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Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month

Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month

COMCAST SPORTSNET CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Chicago, IL (January 26, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, celebrates Black History Month in February with four special feature stories highlighting prominent African-American athletes, teams and sports moments that will air every Sunday night in February on SportsNet Central presented by GMC at 10:30 PM. In addition, Comcast SportsNets newly-enhanced website CSNChicago.com will provide a pair of profile feature stories on two of Chicagos greatest basketball icons. Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month is presented by the U.S. Marines.

Beginning Sunday, February 5 and airing every Sunday night in February at 10:30 PM on SportsNet Central presented by GMC, Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month will present a new feature story highlighting the tremendous impact African-Americans had on the sporting world from a local perspective. CSNChicago.com will also make each feature story video available for viewing immediately after they air on Comcast SportsNet. Note the following Black History Month feature stories and air dates:

AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN HOCKEY (Sunday, February 5 at 10:30 PM): Well chronicle the history of African-American participation in the sport of hockey, which will feature interviews with current African-American standouts in the NHL today, including Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery and Philadelphia Flyers RW Wayne Simmonds.

1971-72 THORNRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAM (Sunday, February 12 at 10:30 PM): Arguably the greatest Boys Basketball team the history of Illinois high school athletics. The Thornridge High School Falcons in Dolton, IL, led by Chicago-area basketball legend Quinn Buckner, won back-to-back state titles in 1971 & 1972losing only one game in those two seasons. Buckner, who won a national collegiate title with Indiana in 1976 and an NBA title in 1984 with the Boston Celtics, discusses the amazing run of that remarkable high school team.
MAC IRVIN (Sunday, February 19 at 10:30 PM): The Godfather of Chicago basketball, who passed away at the age of 74 this past December, was instrumental in the development of numerous NBA stars (including Kobe Bryant, Shawn Marion, Shaquille ONeal, Antoine Walker and Tim Hardaway) through his successful AAU program. His sons have carried on his legacy giving back to the basketball world, but his influence continues to carry far beyond his family. (NOTE: CSNChicago.com Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam will also pen an additional original feature story on the extraordinary life of Mac Irvin.)

FRED MITCHELL (Sunday, February 26 at 10:30 PM): A true gentleman in every sense of the word, Fred Mitchell was the first African-American sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune. His brilliant athletic career as a record-setting place-kicker at Wittenberg University, along with his decades-long devotion to helping those in need in the community, earned Mitchell a national collegiate football award being named after him: The Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award. Well take a look back at his life covering the stories that have changed the local sports scene, while examining the changes of African-Americans working in the media.

In addition to the Mac Irvin feature, CSNChicago.coms Aggrey Sam will feature an additional, original Black History Month themed feature story on yet another local basketball icon, Lloyd Walton:

LLOYD WALTON: A Mt. Carmel H.S. and Marquette University superstar whose brilliant mind and drive to help others earned him a Masters degree following his brief stint in the NBA. Walton will also be receiving his Doctorate later this year. Hes currently the NBPAs Midwest coordinator for the Rookie Transition program who advises players throughout the league on a variety along with being a standout motivational speaker.

Sprinting toward October, Cubs close in on another division title

Sprinting toward October, Cubs close in on another division title

MILWAUKEE – “Yeah, that really killed us, that sweep at Wrigley,” John Lackey said sarcastically late Friday night, dismissing a question about what’s happened to the Cubs since the Milwaukee Brewers made their statement against the defending World Series champs two weekends ago. “Come on, dude, it’s 162 games. Things happen.”

The Cubs are 9-1 since then, but Lackey was in no mood to talk about this finishing kick in the National League Central race, probably because manager Joe Maddon gave him the quick hook in a Big Boy Game, pulling him with a runner on and no outs in the fifth inning. But that’s what’s happening here, the Cubs sprinting away from the Brewers and peaking at the right time.

The Brewers are gasping for air after these pulsating back-to-back nights at Miller Park, the Cubs again coming from behind to win in 10 innings and close in on their second straight division title and third playoff appearance in a row, something this franchise hasn’t done since the run capped by the 1908 World Series title repeat.

After a hard-earned 5-4 win, the Cubs knocked the Brewers back to third place and chopped the magic number to eliminate the St. Louis Cardinals down to five, meaning the clinch party could be in Busch Stadium’s visiting clubhouse next week.

