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Cards win

MLB Scores: 

St. Louis Cardinals def Chicago Cubs 3-2

Chicago White Sox were off

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- One day after announcing his retirement on Instagram, Chicago White Sox Yermin Mercedes is back with the organization. He will be in uniform for the Triple A Charlotte Knights, tonight and the series. The White Sox organization never took Mercedes off the active roster. 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The NFL sent out a strong memo to all teams and players as people start reporting to training camp. The league is pushing all players and personnel to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In the memo, the NFL stated that if a game is postponed due a COVID outbreak, and cannot be rescheduled, the game will be forfeited by the team. The NFL has not made the vaccine mandatory for players and staff. 



(Urbana-cf)-- The big man is back on campus. Fighting Illini Center Kofi Cockburn is returning to Illinois for his Junior season, and Head Coach Brad Underwood says that Kofi returned home, and he will cement his legacy as an Illini great… 

 

***News nws2125 BU1***

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood 


MLB Tonight: 

Arizona Diamondbacks @ Chicago Cubs 

St. Louis Cardinals @ Cincinnati Reds 

Chicago White Sox @ Milwaukee Brewers 


 

E.I. Baseball This Weekend: 

 

E.I. Baseball this weekend: 

Saturday: Games in Paxton

Royal Giants vs Paxton Swedes 1pm

Buckley Dutchmasters vs Gifford Flatville 3pm

 

Sunday:Final regular season games E.I. Baseball

Royal Giants @ Gifford-Flatville-DH 

Paxton Swedes @ Buckley Dutchmasters-DH 

 

No Nascar races in the Xfinity or Cup series until the first Saturday in August.

 

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Cards win, Sox lose

MLB Scores: 

St. Louis Cardinals def Chicago Cubs 3-2 10 innings

Minnesota Twins def Chicago White Sox 7-2

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Running Back Chase Brown has been named to the Doak Walker watchlist. Since 1990 the Walker Award has been awarded to the nation's top running back. Brown made a watch list for the first time in his career. Brown led the Illini in rushing last season with 540 yards. In other Fighting Illini news Wide Receiver Casey Washington announced that he will be returning to Illinois after transferring to Wake Forest last season. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago White Sox might be getting three players back during the month of August. Eloy Jimenez, Louis Robert, and Yazmani Grandal. Manager Tony La Russa says that Yaz is progressing everyday in his rehab… 

 

 

Chicago White Sox Manager Tony La Russa 

 

 

MLB Tonight: 

Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals 

Chicago White Sox are off 

 

EI Baseball this weekend: 

Saturday: Games in Paxton

Royal Giants vs Paxton Swedes 1pm

Buckley Dutchmasters vs Gifford Flatville 3pm

 

Sunday:Final regular season games E.I. Baseball

Royal Giants @ Gifford-Flatville-DH 

Paxton Swedes @ Buckley Dutchmasters-DH 

 

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Cubs and Sox win

MLB Scores: 

Chicago Cubs def St. Louis Cardinals 7-6

Chicago White Sox def Minnesota Twins 9-5

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Quarterback Brandon Peters was selected as a counselor at the Manning Passing academy. Peters was mentoring and teaching youth QBs while learning from two NFL greats Payton and Eli Manning. 

 

(Green Bay-cf)-- In the latest developments from the Green Bay Packers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers declined a two year extension that would have made him the highest paid player in the NFL. Training camp gets underway next week, and Rodgers is expected to join the team. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- A lot of MLB All-Stars this season had fathers that played in the big leagues. Chicago White Sox Manager Tony La Russa says that kids that grew up around big league ball clubs tend to have an edge over others… 

 

 

Chicago White Sox Manager Tony La Russa 

 


 

 MLB Tonight: 

Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals 

Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox 

 

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Cards win, Sox Split

St. Louis Cardinals def Chicago Cubs 8-3

The Chicago White Sox dropped game one of the DH 3-2 to the Minnesota Twins in 8 innings. The Sox took the second game 5-3 in 7 innings


(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini linebacker Jake Hansen has been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list. The Bednarik Award is given to the best defensive player in the NCAA. Hansen is third in Illini history in forced fumbles. 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago Bulls Point Guard Zach LaVine’s Olympic season might be in jeopardy. LaVine has been placed in COVID-19 protocol after coming into close contact with a positive COVID case. LaVine could rejoin the team later this week in Tokyo if tests remain negative. 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The Nascar Cup Series is off until August 8. Nascar Cup Series driver Ryan Preece will not enjoy the vacation. Preese says that he is going to run some dirt races this upcoming weekend… 

 

 

Nascar Cup Series Driver Ryan Preece

 

 

MLB Tonight: 

Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals 

Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox 


 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Nascar Live, get the latest news in Nascar from 6 until 7.

