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White Sox name Hall of Famer, Tony LaRussa as new Manager

Thursday Night Football Score: 

Atlanta Falcons def Carolina Panthers 25-17



(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago White Sox name Tony La Russa as their next manager. La Russa ranks third in all-time manager wins with 2,728, falling behind Connie Mack(3,731) and John McGraw(2,763). La Russa has won 6 pennants in his time as a skipper with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A’s, and St. Louis Cardinals which earned him a spot in Cooperstown in 2014. La Russa first started his managerial career on the South Side in 1979 and retired in 2011. 



(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini Basketball team now knows who their opponent will be for the Big/Ten ACC Challenge. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported that Illinois will take on Duke at Cameron Indoor. This is the first time that the Illini have played at Cameron since 1995, Illinois won that game. Other notable matchups in the challenge are North Carolina @ Iowa, Ohio State @ Notre Dame, and Indiana @ Florida State. 


Big Ten Football This weekend: 

Minnesota @ Maryland-TONIGHT

Purdue @ Illinois-11am 

Mich. State @ #13 Michigan 

17 Indiana @ Rutgers

Northwestern @ Iowa

#3 Ohio State @ #18 Penn State 


NFL Sunday: 

Saints @ Bears- 3:25

Colts @ Lions- Noon 

Vikings @ Packers-Noon 


(Martinsville-jm) -- Brad Keselowski will lead the field to green Sunday at Martinsville.


This Weekend on WPXN 


On Saturday it's Illini Football vs Purdue. Pregame will start at 10 and kick off at 11am. Be sure to head to for the post game blog. 


Immediately following the Illini Postgame we will join the Nascar Xfinity Series with the Draft Top 250 at Martinsville Speedway 


On Sunday its Nascar Cup Series Racing  with the Xfinity 500 also from Martinsville speedway with a noon start time. 


Kyle Busch wins weather delayed race at Texas

(WPXN-cf)-- The IHSA reached a decision yesterday afternoon on the decision of fall sports. Just 24 hours after the Illinois Department of Public Health moved the risk level of basketball from medium to high, the IHSA is proceeding with the basketball season as scheduled. Practices can begin starting Nov. 16 with games starting Nov. 30. In the IHSA guidance, there will be no more than 50 total people in the gym including players, coaches, and refs. Masks must be worn, and social distancing must be followed on the benches. 



(Tampa-cf)-- The NFL is starting preparations for having fan attendance at the Super Bowl. The superbowl is scheduled to be played on February 7th at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Florida. The NFL is planning on 20% of the stadiums 65,000 seats to have spectators in them. Fans will be in pods 6 feet apart and masks will be mandatory. 



(Chicago-cf)-- In the latest injury report, the Chicago Bears might be without two offensive players Sunday against the Saints. WR Allen Robinson is listed on the NFL’s concussion protocol, and Offensive Lineman Cody Whitehair is listed as day to day after a calf injury. 



(St. Louis-cf)-- The St. Louis Cardinals have made a few roster moves already this offseason. Longtime catcher Yadier Molina is a free agent for the first time in his 17 year career with the Red Birds, with the expiration of his contract with the conclusion of the World Series. Molina is looking to play two more seasons, until he is 40 with the Cardinals but is open to playing for other teams. The Cardinals also declined the 2021 club-option for second baseman Kolten Wong. Wong is now a free agent, and is free to explore all options with the Cardinals or other teams. 


Thursday Night Football: 

Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles 



Kyle Busch won for the first time this season as he took the checkered flag at Texas. Busch is already out of contention for this year’s championship. Martin Truex Jr. came in second followed by Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman.


Dodgers win World Series


The LA Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the World Series. It was their first World Series title since 1988.


(WPXN-cf)-- The Illinois Department of Public Health has moved the risk level of high school basketball from medium risk to high risk level. WPXN’s Cale Fleming has the details… 




(Urbana-cf)-- Illinois Junior Point Guard Ayo Dosunmu has won another preseason honor. Ayo was selected as a 2020-21 preseason All-American first team by CBS Sports. Ayo is joined on the 1st team by Iowa Center Luka Garza, Baylor Guard Jarod Butler, Oklahoma State Guard, Cade Cunningham, and Gonzaga Forward Cade Kispert. There is just under a month until the tip of NCAA basketball. 



