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Illinois beats Nebraska 86-70

IHSA Girls Basketball Scores: 

Dwight def Cissna Park 32-31

 

Iroquois West def Momence 50-20

Shelby Johnson led with 16 points

McKinley Tilstra sdded 12 points

 

Watseka def Clifton Central 49-24

Kinzie Parsons led with 13 points

Natalie Schroeder had 12 points

 

Ridgeview def GCMS 48-23

 

El Paso Gridley def Fisher 38-17

 

Prairie Central def St. Joe Ogden 55-51

Chloe Sisco had 16 points

Masison Kinkade had 14 points 

Mariya Sisco added 11 points

 

Armstrong Potomac def Chrisman 70-18

Kyla Bullington scored 23 points

 

Hoopeston Area def Oakwood 54-30

Ali Watson led with 19 points

Bre Crose had 10 points

 

Effingham def Mahomet Seymour 48-42

 

IHSA Boys Basketball

Prairie Central def Unity 64-48

Trey Bazzell and Rylie Vaughn each had 15 points

 

The Fighting Illini defeated the Nebraska Huskers 86-70. Illini big man Kofi Cockburn tallied 24 points and 7 rebounds. The Illini improve to 17-6 on the season and 13-4 in the Big Ten. 

 

NHL Scores: 

The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Blue Jackets 2-0. Patrick Kane netted a career goal 399 for the Blackhawks 


 

(Miami, FL-cf)-- Fresh off his first career Nascar Cup Series win, Driver Christpher Bell is looking to add another this Sunday. Bell says that Homestead is one of his best tracks, and he’s looking forward to the race… 

 

 

 

Driver Chase Elliot says that one of his favorite parts of racing at Homestead is how close you can run to the outside wall…

 

 

 

IHSA Boys Basketball Tonight: 

Watseka vs Clifton Central

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley @ Ridgeview

Fisher @ El Paso-Gridley

Cissna Park vs Dwight 

Armstrong-Potomac @ Chrisman

Milford vs Westville 

Mahomet-Seymour @ Effingham

 

Big Ten Men’s Basketball: 

Purdue @ Penn State 


 

NBA Tonight: 

Phoenix Suns @ Chicago Bulls 


 

Tonight on WPXN it's IHSA Boys Basketball. WPXN’s Joel Cluver and Eric Gerdes  will be on the call as the Cissna Park Timberwolves host the Dwight Trojans.  

 

This Weekend on WPXN: 

Saturday Afternoon  it's Fighting Illini Basketball. The Illini travel to Madison to take on Wisconsin. Pregame gets underway at 1 with tip at 2. 

 

Following Illini Basketball, its bonus coverage of IHSA Boys Basketball as the Panthers of PBL host the Spartans of SJO. 

 

Sunday Afternoon on WPXN its Nascar Cup Series Racing from Homestead Miami Speedway. The race gets underway at 1:30.

 

Illinois takes on Nebraska at Home

IHSA Girls Basketball Scores: 

PBL def Champaign Central 56-43

Brooke Walder led with 12 points

 

Watseka def Fisher 52-24

Natalie Schroeder scored 25 points

 

IHSA Boys Basketball

Watseka def Fisher 69-57

Brayden Haines scored 24 points

Jordan Schroeder added 16 points

 

Olympia def Rantoul 73-59

 

Mahomet Seymour def Taylorville 48-42 OT

Eli Warren had 18 points

Blake Wolters had 11 points
 

NBA Scores: 

The Chicago Bulls beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 133-126 in OT.

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has tested positive for COVID-19, and will be away from the club for several days. Abreu is asymptomatic. “Other than being frustrated, Jose feels great, and like the rest of us, uis looking forward to rejoining the club in the not too distant future” White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn said. ESPN contributed to this report. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- Chicago Bulls Forward Zach LaVine made the NBA All-Star team for the first time in his career. LaVine was named to the reserve team this week. LaVine is averaging 28.6 points per game which ranks him 6th in the NBA. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The No. 5 Fighting Illini return home for Senior Night tonight against Nebraska. Head Coach Brad Underwood says that Teddy Allen will be a key focus like the last matchup… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood

 

 

IHSA Girls Basketball Tonight: 

Fisher @ El Paso-Gridley 

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley @ Ridgeview

Watseka @ Clifton Central

Armstrong-Potomac vs Chrisman

Rantoul vs Illinois Valley Central

Milford @ Westville

Mahomet-Seymour @ Effingham


 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight: 

#9 Iowa @ #3 Michigan 

Nebraska @ #5 Illinois 

Northwestern @ Minnesota 

#4 Ohio State @ Michigan State 

 

NHL Tonight: 

Chicago Blackhawks @ Columbus Blue Jackets 


 

Tonight on WPXN it's Fighting Illini Men's Basketball. The Nebraska Huskers are in Champaign to take on the No. 5 Fighting Illini for their last home game of the season. Pregame gets underway at 5 with tip at 6.