 

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Aric Almirola wins at Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

E.I. Baseball Scores: 

Buckley def Gifford Flatville 8-2 and 16-2

Royal def Paxton 4-2 and 6-4

 

MLB Scores: 

Arizona Diamondbacks def Chicago Cubs 6-4

St. Louis Cardinals def San Francisco Giants 2-1

Chicago White Sox def Houston Astros 4-0 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- Taking a look at the MLB Standings after the first weekend back from the All-Star Break. The Chicago Cubs(46-46) sit in third place of the NL Central. The Cubs are 8.5 games back from the division leading Milwaukee Brewers who are 56-39 on the season. The Cardinals(46-47) are 9.0 back. The Chicago White Sox(56-36) hold an 8 game lead over Cleveland. 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- For the first time in 14 seasons, the Chicago White Sox signed a player to an extension mid-season. The White Sox and pitcher Lance Lynn signed a two year extension Saturday afternoon. 

 

(New Hampshire-cf)-- With a stunning victory in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Aric Almirola sent shock waves through the NASCAR Cup Series’ Playoff standings. Almirola crossed the finish line half a second ahead of Christopher Bell to win the third race of his career and give Stewart-Haas Racing its first playoff berth of the 2021 campaign. Almirola entered Sunday’s event 27th in the Cup standings. 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Big Man Kofi Cockburn announced Friday, that he will return to Illinois for his Junior season. Cockburn withdrew from the NBA Draft June 26th, and entered the transfer portal. Head Coach Brad Underwood stated “We are beyond thrilled to have Kofi remain a Fighting Illini and add the nation's top player to our lineup.” 


 

(St. Louis-cf)-- The St.Louis Cardinals entered the All-Star Break splitting the series with the Chicago Cubs, and opened the second half of the season with a split against the Giants. Manager Mike Schildt says that you want to win them all, but you have to be competitive… 

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Schildt. 

 

MLB Tonight: 

Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals 

Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox-DH 

 

Tonight on WPXN Get the latest news in Nascar with Fast Talk from 6 until 7. 

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Cubs trade outfielder Joc Pederson

As the MLB trade deadline approaches, the Chicago Cubs have made a move. The Cubs have traded outfielder Joc Pederson to the Atlanta Braves for minor league first baseman Bryce Bell. 

 

Major League Baseball

Houston at Chicago White Sox 7-10

San Francisco Giants at St Louis 7-15

Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks 8-40


 

Tonight at the Farmer City Raceway it's the Full Show plus pro-mods. Gates open at 4 with hot laps getting underway at 6:30. 

 

EI Baseball Sunday: 

Royal Giants @ Paxton Swedes-DH 

Gifford-Flatville @ Buckley Dutchmasters-DH 

 

Saturday morning on WPXN its our Live Action Auction. Bid Buy and Save with Becky Puetz starting at 8am.

 

Saturday afternoon its Xfinity series racing Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 from New Hampshire Motorspeedway at 1:30.

 

Sunday its the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 From New Hampshire Motor Speedway at 1pm.

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Fighting Illini pick up local running back recruit from Gibson City

(Gibson City-cf)-- The Fighting Illini picked up another running back, and local commitment Wednesday Night. Gibson City Melvin Sibley RB Aiden Laughrey committed to Brett Bielema and the Illini to continue his football career. The class of 2022 commit chose Illinois over Iowa.  Congratulations to Aiden on his choice for college. You can hear all the Illini football games here on WPXN.  

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Center Kofi Cockburn will be choosing his next destination Friday. Cockburn withdrew from the NBA Draft and placed his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal. Cockburn has narrowed his decision down to two schools, Florida State, or a return to Illinois. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini Football program will open this season against Nebraska at Memorial Stadium in Champaign at noon. It will still be warm, but that doesn’t concern head coach Brett Bielema saying that both teams have to play in the heat… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Football Coach Brett Bielema 

 

Tomorrow at the Farmer City Raceway it's the Full Show plus pro-mods. Gates open at 4 with hot laps getting underway at 6:30. 

 

EI Baseball Sunday: 

Royal Giants @ Paxton Swedes-DH 

Gifford-Flatville @ Buckley Dutchmasters-DH

 

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American League wins All Star Game

MLB All-Star Game 

The AL All Stars def NL All-Stars 5-2. 

The American League will have home field advantage for this year's World Series with last night's win. 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Two Fighting Illini Baseball Players have been drafted in this year's MLB Draft. Left Handed Pitcher Nathan Lavender was selected in the 14th round by the New York Yankees, and Right Hand Pitcher Andrew Hoffman was selected in the 12th round by the Atlanta Braves. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Football Head Coach Brett Bielema named Pete Roley as the new Director of Football Operations. Roley has been in the same position at North Carolina State since 2015. Roley is originally from North Aurora and played quarterback for Western Illinois University from 2006 to 2010. 

