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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

“Classic” Cubs and White Sox games from the 2015 season, LIVE Bears pre/postgame programming, and much more beginning at 7:30 AM!

Chicago, IL (November 23, 2015) -- 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 26 at 7:30 AM CT. 

Among the highlights from Comcast SportsNet’s Thanksgiving Day programming line-up includes four, thrilling “Classic” games from this past Cubs & White Sox season, along with in-depth surrounding live programming for the Bears’ huge nationally-televised battle against the rival Packers and much more.

Note Comcast SportsNet’s Thanksgiving Day programming line-up below:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26

7:30 AM“White Sox/Cubs Classic: Cubs at White Sox (from August 16)– White Sox ace Chris Sale throws a dominant performance against the Cubs in a stellar 15-strikeout gem that featured home runs from sluggers Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera.

10:30 AM“Cubs Classic: Cubs vs. Colorado (from July 27)– Down 9-8 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the heroics of NL “Rookie of the Year” Kris Bryant took center stage with a two-run, walk-off home run lifting the Cubs to yet another key victory.

2:00 PM“Cubs Classic: Cubs at Cincinnati (from July 21)– In his first major league game, Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber proved the hype was worth the wait as he went 4-7 with two HR’s, which included a two-run game-tying shot in the 9th inning, along with an extra-inning, game-winning solo shot in the 13th inning, lifting the Cubs to a 5-4 win.

6:30 PMBears Pregame Live presented by Meijer (L) – Prior to the Bears big game against the Packers, fans are urged to tune in to the ONLY live, local Bears pre-game show on Chicago television –with the very latest game day news, player updates, a detailed X’s and O’s game preview breakdown and analysis, along with numerous on-field pre-game reports live from Lambeau Field.  Bears Pregame Live is hosted by Chris Boden featuring expert analysis from former Bears linebacker/seven-time Pro Bowler Lance Briggs, former Bears quarterback Jim Miller, former Bears offensive lineman/veteran Chicago sports personality Dan Jiggetts and CSNChicago.com Bears “Insider” John “Moon” Mullin.  Plus, SportsNet Central’sBears beat reporter Kip Lewis will provide additional pre-game coverage from Lambeau Field with up-to-the-minute game day information. 

7:30 PM“White Sox Classic: White Sox vs. Toronto (from July 6)– In a standout pitching duel featuring two of the greatest White Sox pitchers against one another (Chris Sale vs. Mark Buehrle – both of whom pitched complete games in this one), it was the current White Sox ace Sale that earned the win thanks to clutch RBIs, once again, from Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera.

10:00 PMGMC SportsNet Central(L) – The latest news, interviews & highlights from the day in sports.

10:30 PM (time approx.)Bears Postgame Live presented by NISSAN (L) –  Immediately following the Bears-Packers game, Bears Postgame Live presented by Nissan will be THE destination for fans to hear from the experts who played the game, along with their always-entertaining, no-holds-barred take on the evening’s events.  This 90-minute post-game show hosted by Boden, featuring detailed post-game analysis from Briggs, Miller & Jiggetts, will also showcase the live post-game press conferences with coaches and players from both teams.  Lewis & Mullin will also provide immediate post-game interviews with Bears players inside & outside the locker room. 

12:00 AMSportsNet Central presented by CLR (L) – The latest news, interviews & highlights from the day in sports.

REMINDER: Comcast SportsNet/CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports Live Extra app will carry live coverage of all eightIHSA Football Championship games this weekend (all in HD); beginning with the Class 1A title game Friday morning (Nov. 27) at 10:00 AM all the way through the Class 8A battle on Saturday night (Nov. 28) at 7:00 PM.  Fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com for channel location details.

Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

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Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.

It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.

Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.

Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.

Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.

On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.

Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.

Wendell Carter Jr. survives gauntlet of centers to begin career

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Wendell Carter Jr. survives gauntlet of centers to begin career

Don't tell Wendell Carter Jr. the center position is a dying breed.

The 19-year-old rookie hasn't exactly been able to ease into the NBA, finding himself up against a handful of All-Stars and powerful frontcourts just five days into his career.

It culminated Monday night with a date against Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan, and once again the seventh overall pick held his own. It was much of the same as it was against Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Detroit's Andre Drummond last week (and Nikola Jokic in the preseason finale): some good, some bad, plenty of poise and zero backing down. The NBA is unforgiving, but this could very well be the toughest stretch Carter faces all season.

"He’s playing against top level centers now," Fred Hoiberg said before Monday's game. "It’s a great experience for him. He’s going to learn and get better and he plays within himself, we will continue to look for him to be more aggressive."

He was as aggressive as the Bulls have seen him against Jordan and the Mavericks. He blew by the 20 and 18 minutes he played in the first two games of the year, totalling 32 minutes. His final line won't tell the story - 4 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a block - of a Carter who defended well at the rim, picking and choosing his spots on when to attack shots and when to simply use his verticality.

He wasn't credited for a block but he contested a Jordan dunk that turned into a Bobby Portis dunk on the other end. Plus-minus isn't always a good indicator of a player's worth, but Carter was a +5 in a 14-point Bulls loss. He even attempted a corner 3-pointer early in the shot clock, showing no hesitation. Carter's had his moments, but it's also apparent he's got a 19-year-old body going up against veterans each night. That'll come with time in the weight room. For now the experience is 

"I appreciate the fact I’m able to play against these very talented bigs early in my career," Carter said after the loss to the Pistons. "What I need to work on is I have to get stronger; that’s the first thing I recognize; just being up against the best. I love the competition. It’s always a great feeling going against the best."

What the Bulls are finding out is they have a player mature beyond his years. As he progresses he'll continue to get more difficult assignments. He had his rookie moment late in Monday's loss, committing a turnover in the backcourt after the Bulls had cut the deficit to five with 35 seconds left. The fouls are also an issue, as Carter has committed 10 in three games (after committing 17 in five preseason games).

That doesn't necessarily seem important for a Lottery-bound team, but considering the continued struggles of Robin Lopez (and Cristiano Felicio is entirely out of the rotation) it is. Lopez had 2 points and 1 rebound in 10 minutes while committing five personal fouls. In three games he has 11 personal fouls and 11 points, and also has more turnovers (five) than rebounds (four). If the Bulls are going to compete until Lauri Markkanen returns, Carter will need to hover around the 32 minutes he played Monday.

He'll get a much easier test on Wednesday when the Charlotte Hornets arrive in town. Cody Zeller doesn't exactly have the credentials of a Jokic or Embiid, meaning Carter may have a little more room to work. 

The Bulls know they have something in Carter. It'll be abother month until they can deploy him alongside Markkanen, but if the first three games are any indication, Carter won't have any problems matching up with some of the league's best.