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Brad Keslowski wins at New Hampshire

MLB

The Cubs beat the Pirates 2-1 in 11 innings. 

 

The White Sox scored 7 runs in the 7th inning in a 9-2 win over the Royals.

 

E. I. Baseball

Number 1 seed Royal defeated #4 seed El Paso 10-0 in the first semi final game of the E. I. Tournament. Storm Joop had 4 hits and 5 RBI as the #2 seed Buckley Dutchmasters defeated the #3 seed Paxton Swedes 15-5 in the second semi-final game. Royal and Buckley will play on Saturday at Buckley in the best of 3 Championship.

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Two key Illini Men’s Basketball players will return next season. Ayo Dosunmu will return to Champaign for his junior year. The 6 foot 5 Illini Guard announced Friday night he will withdraw his name from the NBA draft consideration. Dosunmu averaged just over 16 points a game last season. Saturday, Kofi Cockburn announced he too will withdraw and come back.

 

(Undated-jm) -- Junior high sports will be played after all. The IESA reversed their decision Friday and will allow fall sports of golf, softball, baseball and cross country. Practices can start today with games starting August 15th.

 

NHL Tonight

Chicago Blackhawks @ Edmonton Oilers

 

MLB Tonight

St. Louis Cardinals @ Detroit Tigers 6:10

Chicago White Sox @ Milwaukee Brewers 7

Kansas City Royals @ Chicago Cubs 7:15


 

NASCAR 

Brad Keslowski held off Denny Hamlin on the last lap to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The two battled back and forth for most of the race. Martin Truex Jr. finished third, Joey Logano was fourth and Kevin Harvick was fifth.

 

Tonight on WPXN its Fast Talk. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6-7.

 

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NASCAR Cup Series heads to New Hampshire

MLB

Cubs and Reds were postponed

Cards and White Sox were off

 

MLB today

Cardinals at Brewers 1:10pm

Pirates at Cubs 7:15pm

White Sox at Royals 7:05pm

 

The semi finals of the 85th Eastern Illinois Baseball League Tournament will be held in Buckley at Scheiwe Field on Sunday August 2.

 

1:00 p.m. (1) Royal vs. (4) El Paso

4:00 p.m. (2) Buckley vs. (3) Paxton

 

 

Tonight at the Farmer City Raceway it’s a Full Show of racing. See the best in Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Lates, Street Stocks, plus Hornets and B-Mods. Gates open at 4pm, Hot laps at 6:30pm, Qualifying at 7pm and racing gets underway at 7:30pm. Admission is $12 for adults, veterans get in for $5, and kids 12 and under are free. 


 

(New Hampshire-jm) -- The NASCAR Cup Series heads to New Hampshire this weekend. Denny Hamlin has 5 wins on the season. He talks about if he feels he can win on any track…

 

 

NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin.

 

 

Saturday morning it’s our Live Action Auction. Bid Buy and save on items and gift certificates from area businesses starting at 8am.

 

Sunday on WPXN it’s NASCAR Cup Series Racing with the Foxwood Resorts Casino 300 from New Hampshire with a 1pm start time.

 

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The Illini nation mourns the loss of Lou Henson

MLB

Reds def Cubs 12-7

Twins def  Cardinals 3-0

The White Sox scored 4 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Indians 4-0.

 

 

(Bloomington-cf)-- The IHSA and the Governor's office have released new information involving fall sports. WPXN’s Cale Fleming has the latest…

 

 

The Illini nation is mourning the loss of Lou Henson, the all-time wins leader as men's basketball coach at the University of Illinois. He also coached at New Mexico State, Henson died Saturday at his home in Champaign, Illinois, at age 88, his family announced yesterday. He was buried yesterday in a ceremony in Champaign, which was attended by family only.

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The pressure on longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to step down is mounting

(Springfield-jm) -- The pressure on longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to step down is mounting. Madigan hasn’t been charged with a crime. However, he has been embroiled in charging documents the U.S. Department of Justice secured against ComEd. In a statement on Tuesday, state Senator Heather Steans was the latest high-profile elected official to call for Madigan to step down from leadership. The statement published to a political blog said the ComEd agreement painted a “sordid picture of bribery, influence peddling and insider-dealing at the highest levels.”

