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CSN's Blackhawks-Coyotes Game 4 coverage to begin at 5:00 PM Thursday LIVE from the UC

CSN's Blackhawks-Coyotes Game 4 coverage to begin at 5:00 PM Thursday LIVE from the UC

MEDIA ALERT

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO START ITS STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ROUND 1GAME 4 BLACKHAWKS-COYOTES COVERAGE AT
5:00 PM THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE FROM THE UNITED CENTER

Chicago Tribune Live (5:00 PM), SportsNet Central (6:00 PM) and
Blackhawks Pre-Game Live (6:30 PM) to all air live from the United Center!

Chicago, IL (April 18, 2012) -- Comcast SportsNet, the exclusive local television home for every Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs first round match-up vs. the Phoenix Coyotes, has announced enhanced surrounding coverage for Game 4 on Thursday night, April 19 as Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan, SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse and Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live will all take place LIVE from the United Center beginning at 5:00 PM.

Blackhawks-Coyotes Game 4 face-off action featuring Comcast SportsNets Blackhawks announcing tandem of Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk gets underway live at 7:00 PM. In addition, Comcast SportsNets comprehensive website, CSNChicago.com, will provide fans with even more exclusive Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs content including:

LIVE stream of Blackhawks head coach Joel Quennevilles post-game press conference
CSNChicago.com Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers will be at the UC filing stories and video before and after the game, plus Myers will provide up-to-the-second Tweets via @TraMyersCSN, as well as CSNs Blackhawks studio analyst Chris Boden (@CSNBoden) throughout the gameseries.
New-look Blackhawks team page highlighted by latest news, player interviews, highlights, video and more...Game highlights also available on CSNChicago.com during and following every game.
Blackhawks Talk (@HawksTalkCSN) also offers news, views and analysis from Myers, Boden and Blackhawks analyst Steve Konroyd.
Viewers are also encouraged to submit their Twitter questionscomments to our Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live team by utilizing the hashtag: HawksPGL

Note Comcast SportsNets programming line-up for Blackhawks-Coyotes Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1Game 4 coverage on Thursday night, April 19:

5:00 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan (LIVE from the United Center featuring host David Kaplan, Tribune writers, special guests & more)

6:00 PM SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse (LIVE from the United Center featuring anchors Pat Boyle & Mark Schanowski with the latest Blackhawks news, game previews, interviews & more)

6:30 PM Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live (LIVE from the United Center featuring hosts Chris Boden & Steve Konroyd, along with the latest pre-game news and interviews from Sarah Kustok & CSNChicago.coms Tracey Myers)

7:00 PM CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS vs. PHOENIX COYOTES (Stanley Cup Playoffs, Round 1Game 4)

9:30 PM Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live (time approx.) (featuring Joel Quennevilles live post-game press conference, post-game player reaction, highlights, comprehensive analysis and more)
10:00 PM & 10:30 PM GMC SportsNet Central (time approx.) (live, comprehensive Game 4 recap, highlights, interviews and much more from the day in sports)

11:00 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan (replay of 5:00 PM telecast)

12:00 AM SportsNet Central presented by CLR (live telecast)

12:30 AM Blackhawks vs. Coyotes (Game 4 replay)

Cubs lose Pierce Johnson on waivers

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Cubs lose Pierce Johnson on waivers

The Cubs have parted ways with the first pitcher drafted by Theo Epstein's front office.

The Cubs designated Pierce Johnson for assignment last week when they purchased the contract of Jen-Ho Tseng to make his first MLB start against the New York Mets.

Now Johnson is with a new organization.

The San Francisco Giants claimed Johnson off waivers Wednesday. He was initially selected in the supplemental first round in 2012 with the 43rd pick, 37 spots behind Albert Almora Jr.

Johnson is now 26 and just made his first — and only — big-league appearance May 19 this spring.

In Triple-A Iowa, Johnson had a 4.31 ERA in 43 games, including one start. He struck out 74 batters in 54.1 innings, but also walked 27 batters and had a 1.454 WHIP. 

Johnson spent six years in the Cubs minor-league system, going 29-21 with a 3.24 ERA, 1.305 WHIP and 9.3 K/9, working slightly more than half the time as a starter (74 starts, 56 relief appearances).

With the Cubs taking Johnson off their 40-man roster in mid-September as opposed to promoting him with expanded big-league rosters, it clearly shows he was not a part of their long-term pitching plans.

Why Ben Roethlisberger's perspective on young QBs (like Mitchell Trubisky) is worth keeping in mind

Why Ben Roethlisberger's perspective on young QBs (like Mitchell Trubisky) is worth keeping in mind

If Mitchell Trubisky takes over as the Bears’ starting quarterback this year and has some success, keep Ben Roethlisberger’s perspective in mind: It’ll take a couple of years before he’s solidly established in the NFL. 

Roethlisberger said even after his rookie year — in which he won all 13 regular season games he started — he still was facing defensive looks he hadn’t seen before in Year 2 and 3 as a pro. So saying someone is and will be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL after a productive first season is, for Roethlisberger, too early. 

“I think it takes a couple years,” Roethlisberger said. “That’s why I’m always slow to send too much praise or anoint the next great quarterback after Year 1. I think people in the media and the 'professionals' in some of these big sports networks are so quick to anoint the next great one or say that they’re going to be great; this, that and the other. Let’s wait and see what happens after two to three years; after defenses understand what you’re bringing; you’re not a surprise anymore. 

“I think it takes a few years until you can really get that title of understanding being great or even good, because you see so many looks. In Year 2 and 3, you’re still seeing looks and can act like a rookie.”

The flip side to this would be not panicking if Trubisky struggles when he eventually becomes the Bears’ starting quarterback. For all the success he had during preseason play, most of it came against backup and third string defenses that hadn’t done much gameplanning for him. Defensive coordinators inevitably will scheme to make things more difficult for a rookie quarterback with normal week of planning, and it may take Trubisky a little while to adjust to seeing things he hasn't before. 

“They’re not going to line up in a 4-3 or a 3-4 base defense, they’re going to throw different looks at you, different blitzes to try and confuse you,” Roethlisberger said. “The confusion between the ears part is really one of the biggest keys to it.”

The “it” Roethlisberger referred to there is success as a rookie. The former 11th overall pick was lucky enough to begin his NFL career with a strong ground game headlined by Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis, a balanced receiving corps featuring Hines Ward, Plaxico Burress and Antwaan Randel El and a defense that led the NFL in points allowed (15.7/game). Trubisky, as the Bears’ roster currently stands, won’t be afforded that same level of support. 

Roethlisberger, though, had a chance to meet and work out with Trubisky before the draft (the two quarterbacks share the same agent) and, for what it's worth, came away impressed with 

“I thought he was a tremendous athlete,” Roethlisberger said. “I thought he could throw the ball. I thought when he got out of the pocket and made throws on the run, his improvising. I got to watch some of his college tape. Just really impressed with the athleticism. The ease of throwing the ball; it just looked easy to him when he was on the run, when it wasn’t supposed to be super easy. So I thought that those were the most impressive things that I got to see; obviously not sitting in a meeting room and knowing his smarts or things like that, but just the athleticism.”