CSN has the 2012 BearsNFL season covered both on-air and online

CSN has the 2012 BearsNFL season covered both on-air and online

COMCAST SPORTSNET HAS THE 2012 CHICAGO BEARSNFL SEASON COVERED BOTH ON-AIR AND ONLINE

Pro Football Weekly (Season Premiere): Wednesday, August 29 at 11:00 PM
United Bears Recap (Season Premiere): Monday, September 3 at 4:30 PM
The Lance Briggs Show (Season Premiere): Tuesday, September 4 at 11:00 PM
Bears Huddle presented by Jimmy Johns (Season Premiere): Wednesday, September 5 at 4:30 PM
Bears Blitz presented by Jimmy Johns (Season Premiere): Thursday, September 6 at 4:30 PM
BEARS POST GAME LIVE presented by Illinois Back Institute (Season Premiere): Sun, September 9 at 4:30 PM

CSNChicago.com to deliver 247 Bears coverage all season long featuring Bears Insider John Moon Mullin

Chicago, IL (August 28, 2012) With the 2012 Chicago Bears and NFL season set to begin next week, Comcast SportsNet and CSNChicago.com have announced a full line-up of Bears and additional pro football related programmingcoverage for the upcoming season. Please note the following on-air and online details:

BEARS POST GAME LIVE presented by Illinois Back Institute Beginning Sunday, September 9 following the Chicago Bears 2012 NFL season opener vs. Indianapolis, Bears Post Game Live presented by Illinois Back Institute returns as THE destination for fans to hear from the experts who played the game, along with their always-entertaining, no-holds-barred take on the days events. The 90-minute post-game show is hosted by SportsNet Centrals Chris Boden featuring a team of expert analysts including former Bears quarterback Jim Miller, former Bears offensive linemanveteran Chicago sports media personality Dan Jiggetts and -- a new addition to Bears PGL this season -- former Bears standout linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer. In addition to the lively and spirited banter from the stars of the show, Bears Post Game Live also features live post-game press conferences with coaches and players from both teams with SportsNet Centrals Bears beat reporter Kip Lewis and CSNChicago.com Bears Insider John Moon Mullin providing immediate post-game interviews with Bears players inside & outside the locker room. Bears Post Game Live presented by Illinois Back Institute can be seen on Comcast SportsNet following every Bears game this season with replays airing regularly throughout the season on Sunday nights and Monday afternoons. (NOTE: the season premiere on Sunday, Sept. 9 will air at approx. 4:30 PM immediately following White Sox Post Game Live presented by Orland Park Nissan).

UNITED BEARS RECAP Comcast SportsNet is the place for Bears fans to watch the official team press conference featuring head coach Lovie Smith. Hosted by Chris Boden with analyst Dan Jiggetts, United Bears Recap will go to Halas Hall each week to hear from the Bears head coach, along with additional Bears playerscoaches interviews. The show will also air game highlights and viewers can also look forward to additional United Bears Recap content on CSNChicago.com. The one-hour United Bears Recap makes its 2012 debut on Monday, September 3 at 4:30 PM with a special season preview edition and the show can be seen regularly on Mondays at 4:30 PM throughout the entire Bears season.

BEARS HUDDLE presented by Jimmy Johns Every Wednesday at 4:30 PM beginning September 5, Comcast SportsNet will provide Bears fans with a preview of the teams next opponent from an Offensive perspective on Bears Huddle. This one-hour show, hosted by Chris Boden, will feature analysis from former Bear Dan Jiggetts, along with key interviews from SportsNet Centrals Kip Lewis & CSNChicago.com Bears Insider John Moon Mullin with Bears head coach Lovie Smith and additional playercoaches interviews, plus team insightcommentary from ChicagoBears.com writer Larry Mayer. To go along with numerous game highlights, Bears Huddle will also provide a multitude of key offensive stats for all categories and will feature in-depth player match-up analysis for every upcoming game. CSNChicago.com will also provide an area to ask Jiggetts a question to possibly be read on-air, along with a new fan poll question for each show.

BEARS BLITZ presented by Jimmy Johns Every Thursday at 4:30 PM beginning September 6, Comcast SportsNet will provide Bears fans with a Defensive preview of the teams next opponent on Bears Blitz. This one-hour show, hosted by Chris Boden, will feature analysis from former Bear Dan Jiggetts, along with key interviews from SportsNet Centrals Kip Lewis & CSNChicago.com Bears Insider John Moon Mullin with Bears head coach Lovie Smith and additional playercoaches interviews, plus team insightcommentary from ChicagoBears.com writer Larry Mayer. To go along with numerous game highlights, Bears Blitz will also provide a multitude of key defensive stats for all categories and will feature in-depth player match-up analyses for every upcoming game. CSNChicago.com will also provide an area to ask Jiggetts a question to possibly be read on-air, along with a new fan poll question for each show.