NASCAR is hoping that today is the day the race at Texas will be completed. The race has been rescheduled for 2pm today. 


Rams beat Bears 24-10

Monday Night Football: 

The Chicago Bears couldn’t get the offense rolling last night against the Rams. The Bears didn’t score an offensive touchdown and lost 24-10, dropping to 5-2 on the season. 


(Orlando-jm) -- ESPN is scrapping plans to host 8 men’s college basketball events in the Orlando bubble, the site of the NBA finals. One of the events was the Jimmy V Classic which featured Illinois taking on Baylor and Gonzaga taking on Tennessee. The games could still be played if a location can be found.


(Undated-jm) -- The latest college football rankings are out. Clemson continues at #1, followed by Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Georgia rounds out the top 5. Wisconsin comes in at #9, Michigan at #13, Indiana is at #17, Penn State comes in at #18.


(Undated-jm) -- Hendrick Motorsports announced Monday that Rudy Fugle will join the organization as crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet for William Byron in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series. Fugle spent the last eight seasons as crew chief for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.


World Series Game 6 Tonight

Tampa Bay Rays vs L.A. Dodgers (Dodgers lead series 3-2)


NASCAR Race at Texas to run at 11am today weather permitting. 


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


Green Bay Packers Beat the Texans 35-20


Dodgers beat the Rays 4-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series.


NFL Scores: 

The Green Bay Packers Beat the Texans 35-20. Aaron Rodgers threw 24 completions for 284 yards and 4 touchdowns. 


The Colts were on a bye week. 


The Bears play tonight.



The Illini dropped the season opener Friday night against Wisconsin 45-7. Illini QB Brandon Peters tallied 75 rush yards on 7 attempts. 



(Madison, WISC-cf)-- Wisconsin Badgers QB Graham Mertz has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. This comes after a stellar performance against the Illini on Friday Night completing 20-21 passes. There is no word at this time if there have been any positive tests for the Fighting Illini. 


(Texas-cf)-- The Nascar Cup Series was postponed yesterday due to rain on lap 52. The race has been rescheduled for this morning. There is however a 90% chance of rain in the forecast for Monday in Texas. In other Nascar news, Martin Truex, and his team were docked points yesterday for an illegal spoiler. The penalty cost Truex 20 team and 20 owner points, and moved him to the back of the field. 



Monday Night Football: 

Chicago Bears @ LA Rams-7:20


Tonight on WPXN: 

It’s Fast Talk. Get the latest news in Nascar from 6-7. 


Immediately after Fast Talk, it's the Lovie Smith Coaches show from 7-8.


Illinois vs Wisconsin tonight to open Big Ten Football

Thursday Night Football Score: 

The Eagles beat the Giants 22-21


(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini Take on the Wisconsin Badgers tonight at 7pm from Camp Randall Stadium. Head Coach Lovie Smith describes the offensive scheme that Wisconsin has been known to run… 



Fighting Illini Head Football Coach Lovie Smith.  hear the game live tonight starting at 6pm here on WPXN.


(Texas-cf)-- Nascar has implemented an equipment change for this year's race at Texas Motorspeedway. The change is the right side tires. Driver Brad Keslowski details how the change will affect his racing style, and how he will adapt… 



Nascar Driver Brad Keslowski


NFL This Sunday: 

Green Bay Packers @ Houston Texans- Noon

Colts are on a bye week 

Chicago Bears play the Rams Monday Night 


Tonight on WPXN it’s Fighting Illini Football against Wisconsin with a 7pm kick. The broadcast will begin at 6pm with pregame right here on WPXN. 


Saturday its Nascar Xfinity Series Racing with the O-Riley Auto Parts 300 from Texas Motorspeedway at 3pm 


Sunday its Nascar Cup Series racing with the Texas 500 from the Texas Motorspeedway with a 1:30 start time.


Rays even World Series at 1 game each with win over the Dodgers


The Tampa Bay Rays beat the LA Dodgers 6-4 to tie the World Series at 1 game apiece.



(Bloomington-cf)-- The IHSA has submitted a proposal to the IDPH on how they will conduct winter sports. The IDPH will need to grant approval for high risk sports such as basketball/wrestling. The IHSA also passed a waiver on allowing sports competing in the spring to be able to participate on non-school teams throughout the duration of that sports season. 


