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Illinois takes on Ohio State early on Saturday

(Honolulu HI-cf)-- The Sony Open, the first PGA major event of the season opened up yesterday afternoon. Former Illini Golfer Nick Hardy made this year’s cut, after a 3 for 1 playoff match. Hardy finished the opening round yesterday 1 under, tied for 63rd. Hardy is 7 strokes back from the leader. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The #14 Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball squad now has the  time for the January 29 home game against Iowa. The game will tip at 8, with pregame begging at 7 right here on WPXN. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Former Chicago Cubs President and General Manager Theo Epstien has been hired by the MLB league office. Epstein will be a consultant to MLB rule changes, and off-the field matters. The MLB is considering a rule changing allowing the Designated Hitter full time in the National League. 

 

NBA Tonight: 

Chicago Bulls @ Oklahoma City Thunder 

 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight:

#9 Wisconsin @ Rutgers 

 

NHL Tonight:

Tampa Bay Lighting @ Chicago Blackhawks

 

NFL Playoffs this weekend: 

Saturday- 

L.A Rams @ Packers-3:35

Baltimore Ravens @ Buffalo Bills- 7:15



Sunday-

Cleveland Browns @ Kansas City Chiefs-2:05

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints-5:40


 

 

(Urbana--jc)  The Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball team takes on Ohio State tomorrow morning after a cancelled game this past Wednesday. Illini Men’s Basketball Coach Brad Underwood says the loss to Maryland was tough, but he reminds Illini Nation to enjoy the play of Ayo Dosumu, even on an average night…

 

 

U of I Men’s Basketball Coach Brad Underwood

 

 

This weekend on WPXN: 

 

Saturday Morning, Bid Buy and Save with WPXN Live Action Auction at 8 am. 

 

Saturday Morning its Fighting Illini Basketball against #21 Ohio State. Pregame starts at 10 with tip at 11 right here on WPXN.  

 

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IHSA still on pause after yesterday's meeting with IDPH

(Bloomington-cf)-- The IHSA met again yesterday with the Illinois Department of Public Health to get a better grasp as to when High School Sports can restart. In a release, the IHSA still remains on pause, and contact days can begin pending IDPH approval. The board and the IDPH plan to meet again January 27th. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Two games for the Chicago Bulls have been postponed already this season due to COVID-19. The Bulls were scheduled to play the Boston Celtics last night when that game was postponed. Through all the postponements, the Bulls did activate two players last night from the COVID-19 list, Power Forward Lauri Markkanen,(MARK-A-NEN) and Guard Ryan Arcidiacono(ARCHI-E-DEE-YAK-A-NOW) will rejoin the team today. The Bulls are off until Friday Night. 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The #14 Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball program has a schedule change. The Illini were slated to take on Penn State next Wednesday Night, that game will now be played on Tuesday Night. The Illini take on #21 Ohio State Saturday at noon. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Defensive Line Coach Terrance Jamison has spent time with Bret Bielema in the past at Wisconsin. Jamison details what its like coaching with Bielema… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Defensive Line Coach Terrance Jamison 

 

 


 

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Illinois at Nebraska Cancelled

(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano has decided to retire. Pagano has been the defensive coordinator for the Bears for the past two seasons. It is likely that Head Coach Matt Nagy and General Manager Ryan Pace will be retained. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The NBA and the NBA Players Association have updated the COVID-19 protocols for the league. For the next two weeks, players and staff are being mandated to stay home, outside of team activities including practice and games. Pregame meetings are not to last longer than 10 minutes, and players and coaches are required to wear facemasks when not on the court. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini Football staff is almost complete. Bret Beilema has hired Aaron Henry as defensive backs coach. Henry played defensive back for Beilema at Arkansas and Wisconsin. Henry has coached in the SEC, and Big Ten. Last season Henry was the Defensive backs coach at Vanderbilt. 


 

Big Ten Basketball: 

Northwestern @ 21 Ohio State 

 

Illinois @ Nebraska has been cancelled for tonight

 

NHL Preseason Tonight: 

Chicago Blackhawks @ Tampa Bay Lightning. 

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Alabama wins National Championship Game 52-24 over Ohio State

College Football National Championship: 

The Alabama Crimson Tide are this year's College Football Champions. The Crimson Tide beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 52-24.