THE LANCE BRIGGS SHOW Bears fans can also look forward to yet another entertaining season of The Lance Briggs Show (formerly Countdown to Kickoff), featuring host Pat Boyle, former Bears standout Tom Thayer and seven-time Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs. This half-hour program provides fans with a complete preview of the Bears next game, including a discussion about all the key plays from the teams previous game. Highlighted segments from the show include a CSNChicago.com fan e-mail segment with select questions to be answered by Briggs, along with the popular, two-minute Hurry Up segment with Boyle firing off a multitude of questions to Briggs. The season premiere of The Lance Briggs Show on Comcast SportsNet airs Tuesday, September 4 at 11:00 PM. Weekly premiere airings will take place regularly on Tuesday nights at 11:00 PM with repeats to be shown on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 AM.

SPORTSNET CENTRAL Nightly at 6:30 PM on SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse, 10:00 PM & 10:30 PM on GMC SportsNet Central, along with the midnight edition of SportsNet Central presented by CLR, fans can look forward to the most in-depth coverage of the Bears every night throughout the 2012 NFL season featuring numerous interviews with key players and coaches, along with abundant statistical information and feature reports for the true die-hard gridiron fan. Plus, on Sunday nights at 10:30 PM throughout the BearsNFL season, viewers can look forward to SportsNet Central: Sunday Night Slant, a full half-hour dedicated to that days Bears game, along with full NFL highlights from all the days key match-ups. SportsNet Centrals team of anchors and reporters includes Pat Boyle, Mark Schanowski, Kip Lewis, Chris Boden, Gail Fischer, Chuck Garfien and Luke Stuckmeyer with CSNChicago.coms Bears Insider John Moon Mullin also providing the very latest BearsNFL updates.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE LIVE Comcast SportsNet sets the table with lively sports talk every Monday through Friday night at 5:30 PM on Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff. Throughout the 2012 NFL season, Chicago Tribune Live host David Kaplan and a panel of pro football experts from the Chicago Tribune will breakdown the games and preview the match-ups that lie ahead for the Bears and other key games from around the NFL. In addition, Chicago Tribune Live will also feature a number of special guests from the world of football all season long, including special guest appearances from players, coaches, celebrities and many more.

PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY Entering its 25th season on television, Pro Football Weekly is a half-hour program hosted by SportsNet Centrals Pat Boyle and features an expert panel led by Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Hampton, former Bears wide receiver Tom Waddle and PFW publishereditor Hub Arkush. The programs in-depth preview analysis and unique format make the show a preferred vehicle for football fans desiring the most thorough coverage of the NFL. This hard-hitting program features the latest NFL news reports, opinions and insider information. Pro Football Weekly makes its regular season premiere on Wednesday, August 29 at 11:00 PM with regular weekly debuts airing on Fridays at 4:30 PM; replays can be seen Saturday afternoonsevenings at varied times and Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM.

CHICAGO HUDDLE Back for its third season on Comcast SportsNet, Chicago Huddle is hosted Dan Jiggetts, who will be joined each week by Bears running back Matt Forte, Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, plus additional Bears players as rotating hosts -- and Maxim cover girlChicago media personality April Rose. Taped at Chilis in Vernon Hills, Chicago Huddle provides fans with an in-depth, weekly Bears reviewpreviewinterview show throughout the entire 2012 campaign. The season premiere airs on Friday, September 21 at 9:30 PM with replay airings at varied times on Saturdays, along with Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM.

CSNCHICAGO.COM Comcast SportsNet Chicagos website, CSNChicago.com, delivers comprehensive 247 Bears and NFL coverage all season long via its Bears Talk platform featuring Bears Insiders John Moon Mullin and Kip Lewis plus expert analysis and opinion from Jim Miller and Matt Bowen. In addition, CSNChicago.com will offer an on-demand daily Bears Talk digital show, comprehensive Bears social media center and Twitter Locker Room, live game-day interactive chat, video features and player interviews. Please note the following CSNChicago.com Bears-related highlights this season:

John Moon Mullin: CSNChicago.coms resident Bears Insider returns for his fourth season providing fans with up-to-the-minute Bears breaking news and information via Bears Talk blog (http:www.csnchicago.comfootball-chicago-bears), along with 247 updates via Twitter @CSNMoonMullin. Mullin will also make regular on-air appearances throughout the NFL season on Comcast SportsNets Bears Post Game presented by Illinois Back Institute, SportsNet Central and Chicago Tribune Live and NBC Sports Networks Sports Talk and PFT Live on ProFootballTalk.com. Plus, fans can look forward to a weekly web chat with Mullin every Monday night (entitled Monday Night Moon) at 7:00 PM beginning Sept. 12 and a weekly video mailbag from Halas Hall on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 7.

Jim Miller: Former Bears quarterback and current Bears PGL analyst Jim Miller covers the offense in-depth as he will analyze every key move of Bears QB Jay Cutler and new offensive coordinator Mike Tice. Miller will offer his insight and experiences with game offense previews and post-game analysis, including breaking down Cutlers overall game-by-game performance. In addition, he will offer commentary and analysis on rival NFC North teams, plus news and opinion on all NFL topics.

