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SPORTS Archives for 2019-08

Cubs Win, Sox Lose

IHSA Volleyball

Cissna Park Tipoff 

PBL def Armstrong Potomac 25-4, 25-11

Abbie Schmidt had 9 assists


GCMS def Hoopeston Area 25-17, 25-20

Jessica Frehill had 8 kills


GCMS def Cissna Park 25-19, 25-16

Mady Shutte had 16 assists


Non Tournament

Tri Point def Iroquois West 25-11, 25-16


St. Joe Ogden def Bismarck Henning 25-15, 25-13

Katelyn Berry had 9 kills



Victor Caratini homered twice, including a tiebreaking, three-run drive in the seventh inning that powered the Chicago Cubs past New York 4-1.


The Minnesota Twins beat the White Sox 10-5.


NFL Preseason

The Tennessee Titans closed the preseason with a 19-15 victory over the Chicago Bears. 


The Packers beat the Chiefs 27-20.


The Colts beat the Bengals 13-6.


IHSA Football


Iroquois West vs Bismark Henning

Watseka vs Oakwood

Rantoul @ Prairie Central

St. Joseph Ogden vs St. Thomas More

Fisher vs Hoopeston

Milford/Cissna Park vs Lake Forest Academy



(Undated--jc)  First Year Panther Football Coach Josh Pritchard is new to the Ford County rivalry football game. The coach says he stresses,  one game at a time…



PBL Football Coach Josh Pritchard



(Undated--jc)  -- The Falcons of Gibson City Melvin Sibley are starting the season as the 2 time 2-A football champions. Falcon Coach Mike Allen says the o-line has some experience…


G-C-M-S Football Coach Mike Allen


(Tennessee--jc)  The University of Illinois Fighting Illini Volleyball team starts its season on the road tonight. The number 6 rated Fighting Illini take on Number 19 Tennessee at the Thompson-Boling Area in Knoxville Tennessee. Opening volley is set for 7.


Tonight on WPXN, Week One of IHSA Football. The Panthers of Paxton Buckley Loda are on the road at Gibson City Melvin Sibley. Our Friday Nite Preview Show begins at 6-0h-5 at the WPXN Studios. We will join Jay Eshleman and Rocky Marron for their pre-game show at 6-35. The opening kick-off is set for 7pm 



On The Sidelines 7-05 til 8am brought to you by Compass Insurance Partners in Paxton and Cissna Park.


Then it’s Fighting Illini football as Illinois hosts Akron. Coverage begins at 10am.


3pm IHSA Volleyball from Cissna Park with the Championship Matches from the Cissna Park Tip off Volleyball Tournament. Rob Pacey has the call on Saturday


SUNDAY on WPXN its the Nascar Monster Energy

Mr Bojangles Southern 500  Race from Darlington South Carolina with a 4pm broadcast.


Cubs Win, Cards and Sox Lose

IHSA Volleyball

Cissna Park Timberwolf Tipoff

Schlarman def Cissna Park 25-10, 25-16

Oakwood def Clifton Central 25-16, 25-14

Schlarman def Hoopeston Area 25-27, 25-23, 16-14

Oakwood def Watseka 15-25, 25-23-25-3


Non Tournament

St. Joe Ogden def Georgetown Ridgefarm 25-5, 25-2

Kennedi Burnett had 5 kills



The Cubs homered three times while building a 10-1 lead by the third inning of a 10-7 win over the Mets.


The Brewers knocked off the Cards, 4-1.


The Twins beat the White Sox, 8-2.


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ROSEMONT, ILL. - Three members of the Illinois Women's Golf team have been named to the 2019-20 Big Ten Women's Golfers to Watch List, as announced by the conference Wednesday. Tristyn Nowlin, Kornkamol Sukaree, and Crystal Wang are the Illini recognized as preseason honorees. 

(Paxton--jc)  -- The goal of the Paxton Buckley Loda Football team on defense is to get after the ball, and not give up the big play. First year PBL Football Coach Josh Pritchard says if those two goals are met, then wins are in the future for the Panthers…



PBL Football Coach Josh Pritchard.



