CSN announces its 2012 White Sox, Cubs spring training on-aironline coverage schedule

CSN announces its 2012 White Sox, Cubs spring training on-aironline coverage schedule

COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES ITS 2012 WHITE SOX AND CUBSSPRING TRAINING ON-AIRONLINE COVERAGE SCHEDULE

Every 2012 Spring Training game in HD!In-Depth Cactus League Coverage throughout FebruaryMarch on SportsNet Central and CSNChicago.com

Chicago, IL (February 16, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the 2012 Chicago White Sox and 2012 Chicago Cubs, will provide baseball fans with an exciting, live, seven-game spring training schedule (five White Sox and two Cubs) featuring the White Sox announcing tandem of Ken Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone, along with the Cubs announce team featuring Len Kasper and Bob Brenly. In addition, Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan (Monday-Friday at 5:30 PM) and Comcast SportsNets nightly sports news desk SportsNet Central (at 6:30 PM presented by AT&T U-Verse, 10:00 PM & 10:30 PM presented by GMC and midnight presented by CLR) will offer the very latest player news and progress reports from Arizona, plus CSNChicago.com will provide SoxCubs fans with the most up-to-the-minute spring training news and developments 247.

Comcast SportsNets 2012 spring training schedule opens up with the Cubs taking on the defending AL Champion Texas Rangers on Thursday, March 22 at 3:00 PM live from Surprise, AZ. The additional Cubs game features a match-up against the LA Angels from HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ on March 31.

The first of five White Sox spring training telecasts takes place on Friday, March 23 at 9:00 PM as the White Sox host the Arizona Diamondbacks live from Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ. Additional White Sox opponents on this years spring training schedule include San Francisco (Mar. 25), LA Dodgers (Mar. 29), Cincinnati (Apr. 1) and Houston (Apr. 3). See attached schedule for the complete game schedule break down.

Beginning Saturday, February 18, Comcast SportsNets Chicago Tribune Live, SportsNet Central and CSNChicago.com will provide viewers with the very latest news and player updates from Arizona as Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney will begin the coverage with the latest updates from HoHoKam Park in Mesa. In addition, White Sox PrePost Game Live host Chuck Garfien will file live White Sox reports for both Comcast SportsNet and CSNChicago.com from Camelback Ranch in Glendale starting Feb. 22 and Cubs PrePost Game Live & Chicago Tribune Live host David Kaplan will provide up-to-the-minute CubsSox news starting Feb. 26.

Also from an online perspective, Comcast SportsNets newly-enhanced website, CSNChicago.com, (@CSNChicago) will deliver comprehensive 247 White SoxCubsMLB coverage with expert blog entries from Mooney (@CSNMooney), Kaplan (@thekapman), Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth, Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), White Sox blogger J.J. Stankevitz (@WhiteSoxTalkCSN) and Cubs blogger Tony Andracki (@CubsTalkCSN) on the sites Cubs Talk and White Sox Talk sections. Plus - weekly online chats, special web-exclusive shows, commentator blogs, photo slideshows and online video features will also be featured so fans on the go can stay on top of the latest news and developments wherever and whenever they occur.

In partnership with NBC Sports, CSNChicago.com Cubs and White Sox content will be featured on NBC Sports digital platforms including NBCSports.com, Hardball Talk, Rotoworld as well as partner sites including MSNBC.com and Xfinity.com. In addition, fans can see CSNChicago.com reporters featured on NBC SportsTalk daily news show on the NBC Sports Network for news updates on the Cubs and White Sox.

CSNChicago.com is the most extensive local source for exclusive online video, including player and coach interviews, press conferences, and content from Comcast SportsNets signature shows SportsNet Central and Chicago Tribune Live, which offer news and analysis from the regions most informed local lineup of award-winning reporters, analysts and personalities.

In first game of post-deadline era, Bulls come up with comeback overtime win over Suns

In first game of post-deadline era, Bulls come up with comeback overtime win over Suns

The post-deadline era has begun for the Bulls, with the directives clear on developing their young players and seeing what can be done in the last third of the season.

And while their youth sparked them early, it was the headliners who stepped up late in their 128-121 overtime win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night at the United Center, as the team was clearly adjusting to life without Taj Gibson, who was traded Thursday.

Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade each had sluggish starts, to say the least. Each looked like he was going through an island-like malaise through the better part of three quarters before waking up.

Butler finally ignored the snooze button at the most opportune time, nearly winning the game in regulation with a tying triple, then a fadeaway 15-footer over Eric Bledsoe to cap off a late comeback that saw the Bulls rebound from an eight-point deficit with a few minutes left in the fourth.

Then Wade, in one of his few post-halftime mistakes, controversially fouled Suns sharpshooter Devin Booker on a triple with 1.5 seconds left, but Booker missed the last of the three free throws to send the game into overtime.

Wade and Butler continued the assault into the extra session, with Wade rising for a late flush over Suns center Alex Len and raising his arms in celebration — having put together a 23-point performance after a scoreless first half.

Butler wasn't as futile but wasn't much better, scoring just eight before the fourth but being more aggressive and assertive with his moments and jump shots, scoring 22 with nine assists and four steals.

The Suns led most of the way, mostly due to their team-wide speed and athleticism, getting out on the break the way they did in the first meeting two weeks ago. They dominated the fast-break department at a 23-10 clip, and the Bulls actually countered with 3-point shooting.

Nikola Mirotic went 4-for-7 on the way to a 20-point night, while Denzel Valentine put together his best showing as a pro with 15 points, all those coming on five made 3s.

Three straight triples for Valentine pulled the Bulls to within one late in the third quarter. The shots were decisive and confident — perhaps as he knew he wouldn't be removed for anyone at the first mistake.

There were plenty of mishaps and things to complain about as the Bulls hit a new wave, but at least it started with some positive vibes after a day of uncertainty and confusion.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Patrick Mooney goes one-on-one with Jed Hoyer

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Patrick Mooney goes one-on-one with Jed Hoyer

On the latest edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast, Kelly Crull and Luke Stuckmeyer talk about the first week of spring training. 

The two discuss ace contracts, leadoff intimidation and give their thoughts on the Sammy Sosa saga. 

Plus CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney goes one-on-one with general manager Jed Hoyer. 

Listen to the Cubs Talk Podcast below.