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Thousands of businesses in Illinois have closed since Governor J.B. Pritzker issued stay-at-home orders to reduce the spread of COVID-19, according to a quarterly report from the consumer review website Yelp, which said more of those businesses will remain closed rather than reopen. In its “economic average” report, Yelp found about 5,100 Illinois-based business listings on its site have either temporarily closed or will permanently shutter. Most of the closures, 4,400, were listed as Chicago-based businesses. A separate report from the Illinois Policy Institute estimated the state could permanently lose 94,200 service sector jobs should state officials begin to reinstate closure orders. 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois’ attorney general asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging Gov. JB Pritzker’s executive orders closing non-essential businesses and workplaces are unconstitutional. A group of Chicagoland business owners argued the governor’s COVID-19 restrictions amount to the confiscation of private property without monetary compensation. Such an action would violate the U.S. and Illinois constitutions, they say. But the state in a response filed contends that would be “entirely unreasonable” because the relevant executive orders have expired, allowing all businesses in Illinois to reopen. In its response to the lawsuit, it points out all the businesses listed in the lawsuit have resumed operations.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Crop conditions continue to improve for Illinois corn and soybeans. In the weekly crop report, State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says corn is moving right along…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 67 percent of soybeans are blooming and 36 percent are setting pods. The soybean crop improved to 76 percent in good to excellent condition. The second cutting of alfalfa hay is now 81 percent complete and nearly all winter wheat acres have been harvested. Average statewide topsoil moisture is rated at one percent very short, 11 percent short, 79 percent adequate and nine percent surplus.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,076 new cases of Coronavirus and 30 additional deaths bringing the state’s total number of cases to 173,731 and deaths to 7,446. Locally, Vermilion County reported 14 new cases bringing their total to 160. McLean County reported 11 new cases bringing their total to 472. Kankakee County reported 21 new cases bringing their total to 1,702. Livingston County reported 3 new cases bringing their total to 79. Iroquois County reported 22 new cases bringing their total to 241. Champaign County set a record with 55 new cases bringing their total to 1,367. Ford County reported no new cases Tuesday.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- As for cases in area communities, 233 have been in Rantoul, 78 in Mahomet, 56 in Clifton, 51 in Gilman, 30 in Fisher, 27 in Watseka, 23 each in St. Joseph and Chebanse, 20 in Hoopeston, 18 in Onarga, 14 in Ashkum, 11 each in Paxton and Gibson City, 8 each in Crescent City and Danforth, 7 each in Foosland and Ludlow, 6 each in Saybrook and Milford, 5 in Thomasboro, 3 in Dewey, 2 in Gifford and 1 each in Penfield and Ogden.

 

 

(Rantoul-cf)-- The Village of Rantoul will be replacing a storm siren in the village. The siren was built in the 1970’s and the siren is starting to malfunction. Village Administrator Scott Eisenhower gives us the details… 

 

 

 Rantoul Village Administrator Scott Eisenhower

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- One wind farm will not be coming to Ford County and the future of a second one could be in jeopardy. Pattern Energy Group was set to develop the Heritage Prairie Wind Farms between Piper City and Roberts however, the company feels the county is no longer welcoming to wind farms and will go to a more favorable area. At issue is a moratorium on wind farm development after the county zoning board has gone back and forth on possible new changes. That moratorium was issued in 2018 and remains in place. The moratorium could impact the Ford Ridge Wind Farm near Sibley. Developer Apex Energy is in the first phase, however, with the moratorium, phase two, which is the construction of the wind farm can’t be done. That wind farm could bring in $32 million to the county. 

 

 

(Bloomington-jm) -- Will students return to the classroom this fall and if so for how long? That’s one of many unanswered questions facing parents, students, teachers and school administrators. 53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman says he believes the Governor’s response will be pretty clear…

 

 

53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman.

 

 

(Roberts-jm) -- The Village of Roberts is once again under a boil order. The village says the village's water pressure dropped below allowable levels for an unknown reason. The village will update residents when it is safe to drink the water.

 

(Washington-jm) -- The COVID-19 aid package Congress is working on could cost taxpayers between $1 trillion and $3 trillion, but a central Illinois congressman warns if liability protection for schools isn’t addressed, it could cost taxpayers even more. Liability protection from virus-related lawsuits isn’t just for businesses. U.S. Representative Rodney Davis, of Taylorville, said it should be for schools of all kinds. Opponents of proposals in Congress from Republicans include the American Association for Justice which said businesses should be held accountable ”if they don’t take proper precautions”.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor. J.B. Pritzker is talking up Illinois’ COVID-19 response by criticizing neighboring states amid an uptick in infection rates in Illinois. On multiple occasions, Pritzker has used news conferences near state lines to highlight positivity rates in other states. According to Johns Hopkins University data, Illinois’ seven-day rolling average of positive cases as a percentage of total tests was 3.8 percent on July 26. Indiana’s was 7.9 percent, Iowa’s was 9.3 percent, Missouri’s was 13.5 percent, and Wisconsin’s was 7.1 percent.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- If you get any seeds in the mail that you didn't order, don't plant them. That's the warning from the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Reports have been flooding in from across the United States of people receiving unsolicited packages containing seeds from China in the mail.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Crop conditions continue to improve for Illinois corn and soybeans. 22 percent of corn is now in the dough stage and 74 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition. That’s an increase from the previous week. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says 67 percent of soybeans are blooming…

 

 

State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener. 97 percent of winter wheat has been harvested. Average statewide topsoil moisture is now rated as one percent very short, 11 percent short, 79 percent adequate and nine percent surplus.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,076 new cases of Coronavirus and 30 additional deaths bringing the state’s total number of cases to 173,731 and deaths to 7,446. As for active and recovered cases locally...117 have recovered in Vermilion County with 40 in isolation and 1 hospitalized. In McLean County, 396 have recovered with 37 in isolation and 4 hospitalized. In Kankakee County, 1,190 have recovered with 447 active cases and 12 hospitalized. 1,140 have recovered in Champaign County with 209 active cases and 13 hospitalized. 66 have been removed from isolation in Livingston County with 11 cases still active. In Iroquois County, 185 have been released from isolation with 45 remaining in isolation and 6 hospitalized. 40 have been released from isolation in Ford County with 5 remaining in isolation.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- No additional deaths were reported locally Tuesday. That comes after two new deaths each were reported in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties and one additional death in Champaign County on Monday.

