CSN, CSNChicago.com to carry live opening ceremonies coverage of the 2012 Blackhawks Convention

CSN, CSNChicago.com to carry live opening ceremonies coverage of the 2012 Blackhawks Convention

COMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNCHICAGO.COM TO CARRY LIVE OPENING CEREMONIES COVERAGE OF THE
2012 BLACKHAWKS CONVENTION

Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com to air LIVE Opening Ceremonies coverage on Friday, July 20 at 5:00 PM hosted by David Kaplan Chris Boden and Tracey Myers to provide complete Convention coverage throughout the weekend on SportsNet Central & CSNChicago.com with exclusive video, player interviews, live Tweets & more

Chicago, IL (July 17, 2012) -- Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, is ready to start up the 2012-13 NHL season in a big way with exclusive, LIVE Opening Ceremonies coverage from the sold out 2012 Blackhawks Convention, which is being held downtown this weekend (July 20-22) at the Hilton Chicago.

On Friday, July 20 beginning at 5:00 PM (hosted by Chicago Tribune Lives David Kaplan), Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com will provide viewers with every thrill-packed moment of the conventions opening ceremonies featuring introductions of Blackhawks playerscoachesfront office executives, the singing of the National Anthem, exciting video montages, plus a special live interview with Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews following the ceremony and much more!

In addition, Comcast SportsNets Blackhawks PrePost Game Live studio host Chris Boden will file reports for SportsNet Central (6:30 PM, 10:00 PM, 10:30 PM and midnight) and CSNChicago.com featuring interviews with Blackhawks players, coaches and fans. Plus, CSNChicago.coms Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers will also provide viewers with comprehensive online coverage featuring exclusive convention video highlights and numerous playerscoachesfront office executive interviews.

Fans can follow Myers Blackhawks Convention updates all weekend long via Twitter @TraMyersCSN, along with Boden (@CSNBoden) and Kaplan (@thekapman). In addition, CSN Chicago digital producer Nina Falcone (@HawksTalkCSN) will provide live blogging coverage via Blackhawks Talk on CSNChicago.com including real-time news stories, behind-the-scenes photosvideos, fan interviews, videos and live Tweets.

Cubs finalize Opening Day 25-man roster

Cubs finalize Opening Day 25-man roster

Matt Szczur or Tommy La Stella on the Cubs Opening Day roster?

How about both?

Theo Epstein said Wednesday morning the Cubs plan to keep both Szczur and La Stella on the Opening Day 25-man roster with relief pitcher Brian Duensing headed to the disabled list.

Duensing, 34, has been hampered by a back issue this spring.

Szczur is out of minor-league options, meaning the Cubs would have had to either keep him on the 25-man roster or place him on waivers, which would almost assuredly mean they'd lose him to another team.

La Stella has options left and already told manager Joe Maddon this spring he would head down to the minors if asked (something La Stella was unwilling to do in August last year when he refused assignment).

The move makes the most sense for the Cubs, as the need for eight relief pitchers is not as imperative in April when the team has five off-days in the first month of the season.

Of course, the Cubs still have four days left of exhibition action, but assuming nothing else changes, here's how the Cubs roster will look Opening Night in St. Louis Sunday:

Catchers

Willson Contreras
Miguel Montero

Infielders

Anthony Rizzo
Ben Zobrist
Javy Baez
Addison Russell
Kris Bryant
Tommy La Stella

Outfielders

Jason Heyward
Albert Almora
Jon Jay
Kyle Schwarber
Matt Szczur

Starting pitchers

Jon Lester
Jake Arrieta
John Lackey
Brett Anderson
Kyle Hendricks

Relief pitchers

Mike Montgomery
Justin Grimm
Carl Edwards Jr.
Pedro Strop
Hector Rondon
Koji Uehara
Wade Davis

The Cubs figure to eventually make room for Duensing on the roster as the bullpen could use another left-handed pitcher, but those decisions often take care of themselves with either health problems or trade options, etc.

Remember, there is a 10-day disabled list this year in the MLB, so placing a guy on the DL doesn't guarantee losing him for more than two weeks anymore.

Live stream: Fire introduce Bastian Schweinsteiger on CSN+ at 3 p.m.

Live stream: Fire introduce Bastian Schweinsteiger on CSN+ at 3 p.m.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is officially a member of the Chicago Fire after he passed his medical and finalized the required paperwork for his transfer from Manchester United.

The newest member of the Fire will be introduced formally on Wednesday afternoon. 

[RELATED: Fire fans swarm O'Hare to greet Bastian Schweinsteiger]

Schweinsteiger's introductory press conference from the Fire Pitch will air on CSN+ and stream live on CSNChicago.com at 3 p.m.

CSNChicago.com will have complete reaction, video and analysis following Schweinsteiger's press conference on Wednesday.