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CSN announces its 2012 White Sox, Cubs spring training on-aironline coverage schedule

CSN announces its 2012 White Sox, Cubs spring training on-aironline coverage schedule

COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES ITS 2012 WHITE SOX AND CUBSSPRING TRAINING ON-AIRONLINE COVERAGE SCHEDULE

Every 2012 Spring Training game in HD!In-Depth Cactus League Coverage throughout FebruaryMarch on SportsNet Central and CSNChicago.com

Chicago, IL (February 16, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the 2012 Chicago White Sox and 2012 Chicago Cubs, will provide baseball fans with an exciting, live, seven-game spring training schedule (five White Sox and two Cubs) featuring the White Sox announcing tandem of Ken Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone, along with the Cubs announce team featuring Len Kasper and Bob Brenly. In addition, Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan (Monday-Friday at 5:30 PM) and Comcast SportsNets nightly sports news desk SportsNet Central (at 6:30 PM presented by AT&T U-Verse, 10:00 PM & 10:30 PM presented by GMC and midnight presented by CLR) will offer the very latest player news and progress reports from Arizona, plus CSNChicago.com will provide SoxCubs fans with the most up-to-the-minute spring training news and developments 247.

Comcast SportsNets 2012 spring training schedule opens up with the Cubs taking on the defending AL Champion Texas Rangers on Thursday, March 22 at 3:00 PM live from Surprise, AZ. The additional Cubs game features a match-up against the LA Angels from HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ on March 31.

The first of five White Sox spring training telecasts takes place on Friday, March 23 at 9:00 PM as the White Sox host the Arizona Diamondbacks live from Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ. Additional White Sox opponents on this years spring training schedule include San Francisco (Mar. 25), LA Dodgers (Mar. 29), Cincinnati (Apr. 1) and Houston (Apr. 3). See attached schedule for the complete game schedule break down.

Beginning Saturday, February 18, Comcast SportsNets Chicago Tribune Live, SportsNet Central and CSNChicago.com will provide viewers with the very latest news and player updates from Arizona as Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney will begin the coverage with the latest updates from HoHoKam Park in Mesa. In addition, White Sox PrePost Game Live host Chuck Garfien will file live White Sox reports for both Comcast SportsNet and CSNChicago.com from Camelback Ranch in Glendale starting Feb. 22 and Cubs PrePost Game Live & Chicago Tribune Live host David Kaplan will provide up-to-the-minute CubsSox news starting Feb. 26.

Also from an online perspective, Comcast SportsNets newly-enhanced website, CSNChicago.com, (@CSNChicago) will deliver comprehensive 247 White SoxCubsMLB coverage with expert blog entries from Mooney (@CSNMooney), Kaplan (@thekapman), Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth, Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), White Sox blogger J.J. Stankevitz (@WhiteSoxTalkCSN) and Cubs blogger Tony Andracki (@CubsTalkCSN) on the sites Cubs Talk and White Sox Talk sections. Plus - weekly online chats, special web-exclusive shows, commentator blogs, photo slideshows and online video features will also be featured so fans on the go can stay on top of the latest news and developments wherever and whenever they occur.

In partnership with NBC Sports, CSNChicago.com Cubs and White Sox content will be featured on NBC Sports digital platforms including NBCSports.com, Hardball Talk, Rotoworld as well as partner sites including MSNBC.com and Xfinity.com. In addition, fans can see CSNChicago.com reporters featured on NBC SportsTalk daily news show on the NBC Sports Network for news updates on the Cubs and White Sox.

CSNChicago.com is the most extensive local source for exclusive online video, including player and coach interviews, press conferences, and content from Comcast SportsNets signature shows SportsNet Central and Chicago Tribune Live, which offer news and analysis from the regions most informed local lineup of award-winning reporters, analysts and personalities.

Can the Bears make enough plays to beat the Carolina Panthers?

Can the Bears make enough plays to beat the Carolina Panthers?

Everything changed for the Bears after going up 17-3 last week against the Baltimore Ravens. Mitchell Trubisky’s 27-yard touchdown to Dion Sims was immediately followed by Bobby Rainey running a kickoff back 96 yards for a touchdown, then the offense was bogged down with three fumbles (two lost) on three consecutive possessions. 

But Adrian Amos seemed to seal the game with his 90-yard pick six — that is, until Michael Campanaro ran Pat O’Donnell’s punt back 77 yards for what wound up being a game-tying touchdown after a two-point conversion.

The point is the Bears should’ve cruised to a comfortable win last week; a few critical mistakes didn’t allow that to happen. The Bears haven’t led at the end of the fourth quarter this year, a pretty strong indicator they haven’t played a complete game yet despite having two wins. 

The Carolina Panthers have road wins over the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots this year, and only lost to the Philadelphia Eagles by five points last week (despite Cam Newton throwing three interceptions). The bet here is the Bears keep things close on the backs of a strong defense, but either can’t make enough plays or make too many mistakes to win. 

Prediction: Panthers 20, Bears 16

Offseason of change begins with Cubs firing pitching coach Chris Bosio

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Offseason of change begins with Cubs firing pitching coach Chris Bosio

"Of course," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said in the middle of the National League Championship — he would like his coaches back in 2018. Pitching coach Chris Bosio told the team's flagship radio station this week that the staff expected to return next year. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein didn't go that far during Friday afternoon's end-of-season news conference at Wrigley Field, but he did say: "Rest assured, Joe will have every coach back that he wants back."

That's Cub: USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale first reported Saturday morning that Bosio had been fired, the team declining a club contract option for next year and making a major influence on the Wrigleyville rebuild a free agent. Epstein and Bosio did not immediately respond to text messages and the club has not officially outlined the shape of the 2018 coaching staff.

Those exit meetings on Friday at Wrigley Field are just the beginning of an offseason that could lead to sweeping changes, with the Cubs looking to replace 40 percent of their rotation, identify an established closer (whether or not that's Wade Davis), find another leadoff option and maybe break up their World Series core of hitters to acquire pitching. 

The obvious candidate to replace Bosio is Jim Hickey, Maddon's longtime pitching coach with the Tampa Bay Rays who has Chicago roots and recently parted ways with the small-market franchise that stayed competitive by consistently developing young arms like David Price and Chris Archer.

Of course, Maddon denied that speculation during an NLCS where the Los Angeles Dodgers dominated the Cubs in every phase of the game and the manager's bullpen decisions kept getting second-guessed.

Bosio has a big personality and strong opinions that rocked the boat at times, but he brought instant credibility as an accomplished big-league pitcher who helped implement the team's sophisticated game-planning system.

Originally a Dale Sveum hire for the 2012 season/Epstein regime Year 1 where the Cubs lost 101 games, Bosio helped coach up and market short-term assets like Ryan Dempster, Scott Feldman, Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija. 

Those win-later trades combined with Bosio's expertise led to a 2016 major-league ERA leader (Kyle Hendricks) and a 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner (Jake Arrieta) plus setup guys Pedro Strop and Carl Edwards Jr. and All-Star shortstop Addison Russell.

Bosio helped set the foundation for the group that won last year's World Series and has made three consecutive trips to the NLCS. But as the Cubs are going to find out this winter, there is a shelf life to everything, even for those who made their mark during a golden age of baseball on the North Side.