first_imgThe Chicago Cubs are ending a nearly 90-year commitment to WGN Radio at the end of this baseball season.  WGN, 720AM, started broadcasting Cubs games on April 14, 1925.  When asked why they were leaving WGN, the Cubs replied “WGN said they were losing money because of declining listeners attributed to the Cubs losing seasons.”  The real reason is always money even though WGN and the Cubs had a 10 million dollar contract.  The contract will expire at the end of this season and negotiations have gone nowhere.The Cubs games will move to 780AM which is WBBM.  Nothing has been settled yet on whether WGN-TV will still air the Cubs games.  This contract started in 1948.  It will really seem different to loyal Cub fans who have considered the Cubs and WGN one entity.  Since AM stations no longer have the powerful signal they once had, it really won’t make much difference in this area what station they will be on.  Loyal Cub fans around here haven’t been able to listen to radio broadcasts for several years.I started listening to the Cubs in the 50’s because they broadcast the day games and this allowed me (as a younger kid) to hear baseball during the day.  I still like the Cubs but follow them more on the computer now than anywhere else.last_img read more

Frustrated Holder says Windies were not up to scratch

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – A frustrated captain Jason Holder yesterday offered a sobering assessment of his side’s performance, after they were humbled by 186 runs in the third and final One-Day International to suffer another series whitewash.Speaking after the defeat at Kensington Oval, Holder said the team had been found wanting in nearly every department and under pressure now to improve quickly.“Obviously it wasn’t up to scratch. I thought we were very poor in the field, we gifted a lot of free runs,” the 24-year-old said.“The bowlers were decent, just that I thought we were taken off our length in the middle and then we came back strongly in the end. But having said that, we didn’t put up a good fight with the bat at all.”West Indies arrived here earlier this week off the back of two defeats at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua. In both games, they had chances to push England but squandered them on each occasion.They were completely outplayed yesterday, however, with England equalling their highest-ever total against the West Indies in scoring 328 off their 50 overs, and then bundling the hosts for a near record low 142.“(I am) a bit frustrated. I felt as though – although we weren’t getting the wins – we were moving in the right direction in terms of improvement,” Holder lamented.“We need to string together a strong collective game and we haven’t been able to do that in the series.”The series loss represented the second straight for the regional side, following on from their similar 3-0 whitewash at the hands of Pakistan last October in United Arab Emirates.West Indies have now won just one ODI in their last 10 outings but Holder said the squad needed to remain optimistic and focused on improvement.“There’s only one place we can go and that’s forward. We’ve just got to get it right,” the all-rounder said.“We’ve got to be a lot tighter in the field, sharper in the field and take our chances. If you look back right throughout the entire series, we’ve let a good few chances slip and batsmen capitalised on these chances so it’s just a situation where we need to improve on our fielding and move forward with the bowling and batting.”He added: “We have to remain patient. It’s still a young group and we definitely need to perform. Everybody is trying to make his mark on the international circuit. We are still very green in a sense and we just need to improve and learn quickly.”last_img read more

Fans were not impressed by Mike Milbury’s question for Jenna Fischer during the Stanley Cup Final

first_imgFans were not impressed by his question. The Bruins beat the Blues 5-1 on Sunday to force a Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday. It is safe to assume the Fischer/Krasinski rivalry will only intensify over the next few days. Jenna Fischer, best known for her portrayal of Pam Beesly on NBC’s “The Office,” was in attendance at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Sunday to watch her beloved Blues play the Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Prior to the game, Fischer and her TV-show husband John Krasinski, a Boston fan, exchanged jabs as they have the entire series.NBC’s studio show hosted Fischer in between the first and second periods, and she was asked about St. Louis and “The Office.” Fischer discussed what the Blues’ run has meant to the fans and her son and husband’s love of hockey. MORE STANLEY CUP:Jim and Pam: a house divided over Bruins-BluesShe also used this opportunity to share that the St. Louis/Boston rivalry between her and Krasinski goes back to their days on set. Mike Milbury, a former Bruins player and coach, used her appearance to ask what the strangest Dwight moment was, asking if it was the episode in which Dwight kills Angela’s cat.last_img read more