 

 

(St. Louis-cf)-- The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping to come out of the All-Star Break hot. First Baseman Paul Goldschmidt is known for grounding out plate appearances, working counts and fouling pitches. Goldschmidt says that it’s great, but it's got to produce runs… 

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals First Baseman Paul Goldschmidt 

 

 

 

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All Star game tonight at 6:30pm at Coors Field home of the Colorado Rockies

MLB

All Star game tonight at 6:30pm at Coors Field home of the Colorado Rockies

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago Blackhawks have officially traded defenseman Duncan Kieth to the Edmonton Oilers. The Hawks will receive defenseman Caleb Jones and a third-round draft pick. Kieth played in 1,192 games for the Blackhawks, which included three Stanley Cups. 

 

(St. Louis-cf)-- The St. Louis Cardinals started the season off hot with their offense in sync and their pitching rotation intact. During the last month of the first half, the Red Birds cooled off due to injuries, says Manager Mike Schildt… 

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Schildt. 


 

(Chicago-cf)--Chicago White Sox outfielder Gavin Sheets played in his first big league games this past weekend in his home city of Baltimore. Sheets says that his plate appearances in front of his family were more intimidating than during his big league debut… 

 

 

Chicago White Sox Outfielder Gavin Sheets 


Tonight on WPXN get the latest news in Nascar with Nascar Live from 6 until 7.

 

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Kurt Busch wins at Atlanta

E.I. Baseball Scores: 

Royal def Buckley 13-3 in game 1

Buckley def Royal 1-0 in game 2

 

Paxton def Gifford-Flatville 6-0 in game 1 

Gifford-Flatville took game 2

 

MLB Scores: 

Chicago White Sox def Baltimore Orioles 7-5 in 10 innings

Cubs and Cardinals were postponed 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- Taking a look at the MLB Standings as the season enters the All-Star break: In the National League Central, the Milwaukee Brewers(53-39) lead the division. The St. Louis Cardinals are tied with the Cubs at 44-46, and sit 8 games behind the Brewers. In the AL Central, the Chicago White Sox sit atop the division at 54-35 with an 8 game lead over the Cleveland Indians. 


 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball program filled the final assistant coaching vacancy. Head Coach Brad Underwood announced that Tim Anderson will be joining the staff. The Chicago native has spent the last 4 seasons as an assistant coach at DePaul. 

 

(Atlanta-cf)-- Kurt Busch held off his brother Kyle Busch at Atlanta Motorspeedway Sunday afternoon to earn a spot in the playoffs. Busch became the 12th driver to earn one of 16 total playoff spots. 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The MLB has officially entered the All-Star break. With the Chicago White Sox on pace to make the playoffs for the second year in a row, the pitching rotation will be key in the second half. Manager Tony La Russa says that he and his staff have an idea of the new order from top to bottom… 

 

 

Chicago White Sox Manager Tony La Russa 

 

 

(St. Louis-cf)-- The MLB has officially entered the All-Star break with 4 days off. St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Schildt says that becoming an all star is always a great feat, but for the guys who aren’t going to Denver this year, he wants them to take some time off and get away from the game, to reset for the second half… 

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Schildt 

 

Tonight on WPXN its Fast Talk. Get the latest news in Nascar from 6 until 7. 

 

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Cubs Lose

MLB Scores: 

Philadelphia Phillies def Chicago Cubs 8-0

Cardinals and White Sox were off 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago White Sox Outfielder Eloy Jimenez will start his rehab assignment in Winston-Salem this week. There is a timetable of Eloy returning to the South Side in late July or early August. Manager Tony La Russa stated on Thursday that Eloy will be the main DH for the remainder of the season. 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini Basketball program missed out on a potential transfer big man in Dawson Garcia. Garcia withdrew his name from the NBA Draft and decided to transfer from Marquette. The Illini were one of the leaders in his recruiting cycle, but Garcia ultimilty chose North Carolina. There is still uncertainty around Kofi Cockburn and if he will suit up for the Illini next season. 

