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Cubs vs White Sox "Crosstown Cup" coverage returns to CSN this Friday

Cubs vs White Sox "Crosstown Cup" coverage returns to CSN this Friday

Comcast SportsNet’s Crosstown coverage gets underway this Friday, July 10 LIVE from Wrigley Field starting at 2:00 PM!

CSN to carry LIVE coverage of ALL SIX Crosstown battles this season (July 10-12 at Wrigley Field & August 14-16 at U.S. Cellular Field);

coverage team this weekend to include Kasper, Deshaies, Harrelson, Stone, Melton, Hollandsworth, Boyle, Garfien, Crull, Lewis, Mooney and Hayes

CSNChicago.com to also provide LIVE video stream of post-game press conferences, plus detailed “Crosstown Cup” analysis via ‘CubsTalk’ & ‘WhiteSoxTalk,’

along with numerous feature stories & in-game “Tweets” from CSN on-air/digital talent 

Cubs and White Sox fans can get interactive throughout the weekend by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #CrosstownCup

Chicago, IL (July 8, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, is ready jump start the annual northside-southside rivalry in a big way with expanded, LIVE coverage of ALL SIX GAMES of the “Crosstown Cup” series this season and it all starts up this FRIDAY, JULY 10 as the Cubs host the White Sox at Wrigley Field.  Plus - CSNChicago.com will be there to provide dedicated 24/7 coverage of this always-entertaining city series.

Comcast SportsNet’s “Crosstown Cup” coverage gets underway this Friday, July 10 at 2:00 PM CT with an expanded, one-hour, Wrigley Field remote edition of Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group (hosted by Pat Boyle, analysts Todd Hollandsworth & Bill Melton, Cubs reporter Kelly Crull, and White Sox reporter Chuck Garfien), featuring a complete “Crosstown Cup” series preview, interviews with players and coaches, special features, and much more.  First pitch coverage of this “Cubs telecast” on CSN begins at 3:00 PM featuring Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies with the game call.  Immediately following the game, fans can look forward to a complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences featuring Cubs manager Joe Maddon, player interviews and much more on Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois.

Saturday (July 11) and Sunday’s (July 12) games at Wrigley Field will be “White Sox telecasts” on Comcast SportsNet featuring the announcing tandem of Ken “Hawk” Harrelson & Steve Stone.  On Saturday, White Sox Pregame Live presented by Lexus of Orland and Merrillville gets the viewing day underway at 2:30 PM LIVE from Wrigley Field (hosted by Chuck Garfien featuring Melton, Hollandsworth as analysts, along with Cubs reporter Kelly Crull, and White Sox reporter Kip Lewis); first pitch coverage begins at 3:00 PM, which will be followed by Subaru White Sox Postgame Live immediately after the game.  On Sunday, White Sox Pregame Live presented by Lexus of Orland and Merrillville will begin at 12:30 PM LIVE from Wrigley Field (featuring the same coverage team as Saturday); first pitch coverage begins at 1:20 PM, which will be followed by Subaru White Sox Postgame Live immediately after the game.

In addition, Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, will provide even more exclusive “Crosstown Cup” content including the following highlights:

  • Live stream of Cubs manager Joe Maddon post-game press conferences (sponsored by Xfinity) following every Crosstown game.
  • Complete coverage of the “Crosstown Cup” 24/7 from CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney), White Sox Insider Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes), plus - additional coverage provided by CSN “Pre/Post Game Live” hosts Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) and Pat Boyle (@CSNBoyle), along with Todd Hollandsworth (@hollytime28), and Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull).  CSNChicago.com digital baseball reporters Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) and JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) will also be providing game day reports, analysis and features, along with additional White Sox content via John Paschall (@John_Paschall).
  • “White Sox/Cubs Pulse,” a one-stop social media hub that reveals the latest trending topics and player buzz from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  Plus, “White Sox/Cubs Pulse” aggregates all White Sox/Cubs player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag #CrosstownCup. Fans can also get interactive on Twitter by utilizing hashtags #CrosstownCup, #WhiteSoxTalk, and #CubsTalk, plus – for the latest news, up-to-the-minute updates and more, fans are urged to follow @CSNWhiteSox and @CSNCubs.
  • WhiteSoxTalk & CubsTalk, CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive White Sox & Cubs news and opinion sections featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. WhiteSoxTalk & CubsTalk is under the banner of NBC SportsTalk, NBC’s successful digital franchise on NBCSports.com that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBaskteballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and GolfTalkCentral. SportsTalk was extended to CSNChicago.com through the creation of BlackhawksTalk, BullsTalk, CubsTalk, WhiteSoxTalk, ChiFireTalk, BearsTalk, PrepsTalk, IrishTalk and B1GTalk which contains interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent.
  • CSNChicago.com’s state-of-the-art “AT&T U-Verse Lounge” to provide expanded White Sox & Cubs “Crosstown Cup” content throughout the week.
  • CSN Chicago’s White Sox & Cubs content will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships including NBCSports.com, NBCNews.com, Yahoo! Sports and Xfinity.com.