 

 

(Bloomington-jm) -- Will there be fall sports at Illinois high schools? That’s a question plaquing coaches and athletic directors. 53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman says he thinks fall sports, in particular football, could be in jeopardy…

 

 

53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington. The IHSA is expected to meet today where a decision on fall sports is expected to be made.

 

 

(Danville-jm) -- A company vying for a shot at building a casino in Danville has withdrawn its application. Havens Gaming, LLC says it is still committed to the project. The company says it is withdrawing its Owners Gaming License Application in order to prepare and submit a new one. 

 

(Thomasboro-cf)-- Thomasboro Schools, which normally starts in July since they are a calendar school, will not be starting until August 22 due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Thomasboro Superintendent of Schools Bonnie McArther details the late start, as well as the reopening plan… 

 

 

Thomasboro Superintendent of Schools Bonnie McArther. This plan is not final however. There is still a push from teachers to go solely online which the board will revisit at their next scheduled meeting before the school year gets underway. 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Hy-Vee Pharmacies will be rolling out their drive up flu clinics starting in August. The company announced Tuesday, they will begin the drive up flu clinics starting August 17th running through October 31st. Flu clinics will take place 7-11 am on Mondays, 3-7 pm on Thursdays and 10-2 on Saturdays.

 

 

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Decision on High School Fall Sports in Illinois to be made today

MLB Scores from Last night: 

Javy Baez homered twice as the Cubs beat the Reds 8-5.

Twins beat the Cardinals 6-3

Indians beat the White Sox 5-3

 

 

(Miami-cf)-- The Miami Marlins organization has been facing a Covid-19 outbreak in the locker room. The MLB released yesterday that the Marlins will not play games until at least Sunday pending tests. The postponed series include the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and the Philadelphia Phillies. 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago Bears are going to lose a key player on Defense for the upcoming season. Defensive Tackle Eddie Goldman has opted out of the 2020 season citing the pandemic, and the first in the Bears organization to do so. Goldman has started 63 games for the Bears and has 12.5 sacks. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The University of Illinois Football program has received two more commitments for the class of 2021. Zachary Barlev, a three star offensive lineman verbally committed to the Illini less than eight hours after committing to Bowling Green. Barlev is a Top 50 player in the State of Illinois. The 6’4 290 lineman received offers from Columbia, Harvard, and  Eastern Illinois. The second commit, Tyler Strain, a Corner Back from Pace Florida also committed verbally making it the 16th commit for the class of 2021. 

 

 

(New Hampshire-cf)-- Nascar is back this Sunday on WPXN from New Hampshire Motorspeedway. Denny Hamlin is looking for his sixth win on the season, and Hamlin says he feels confident at every track he’s been to this year… 

 

 

Nascar Driver Denny Hamlin. Hear all the Nascar Action this Sunday on WPXN at 1pm 

 


 

MLB Games this evening: 

Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds- 5:40

St. Louis Cardinals @ Minnesota Twins- 7:10

Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland- 5:10

 

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Illinois Basketball stars Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn have both received invitations to the NBA Draft Combine

MLB Scores from last night: 

Chicago Cubs Beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-7

The St. Louis Cardinals were off 

The Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians were postponed due to weather, will play a twin bill this afternoon. 

 

 

(Miami-cf)-- Could the MLB restart already be in jeopardy? 14 Miami Marlins players and staff have tested positive for the Covid-19 the first weekend in. Commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters yesterday the outbreak “is not a nightmare situation.” The MLB has not yet confirmed rumors of canceling the season. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago White Sox have lost two players in the first 3 games of the season. Pitcher Reynaldo Lopex has been placed on the 10 day Injured List for a shoulder strain suffered in his first outing Sunday afternoon, and Left Fielder Eloy Jimenez is day-to-day after crashing into the outfield fence on Sunday afternoon. There is no timetable for his return. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Illinois Basketball stars Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn have both received invitations to the NBA Draft Combine. Both have verbally declared to test the NBA Draft waters, and still have until August 3rd to remain in the draft or return to Champaign-Urbana for another season. There is not a date set for the NBA Draft Combine. 



MLB Games today: 

Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds- 5:40

St. Louis Cardinals @ Minnesota Twins- 7:10

Chicago White Sox Double Header @ Cleveland Indians- 2:40 and 6:10

 

Tonight on WPXN its NASCAR Live, get the latest news in NASCAR from 6 to 7. 

 

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Cubs Win, Cards and Sox Lose

MLB Sunday:

Cubs defeated Brewers 9-1

Pirates Defeated Cardinals 5-1

Twins Defeated White Sox 14-2

 

E.I. Baseball Scores from Sunday Afternoon 

Buckley defeated El Paso 22-2

El Paso forfeited Game 2 

 

Royal def Paxton 2-0

Royal def Paxton 13-3

 

 

(Bane Minnesota-cf)-- Michael Thompson was the winner of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities yesterday afternoon. Thompson sectured his first win in over seven years by two strokes. Thompson finished the week -19. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford was deemed “unfit to play” last week at the restart of practice in preparation for the NHL opening night 2.0. The reason for Crawfords absence has been released. Crawford tested positive for Covid-19, and finished up his self isolation period before returning to the team. 

 

Farmer City Raceway Results 

Late Models, Taylor Scheffler, Waukesha (Wisc.)