 

(Chicago-cf)--Chicago White Sox Outfielder Eloy Jiminez is starting his rehab assignment in single A Winston-Salem. Eloy says that he is ready to rejoin the team and help the guys win games… 

 

 

Chicago White Sox Outfielder Eloy Jiminez 

 

(St. Louis-cf)-- The St. Louis Cardinals bats are starting to heat up as the first half of the MLB season comes to a close. Red Birds pitcher Adam Wainwright says the offense is starting to grind out at bats which is helping the cause… 

 

St Louis Cardinals Pitcher Adam Wainwright 

 

 

MLB Tonight: 

St Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs-1:20

Chicago White Sox @ Baltimore Orioles 

 

E. I. Baseball

Royal at Buckley Schiewe Field 1pm DH

Paxton at Gifford Franzen Field  1pm DH

 

Tonight at the Farmer City Raceway is the Baums Chevrolet Buick UMP Summer Nationals. $10,000 will go to the Late Models Winner, and includes the full show. 

 

This Weekend on WPXN: 

 

Saturday Afternoon its Nascar Xfinity Series Racing with the Credit Karma 250 from Atlanta Motorspeedway. The Broadcast gets underway at 2pm on WPXN. 

 

Sunday Afternoon it’s Nascar Cup Series Racing with the Quaker State 400 also from Atlanta Motorspeedway. The broadcast gets underway at 1:30 on WPXN.

 

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Cubs and White Sox Win, Cards Lose

MLB Scores: 

Chicago Cubs def Philadelphia Phillies 8-3

San Francisco Giants def St. Louis Cardinals 5-2

Chicago White Sox def Minnesota Twins 6-1

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago White Sox activated outfielder Adam Eaton off the Injured List, and was later Designated for Assignment. The move was sparked as outfielder Adam Engel was reinstated to the Sox roster. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago Cubs have placed starting pitcher Jake Arrietta on the 10 day Injured List. Arrietta is suffering from right hamstring tightness. The injury stems after Arriettas outing against the Phillies Tuesday Night. 


 

(Chicago-cf)-- The White Sox tallied their 51st win of the season Wednesday afternoon. Pitcher Lance Lynn threw 6 solid innings for the Sox allowing only 1 run. Lynn says that the defense was superb behind him, and the offense was in sync… 

 

 

Chicago White Sox Pitcher Lance Lynn 

 

 

(St. Louis-cf)-- St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlison is known for helping his team win whether that be at the plate or in the field. Manager Mike Schildt says that what makes Carlison such an asset to the team… 

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Schildt 

 

 

 

MLB Tonight:

Philadelphia Phillies @ Chicago Cubs 

White Sox and Cardinals are off

 

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Cards and Sox Win, Cubs Lose

MLB Scores: 

Philadelphia Phillies def Chicago Cubs 15-10

St. Louis Cardinals def San Francisco Giants 6-5

Chicago White Sox def Minnesota Twins 4-1

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago Cubs made a few roster moves Tuesday afternoon. Starting pitcher Trevor Williams was activated off the injured list, outfielder Sergio Alacantra was recalled from Triple A Iowa, and infielder Eric Sogard was placed on the IL. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago White Sox suffered yet another blow to the roster Tuesday afternoon. Catcher and DH Yasmani Grandal was placed on the 4 to 6 week injured list with a torn tendon in his left knee against the Minnesota Twins Monday night. The South Siders are looking at adding another catcher to fill the absence of Grandal. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Football Player Tailon Leitzsey and other Illini players are hosting a free kids football camp. The camp will be for ages 6-13, at Zahnd Field. The camp is scheduled for July 17 from 10:30am to noon. The event is free for those age groups. 

 

 

(Atlanta-cf)-- The Nascar Cup Series is back in action at Atlanta Motorspeedway this Sunday. Saving tires will be vital to winning fishing in front. Driver Chase Elliot says that it’s a double edged sword meaning that it’s important to save tires but also important to have the car driving well… 

 

 

Nascar Cup Series Driver Chase Elliot 

 

 

MLB Tonight: 

Philadelphia Phillies @ Chicago Cubs 

St. Louis Cardinals @ San Fransico Giants 

Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota Twins

 

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Cards Win, Cubs and Sox Lose

MLB Scores: 

Philadelphia Phillies def Chicago Cubs 13-3

St. Louis Cardinals def San Francisco Giants 5-3

Minnesota Twins def Chicago White Sox 8-5

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini Football program picked up another in-state recruit for the class of 2022. Jared Baddie, a 6 foot 5 inch linebacker from Oswego East, picked the Illini over Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue and Indiana. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- Nascar Cup Series Driver Christopher Bell started the season hot, finishing inside the top 10 multiple times during the first two months. The last couple of races, Bell says that he’s cooled off… 

 

 

Nascar Cup Series Driver Christopher Bell 

 

 

MLB Tonight: 

Philadelphia Phillies @ Chicago Cubs 

St. Louis Cardinals @ San Fransico Giants 

Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota Twins 

 

Get the latest news in Nascar with Nascar Live from 6 until 7.