“We played fine that series, actually,” Lackey said, referencing three games where the Cubs lost 2-0, 15-2 and 3-1, allowing the Brewers and Cardinals within two games of first place. “S---, you can lose in this league and still play good. That’s why it’s the big leagues.”

Actually, it looks like the Cubs responded to the challenge from an upstart team, the crowd of 40,116 and a playoff environment.

“It’s been amazing,” Carl Edwards Jr. said. “It actually felt like last year’s World Series when I came in the 10th inning.”

Edwards notched the last five outs this time – with All-Star closer Wade Davis unavailable because he did the same thing the night before – part of a group effort that included a guy whose right elbow hadn’t allowed him to pitch since Sept. 8 (Hector Rondon) and a lefty swingman who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning three days ago against the Tampa Bay Rays (Mike Montgomery).

Lackey’s response when asked about the bullpen’s performance – three runs allowed in 11 innings – halfway through a four-game showdown: “They’ve been asked to do a lot…and they’ve really stepped up and done a great job.”

“In order to win, you’re going to need contributions from non-All-Star players at times,” general manager Jed Hoyer said. “You’re going to have to get contributions from players stepping up because of someone else’s bad performance or someone else’s injury.

“You want your best players to play best in these situations. But ultimately that won’t always happen. And when that doesn’t happen, you’re going to need some contributions from other guys.”

That’s been crucial for the 2017 Cubs. The game-winning run scored when Tommy La Stella – the pinch-hitter who had been dealing with a groin injury recently and personal issues that led him to walk away from the organization last summer – drew a bases-loaded walk against All-Star closer Corey Knebel.

If you want to see a grinding approach for October, just look at Jon Jay’s 15-pitch at-bat against Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff in the fifth inning, which led to a leadoff single, Ben Zobrist’s two-run single up the middle and a 4-3 lead after Lackey’s slow start.

Yeah, the Cubs look locked in now.

“I’m so proud of the way our guys (respond),” Maddon said. “They get hit a little bit, maybe something to the solar plexus, but we still keep going.”

High School Lites Week 5 Football Roundup

High School Lites Week 5 Football Roundup

High School Lites featured plenty of great action on Friday night as CSN had highlights of many of the area's top matchups. No. 1 Lincoln-Way East hits the road to face Lincoln-Way Central while No. 2 Prairie Ridge hosts Bartlett during homecoming week. Staying in the Fox Valley, we also have highlights of a battle between top-25 teams as No. 17 Cary-Grove travels to No. 20 Huntley. 

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

Also be sure to read a preview of Saturday's big Week 5 matchups as Edgy Tim breaks down Notre Dame battling St. Patrick and West Aurora traveling to South Elgin.


DRIVE: Prairie Ridge: Episode 6

Viewers' Choice Game of the Week: Marmion uses late touchdown to upset No. 24 Montini

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Homewood-Flossmoor's Justin Hall

St. Xavier Team of the Week: Eisenhower Cardinals

Faith in Football: Old school film stories

Friday's Top 25 Scores

No. 1 Lincoln-Way East 28, Lincoln-Way Central 14

No. 2 Prairie Ridge 63, Bartlett 7

No. 3 Maine South 56, Evanston 14

No. 4 Marist 63, Marian Catholic 6

No. 5 Lake Zurich 41, Warren 35, 2 OT

No. 6 Phillips 68, Vocational 0

No. 7 Homewood-Flossmoor 28, Lincoln-Way West 9

No. 8 Naperville Central 31, Wheaton-Warrenville South 17

No. 9 Lyons 31, Leyden 0

No. 11 Barrington 26, Fremd 14

No. 12 Stevenson 41, Zion-Benton 7

No. 13 Hinsdale Central 31, York 7

No. 14 Hoffman Estates 20, Conant 0

St. Rita 38, No. 15 Mount Carmel 21

No. 16 Nazareth 24, Benet 14

No. 20 Huntley 41, No. 17 Cary-Grove 32

No. 18 Palatine 28, Schaumburg 21

No. 19 Batavia 7, St. Charles East 0

No. 21 Glenbard West 35, Downers North 14

No. 23 Neuqua Valley 41, Thornwood 8

Marmion 28, No. 24 Montini 27

Glenbard North 20, No. 25 Naperville North 7

Other Highlights

Payton outlasts Lindblom

Oswego East holds off Plainfield North

St. Ignatius takes down St. Joseph

Herscher beats Coal City