Modifieds, Mike McKinney, Plainfield

Pro lates, Kyle McMahon, Mount Vernon

Street Stocks, Lance Evans, Westville



MLB Games Today: 

Chicago Cubs at the Cincinnati Reds-5:40

St. Louis Cardinals at the Minnesota Twins-7:10

Chicago White Sox at the Cleveland Indians-6:10

 

Tonight on WPXN, its Fast Talk. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6pm to  7pm

 

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Denny Hamlin Wins at Kansas

(Kansas--jc)  Nascar had a Cup Series race in Kansas City last night. MRN radio has the details…

 

 

 

(Washington-cf)-- The Washington Football Team, will now be the new name of the once Washington Redskins. The team has made the temporary name change for the 2020 season. Washington will keep the same team colors, burgundy and gold, and will replace the old logo on their helmets to the player's number. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago Bears have made a roster change. The Bears released Tight End Ben Braunecker(BREW-NECKER) yesterday afternoon. Braunecker played three seasons with the Bears, and totaled 6 receptions for 142 yards last season. 

 

 

(MLB-cf)-- The MLB voted yesterday afternoon to expand the playoffs due to the COVID season. There will now be 16 teams in the playoffs rather than the usual 8 teams. 

 

MLB Games Today: 

Milwaukee Brewers @ Chicago Cubs-7:05

Pittsburgh Pirates @ St Louis Cardinals-7:15

The Chicago White Sox host the Minnesota Twins tonight at 7  


 

Tonight at the Farmer City Raceway it's the 10th annual Jr. Kimler Memorial race with $3 thousand dollars to win for Late Models plus a full show. Gates open at 4pm, Hot laps at 6:30pm, Qualifying at 7pm and racing gets underway at 7:30pm. Admission is $12 for adults, veterans get in for $5, and kids 12 and under are free. 

 

Saturday on WPXN it’s the Nascar Xfinity Series Race Kansas 250  from Kansas Motorspeedway at 3:30 


 

EI Baseball Doubleheaders this Sunday 

Royal vs Paxton at Buckley

Buckley @ El Paso



 

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Nascar Cup Series racing tonight with the Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts

(Bloomington-cf)-- The IHSA will take part in a roundtable discussion this Friday with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education. In a release from the IHSA, IHSA Director Craig Anderson said “The Illinois High School Association will meet with IDPH, and IDES, we expect this meeting will provide important guidance on how the IHSA will proceed with fall sports.” WPXN will provide the latest information as it becomes available. 

 

 

(MLB-cf)-- Earlier this week the Candaian government told the Toronto Blue Jays no games could be played in the city of Toronto. The Blue Jays organization were denied by the state of Pennsylvania to play a majority of their home games at the Pittsburgh Pirates stadium. The MLB opening day is scheduled for tomorrow. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Bears fans will have to wear masks this season if allowed at Soldier Field. The NFL released a statement yesterday afternoon notifying all teams in the NFL that if games are able to be played this season, all fans, and staff will have to follow the mask mandate. Players are going to be wearing a modified shield, similar to the visor worn on many players helmets. 

 

This Friday at the Farmer City Raceway it's the 10th annual Jr. Kimler Memorial race with $3 thousand dollars to win for Late Models plus a full show. Gates open at 4pm, Hot laps at 6:30pm, Qualifying at 7pm and racing gets underway at 7:30pm. Admission is $12 for adults, veterans get in for $5, and kids 12 and under are free. 


 

MLB

Pre Season

Chicago Cubs 5 Minnesota Twins 4

The Cubs open the regular season tomorrow night at Wrigley Field against the Milwaukee Brewers. 

 

Tonight on WPXN its Nascar Cup Series racing with the Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts at 5:30. 

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NBA Draft Lottery moved up 5 days

(New York-cf)-- The NBA Draft Lottery which determines the draft order for the upcoming years draft, has been moved up 5 days. The lottery which was scheduled for August 25 will now take place on August 20. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews(TAVES) did not complete the scheduled practice Monday afternoon. Toews came off the ice after the Blackhawks were practicing power play drills and never returned. Head Coach Jermey Colitin did not disclose the reason for his departure. 

 

Tomorrow on WPXN it’s NASCAR Cup Series racing from Kansas Motorspeedway. The race gets underway at 5:30PM tomorrow afternoon. 

 

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University of Illinois Football adds Missouri transfer

(Urbana-cf)-- The University of Illinois Football team added another wide receiver on Monday afternoon. Missouri transfer Khmari Thompson announced the Illini as his next destination on Twitter. Illinois initially offered the 6 foot 1 inch 180 pound three star Georgia Native two years ago when he committed to Missouri. Thompson also received offers from Purdue, Kansas State, and Georgia Tech. 

 

 

(Orlando-cf)-- The NBA Bubble is in full swing at the ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando Florida. The league has tested 346 players and staff, and all of those tests were negative. The NBA season is set to resume July 30th. 

 

 

(St. Louis-cf)-- MLB games will be played without fans this season, but the opportunity to see the Cardinals close to the ballpark is still there. Tickets are on sale to watch the Cardinals from Ballpark Village for all 30 of the Cardinals home games. You can purchase a ticket at ballparkvillage.com

 

 

(New York-cf)-- The NFL has proposed a new deal to the NFL Players Association to eliminate preseason games. The original deal was to eliminate preseason games, and play just two exhibition games, but that deal was rejected by the NFL. The proposed cancelation has been proposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

Tonight on WPXN its NASCAR Live. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6 to 7pm 

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Austin Dillon earns first NASCAR Cup Series win in 81 starts.