 

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Chase Elliot wins Road America Race

MLB Scores:

Cincinnati Reds def Chicago Cubs 3-2

Colorado Rockies def St. Louis Cardinals 3-2

Detroit Tigers def Chicago White Sox 6-5

 

 

(Road America-cf)-- The Road Warrior strikes again. Chase Elliot won this week's Nascar Cup Series Race at Road America Sunday afternoon. Elliot earned his 2nd win of the season, and recorded his 6th win in the last 8 road courses on the Cup Series Circuit. The Motor Racing Network had flag-to-flag coverage…. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The Nathan's Famous 4th of July Hot Dog eating contest saw a new record Sunday afternoon. Professional eater Joey Chestnut ate 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes beating his own record set last year of 75. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The MLB announced the All Star rosters for this year’s game. The Chicago White Sox will be sending Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn and Liam Hedricks as reserve pitchers. Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado will start this season, and Pitcher Alex Reyes will be a reserve. The Chicago Cubs will be sending two reserve players in Kris Bryant and Pitcher Craig Kimbrel. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- Taking a look at the MLB Standings as we enter a new week and get ready for the All-Star Break: The Chicago White Sox(49-34) are still on top of the American League Central by 6.0 games over the Cleveland Indians. The Milwaukee Brewers(51-34) are in first place in the NL Central. The Chicago Cubs(42-42) sit in 3rd place at 8.5 games back. The St. Louis Cardinals(41-44) are 10 games back from the Brewers. 


 

(Urbana-cf)-- The State of Illinois, and the NCAA passed a bill last week that allowed NCAA athletes to get paid off their Name, Image and Likeness, or NIL. Fighting Illini Offensive Lineman Verderian Lowe says that all student athletes are grateful the bill passed… 

 

 

Fighting Illini offensive lineman Verderian Lowe 

 

 

MLB Tonight: 

Philadelphia Phillies @ Chicago Cubs 

St. Louis Cardinals @ San Fransico Giants 

Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota Twins 

 

Tonight on WPXN its Fast Talk. Get the latest news in Nascar from 6 until 7. 

 

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Sox win, Cards Lose

MLB Scores: 

Colorado Rockies def St. Louis Cardinals 5-2

Chicago White Sox def Minnesota Twins 8-5

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Basketball’s Kofi Cockburn has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. Cockburn has 2 seasons of eligibility remaining. He will stay in the NBA Draft as of now, but putting his name in the transfer portal will likely mean a return to college hoops. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago Blackhawks are looking to part ways with a core piece of the Stanley Cup era. The Hawks are looking to trade defenseman Duncan Keith. The Hawks are looking to trade him to his home country of Canada. Keith is owed $5.4 million this upcoming season. 

 

 

(Road America-cf)--The Nascar Cup Series will go green from Road America this Sunday. Driver Tyler Reddick has raced that course multiple times over his career with the Xfinity Series. Reddick says that he wishes the cup guys didn’t get practice so the first couple laps would surprise them… 

 

 

Nascar Cup Series Driver Tyler Reddick 


 

MLB Tonight: 

Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds 

St. Louis Cardinals @ Colorado Rockies 

Chicago White Sox @ Detroit Tigers 

 

Tonight is fan appreciation night at the Farmer City Raceway. $5 is the price of Admission for the full show with fireworks to follow the races. 

 

This Weekend on WPXN: 

 

Saturday morning Bid Buy and Save with Becky Puetz on the Live Action Auction from 8 to 10. 

 

Summer Fun Tour stops

Saturday 9-30am Rantoul 4th of July parade

Saturday 11am Onarga 4th of July Parade

Sunday Paxton Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

 

Saturday Afternoon on WPXN its Nascar Xfinity Series Racing from Road America in Elkhart Wisconsin. The Henry 180 race goes under green at 1. 

 

Sunday on WPXN its Nascar Cup Series action with the Jockey Made in America 250 from Road America. The race gets underway at 12:30. 

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Traffic enforcement for the Fourth of July holiday weekend will focus on catching drunk drivers.

(Springfield-jm) -- Traffic enforcement for the Fourth of July holiday weekend will focus on catching drunk drivers. State and local police are once again running the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, says IDOT Spokesperson Paul Wappel…

 

 