(Gibson City--jc) One is new and the other was a starter on last year’s state Champion team. Gibson City Melvin Sibley High School Football Coach Mike Allen says experience with the quarterback and running back are keys for victory…



G-C-M-S High School Football Coach Mike Allen

You can hear the PBL vs GCMS football game on Friday night on WPXN. The Friday Night Preview Show is set for 6-0h-5. The kick off takes place at 7pm in Gibson City.


IHSA Volleyball tonight

Cissna Park Timberwolf Tipoff

At Cissna Park

5:30pm GCMS vs Hoopeston Area

6:30pm PBL vs Armstrong Potomac 

7:30pm Cissna Park vs GCMS


Iroquois West at Tri Point

Rantoul vs Oakwood

St. Joe Ogden at Bismarck Henning

Illini Coach Lovie Smith Announces Captains for 2019 Season

IHSA Volleyball

Cissna Park Timberwolf Tipoff

PBL def Fisher 25-9, 25-7

Makayla Klann had 6 Aces


Milford def Fisher 25-7, 25-13

Caley Mowrey had 8 kills


Milford def Armstrong Potomac 25-17, 25-14

Kaylee Warren had 21 assists


Non Tournament

Donovan def Iroquois West 21-25, 25-18, 25-19


St. Teresa def St. Joe Ogden 23-25, 25-15, 25-21



The Cubs bounced back from their three-game sweep by Washington to take the opener of their series with the Mets, 5-2. Javier Baez and Addison Russell each had three hits.


The Cardinals continue to lead the NL Central by three games over Chicago after Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina homered twice in a 6-3 victory at Milwaukee. 


The Twins beat the White Sox 3-1.



Champaign. – Fighting Illini head coach Lovie Smith announced Tuesday morning that LB Jake Hansen (defense), LB Dele Harding (defense), P Blake Hayes (special teams), OL Doug Kramer (offense) and OL Alex Palczewski (offense) have been voted team captains for the 2019 season. The captains were determined by a vote of Illini players. Illinois kicks off the 2019 season on Saturday when Akron comes to Memorial Stadium . The WPXN broadcast courtesy of the Fighting Illini network begins at 10 on Saturday morning.


(Cissna Park--jc) Today marks the 3rd day of the Cissna Park Timberwolf Tip-Off Girls High School Volleyball Tournament. Cissna Park Timberwolf Coach Josh Landon says this year’s version of the Timberwolves contains several juniors, but no seniors…



Cissna Park Timberwolves Coach Josh Landon.

WPXN sports will be covering the Championship matches from the Cissna Park Tip Off Tournament following Illinois Football on Saturday. 


Cissna Park Timberwolf Tipoff tonight

At Cissna Park

5pm Oakwood vs Clifton

6pm Schlarman vs Hoopeston Area

7pm Watseka vs Oakwood

8pm Cissna Park vs Schlarman



St. Joe Ogden at Georgetown Ridgefarm


(Darlington--jc)  Darling and the Southern 500 is the next Monster Energy Race for Nascar. Nascar Driver Jimmy Johnson says the race at Darlington is a special one on the circuit…



Nascar Driver Jimmy Johnson

You can hear the race on Sunday afternoon at 4 on WPXN.


Cardinals Move to 3 Games Ahead of the Cubs with Win Over the Brewers

IHSA  Volleyball

Cissna Park Tipoff

PBL def Milford 25-12, 25-21

Addison Oyer had 8 kills


PBL head coach Lindsay Staloway said that Milford was a scrappy team and she was happy to get the 2 set win.



Cissna Park def Hoopeston Area 27-25, 26-24

Carly Pence had six kills


GCMS def Schlarman 25-19, 25-18

Jessica Freehill had 9 kills


Fisher def Armstrong Potomac 25-19, 22-25, 15-13

Leah McCoy had 5 kills


Watseka def Kankakee 25-20, 15-25, 15-12

Sydney McTaggart had 16 digs


Watseka def Clifton Central 25-20, 25-18

Kinzie Parsons had 8 assists


Non Tournament

Blue Ridge def Iroquois West 25-10, 25-11



The St. Louis Cardinals have added another half-game to their lead in the National League Central by blowing out the Brewers 12-2 in Milwaukee. Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina and Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) each homered and drove in three runs.