(Buckley--jc)  --  The Buckley Dutchmasters took two games from the Paxton Swedes Sunday afternoon at Schiewe Field. Nathan Walker provided the only run in the first game with a solo homerun in a 1-0 win. The Dutchmasters used 14 hits to produce 15 runs in the second game winning 15-5. Andrew Zenner got the win in game one and Andy Davis got the win in game 2.

 

 

(Newton Iowa-cf)-- From the IndyCar double header this weekend at the Iowa Motor Speedway, Simon Paganoud was the winner of Friday's race. Pagnoud started in last place after a fuel pump issue in qualifying. On Saturday Josef Newgarden dominated leading a majority of the race to secure his first win of the season. 

 

 

(Dublin Ohio-cf)-- Jon Rahm dominated the competition this weekend at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Golf Club in Dublin Ohio. Rahm finished his week -9. Rahm also earned the honor of being the world’s top golfer. This was Rahm’s fourth PGA Tour victory.

 

 

(Chicgo-cf)-- Baseball is back! The MLB opened up Spring Training 2.0 yesterday. The Chicago White Sox traveled to the North Side to beat the Cubs 7-3. The St. Louis Cardinals will play the Kansas City Royals Wednesday night. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- Lebron James has set  a new record in the sports world, but it might not be one that you would think of. Lebron James. James’ 03-04’ sports card was sold for a whopping 1.8 million dollars over the weekend, setting a new record for the sale of a sports card. The card was sold from Golden Auctions to Lob.com CEO Leore Avidar. 


 

Results from the Farmer City Raceway. Brian Shirley of Chatham won in Late Models, Mike McKinney of Plainfield won Modifieds. Aaron Heck of Mount Vernon won Pro Lates, Matt Maier of Thomasboro won Street Stocks. This week is the 10th Annual Jr. Kimler Memorial Race with 3 thousand to win for Late Models plus a full show. 

 

 

(Fort Worth-cf)-- Austin Dillon was the winner of yesterday's race at Texas Motorspeedway. The win was Dillion’s first in 81 starts.  Next up for the Cup Series is a race on Thursday night from Kansas Motor Speedway. You can hear the race live on WPXN.

 

Tonight on WPXN its Fast Talk. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6-7.

 

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No Tailgaiting and only 20% capacity at Illinois Football games

(Urbana--jc)  --  Plans continue for fall sports at the University of Illinois. University of Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones and Athletic Director Josh Whitman talked about the plans to have 20 percent capacity at U of I Football games, the face covering requirements to cleaning processes and tailgating. To date, no football will be played until the Big 10 season. WPXN will carry all U of I Football games  again this year. 

 

 

(Bloomington--jc)  The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin has decided to wait till next week to decide how fall sports will take place in its league. League officials are looking to the N-C-A-A for further guidelines before making a decision. A decision is expected next Thursday or Friday. 

 

E. I. Baseball 1pm Double Header

Paxton at Buckley 

Royal at El Paso

 

(Farmer City-cf)-- Tonight at the Farmer City Raceway it’s The Baum Chevrolet Buick  UMP Summer Nationals with $10 thousand dollars to win for Late Models plus full show. Gates open at 4pm, Hot laps at 6:30pm, Qualifying at 7pm and racing gets underway at 7:30pm. Admission is $25 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free. 

 

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s the Iowa 300 INDY Car Race number 1 from Iowa Speedway. Broadcast starts at 7:30pm. 

 

Saturday morning it’s our Live Action Auction starting at 8am. 

 

Saturday evening it's the Iowa 300 INDY Car Race number 2 from Iowa Speedway. Broadcast starts at 7pm.

 

On Sunday its the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR Cup Series race  from Texas Motor Speedway with a 1pm start time.

 

 

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Chase Elliott Wins All Star Race

(Bristol-cf)-- Chase Elliott now joins his dad Bill Elliott as a winner of the Nascar All-Star Race. Chase Elliott won the second and the third stages of the race last night, which let him choose which lane he wanted for the final 15 lap winner take all stage. Elliott’s earnings were right at $1 million. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is now “day-to-day” as he underwent an MRI yesterday morning. The MRI showed slight inflammation in Rizzo’s lower back, an injury that he has dealt with before in his time with the Cubs. 

 

(New York-cf)-- Who has the best starting lineup for the pandemic shortened MLB season? The LA Dodgers came in on top while the Chicago White Sox placed 7th and the Chicago Cubs 8th. The MLB season gets underway in just over one week from today. 

 

 

(Dublin Ohio-cf)-- The PGA tee’s off today with the first round at 9:20 CT. The Memorial Tournament will be played at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Tiger Woods will make his first appearance on the tour this season. Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy tee off at 12:17 CT.

 

 

(Farmer City-cf)-- The Baum Chevrolet Buick  UMP Summer Nationals are tomorrow night at the Farmer City Raceway with $10 thousand dollars to win for Late Models plus full show. Gates open at 4pm, Hot laps at 6:30pm, Qualifying at 7pm and racing gets underway at 7:30pm. Admission is $25 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free. 


 

Saturday on WPXN its the second Live Action Auction of the month. Bid Buy and save on WPXN at 8am.






