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Packers defeat the Bears 41-25, Colts Lose

NFL News

(Green Bay-cf)-- The Chicago Bears suffered their 5th straight loss of the season last night losing 41-25 to Green Bay. Quarterback Mitch Trubuisky threw three touchdowns in his first start since week 3 against Atlanta. 


(Indianapolis-jm) -- The Tennessee Titans dismantled the Indianapolis Colts 45-26 to take sole possession of 1st place in the AFC south. 


(Detroit-jm) -- The Detroit Lions fired head coach Matt Patricia after their Thanksgiving loss to the Houston Texans. Patricia, in his 3rd year with the organization, was 13-29-1. Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell will take over the interim coaching duties this Sunday when they take on the Chicago Bears.


College Football

Alabama remains the top team in the AP poll. Notre Dame, Ohio State, Clemson and Texas A&M round out the top 5. Other Big Ten teams ranked include Indiana at #10, Northwestern at #16, Wisconsin at #18 and Iowa at #24.


Illinois was supposed to take on the 3rd rank Buckeyes of Ohio State last Saturday at Memorial Stadium however, late Friday, Ohio State canceled the game citing positive Coronavirus cases. The Illini take on Iowa this Saturday at home.


Monday Night Football

Seattle @ Philadelphia


Men’s Basketball tonight

Indiana @ Providence

Loyola Marymount @ Minnesota


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


The Illini surge to a 122-60 victory to open season.

The Fighting Illini set the tone right out of the gate in the season opener against North Carolina A&T winning 122-60, by draining outside shots, consistently. The offense was a well-oiled machine which took me by surprise since it has been 261 days since the Illini have played an opponent other than each other in practice. The defense also improved from last year, at least in this first game in which there was a point in time that the Aggies went on an eight-minute scoring drought. What does it all mean? 


The Illini this season entered with a dominant recruiting class with Adam Miller, Andre Curbelo, and Coleman Hawkins, all of who saw substantial playing time in the season opener. But the story from game one is Adam Miller. Miller in his debut knocked down 10-12 shots from the field and 6-8 from three-point land. Miller missed his first open look from the corner to start the game off, but soon found his rhythm after working out some nerves. Miller showed what he is capable of doing night in and night out for this team, setting a debut record for points scored in Illini history(28). Not only was he dominant in knocking down wide-open shots, but he was also effective in the transition game hustling back to the offensive or defensive side to make plays. Ayo Dosumu in the opener did what he does, he also dropped 28 in the bout, but he did something we haven't seen yet from him in his career at Illinois, knock down the three-ball. Ayo was 5-8 from three, and 11-18 from the field. Which is a recipe in the making for Brad Underwood and staff. If Miller is going to shoot like this, then they have to respect him outside which leaves somebody open on the wing, and the Illini capitalized on every defensive lapse or breakdown from the Aggies. Kofi was also himself in the season opener, collecting his 13th double-double in 32 career games. Da’Monte Williams was also impressive. Not only was he shutting down offensive players on defense, but he was also hitting wide-open looks, which is a change from last year. Overall, the incoming Freshman played a very well-rounded game, didn’t make mistakes that were horrid, and held their own, but we will have to see how they react once Big Ten play starts on Dec. 15. 


This was only one game, with a very long road ahead but this team and coaching staff looks hungry. They have the winning mentality that each team needs to accomplish the goal of making it deep into March. There is also one more aspect that makes this team very dangerous, and that is their ability to play defense and transition. The Illini looked like a thoroughbred running up and down the floor, without too many miscues which resulted in turnovers. BU wants to be the best defensive team in the NCAA, and if they play like this during the Big Ten season, that goal will be accomplished as well. 


The Illini have a short turn around, playing three games in three days with a 11 am tip against Chicago State tomorrow morning to start our thanksgiving. The pregame will come tomorrow morning around 10 am, and I will be covering the game just like today. 


Bears lose to Vikings 19-13

Monday Night Football Score:

Minnesota Vikings def Chicago Bears 19-13



(WPXN-cf)-- With the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the NCAA has made the decision to relocate the 2021 March Madness Tournament. The tournament originally scheduled to take place at 13 sites, they will be moving it to a central location. The organization announced that they are in talks with Indiana and the city of Indianapolis to host the entire 68 team event from March to April. 



(WPXN-cf)-- The University of Illinois Men’s Basketball program will open the season during the Thanksgiving Holiday. The round robin MTE or Multi Team will start Nov. 25 and end Nov. 27 at the State Farm Center in Champaign. The games are: 

Illinois vs North Carolina A&T- Nov. 25

Illinois vs Wright State-Nov.26

Illinois vs Ohio-Nov. 27

The Fighting Illini will also play #2 Baylor on December 2 in the Jimmy V Classic. We are still waiting on the Big Ten to release the Basketball Schedule. Be sure to tune in to WPXN for every Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball game. 


