Notre Dame's Wood gets his swagger back

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Notre Dame's Wood gets his swagger back

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Three weeks ago, Cierre Wood sat at his South Bend apartment, only able to watch from his couch as his teammates rumbled by Navy in Dublin, Ireland.

"I actually got up to watch it, I like to sleep in and stuff like that," Wood deadpanned. "I woke up and I watched it. I had to cheer on my teammates. Thats what a good leader does, thats what a good teammate does and thats what I was doing."

That's all Wood could do. He was serving the first of his two-game suspension that week, stuck in northern Indiana while Notre Dame traveled thousands of miles to play in Dublin.

"It was terrible," Wood said. "I was cheering on my teammates, being a great team player, and stuff like that. But just not playing was terrible. You practice all summer, put in so much work and so much time, and to not play those first two games was heartbreaking, especially for me. But I remain positive, my teammates kept me up and I just cheered them on from afar."

But in making the best of a bad situation, Wood had a little fun with the game on Twitter:

Well that scrimmage is over! ND

DUBB (@stadium20status) September 1, 2012
When he wasn't on twitter, Wood was texting fellow running back and roommate Theo Riddick, who gouged Navy for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

"I was just critiquing him, I was basically laughing at him because a couple times I know he got hit and it hurt," Wood said with a grin. "I texted him, I was like I know that hurt.'"

"I said yeah," Riddick laughed. "It was the truth."

Wood started taking those hard hits in game action last week in East Lansing, gaining 56 yards on 10 carries against Michigan State. He led Notre Dame in rushing last year with 1,102 yards and an average of about 18 carries per game.

Both numbers will certainly be lower this year, with Wood missing the first two games and the Irish featuring three running backs instead of two. Wood admitted he had trouble getting into a rhythm against Michigan State as he, Riddick and George Atkinson III were cycled into the offense, but sees employing the three backs as a positive.

"The way we come in and come out, its basically fresh legs on the field at all times, so its like nobody never really came out as far as the running backs go," Wood said. "All three of us have a great amount of talent, so them putting us around different positions on the field is going to make our team that much better."

Wood normally exudes confidence, but kept his gaze downward while talking to media for the first time this season on Wednesday, seemingly bracing for the first question about his suspension. But once he got past that, Wood's usual swagger showed through.

When asked about his practice rivalry with Manti Te'o -- the pair are close -- Wood quickly responded with plenty of bravado, and a straight face.

"He thinks he can guard me, but he cant," Wood said. "I dont care how good he is, he cant guard me."

And in discussing last year's last-second loss to Michigan, Wood offered another proclamation.

"In any game you cant be too sure about anything, you cant take your foot off the gas pedal," he explained. "Thats what I feel we did, the results were what they were.

"This year, theres gonna be a different outcome."

Will Marcus Kruger return to Blackhawks against Lightning?

Will Marcus Kruger return to Blackhawks against Lightning?

Dennis Rasmussen or Marcus Kruger could play Tuesday night and Corey Crawford will start when the Blackhawks host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Rasmussen did not skate Tuesday morning due to illness but coach Joel Quenneville said the center could still play vs. the Lightning. Kruger skated with the Blackhawks on Sunday and figured he was close to coming back from his right hand injury. Quenneville said Kruger is "close" to playing, and his status could depend on how Rasmussen feels.

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The Blackhawks, sitting in second place in the Western Conference, are on a three-game winning streak entering Tuesday's game. The Lightning, the Blackhawks' 2015 Stanley Cup opponent, has struggled with injuries (Steven Stamkos has been out since November) and is last in the Eastern Conference. Despite the Lightning's struggles, Quenneville isn't taking the team lightly.

"Obviously they've had some health issues, significant guys missing big stretches of their year, but they still have guys out there that are skilled and it's an extremely dangerous team and a very competitive East side," Quenneville said. "I'm sure they'll be ready for tonight."

Andrei Vasilevskiy will start Tuesday night for the Lightning. Coach Jon Cooper said J.T. Brown and Jason Garrison are game-time decisions.

BLACKHAWKS VS. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

7:30 p.m.
TV: CSN
Live stream: CSNChicago.com or NBC Sports app
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Chicago Blackhawks

Forward lines

Ryan Hartman-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane
Vinnie Hinostroza-Tanner Kero-Marian Hossa
Andrew Desjardins-Dennis Rasmussen-Nick Schmaltz

Defensive pairs

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Goaltender

Corey Crawford

INJURIES/ILLNESS: Marcus Kruger (right arm), Dennis Rasmussen (ill).

Tampa Bay Lightning (projected; some are game-time decisions)

Forward lines

Ondrej Palat-Vladislav Namestnikov-Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn-Tyler Johnson-J.T. Brown
Bryan Boyle-Valtteri Filppula-Jonathan Drouin
Michael Bournival-Cedric Paquette-Gabriel Dumont

Defensive Pairs

Victor Hedman-Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison-Andrej Sustr
Braydon Coburn-Nikita Nesterov

Goaltender

Andrei Vasilvskiy

INJURIES/ILLNESS: Steven Stamkos (knee), Brayden Point (upper body), Ryan Callahan (lower body), Jason Garrison (illness).

CSN set to air nine White Sox Spring Training games

CSN set to air nine White Sox Spring Training games

White Sox fans will get an extended look at the team this spring.

The White Sox released their 2017 spring training broadcast schedule on Tuesday afternoon, highlighting that 10 games will be televised from Arizona (nine on CSN). In addition, there will be 15 radio broadcasts on WLS-AM and 12 webcasts on whitesox.com.

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The broadcast team of Jason Benetti and Steve Stone will work all 10 televised games, Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson will serve as the radio broadcasters on WLS-AM and Russ Langer will return for his seventh White Sox spring training for all webcasts.

Here are all nine of CSN's White Sox spring training broadcasts:

- Tuesday, March 14 (3:10 p.m.) @ Mariners
- Friday, March 17 (2:05 p.m.) vs. Cubs
- Monday, March 20 (3:05 p.m.) vs. Dodgers
- Thursday, March 23 (3:05 p.m.) vs. Reds
- Friday, March 24 (3:05 p.m.) @ A's
- Sunday, March 26 (3:05 p.m.) vs. Giants
- Monday, March 27 (3:05 p.m.) @ Dodgers
- Wednesday, March 29 (2:05 p.m.) vs. Padres
- Saturday, April 1 (1:05 p.m.) @ Brewers

Check out the complete White Sox spring training schedule below: