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Kimbrel Records First Save as a Cub


Craig Kimbrel dodged trouble for a save in his season debut and the Chicago Cubs rallied from five runs down to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-7. 


E.I. Baseball


Buckley Dutchmasters at Paxton Swedes

Royal at Gifford-Flatville

Game 7 Legacy at El Paso


Tonight it’s dirt track racing at it’s best at the Farmer City Raceway. It’s Fan Appreciation night. There will be an autograph session with the drivers. Admission is just $5, Kids 12 and under are free. Fireworks to follow.  It’s the best in Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Lates, Street Stocks and Hornets. Gates open at 4pm. 


Saturday it’s Summer Fun tour Stop number 6 as we will be broadcasting from the Gifford celebration.


Then Xfinity racing. 


On Sunday it’s the Monster Energy Overton’s 400 from Chicagoland Speedway


Illinois Volleyball's Ali Bastianelli Has Been Nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award


The Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3. 


The Oakland A’s shutout St. Louis 2-0.


José Abreu hit a two-run homer over the Green Monster and out of Fenway Park in the ninth inning as the Chicago White Sox recovered after blowing the lead in the eighth to beat the Boston Red Sox 8-7.


Craig Kimbrel will be added to the Chicago Cubs' roster today before their series finale against Atlanta at Wrigley Field.



(Undated--jc)  The 20-19 I-H-S-A football schedules have been released. Among the first week matchups on Friday August 30th includes the Panthers of Paxton Buckley Loda in a battle with Ford County foe and 2-time State Champion Gibson City Melvin Sibley in Gibson City. The Rantoul Eagles are on the road in week one at Prairie Central in Fairbury. It’s the battle of the Saints schools in week one as St Joe Odgen is at home against St Thomas More. Milford-Cissna Park, fresh off their State Championship are home against Lake Forest Academy in Milford. Iroquois West is home against Bismark Henning in Gilman.


(Urbana--jc)  -- Illinois volleyball's Ali Bastianelli has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, the organization announced on Wednesday.  

Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. Bastianelli is one of a record 585 female college athletes that have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The nominees competed in 23 different sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 262 from Division I, 131 from Division II and 192 from Division III. Multisport student-athletes account for 144 of the nominees.


Cubs, Cards, Sox Lose


The Braves earned a 3-2 win over the Cubs in Chicago


Stephan Piscotty got a standing ovation from the St. Louis Faithful, as he made his way to the plate for his first appearance in St. Louis since being traded to the A’s. The Athletics beat the Cardinals, 7-3.


The Red Sox doubled up the White Sox 6-3.


Cubs Win, Sox Lose


Willson Contreras slammed a solo homer and drove in three as the Cubs won a matchup of NL division leaders, 8-3 over the Braves. 


The Red Sox were able to celebrate a 6-5 win over the White Sox with an infield single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.


St. Louis Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks has a torn elbow ligament, and may have to have Tommy John surgery.


Tonight on WPXN it’s NASCAR Live. Get the Latest news in NASCAR from 6-7.


Martin Truex Jr.Wins at Sonoma For Second Straight Year


Javier Baez hit the 100th homer of his career, to beat the New York Mets 5-3.


The Angels beat the Cardinals 6-4.


The Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4.


E. I. Baseball

Connor Gross threw a complete game shutout, striking out 13 and allowing only 2 hits as the Dutchmasters beat Game 7 Legacy 9-0.

Game 2 was postponed because of weather. It will be made up next Saturday in Lexington.


That was the only game reported.


Martin Truex Jr. has won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway for the second straight year, comfortably holding off teammate Kyle Busch for his fourth victory of the season.  Ryan Blaney was third, followed by Matt DiBenedetto and Denny Hamlin.


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


No surprise, Zion Williamson Goes #1 in NBA Draft


Javier Báez went 2 for 4 with a homer and a triple for the Cubs, and pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay tossed four innings of dazzling relief in his major league debut to help his team complete a 7-4 win over the New York Mets.


The Marlins beat the Cardinals, 7-6.


It was no surprise that New Orleans Pelicans took Duke freshman forward Zion Williamson with the first overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. The Chicago Bulls selected North Carolina guard Coby White with the seventh pick.


