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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.

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.