(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini Head to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium this Friday Night at 7pm. Wisconsin as a state has a 21% positivity rate when it comes to the coronavirus, however with all the protocols set in place by the Big Ten, that is not a concern for Coch Smith… 



Fighting Illini Head Football Coach Lovie Smith. 


Thursday Night Football 

New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles 


This weekend on WPXN: 


Friday Night it’s Fighting Illini Football against Wisconsin with a 7pm kick. The broadcast will begin at 6pm with pregame right here on WPXN. 


Saturday its Nascar Xfinity Series Racing with the O-Riley Auto Parts 300 from Texas Motorspeedway at 3pm 


SUnday its Nascar Cup Series racing with the Texas 500 from the Texas Motorspeedway with a 1:30 start time. 


White Sox First Baseman Jose Abreu wins MLB Player of the Year

(Chicago-cf)-- A pair of White Sox have won awards for this past season. First baseman Jose Abreu won MLB Player of the year, and General Manager Rick Hahn brought home the Executive of the year award. 



(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago Bears have signed veteran LineBacker Manti Te’o (TAY-OW) to the practice squad. Te’o has notched 307 tackles in 48 games. In other Bears news, the NFL power rankings have been released entering week 7. The Bears jumped up to 11th from 13th. 



(Urbana-cf)-- It’s game week for the University of Illinois Fighting Illini football team. Head Coach Lovie Smith gives an update on game week for the first time this season… 



Fighting Illini Head Football Coach Lovie Smith 

You can hear the game live on WPXN starting at 6 on Friday night.


The World Series kicks off tonight between the Tampa Bay Rays and the LA Dodgers


The Kansas City Chiefs are now 5 and 1 after defeating the Buffalo Bills 26-17 in the first of two Monday night football games.


The Arizona Cardinals beat the Cowboys 38-10.


(Charlotte-jm) -- NASCAR has announced Kyle Larson will be reinstated starting in January. Larson was suspended indefinitely and lost his job at Chip Ganassi racing after using a racial slur during an iRacing event.


World Series Game 1 Tonight

Tampa Bay Rays vs L.A. Dodgers


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


Bears win, Packers lose, Colts win

NFL Scores: 

The Chicago Bears now hold first place in the NFC North with a 23-16 win over the Panthers. QB Nick Foles threw for 198 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. 


The Green Bay Packers dropped to 4-1 with a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-10. Aaron Rodgers threw 16 completions for 160 yards and two interceptions. 


There were a lot of fireworks between the Colts and the Bengals with the Colts coming out on top 31-27. Colts QB Phillip Rivers threw for 371 yards and 3 touchdowns. 



(Urbana-cf)-- The Captains for the Fighting Illini Football team have been named for this upcoming season. Center Doug Cramer, QB Brandon Peters, Linebacker Jake Hansen, Cornerback Nate Hobbs, and Punter Blake Hayes. The captains were selected by a vote of the student-athletes, and staff. This is also the second time that Kramer, Hansen, and Hayes have been named captains in their career at Illinois. 



(West Lafayette-cf)-- Big Ten football is slated to start this Friday Night with Illinois taking on Wisconsin. However, without playing a single game the conference has already ran into a roadblock. Purdue Head Coach Jeff Brohm has tested positive for COVID-19. Brohm tested positive yesterday, and is in self-isolation at home. 



The NASCAR Cup Series began the ‘Round of 8’ on Sunday afternoon at the Kansas Speedway. Joey Logano was this weekend's winner The Motor Racing Network covered all the action from green to checkers in the Hollywood Casino 400.



With the win, Joey Logano is now locked in the Championship 4 next month at Phoenix Raceway.   The Performance Racing Network will have coverage from Texas Motor Speedway this Sunday starting at 2:30 on WPXN   


NFL Tonight: 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Buffalo Bills-4pm

Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona Cardinals-7:15


Tonight on WPXN its Fast Talk, get the latest news in Nascar from 6 to 7pm 


After Fast Talk it's the Illini Weekly. Get the latest news in Illini Athletics from 7 to 8. 