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini were scheduled to play tomorrow night in Lincoln Nebraska, but that game has been canceled. The Huskers have announced positive COVID-19 tests within the program. The Illini are scheduled to play #21 Ohio State Saturday at Noon. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)--The Week 8 College Basketball Top 25 was announced yesterday. The #1 spot is still held by Gonzaga, followed by 2 Baylor, 3 Villinova, 4 Texas, 5 Iowa, 6 Kansas, 7 Michigan, 8 Creighton, 9 Wisconsin, and 10 Tennessee. Other Big Ten teams in the top 25 include 14 Illinois, 21 Ohio State, and 23 Minnesota. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- In a late night MLB offseason move, the Chicago White Sox signed Free Agent Closer Liam Henricks to a  three year $54 Millions deal. Henricks over the past two seasons ranks second in ERA with 1.60 and third in strikeout ratio at 7.2. ESPN contributed to this report. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- After playing a 62 game sprint last season, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has announced that teams should prepare for a full spring training, as well as a full 162 game schedule. Both Spring Training and the regular season are expected to start on time. The MLB initially wanted to push the season back one month to allow players and staff an additional month to be vaccinated. 



(Urbana-cf)-- The Coaching Staff for Illini Head Coach Bret Bielema is almost complete with the addition of a new linebackers coach yesterday. Andy Buh was named yesterday as the new linebackers coach, bringing 23 years of coaching experience to the staff which includes stops in 3 Power 5 conferences. Buh was the Linebackers coach at Arizona last season. 


 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago Blackhawks have made their first cuts to the roster, releasing 12 players last night. The NHL season gets underway on the 22nd against the Detroit Red Wings. The Blackhawks will play 4 preseason games which start tomorrow night against the Tampa Bay Lighting.

 

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

 

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Illinois loses to Maryland 66-63

(Urbana-cf)-- The Illini lost their first game at home of the season 66-63 to Maryland last night. Junior guard Ayo Dosunmu finished the game with a team high 23 points. Head Coach Brad Underwood recaps the loss… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood. The Illini make a trip to Lincoln to take on Nebraska Wednesday night at 8. 

 

NFL Scores: 

Buffalo Bills defeated the Colts 27-24

L.A. Rams defeated the Seahawks 30-20

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated Washington 31-23

Baltimore Ravens defeated the Tennessee Titans 20-13

New Orleans Saints defeated the Chicago Bears 21-9

Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-37

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The NFL Super Wildcard weekend is now in the books, and the Divisional round of the Playoffs is now set. In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers will host the L.A. Rams, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the New Orleans Saints. In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills will host the Baltimore Ravens.

 

NBA Scores: 

The Chicago Bulls finished their four game road trip last night with a 130-127 loss to the L.A Clippers. Zach LaVine scored a team high 45 points with 7 rebounds. 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini Football squad made two more coaching hires over the weekend. Terrance Jamison was named Defensive Line Coach on Sunday. Jamison a Riverdale, Illinois native played on the d-line for Head Coach Bret Bielema at Wisconsin, and has been the d-line coach at Purdue last season. Ben Miller was named as Tight Ends Coach last night. Miller, a Cleveland native has been a coach at the Air Force Academy since 2003. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Longtime Chicago Blackhawks netminder Cory Crawford retired on Saturday. Crawford was let go in Free Agency by the Blackhawks earlier this year. Crawford’s ten year career included multiple Stanley Cups, franchise leader in postseason wins as a goaltender with 52. 

 

 

 

College Football National Championship: 

#3 Ohio State @ #1 Alabama 

 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight: 

#8 Wisconsin @ #10 Michigan


 

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

 

Following Fast Talk, it’s the Brad Underwood Show. Get the latest news in Illini Basketball from 7 until 8. 

 

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Illinois defeats Northwestern 81-56

The #12 Fighting Illini found their rhythm in the second half on offense after a sluggish start coming back to beat Northwestern 81-56. Sophomore Big Man Kofi Cockburn tallied another double double on the year scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. The Illini are back in action Sunday Night at 7 against Maryland. 

 

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(Bloomington-cf)-- The IHSA held their regularly scheduled meeting yesterday with the Illinois Department of Public Health to look at when the IHSA could resume High School sports. The IHSA still remains on pause and low-risk sports can’t resume until the state returns to Phase 4 mitigations. The IHSA will meet again January 13th. 

 

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(Urbana-cf)-- Two Illini have made the Top 25 Wooden Award Watch List. Junior Guard Ayo Dosunmu and Sophomore Big Man Kofi Cockburn. Illinois is one of three schools to have multiple players on the list, and the lone Big Ten school. The Big Ten leads all other conferences with six players on the list in total. 

