Corno, Sr. inducted into National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame

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Corno, Sr. inducted into National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame

ROSEMONT -- Comcast SportsNet Chicago president Jim Corno Sr. was one of nine inductees in the 2012 class of the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Corno Sr., a regional sports television pioneer, was inducted alongside eight-time MLB All-Star John Smoltz, seven-time NHL All-Star Mark Recchi, Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone and Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti among others at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Former MLB catcher Mike Piazza emceed the event.

Its an incredible honor for him and the family, said Jim Corno Jr., who accepted the award on behalf of his father, who was unable to attend the event. He takes this very personally. Three of his four grandparents were all right from Italy. Our whole family is very deep rooted in Italian traditions and so this brings it home for us.

Corno Sr. first took over as president of SportsVision in 1984, a station that had roughly 14,000 subscribers. He also held the same title at SportsChannel and Fox Sports Net Chicago before he moved to Comcast SportsNet Chicago in 2004, which has an estimated 4.8 million subscribers between Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Under Cornos watch, SportsChannel became the first 24-hour-a-day regional sports network.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, MLB Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda and NHL Hall of Famer Tony Esposito all attended the 35th annual event.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: California QB Davis Webb

2017 NFL Draft Profile: California QB Davis Webb

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Davis Webb, QB, California

6'5" | 229 lbs.

2016 stats:

4,295 YDS, 61.6 CMP%, 37 TD, 12 INT, 135.6 QBR

Projection:

Day 3

Scouting Report:

"System quarterback with more than 65 percent of his attempts coming inside of 10 yards. Webb has enough raw talent to be considered a developmental prospect, but his decision-making and accuracy issues beyond 10 yards is a big red flag that might be tough to overcome in the NFL." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Video analysis provided by Rotoworld and NBC Sports NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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Owners to consider on and off field changes this week during NFL meetings

Owners to consider on and off field changes this week during NFL meetings

Give the NFL credit for, at least this one time, genuinely putting the interests of its fans first. Or at least proposing to.

Among the matters expected to come before this week’s owners meetings in Arizona will be one from Washington that coaches have the ability to make unlimited replay challenges as long as the ones they make are correct. The idea is not likely to pass, in part because the NFL is endeavoring to improve the pace of its games, particularly for fans seated in stadiums, particularly outdoor ones. (If you’re watching at home, replay reviews are enough time to fill the chips bowl and grab a cold one.)

Along that line, the plan is for tablet computers to be run out to game officials for their review and consultation, while the final decision is reached at league officiating headquarters in New York, according to current proposals to be considered for votes this week. Additionally, a 40-second play clock is suggested after extra points when there is no commercial break scheduled, and halftime to be limited to 13 minutes 30 seconds.

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Actual in-game changes are also under consideration.

No one is likely to label it “The McClellin Rule” but a proposal is there to ban players leaping over offensive linemen (read: long snappers) to block field goals and extra points. Former Bears linebacker Shea, as a special-teams rusher with the New England Patriots, successfully vaulted Ravens blockers to knock down a Baltimore field goal try last season.

The proposal is likely to pass ostensibly as a player-safety measure, although cynics might suggest that the impetus behind the ban is general irritation that Bill Belichick’s group came up with with kick-block gambit.

More directly aimed at protecting players from gratuitous violence in a game that has enough violence just by its nature is a move to remind officials that players can be ejected for egregiously illegal hits. The situation is not considered dire because of frequency but the league clearly wants to send a message/reminder to not only officials, but players, something likely to be reinforced during officials’ tours of training camps in August.