Braves and Astros win Championship Series games


Atlanta Braves def Dodgers 10-2, to take 3-1 lead in the series


Houston Astros def Tampa Bay Rays 4-3, Tampa Bay leads series 3-2



(Indianapolis-cf)-- The NCAA will be voting on a set of proposals in January of next year. The first being the NCAA permitting players to receive money for endorsement deals and sponsorship deals, but did not list on how it will shape the name, image, and likeness compensation. The second proposal will be that players can be let out of their letter of intent one time being able to transfer schools with no penalty, like the rule is written currently that football, basketball and hockey players must sit out one season. 


(Kansas-jm) -- Chase Elliott will lead the field to the green flag Sunday at Kansas. Joey Logano will start 2nd followed by Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick.



(Kansas-jm) -- The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kansas this weekend. Martin Truex Jr talks about the racing surface at Kansas…




 Clint Bowyer announced earlier this week he will be retiring at the end of the season. He talks about racing at his home track this weekend for the final time…






MLB Tonight

ALCS Game 6

Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays


NLCS Game 5

L.A. Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves


NFL this Sunday: 

Chicago Bears @ Carolina Panthers-Noon

Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis Colts-Noon 

Green Bay Packers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers-3:25 


This weekend on WPXN: 


Saturday its our Live Action Auction, bid, buy and save starting at 8am. 


Saturday, its Nascar Xfinity Series Action with the Kansas Lottery 300 from Kansas Speedway. Broadcast start is 5-30 Saturday afternoon 


Sunday on WPXN its Nascar Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 also from Kansas Speedway with a 12:30 start time.


Braves, Astros win in MLB Championship series games


NLCS Game 3

L.A. Dodgers def Atlanta Braves 15-3


ALCS Game 4 

Astros def Tampa Bay 4-3


(Chicago-jm) -- The name of the first potential candidate to replace Rick Renteria for the Chicago White Sox manager position has surfaced. ESPN is reporting the Sox have received permission from the Los Angeles Angels to interview Tony La Russa. La Russa hasn’t been a manager since ending a 16 year run with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011.


(Chicago-jm) -- The Chicago Bears have placed left guard James Daniels on injured reserve after injuring his pectoral muscle last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sam Mustipher, a member of the practice squad, has been brought up to fill Daniels place.


MLB Tonight

NLCS Game 4

L.A. Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves (Atlanta leads series 2-1)


Illinois Basketball will host a four team Multi-Team-Event in Champaign Nov. 25-27


The Atlanta Braves took game 2 of the National League Division Series by beating the Dodgers 8-7. They lead the Series 2-0.


The Tampa Bay Rays are one game away from the World Series after they beat the Astros 5-2.



(Chicago-cf)-- The search is on for a new skipper on the south side, after the Chicago White Sox fired Rick Rentria. Bruce Bochey, former manager of the San Francisco Giants said he “would listen” to the White Sox on a potential job. Bochey is noted for being at the helm of the last “dynasty” as he and the Giants won three World Series Titles from 2010 to 2014.


Tuesday Night Football Scores:

The Tennessee Titans defeated the Buffalo Bills 42-16. QB Ryan Tannehill threw 4 touchdowns for the Titans. 



(Urbana-cf)-- With the uncertainty in sports this year due to COVID-19, there are some answers coming to the surface on NCAA basketball. Illinois will host a four team MTE or Multi-Team-Event in Champaign Nov. 25-27. The four teams include Wright State, Ohio, AND North Carolina AT.  The U of I has not officially confirmed this schedule but they should once contracts are signed. Illinois will also play Baylor in the Jimmy V Classic in Orlando Dec. 2nd. There is no official word on the Braggin’ Rights Game at this time. 


MLB Tonight: 


L.A Dodgers @ Atlanta Braves-5pm 



Tampa Bay Rays  @ Houston Astros-7pm


Fighting Illini Football open the Season Friday OCT 23rd at Wisconsin

(Champaign-jm) -- The Fighting Illini football team knew they would open the season at Wisconsin. Now they know what time. The Illini will take on the Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on Friday, October 23rd at 7pm. You can hear that game here on WPXN.


(Chicago-jm) -- The Chicago Bears have announced a member of the team’s practice squad has tested positive for the Coronavirus. Coach Matt Nagy said Badara Traore, a practice squad offensive lineman, is the player that tested positive. 


