Patrick Sharp to be the next featured guest on CSN's 'Inside Look'

Patrick Sharp to be the next featured guest on CSN's 'Inside Look'

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS ALL-STAR PATRICK SHARP TO BE THE NEXT FEATURED GUESTON COMCAST SPORTSNETS MONTHLY INTERVIEW SERIES, INSIDE LOOK

Inside Look, hosted by Comcast SportsNets Sarah Kustok, featuring Patrick Sharpto debut Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 PM

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of Inside Look, including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (October 6, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look.

Debuting Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 PM, Comcast SportsNets Sarah Kustok hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago Blackhawks left winger2011 NHL All-Star Game MVP PATRICK SHARP. Sharp discusses everything from his youth in Canada, life lessons from his parents, the team bond of winning a Stanley Cup, his heart-throb status and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV. Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Patrick Sharp on the following datestimes: Sat, Oct. 15 at 9:30pm; Sun, Oct. 16 at 1:30pm; Wed, Oct. 19 at 12:30pm, Fri, Oct. 21 at 1:30am, Mon, Oct. 24 at 1:30am and Sun, Oct. 30 at 11pm.

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Patrick Sharp premiering Wed, Oct. 12 on Comcast SportsNet:

SHARP on being a labeled a troublemaker in his youth:

I wouldnt describe myself (as a troublemaker), but Ive heard it told to me so many times. I know my mom has gotten into a few fights because of me with parents in the neighborhood. They were always sending me home early from kids houses. I had a little bit of a reputation growing up, but I like to think that Ive controlled it by now.

SHARP on life lessons from his parents:

They always wanted to see me having fun. Whatever I was doing -- if I was upset or concerned or unhappy about something -- they tried to step in and help me out the best way they could. I think the biggest thing I can remember my dad telling me is just have no regrets and do things as hard as you can. Don't go through the motions and realize one day that maybe you could've played a little harder. That applied to everything in my life whether it was hockey or sports.

SHARP on the team bond of winning a Stanley Cup:

I think everyone in the organization that year has a special bond with (winning the Cup) and we always will. It's not about individual success, ever. In playoff time, its about wins and losses and you play for the guy beside you.

SHARP on his proudest moment outside of winning a Stanley Cup:

Wearing a letter in the National Hockey League, that means a lot to me -- being named one of the captains of the Chicago Blackhawks. With all the history the organization has, and every time I put my jersey on, I look at it and that jersey means a great deal to me and as far as great memories, there's a lot of them.

SHARP on his heart-throb status:

It's certainly tough being a pro hockey player and then walking into the locker room and seeing those magazines everywhere and taking the abuse from my teammatesI don't know how to handle it, really. Its not like I wake up every morning and tell myself how beautiful I am, you know what I'm saying. It's something that you take in stride and you laugh about it. My mother is certainly proud of it. She's got the magazines framed in her office at home, but I consider myself a hockey player.

SHARP on the journey of his successful NHL career:

I'm happy where I am right now. I know that it's all a process. It's all a journey to get to where you are, but I'm happy now. It was difficult leaving Philadelphia, but look at the situation I'm in now. I'm in the best organization and in the best city in the world, so my job now is to go out and win Stanley Cups. I don't think there are 30 teams in the league that can start every season and say that, but we can say that every year. Our organization gives us the best chance to win, puts us in the best position to win, so I wouldnt really change anything about my life.

Still streaking: Fire beat Dallas for fourth straight win

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Still streaking: Fire beat Dallas for fourth straight win

The tough test the Chicago Fire was supposed to receive Thursday didn’t exactly materialize the way it looked on paper, but the Fire still picked up a fourth straight win.

The Fire were leading after a frantic first 10 minutes and rode out a subdued second half to pick up a 2-1 win against an FC Dallas team, which sat six players who have started a majority of the team’s matches.

Nemanja Nikolic scored his 11th goal of the season, adding to his league lead, and it took less than three minutes to get it. Nikolic redirected Brandon Vincent’s cross from the left into the far post for an early Fire lead. Vincent and Nikolic connected for a similar goal eight days ago against Colorado.