 

NBA Tonight: 

Chicago Bulls @ L.A Lakers 

 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight: 

Purdue @ #23 Michigan State

 

NFL Playoffs-

Saturday:

Colts @ Bills-Noon 

Rams @ Seahawks- 3:40

Buccaneers @ Washington-7:15 

 

Sunday: 

Ravens @ Titans-Noon 

Bears @ Saints- 3:40

Browns @ Steelers-7:15 

 

This Weekend on WPXN: 

Sunday Night the Fighting Illini look to remain undefeated at  home against Maryland. Pregame begins at 6 with tip at 7 right here on WPXN. 

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Illinois is at Northwestern tonight

(WPXN-cf)-- The likely overall #1 Draft Pick declared for the NFL Draft. Clemson Quarterback Trevor Lawernce announced on Twitter that he will be entering the draft after three years at Clemson. The Jacksonville Jaguars have this year’s #1 overall pick. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Multiple reports are begging to indicate that Illini Football Head Coach Bret Bielema has found his defensive coordinator. 34 year old Ryan Walters from Mizzou, has been rumored to be the next DC. The U of I has not confirmed the reports as of last night. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The #12 Fighting Illini are in Evanston tonight to take on Northwestern. Head Coach Brad Underwood gives an update on the team since they have had a few days off… 

 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Two players that the Illini will have to lock in on defensively against Northwestern is Miller Kopp and Pete Nance. Head Coach Brad Underwood gives the scout on those two players… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Basketball Coach Brad Underwood. 

 

 

 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight: 

#5 Iowa @ Maryland 

Indiana @ #8 Wisconsin 

#12 Illinois @ Northwestern

 

Tonight on WPXN it's Illini Basketball. The Fighting Illini are in Evanston to take on Northwestern at 8. Pregame begins at 7 right here on WPXN.

 

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Calvin "Megatron" Johnson, Peyton Manning, and Charles Woodsen Head the 2021 NFL Hall of Fame Semi-finalist list

(Urbana-cf)-- The Illini Football team saw a lot of action yesterday afternoon with players deciding to return, commitments, and coaches returning. Cory Patterson who was the wide receivers coach last season will stay on Bret Bielema’s staff as running backs coach. Defensive lineman Jamal Woods elected to return next season, and Bielema has signed two players. Calvin “CJ” Hart transferred from North Carolina State. Hart is a middle linebacker who has tallied 54 tackles in two seasons. Josh McCray committed to the U of I yesterday on Twitter. McCary is a 6’ 2’ 215 pound Running back from Alabama. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- A wide receiver has won the Heisman Trophy for the first time since 1991. Alabama’s DeVonta Smith was this year’s winner. Smith scored 22 touchdowns this season. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- Ahead of the College Football Championship game, Ohio State has announced positive COVID tests. Ohio State Athletic Director said “We are on track to play, we are going to follow the same protocol as we have all season.” The National Championship game is still on schedule to be played next Monday.  

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The semi finalists for the 2021 NFL Hall of Fame Class have been released. The ballot is led by Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, Peyton Manning, and Charles Woodsen. 

 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight: 

#16 Minnesota @ #10 Michigan



 

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The March Madness tournament will be played in its entirety in Indiana

(WPXN-cf)- The Men’s Basketball NCAA Top 25 saw some fluctuation this week. Sitting as the top seed is Gonzaga, #2 Baylor, #3 Villinova, #4 Texas, #5 Iowa, #6 Kansas, #7 Creighton, #8 Wisconsin, #9 Tennessee, and #10 Michigan. Other Big Ten Teams in the Top 25 are, #12 Illinois, #15 Rutgers, #16 Minnesota, and tied for 23rd is Michigan State. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The March Madness tournament will be played in its entirety in Indiana. Most games will be played in Indianapolis, including the National Championship game while some games will be played in Bloomington, West Lafayette Hinkle Fieldhouse in Butler. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Bret Bielema has hired his assistant athletics director and chief of staff. Mark Taurisani has gone with Bielema at every stop in his coaching career, and followed him to Champaign. Taurisani will oversee day to day operations and oversee the administration aspect of the football program. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago Cubs have found their new voice for television. Jon “Boog” Sciambi has been hired to take over play-by-play duties for the Cubs replacing Len Kasper. Sciambi will still maintain his duties at ESPN. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini Football coaching staff is coming together for Bret Bielema. Tank Wright was hired as Strength and Conditioning coach yesterday and describes his football and strength training career… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Strength and Conditioning Coach Tank Wright. 

