CSN to celebrate 'Bulls Day presented by AT&T U-Verse' on Wednesday, Oct. 24

CSN to celebrate 'Bulls Day presented by AT&T U-Verse' on Wednesday, Oct. 24

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO CELEBRATE BULLS DAY presented by AT&T U-verse ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24

Network preps for the start of the 2012-13 Chicago Bulls season with a full day of Bulls-themed programming,
including live in-studio appearances from Carlos Boozer, Rip Hamilton, Taj Gibson, Nate Robinson, Jimmy Butler, John Paxson & more!

CSNChicago.com to feature full-blown Bulls content including exclusive, live-streamed features, live interactive Q&A with Bulls center Nazr Mohammed,
plus - BullsTalk content featured throughout the day via Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam

Plus Fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com or watch Comcast SportsNet starting at 5:30 PM for details on how to win four tickets to the homeseason opener on Oct. 31 courtesy of the Chicago Bulls!

Chicago, IL (October 23, 2012) To celebrate the start of the upcoming 2012-13 Chicago Bulls season, Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the two-time defending regular season NBA Eastern Conference champs, is celebrating the start of the new season in a big way with BULLS DAY presented by AT&T U-verse on Wednesday, October 24.

Bulls Day presented by AT&T U-verse on Comcast SportsNet is highlighted by the Chicago Tribune Live & SportsNet Central live, in-studio appearances of Bulls players Carlos Boozer, Rip Hamilton, Taj Gibson, Nate Robinson, Jimmy Butler, along with Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson, plus - the Luvabulls & Benny the Bull! In addition, fans can look forward to a Bulls Classic telecast from last season featuring a standout performance by Derrick Rose and CSNChicago.com will provide numerous digital offerings throughout the day, including live-streamed features, a live interactive Q&A with Bulls center Nazr Mohammed and much more!

Plus Fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com during the day or watch Comcast SportsNet starting at 5:30 PM for details on how they can win four tickets to the homeseason opener on Wed, Oct. 31 vs. Sacramento (courtesy of the Chicago Bulls). Winner will announced during GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 PM.

REMINDER: The 2012-13 Chicago Bulls regular season on Comcast SportsNet gets underway on Friday, November 2 as the Bulls visit the Central Division rival Cleveland Cavaliers at 6:30 PM (NOTE: Expanded coverage gets underway on Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan at 5:00 PM; McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live begins at 6:00 PM). Kia Bulls Post Game Live immediately follows the game featuring Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeaus post-game press conference (to also be streamed on CSNChicago.com), along with live locker room player interviews and complete post-game analysis. ALSO Comcast SportsNet will air a special Opening Night edition of Kia Bulls Post Game Live immediately following the Bulls homeseason opener on Wednesday, October 31 vs. Sacramento (approx. 9:30 PM).

Note the following on-aironline highlights from Bulls Day presented by AT&T U-verse on Comcast SportsNet coming up this Wednesday, October 24:

CHICAGO TRIBUNE LIVE presented by Captain Morgan (5:30 PM)

- It will be a star-studded Bulls edition of CTL as host David Kaplan and Tribune writers will be joined by array of Bulls onoff-court representatives including Bulls Executive Vice President Basketball Operations John Paxson, along with team members Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson for a complete 2012-13 NBABulls season preview analysis.

SPORTSNET CENTRAL presented by AT&T U-Verse (6:30 PM)

- Hosts Mark Schanowski & Gail Fischer will be joined on set by Bulls guard Richard Rip Hamilton during the telecast to discuss team expectations for the upcoming season and how his role will change with Kirk Hinrich handling the point guard responsibilities during Derrick Roses absence. NOTE: The 10:00 PM & 10:30 PM editions of GMC SportsNet Central, along with the midnight edition of SportsNet Central presented by CLR, will also feature a heavy Bulls Day focus.

BULLS CLASSIC: BULLS at MILWAUKEE (from March 7, 2012) (7:00 PM)

- In one of his most impressive performances from last season, Derrick Rose poured in 30 huge points, including an incredible, game-winning buzzer-beater that stunned the crowd in Milwaukee. Rose also dished out 11 assists in the win with teammate Joakim Noah contributing with a double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds). It was the Bulls eighth-straight win at that point in the season, raising their season record to 33-8.

CHICAGO BULLS SEASON PREVIEW SPECIAL presented by AT&T U-verse (9:30 PM)

- Hosted by Comcast SportsNets Bulls PrePost Game Live tandem of Mark Schanowski & former NBABullsFighting Illini star Kendall Gill, the Chicago Bulls Season Preview Special presented by AT&T U-verse will feature interviews with Bulls playerscoaches, along with a review of all the off-season transactions from the around the league and how these moves impact the Bulls this season.

CSNCHICAGO.COM (ALL DAY)

The Bulls will have a complete take over of CSNChicago.com on Oct. 24, providing a full interactive experience for fans. Note the following highlights:
Live stream showcasing the Bulls visit to the Comcast SportsNet newsroom starting at 4:30 PM
Bulls Day takeover of CSNChicago.com home page BullsTalk content featured throughout the day via Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam (and via Twitter @CSNBullsInsider & @BullsTalkCSN); fans urged to utilize the BullsTalk hashtag throughout the day
Bulls Talk Live Live fan Q&A with Bulls center Nazr Mohammed via live stream on CSNChicago.com
Twitter takeover Q&A with Bulls players via CSNs main Twitter account @CSNChicago
Behind-the-scenes videos of Bulls interviews will be posted on CSNChicago.com during the CSN visit
Photo galleries and much more

Former White Sox OF Tim Raines elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame

Former White Sox OF Tim Raines elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame

On his tenth and final year on the ballot, Tim Raines finally earned enough votes to earn the title of being a baseball immortal. 

