CSN to air three games in one night! (Monday, April 23)

CSN to air three games in one night! (Monday, April 23)

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO FEATURE THREE GAMES IN ONE NIGHT: BLACKHAWKS, CUBS & WHITE SOX IN ACTION MONDAY NIGHT (APRIL 23)

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blackhawks vs. Phoenix, Game 6 coverage begins at 7:30 PM on Comcast SportsNet

MLB Baseball: Cubs vs. St. Louis coverage begins at 6:30 PM on CSN

MLB Baseball: White Sox at Oakland 9:00 PM on CSN2 (game joined in progress on CSN immediately following Cubs-STL game;
also joined in progress on Comcast SportsNet immediately following Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live)

Viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for channel locations in their area
Chicago, IL (April 22, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will be presenting viewers with a HUGE night of local sports excitement on MONDAY NIGHT (April 23) featuring the BLACKHAWKS (Stanley Cup PlayoffsGame 6 vs. Phoenix), CUBS vs. St. Louis and WHITE SOX at Oakland all in action on one night.

Comcast SportsNet is urging viewers to visit CSNChicago.com for an easy-to-find channel locations page where viewers can simply punch in their zip code to find the exact channel location of all three games on this night. Note the following breakdown for all three of Comcast SportsNets pro game telecasts airing on Monday night, April 23:

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKSSTANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

8:00 PM BLACKHAWKS vs. PHOENIX (Rd. 1, Gm. 6) - LIVE on Comcast SportsNet

Featuring Pat Foley & Eddie Olczyk with the game call
Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live with hosts Chris Boden and Steve Konroyd begins at 7:30 PMJose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live will air immediately following the game.
CHICAGO CUBSMLB BASEBALL
7:00 PM CUBS vs. ST. LOUIS - LIVE on CSN

Featuring Len Kasper and Bob Brenly with the game call
Subaru Cubs Pre-Game Live with hosts David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth begins at 6:30 PM
CSN games on Comcast Cable and RCN can be found on CLTV (on Comcast Cable in HD on ch. 285 & RCN in HD on ch. 616); this game is also located on AT&T U-Verse (ch. 17411742 HD), Wide Open West (ch. 1415), DIRECTV (ch. 666666 HD) & DISH Network (ch. 4409575 HD)
(NOTE: VISIT CSNCHICAGO.COM FOR EXACT CSN CHANNEL LOCATIONS IN YOUR AREA)

CHICAGO WHITE SOXMLB BASEBALL
9:00 PM WHITE SOX at OAKLAND - LIVE on CSN2 (WHERE AVAILABLE)

IMPORTANT NOTE: The White Sox-Athletics game will also air on CSN immediately following the Cubs-Cardinals gamealso, immediately following Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live, the White Sox-Athletics game will also air on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location.
Featuring Ken Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone with the game call
This CSN2 telecast (WHERE AVAILABLE) can be found on Comcast Cable (ch. 101), RCN (ch. 371), AT&T U-Verse (ch. 691), Wide Open West (ch. 2231), DIRECTV (ch. 667) & DISH Network (ch. 449)

(NOTE: VISIT CSNCHICAGO.COM FOR EXACT CSN2 CHANNEL LOCATIONS IN YOUR AREA)

Why Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh will be 'pulling hard' for the Bears this season

Why Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh will be 'pulling hard' for the Bears this season

Jim Harbaugh is a former Chicago Bear, but that's not the main reason why he'll be rooting for the Monsters of the Midway this fall.

Harbaugh, the current Michigan head coach and former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, used to coach alongside current Bears assistants Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell in the Bay Area.

Fangio, the Bears' defensive coordiantor, and Donatell, the Bears' defensive backs coach, held those same positions for all four of Harbaugh's seasons leading the Niners.

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Harbaugh voiced his support for his former assistants Monday, speaking with CSN's Pat Boyle at the Golf.Give.Gala golf outing in St. Charles.

"I know (the Bears) are going to have a heck of a defense," Harbaugh said. "Because I know they've got Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell and a tremendous coaching staff. So I'll be pulling hard for them."

Harbaugh also was asked about new Bears quarterback Mike Glennon, and you can hear his comments in the video above, as well as comments from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer on another new Bears quarterback, Mitch Trubisky.

Notes from the rewatch: Nemanja Nikolic unable to beat Bill Hamid

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Notes from the rewatch: Nemanja Nikolic unable to beat Bill Hamid

Two recent trends with the Chicago Fire got flipped in Saturday's win at D.C. United, not even counting that it was the Fire's first road win of the season.

Nemanja Nikolic entered Saturday's game at D.C. United as arguably the hottest striker in Major League Soccer. He had plenty of scoring chances, most of them good ones, but couldn't convert after being very efficient in recent games.

Also, D.C. is a team struggling offensively and entered without its top playmaker in Luciano Acosta, out serving a red card suspension, so it relied on set pieces and long throws to create scoring opportunities. That's something the Fire have had troubles with this year, notably in the LA game a few weeks ago. However, the defense held strong to survive the onslaught of balls into the box.

Here's more on those two things, plus Bastian Schweinsteiger's near assist of the year.

Defending set pieces

Without Acosta, D.C. found itself relying even more on free kicks, crosses and long throws to get the ball in the box. After recent struggles defending set pieces, this could have been a problem on paper for the Fire.

D.C. completed just three of 16 crosses and only one of those three led to a shot. Of D.C.'s three corner kicks, none first went to a D.C. player.

There were five more long throws, four from the left by Taylor Kemp and one from the right by Chris Korb. D.C. won flick headers on a pair of those, but nothing came from those chances. The best chance was when a ball fell to Patrick Mullins in the box following a deflection. He slid for an open shot in the box, but shot over the bar.

Overall, the Fire did well to handle the barrage of balls flung into the box from distance.

Nikolic's missed scoring opportunities

Nikolic still has the league lead in goals, even after not scoring in this one. His 10 goals are more than D.C. and the Fire's previous opponent, Colorado, have scored as teams.

He had seven shots, more than twice the amount of any other player on the field, and put four on target. No other player had more than one shot on target. Despite these numbers, Nikolic did not score.

Matt Polster gave him a good chance in the 29th minute. Nikolic's first-touch shot from 10 yards out was blocked. He hit it well, but it was a good block.

David Accam crossed to Nikolic on the back post just before halftime. Nikolic put the header on target, but didn't get enough on it to get it past goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

In the final 10 minutes things really picked up for Nikolic. He tried to round Hamid in the 81st minute, but couldn't get around the big man and then his shot from a tight angle was saved. Three minutes later Hamid made his best save with a diving stop to deny a streaking Nikolic, who was coming in from the right side.

Hamid gets credit for these stops, but Nikolic's best chance came in added time after Schweinsteiger set him up on a platter.

Schweinsteiger robbed of assist of the year

The biggest of Nikolic’s blown chances was Schweinsteiger’s elusive dribbling at the end line in added time. If Nikolic finished the open shot, it would have been one of the best assists you’d see in any league around the world this season. Instead the viral clips of the play were either truncated before Nikolic’s shoots over the bar or included the somewhat comedic finish to a highlight-reel play.

Schweinsteiger got a bit of the last laugh after suffering four fouls, no player was fouled more during the match, against a physical team.

This play got the most attention from Schweinsteiger's game and it could have really blown up had Nikolic finished it off. Don't forget that Schweinsteiger nearly gave D.C. a goal by turning the ball over with a lateral pass right to Lloyd Sam at the edge of the penalty box a few minutes after the Fire took the lead. That certainly would have flipped the prevailing view of Schweinsteiger's performance as well.