IHSA Volleyball tonight

Cissna Park Timberwolf Tipoff

At Cissna Park

5pm Fisher vs Milford

6pm Oakwood vs Kankakee

7pm Milford vs Armstrong Potomac

8pm PBL vs Fisher



Iroquois West at Donovan

St. Joe Ogden vs St Teresa 

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


Cards and Sox Win, Cubs Lose


The Cardinals polished off a four-game sweep of Colorado as Matt Carpenter broke out of a 4-for-29 skid with three hits, including a solo homer in a 11-4 thrashing of the Rockies. Dexter Fowler drove in three runs and Lane Thomas added a pinch-hit homer in the seventh as the Redbirds won for the 13th time in their last 16 games.


The Nationals completed a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field as Anthony Rendon went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and a tiebreaking single that led Washington to a 7-5, 11-inning win against the Cubs. Juan Soto added three hits and Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 in six innings, helping Washington finish off its first sweep of Chicago since September 2012.


 Reynaldo López pitched five no-hit innings before leaving with dehydration and flu-like symptoms in the White Sox’s 2-0 shutout of the Rangers. Shin-Soo Choo ended Chicago’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single off Aaron Bummer in the sixth. José Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) drove in both White Sox runs to reach 100 RBIs for the fifth time in six seasons.



The St Louis Cardinals are in Milwaukee to take on the Brewers. First pitch is 7-0h-5. Adam Wainwright goes for the Cardinals.

The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox have the day off.


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(Paxton--jc) The first matchup for WPXN sports on Friday night is the battle of Ford County between the Panthers of Paxton Buckley Loda and the Falcons of Gibson City Melvin Sibley.  G-C-M-S is coming off its second strait Class 2-A High School football state championship. G-C-M-S Football coach Mike Allen says members of last year’s state championship team have stopped by practices for the falcons this week and that was a positive for the program…



Gibson City Melvin Sibley Football Coach Mike Allen. 

Our coverage of I-H-S-A football begins at 6-0h-5 on Friday night



(Paxton--jc)  The Paxton Buckley Loda Panthers have a new coach after popular coach Jeff Graham took a principal’s position in the Ludlow School district this year. The new coach is Josh Pritchard of Troy Illinois. Coach Pritchard says his coaching career began on the defensive side of the ball at Oblong High School. More on the new coach at PBL…



PBL Football Coach Josh Pritchard.



Cissna Park Timberwolf Tipoff

At Cissna Park

5pm PBL vs Milford

6pm Armstrong Potomac vs Fisher

7pm Danville Schlarman vs GCMS

8pm Cissna Park vs Hoopeston Area


At Watseka 

5pm Kankakee vs Central Clifton

6pm Watseka vs Kankakee

7pm Central Clifton vs Watseka


Other Action

Iroquois West at Blue Ridge


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

Cubs, Cards, Sox Win


Kyle Hendricks worked seven strong innings and the Cubs made the most out of two hits in their fifth consecutive win, 1-0 over the Giants.


 The Cardinals kept pace with the Cubs by erasing deficits of 2-0 and 5-2 in a 6-5 victory against the Rockies. Dexter Fowler supplied the go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh after Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nah) Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) hit two-run shots. 


Yoán Moncada (yoh-AHN’ mohn-KAH’-dah) lined a two-run homer his return from the injured list to help the White Sox down the Rangers, 6-1.


NFL Preseason

Raiders beat the Packers 22-21



Chicago Bears at the Indianapolis Colts



(Paxton--jc)  WPXN sports is hosting the initial On the Sidelines program tomorrow morning at 8am. Hear from some of the area football coaches and volleyball coaches. 


GCMS Football coach Mike Allen says he hopes the next generation of Falcons understand the importance of training and preparation it takes to be a winning program…



Gibson City Melvin Sibley Football Coach Mike Allen. 

You can hear the entire interview with Coach Allen on Saturday’s On the Sidelines program which begins at 8am



(Paxton--jc)  The Paxton Buckley Loda Panthers have a new coach after popular coach Jeff Graham took a principal’s position in the Ludlow School district this year. The new coach is Josh Pritchard of Troy Illinois. Coach Pritchard says his coaching career began on the defensive side of the ball at Oblong High School…


PBL Football Coach Josh Pritchard.

Another guest on Saturday’s show will be Milford Cissna Park Football Coach Clint Schwartz.


There’s just 2 weeks left of racing at the Farmer City Raceway. Tonight the Track points end and the season’s winners will be recognized. 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.



(Nascar--jc)  The Nascar Xfinity series is in Wisconsin tomorrow afternoon. It’s the C-Tech Manufacturing 180 race at the Road America Raceway in Elkhart Wisconsin. Race time on WPXN is 1-30 Saturday afternoon. 


Cubs and White Sox Win, Cards Lose


The Cubs have taken over the NL Central lead by getting a two-run homer by Kris Bryant in the bottom of the eighth to that led to a 12-11 win over the Giants.


The St. Louis Cardinals suffered a 5-3 loss to the Brewers.


Lucas Giolito scattered three hits in his third complete game of the year to pitch the Chicago White Sox past the Minnesota Twins, 4-0.

Coach Lovie Smith Names Brandon Peters as Illini Starting Quarterback


Anthony Rizzo homered twice and the Cubs stayed a half-game behind the NL Central-leading Cardinals by topping the Giants, 5-3.


Dexter Fowler supplied a tiebreaking, bases-loaded double and drove in four runs as the Cardinals beat the Brewers, 9-4


The Twins stormed past the Chicago White Sox, 14-4.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Brandon Peters is Illinois' starting quarterback, head coach Lovie Smith announced Tuesday. Peters, a graduate transfer from Michigan, will start the Fighting Illini's season opener Aug. 31 against Akron at Memorial Stadium.  You can hear all the Illini games live on WPXN.


Champaign, ILL.– Head Coach Brad Underwood announced Tuesday that Jermaine Hamlin has signed a Big Ten Tender of Financial Aid with the University of Illinois.Hamlin is a 6-10, 225-pound center from Lincoln, Illinois. During his senior season at Lincoln Community High School he averaged 13.9 points on 71 percent shooting, along with 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.Hamlin scored in double figures in 22 of 31 games, with six 20-plus point performances. He set his career scoring high with 29 points against Bloomington on Feb. 12. He recorded three double-doubles on the season, with 18 points and 11 rebounds vs. Mattoon (Dec. 4), 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds vs. Rock Island (Feb. 2) and the 29-point, 11-rebound showing vs. Bloomington (Feb. 12).



Danville Legion Post 210 Loses to Idaho Falls in Legion World Series Semi Final


Pitcher Dakota Hudson carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Paul DeJong homered, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.


José Abreu hit a towering three-run homer to cap a four-run second inning, and Iván Nova survived early trouble to win his fifth straight decision as the Chicago White Sox beat the division-leading Minnesota Twins 6-4.



Danville Legion Post 210 lost to Idaho Falls 4-3 in the Semi Final of the American Legion World Series. 


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Champaign--jc)  --. — Illinois freshman defensive back Marquez Beason suffered a season-ending injury August 13 at practice, head coach Lovie Smith announced Monday. Beason was a consensus four-star recruit out of Duncanville High School (Texas) and Illinois' top-rated high school recruit in the last 10 years.  Beason is set to have surgery in the near future.


For the first time, the defending national champion Clemson Tigers are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 presented by Regions Bank .

Clemson won its second national title in three seasons behind freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence Alabama is 2nd, Georgia, is No. 3, followed by Oklahoma and  Ohio State.


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


Denny Hamlin Wins at Bristol


Nicholas Castellanos (kas-tee-AH’-nohs), Justin Heyward and Anthony Rizzo homered as the Cubs beat the Pirates, 7-1


Paul Goldschmidt smacked a two-run homer and Tommy Edman was 3-for-5 with a solo shot and two runs scored in the Cardinals’ 5-4 victory at Cincinnati.


The Angels beat the White Sox 9-2. 


Eddy Pineiro has won the Bears’ kicking competition. The Bears have cut kicker Elliott Fry, who was competing with Pineiro and several others for the job. Pineiro came to Chicago from the Raiders for a late-round draft pick after spending all of last year on injured reserve.


Former NFL and University Texas running back Cedric Benson has died in a motorcycle accident at age 36. Benson won the Doak Walker award as the nation’s top college running back in 2004 and was drafted fourth overall by the Bears in 2005. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers.


BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) _ Denny Hamlin raced to his fourth NASCAR Cup victory of the season by holding off Matt DiBenedetto at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday. Hamlin won from the pole and overcame early damage to his Toyota and a loose wheel to win at Bristol for the second time in his career. 


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


Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Family Released from Hospital After Plane Crash


The Phillies beat the Cubs 7-5.

The Reds beat the Cardinals 2-1.

The Angels beat the White Sox 8-7


NFL Preseason

Ravens beat the Packers 26-13


NFL Preseason tonight

Bears at NY Giants



Browns at Colts 


Former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter were hospitalized and released after their plane crashed in east Tennessee Thursday afternoon. NBC Sports says the family and 2 pilots were discharged from the hospital. The crash is still being investigated. Earnhardt was scheduled to be part of the NBC broadcast team for Saturday night’s race at Bristol. The network says he will skip the race to be with his family before returning to the broadcast booth at Darlington next month.


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. Gates open at 4pm. Admission is $12 for adults. Veterans get in for $5. Kids 12 and under are free.


Tonight on WPXN it’s Xfinity racing with the Food City 300 at 6pm.


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


At Noon we’ll be broadcasting the parade at the Old Settlers Reunion in Cissna Park as part of our Summer Fun Tour.


Saturday evening it’s the Monster Energy 530 Bass Pro Shops NRA Nite Race.


On Sunday it’s the BC Supply 500 Indycar race at Pocono Raceway.


Cards and White Sox win, Cubs Lose


The Phillies clobbered the Chicago Cubs 11-1.


The Cardinals have pulled even with the Cubs for the NL Central lead after rookie Dakota Hudson tossed six innings of five-hit ball in a 6-0 shutout of the Royals.


The White Sox squandered a late three-run lead before James McCann hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the eighth inning of a 13-9 win over the Astros.


NFL Preseason today

Green Bay at Baltimore

Cards Win, Cubs Lose, Sox Split


The Phillies beat the Cubs 4-2.


Jack Flaherty tossed three-hit ball over seven innings to carry St. Louis past Kansas City, 2-0.


The Astros beat the White Sox 6-2 in the first game of a double header.

Ivan Nova tossed a four-hitter to earn the Sox a 4-1 victory in the night cap.


UNDATED (AP) — The power structure in the Big Ten could be in for a shakeup this season. Jim Harbaugh enters his fifth year at Michigan overdue for a breakthrough. Two-time defending conference champion Ohio State is transitioning from Urban Meyer to Ryan Day and replacing a first-round NFL draft pick at quarterback. Momentum Nebraska built the second half of last season could carry over heading into Scott Frost's second year. A favorable schedule makes the Cornhuskers a trendy pick for the Big Ten title game.


MLB schedule today

Chicago Cubs (Hamels 6-3) at Philadelphia (Nola 10-3), 6:05 p.m.

Houston (Miley 11-4) at Chicago White Sox (Detwiler 1-3), 1:10 p.m.

St. Louis (Hudson 10-6) at Kansas City (Keller 7-12), 7:15 p.m.


Amended Settlement in a Class-Action Concussion Lawsuit Against the NCAA Approved


The Cubs and Cards were off and the White Sox were rained out.


UNDATED (AP) — A federal judge has approved an amended settlement in a class-action concussion lawsuit against the NCAA that will establish a 50-year medical-monitoring program for college athletes. The settlement was announced Monday by Hagens Berman, the law firm representing the plaintiffs. The case originated with a claim against the NCAA in 2011 by former Eastern Illinois football player Adrian Arrington.


BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — From their kicking battle to injuries, to Mitchell Trubisky's up-and-down passing, the Chicago Bears continue to face familiar challenges as they ended training camp at Olivet Nazarene University and headed back to Halas Hall to prepare for Friday's preseason game at the New York Giants.


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


The Buckley Dutchmasters are E.I. Baseball's 2019 Tournament Champs


Kris Bryant capped Chicago's four-run seventh with a three-run homer, and the Cubs rallied to beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3.


Lane Thomas hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning, Paul Goldschmidt and Dexter Fowler also homered, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-9.


The Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 2-0. 


E. I. Baseball

The Buckley Dutchmasters are E.I. baseball’s tournament champs. For the second day in a row it took a comeback to get a win against the Royal Giants. On Saturday, Cole Eshleman hit an RBI single to help the Dutchmasters to a 6-5 win. On Sunday he drew a bases loaded walk to end the game and win 8-7. It was Buckley’s fourth title in 5 years and 16th title overall.