IDOT Spokesperson Paul Wappel. 14 people in Illinois died in crashes last year over the Fourth of July holiday. Two of those deaths involved at least one driver who had been drinking. Wappel says the best way to stay safe is to plan ahead of time how you’re going to get home after celebrating.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- As Americans embark on Fourth of July holiday travel this weekend, they can expect to face the highest Independence Day gas prices in seven years, as experts say several factors are poised to keep fuel costs elevated throughout the summer. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline hit $3.13 Wednesday. AAA estimates more than 47.7 million Americans will travel this Independence Day weekend, nearly 40% more than last year and just 2.5% fewer than in 2019. More than 91% of those travelers intend to get to their destination by car, meaning record numbers could be filling their tanks in the coming days despite surging gas prices and reports of fuel shortages. Locally prices range from $3.06 a gallon in Onarga to $3.25 in Paxton.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Adjutant General says cybersecurity threats continue to increase. Major General Richard Neely is also a cyberspace officer and says the state has already seen several attacks such as at the Illinois Board of Elections and Attorney General’s office. He stresses the importance of planning for such events at the national, state and local level…

 

 

Illinois Adjutant General Richard Neely. Neely was speaking at a virtual press conference previewing the National Cyber Shield training event set for mid-July.

 

 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum has released the name of the woman killed in a crash near the Ford-Iroquois County line this week. Cheatum identified the woman as 20 year old Faith Billerbeck of Ashkum. Police say Billerbeck was traveling north on county road 00 North at Route 116 when she turned into the path of a westbound semi.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker recently issued more executive orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. 106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City discusses the orders…

 

 

106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Mahomet-jm) -- Residents looking forward to the Freedom Fest Celebration in Mahomet this Friday will have to wait a little while longer. The committee in charge of the event decided to postpone the fireworks event for the safety of festival-goers. Soggy conditions at Lake of the Woods, standing water, and exceedingly high river levels are creating unsafe conditions. The celebration will be rescheduled although a new date has not yet been announced.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Corn and soybean markets are reacting to lower-than-expected planted acres numbers in USDA's Acreage report. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois’ bond status received an upgrade from Moody’s for the first time in over two decades, and it’s likely to have a big impact on taxpayers. The state’s current unpaid bills sit at less than $3 billion, but in 2017 that number had crossed beyond $16 billion. There’s also $144 billion in unfunded pension liabilities that still exist. With the upgrade the state could borrow money at a better interest rate saving taxpayers money.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Supporters of the new college athlete endorsement bill hope it will serve as a recruiting tool. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign athletic director Josh Whitman says letting athletes sign endorsement deals and earn money off the use of their name and image could entice more students into choosing a school here. He says they plan on touting the new law to prospective players…

 

 

University of Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman. The U-S Supreme Court recently ruled that schools can cover education related expenses for athletes, including computers, tutoring and lab fees.

 

 

(Iroquois County-jm) -- Funnel clouds were reported in the skies over parts of Ford and Iroquois Counties Wednesday afternoon. The National Weather Service says the funnel clouds were not associated with supercell thunderstorms, the kind that creates tornadoes, but rather cold air funnels. The weather service says these funnels rarely reach the ground.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Since some lawmakers in the General Assembly approved pay raises for themselves, other lawmakers including one local have been donating it to non-profits in their district. One of those donating his raise is 106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City…

 

 

106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- A Rantoul woman has been fined $1,000 for growing cannabis plants outside her home. Julie Perez pleaded guilty in Champaign County court to production of fewer than five plants. A felony charge was dismissed in exchange for her guilty plea.

 

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at St. Paul Lutheran Church Gilman today from 12-6.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- USDA's report on commodity prices shows big gains during May. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

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Cubs lose, Cards and Sox win

MLB Scores: 

Milwaukee Brewers def Chicago Cubs 15-7

St. Louis Cardinals def Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4

Chicago White Sox def Minnesota Twins 13-3

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathon Toews(Taves) will return to the team next season. Toews sat out the 2021 season due to Chronic Immune Response Syndrome he announced on Twitter Wednesday Morning. Toews is back in Chicago skating at the United Center preparing for his return next season. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini Football Program earned their 11th commitment for the class of 2022. Mississippi Wide Receiver Ashton Hollins committed via Twitter Wednesday afternoon. The 6’4” Lucedale Miss. native received an offer from Brett Bielema just over a week ago. 

 

 

(Charlotte-jm) -- Chip Ganassi has sold his NASCAR team to Trackhouse Racing, and will pull out of the nation's top stock car series at the end of this season. Ganassi fields two cars in the Cup Series but will transfer his North Carolina race shop and all its assets to Trackhouse Racing for 2022. Ganassi will continue to field an Indycar team.