 

 

NBA Tonight: 

Chicago Bulls @ Portland Trail Blazers-9:30. 

 

Big Ten Tonight: 

#15 Rutgers @ #23 Michigan State 

 

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

 

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Packers and Colts win, Bears still make playoffs

NFL: 

The Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 35-16. Quarterback Aaron  Rodgers threw for 240 yards and 4 touchdowns. 

 

The Indianapolis Colts clinched the AFC South yesterday with a 28-14 win over the Jaguars. 

 

NBA: 

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Dallas Mavericks 118-108. Bulls Forwards Zach LaVine scored a season high 39 points. 

 

Fighting Illini: 

The #15 Fighting Illini beat the Purdue Boilermakers Saturday Night 66-58. Sophomore Big Man Kofi Cockburn led the team in scoring with 14, and notched yet another double-double on the season. The Illini remain undefeated at home. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The NFL season wrapped up yesterday and the playoff picture is set. In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs have the #1 overall seed, and have a first round bye. The Buffalo Bills come in 2nd, Pittsburgh Steelers 3rd, Tennessee Titans 4th, Baltimore Ravens5th, Cleveland Browns s6th, and the last spot goes to the Indianapolis Colts. In the NFC the Green Bay Packers have secured the top seed and the first round bye. The New Orleans Saints came in 2nd, Seattle Seahawks 3rd, Washington 4th, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5th, LA Rams 6th, and the last spot goes to the Chicago Bears. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The College Football National Championship game is set. The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes will take on #1 Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama defeated Notre Dame 31-14, and Ohio State defeated Clemson 49-28. The National Championship will be played next Monday January 11. 


 

(Urbana-cf)-- All-American Punter Blake Hayes will return for one more season with the Fighting Illini. Hayes announced on Twitter that he will use the eligibility waiver yesterday. Kicker James McCourt also announced that he will return to Champaign for one more season. 


 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight: 

Maryland @ Indiana 


 

Tonight on WPXN it's Fast Talk, get the latest news in Nascar from 6 until 7.

 

FollowingFast Talk, Get the latest news in Illini men’s basketball with the Brad Underwood show from 7 until 8. 



 

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The Big Ten will play Volleyball beginning Jan 22

(Urbana-cf)-- The Big Ten Volleyball season will be played after being pushed back from the fall to the winter. The University of Illinois released their schedule yesterday afternoon. The Illini will play an all Big Ten Schedule starting Jan. 22, at Iowa. Wisconsin, Penn State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Maryland, Indiana and Purdue will round out the season. The Illini will play 22 games with 11 at Huff Hall. 


 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The NFL season still has one week to go, but for Fantasy Football players, the season wrapped up last week. Pro Football Focus has begun handing out awards, and one of the awards has been awarded to Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery. The “Comeback Player of the Year” award was given to the second year running back who averaged 22.24 fantasy points per game. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Ahead of their Week 17 matchup with the Green Bay Packers, the Bears have released their injury report. Defensive Tackle Akiem Hicks did not practice due to illness. Rookie Defensive Back Jaylon Johnson did not practice due to shoulder issues. And Defensive Back Bust Skrine(SCREEN) did not practice due to concussion. The Bears need a win over the Packers, or a Arizona Cardinals loss to obtain a playoff spot. 

 

NBA Basketball Tonight: 

Chicago Bulls @ Washington Wizards 

 

Big Ten Slate: 

#21 Minnesota @ #6 Wisconsin 

#16 Michigan @ Maryland 

 

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Illinois Quarterback Brandon Peters says he'll play one more year

(Urbana-cf)-- Two more Fighting Illini Football players will be entering the NFL Draft. Offensive Lineman Kendrick Green and Linebacker Milo Eifler have announced that they will declare for the NFL Draft. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chiago Blackhaws have suffered another hit to the roster. Center and Captain Jonathon Towes(TAVES) released a statement on his medical condition. Towes says he has been experiencing symptoms that have left him “drained and lethargic.” Towes will be out indefinitely while more medical evaluations are performed. The news comes days after Kirby Dach(DOCK) had wrist surgery and will miss the entire season, and Alex Nylander(KNEE-LANDER) will miss 4 to 6 months with a knee injury. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Quarterback Brandon Peters will return to Illinois for one last season. Peters said that he made the decision to come back before he talked to Head Coach Bret Bielema… 

 

 

Peters missed time last season after contracting COVID-19 which gave Isaiah Williams a chance to start a few games. Peters knows that nothing's guaranteed, and that he will have to compete for the job… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Quarterback Brandon Peters. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Football Head Coach Bret Bielema made his first hire for his staff late Monday night bringing on Tony Peterson as his Offensive Coordinator. Peterson was the OC for Appalachian State last season, but has spent time in the Big Ten. Peterson describes his relationship with Bielema… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Offensive Coordinator Tony Peterson. 