Kevin Harvick has won a NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway for the second straight year, giving him two victories this year and 47 in his career.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver pulled away from the competition in his Ford and finished more than a second ahead of Denny Hamlin. Kyle Larson was third and was followed by Martin Truex Jr., Daniel Suarez and Kyle Busch in the Consumers Energy 400.


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


White Sox and Yankees to Play in Iowa at Fields of Dreams Next Year


Anthony Rizzo had a pair of hits as part of a 30th birthday celebration, Nicholas Castellanos added to his Chicago surge with a pair of homers and the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-5.


The Chicago White Sox will play a game against the New York Yankees next summer at the site in Iowa where the movie "Field of Dreams" was filmed. Major League Baseball says the White Sox will play host to the Yankees in Dyersville, Iowa, on Aug. 13. A temporary 8,000-seat stadium will be built on the site to accommodate the first major league game played in Iowa.


NFL Preseason

The Carolina Panthers beat the Bears 23-13.

The Packers beat the Houston Texans 28-26.

The Buffalo Bills beat the Indianapolis Colts 24-16.


EI Baseball

This is the final weekend of the E I Baseball season. The Buckley Dutchmasters were the regular season champions. The Royal Giants finished second. The two teams won their first round tournament games last Sunday and now will play a best of three championship series on Saturday and Sunday. Game 1 is set for a 2pm first pitch in Gifford at Franzen Field. Game Two takes place in Buckley at Schiewe Field at 1pm with a potential game 3 to follow.


(Michigan--jc)  -- Nascar’s Monster Energy series continues Sunday at the Michigan International Speedway. William Byron is making a push toward the playoffs. Byron says working with Chad Knaus has the potential to do just that…



Nascar Driver William Byron

Nascar Driver Chase Elliott is getting used to the track in his second year in Michigan…



Nascar Driver Chase Elliott



Saturday its the Xfinity  B and L Transport 170 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a 1-30 start time


Sunday its the Monster Energy  Consumer Energy 400 NASCAR Race with a 1pm start time


Illini Improve to 2-0 on Trip to Italy


 The Dodgers swept the Cardinals with a 2-1 walk off win. 


Ian Happ hit his second career grand slam, José Quintana tossed two-hit ball through seven innings to win his sixth straight decision and the Chicago Cubs ripped the Oakland Athletics 10-1. 


Ivan Nova pitched eight scoreless innings, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1. Tim Anderson reached base five times and scored three runs. .



 The Chicago Cubs have signed catcher Jonathan Lucroy. The 33-year-old Lucroy was designated for assignment by the Angels last Friday. The two-time All-Star is expected to join the NL Central-leading Cubs in Cincinnati Today. Lucroy will help plug a gap created when All-Star Willson Contreras strained his hamstring.



CHICAGO (AP) — The Bears will unveil statues of Hall of Famers Walter Payton and George S. Halas outside of Soldier Field on Sept. 3. The 12-foot, 3,000-pound bronze statues honoring the great running back and the franchise founder and coach will be made public two days before Chicago hosts Green Bay to kick off the NFL's 100th season. 


(Italy--jc)   The Illinois men's basketball team cruised to another win in the second game of a four-game Italy tour. Illinois shot 62.3 percent from the field in a 112-63 victory over the Gazzada All-Stars on Wednesday night. Much of Illinois' damage was done from long distance, as the Illini drained 16-of-24 from 3-point range (66.7 percent) during its second game in two days to improve to 2-0 on the tour. Illinois is off today, traveling from Milan to Florence. The Illini play at 1 Friday afternoon  against the Livorno All-Stars.




NFL Preseason 

Carolina at Chicago

Houston at Green Bay

Indianapolis at Buffalo


Cubs, Cards Lose, Sox Split


Cubs lefty Jon Lester was tagged for a career high-tying 11 runs in only four innings, that led the Oakland Athletics over Chicago 11-4.


The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1


The Chicago White Sox split a double header with the Detroit Tigers taking the opener 5-3. The Tigers won the nightcap 10-6.



Jordy Nelson's NFL career ended in the same place where it began: Lambeau Field. Nelson signed a one-day contract with the Packers and announced his retirement after 11 seasons, 10 of which he spent in Green Bay. Nelson is third in Packers history in receptions.