(Urbana-cf)-- The Big Ten named Fighting Illini QB Isaiah Williams, Kicker James McCourt and Linebacker Jake Hansen as the Big Ten Players of the week. Head Coach Lovie Smith says that’s huge winning the awards in the Big Ten… 



Fighting Illini Head Coach Lovie Smith. 




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

Illini pick up first win Saturday against Rutgers

The Fighting Illini won their first game last Saturday 23-20 against Rutgers on a James McCourt Field Goal, moving their overall record to 1-3. The Illini trailed 20-10 at the start of the third quarter. Sophomore QB Isaiah Williams now holds the single game rushing record by a QB after rushing for 192 yards, beating AJ Bush who held the record with 187 against Nebraska in 2018. 

Head Coach Lovie Smith gives his thoughts of the offense on Saturday… 



Fighting Illini Head Coach Lovie Smith.  



The Green Bay Packers held off the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20. QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns and 1 interception, his third on the year. The Packers move to 7-2 on the year and hold on to the top spot in the NFC North followed by Chicago(5-4), Detroit(4-5) and Minnesota(3-5). 



(WPXN-cf)-- Dustin Johnson put on the green jacket for the first time in his career yesterday. Johnson shot -20 for the weekend at The Masters Tournament in Augusta. The 2021 Masters Tournament is still scheduled to be played in April. 



(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball Program missed out on Top 75 point guard Tyty(TIE-TIE) Washington last night. The Arizona native announced on his Twitter and Instagram page that he will be heading to Creighton next season. 



Monday Night Football:


Vikings @ Bears-7:00 

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


Following Fast Talk get the latest news in Fighting Illini Football with the Illini Coaches show from 7 to 8. 


Chicago White Sox 1st baseman Jose Abreu wins AL MVP

Thursday Night Football Score: 

Colts def Titans 34-17



(WPXN-cf)-- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School Board met last night to determine their participation in winter sports this season. WPXN’s Cale Fleming has the details… 




(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago White Sox 1st baseman Jose Abreu was this year AL MVP winner. This was Abreu’s first MVP of his career, and the first for the Sox since Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas in 1994. 



(Urbana-cf)-- The Bragging Rights stage has been set for the Fighting Illini. The Illini will head to Columbia to take on Mizzou Dec. 12. You can hear the Braggin’ Rights game right here on WPXN. 


Big Ten This weekend: 

Iowa @ Minnesota- TONIGHT 7 PM

Illinois @ Rutgers-Noon 

Penn State @ Nebraska

10 Indiana @ Michigan State 

23 Northwestern @ Purdue 

13 Wisconsin @ Michigan 


NFL Sunday: 

Jaguars @ Packers-Noon 

Bears play the Vikings at Home Monday Night 


This weekend on WPXN: 


Saturday is our Ag, Live Action Auction Bid Buy and Save on items from Corn Seed to Culver's Value Meals all at 8 am. 


After the Auction its Fighting Illini Football against Rutgers. Pregame begins at 11 am with kick off  at noon. 


The Braggin Rights game will take place for the Fighting Illini, the question is where?

(WPXN-cf)-- The IHSA met yesterday regarding winter sports. The IHSA announced they are formally inviting representatives from Governor Pritzkers Office as well as IDPH, Illinois Principals Association, Illinois Association Of School Administrators, and the Illinois State Board of Education to their meeting on Nov. 19. The IHSA released numbers to the survey sent to 816 schools in the Organization, of which 54t6 responded. 300 IHSA schools do not plan to start basketball on November 16, and 212 schools remain unsure of their status. 


(Paxton--jc)  --  One Paxton Buckley Loda High School  softball player is set to play in Division One College softball. P-B-L Student Athlete Bailey Cosgrove will play college softball at DePaul University. Congrats to Bailey on a great accomplishment. 


(Urbana-cf)-- The Braggin Rights game is still intact for the Fighting Illini. The University announced that the long time rivalry game will take place December 12th against Mizzou. The location will be determined tonight by a coin flip. 


(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Junior Guard Ayo Dosunmu has earned a massive amount of preseason accolades. Dosunmu also added the AP Preseason All American team to that resume yesterday. Head Coach Brad Underwood tells us what his means for Ayo, and the Illini program… 



Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood. 



(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago Cubs Pitcher Yu Darvish finished second in the NL Cy Young voting this season. Darvish finished the season with 8 wins, 2.01 ERA, and 93 strikeouts in 76 innings. 


Thursday Night Football: 


Colts @ Titans- 7:20 



(Undated--jc)  The kick off time for the Illinois football game at Rutgers on Saturday will be at noon. The broadcast has an 11am start time on WPXN.


The NFL Owners have approved a new playoff format for this season

(WPXN-cf)-- In the latest update involving IHSA area schools and winter sports, Rantoul Township High School decided to opt out of the winter sports season. Gibson City Melvin Sibley also made the decision to opt out last night. RTHS and GCMS joins Hoopeston Area, Saint Thomas Moore, & Danville Schlarman. Other schools opting out of the season in the WPXN listening area include Monticello, and Georgetown Ridgefarm. We are still waiting on the decision on PBL, Iroquois West, Fisher, and Cissna Park. 


(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini dropped their week 3 game against Minnesota 41-14. There are a lot of players sidelined due to contact tracing, injury, and positive tests. Head Coach of the Fighting Illini Lovie Smith provides an update on the health of the Illini… 



Fighting Illini Football Head Coach Lovie Smith. 


(WPXN-cf)-- The NFL Owners have approved a new playoff format for this season. COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the NFL, and the NFL needed to make a decision of whether the full 17 game schedule could not be completed should the season have to end early. The new playoff format will go from 14 teams to 16 teams, split equally with the NFC and AFC. It is not clear how many games would need to be canceled for a 16 team playoff. ESPN contributed to his report. 



Illinois Basketball enters the Preseason Poll at #8

Monday Night Football Score 

The Patriots hit a last second field goal to beat the Jets 30-27 the Jets are now 0-9 on the season.


(Urbana-cf)-- The AP Preseason Top 25 has been released for College Basketball. The University of Illinois comes in at #8. Rounding out the rest of the top ten is #1 Gonzaga, #2 Baylor, #3 Villinova,# 4 Virginia, #5 Iowa, #6 Kansas, #7 Wisconsin, #8 Illinois, #9 Duke, and #10 Kentucky. Other Big Ten Teams in the top 25 are,#13 Michigan State, #23 Ohio State, #24 Rutgers, and #25 Michigan.  


(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball standouts have added two more preseason accolades to their resume. Junior Guard Ayo Dosunmu and Sophomore Big Man Kofi Cockburn have been named to the Big Ten Preseason all american team. 


(WPXN-cf)-- The decision for area schools on participating in winter sports is still looming. The IHSA has given schools the go ahead to start practices next week however the IDPH moved basketball from a medium risk to a high risk sport. A lot of school boards  in the WPXN listening area will be making decisions during the week.Stay tuned for the latest information.


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


Chase Elliot wins the NASCAR Cup Series Championship

Cross Country

PBL was well represented in the ShaZam Division I Cross Country Championships on Friday. ShaZam Racing put on the event after the IHSA canceled its state meet. Ryder James placed 4th in the boys division. Trixie Johnson finished 23rd in the girls division. Both received medals. Ashton Goss also participated in the boys division and finished 59th. 


NFL Scores this Weekend: 

The Chicago Bears are now 5-4 after losing to the Titans 24-17. 


The Indianapolis Colts also lost yesterday to the Ravens 24-10  bringing their record to 5-3 



The Fighting Illini were missing 16 players due to contact tracing, positive COVID tests and injury, which showed in the 41-14 loss to Minnesota Saturday. Illinois is now 0-3 on the year. The Illini head to Rutgers Saturday. 


(Undated-jm) -- There is a change in the top spot in the college football rankings. Alabama takes over the top spot after Clemson lost to Notre Dame Saturday. With that win Notre Dame jumps to 2nd, Ohio State remains at #3 and Clemson falls to 4th and Texas A&M jumps to #5. Indiana is up to #10, Wisconsin is down to #13, Northwestern enters the top 25 poll coming in at #23. Michigan dropped out of the top #25. Purdue and Maryland each received some votes but not enough to be ranked.


Monday Night Football

New England Patriots @ New York Jets


(Phoenix-jm) -- Chase Elliott is the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion after winning Sunday's season finale at Phoenix. Elliott held off fellow title contenders Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin. 



Jimmie Johnson, in his final race in NASCAR, came home fifth. Elliot is the  3rd youngest driver to win a Nascar Championship. 


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

Then it’s the Lovie Smith Show from 7-8.


Bears Backup QB, Mitch Trubisky is doubtful for Sunday

(Chicago-cf)-- In the latest injury report, Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky was on it. The now backup QB suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder in the lone snap he took against the Saints last Sunday. His status for the upcoming game against the Titans is doubtful. 


Thursday Night Football: 

49ers @ Packers


(Urbana-cf)-- Freshman Johnny Newton for the Fighting Illini Football program stepped up at the defensive tackle position Saturday for Lovie Smith’s defense in the absence of Jamal Woods. Coach Smith was high on Newton from the time he was being recturied in Florida and compared him to former Chicago Bear Henry Melton… 



Fighting Illini Head Coach Lovie Smith


(Phoenix--jc)  One more race will decide the champion of the Nascar Cup series for 20-20. The venue is Phoenix.Nascar driver Chase Elliott says getting over the hump into the Championship four will hopefully mean more success in years to come…



Nascar Driver Chase Elliott.You can hear the race from Phoenix live on Sunday. Broadcast start on WPXN is 12-30 Sunday afternoon.