 

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NASCAR All Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway Tonight

Tonight on WPXN its the NASCAR All Star Race from Bristol Motor Speedway. Our Broadcast begins at 5:30. 

 

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Illinois is now in the middle of the pack in terms of the state's government-mandated COVID-19 restrictions

(Springfield-jm) -- There's a debate on how the state should distribute federal funds received from the CARES Act. This comes after the Illinois Municipal League held a press conference, asking the governor to change proposed guidelines. Congress allowed local governments to use the funding for several purposes including supporting local businesses, however, the Pritzker administration is making that an ineligible expense. If a city can’t find eligible expenses to use the money, the money would be allocated somewhere else. The state is also proposing shortening the time frame cities can get reimbursed by 60 days.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois is no longer an outlier in terms of the state's government-mandated COVID-19 restrictions, it's now in the middle of the pack when it comes to measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. According to the consumer finance website WalletHub in the days before Governor J.B. Pritzker allowed the state to enter Phase 4 of his Reopen Illinois plan, the state was one of the most restrictive in the nation, ranked 41st overall. Illinois now ranks 26th.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- A consumer economics educator at the University of Illinois Extension says checking your credit report is even more important then your credit score. The Extension’s Kathy Sweedler says it’s really important to review your credit report and protect yourself from identity theft…

 

 

University of Illinois Extension Consumer Economics Educator Kathy Sweedler. Sweedler says usually, you can view your credit report from each of the three credit bureaus once a year. But because of the pandemic, you can check it once a week through April 2021.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Illinois is now up to 154,799 cases of COVID-19 and 7193 deaths. Locally, Vermilion County has 2 new cases bringing their total to 87. McLean County has 12 new cases bringing their total to 321 Livingston County has 2 new cases bringing their total to 58, Kankakee County has 32 new cases bringing their total number to 1,498. Iroquois County has 3 new cases bringing their total number to 176. Ford County had no new cases leaving their number at 43. Champaign County has 29 new cases bringing their total number to 1,046.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- As for cases in area communities as reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health, 214 cases have been in Rantoul, 70 in Mahomet, 55 in Clifton, 22 each in Fisher and Watseka, 20 in Chebanse, 16 each in Onarga and St. Joseph, 14 in Paxton, 12 in Ashkum, 11 in Gibson City, 10 each in Gilman and Hoopeston, 7 each in Danforth and Crescent City, 6 each in Ludlow, Milford, Beaverville and Donovan, 3 in Thomasboro, 2 each in Foosland and Dewey and 1 each in Gifford, Penfield and Royal.  

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- There are several meetings around the area tonight. WPXN’s Jason Madden has the details…

 

 

 

(Champaign County-jm) -- More money will be going toward expanding broadband in Champaign County. The Housing Authority of Champaign County is set to receive a state grant funding broadband advancements in the community. The Housing Authority is one of 12 groups being awarded up to $15,000. The grant comes from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity through the Illinois Connected Communities program.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- This past week felt like summer with temperatures in the mid to upper 90s with heat indices pushing 100. But will that trend continue through the rest of July? State Climatologist Trent Ford has the answer…

 

 

State Climatologist Trent Ford.

 

(St. Joseph-jm) -- Work on a set of bridges on I-74 near St. Joseph is expected to begin today. IDOT announced Friday crews will be working on the bridge of the Union Pacific Railroad just east of St. Joseph. Motorists can expect lane reductions in each direction. The project is expected to be completed in early November.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- There have been slight declines in condition ratings for the nation's corn and soybean crops. Stephanie Ho reports…

 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The State Board of Education is announcing an expansion to the child and adult care food program to provide meals at more than 1,000 child care centers in the state. The program benefits child care centers, head start programs, emergency shelters and before and after school programs.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Enhanced YouthCare Program is expected to begin September 1st in Illinois with three times as many providers as current DCFS providers. The Enhanced YouthCare Program is a healthcare program for current and former youth in the DCFS system.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is offering more than seven million dollars in grants to organizations providing relief during the pandemic. Authority Acting Executive Director Jason Stamps says the money will go to groups in areas hit especially hard by the virus, and can be used for several concerns…

 

 

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Acting Executive Director Jason Stamps. For more information and to apply, visit the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority’s website.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Illinois is now up to 154,799 cases of COVID-19 and 7193 deaths. Locally, there were no new deaths reported.


 

 

(Undated-jm) -- As for active and recovered cases, In Vermilion County, 53 have been released from isolation and 2 are hospitalized. In McLean County, 257 have recovered, 47 are in isolation and 2 are hospitalized. In Livingston County 53 have been removed from isolation with 3 active cases. In Kankakee County, 1,068 have recovered, 367 remain active with 6 hospitalized. In Iroquois County, 153 have recovered with 16 in isolation. In Ford County, 32 have been released from isolation while 10 remain in isolation. In Champaign County, 913 have recovered, 116 cases remain active with 2 hospitalized.

 

 

(Champaign County-cf)-- Corn is now shoulder high in much of the area as we move into the middle of summer. A lot of replants were having to be done in the area as Central Illinois faced a wet spring. Champaign County Farm Bureau Manager Brad Uken gives us an update on the areas that were replanted… 

 

 

Champaign County Farm Bureau Manager Brad Uken. 