E.I. Baseball Sunday

Game 7 Legacy at Buckley Dutchmasters

Paxton Swedes at Gifford Flatville

Royal Giants at El Paso Warriors


Double headers begin at 1pm


It’s Dirt track racing at it’s best tonight at the Farmer City Raceway. Come out to see the Vintage Series of Illinois. View the cars of yesteryear and visit with some of your favorite drivers of the past.  It’s the best in Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Lates, Street Stocks and Hornets. Gates open at 4pm. Admission is $12 for adults. Veterans get in for $5. Kids 12 and under are free.


Saturday on WPXN it’s Xfinity racing.


Sunday on WPXN it’s the Monster Energy Toyota Savemart 350 from Sonoma California.


Duke's Zion Williamson Predicted to Go #1 in NBA Draft Tonight


Willson Contreras homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Chicago Cubs handed Lucas Giolito his first loss since April by downing the Chicago White Sox 7-3.


The Cardinals pulled out a 2-1 win against the Marlins on Paul Goldschmidt’s solo homer in the 11th inning.


The NBA draft is all about Zion Williamson. The draft begins tonight with the Duke freshman projected to go first overall to the New Orleans Pelicans. He was the biggest star the college level has seen in years, filling highlight reels with thunderous dunks and incomparable athleticism while becoming The Associated Press National Player of the Year. Murray State point guard Ja Morant and Duke high-scoring freshman forward RJ Barrett are projected to follow Williamson in the top three picks

Sox Beat Cubs in 9th Inning


The White Sox pulled out a 3-1 win over the Cubs on a tiebreaking, two-run homer by Eloy Jiménez (EE’-loy HIHM’-uh-nehz) off Pedro Strop (strohp) in the ninth inning.


The Marlins blanked the Cardinals 6-0.


CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox plan to extend the protective netting all the way to the foul poles at Guaranteed Rate Field, becoming the first major league team to take such a step in the wake of a couple of high-profile fan injuries.


The Fighting Illini football team has added a quarterback to the roster. Former Michigan Quarterback Brandon Peters will have 2 years of eligibility as a graduate transfer. He joins 2 redshirt freshman and a true freshman as quarterback options.


Cards Win Behind Mikolas


Dexter Fowler and Matt Carpenter homered to back a strong outing by Miles Mikolas and lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins.


The Cubs and White Sox were both off



White Sox (Ivan Nova) at Cubs (Cole Hamels) 7:05

Marlins (Jordan Yamamoto) at Cardinals (Jack Flaherty) 7:15


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


Gary Woodland Captured His First Major Golf Championship With the U.S. Open


The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2.


The Cardinals managed just three hits and still beat the Mets, 4-3 on Paul Goldschmidt’s  two-run homer and Paul DeJong’s tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning.


The New York Yankees cruised past the Chicago White Sox 10-3.



(Undated--jc) -- The Gifflats of Gifford scored two runs in the top of the 9th inning on Sunday at Schiewe Field in Buckley to take the first game 3 to 2.  In game two, the Gifflats scored in the top of the first to take a one to nothing lead. The home Dutchmasters scored two in the bottom of the 2nd and took a comfortable lead into the 7th with a 7 run 5th inning. Gifford came back in the top of the 7th with 5 runs, but the Dutchmasters won game two 9 to 6.


The Paxton Swedes beat the El Paso Warriors 10-2 & 5-4.


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Gary Woodland has captured his first major golf championship by holding off the two-time defending U.S. Open champion.

Woodland closed with a 30-foot putt for birdie to finish three strokes ahead of Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kah) in the Open at Pebble Beach. The Kansas native shot a 2-under 69 on Sunday for a 13 under total.



Friday night at the Farmer City Raceway saw Mike Glasscock win Late Models, Donovan Lodge won the Modified event, Pro Lates was won by Logan Moody, Jason Maier won Street Stocks, Jeremy Hancock won Hornets. This week features the the Vintage Series of Illinois. Check out the cars of yesteryear and visit with some of your favorite retired drivers.


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


Toronto Raptors Win First ever NBA Championship


The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3.


Leury García hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the New York Yankees 5-4.


The Mets and Cardinals were tied 4-4 after 8 ½ innings before the game was suspended because of rain. Play will resume tonight before the Mets and Redbirds play their scheduled game.