Who plays on ‘Thursday Night Football’ tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for Week 14

first_imgMORE: Watch Cowboys vs. Bears live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Thursday night’s game will have a relatively significant impact on the NFL playoff picture. While a loss to the Cowboys technically would not eliminate the Bears, it would all but end their chances of earning a wild-card spot in the NFC. Either the 49ers or the Seahawks, both 10-2 heading into Week 14, will take one wild-card spot. Unless the 8-4 Vikings free-fall over the next few weeks, they likely will earn the second.The Cowboys, of course, amazingly still lead the NFC East and are slotted in the No. 4 seed for the playoffs. They need to beat the Bears in Week 14, though, in order to maintain their one-game edge over the Eagles, who host the hapless Giants on Monday night.Below is all the info you need to watch “Thursday Night Football” this week, including the TV channel and kickoff time for Cowboys vs. Bears.Who plays on Thursday Night Football tonight?Dallas Cowboys at Chicago BearsKickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ETIn both our picks against the spread and our straight-up NFL predictions for Week 14, Sporting News is projecting a Cowboys win over the Bears on Thursday night. Below are the explanations.Pick against the spread: The Cowboys and Bears each played on Thanksgiving last week with different results, as the former was upset at home and the latter rallied to win on the road. Chicago and Dallas’ defenses aren’t as daunting as expected, so it comes down to which quarterback you can trust to make some big plays off the better success in the running game. That’s easily Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. The desperate Cowboys will dig deep for a much-needed road win against an opponent with the same (6-6) record. Pick: Cowboys win 23-20 and cover the spread.Straight-up prediction: Most assumed this would be a matchup of Thanksgiving Day winners, but only the Bears took care of their business last week. The Cowboys’ loss to the Bills has them back down at .500 with the same 6-6 record as that of Chicago. Yet because the Bears are all but out of the NFC North race and the Cowboys amazingly still lead the NFC East, the home team has more to lose in Week 14. That will lead to an inspired effort from Matt Nagy’s bunch, but on a frigid Chicago night, Dallas will benefit from a more effective rushing attack and more efficient quarterback play. Pick: Cowboys 24, Bears 20.MORE: Full betting preview for Cowboys vs. BearsWhat channel is Thursday Night Football on?TV channel (national): NFL Network, FoxTV channel (Dallas): KDFWTV channel (Chicago): WFLDLive stream: fuboTV”Thursday Night Football” broadcast rights in 2019 are shared between Fox, NFL Network and Amazon Prime.Thursday night games on Fox this season are called by the network’s lead broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, sideline reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink, and rules analyst Mike Pereira. In 2019, “Thursday Night Football” generally features intriguing matchups, even if the quality of play takes a dip as a result of a short week for the participating teams. That’s part of the reason the NFL can continue to get away with forcing teams to play a few days early each week. As long as fans care to scan their TV channels for “Thursday Night Football,” the league will give the people what they want.This week on “Thursday Night Football,” the Bears will host the Cowboys in a game scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET on Fox and NFL Network. Based on the relatively small point spread attached to this game, Chicago vs. Dallas is expected to be tight. The 6-6 Cowboys are 2 1/2-point road favorites over the 6-6 Bears. Andrea Kramer and Hannah Storm are the voices for Amazon Prime’s broadcasts.WEEK 14 NFL PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadThursday Night Football TV schedule for 2019All “Thursday Night Football” games start at 8:20 p.m. ET.WeekDateMatchupTV channels4Sept. 26Eagles at PackersFox, NFLN, Prime5Oct. 3Rams at SeahawksFox, NFLN, Prime6Oct. 10Giants at PatriotsFox, NFLN, Prime7Oct. 17Chiefs at BroncosFox, NFLN, Prime8Oct. 24Redskins at VikingsFox, NFLN, Prime9Oct. 3149ers at CardinalsFox, NFLN, Prime10Nov. 7Chargers at RaidersFox, NFLN, Prime11Nov. 14Steelers at BrownsFox, NFLN, Prime12Nov. 21Colts at TexansFox, NFLN, Prime14Dec. 5Cowboys at BearsFox, NFLN, Prime15Dec. 12Jets at RavensFox, NFLN, Primelast_img read more