Blackhawks on TV 12 times
The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will be showcased a maximum 12 times on the NHL’s national TV networks during the 2013-14 season, according to the schedule released Thursday.
Those 12 national TV games will be split between NBC and NBC Sports Network.
Phillips curses at beat writer
Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips exploded at a reporter in the visiting clubhouse before Wednesday’s 10-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, unleashing a profane tirade during manager Dusty Baker’s pregame meeting with the media.
Phillips cursed Cincinnati Enquirer beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans for commenting about his .310 on-base percentage.
Baker moved Phillips from the cleanup spot to the No. 2 slot for the first time since Opening Day, and Rosecrans tweeted that Phillips should hit somewhere other than second.
New Hawks’ coach charged with DUI
Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer was arrested Wednesday night on a drunk driving charge.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a Georgia State Patrol trooper stopped Budenholzer’s vehicle at about 10:30 p.m. because its tail lights were not operating. He refused a breath test, but agreed to a field sobriety test.
Cornelison to sing before race
Jim Cornelison, who raises the roof at the United Center with his stirring national anthems before Blackhawks games, is taking his act outdoors.
Cornelison will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Sept. 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, the track announced Thursday.
Labonte released from hospital
Bobby Labonte was released from the hospital Thursday, a day after he broke three ribs in a bike riding accident near his North Carolina home.
He’ll be replaced in the car by Mike Bliss in this week’s race.
Chicago Marathon increases security
Chicago Marathon organizers have announced increased security measures after the deadly Boston Marathon bombing in April.
Race officials said Thursday that runners will have to show identification when they pick up their bibs for the Oct. 13 marathon.
The race’s 45,000 runners also will have to use clear bags for personal belongings and enter the race through designated gateways. The city is anticipating more than 1 million spectators.