 

 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight: 

Nebraska @ #25 Ohio State 

Penn State @ Indiana 


 

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In the latest AP Top 25 poll, 9 Big Ten teams are ranked inside the Top 25.

Monday Night Football: 

The Buffalo Bills defeated the Patriots 38-9. Bills Quarterback Josh Allen set the single season record for touchdown passes with 34, passing Jim Kelly. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Senior Linebacker Jake Hansen has declared for the NFL Draft. Hansen has 14 takeaways in the last two seasons, the most of any player in the nation during that time. Hansen finished his career at Illinois with 235 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 6 forced fumbles and recoveries and three interceptions. In other Fighting Illini Football News, Head Coach Bret Bielema has hired Tony Peterson as his Offensive Coordinator. Peterson spent the 2020 season as Quarterbacks Coach and Offensive Coordinator at Appalachian State. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- In the latest AP Top 25 poll, 9 Big Ten teams are ranked inside the Top 25. Gonzaga remains #1, Baylor 2, Kansas 3, Villanova 4, and Houston 5. Wisconsin is 6, Iowa fell to 10. Rutgers 14, Illinois 15, Michigan 16, Michigan State 17, Northwestern 19, Minnesota is tied with Oregon at 21, and Ohio State is 25.

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Junior Guard Ayo Dosunmu is this week's Big Ten Co-Player of the week. Dosunmu averaged 30.0 PPG against Penn State and Indiana while also averaging 4 assists and 5 rebounds. 


MLB

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago Cubs are set to trade Starting Pitcher Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini to the San Diego Padres. The Cubs receive Right Hander Zach Davies in the trade plus four outfield prospects. The Padres also acquired Blake Snell from Tampa Sunday Night. 

 

NHL

(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago Blackhawks Center Kirby Dach(Dock) will undergo wrist surgery. Dach will miss 4 to 5 months, meaning the entire Blackhawks upcoming season. Dach sustained the injury in the world Juniors Championship in the Team Canada win against Russia. 

 

Big Ten Basketball:

Purdue @ #14 Rutgers

#19 Northwestern @ #10 Iowa

 

NBA Tonight: 

Chicago Bulls @ Washington Wizards 


 

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

 

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Bears, Packers win, Colts lose

NFL: 

The Chicago Bears have a chance to make the playoffs with yesterday's 41-17 win over Jacksonville. Bears Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky went 24/35 for 265 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Bears need to beat Green Bay in Week 17 to officially take the final Wild Card Spot. 

 

The Indianapolis Colts lost a nail bitter to the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday afternoon 28-24. The Steelers won the AFC North Title with the win. Colts Quarterback Phillip Rivers threw 22 competitions for 270 yards and 1 touchdown. 

 

The Green Bay Packers defeated the Tennessee Titans 40-14. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw 21 competitions for 231 yards and 4 touchdowns. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The #1 Seed in the AFC has been set. With the Kansas City Chiefs win against the Atlanta Falcons yesterday, the Chiefs have secured the top seed in the AFC and will have a first round playoff bye. 

 

Illini: 

The #18 Fighting Illini Men’s basketball team beat Indiana Saturday Afternoon 69-60. Junior Guard Ayo Dosubmu finished the game with 30 points and 5 assists while Kofi Cockburn finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds. The Illini now have a 7-3 overall record, with a 3-1 conference record.The Illini are off until after the New Year when they will take on Purdue at home Jan. 2. 

 

NBA: 

The Chicago Bulls lost their third straight game last night 129-128 to the Golden State Warriors. Bulls Forward Zach LaVine finished with 33 points. 


