NFC Championship game early.

This will be Sitton's third straight Pro Bowl and fourth career honor.

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The 30-year-old offensive lineman signed with the Bears before 2016 after the Packers released him.

Sitton played in 13 of the Bears' 16 games including 12 starts, helping to anchor the Bears' line when healthy.

Howard replaced Cardinals running back David Johnson on the NFC Pro Bowl roster earlier this month.

CSN will air six Cubs spring training games in 2017

CSN will air six Cubs spring training games in 2017

Cubs fans will get to see 10 spring training games on TV in 2017 as they begin their World Series title defense, including six contests on CSN.

The Cubs released their spring broadcast schedule Monday afternoon, featuring 10 games on TV, 10 on the radio on 670 The Score and then 27 internet radio broadcasts on Cubs.com.

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie will be the broadcasters for Cubs.com games while Kasper and Jim Deshaies will serve as the announcers for all TV contests.

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Here are all six of CSN's broadcasts (all game times in Mountain Time Zone): 

—Wednesday, March 15 (7:05 p.m.) vs. Diamondbacks
—Sunday, March 19 (7:05 p.m.) vs. Royals
—Wednesday, March 22 (6:05 p.m.) vs. Reds
—Saturday, March 25 (1:05 p.m. PT) vs. Reds
—Tuesday, March 28 (1:05 p.m.) vs. Giants
—Friday, March 31 (1:10 p.m. CT) vs. Astros

Here's the complete Cubs spring schedule: