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CSN to carry live coverage of the 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game on Saturday, Feb. 20

CSN to carry live coverage of the 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game on Saturday, Feb. 20

 Comcast SportsNet’s “2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game” coverage – featuring Blackhawks legends Denis Savard, Jeremy Roenick, Chris Chelios & many more – takes place Saturday, February 20 at 4:00 PM CT LIVE from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN;

Network to also carry a NEW, half-hour “SportsNet Central: Alumni #HawksTalk” roundtable special with host Pat Boyle and featured guests Denis Savard, Troy Murray, Tony Esposito & Pat Foley on Monday, February 15 at 11:00 PM CT;

Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com to also provide extensive coverage of the Sunday, February 21 “2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series” Blackhawks vs. Wild battle via detailed reports and analysis from Pat Boyle and Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers

Chicago, IL (February 10, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the defending Stanley Cup champion and current Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks, has announced it will televise the outdoor 2016 NHL Stadium Series™ Alumni Game from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota LIVE on Saturday, February 20 at 4:00 PM CT.  Legendary alumni from the Blackhawks (including a colorful roster featuring Denis Savard, Jeremy Roenick, Chris Chelios, Steve Konroyd, Jamal Mayers, Troy Murray, Eric Daze, Murray Bannerman and “coaches” Tony Esposito & Pat Foley among others) will team up to battle their counterparts from the Minnesota Wild/Minnesota North Stars (including team legends Mike Modano, Neal Broten, Dino Ciccarelli & many more) in the opening game of the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ weekend.

The 2016 NHL Stadium Series™ Alumni Game is a co-production by Comcast SportsNet Chicago and FOX Sports North that will feature Wild play-by-play announcer Anthony LaPanta and Wild game analyst Mike Greenlay in the broadcast booth, with Comcast SportsNet’s Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live host Pat Boyle providing in-game, rink side reports/player interviews from the Blackhawks bench and Kevin Gorg of FOX Sports North handling North Stars/Wild bench reporting/interview duties.

Fans can look forward to a unique viewing experience with numerous players mic’d up during the game (including Blackhawks legend Jeremy Roenick), as well as historical Blackhawks vs. North Stars/Wild “flashbacks” integrated throughout the telecast.  Intermission updates will be on site from TCF Bank Stadium.  NOTE: Comcast SportsNet will be re-airing the 2016 NHL Stadium Series™ Alumni Game later the same evening at 10:00 PM on CSN+(viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete CSN+ channel location details) and again at 12:30 AM on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location.

Throughout the “2016 Coors Lights NHL Stadium Series” weekend, Comcast SportsNet will be presenting extensive coverage of all games and surrounding festivities with up-to-the-minute reports from Pat Boyle (@CSNBoyle) airing on SportsNet Central and via CSNChicago.com’s Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN).  The “2016 Coors Lights NHL Stadium Series” game between the Blackhawks and Wild will be carried live on NBC Sports on Sunday, February 21 with live opening face-off coverage beginning at 2:30 PM.

In advance of the “2016 Coors Lights NHL Stadium Series” weekend, Comcast SportsNet will be providing fans with a brand new special entitled SportsNet Central: Alumni #HawksTalk, airing on Monday, February 15 at 11:00 PM.  This half-hour, roundtable discussion program is hosted by Pat Boyle and will feature special guests Denis Savard, Tony Esposito, Troy Murray, and Pat Foley.  Among the discussion topics will include a preview of the upcoming Alumni Game, along with personal recollections of the top moments from the always-heated Blackhawks/North Stars rivalry.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air the SportsNet Central: Alumni #HawksTalk special on Thursday, February 18 at 10:30 PM.

Earlier in the day on Monday, February 15, Comcast SportsNet will air a special live United Center remote edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado at 5:30 PM featuring host David Kaplan with a special appearance by Pat Foley and a panel of local hockey experts.  Following the 6:30 PM edition of SportsNet Central presented by Comcast Business, fans can look forward to a special guest appearance from Denis Savard on Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live at 7:00 PM.  Live coverage of the Blackhawks taking on the “Original Six” rival Toronto Maple Leafs gets underway at 7:30 PM.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.

Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th. 

Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.

The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.

Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch the series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.