 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Senior Offensive Lineman Verderian Lowe announced yesterday that he will be returning for one last ride with the Illini Football program. Due to the pandemic, all seniors in the NCAA had the option to return for one more season. Lowe started all 8 games at tackle for the Illini this season, and ended the season with 34 straight starts. Lowe is 8 starts away from tying the record for the most held by Nathen Scheelhaase, Ryan McDonald, and Tim Simpson. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- Hall of Fame Pitcher Phil Niekro passed away yesterday at the age of 81. Niekro was the originator of the “knuckleball” that continues to fool hitters to this day. Niekro notched more than 300 wins in his 24 year career. 


 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight: 

Maryland @ #9 Wisconsin

#12 Michigan State @ Minnesota 

 

Monday Night Football: 

Bills @ Patriots-7:15 

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Fast Talk get the latest news in Nasar from 6 to 7pm. 


 

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Illinois beats Penn St. 98-81

The Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball team fought back from a 16 point deficit in the first half against Penn State to win 98-81. Junior Point Guard Ayo Dosunmu was 6 points away from tying his career high, scoring 30 points. Dosunmu was ejected on a double-technical foul with 27 seconds left in the game. Sophomore big man Kofi Cockburn tallied 23 points. Illinois is now 6-3 on the season. The Illini return home for a Saturday matchup against Indiana. 

 

 

(Happy--jc)  The University of Illinois Fighting Illini started slow but finished strong on the road against Penn State on Wednesday. U of I Men’s Basketball Coach Brad Underwood says The Nittany Lions came out hot, but the Illini did a good job to tie the game at half…

 

 

U of I Basketball Coach Brad Underwood

Next broadcast on WPXN is Saturday as the Illini take on Indiana. Broadcast time is 2pm here on WPXN

 

The Chicago Bulls dropped their season opener last night 124-104 against the Atlanta Hawks. Bulls Small Forward Zach LaVine tallied 23 points in 25 minutes while Bulls Center Lauri Markkanen dropped 25. The Bulls host the Pacers Saturday Night. 

 

 

(Chicago)-- White Sox Manager Tony La Russa has resolved the DUI case that was brought against him in February. La Russa said he “feels deep remorse and regret.” 

 

 

(Urbana)- Fighting Illini Senior Lineman Kendrick Green was named to the USA Today Second-Team All- America. Green is the first offensive lineman to win the award since Jon Asamoah in 2009. Green has not yet made a decision on returning for another season for the Illini, or entering the NFL draft. Offensive Lineman Doug Kramer announced that he will return for the 2021 season, after his season was cut short due to a knee injury. 

 

 

(Chicago)- Blackhawks winger Kirby Dach(DOCK) sustained an apparent wrist injury in Team Canada’s exhibition against Russia in the World Juniors Championship. There is no word on Dach’s condition or if he will be ready for the Blackhawks opener Jan. 13 







 

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Illinois and Penn St. in action in Big Ten Play

Big Ten Scores

Iowa def Purdue 70-55

Wisconsin def Nebraska 67-53

Maryland def LaSalle 84-71

 

NBA Tonight

New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers

Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

 

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tonight

Rutgers @ Ohio State

Illinois @ Penn State

Northwestern @ Indiana

 

 

(Champaign--jc)  The University of Illinois Fighting Illini Men’s basketball team is back in action today against the Penn State Nittany Lions.  U of I Men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood says Penn State has a mature group of players..

 

 

U of I Men’s Basketball Coach Brad Underwood

 

 

Tonight on WPXN its Fighting Illini basketball as Illinois takes on the Penn State Nittany Lions. Pregame begins at 4:30 with opening tip at 5:30 courtesy of the Fighting Illini Sports Network.

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Illinois drops to #18 is latest Basketball poll

NCAA

Gonzaga continues to hold the top spot in the top 25 polls. Baylor continues at number 2. Kansas, Iowa and Villanova round out the top 5. Other Big Ten teams ranked include Wisconsin at 9, Rutgers at 11, Michigan State at 12, Illinois at 18, Michigan at 19 and Ohio State at 23.

 

NBA

The NBA season kicks off tonight with a pair of highly anticipated matchups. Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets host Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Then its an LA match up as LeBron James and the Champion Los Angeles Lakers host rival Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers.

 

NFL

Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers were named starting quarterbacks for the Pro-Bowl. 6 other Packers were named to the Pro-Bowl including  receiver Davante Adams, cornerback Jaire Alexander, offensive tackle David Bakhtiari, guard Elgton Jenkins, running back Aaron Jones and linebacker Za'Darius Smith.  Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, Detroit Lions Tight End TJ Hockenson, Chicago Bears Linebacker Khalil Mack and Cordarrelle Patterson will represent the NFC. Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard, Guard Quenton Nelson, Center Ryan Kelly for the AFC. There will be no live Pro-Bowl because of the pandemic.

