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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

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.