 

Illinois loses to Michigan St. 81-72

IHSA Boys Basketball Scores: 

Dwight def PBL 62-48

 

Iroquois West def Cissna Park 68-36

Ryan Tilstra led with 16 points

Jack McMillan had 12 -points

Clayton Leonard added 11 points

 

El Paso Gridley def GCMS 70-34

 

Cerro Gordo/Bement def Fisher 90-74

 

St. Thomas More def Rantoul 54-37

 

St. Joe Ogden def Pontiac 59-48

Ty Pence scored 27 points

Andrew Byers had 12 points

 

IVC def Prairie Central 68-56

 

Milford def Chrisman 75-33

Trey Totheroh led with 19 points

Trace Fleming had 16 points

Will Tieg added 14 points

 

Judah Christian def Hoopeston Area 59-56

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

Iroquois West def Clifton Central 46-32

Ashton Miller and McKinley Tilstra each had 12 points

Shelby Johnson added 11 points

 

Fisher def Cerro Gordo/Bement 41-31

Kallie Evans had 21 points and 12 steals

Mariah Sommer fad 10 points and 10 rebounds

 

NHL Scores: 

The Chicago Blackhawks def the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-5. Patrick Kane scored career goal 398.

 

(Watseka-cf)-- The Watseka Boys Basketball Program has a schedule update. The March 4th contest between Armstrong-Potomac has been canceled. The March 5th game against PBL will now be played on the 4th in Watseka. JV will get underway at 6. 

 

 

 

(Los Angeles-cf)-- 15 time PGA Major Event Champion Tiger Woods was involved in a single vehicle crash yesterday morning that sent the PGA Champion to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Wood’s agent confirmed that Woods had emergency surgery on both of his legs. This comes after Woods 5th back surgery less than two months ago. 

 

 


(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini weren't able to get back into the game after a rocky start against Michigan State last night, losing 81-72. Trent Fraizer led the Illini in scoring with 22 points. Head Coach Brad Underwood says that he’s not upset with the loss, and that he is in a good place… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood

 

(Paxton-cf)-- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Panthers lost to Dwight 62-48 last night. The Panthers forced 26 turnovers, but had trouble converting on the offensive end of the floor. Head Coach Adam Schonaur says that the offense isn’t taking advantage of opportunities… 

 

 

PBL Boys Head Coach Adam Schonuar 

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL vs Champaign Central

 

IHSA Boys Basketball Tonight: 

Watseka vs Fisher

 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight: 

Indiana @ Rutgers 

 

NBA Tonight: 

Minnesota Timberwolves @ Chicago Bulls 

 

#5 Illinois at Michigan St.

IHSA Girls Scores: 

PBL def Dwight 55-50

Baylee Cosgrove scored 24 points 

Lorena Arnett had 10 points

 

Iroquois West def Cissna Park 37-34 OT

Shelby Johnson had a double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds

Shea Small had 10 points

 

Watseka def Momence 51-13

Kinzie Parsons had 13 points

Natalie Schroeder added 11 points

 

El Paso Gridley def GCMS 48-18

 

St. Thomas More def Rantoul 45-21

 

St. Joe Ogden def Pontiac 60-45

Ella Armstrong led with 11 points

 

Prairie Central def IVC 58-48

Chloe Sisco had 15 points

Katy Curl added 11 points

 

Hoopeston Area def Armstrong Potomac 36-21

Ali Watson led with 13 points

 

Mahomet Seymour def Mattoon 63-62

Savannah Orgeron scored 26 points

Durbin Thomas had 11 points

Nichole Taylor added 10 points

 

IHSA Boys 

Clifton Central def Milford 50-46


 

NBA Scores: 

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Houston Rockets 120-100  Bulls Coby White double-doubled in the contest with 24 points and 10 rebounds. 

 

NHL Scores: 

LA Kings def the St. Louis Blues 3-0

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The AP Top 25 rankings have been updated, and the Top 5 remain the same. Gonzaga holds the top spot, followed by 2 Baylor, 3 Michigan, 4 Ohio State, and 5 Illinois. Rounding out the rest of the top 10: 6 Alabama, 7 Oklahoma, 8 Villinova, 9 Iowa, and 10 West Virginia. Other Big Ten Teams in the Top 25 include 23 Wisconsin. 