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- The U-S Environmental Protection Agency is awarding the University of Illinois nearly $400,000 for air quality research. U of I researchers will look into improving models that show how chemicals react in the atmosphere.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Legislation being proposed in the General Assembly would limit the Governor’s emergency powers. The move comes after a lawsuit challenging Governor J-B Pritzker’s consecutive executive orders during the Coronavirus pandemic. 106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City supports the legislation…

 

 

106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- 52nd District Senator Scott Bennett of Champaign is urging nominations for the Senior Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame celebrates outstanding accomplishments in community service, education, labor force and the arts. Nominations are being accepted through August 31st and are available online at illinois dot gov slash aging slash hall of fame.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Here's the latest global outlook for soybeans. Stephanie Ho reports…

 

 

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Rookie Cole Custer wins NASCAR Race at Kentucky Speedway

E.I. Baseball results

Royal def Buckley 8-2

Royal def Buckley 3-1

 

Paxton and El Paso were rained out

 

Farmer City Raceway Results from Friday

Kevin Weaver from Gibson City won Late Models, Mike McKinney of Plainfield won Modifieds, Aaron Heck of Mount Vernon won Pro Lates, Lance Evans of Westville won Street Stocks and Matt Mackey from Delevan won Hornets. This Friday night is the Baum Chevrolet Buick UMP Summer Nationals with $10 thousand dollars to win for Late Models plus full show. 

 

NASCAR

SPARTA, Ky. -- Cole Custer saw an opening and, with help from a friend, squeezed through for the most fulfilling moment of his young racing career. Custer became the first rookie regular to win in the NASCAR Cup Series in nearly four years, surging to the lead in a four-wide, final-lap scramble Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. were dueling side by side for the lead on the Lap 266 final restart when Custer -- with a push from Matt DiBenedetto on the outside -- made his move from sixth in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. As the leaders bunched in Turn 1, Custer slid ahead and outlasted Truex's Toyota.


 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Fast Talk. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6-7.

 

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The Big Ten on Thursday announced it will go to a conference-only season for all fall sports

The Ivy League announced Wednesday that it has ruled out playing all sports this fall, becoming the first Division I conference to say it will not hold sports this upcoming semester because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The Big Ten on Thursday announced it will go to a conference-only season for all fall sports, including football, amid "unprecedented times" during the coronavirus pandemic. "We are facing uncertain and unprecedented times, and the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, game officials, and others associated with our sports programs and campuses remain our number one priority," the Big Ten said in a statement.

 

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(Columbus-cf)-- The House of ‘Paign hit the hardwood this afternoon against the Red Scare(Dayton). Tip is at 3pm this afternoon. 

 

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(New York-cf)-- The Jersey swap has become a staple in professional sports after the completion of a game between family, friends, or fans. The NFL however is the first professional sports league to put a ban on the jersey swap for this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

E.I Baseball 

This is the first full weekend of EI Baseball,

Royal @ Buckley-1pm

Paxton @ El Paso-1pm

Buckley @ Royal 3:30pm

El Paso @ Paxton 3:30pm 



 

It’s a regular night for racing at the FarmerCity Raceway.  See the best in Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Lates, Street Stocks and Hornets. Gates open at 4pm, Hot laps at 6:30pm, Qualifying at 7pm and racing gets underway at 7:30pm. Admission is $12 for adults. Veterans get in for $5, and kids 12 and under are free. Next Friday night is the Baum Chevrolet Buick UMP Summer Nationals with $10 thousand dollars to win for Late Models plus full show. 


 

Tonight on WPXN we’ll be broadcasting from the Fisher Fairgrounds. The Fisher Community Fair committee will be collecting canned goods for their food pantry and then they will have a parade through town.

 

Then we have Xfinity Racing starting tonight at 6pm from the Kentucky Motorspeedway. 


 

Sunday on WPXN its Nascar Cup Series with the Quaker State 400 from Kentucky Motorspeedway with a 1:30 start time. 

 

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House of 'Paign defeats Carmen's Crew 76-68

(Columbus-cf)-- The House of ‘Paign took down the Number one seed in The Basketball Tournament Yesterday afternoon. The Illini Alumni team beat Carmen's Crew(Ohio State) 76 to 68. The House of Paign will play The Red Scare(Dayton Alumni) Friday at 3pm 


 

(Chicago-cf)-- $350 dollars is the price you’ll have to pay to watch the Chicago Cubs. From the Rooftops. The City of Chicago has approved the rooftop seating at 25% capacity following the Phase 4 guidelines. Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber told reporters yesterday “I’m going to have to launch baseballs onto the rooftops and give them a good little shimmy dance out there.” The Cubs season kicks off at Wrigley Field July 23rd against the Milwaukee Brewers. 

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Nascar Xfinity Series Racing from Kentucky Motorspeedway with a 6pm start. 

 

Tomorrow on WPXN its Nascar Xfinity Series Racing from Kentucky Motorspeedway at 6pm 

 

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PGA to Cancel 2020 Ryder Cup

The decision has loomed for weeks, and the PGA of America will make it official Wednesday when it postpones the Ryder Cup for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. A source who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter told ESPN on Tuesday that the event, scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, will be delayed until the same time frame in 2021.

 

House of Paign which is the alumni team for the University of Illinois will play at 3pm this afternoon in the Basketball Tournament on ESPN. They will face #1 seed Carmen’s Crew which consists of former Ohio State players. Former Illini players on the House of Paign team include Andres Feliz, Malcolm Hill, Nnanna Egwu, Michael Finke and Leron Black. 

