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CSN to air Thanksgiving Day marathon of great Chicago sports programming

CSN to air Thanksgiving Day marathon of great Chicago sports programming

All 15 episodes of The Batters Box WhiteCubs trivia game show, along with critically-acclaimed documentaries and much more beginning at 9:00 AM

Chicago, IL (November 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 its viewers with a marathon of special Thanksgiving Day programming beginning this Thursday, November 22 at 9:00 AM.

Among the highlights from Comcast SportsNets Thanksgiving Day programming line-up includes all 15 episodes of Comcast SportsNets popular CubsWhite Sox trivia game show The Batters Box, along with re-airs of Comcast SportsNets critically-acclaimed documentaries From the Sports World to the Third World: Journey to Cambodia and 25: The Ben Wilson Story, plus Summer Olympic & Notre Dame football-themed programming as well.

Note Comcast SportsNets Thanksgiving Day programming line-up below:

9:00 AM through 4:30 PM The Batters Box All 15 episodes from Season One of CSNs popular White SoxCubs trivia game show, hosted by Luke Stuckmeyer.
4:30 PM Bears Blitz Hosts Chris Boden and Dan Jiggetts preview the Bears upcoming game against the rival Vikings from a defensive standpoint.
5:30 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff Best of edition hosted by David Kaplan
6:30 PM SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-verse (L) The latest news, interviews & highlights from the day in sports
7:00 PM From the Sports World to the Third World: A Journey to Cambodia (Parts I & II) Comcast SportsNets landmark, behind-the-scenes, documentary (hosted by Chuck Garfien) detailing the amazing story of how two Chicago sports industry veterans -- BullsBlackhawksBears team photographer Bill Smith and Bulls senior director of ticket operations Joe ONeil -- are changing the lives of hundreds of helpless children and their families each and every day in poverty-stricken Cambodia.
8:00 PM Aly Raisman: Bringing Home Gold This half-hour program takes a look back at the 2012 Olympic story of this gymnastics sensation with an exclusive, up-close-and-personal look, including a recap of Alys Olympic performance in London, which earned her two gold medals and a bronze. With unprecedented access, the documentary follows the gymnast as she returns to Massachusetts from London, having left Needham, MA as a local star and returning as an international superstar.
8:30 PM 25: The Ben Wilson Story Comcast SportsNets poignant and emotional Emmy-winning documentary honoring the passing of one of the greatest high school basketball players in Chicago sports history.
9:00 PM Onward Notre Dame: South Bend to Soldier Field Produced by NFL Films, this behind-the-scenes special followed Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish for five-straight days leading up to their big game at Soldier Field earlier this season vs. Miami.
10:00 PM & 10:30 PM GMC SportsNet Central (L) The latest news, interviews & highlights from the day in sports.
11:00 PM The Pat Boyle Podcast CSN anchorreporter Pat Boyles weekly half-hour discussion show featuring the hottest guests & topics from the world of sports.
11:30 PM Pro Football Weekly Pat Boyle, Tom Waddle, Dan Hampton & Hub Arkush discuss the weekends upcoming NFL games, along with the latest player injury updates, key highlights and more.
12:00 AM SportsNet Central presented by CLR (L) The latest news, interviews & highlights from the day in sports.

REMINDER: Comcast SportsNet will carry live coverage of all eight IHSA Football Championship games this weekend (all in HD); beginning with the Class 1A title game Friday morning (Nov. 23) at 10:00 AM all the way through the Class 8A battle on Saturday night (Nov. 24) at 7:00 PM. Plus - on Sunday, Nov. 25, fans can also look forward to Bears Post Game Live presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers (airing at approx. 3:00 PM).

Viewers are also urged to visit Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, 247 for the very latest BullsBlackhawksWhite SoxCubsBears news, game previewsrecaps, Insider blogs, videos and much more.