 

 

(Watseka-cf)-- The Watseka Boys Basketball team has had a cancellation. The Warriors were scheduled to host Momence this evening, but due to COVID-19 protocol within the Momence program, that game has been canceled. It is unknown if that game will be rescheduled. 


 

(Urbana-cf)-- The No. 5 Fighting Illini are on the road to take on Michigan State tonight. Michigan State is having a down year by their standards, but Head Coach Brad Underwood says they are still a good team… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood

 

IHSA Boys Basketball Tonight: 

PBL @ Dwight 

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley vs El Paso-Girdley

Rantoul @ St. Thomas More 

Fisher @ Cerro Gordo 

Armstrong-Potomac vs Hoopeston Area

Milford vs Chrisman

Mahomet-Seymour vs Mattoon

 

Big Ten Tonight: 

No. 5 Illinois @ Michigan State 

Penn State @ Nebraska 

 

NHL Tonight: 

Chicago Blackhawks @ Columbus Blue Jackets 

 

Tonight on WPXN its Fighting Illini Basketball. The Illini are on the road to take on the Spartans of Michigan State. Pregame gets underway at 5 with tip at 6. 

 

Following Illini Basketball, its bonus coverage of IHSA Boys Basketball. WPXN’s Joel Cluver will be on the call as the Panthers of Paxton-Buckley-Loda are on the road to take on Dwight. 

 

Christopher Bell gets first career win at Daytona Road Course

Nascar: 

The first road course of the year is in the books for the Nascar Cup Series. Christopher Bell overtook Joey Lagano with 2 laps left to win his first race of his career. MRN had flag to flag coverage… 

 

 

 

(Gilman-cf)-- Due to positive COVID-19 tests with their opponents, the Iroquois West Boys Basketball program has canceled the Armstrong-Potomac, and Momence games this week. The Raiders are looking for an opponent for Friday Night. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- Taking a look at the Big Ten Standings, No. 3Michigan still holds the top spot at 11-1. Followed by No.5 Illini(13-3), No. 4 Ohio State(12-5), No. 11 Iowa(10-5) and Purdue(10-6). 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The NBA All-Stars have been announced, leading up to the game March 7th. Kyrie Irving, Brad Beal, Kevin Durant, Ginianias Antetkoupmo, and Joel Embiid will all start for the Eastern Conference. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini put together a dominate performance against the Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday Night. Head Coach Brad Underwood recaps the game… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood


 

IHSA Girls Basketball Tonight: 

 PBL vs Dwight 

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley vs El Paso-Gridley

Watseka vs Momence 

Rantoul vs St. Thomas More 

Milford @ Chrisman

Mahomet-Seymour vs Mattoon 

 

NBA Tonight: 

Chicago Bulls @ Houston Rockets 

 

NHL Tonight: 

L.A Kings @ St. Louis Blues 

 

Tonight on WPXN: 

Get the latest news in Christopher Bell’s first Cup Series win with Fast Talk from 6 until 7. 

 

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

 

Following Fast Talk it's Bonus Coverage of IHSA Girls Basketball. Tune in at 8 as Rob Pacey is on the call for Cissna Park and Iroquois West. 

Colts trade for Quarterback Carson Wentz

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL def Iroquois West 58-56

Lorena Arnett scored 21 points

Hannah schwarz had 13 points

Baylee Cosgrove added 10 points

 

Watseka def Cissna Park 55-22

Allie Hoy led with 13 points

 

St. Joe Ogden def Unity 44-29

Ella Armstrong led with 16 points

Taylor Wells had a double double with 10 points and 12 rebounds

 

Prairie Central def Pontiac 56-45

Chloe Sisco scored 24 points

 

Lincoln def Mahomet Seymour


 

IHSA Boys Basketball

Prairie Central def Dwight 80-43

Trey Bazzell scored 27 points

 

NHL Scores: 

The St. Louis Blues def the San Jose Sharks 3-2 OT

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The NBA All-Star game will be played this season. The announcement came last night, after discussion of not playing the game this season and honoring the players who were selected. This year's NBA All-Star game will be played in Atlanta at State Farm Center March 7th. 