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MLB has released schedules for the 2020 season

(Bloomington-cf)-- The IHSA has released football schedules for all state schools Monday afternoon. The season will kick off Aug 28 and end Oct 23rd. PBL will kick their season off against GCMS at home. 


 

(Kansas City-cf)-- Patrick Mahomes is now the richest athlete in the world. Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a 10 year deal that is worth up to $503 Million dollars. Mahomes is expected to get 21.4 Million this season. 

 

 

(New York-cf)-- The MLB has released schedules for the 2020 season. The Chicago Cubs will open up the year against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Chicago White Sox will open against the Minnesota Twins, and the St. Louis Cardinals will open against the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

 

 

(NHL-cf)-- The NHL and the NHLPA have agreed to terms on the return to play guidelines. The NHL will return to the ice August 1st, and have also agreed to add years to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The CBA now expires after the 2026 season. 

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s NASCAR Live, get the latest news in NASCAR from 6 to 7pm.

 

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Kevin Harvick wins the Brickyard 400

House of ‘Paign got its first ever win in the Basketball Tournament Saturday night in a 76-53 first round blowout victory over War of Tampa. Mike Daum finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Andres Feliz scored 20 points. House of Paign will face Carmen’s Crew at 4pm on Wednesday. 

 

(Farmer City-dg)-It was a great night for racing Friday night at the Farmer City Raceway and the fans were given a great fireworks show afterwards. Allen Weisser won the Late Model Feature, Mike McKinney won Modifieds, Aaron Heck won Pro Lates and Lance Evans won Street Stocks. This Friday is a full show with Hornets. 

 

INDIANAPOLIS -- Kevin Harvick turned up the pressure on Denny Hamlin late in the Brickyard 400. And on a cooling track, Hamlin's worn tires simply gave out.

As the sun set Sunday over Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Hamlin seven laps from one of the few victories that has eluded him, he went careening into the first-turn wall with a flat right-front tire, and Harvick beat Matt Kenseth off the final restart to win his second straight Brickyard.

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Fast Talk. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6-7.

 

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The Basketball Tournament will tip off over the Fourth of July Weekend

(Orlando-cf)-- The NBA season is set to resume late this month at ESPN Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. However nine more NBA players have tested positive for the coronavirus today, totaling 25 players. Even with the positive tests, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he “is pretty confident” that the league will return to action as scheduled. 

 

(Indianapolis-cf)-- Nascar has run 12 races since the restart of live sports. Nascar will go undergreen at Indianapolis Motorspeedway this weekend for the Brickyard 400. Driver Kevin Harvick describes the working relationship between Nascar Drivers and Indy Car Drivers meaning that fans just want to see a good race…

 

 

Nascar Driver Kevin Harvick. The Nascar Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at the Brickyard will go green at 2pm Sunday afternoon on WPXN. 

 

 

(Paxton-cf)-- The Basketball Tournament will tip off over the Fourth of July Weekend. Head Coach and General Manager Mike LaTulip of the House of ‘Paign describes the players that can play in the tournament… 

 

House of ‘Paign Head Coach and General Manager Mike LaTulip
 

 

It’s Fan Appreciation Night at the Farmer City Raceway. See the best in Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Lates, and Street Stocks.  Gates open at 4pm. Hot laps at 6:30, Qualifying at 7pm,  Racing gets underway at 7:30pm. Admission is $5 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free. There will be a Driver autograph session at intermission and a Firework Show to follow the night of Racing.


 

This weekend on WPXN its the first Live Action of the month, Bid Buy and Save, Saturday Morning at 8am on WPXN. 

 

Saturday Afternoon is Nascar Xfinity Series racing with the Pennzoil 150 from the Brickyard at 1:30. 

 

Sunday on WPXN is Nascar Cup Series Racing with the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at the Brickyard with a 2:30 start time. 

 

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Cardinals to replace Yankees in game against White Sox at Field of Dreams in Iowa

NEW YORK -- The St. Louis Cardinals have replaced the New York Yankees as the opponent for the Chicago White Sox in the Field of Dreams game on Aug. 13 at Dyersville, Iowa, a source confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Major League Baseball hopes to announce its new schedule next week. Each team will play 60 games, 40 against division rivals and 20 against teams in the corresponding regional division in the other league.

 

 

NFL

The NFL has shortened its 2020 preseason to two games, a source said, part of a larger acclimatization plan for players after an unprecedented virtual offseason program during the coronavirus pandemic. In essence, the league canceled Weeks 1 and 4 of its original preseason schedule. Most players will still report to training camp on July 28, but the first preseason games won't be played until Aug. 20-24. 

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If coronavirus cases continue to rise, the NBA season could come to a halt

NBA

With coronavirus cases on the rise in the United States and some teams recently closing their facilities due to positive cases, NBA commissioner Adam Silver remains "pretty confident" about the NBA's plan to safely resume play but admits that a spread in the NBA community could bring the league to a halt again.

 

It’s Fan Appreciation Night at the Farmer City Raceway on Friday. See the best in Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Lates, and Street Stocks.  Racing gets underway at 7:30pm. Admission is $5 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free. There will be a Driver autograph session at intermission and a Firework Show to follow the night of Racing.

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