 

(Urbana-cf)-- Former Metamora High School Football Coach Pat Ryan joined the Fighting Illini Football program as the Director of High School Relations. Ryan says that Brett Bielema has already started mending the relationships with in-state coaches and that he was already the second phone call some of them received… 

 

 

Illini Football Director of High School Relations Pat Ryan 

 

 

 

MLB Tonight: 

St. Louis Cardinals @ Colorado Rockies 

Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox 

Chicago Cubs are off

 

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Cubs lose, Cards and Sox win

MLB Scores: 

Milwaukee Brewers def Chicago Cubs 2-1

St. Louis Cardinals def Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2

Chicago White Sox def Minnesota Twins 7-6

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- Two EI Baseball games will be made up on July 24. Due to the inclement weather over the weekend and the past two days, the Paxton Swedes and Royal Giants will resume where they left off in the 4th inning, and the Buckley Dutchmasters and Gifford-Flatville Gifflats will also be made up on the 24th. There will be no EI Baseball this weekend due to Independence Day. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- With the July 1 deadline approaching for NCAA Football players to make their decisions to stay with their current team, or transfer 7 Fighting Illini players have made the decision to leave. Offensive Lineman Blaise Sparks, Kevin Tyler, and Phifer Griffin, Wide Receiver James Frenchie, Defensive Lineman Tre’Von Riggens, Defensive Lineman Anthony Shipton, Wide Receiver Kyron Cumby all made the decision to leave the program. Quarterback Coran Taylor has also switched positions to cornerback in the latest roster update. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Head Basketball Coach Brad Underwood made another addition to his staff Tuesday afternoon. Underwood hired his son Tyler Underwood as director of recruiting and scouting. Tyler finished a six-year college basketball career which included 4 seasons at Illinois. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- Hendrick Motorsports on the Nascar Cup Series has been picking up wins left and right this season. Nascar Driver Ryan Blaney says that Hendrick has their stuff together, and the biggest obstacle thus far has been picking up speed… 

 

 

Nascar Cup Series Driver Ryan Blaney 

 

 

MLB Tonight: 

Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers 

Arizona Diamondbacks @ St. Louis Cardinals 

Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox

 

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Cards win, Cubs lose

MLB Scores: 

Milwaukee Brewers def Chicago Cubs 14-4

St. Louis Cardinals def Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1

Chicago White Sox were PPD 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- All-Star voting is reaching its final stages with the weekend slated to begin July 13. The finalists for the Chicago White Sox include: Catcher Yasmani Grandal, First baseman Jose Abreu, and Third Basemen Yoan Moncada. For the St. Louis Cardinals: Catcher Yadier Molina, and Third Basemen Nolan Arenado. For the Chicago Cubs: Catcher Wilson Contreras, First Baseman Anthony Rizzo, Shortstop Javy Baez, Third Baseman Kris Bryant, and Outfielder Joc Pederson. 


 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball program will face a familiar opponent in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge this season. Much like last year, the Illini will host Notre Dame Nov. 29. This will be the 43rd meeting between the Irish and the Fighting Illini. 


 

(St. Louis-cf)-- The St. Louis Cardinals are looking for ways to record outs throughout games. Manager Mike Schildt says that they are going to get creative to find outs… 

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Schildt 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech threw a bullpen session Monday afternoon. Sox manager Tony La Russa says that it went well and Kopech looks sharp… 

 

 

Chicago White Sox Manager Tony La Russa 

 

 

MLB Tonight: 

Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers 

Arizona Diamondbacks @ St. Louis Cardinals 

Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox 

 

Tonight on WPXN its Nascar Live, get the latest news in Nascar from 6 until 7.

 

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William Byron and Kyle Busch win at Pocono

E.I. Baseball Scores: 

The E.I. Games scheduled for Sunday were postponed and will be made up on July 24th. Sites to be determined.

 

MLB Scores: 

LA Dodgers def Chicago Cubs 7-1

Pittsburgh Pirates def St. Louis Cardinals 7-2

Seattle Mariners def Chicago White Sox 3-2 game 1

Chicago White Sox def Seattle Mariners 7-5

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu exited the first game of Saturday’s DH against the Mariners after being hit by a pitch in the knee. Abreu was struck by a 95mph sinker on the right knee. Further tests will be run to see if Abreu will miss any length of time. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- Taking a look at the area MLB Teams in the divisions standings as we enter a new week of the season: the Chicago Cubs sit second or 2.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. The St. Louis Cardinals sit 8 games behind the Brewers for the lead. The Chicago White Sox are in 1st place in the AL Central, with a 2.5 game lead over the Cleveland Indians. 

 

 

(Pocono-cf)-- Kyle Busch won the second race from Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon, with a bad clutch. Busch slammed the door on Hendrick Motorsports fourth straight win. Alex Bowman was the winner of Saturday afternoon's race.  The Motor Racing Network had all the action…

 


 

(Urbana-cf)--The House of Paign TBT team will enter this year’s tournament at the #2 seed in the Peoria Region. House of Paign player Brandon Paul says he is excited to play with this year’s team, and with guys that he’s played with in the past… 

 

 

House of Paign Point Guard Brandon Paul 

 

 

MLB Tonight: 

Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers 

Arizona Diamondbacks @ St. Louis Cardinals 

Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox 

 

Tonight on WPXN get the latest news on Nascar with Fast Talk from 6 until 7. 