Dallas (5-2-4, 19 points) didn’t take long to respond. In the sixth minute, Joao Meira scuffed a clearance and then Johan Kappelhof’s attempted clearance was blocked right into the path of Roland Lamah who tapped the ball in.

The crazy start continued with David Accam cutting in on his right foot from the left wing and scoring with a shot from outside the box to give the Fire (7-3-3, 24 points) the lead again. The ball skipped under the arms of Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz.

After that wild start neither team managed a shot on target until Arturo Alvarez fired a shot at Seitz in the 89th minute. Nikolic had a penalty kick saved in the final minute of added time.

With another game against Houston on Sunday, Dallas manager Oscar Pareja elected to sit a number of regulars. Kellyn Acosta, Walker Zimmerman and leading goal-scorer Maxi Urruti are among Dallas’ best players and were not included in the Dallas matchday roster. Michael Barrios, Maynor Figueroa and Hernan Grana also have started a majority of Dallas’ matches this season and did not start on Thursday. Barrios did enter in the 74th minute.

The Fire now have the second-best record in MLS after finishing a stretch of four games in 13 days with a 4-0 record. The Fire next play June 4 at Orlando.

Jalen Coleman-Lands reportedly transferring away from Illini

Jalen Coleman-Lands reportedly transferring away from Illini

The exodus out of Champaign continues, with Jalen Coleman-Lands reportedly the latest Illinois basketball player to leave the team in the aftermath of this spring's coaching change.

Coleman-Lands, perhaps the highest-rated recruit brought in during the John Grcoe Era, is set to transfer away from the program after two seasons with the Fighting Illini, per a report from Scout.com's Evan Daniels.

As a sophomore this past season, the sharpshooting Coleman-Lands played in all 35 of the team's games and started 15 of them. He averaged eight points a game and shot 38 percent from 3-point range.

Coleman-Lands was a big deal when he was recruited out of the state of Indiana. Landing a highly touted Hoosier has been an historic rarity for the Illini, but Coleman-Lands picked Groce's program over offers from Arizona, Indiana, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Xavier, among others. He was a four-star recruit and ranked by Rivals as one of the top 40 prospects in the Class of 2015.

While Coleman-Lands was at times electric from behind the arc, he wasn't always consistent, hence his moving in and out of the starting lineup.

Coleman-Lands' departure is the latest in a busy offseason of roster transformation for the Illini, something not too unexpected given the decision to fire Groce after a largely unsuccessful five-year tenure and replace him with Brad Underwood. While Underwood is earning rave reviews from outside critics and has already made a huge recruiting splash in luring Illinois' Mr. Basketball, Mark Smith, to the Illini, it's understandable that players who committed to Groce would want to rethink things.

D.J. Williams preceded Coleman-Lands in transferring out of Champaign. And half of the blockbuster recruiting class Groce assembled prior to his firing — four-star recruits Jeremiah Tilmon and Javon Pickett — opted to play elsewhere. All that on top of the team's three leading scorers from last season — Malcolm Hill, Maverick Morgan and Tracy Abrams — exhausting their eligibility in Groce's final year.

Coleman-Lands' decision means Illinois will return just five scholarship players from last year's roster: Jaylon Tate, Kipper Nichols, Te'Jon Lucas, Leron Black and Michael Finke.

But there are reinforcements coming in Underwood's first season leading the program. Smith will be joined by a pair of freshman guards recruited by Groce: Trent Frazier and Da'Monte Williams. Plus, just Wednesday, the team announced the addition of Wright State graduate transfer Mark Alstork, who averaged 19 points a game last season.

Still, as is often the case with college basketball coaching changes, this is a dramatic evolution of a roster in just a couple of months.

And to top things off, Illinois fans might not even see Coleman-Lands leave the state. Internet chatter in recent days has mentioned that Coleman-Lands could be transferring to DePaul, where his high school coach was recently hired as one of Dave Leitao's assistants.