This weekend on WPXN: 

Saturday its our first Live Action Auction of the month. Bid buy and save starting at 8 am.


Saturday afternoon its Fighting Illini Football against Minnesota with a 2:30 kick. Pre game will start at 1:30 on WPXN. 


Sunday its the Final Nascar Cup Series race of the year with the Season Finale 500 from the Phoenix Raceway with a 12:30 start time. 



White Sox Rookie Luis Robert wins Gold Glove


(Chicago-cf)-- The offensive line woes in Chicago continue for the Bears. Two more lineman could miss the upcoming Sunday’s game against the Titans. Germain Ifedi, and Jason Spriggs have been added to the reserve/COVID-19 list. Cody Whitehair, Bobby Massie, and James Daniels are all out for the season. 



(Chicago-cf)-- The Gold Glove Winners have been named for the American League. There was one Gold Glove winner for the Chicago White Sox. Rookie Luis Robert won his first gold glove yesterday afternoon. This is the first time in the history of the South Siders that a rookie has won the award. 


(Urbana-cf)-- The University of Illinois football team is going to be facing more adversity this upcoming Saturday against Minnesota. Starting quarterback Brandon Peters has to sit out for a second straight week due to contact tracing. Head Coach Lovie Smith gives an update to the situation… 



Fighting Illini Head Coach Lovie Smith. Coach Smith cites turnovers as a main issue for the Illini Offense. 


Fighting Illini Junior Guard Ayo Dosunmu has been named to the Bob Cousy Award Watchlist

(Undated-jm) -- St. Thomas More and Danville Schlarman are the first area programs to announce they are not participating in IHSA sports. The Diocese of Peoria made the announcement yesterday all of their schools will not participate because of the COVID pandemic.


(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Junior Guard Ayo Dosunmu has been named to the Bob Cousy Award Watchlist. The Bob Cousy award is given to the best point guard in the NCAA. The last Illini to win the Bob Cousy award was Dee Brown in 2006.


(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini QB Brandon Peters and Center Doug Kramer both missed the Purdue game this past Saturday due to COVID-19. In the latest update from Head Coach Lovie Smith, two more Illini players and 1 staff member have tested positive for the coronavirus. Their condition is unknown at this time. 


(WPXN-cf)--The MLB Award Finalists have been named. The Chicago White Sox had one finalist for Rookie of the year in Luis Robert. The Cubs and White Sox both have manager of the year candidates in David Ross and Rick Renteria. The White Sox have a MVP Canidate in Jose Abreu, and the Cubs have a Cy-Young finalist in Yu Darvish. There were no-award finalists for the St. Louis Cardinals. The respective dates for the winners are set for November 10 and 11. 



(Undated-jm) -- The final race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season is this weekend at Phoenix. It’s also Jimmie Johnson’s final race as a driver. He looks back at his accomplishments over the years…



NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson.



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


Chase Elliott Advance to NASCAR Cup Series Championship with win


New Orleans Saints defensive Chicago Bears 26-23 in overtime

Minnesota Vikings def Green Bay Packers 28-22

Indianapolis Colts def Detroit Lions 41-21


(Champaign-jm) -- The Fighting Illini football team will be without senior quarterback Brandon Peters and redshirt freshman tight end Griffin Moore next weekend against Minnesota after testing positive for the Coronavirus. Peters and Moore missed Saturday's game against Purdue. Several other players missed that game and the upcoming game against Minnesota after being considered close contacts.


The College Football Rankings are out. The top 5 remain the same with Clemson at #1, followed by Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Georgia. Other Big Ten teams in the top 25 include Wisconsin at #10, Indiana #13 and Michigan at #23. Penn State fell out of the top 25.


Monday Night Football

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New York Giants



(Martinsville)-The 3rd and final race of the “Round of 8” ended on the short track of Martinsville Speedway.     The Motor Racing Network covered the drama of 500 miles as the NASCAR Cup Series narrowed the Championship battle down to 4!



Chase Elliott needed the win to advance to the Championship Round.    Elliott joins Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski next Sunday at Phoenix Raceway for the final race of the year.  Motor Racing Network will have coverage of the Championship Round starting at  1:30 ET.     



(Phoenix-jm) -- Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier and Justin Haley will battle it out next weekend at Phoenix for the Xfinity Series Championship.


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

Following Fast Talk it’s the Lovie Smith Show from 7pm to 8pm




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