 

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Cubs win with no hitter, Cards lose

MLB Scores: 

Chicago Cubs def LA Dodgers 4-0 Zach Davies and 3 relievers combined for the first combined no-hitter in franchise history

 

Pittsburgh Pirates def St. Louis Cardinals 8-2

White Sox were off 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini point guard Ayo Dosunmu and All-American track star Olivia Howell were named the Dike Eddleman athletes of the year. The athletes were selected by Fighting Illini Coaches and DIA staff members. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- 8 Fighting Illini football Players were named preseason All Big Ten Thursday afternoon. Jake Hansen, Owen Carney, Chase Brown, Blake Hayes, Ethan Tabel, Tony Adams, Doug Kramer, and Blake Jeresaty were all named by Big Ten staff. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago Bulls point guard Zach LaVine(laveen) was selected to represent the United States Basketball Team. The Olympic games open July 23, with the USA Men’s team playing an exhibition game against Nigeria July 10. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Men’s Football  football player Isiah Williams has made the switch from quarterback to wide receiver for this upcoming season. Williams says that Coach Beilema brought up the idea, and Williams says he’s all in to help the team… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Wide Receiver Isiah Williams 

 

 

 

MLB Tonight: 

Chicago Cubs @ LA Dodgers 

St. Louis Cardinals @ Pittsburgh Pirates 

Seattle Mariners @ Chicago White Sox 

 

E.I. Baseball this weekend

Buckley Dutchmasters at Gifford Flatville Gifflats 1pm DH

Royal Giants at Paxton Swedes 1pm DH

 

This Weekend on WPXN: 

 

Saturday Afternoon on WPXN it’s Nascar Cup Series Racing from Pocono Raceway. The Race goes green at 1pm. 

 

Sunday on WPXN it's Nascar Xfinity Series Racing from Pocono. The race will start after the Sunday Morning Church services.  Following the Xfinity race , the second cup race at Pocono on Sunday

 

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Sox win, Cards Lose

MLB Scores

Detroit Tigers def St. Louis Cardinals 6-2

Chicago White Sox def Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 snapping 5 game losing streak

Cubs were off

 

(Charlotte-jm) -- Jeff Gordon will leave the Fox Sports booth to take a daily role at Hendrick Motorsports as vice chairman and the second-ranking team official to majority owner Rick Hendrick. Wednesday's announcement positions the four-time champion and Hall of Fame driver to one day succeed the 71-year-old Hendrick at the top of NASCAR's winningest organization.

 

MLB Today

Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals 7:15

Chicago Cubs @ LA Dodgers 9:10

White Sox are off

 

E.I. Baseball this weekend

Buckley Dutchmasters at Gifford Flatville Gifflats 1pm DH

Royal Giants at Paxton Swedes 1pm DH

 

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Cubs Win, Cards and Sox Lose

MLB Scores

Detroit Tigers def St. Louis Cardinals 8-2

Chicago Cubs def Cleveland Indians 7-1

Pittsburgh Pirates def Chicago White Sox 6-3 (White Sox 5th straight loss)

 

Chicago White Sox outfielder Adam Engel went back on the injured reserve list Tuesday with a strained right hamstring. There is no timetable for his return.

 

The Detroit Pistons will have the top pick in the NBA draft. The Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors round out the top 4.

 

The Harlem Globetrotters are petitioning the NBA to allow the team to join the league. The legendary exhibition basketball team, known for its players' innovative basketball skills, was founded in 1926. If approved they would become the 31st team.

 

MLB Today

Chicago White Sox @ Pittsburgh Pirates - 11:35

St. Louis Cardinals @ Detroit Tigers - 12:10

Cubs are off

 

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Cubs lose

MLB Scores: 

Cleveland Indians def Chicago Cubs 4-0

Cardinals and White Sox were off 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Center Kofi Cockburn officially announced that he will not be returning to Illinois for his Junior season. Cockburn will stay in the NBA Draft which is scheduled for July 29. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- Four American Golfers will represent the United States in the Olympic Games in Tokyo this year. Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Shauffele, and Collin Morikowa will represent the US. The 4 man team was finalized after the US Open this past weekend. 

 

 

MLB Tonight: 

Cleveland Indians @ Chicago Cubs 

Chicago White Sox @ Pittsburgh Pirates 

St. Louis Cardinals @ Detroit Tigers 

 

Tonight on WPXN its Nascar Live, get the latest news in Nascar from 6 until 7.

 

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