Cubs and White Sox Win, Cards Lose


Javier Báez hit two of Chicago's four homers as the Cubs closed out a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics.


The Dodgers blanked the Cardinals 8-0. 


Tim Anderson had three hits and scored twice, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-4.


Chicago Bears rookie running back David Montgomery will get his first chance to test his skills against NFL players on Thursday in the preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers. The third-round draft pick out of Iowa State hasn't had much chance to run against live tackling in camp but has been learning the passing game in the Bears' offense.


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


Chase Elliott Wins at Watkins Glen for Second Year in a Row

The Cubs completed a big three-game sweep of the Brewers as Jason Heyward drove in three runs and Yu Darvish pitched five effective innings in a 7-2 victory


The Cardinals were 4-2 losers in Oakland.


Leury (lay-OOR’-ee) Garcia belted a grand slam and Eloy (EE’-loy) Jiménez added a three-run shot as the White Sox beat the Phillies 10-5.


E.I. Baseball

The Game 7 Legacy beat the Paxton Swedes 6-4 in game 1 at Buckley to advance to take on the Dutchmasters. The Dutchmasters won 4-2 and advanced to next weekend’s best of 3 Championship series against Royal. Royal defeated Gifford Flatville 11-1 after Gifford Flatville def El Paso earlier.


It was deja vu for Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. at Watkins Glen on Sunday.

Elliott earned his second straight victory at the course, once again holding off Truex to become the first repeat winner at The Glen since Marcos Ambrose in 2011-12. It was a two-car race for more than half the 220.5-mile distance and the entire final 40 laps. Elliott started from the pole and led 80 of 90 laps in snapping a long slump. Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney.


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


Cardinals Regain Lead in NL Central


The Cardinals rolled to an 8-0 rout of the Cubs to regain a one-game lead over Chicago atop the NL Central. Matt Wieters (WEE’-turz) belted a three-run homer to back Jack Flaherty, who allowed just one hit while striking out nine over seven innings


The Mets blanked the White Sox, 4-0. 


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(Urbana--jc)  -- The Fighting Illini volleyball team has announced their 2019 promotional schedule with a number of events and giveaways set for home matches at Huff Hall this season.vOne of the most popular Illini traditions, Stuff Huff returns for its 14th season on Friday, September 27 as the Illini take on National Runner-up, Nebraska at 7 p.m. CT. Stuff Huff is renowned for its vast crowds, as the Illini have averaged over 2,800 fans per match. Be Sure to wear blue as the Illini look to Blue Out Huff Hall.



(Undated--jc) The 20-19 E I Baseball regular season is complete. The regular season champions are the Buckley Dutchmasters.  The winner of the Dick Franzen Batting award is Gifford Flatville’s Storm Joop. Joop was also given the Ralph Loschen Most outstanding player award. Cade Sestak of Gifford Flatville was selected as the winner of the Virgil Scheiwe award for most outstanding pitcher The Post season tournament begins on Sunday in Buckley and Gifford. The Buckley Dutchmasters are the number one seed and the number 2 seed is the Royal Giants. All games in the post season are 9 inning contests. In Buckley at 1 on Sunday, its Game 7 and the Paxton Swedes. The winner to take on Buckley in game 2. In Gifford on Sunday,  Gifford-Flatville takes on El Paso with the winner to take on Royal in game two.

The winners of the two sites meet the following weekend with a best of 3 game series to decide the tournament winner. 


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(Urbana--jc)  Let football begin. The University of Illinois football team begins practice today. The Illini will open the season against Akron on August 31st.

Practice starts at 10 this morning. Illini coach Love Smith is in his 4th year as head coach of the program. 


It’s Dirt track racing at it’s best at the Farmer City Raceway. It’s the 5th Annual What Up Dog 40 Memorial Race. 1 thousand to win in Late Models plus a full show. See the best in Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Pro Lates. Admission is $12, veterans get in for $5, Kids 12 and under are free. Gates open at 4pm. 


Saturday on WPXN it’s our Live Action Auction from 8-10.


Then its Xfinity Racing with the Zippo 200 at the Glen at 1:30.


On Sunday its the Monster Energy Go Bowling at the Glen at Watkins Glen at 1pm.



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