(Chicago-jm) -- The Chicago White Sox and manager Rick Renteria have agreed to part ways. Renteria was 236 and 309 in four seasons on the south side. The Sox also announced longtime pitching coach Don Cooper will not return next season. Cooper has been with the Sox since 2002.


NFL Tonight

Buffalo Bills @ Tennessee Titans


MLB Tonight

NLCS Game 2

Atlanta Braves vs L.A. Dodgers


ALCS Game 3

Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros


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


Chase Elliott wins at Charlotte


Cleveland Browns def Indianapolis Colts 32-23.



(Los Angeles-jm) -- The L.A. Lakers won their 17th NBA title after defeating the Miami Heat 106-93 Sunday night. LeBron James was named finals MVP becoming the first player to win finals MVP with 3 different organizations.



(Charlotte-jm) -- Chase Elliott swept the road course portion of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series this year after winning Sunday at the Charlotte Roval. Elliott has won the last 4 road course races dating back to last season.


(Charlotte-jm) -- Elliott’s win Sunday pushed him into the next round of NASCARs playoffs. Joining him is Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman and Kurt Busch. Defending champion Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney and William Byron were eliminated.



ALCS  Game 2

Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays


NLCS Game 1

Atlanta Braves vs LA Dodgers


Monday Night Football

LA Chargers @ New Orleans Saints


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


Then its the Fighting Illini coaches show from 7-8.


Bears win 20-19 over the Bucs

Thursday Night Football Scores: 

Cairo Santos kicked a 38 yard field goal with 1:17 left and the Chicago Bears beat Tom Brady and Tampa Bay Bucs 20-19.  Nick Foles threw for 243 yards and a touchdown. 



(Chicago-cf)-- The Cory Crawford era in Chicago is over. The Chicago Blackhawks have decided to part ways with the two time Stanley Cup Champion. Crawford has been in the league since 2003 and started since 2011. Crawford won the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015. 



(Chicago-cf)-- Cubs Pitcher Alec Mills who threw a no-hitter on Sept. 13 against the Brewers, is being honored in the Hall of Fame. Cooperstown took the hat that Mills wore in the game, as well as the game ball and enshrined it into the Hall of Fame. With Mills no-no last month, that was just the 16th no-hitter thrown in Cubs history, Jake Arrettia was the last Cub to do so in 2016.


NBA Finals Action Tonight-Game 5

L.A Lakers @ Miami Heat(Lakers lead series 3-1)


NFL This Sunday: 

Indianapolis Colts @ Cleveland Browns-3:25

Green Bay Packers are on a bye week. 


This weekend on WPXN 


On Saturday is the Drive For the Cure 250 Xfinity Series Race from the Charlotte Road Course with a 2:30 start time. 


Sunday its the Bank of America Roval 400 also from Charlotte, with a 1:30 start time. 


Cubs to retool, not rebuild according to Epstein

(Chicago-cf) Chicago Cubs President/Gm Theo Epstien spoke with the media yesterday for the first time since the Cubs were eliminated from the playoffs. Epstein told reporters that the Cubs will “retool, not rebuild” and that could also include changes in the Front Office. Epstein’s contract expires at the end of next season, and the Cubs also have several players that are up for contract extensions. 



(Urbana-cf)-- Illinois Quarterback Brandon Peters worked with 12-year NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner this offseason to help take him to the next step. Peters told reporters that the Super Bowl Champion QB gave him drills and advice to work on his accuracy, footwork, and the mental aspect of the game. The Fighting Illini Hit the gridiron for the first time this season in just two weeks. 



(Kansas City-cf)-- Another New England Patriots player has tested positive for COVID-19. This comes after QB Cam Newton has tested positive for the coronavirus, which caused the Chiefs and Patriots game to be delayed to Monday Night. The Chiefs have not reported any positive tests at this time. 


Thursday Night Football: 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Chicago Bears-7:15 


This weekend on WPXN 


On Saturday is the Drive For the Cure 250 Xfinity Series Race from the Charlotte Road Course with a 2:30 start time. 


Sunday its the Bank of America Roval 400 also from Charlotte, with a 1:30 start time.


The NHL and the NHLPA have found a target start date for the 20-21 season as Jan. 1

(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago Bears Rookie Tight End Cole Kmet only saw 15 snaps for the Monsters of the Midway in their loss Sunday to the Colts. Nagy cited the number of plays Kmet saw saying “it wasn’t enough” and is looking at getting the second round draft pick on the field more often. The Bears square off against Tampa Bay tomorrow night. 