The Toronto Raptors are celebrating the first NBA championship in their 24-season history after taking Game 6 of the finals, 114-110.


E.I. Baseball

Gifford Flatville at Buckley at Schiewe Field

El Paso Warriors at Paxton at Memorial Field

Game 7 Legacy at Royal at Frazen Field in Gifford

All Double Headers start at 1pm


Dirt track racing at the Farmer City Raceway. See the best in Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Lates, Street Stocks and Hornets. Gates open at 4pm. Admission is $12 for adults. Veterans get in for $5. Kids 12 and under are free.



Saturday morning on WPXN it’s our Live Action Auction from 8-9:30. Bid Buy and Save on Gift Certificates and items from area businesses.


Then it’s Summer Fun Tour Stop number 4 as Joel Cluver will be broadcasting Live from 10am til noon from Buckley Lake for Buckley Fun Day.


On Sunday it’s Xfinity racing from Iowa Speedway at 4pm.


St. Louis Blues Win First Ever Stanley Cup


Cole Hamels struck out nine in seven scoreless innings, singled twice and drove in two runs to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Colorado Rockies 10-1.


The Marlins blasted the Cardinals, 9-0 to end a six-game losing streak.


St. Louis has reason to celebrate for the next few days after the Blues won the Stanley Cup for the first time since becoming an NHL franchise in 1967. Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots and the Blues took Game 7 of the final by defeating the Bruins, 4-1 in Boston.


Fighting Illini Men's Basketball Sign Another Big Man


The Colorado Rockies won their 10th straight at home by beating the Cubs 10-3.


Rookie Dakota Hudson allowed one run in a career-high seven innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 7-1.


Welington Castillo hit a grand slam and top rookie Eloy Jiménez homered at home for the first time, powering the Chicago White Sox to a 7-5 win over the Washington Nationals.


Illini Men’s Basketball coach Brad Underwood has filled another roster spot for 2019-2020 season. Benjamin Bosmans Verdonk a 6-7 forward from Belgium has officially signed. He adds more length and size in the front court. Underwood said that he is a versatile player that can handle the ball, shoot and pass. He joins big men Kofi Cockburn and Bernard Kouma.


Joey Logano Wins at Michigan


The Rockies came back from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Cubs 6-5.


Michael Wacha threw six scoreless innings in a 4-1 victory at Miami.


The Nationals beat the White Sox 12-1.



The IHSA has approved changes to the way the boys and girls state tournament  will be played. Beginning in 2021, all classes of girls will be played in a 3 day period and the boys will do the same the following week. Venues will have to put bids in to host the tournaments in the new format.


BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP)  Joey Logano has earned his second NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season, fending off Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. in overtime at Michigan International Speedway.

Logano was trying to hold on to a dwindling lead over Truex and Busch with five laps remaining before Erik Jones went into the grass, prompting a caution flag that forced overtime. It was a dominant visit to Michigan for Logano, who won the pole in qualifying and then led a track-record 163 laps in the race.


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

Cubs Sweep Cards, Sox Win


CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks tossed one-run ball over seven innings to continue his dominance over St. Louis, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 5-1 win over the Cardinals.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eloy Jiménez launched a 471-foot home run, Reynaldo López bounced back with six effective innings and the Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-2.


EI Baseball..from Sunday

The Buckley Dutchmasters used a 5 run 7th inning to overcome an early lead by the Royal Giants in Gifford to win the first game of the doubleheader 11 to 5 at Franzen Field in Gifford. The Giants won the nightcap by a score of 2 to nothing.


Paxton Swedes def Game 7 Legacy 5-1 and lost the second game 9-7

Gifford Flatville took two from El Paso 14-4 & 5-3


ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears held their 100th anniversary celebration over the weekend in what was billed as the franchise's largest gathering of stars past and present. And for Virginia McCaskey, it was "like a happy dream." She recalled the struggles her father George Halas experienced trying to keep the NFL franchise going in its early days.


(Undated--jc)-- WPXN will carry the remainder of the the Monster Energy Firekeepers Casino 400 NASCAR race from Michigan International Speedway.

The race was postponed from Sunday. The broadcast begins at 4 this afternoon.


Cards Win, Cubs Lose


The Colorado Rockies beat the Cubs 3-1.


Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning of the Cardinals’ 3-1 win against the Reds.


