CSN to air Thanksgiving Day marathon of great Chicago sports programming

CSN to air Thanksgiving Day marathon of great Chicago sports programming

All 15 episodes of The Batters Box WhiteCubs trivia game show, along with critically-acclaimed documentaries and much more beginning at 9:00 AM

Chicago, IL (November 19, 2012) -- Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will provide its viewers with a marathon of special Thanksgiving Day programming beginning this Thursday, November 22 at 9:00 AM.

Among the highlights from Comcast SportsNets Thanksgiving Day programming line-up includes all 15 episodes of Comcast SportsNets popular CubsWhite Sox trivia game show The Batters Box, along with re-airs of Comcast SportsNets critically-acclaimed documentaries From the Sports World to the Third World: Journey to Cambodia and 25: The Ben Wilson Story, plus Summer Olympic & Notre Dame football-themed programming as well.

Note Comcast SportsNets Thanksgiving Day programming line-up below:

9:00 AM through 4:30 PM The Batters Box All 15 episodes from Season One of CSNs popular White SoxCubs trivia game show, hosted by Luke Stuckmeyer.
4:30 PM Bears Blitz Hosts Chris Boden and Dan Jiggetts preview the Bears upcoming game against the rival Vikings from a defensive standpoint.
5:30 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff Best of edition hosted by David Kaplan
6:30 PM SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-verse (L) The latest news, interviews & highlights from the day in sports
7:00 PM From the Sports World to the Third World: A Journey to Cambodia (Parts I & II) Comcast SportsNets landmark, behind-the-scenes, documentary (hosted by Chuck Garfien) detailing the amazing story of how two Chicago sports industry veterans -- BullsBlackhawksBears team photographer Bill Smith and Bulls senior director of ticket operations Joe ONeil -- are changing the lives of hundreds of helpless children and their families each and every day in poverty-stricken Cambodia.
8:00 PM Aly Raisman: Bringing Home Gold This half-hour program takes a look back at the 2012 Olympic story of this gymnastics sensation with an exclusive, up-close-and-personal look, including a recap of Alys Olympic performance in London, which earned her two gold medals and a bronze. With unprecedented access, the documentary follows the gymnast as she returns to Massachusetts from London, having left Needham, MA as a local star and returning as an international superstar.
8:30 PM 25: The Ben Wilson Story Comcast SportsNets poignant and emotional Emmy-winning documentary honoring the passing of one of the greatest high school basketball players in Chicago sports history.
9:00 PM Onward Notre Dame: South Bend to Soldier Field Produced by NFL Films, this behind-the-scenes special followed Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish for five-straight days leading up to their big game at Soldier Field earlier this season vs. Miami.
10:00 PM & 10:30 PM GMC SportsNet Central (L) The latest news, interviews & highlights from the day in sports.
11:00 PM The Pat Boyle Podcast CSN anchorreporter Pat Boyles weekly half-hour discussion show featuring the hottest guests & topics from the world of sports.
11:30 PM Pro Football Weekly Pat Boyle, Tom Waddle, Dan Hampton & Hub Arkush discuss the weekends upcoming NFL games, along with the latest player injury updates, key highlights and more.
12:00 AM SportsNet Central presented by CLR (L) The latest news, interviews & highlights from the day in sports.

REMINDER: Comcast SportsNet will carry live coverage of all eight IHSA Football Championship games this weekend (all in HD); beginning with the Class 1A title game Friday morning (Nov. 23) at 10:00 AM all the way through the Class 8A battle on Saturday night (Nov. 24) at 7:00 PM. Plus - on Sunday, Nov. 25, fans can also look forward to Bears Post Game Live presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers (airing at approx. 3:00 PM).

Viewers are also urged to visit Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, 247 for the very latest BullsBlackhawksWhite SoxCubsBears news, game previewsrecaps, Insider blogs, videos and much more.

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 13 local networks that deliver more than 2,400 sporting events annually, along with breaking news and comprehensive analysis, to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Houston, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, CSS and SNY. NBC Sports Regional Networks also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nations largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, visit CSNChicago.com or ComcastSportNet.com.

White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Quintana was pleased with his final warmup before Opening Day.

The White Sox Opening Day starter threw 48 pitches (30 strikes) against a Milwaukee Brewers minor league team at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Quintana allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out three in three-plus innings. He next pitches at home on Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

"I finished my preparation on a high note," Quintana said. "I'm heading to the season with good energy and satisfied with all the worked and effort that I put in my preparation.

"I'm absolutely ready for the season to start."

A tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday suggested Quintana will start the season as a member of the White Sox despite myriad rumors. Nightengale noted that the Houston Astros refuse budge on what they're willing to pay for the 2016 All-Star. The White Sox have also held firm on their asking price and haven't been motivated by any of the offers they've received to move Quintana.

The team reduced the number of players still in camp to 34 on Tuesday with the trade of Peter Bourjos and by cutting nonroster invitees Cory Luebke and Matt Purke. Luebke, who has been sidelined for six days after he tweaked his hamstring, finished the spring with a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. He can opt out of his minor-league deal in May. Purke struck out eight in eight innings and finished with a 2.25 ERA. 

Both had been in the mix for one of two open bullpen spots.

Fellow reliever Jake Petricka looked much calmer on Tuesday than he did after taking a comebacker off his hand Monday. X-rays were negative and Petricka played catch. He hopes to pitch as scheduled this weekend in Milwaukee. 

"This is just one of those you do everything you can do to stay healthy, and its part of the game you can't control," Petricka said. "You never want that to happen, especially this late in camp. "But we dodged a bullet and we're good to go."

The White Sox also had a close call with second baseman Tyler Saladino, who was hit by a pitch in the left wrist in minor league action on Monday. Saladino received treatment and could return to action on Wednesday.

"He's doing good, we're just holding him back today for my well being," Renteria said.

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Renteria said reliever Juan Minaya is improving but still likely to start the season on the DL. Minaya suffered an abdominal tear in mid-March. 

"He has been improving solidly and responding to the treatments," Renteria said.

Yolmer Sanchez went 2-for-2 with an RBI and scored a run in a 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Surprise, Ariz. 

Michael Ynoa allowed an unearned run and a hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. 

Zack Burdi struck out three in a scoreless inning.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs wrapping up spring training

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs wrapping up spring training

Today on the Sports Talk Live podcast, David Kaplan, Seth Gruen, Teddy Greenstein, and Mark Grote discussed Addison Russell’s injury, if Szczur or La Stella should get the Cubs final roster spot, if the Bulls would be better off facing the Celtics or Cavs in the first round of the playoffs, and Jay Cutler’s butt all over the internet.