(Urbana-cf)-- Known College Basketball analyst Andy Katz released his list of potential player of the year candidates yesterday afternoon. On that list there are 4 players from the Big Ten. 9th on the list is Sophomore Power Forward Trace Jackson-Davis from Indiana, 2nd Junior Illini Guard Ayo Dosunmu, and coming in 1st is reigning Player of the Year, Senior Iowa Big Man Luka Garza. The NCAA Basketball season tips off in just 50 days. 



(WPXN-cf)-- The NHL and the NHLPA have found a target start date for the 20-21 season as Jan. 1, pushed back from Dec.1 There is no word on when the playoffs would begin, like in the original plan when they would start in Sept. of 21. 



(Urbana-cf)-- With the expectations set on the Fighting Illini Men’s basketball team this season, Head Coach Brad Underwood says his team has to improve in two aspects of the game, shooting and defense… 



Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball Coach Brad Underwood. 





Packers defeat the Falcons 30-16

Monday Night Football Scores

Aaron Rodgers threw for 327 yards and had 4 touchdown passes as the Green Bay Packers def Atlanta Falcons 30-16.


Kansas City Chiefs def New England Patriots 26-10


(Chicago-jm) -- The Chicago Bears have signed veteran running back Lamar Miller to their practice squad. 


(Houston-jm) -- The Houston Texans have fired head coach Bill O’Brien after an 0 and 4 start to the season. Romeo Crennel was named interim head coach.



(Talladega-jm) -- Alex Bowman came in 14th at Talladega Sunday. He talks about his team’s recent hot streak…



NASCAR Driver Alex Bowman. Bowman is currently 6th in points heading into the cut off race this weekend at the Charlotte Roval.



NBA Finals Game 4 tonight

L.A. Lakers vs Miami Heat (Lakers lead series 2-1)


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


Colts beat the Bears 19-11, Denny Hamlin wins at Talladega

NFL Scores: 

The Chicago Bears lost to the Colts 19-11. Nick Foles was 26-42 for 249 yards with 1 TD and 1 Interception. 



(WPXN-cf)-- With the new AP Top 25 coming out yesterday for NCAA Football, there are now 5 Big Ten Teams ranked. Ohio State remains the highest at 6. Other teams still in the rankings are Penn State(9) Wisconsin(16) Michigan(20) and Minnesota(25).



(Urbana-cf)-- The University of Illinois Fighting Illini’s men’s basketball program has built a culture, which has led them to be able to land high talent players like Adam Miller, Andre Curbelo, Coleman Hawkins, and others. Head Coach Brad Underwood says that has to do with age… 



Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball Head Coach Brad Underwood. 



(Talladega--jc)  Denny Hamlin won in Alabama on Sunday. The victory was live on WPXN courtesy of MRN radio…



Monday Night Football: 

Atlanta Falcons @ Green Bay Packers-7:50

New England Patriots @ Kansas City Chiefs- 6:05 


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


Following Fast Talk, it’s the Illini Weekly. Get the latest news in Illini Athletics from 7 to 8. Be sure to tune in Monday-Friday at 11:30am for the Illini Today on WPXN your home for Illini Athletics.


Sox eliminated from playoffs, Cards lose to even series at 1-1

MLB Scores: 

Game Two of the Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins was postponed. 


The Padres beat the Cardinals 11-9 to even the series at 1 game apiece.  


The Chicago White Sox have been eliminated from the MLB Playoffs losing game three to Oakland 6-4. 


(WPXN-cf)-- The University of Illinois Men’s Basketball program could not close the deal on wing Jordan Nesbit. Nesbit narrowed down his top schools, Memphis, DePaul, and the Illini and chose Memphis yesterday afternoon. In other Illini Basketball news, CBS has confirmed that the Emerald Coast Classic has been canceled for this upcoming season. The Field for the tournament included Illinois, Florida, Oregon, and Iowa State. 


(WPXN-cf)-- The NFL has implemented new COVID-19 protocols for the remainder of the season. The new protocols include: All players and coaches must wear a mask when on the practice field, two daily tests which include the nasal swab and POC or Point of Care which yields faster results, all players must wear gloves minus the quarterback on his throwing hand, all meeting must be held virtually with deep cleans of the weight rooms, offices and dining areas, and a prohibition on team gatherings outside of the practice facility. 