The White Sox were off.


Tonight it’s Dirt track racing at the Farmer City Raceway. See the best in Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Lates, Street Stocks and B-Mods and Kids Mods. Gates open at 4pm. Admission is $12 for adults. Veterans get in for $5. Kids 12 and under are free.


Saturday on WPXN it’s Xfinity racing with a noon start time.


Sunday on WPXN it’s the Monster Energy Firekeepers Casino 400 NASCAR race from Michigan International Speedway. With a noon start time.’

Today is the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

(Undated--jc)  Today is the 75th remembrance of D-Day. Joel Cluver has the story...



CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a nearly $40 billion state budget along with a measure that could lead to enacting a graduated income tax in Illinois. The Democrat inked the measures Wednesday afternoon at state government offices in downtown Chicago. He calls the package a "new era of fiscal responsibility" for Illinois…



Illinois Governor JB Pritzker


URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A lawsuit is accusing the University of Illinois of violating its students' free-speech rights. Virginia-based Speech First filed the lawsuit last week against Illinois in U.S. District Court in Urbana. It accuses the university of squelching free speech by requiring "prior approval" for posting leaflets. It also claims the university uses bias response teams that intimidate students into silence. A spokeswoman says the university hasn't received official notice of the lawsuit.


PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A lawyer for a Chinese family attending the U.S. trial of an ex-University of Illinois student charged with killing their daughter says he has been explaining to them how the American justice system works. Wednesday is the third day of jury selection at Brendt Christensen's federal death-penalty trial. Attorney Steve Beckett says the  proceedings can be confusing and he tries to help the family "understand why things are happening."


(Paxton-jc)  -- Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce officials continue to look for pop up businesses to set up on June 22nd. The event runs from 10am until 4pm. The pop up business area will be along Market Street and State Street in downtown Paxton. More information is found by contacting the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce.


(Springfield--ba)  -- Some new business reforms and expansion  are coming to the state of Illinois. 106th District State Representative Tom Bennett says that state leaders are serious about the plan....



106th District State Representative Tom Bennett Republican from Gibson City


(GIbson CIty--dg)  -- The Gibson City Through the Years Historical Walk is set for Sunday, July 2st, in the pavilion at Gibson City’s North Park, with proceeds going toward the city’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2021. The event features historical local characters and businesses being portrayed, including Dale W. McMillen from Central Soya, Stephen S. McCall from Gibson City Canning, Henry Hager from Hager Lumber, Elmo Meiners from M&W Gear and a lifeguard from the Gibson City pool. Tickets cost $10 each, with free entry for children age 15 and younger. Ticket sales start July 1 and are available for purchase at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City.



(Springfield--ba)-Officials are asking for the public’s cooperation in dealing with record breaking flooding along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. Local leaders urge Illinoisans not to go on a sightseeing trip to see all the flooding, since it’s hard enough with road closings to get residents to their homes in some cases. State police director Brendan Kelly says people should also listen to law enforcement.



State police director Brendan Kelly


(Springfield-ba)  -- USDA’s Farm Service Agency will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on friday, June 14, 2019. Agricultural Producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. To be considered, a producer must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The Form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at your local F-S-A office.



(Paxton--jc)  -- Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran has released the activity numbers for his office. The Ford County Sheriff’s department  received just over 76 thousand 400 dollars in boarding prisoner fees for the month. Ford COunty police handed out 27 speeding tickets, handled 19 civil complaints, 8 welfare checks and three theft investigations.


JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Will County officials say a developmentally disabled man wore a monster mask and played horror movie music when he stabbed a caretaker more than 30 times. Will County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Dan Jungles says 24-year-old Ederaldo Frantz allegedly was upset with the Plainfield Township group home caretaker because she took away his cellphone. Jungles says Frantz then went to his room, put on the mask Jungles described as "demonic" and started playing music from "Halloween." Jungles says Frantz grabbed a large butcher knife and stabbed the caretaker, who was hospitalized with deep puncture wounds. Frantz is charged with attempted murder and held on $500,000 bond. His attorney, Jordan Kielian of Joliet, said he had no comment pending a court-ordered evaluation to assess Frantz's fitness for trial.




FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — Authorities are investigating alleged animal abuse after an animal rights group released graphic video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at an Indiana dairy farm that's a popular destination for school field trips.Animal Recovery Mission said that an investigator for the Miami-based animal rights group secretly recorded the disturbing footage last year while working for several months at Fair Oaks Farms, which Food & Wine magazine has called the "Disneyland of agricultural tourism."



(Springfield--jc) -- In addition to math, science, reading, and gym class, Illinois high school students will soon have a financial aid requirement to graduate high school. Every high school senior in the state of Illinois will have to apply for federal student aid before they can graduate.  Lawmakers approved the new law last week. Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he will sign it. Under the plan, high schools in the state will be required to have seniors fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and if eligible a state student aid application as well.


(Rantoul--jc)  A chamber lunch and learn is set for mid-day today in Rantoul. Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen says the subject is “quickbooks”...



Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Belynda Allen

The number for the chamber is 893-3323.


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Trucking Association  is pleased that lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement to invest in the state’s highways & bridges, while also reducing fees on the trucking industry. The newly passed Capital Bill repeals a hidden sales tax on truck license plates known as the Commercial Distribution Fee, or CDF. The CDF adds as much as $400 to the cost of a semi-truck license plate, all of which was swept into the General Revenue Fund.  By repealing the CDF, Illinois has actually lowered fees on truck license plates, opening the door and inviting trucking companies to locate their company in the state. Savings to truckers should be 300 dollars with the new deal



(Rantoul-jc)  --”The potential in this room is unlimited . Each of you can do whatever in life you want to do ... I warn you ... life is hard and full of choices .. and sometimes you are going to make the wrong choice. But remember. You already made the best choice. You chose to be here. “ That was the message the Illinois State Representative Republican Mike Marron of the 104th District told the cadets at  Lincoln’s Challenge on Wednesday. The 52nd class of Lincoln’s Challenge is set to graduate next Friday.



(Roberts--jc)  -- Roberts Village leaders have made the decision to move forward with a water tower painting and restoration project at an investment of 115 thousand dollars. The town will borrow the money from the Vermilion Valley Bank at a rate of 3 point 7 percent over ten years.



(Gibson City--jc)  The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at The Sand Trap in Gibson City.  The local chamber will hear from a representative of Gibson City-based McNutt Consulting Services.

Several with Local Ties, Taken in MLB Draft


CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Schwarber and Javier Báez homered, Kyle Hendricks was solid again through seven innings and the Chicago Cubs beat Colorado 6-3.


The Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1.


The Washington Nationals rallied past the Chicago White Sox 9-5.


Fighting Illini infielder Michael Massey was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 4th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Outfielder Jack Yalowitz went in the 10th round to the Colorado Rockies. Former Champaign Central pitcher Tanner Gordon went in the 6th round to the Atlanta Braves.

Cubs Win Behind Lester


CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester returned to form, allowing one run in seven innings, and the Chicago Cubs' offense came alive in an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.


Former Illinois defensive football stars, Simeon Rice and Moe Gardner are back on the 2020 ballot for induction into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Both have been longtime nominees following their great careers at Illinois.


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


Cards Sweep Cubs, Sox Win


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched eight shutout innings, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Chicago Cubs 2-1 for a three-game sweep.


CHICAGO (AP) — Lucas Giolito tossed five-hit ball into the eighth inning and Tim Anderson homered, lifting the Chicago White Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians.



E. I. Baseball


Buckley def Paxton 6-1 and 14-1

Gifford Flatville def Royal 5-2 and 4-1

Game 7 def El Paso 22-14 and 11-7



El Paso def Buckley 5-4 and Buckley def El Paso 2-0

Royal def Paxton 8-2 and 3-0

Gifford Flatville def Game 7 8-7 and Game 7 def Gifford Flatville 8-3


LONG POND, Pa. (AP) _ Kyle Busch has pulled even with Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace for ninth on the NASCAR Cup Series victory list by taking Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway. Brad Keselowski was second, followed by Erik Jones, Chase Elliott and Clint Bowyer


Pocono Raceway, one of the trickiest tracks to find victory, challenged several drivers Sunday. MRN had all the drama from the Tricky Triangle…



 The Motor Racing Network will have full coverage next Sunday of the “FireKeepers Casino 400” from Michigan International Speedway starting at 1pm Eastern.


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



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