CSNChicago.com to chronicle 1 nationally-ranked SIMEON CAREER ACADEMY throughout the 2011-12 IHSA basketball season

CSNChicago.com to chronicle 1 nationally-ranked SIMEON CAREER ACADEMY throughout the 2011-12 IHSA basketball season

CSNCHICAGO.COM GRANTED UNPRECENDENTED ACCESS TO CHRONICLE 1 NATIONALLY-RANKED SIMEON CAREER ACADEMY THROUGHOUT THE 2011-12 IHSA BASKETBALL SEASON

Weekly webisodes to be hosted by David Kaplan, along with feature pieces from Insider Aggrey Sam, plus numerous player profiles & exclusive video features

Chicago, IL (December 12, 2011) -- Comcast SportsNets 247 digital outlet, CSNChicago.com, will provide preps fans with a special treat this winter as the network has been granted unprecedented access to the 1 pre-season ranked high school basketball team in the nation: Simeon Career Academy (the alma mater of Chicago Bulls superstar and reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose), who are now led by the nations top-ranked player, Jabari Parker.

In this latest edition of CSNChicago.coms popular preps feature section entitled DRIVE, hosted by Comcast SportsNet on-air personalityformer college basketball coach & recruiter David Kaplan, fans will be taken on a season-long journey with the Simeon hoops team as they vie for their third-straight Class 4A state title (NOTE: a fan-friendly DRIVE: Simeon Basketball page has been created to act as a hub for all video and written components: CSNChicago.compreps_simeon).

Among the key season-long highlights of DRIVE: Simeon Basketball include the following:

Weekly video webisodes featuring exclusive, never-before-seen, inside access to the amazing world of Simeon basketball.

CSNChicago.coms basketball Insider Aggrey Sam to pen numerous team feature pieces and player profiles throughout the 2011-12 preps season.

SportsNet Centrals news desk to provide additional video coverage of games to supplement digital team's exclusive inside access; content to also be utilized in High School Lites (airing on Comcast SportsNet every Friday night at 10:30 PM).

Player profile video features to include top college recruits Jabari Parker (who was recently named USA Basketballs Male Athlete Player of the Year), along with standouts Steve Taylor, Jaleni Neely, Kendrick Nunn, Kendall Pollard and many others.

Analysis of team development by legendary head coach Robert Smith through exclusive interviews and 'mic'd up' practice sessions.

CSNChicago.coms Jake Flannigan, Matt Zickus and Jeremy Masaki Murayama will be shootingproducingediting all DRIVE: Simeon Basketball webisodes.

Jason Heyward: Banged-up Cubs ready to be tested vs. Nationals

Jason Heyward: Banged-up Cubs ready to be tested vs. Nationals

WASHINGTON – The cut on Jason Heyward’s left hand has been compared to a third-degree burn, an injury that would have required stiches if the skin had not ripped off already.

The Cubs can’t count on their Gold Glove outfielder – or their World Series MVP (Ben Zobrist) or ERA titleholder (Kyle Hendricks) – for this four-game showdown against the Washington Nationals. All-Star shortstop Addison Russell didn’t start Monday night while dealing with a sore right shoulder, taking more juice out of this potential playoff preview at Nationals Park.

“Every day’s a test, regardless of whether we’re healthy or not,” Heyward said after taking about 15 swings off a tee. “Bottom line, every team goes through tests. Every single season, guys get hurt. And whoever’s there at the end of the year in the playoffs, they handled that the best and was able to weather that storm the best. 

“This team’s no different. Every single day, you’re expected to win. We expect each other to win and go out there and try to find a way to get it done every day. There’s going to be more tests, but that’s what you want.”

The next step for Heyward would be getting cleared to take a full batting practice.

“It’s getting better every day,” Heyward said, “but until it gets to the point where I can swing every day and take BP, I just got to do a little more waiting and healing.”

Heyward – who sliced open his hand while trying to make a sliding catch in foul territory on June 18 – is eligible to be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Thursday but would probably need some at-bats in the minors first.  

“We’ll let you know,” Heyward said. “I don’t do ‘probablys.’ I probably wouldn’t have wanted to be on the DL, either, but we’ll see what happens.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Did Bulls get fleeced?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Did Bulls get fleeced?

On the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, David Kaplan is joined Anthony Herron (NBC Sports), David Haugh (Chicago Tribune) and Danny Parkins (670 The Score) to discuss the madness in Chicago this weekend.

The panel breaks down the crazy draft night for both the Blackhawks and Bulls while wondering if Tom Thibodeau fleeced Gar/Pax.

Then, Mark Buehrle had his number retired on Saturday. Even Kap loved it.

Listen to the SportsTalk Live Podcast now.