Matt Bowen: Former NFL cornerback joins CSNChicago.com to offer Xs and Os, game breakdown and unique analysis via Bowens Breakdown biweekly digital video feature. In addition, Bowen will contribute a weekly column to Bears Talk as well as make on-air appearances on SportsNet Central and Chicago Tribune Live.

Bears Talk digital shows and platform: CSNChicago.com will offer on-demand daily Bears Talk digital shows: Bears Rewind (Mondays); Bowens Breakdown (Tuesdays and Fridays); 15 on 6: Miller on Cutler (Wednesdays); Bears Preview (Thursdays and Saturdays); Bears Postgame Live (Sundays). The Bears Talk page will be the hub of all CSNChicago.com Bears-related news and information.

Bears Social Media Center: CSNChicago.com to launch a Bears Social Media Center for fans to track all social media activity related to the Bears, including commentary, trends and multimedia sources across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. In addition, CSNChicago.com to launch a Bears Twitter Locker Room where fans can follow all Bears player Tweets, plus Tweets from all NFL players. The following CSN Chicago Insiders and reporters will be offer 247 coverage via Twitter: John Moon Mullin (@CSNMoonMullin), Kip Lewis (@CSNKipLewis), Jim Miller (@15Miller), Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41), Chris Boden (@CSNBoden), Bears Talk (@BearsTalkCSN) powered by Moon, Miller and Bears digital producers Jake Flannigan (@JakeFlannigan), Scott Krinch (@ScottieKrinch) and Jon Graff (@JLGProd).

@MarshallMeter: Fans can follow @MarshallMeter for a daily updates on new Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (@BMarshall) with in game commentary on game performance plus off-the-field news.

Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue break down the Bulls' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Bulls Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

TNT Bulls are back this week as the team heads into a crucial stretch. 

Currently, the Bulls sit half a game back of the Miami Heat for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and with just eight games remaining on the schedule, each contest is essentially a must-win. 

So, yes, Thursday would be a great time for Jimmy Butler and company to summon their TNT alter ego. The Bulls have sealed 18 straight victories when playing on TNT Thursday, an improbable feat considering those games are usually reserved for two of the NBA's best. 

To continue that run, they'll have to down Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are also fighting for playoff positioning -- albeit at the top of the conference. Good thing the Bulls have a tendency to get up for big games. 

"The Bulls play up and down to their competition," Bulls Pregame and Postgame analyst Kendall Gill said. "They've been doing that the whole season." 

After Cleveland, the Bulls get set to battle another playoff squad, the Atlanta Hawks. 

Watch the video above to see Schanowski, Gill and Perdue break down the matchups. 

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson's foot could keep him out until late May

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson's foot could keep him out until late May

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Charlie Tilson will spend another three weeks in a walking boot and is likely out until at least the end of May.

The White Sox outfielder has been wearing the boot ever since he re-aggravated a stress reaction in his right foot earlier this month. Tilson is also rehabbing a torn hamstring that required surgery last August and ended his 2016 season early.

The White Sox later downed the San Francisco Giants 4-3 at Camelback Ranch. Catcher Roberto Pena had a two-out, two-run single in the ninth.

“It’s likely going to be a little bit of a process from there,” Tilson said. “One of those things you have to listen to your body. Like I said, it may take more time than I would like. But the ultimate goal is to be sustainable and get myself back to where I need to be.”

The White Sox top options for center field remain veteran Peter Bourjos and prospect Jacob May. They also could use Leury Garcia in center, manager Rick Renteria said.

Center field is one of several open roster battles with only three full days to go in camp. The team is off on Thursday before playing a pair of exhibition games at Milwaukee on Friday and Saturday.

“We’ll figure it out, and it could be in the next couple of days,” Renteria said. “We just have to allow it to play out and then make a determination at that point.”

The White Sox also have two spots up for grabs in the back of the bullpen. Michael Ynoa, who is out of options, non-roster invitees Anthony Swarzak, Cory Luebke and Matt Purke, and rookie Zack Burdi are vying for jobs. Rookie Juan Minaya is likely to start the season on the disabled list.

Rule 5 draftee Dylan Covey, who pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings on Saturday, could figure into the team’s plans even more if Carlos Rodon starts the season on the disabled list. Covey is expected to start for the White Sox on Wednesday against the San Diego Padres.

Sunday’s starter James Shields said he’s ready for the regular season after throwing five innings. Shields allowed three earned runs and eight hits, walked three and struck out two.

He finished the Cactus League with a 3.45 ERA in 15 2/3 innings.

“Overall I felt good and I’m ready to move on,” Shields said. “These last couple outings I’ve been trying to work on my two-seam fastball. Today it was a little erratic, but overall felt pretty good.”

Nate Jones struck out two in a scoreless inning pitched. David Robertson, Blake Smith and Dan Jennings also pitched a scoreless inning.

Jose Abreu doubled and walked in four trips. Melky Cabrera singled twice in three trips.