(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini men’s basketball staff added a lot of depth to the roster this season. But what about the five that will most likely start for the Illini? Head Coach Brad Underwood breaks each one down, starting with Senior Point guard Trent Fraizer… 




Da’monte Williams however, showed how good of a defender he is locking down some of the top players in the Big Ten. Head Coach Brad Underwood details what he will have to do this season to be even better… 



Giorgi Bezhanishvili has added confidence to start this season.  Coach Underwood details what we could see from the Junior Power Forward… 




Head Coach Brad Underwood says Kofi Cockburn needs to take it to the next level, much like he did at the end of the season last year….


(Urbana-cf)-- The last player to break down for the Fighting Illini is Ayo Dosumu.  Coach Underwood says one that has really changed with Ayo is his body, and his size… 



 Be sure to tune in right here on WPXN for each game, your home for Fighting Illini Athletics. 


MLB Games Today: 

Miami Marlins @ Chicago Cubs-2pm. 


NFL Games This Weekend: 

Indianapolis Colts @ Chicago Bears-Noon 


This weekend on WPXN: 


Tomorrow the first Live Action Auction of the Month, Bid, Buy and Save at 8am on WPXN. 


WPXN will be participating in the 2nd Annual Wine and Chocolate walk! Stop in and say hi, and learn about the station! 


Tomorrow Afternoon  on WPXN it’s the Nascar Xfinity Series with the Ag Pro 300 with a 3pm start time from Talladega Raceway. 


Sunday on WPXN it's the Yellawood 500 Cup Race at noon from Talladega Raceway. 


Cards Win, Cubs and Sox Lose

MLB Scores: 

The Chicago Cubs dropped game one yesterday afternoon to the Miami Marlins 5-1. The Marlins lead the series 1-0.  


Paul Goldschmidt hit a 2-run homer to help the St. Louis Cardinals hold off the Padres last night 7-4 to take a one game lead in the series.. 


The Chicago White Sox dropped game two to the Oakland A;s yesterday afternoon 5-3. The series is tied 1-1. 


(New York-cf)-- The Tennessee Titans are the first NFL team to have an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. The 3 players and 5 personnel have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak of cases has caused the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans game on Sunday to be postponed. 


(Undated-jm) -- NASCAR released their 2021 Cup Series schedule introducing three new tracks, expanding to six road courses and adding a dirt track to the schedule. The season starts February 14th with the Daytona 500 and ends November 7th at Phoenix. Hi-liting the 2021 schedule include the addition of Circuit of the Americas a 3.426 road course in Austin, Texas May 23rd, a return to Nashville Superspeedway June 20th, the 4.048 road course at Road America in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin July 4th and the Brickyard will be held August 15th on the 2.439 mile road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The spring race at Bristol Motorspeedway will be held on dirt, the first time a cup race has been on dirt since 1970. Kentucky and Chicagoland Speedway were removed from hosting races next season. Michigan, Dover and Texas each lost one of their two cup races. Darlington adds another race at their track. The final change for next season, the All Star Race will be held at Texas Motor Speedway.



(Talladega-al--jc)  It’s always called the wild-card race. The next Cup Series race takes place at Talladega Super Speedway. Nascar Driver Kurt Busch says there is no normal at Talladega…



Nascar Driver Kurt Busch You can hear the race live on Sunday at noon on WPXN.


Thursday Night Football: 

Denver Broncos @ New York Jets-7:15pm 


MLB Games this afternoon 

Miami Marlins @ Chicago Cubs-1pm 

Chicago White Sox @ Oakland A’s-2 pm

 St. Louis Cardinals @ San Diego Padres-4 pm 


This weekend on WPXN: 


Its the first Live Action Auction of the Month, Bid, Buy and Save at 8am on WPXN. 


WPXN will be participating in the 2nd Annual Wine and Chocolate walk! Stop in and say hi, and learn about the station! 


Saturday on WPXN it’s the Nascar Xfinity Series with the Ag Pro 300 with a 3pm start time from Talladega Raceway. 


Sunday on WPXN its the Yellawood 500 Cup Race at noon from Talladega Raceway. 

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