CSN to air 'Notre Dame National Championship Bowl Preview Special' on Jan. 2 at 9 p.m.

CSN to air 'Notre Dame National Championship Bowl Preview Special' on Jan. 2 at 9 p.m.

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO AIR NOTRE DAME NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BOWL PREVIEW SPECIAL on JANUARY 2 at 9:00 PM

Chicago, IL (December 26, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will continue its in-depth college football coverage of the nations 1 team -- The Notre Dame Fighting Irish -- with an original, half-hour BCS preview show entitled Notre Dame National Championship Bowl Preview Special presented by Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning, debuting Wednesday, January 2 at 9:00 PM.

Hosted by CSNs Chuck Garfien and Tony Rice, quarterback of the 1988 national champion Fighting Irish, the Notre Dame National Championship Bowl Preview Special (filmed entirely on location at the ND campus) will provide fans with a thorough preview of the highly-anticipated BCS title game, including the following exclusive highlights:

Rice takes viewers on an exclusive tour of the Fighting Irish locker room, tunnel and field, and offers up numerous stories of what its like to play for this historic college football program.

Garfiens exclusive one-on-one interview with Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Teo who discusses his legendary season, along with how he has coped with the heartbreaking losses of his girlfriend and grandmother within a 24-hour period.

One-on-one interview with Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick on how the massive success of the football program has catapulted his school into the national spotlight once again.

Interview highlights from former ND football greats Rick Mirer, Reggie Brooks and Joe Theismann with their thoughts on the Irish chances against Alabama.

Interviews with numerous playerscoaches from both the Fighting Irish & Crimson Tide.

Plus in addition to contributing to the Notre Dame National Championship Bowl Preview Special, CSNChicago.coms Notre Dame Insider JJ Stankevitz will provide exclusive web content 247 leading up to the big national championship game on January 7. In addition, fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com for up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news, game previewsrecaps, interviews and much more from Stankevitz (via Twitter @JJStankevitz & IrishTalkCSN).

Cubs down to only one All-Star starter in voting update

Cubs down to only one All-Star starter in voting update

The Cubs are down to only one starter in next month's All-Star Game in Miami: reigning MVP Kris Bryant.

Jason Heyward lost his grip on the final starting outfielder spot to Marlins star Marcell Ozuna in the latest All-Star balloting update released by the MLB:

That may be for the best, as the Cubs are currently banged up (Heyward. Ben Zobrist and Kyle Hendricks are on the disabled list) and slogging through a season where they've hovered around .500. So maybe four days off in a row would be beneficial for the defending champs.

Heyward is 29,270 votes behind Ozuna and Zobrist is 118,248 votes behind Heyward. It appears as if Washington's Bryce Harper and Colorado's Charlie Blackmon are sure things for the top two outfielder spots in the NL.

Bryant is only 58,082 votes ahead of Nolan Arenado at third base. Anthony Rizzo trails Ryan Zimmerman at first base, Javy Baez comes in well behind Daniel Murphy at second base and Buster Posey has more than twice as many votes as runner-up Willson Contreras at catcher.

Addison Russell is third among shortstops. Kyle Schwarber — despite being demoted to the minors last week — is eighth among NL outfielders.

It's a far cry from 2016, when the Cubs made up all four infield spots in the NL starting lineup.

Voting ends in four days. Fans can head to MLB.com to vote.

Avisail Garcia moves up in final days of All-Star Game voting

Avisail Garcia moves up in final days of All-Star Game voting

Major League Baseball released the latest American League All-Star voting update Monday and Avisail Garcia has jumped back into fifth place among outfielders.

The White Sox right fielder jumped past Boston's Mookie Betts since the last returns were announced on June 13.

Since then Garcia has slashed .319/.447/.819 with a homer, 5 RBIs and three doubles in 12 games.

Aaron Judge, Mike Trout and George Springer remain the top vote-getters in the outfield, though Trout won't play in the Midsumemr Classic because of a thumb injury.

On the year Garcia is batting .331 with a .904 OPS, 11 homers and 51 RBIs; the RBIs are the same number Garcia had all of last year.

Garcia is the only White sox player among the top AL vote-getters at any position.

Voting ends June 30.