 

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tonight

Nebraska @ Wisconsin

La Salle @ Maryland

Purdue @ Iowa

 

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

 

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Bears win, Illinois Loses

Football- Penn State def Illinois 56-21 Saturday

 

Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn each had a double double but it wasn’t enough as Rutgers def Illinois 91-88 on Sunday

 

NFL

David Montgomery rushed for a career high 146 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Chicago Bears def Minnesota Vikings 33-27.

 

Philip Rivers threw a late, tiebreaking touchdown to lead the Indianapolis Colts over the  Houston Texans 27-20.

 

Aaron Jones rushed for 145 and a touchdown to lead the Green Bay Packers over the Carolina Panthers 24-16 on Saturday.

 

Illinois has hired former Wisconsin Badgers Coach Bret Bielema as their next football coach. Bielema comes to Illinois after three years as an assistant in the NFL. Bielema won three consecutive Big Ten championships at Wisconsin from 2010 to 2012 and went 68-24 in seven seasons with the Badgers with five Top 25 finishes.  Bielema will receive a six-year contract with Illinois with a starting salary of $4.2 million.

 

The College Football Playoffs have been set. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame will all compete for the chance to play for the National Title. The Crimson Tide will take on the Fighting Irish in the Rose Bowl while the Buckeyes will take on the Tigers in the Sugar Bowl

 

Monday Night Football

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals

 

Tonight on WPXN its Fast Talk. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6 until 7. Then its the Fighting Illini Coach’s Show from 7 until 8.

 

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Illinois Football set to take on Penn State for final game of the season,#13 Illini Basketball to take on #19 Rutgers

Thursday Night Football Score: 

The LA Chargers defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 30-27 in Overtime

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini are heading to Penn State tomorrow to take on the Nittany Lions. Acting Head Coach Rod Smith says there are still a lot of raw emotions, but you have to move on and prepare for the game… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Acting Head Coach Rod Smith.

 

 

Big Ten Football Schedule: 

#12 Northwestern @ #4 Ohio State-11am--BIG Ten Championship Game 

Minnesota @ Wisconsin-2pm

Illinois @ Penn State-4:30pm

Michigan State @ Maryland-6:30

 

NFL Week 15:

Panthers @ Packers-7:15 Sat. Night 

Texans @ Colts-Noon Sun.

Bears @ Vikings-Noon Sun.


 

This Weekend on WPXN: 

Saturday Morning it's our last Live Action Auction of the Month. Bid buy and Save tomorrow morning at 8am

 

Saturday Afternoon it's Fighting Illini Football against Penn State. Pregame starts at 3:30 with a 4:30 kick off. 

 

Sunday afternoon it’s Fighting Illini Basketball. The #13 Illini travel to #19 Rutgers. Pregame starts at 11am with Tip at Noon.

 

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The University of Illinois signed 14 football players for the December signing period

(WPXN-cf)-- The NCAA voted yesterday at their monthly meeting to grant a blanket waiver to all Division 1 athletes looking to transfer schools. The waiver allows immediate eligibility rather than having to sit out one season. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Yesterday was National Signing Day for College Football and the University of Illinois signed 14 total athletes for the December period. 5 recruits came from Florida, 3 from Illinois 2 from Georgia and Texas, and 1 each from Virginia and Missouri. 

 

Thursday Night Football: 

Chargers @ Raiders 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- University of Illinois Freshman Point Guard Andre Curbelo has a special ability when it comes to passing the ball. Head Coach Brad Underwood talks about Curbelo’s passing ability, and how Curbelo has to slow down on some of his passes… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood. 

 

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Illinois wins Big Ten Opener against Minnesota 92-65

(Urbana-cf)-- The #13 Fighting Illini won their Big Ten season opener last night over Minnesota 92-65. Kofi Cockburn scored a new career high 33 points in the contest. But, the Illini as a team still had 27 total fouls. Head Coach Brad Underwood says that it is an area of concern… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood. 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The College Football Playoff rankings remain unchanged for the second straight week. Alabama still holds the top spot followed by Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State. Coming at #5 is Texas A&M, and #6 Iowa State. 

 

 

(New York-cf)-- The NFL will not use a bubble concept for the upcoming playoffs. The NFL league office notified teams yesterday that the NFL will travel for all playoff games including the superbowl. 

