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CSN and CSNChicago.com to provide extensive coverage of the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine

CSN and CSNChicago.com to provide extensive coverage of the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine

COMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNCHICAGO.COM TO PROVIDE EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2016 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE

CSNChicago.com Bears “Insider” John ‘Moon’ Mullin, “SportsNet Central’s” Kip Lewis to provide on-air/digital updates starting Wednesday from Indianapolis

Chicago, IL (February 23, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet and CSNChicago.com, the local television and digital source for the most comprehensive Chicago Bears coverage 24/7, will provide football fans with extensive coverage of the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine from Indianapolis, IN starting tomorrow Wednesday, February 24.  The network’s Combine coverage is also scheduled to include interviews with Bears head coach John Fox and Bears GM Ryan Pace.

CSNChicago.com’s Bears “Insider” John ‘Moon’ Mullin (@CSNMoonMullin), SportsNet Central’s Bears beat reporter Kip Lewis (@csnkiplewis) will be on-site to deliver up-to-the-minute news & details on which potential future NFL stars are making the biggest impact on their path to a professional career.  Mullin will also report on the Bears NFC North rivals (Green Bay, Minnesota, Detroit) after their respective head coaches and GM’s meet with the media.  Additional on-site coverage will also be provided by digital producers Jake Flannigan, Scott Krinch, Scott Changnon, and Pablo Rodriguez for CSNChicago.com’s ‘BearsTalk” section (@CSNBears), which will feature numerous players/coaches/front office exec interviews.

"The NFL Combine is a wonderful event to develop and tell stories of young men chasing their NFL dreams," said T.K. Gore, Senior Director of Digital Media for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.  "Our CSN Chicago team will produce countless hours of player features that will be distributed as 2016 NFL Draft VOD content on all NBC Sports' digital platforms, highlighted by NBC Sports Regional Networks and Rotoworld, as well as social media platforms via our strategic partnerships with Facebook and Twitter."

Starting Wednesday, viewers are urged to tune in nightly to CSN’s sports news desk, SportsNet Central presented by Comcast Business at 6:30 PM, GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 & 10:30 PM and SportsNet Central presented by CLR at midnight, along with CSNChicago.com 24/7 for feature stories, video highlights, extensive analysis and much more throughout the weekend.  In addition, fans can get interactive with Comcast SportsNet’s coverage at the NFL Combine by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #BearsTalk.

The Combine kicks off Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com's extensive two-month "Road to the Draft" coverage leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago April 28-30.  Beginning in early March, more than 150 NFL Draft Profiles that include analysis, statistics and player interviews will be released each day on CSNChicago.com all the way up to draft day. NBC Sports/Rotoworld's Josh Norris will also be featured in several profiles and on CSN.

Are expectations too high for Bears WR Allen Robinson?

Are expectations too high for Bears WR Allen Robinson?

Allen Robinson was signed in free agency to become the alpha dog of the Chicago Bears' wide receiver corps. The three-year, $42 million contract that general manager Ryan Pace signed him to is proof of how high expectations are for the fifth-year pro.

Robinson isn't coming to Chicago with a flawless resume, however. His massive breakout year in 2015 (1,400 yards, 14 touchdowns) was followed by a pedestrian 883 yards in 2016 and a torn ACL in Week 1 last year. That begs the question: Is the forecast for Robinson's impact in 2018 too high right now?

According to Bleacher Report's Doug Farrar, the answer is yes. Robinson was named as the Bear most likely to disappoint this season.

Robinson practiced for the first time since the injury during the Bears' May minicamp, but it's safe to say Chicago isn't sure what it has in Robinson. If he gets back to his 2015 numbers, that would be huge for the Bears' passing offense, but given his 2016 regression and the specter of the 2017 injury, that's a tough bet.

Robinson will have an impact that goes beyond the traditional box score, and it will happen this season. Is he a lock to reach 1,000 yards and double-digit touchdowns? No, but his presence on the field will be enough to see a return on investment. The Bears haven't had the kind of threat he poses to defenses in several seasons, and his ability to pull a defensive coordinator's attention away from the running game will do wonders for Chicago's offensive output.

Determining whether Robinson is a disappointment in 2018 will depend on who's evaluating his season. Sure, he may disappoint in fantasy football circles if he doesn't re-emerge as a game-changing stat monster. But if he makes the Bears offense a more well-rounded and productive group, he'll live up to the expectations set by Pace and coach Matt Nagy.

As long as Robinson is pleasing Pace and Nagy, nothing else really matters.

Carlos Rodon's first win in 10 months showed he could still be the ace of the future for White Sox

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Carlos Rodon's first win in 10 months showed he could still be the ace of the future for White Sox

As encouraging as the reports are on many of the White Sox’s minor-league pitching prospects, Carlos Rodon’s effort against the Athletics on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field could prove just as significant to the rebuild on the South Side.

Looking much like the ace the Sox envisioned prior to Rodon’s rough 2017 season that ended with shoulder surgery, the left-hander put together his most successful effort of ’18 during a 10-3 drubbing of the Athletics before a sun-drenched crowd of 21,908.

Making his fourth start of the season, Rodon matched a career-high by going eight innings. He yielded two runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Rodon earned his first win of the season to help the Sox salvage a split of the four-game series.

“I felt good today—a lot of strikes,” Rodon said. “It was good to go eight and just be ahead of guys.”

Helping matters for Rodon was an offensive explosion by the Sox, led by Yoan Moncada’s career-high six RBIs. After falling behind 2-0, the Sox plated five runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings as Moncada cleared the bases with a double off the base of the wall in the fifth and launched his 10th home run of the season to drive in three more an inning later.

“Today was a great day,” Moncada said via a team interpreter. “I just went out to play the game the way that I play. Just to have fun. It was a very good game for me.”

Daniel Palka and Yolmer Sanchez also homered as the Sox won for just the second time in their last 11 games.

Rodon was the happy recipient of the run support to win his first game since Aug. 21, 2017, against the Twins. On Sunday, he threw 99 pitches, 69 for strikes and was consistently in the mid-90s with his fastball.

“I’m looking to do that every time out,” Rodon said. “Just show up and establish the strike zone with the fastball and be aggressive.”

The 25-year-old’s second-inning strikeout of Khris Davis was the 400th of Rodon’s career. It is a career that is continuing after a surgery that was a setback, but one that did not derail Rodon’s confidence that he would again pitch effectively.

“There are up-and-down days when you go through shoulder surgery or any surgery for any player,” Rodon said. “You've just got to work through it and try to make your way back. I'm here now and it’s looking up and I’m trying to get better.”

So is it reasonable to view Rodon as the future ace after all?

“You certainly can’t discount that,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He has to go out there and continue to get his feet underneath him and get through the rest of the season healthy and climbing.”

In other Sox pitching news, Renteria said starter Dylan Covey, who was removed in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game due to a hip flexor injury, “felt better” Sunday and the team will continue to monitor the right-hander’s progress.

Meanwhile, veteran Miguel Gonzalez made a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte as he continues to recover from inflammation in his right rotator cuff. Gonzalez went three innings and allowed one hit with a walk and a strikeout. Outfielder Eloy Jimenez belted his first homer for the Knights in the game.