Note Comcast SportsNet’s full coverage breakdown for the upcoming White Sox vs. Cubs “Crosstown Cup” series:

FRIDAY, JULY 10

2:00 PM – Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group – One-hour, expanded edition pre-game show LIVE from Wrigley Field

3:00 PM – WHITE SOX at CUBS (L) – “Cubs telecast” featuring Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies

6:00 PM – Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois (time approx.) – complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

7:00 PM – White Sox at Cubs (game replay)

10:00 PM/10:30 PM/12:00 AM – SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

SATURDAY, JULY 11

2:30 PM – White Sox Pregame Live presented by Lexus of Orland & Merrillville – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from Wrigley Field

3:00 PM – WHITE SOX at CUBS (L) – “White Sox telecast” featuring Ken “Hawk” Harrelson & Steve Stone

6:00 PM – Subaru White Sox Postgame Live (time approx.) – complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

6:30 PM/10:00 PM/10:30 PM/12:00 AM – SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:30 AM – White Sox at Cubs (game replay)

SUNDAY, JULY 12

12:30 PM – White Sox Pregame Live presented by Lexus of Orland & Merrillville – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from Wrigley Field

1:20 PM – WHITE SOX at CUBS (L) – “White Sox telecast” featuring Ken “Hawk” Harrelson & Steve Stone

4:30 PM – Subaru White Sox Postgame Live (time approx.) – complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

6:30 PM/10:00 PM/10:30 PM – SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

1:30 AM – White Sox at Cubs (game replay)

ALL TIMES CENTRAL TIME

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

NOTE: Comcast SportsNet’s complete details on Round 2 of the “Crosstown Cup” series, which will take place at U.S. Cellular Field August 14-16, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Eddie Jackson says the Bears defense has to 'make a statement game' against Saints

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Eddie Jackson says the Bears defense has to 'make a statement game' against Saints

The Bears defense gave up a season-high 24 points in the Week 5 loss to the Raiders. The bye week that followed meant they had to stew on that performance for an extra seven days.

Bears safety Eddie Jackson admitted the defense “didn’t hold up” in an interview on the Mully & Haugh Show on 670 The Score on Tuesday morning. It sounds like they are fired up to not have a repeat performance against the Saints.

“We want to get that bad taste out of our mouths,” Jackson said. “Unfortunately, we had to wait for a bye week.

“Now we got to make a statement game here at home.”

That statement game will have to come without stud defensive lineman Akiem Hicks. Hicks got injured in the loss to the Raiders and is expected to miss significant time.

Jackson talked about what Hicks’ absence will mean to the defense.

“That’s a tough loss for us,” Jackson said. “The style of play Akiem brings is hard to fill. Right now we’re doing a good job holding up with guys coming in and stepping up, but at the end of the day that’s Akiem. His resume speaks for itself. What he does speaks for itself. Film, everything. It’s a tough loss, man. We’re hoping to have him back real soon for playoffs or the end of the season. It really hurts us, but we ride with him. He still comes around. He’s still engaged and meetings and things like that.”

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Will the Bears face the Saints without Drew Brees AND Alvin Kamara?

Will the Bears face the Saints without Drew Brees AND Alvin Kamara?

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees isn't expected to play Sunday at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears as he continues to rehab his thumb injury. Teddy Bridgewater has thrived in his absence, completing over 69% of his passes for 1,089 yards, seven touchdowns and just two interceptions in five games (four starts).

But the engine that makes the Saints offense go is RB Alvin Kamara, who tweaked his knee against the Jaguars Sunday. He was dealing with an ankle injury heading into the game, too, and played his least amount of snaps of any game this season.

New Orleans worked out RB Travaris Cadet Monday which at least signals some concern on the team's part that Kamara may not be able to play.

According to ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett, Kamara's status won't become clear until Thursday or Friday.

The Bears defense is more than capable of stopping New Orleans' offense with or without Kamara in the lineup, but their job will be much easier if the dynamic third-year pro is held out. Through six games this season, Kamara's totaled 373 rushing yards, 276 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

If Kamara can't play Sunday, the Saints will unleash a heavy dose of RB Latavius Murray, who Chicago is very familiar with after facing him five times while he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Murray's run for 214 yards and two touchdowns in his career against Chicago, but doesn't offer nearly the kind of game-changing ability that Kamara possesses. 

We'll have more on Kamara's status as the week progresses.