 

 

 

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Illinois opens Big Ten Season tonight at home against Minnesota

Monday Night Football Score: 

Baltimore Ravens def Cleveland Browns 47-42

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Illinois Fighting Illini JR. Point Guard Ayo Dosunmu has won Big Ten Co-Player of the week. Ayo averaged 27 points per game, while shooting 19-31 in this past week's matchups against Missouri and then #10 Duke. Iowa Senior Big Man Luka Garza was the other player of the week. 


 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini take on undefeated Minnesota tonight in the Big Ten season opener at the State Farm Center. Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood previews the Golden Gophers… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood. 

 

 

NBA Tonight: 

Chicago Bulls @ OKC Thunder 


 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Fighting Illini Basketball. The #13 Illini will take on 6-0 Minnesota at the State Farm Center to open the Big Ten season. Pregame starts at 5, tip is at 6.

 

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Illini Football travels to Northwestern and Illini Basketball takes on Missouri on Saturday

Thursday Night Football Score 

The L.A. Rams beat the Patriots 24-3.

 

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(Chicago-cf)-- Outfielder Adam Eaton has officially signed his one year free agent deal with the White Sox. Eaton’s return to the South Side includes $8 million. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Freshman Point guard Andre Curbelo has had some bright moments through the first 5 games of the season. Ayo Dosunmu describes what it’s like to play with him… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Jr. Guard Ayo Dosunmu. The #6 Illini take on Missouri in the Braggin Rights game Saturday Night at 7, pregame starts at 6 right here on WPXN. 

 

 

NBA Basketball: 

Houston Rockets @ Chicago Bulls

 

Big Ten Football Saturday: 

Rutgers @ Maryland-11

Minnesota @ Nebraska-11

Michigan State @ Penn State-11

Illinois @ #14 Northwestern-11

Wisconsin @ #16 Iowa-2:30

 

NFL This Sunday: 

Texans @ Bears-Noon 

Colts @ Raiders-3:05

Packers @ Lions- 3:25 


 

Saturday Morning its Fighting Illini Football as the Illini head up to Evantson to take on the #14 Northwestern Wildcats. Pregame starts at 10am with kick at 11 right here on WPXN. 


 

Saturday Night on WPXN we have Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball. The #6 Illini take on undefeated Missouri for the Braggin Rights Trophy at 7pm. Pregame will start at 6.

 

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Fighting Illini Football head to Evanston on Saturday to take on the #14 Northwestern Wildcats

(Chicago-cf)-- Longtime Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball Public Address Announcer Tim Sinclar will be the new PA for the Chicago Bulls this upcoming season. The Mahomet Native spent two seasons in Indianapolis as the PA for the Pacers, and is in his first season as PA for the Chicago Bears. Sinclair was also the PA for the NBA All-Star Game last season in Chicago. 

 

 

(St. Louis-cf)-- Longtime St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Adam Wainwright was this year's Roberto Clemente award winner. Wainwright won the award with work he has done with his charities to raise $5.8 million, which was donated across 94 charities. 


 

Thursday Night Football: 

Patriots @ Rams

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini football team will be heading up to Evanston to take on #14 Northwestern Wildcats. Head Coach Lovie Smith has an injury update heading into Saturday… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Lovie Smith. 

 

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#6 Fighting Illini beats #10 Duke 83-60 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

(Durham, NC-cf)-- The #6 Fighting Illini took down #10 Duke 83-60 at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the frist time since 1995. Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood gives his thoughts on the game… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood. 

 

NFL Score: 

The Baltimore Ravens beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-17. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The Ohio State Buckeyes are still alive when it comes to the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes are still ranked #4, beating out Texas A&M and Florida. The other three teams that are in as of now are Alabama, Notre Dame, and Clemson. In other college football news, the Ohio State Michigan game has been canceled for this upcoming Saturday. This will be the third game that Buckeys have missed meaning that they could be eliminated from the Big Ten Championship game. The Big Ten will meet today on the matter. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago White Sox signed Outfielder Adam Eaton yesterday afternoon. The Free Agent Outfielder signed a 1 year deal worth $7 million. This will be Eaton’s second stint with the South Siders, 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The NHL has agreed on a start date for the regular season. The NHL and the Player’s Union have cleared all of their financial hurdles, and are aiming for a Jan. 13 start time. The regular season will be 52 games. 

 

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