CSN & CSNChicago.com to provide daily coverage of Bears Training Camp 2011

CSN & CSNChicago.com to provide daily coverage of Bears Training Camp 2011

COMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNCHICAGO.COM TO PROVIDE DAILY COVERAGE OF BEARS TRAINING CAMP 11
Kip Lewis to file daily reports from Bourbonnais for SportsNet Central and Chicago Tribune Live;CSNChicago.coms Bears Insider John Moon Mullin to provide daily onlineon-air updates and up-to-the-minute video reports

Chicago, IL (July 26, 2011) -- Comcast SportsNet, the television home for Bears Post Game Live, will provide viewers with comprehensive on-air and online coverage of Chicago Bears Training Camp 2011 with daily reports on SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse at 6:30 PM, GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 & 10:30 PM and the midnight edition of SportsNet Central, along with reports on the networks signature weeknight sports talk show, Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan (Monday-Friday at 5:30 PM) with host David Kaplan.
Beginning this Friday, July 29 and every day throughout the duration of training camp, SportsNet Centrals Bears beat reporter Kip Lewis and CSNChicago.coms Bears Insider John Moon Mullin will be providing viewers with the very latest training camp video highlights, breaking news, playerscoaches interviews, injury updates and more from Bears camp in Bourbonnais, IL for both SportsNet Central and Chicago Tribune Live.

In addition, CSNChicago.com also has Bears training camp covered 247 from a daily online perspective with the very latest breaking news updates, roster moves, free agent signings, multimedia videos featuring practice highlights, numerous interviews and much more at CSNChicago.coms Bears team page. Fans can also look forward to up-to-the-minute breaking news Twitter updates from Mullin @CSNMoonMullin, Lewis @KipLewisCSN, along with the networks Twitter home page @CSNChicago.

Fire lose Open Cup epic in Cincinnati after penalties

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Fire lose Open Cup epic in Cincinnati after penalties

CINCINNATI — A few days ago Dax McCarty was talking about the Chicago Fire trying to win every trophy they were competing for this season. The hopes of winning one of those trophies ended Wednesday night.

The Fire lost in penalty kicks to FC Cincinnati after 120 minutes of goalless soccer. A crowd of 32,287 in Cincinnati waited and waited and waited some more, but finally got what they wanted.

It was all about the goalkeepers before penalty kicks with the Fire’s Matt Lampson and Cincinnati’s Mitch Hildebrandt combining for 17 saves. Hildebrandt improved on his crazy good night by denying Nemanja Nikolic, Arturo Alvarez and Juninho in penalty kicks. Bastian Schweinsteiger was the only Fire player to convert a penalty in four rounds. Cincinnati missed its first penalty, but converted the next three.

In regulation, the Fire huffed and puffed in the first half, but didn’t really create much danger in front of Cincinnati’s goal. At halftime, the Fire had 78 percent of the possession, but couldn’t manage a shot on target.

Cincinnati’s game plan to defend deep and counter was stifling the Fire’s attack. The Fire only managed shots from outside the box that all missed the target. Matt Polster had an open shot in the box following a corner kick, but it was deflected wide by a sliding defender.

The home crowd of 32,287, which is the second biggest crowd in U.S. Open Cup history, didn’t have much to cheer in the first half, but Matt Lampson made the only save of the half when he came off his line to deny Danni Konig who got free down the left side.

Both the atmosphere and the game livened up in the second half. Both teams had multiple quality chances and both keepers, Lampson and Cincinnati’s Mitch Hildebrandt came up with big saves.

Lampson saved the game to deny a breakaway for Jimmy McLaughlin in added time just before regulation ended.

In extra time, Cincinnati thought it had the go-ahead goal from Andrew Wiedeman in the 110th minute, but it was called back for a close offside call. Hildebrandt and Lampson both came up with huge saves in the final minute of extra time to send the match to penalties.

Bears Talk Podcast: Breaking down camp competition at wide receiver

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Bears Talk Podcast: Breaking down camp competition at wide receiver

On this week’s Bears Talk Podcast, we hear from Markus Wheaton as Chris Boden and JJ Stankevitz discuss the training camp competition at slot receiver.

Boden and Stankevitz also weigh in on PFF ranking the Bears’ starting lineup 18th in the NFL, answer listener questions and add another layer of Aaron Rodgers envy.

Listen to the latest Bears Talk Podcast right here: