STANLEY CUP GAME 2 DRAWS MOST VIEWERS FOR NBCSN: The Stanley Cup finals' Game 2 drew the most viewers for the NHL on NBC Sports Network since the cable channel started televising the league in 2006.
The Boston Bruins' 2-1 overtime win over the Blackhawks on Saturday night averaged 3.96 million viewers. That's more than triple the 1.18 million for the first finals game on the network last year, Game 3 between the Devils and Kings.
RAILCATS FALL IN OPENER TO WICHITA: Behind a complete-game performance by Jon Link, the Wichita Wingnuts topped the RailCats 8-3 Monday in the first of four games.
The Wingnuts also had a 3-for-3 night from John Rodriguez, who had three RBIs against RailCats starter Will Krout, who dropped to 1-4.
Link struck out nine and retired 11 after Adam Klein's leadoff single to open the game. The RailCats scored two runs in the sixth inning to pull within 3-2, then the Wingnuts answered with five runs in the seventh.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR BEARS FAMILY FEST: Tickets for the Comcast Bears Family Fest are on sale through ticketmaster.
The event will start at 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at Soldier Field. Tickets are $8 to $12. For details, call (800) 745-3000, or go to www.ticketmaster.com.
BOEHM TO TRANSFER: Lansing resident and Mount Carmel grad Jeff Boehm told The Times he was transferring from Kentucky to Illinois-Chicago.
Boehm was a sophomore and as per NCAA rules, he must sit out the 2014 season.
LOUISVILLE'S STAY AT CWS ENDS AGAINST OREGON ST.: This wasn't the ending Louisville imagined for the best sports year in university history.
The mistake-prone Cardinals surrendered seven runs in the fourth inning on their way to an 11-4 loss to No. 3 national seed Oregon State that eliminated them from the College World Series on Monday.
The Cardinals (51-14) committed four errors against the Beavers and 13 in their last six games.
Louisville was making its second appearance at the CWS, and first since 2007.
FORMER PENN STATE PLAYERS OFFER SUPPORT FOR PATERNO LAWSUIT: About 325 former Penn State players and coaches have signed a statement supporting the lawsuit filed by the family of former coach Joe Paterno and other former players seeking to overturn NCAA sanctions against the football program for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Former player Brian Masella released the letter Monday in support of the lawsuit, which was also filed last month by some coaches, trustees and faculty. Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny, and former NFL quarterbacks Kerry Collins and Todd Blackledge are among the notable names who signed on to the statement.
Masella said he and a few other former players organized the statement on their own after some of the plaintiffs explained their position in a letter to former players and sought their support.
He stressed the statement had no connection to the official football alumni group, the Football Letterman's Club — which has roughly 1,100 members — though some individual members have signed on their own.
PIERRE THOMAS CAMP THIS WEEK: The Pierre Thomas Football Skill Day with be conducted from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at T.F. South High School.
Registration forms are online at tfd215.org/south. Then go to the sports/football link. Lansing and Lynwood residents have first priority. The camp is open to students entering grades four through eight. No registrations will be taken on the day of the skills event.
Around the horn
The cast of an Atlanta sports radio show has been fired after mocking a former NFL player who has Lou Gehrig's disease, a station official said Monday. The show, Mayhem in the AM, was broadcast on 790 The Zone Monday morning. In a statement, General Manager Rick Mack said the station regrets comments made about ex-New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason. ... Police in Oregon say they have arrested the driver they say fatally struck a man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles from Seattle to Brazil for the World Cup.