"Rock" Raines will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer after 86 percent of voters from the Baseball Writers Association of America cast ballots for the former White Sox outfielder. Raines played for the White Sox from 1991-1995, but was best known for being a star outfielder for the Montreal Expos from 1979-1990.

Raines received the second-highest vote percentage among the three players who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame July 30 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell (86.2 percent) and former Texas Rangers, Miami Marlins and Detroit Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez (76 percent) will join Raines in the class of 2017. 

Over his 23-year career, Raines put together a Hall of Fame-worthy resume in spite of being overshadowed by fellow leadoff hitter and Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson. Over 10,359 plate appearances (63rd all-time), Raines stole 808 bases (5th), drew 1,330 walks (38th), scored 1,571 runs (54th), hit 113 triples (118th) and had an on-base percentage of .385 (135th). His 69.1 WAR ranks 73rd in major league history and is squarely in the realm of plenty of current Hall of Famers, including Barry Larkin (70.2), Carlton Fisk (68.2), and Ryne Sandberg (67.5), among others.

Raines made seven consecutive All-Star teams from 1981-1987 and won the 1987 All-Star Game MVP. He led the National League in runs scored twice, led the National League with 38 doubles in 1984, hit a league-best .334 in 1986 and stole 70 or more bases in six consecutive seasons (including 90 in 1983).

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In 1993, Raines was an integral part to the White Sox American League West crown, with the then-33-year-old hitting .306 with an .880 OPS, both of which were his best marks of his post-Expos career. 

"We got a guy at the top who could steal bases," former White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura, who played with Raines from 1991-1995, recalled last summer. "He got on base and did a lot of things. A switch-hitter that could get on base and steal some bases. He was a definite impact, similar to what Rickey did with the A's and some other teams. He just immediately gave credibility at the top of the lineup.

"… When you break down his numbers with some other people, I think he ranks right up there with anybody."

Still, Raines' Hall of Fame election has hardly been a sure thing since he debuted on the 2008 ballot. His year-by-year vote percentages reveal gradual progress, then a surge in 2016:

2008: 24.3 percent
2009: 22.6 percent
2010: 30.4 percent
2011: 37.5 percent
2012: 48.7 percent
2013: 52.2 percent
2014: 46.1 percent
2015: 55.0 percent
2016: 69.8 percent

"This is probably the first year out of the nine years that I've been on the ballot that I really, really feel like I have a chance," Raines said last May. 

What began as a sort of fringy, sabermetric-oriented campaign to get Raines elected eventually received a groundswell of support from a broad voting audience. And because of it, on July 30 this summer, Raines will head to Cooperstown to take his place among the greatest players to ever play the game. 

AP Illinois girls basketball rankings: Week 8

AP Illinois girls basketball rankings: Week 8

Here are the girls prep basketball polls with rank, team, first-place votes, record, total points and previous rank.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Montini (12) 21-0 120 1
2. Rock Island 22-1 96 2
3. Edwardsville 20-0 94 4
4. Homewood-Flossmoor 13-2 82 3
5. Benet 18-2 67 5
6. Rockford Boylan 19-1 48 6
7. Springfield 17-2 41 7
8. Hersey 18-2 33 8
9. Geneva 14-3 22 9
10. Oswego East 19-3 21 NR

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Bradley-Bourbonnais 12, Evanston Township 11

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Chicago Marshall (7) 18-0 132 2
2. Morton (4) 19-2 123 1
3. Mattoon (1) 21-0 92 4
4. Highland (2) 16-3 87 3
5. Bethalto Civic Memorial 17-3 85 5
6. Richwoods 18-3 73 6
7. Rochester 14-3 56 8
8. Effingham 18-2 34 7
9. Normal University 16-3 32 NR
10. North Lawndale 14-3 13 10

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Litchfield 13, Peoria Central 8

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Byron (11) 19-2 127 1
2. Eureka (1) 19-2 105 2
3. Teutopolis 20-2 96 3
4. Sherrard 20-2 92 4
5. Camp Point Central 19-2 72 5
6. Kewanee 21-3 50 9
7. Hall 18-5 47 6
8. Sesser-Valier (1) 19-1 41 8
9. Hillsboro 18-4 35 7
10. Gilman Iroquois West 18-2 11 NR

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Auburn 11, Arthur-Lovington-Hammond-Atwood 9, St. Edward 8

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lebanon (12) 19-0 135 1
2. Winchester (2) 20-0 123 3
3. Ashton-Franklin Center 18-2 97 2
4. Colfax Ridgeview 19-2 87 5
5 Mount Olive 19-2 81 6
6. Okawville 16-4 58 7
7. Danville Schlarmann 13-5 40 8
8. Calhoun 13-4 34 4
9. Princeville 21-2 29 9
10. Heyworth 20-1 26 NR

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Annawan 21, Galena 15