CSN to relive 2012 Summer Games with 'Team USA - Return to London' beginning Monday, Dec. 24

CSN to relive 2012 Summer Games with 'Team USA - Return to London' beginning Monday, Dec. 24

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO RELIVE THE 2012 SUMMER GAMES WITH TEAM USA RETURN TO LONDON BEGINNING MONDAY, DECEMBER 24

Top events to include womens gymnastics (featuring Gabby Douglas & the Fab 5), mens swimming (featuring the dynamic duo of Michael Phelps & Ryan Lochte),
womens swimming, womens beach volleyball, womens soccer and much more!

Chicago, IL (December 19, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will provide viewers with a special programming gift this holiday season as the network will present Team USA - Return to London, a series of programming blocks reliving some of the most spectacular, heart-pounding and historic moments of the London Olympics. Courtesy of NBCUniversals epic coverage of the summer games, Comcast SportsNets week-long presentation of Team USA - Return to London begins on Christmas Eve - Monday, December 24 at 7:00 PM CT. Complete schedule appears at bottom of this announcement.

Team USA - Return to London programs will be introduced by NBC commentators Bob Costas (swimming, diving and gymnastics), Dan Patrick (womens beach volleyball) and Liam McHugh (womens soccer semifinal and final). In addition, the coverage will include a number of post-event interviews, and also showcases Costas in-depth interview with Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps.

Highlights of Team USA - Return to London include numerous stellar Phelps performances that helped him reach a record-breaking 22 Olympic medals, establishing himself as the most decorated Olympian of all time; Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings third-consecutive gold medal in beach volleyball; USA womens gymnastics, The Fab Five, as they took the USAs first gold medal since 1996, and all-around gold medal winner Gabby Douglas; Ryan Lochtes gold medal performance in the 400 individual medley; and Team USA womens soccer semifinal match against Canada and the teams gold medal win against Japan, redemption for the their devastating 2011 World Cup finals defeat.

Please note Comcast SportsNets entire Team USA - Return to London programming schedule, beginning Monday, December 24 at 7:00 PM:

Monday, December 24
7:00 PM Womens Gymnastics Team Competition (featuring the Fab 5)

Tuesday, December 25
11:00 AM Mens Swimming Finals (Part I, featuring Phelps & Lochte): 400m indv medley, 200m free, 200m butterfly, 4x200 free relay
12:00 PM Womens Swimming Finals (Part I): 400m indv medley, 4x100 free relay, 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 200m free
1:00 PM Mens Swimming Finals (Part II, featuring Phelps & Lochte): 200m backstroke, 200m indv medley, 100m butterfly, 50m free, 4x100m medley relay
2:00 PM Womens Swimming Finals (Part II): 4x200 free relay, 200m breaststroke, 200m backstroke, 800m free
3:00 PM Womens Soccer semifinal (vs. Canada)
7:00 PM Womens Gymnastics All-Around Competition (featuring Gabby Douglas)
9:00 PM Aly Raisman: Bringing Home Gold (half-hour special)

Wednesday, December 26
9:00 PM Womens Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Match (featuring Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings)

Friday, December 28
9:00 PM Mens Diving Finals

Saturday, December 29
8:00 PM Womens Soccer Gold Medal Match (vs. Japan)

All times are Central Time
Schedule Subject to Change

Edgy Tim goes one-on-one with Mount Carmel's Terrance Taylor

Edgy Tim goes one-on-one with Mount Carmel's Terrance Taylor

Mount Carmel junior defensive end/outside linebacker Terrance Taylor (6-foot-4, 204 pounds) was simply one of the most impressive overall performers at the EDGYTIM Underclassmen Showcase, powered by EFT Football Academy.

Taylor, who worked out as a linebacker at the showcase, also plays defensive end for Hall of Fame head coach Frank Lenti's Caravan. Taylor, who has two early verbal scholarship offers from Central Michigan and Toledo, has the look, tools, overall physical upside and potential to become a highly sought after recruit in the Class of 2018.

Take a few minutes to meet Taylor in the video above.

Fire showing patience with emotional Dax McCarty

Fire showing patience with emotional Dax McCarty

The Chicago Fire opened its preseason on Monday, but much of the focus was on a player that wasn’t there: Dax McCarty.

The Fire traded for the midfielder from the New York Red Bulls last week and he is in camp with the U.S. national team.

Leaving New York hasn’t been easy for McCarty. He tweeted a lengthy thank you note to Red Bull fans on Sunday and still hasn’t mentioned anything about the Fire publically.

Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez and coach Veljko Paunovic visited McCarty at national team camp last week to make introductions.

“We obviously knew that this had to come as a surprise to him,” Rodriguez said on Monday. “A captain of another team, he had just gotten married. There’s never a good time to have unexpected change hit you.”

Getting McCarty on board with what the club is building is going to be key for the team’s success in 2017. Integrating McCarty and the other high-profile offseason additions, fellow midfielder Juninho and striker Nemanja Nikolic, into what Paunovic wants to implement will play a big role in how the Fire start the season. In order to do so effectively means making McCarty happy with his new team.

“For sure he’s a very, very emotional guy,” Paunovic said. “I like the way he expressed how he feels at this point. We all have to empathize with that and respect his time and the situation that he is going through.”

As poor as the timing of McCarty being traded two days after getting married was, it could be to the Fire’s benefit that McCarty is with the national team now and can have some time to process the change before arriving in preseason camp with the Fire in Florida in February.

“We are waiting for him here with open arms and waiting for him to come back, to handle all this situation, to go through that, then come here clear with desire that he played so far, with the same passion, with the same effort on and off the field and for sure with leadership that he will bring to our locker room,” Paunovic said.

For now, both Rodriguez and Paunovic are preaching patience. Rodriguez said McCarty was the top target of the Fire and said the move was six months in the making.

“We respected his need to breathe and to have time to go through his emotions, to spend time with his wife,” Rodriguez said. “I think everything will come in its due course and when his time with the national team camp ends we’ll give him a little time that he might need to recover from that camp and to attend to some personal matters and we’ll embrace him when he comes.

“For those of us that are married we know that happy wife equals happy life so we have work to do with Dax and his wife and his family and having them feel comfortable about Chicago. They were looking to put down roots in New York. Whether it’s unexpected like that or it’s someone like Nemanja Nikolic who chose us and chose to come here, we still have to work with him and his family and acclimating them. Our approach and our attitude is the same, although the circumstances are different. We have to be empathetic to the sensitivity that Dax and his wife are going through.”