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 13 local networks that deliver more than 2,400 sporting events annually, along with breaking news and comprehensive analysis, to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Houston, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, CSS and SNY. NBC Sports Regional Networks also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nations largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, visit CSNChicago.com or ComcastSportNet.com.

Can Cairo Santos be the kicker the Bears need?

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Can Cairo Santos be the kicker the Bears need?

Since the Bears inserted Mitchell Trubisky as their starting quarterback, they've had 12 drives end with a field goal — an average of two per game. Connor Barth hit nine of those dozen kicks, which had an average distance of 38.4 yards, but all three of Barth’s misses came from 45 yards or longer. 

Barth’s missed game-tying 46-yarder in the final seconds Sunday against the Detroit Lions was the last straw for someone who hadn’t been consistent in his one and a half years in Chicago. So enter Cairo Santos, who made 89 of 105 field goals (85 percent) from 2014-2017 with the Kansas City Chiefs. More importantly: Santos has made 73 percent of his career field goals from 40 or more yards; Barth made 52 percent of his kicks from the same distance with the Bears. 

(73 percent from long range isn’t bad, but it’s not great, either: Philadelphia Eagles kicker and Lyons Township High School alum Jake Elliott has made 88 percent of his 40-plus-yard kicks; Harrison Butker, who replaced Santos in Kansas City, has made 90 percent of his kicks from that distance. Both players are rookies who were drafted and cut prior to the season.)

Santos was released by the Chiefs in late September after a groin injury landed him on injured reserve (he played in three games prior to being released). The injury wasn’t expected to be season-ending, and Santos said he’s felt 100 percent for about two weeks before joining the Bears on Monday. 

“It was a long and difficult battle, but I was confident that it wasn’t going to be a serious injury, I just needed time,” Santos said. “I dealt with it in training camp, I was kicking really well, I was the only kicker in KC, and I didn’t have the appropriate time to heal. I tried to play the first three games and it got worse, so my main goal was to get 100 percent. I’ve been kicking for about a month now and finally the last week been able to come here and visit with the Bears. The muscle is in good shape to come and take a full load of a week’s practice and games, so thankful the opportunity worked out.”

For Santos, these next six weeks can be an audition for him to stick in Chicago next year. If the Bears can look optimistically at the improvements made by the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams with second-year top-drafted quarterbacks, they’ll need to figure out their kicking situation sooner rather than later. Bringing in Santos provides a good opportunity for that down the stretch. 

“He’s kicked in Kansas City, which is a similar climate,” special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers said. “Their field is similar to Soldier Field. He’s played in some big games, played in some important situations and he’s, by and large, been successful in those situations.”

Another wild twist in the Derrick Rose saga

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Another wild twist in the Derrick Rose saga

We may have seen the last of Derrick Rose on a basketball court. 

According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski, the point guard, who's currently recovering from ankle injury, is away from the Cavaliers organization and contemplating his future in basketball: 

The news may come as a shock considering Rose is still only 29 years old, but the Chicago native has experienced triumphant highs and depressing lows like few others in league history. Undoubtedly, that's taken a toll. 

From youngest MVP in league history to injury-prone backup, the former No. 1 pick of the Bulls has seen it all in his nine-year career. And just last season in New York, his passion for the game was called into question after missing a game without informing coaches, players or staff to attend to a family issue. 

He decided to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland last offseason -- a move that nobody could have predicted five years ago -- on a veteran's minimum contract, and averaged 14.3 points before, you guessed it, being forced to sit with injury. 

Fred Hoiberg, who coached Rose for one season in Chicago, weighed in before Friday's Bulls-Warriors game: 

If Rose ultimately decides to step away for good, eerie parallels can be drawn to Doug Collins' NBA stint. Collins didn't have quite the upside Rose had, but he was a three-time All-Star before foot and knee injuries cut his career short at, yes, also 29. 

It's another sad twist in the Derrick Rose Story. He may be the greatest 'What if' in NBA history.