 

(Indianapolis-cf)-- The Indianapolis Colts have found their quarterback replacement after Phillip Rivers announced his retirement. Carson Wentz was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday afternoon. The Eagles received a 2021 third-round draft pick, and a 2022 conditional second-round pick. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The salary cap for all professional sports will be in jeopardy of being lowered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the NFL shockling increased the salary cap for each team this season to $180 million per team. This figure has not been finizaled, but is an adjustment to the cap “floor” established last summer. 

 

(Paxton-cf)--The PBL Girls defeated Iroquois West 58-56 on a buzzer beater last night. Head Coach Nathan Lawler says they did a great job controlling the tempo in the first half… 

 

 

PBL Girls Basketball Head Coach Nathan Lawler

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Junior Guard Ayo Dosunmu has hit multiple game winners in his 3 years in the orange and blue. Ayo says that when he’s on the court, he’s out there to have fun and win… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Junior Guard Ayo Dosunmu. The No.5 Illini will be in Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers tomorrow afternoon at 2:30.

 


 

IHSA Boys Basketball Tonight: 

PBL vs Iroquois West 

Watseka vs Cissna Park 

Rantoul vs Monticello

Fisher @ Heywroth 

Armstrong-Potomac vs Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin

Milford @ Hoopeston Area

Mahomet-Seymour @ Lincoln 

 

NBA Tonight: 

Chicago Bulls @ Philedlpha 76ers. 

 

NHL Tonight: 

Chicago Blackhawks @ Carolina Hurricanes 


 

Tonight on WPXN it's IHSA Boys Basketball. Tune in at 6:45 for pregame with Joel Cluver, as the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Panthers take on Iroquois West. Tip gets underway at 7. 

 

This Weekend on WPXN: 

 

Saturday Morning it's the Live, Action, Auction. Bid Buy and Save with Becky Puetz from 8 to 10 am. 

 

Saturday Afternoon is packed with basketball. First up, the Illini are in Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers. Pregame gets underway at 1:30 with tip at 2:30.

 

Then it’s have bonus coverage of IHSA Boys Basketball as the Paxton- Buckley-Loda Panthers take on the Unity Rockets. 

 

Sunday on WPXN its Nascar Cup Series racing from the Daytona Road Course starting at 2pm.

 

Illinois will not open the 2021 Football season in Ireland

NHL Scores: 

The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-0. Alex DeBrincat and Phillpp Kurashev both scored for the Hawks. 

 

NBA Scores: 

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Detroit Pistons 105-102. The Bulls were led in scoring by Zach LaVine with 37. LaVine also tallied 5 rebounds and 5 assists. 


 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini Football squad was scheduled to open their 2021 campaign in Dublin Ireland against Nebraska. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the uncertainty that surrounds it, that game has been moved to Champaign. “This is very disappointing for our athletic program, our team and for the fans who were planning to attend the game in Dublin” said Illini Athletic Director Josh Whiteman. The Illini are planning to return to the Aer (Air) Lingus College Football Classic in the future. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- For the first time since 2008, the Chicago White Sox made the postseason in the pandemic shortened season last year. There are high expectations on the South Siders to start this year as players start reporting to Training Camp. General Manager Rick Hahn says this year is “World Series or bust” for the Sox with all of the roster moves, and players returning for this season. Stay tuned to WPXN sportscasts for the latest on Spring Training and regular season Cubs, Cardinals and White Sox baseball. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini Baseball team has set their upcoming schedule for the 2021 season. It will be an all Big Ten schedule this season which includes 47 games. The Illini open their season March 5-7 in Greenville South Carolina against Ohio State. 

 

 

(Daytona-cf)-- The Daytona 500 is now in the rearview mirror but the drivers didn’t leave. They will be running the road course this weekend at Daytona. The road course has already been run with the Busch Clash that took place last Thursday. Driver Chase Elliot details what he learned last week… 

 

 

Nascar Driver Chase Elliot 

 

 

IHSA Girls Basketball Tonight: 

PBL @ Iroquois West 

Watseka vs Cissna Park

Rantoul @ Monticello

Fisher @ Heyworth

Milford vs Hoopeston Area

Mahomet-Seymour @ Lincoln

 

NHL Tonight: 

San Jose Sharks @ St. Louis Blues 

 

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tonight: 

#11 Iowa @ #22 Wisconsin

#4 Ohio State @ Penn State 

Rutgers @ #3 Michigan 


 

Tonight on WPXN it's IHSA Girls Basketball. Rob Pacey will be on the call tonight as the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Panthers visit the Iroquois West Raiders. Pregame gets underway at 6:45 with tip at 7.

 

There are COVID-19 vaccine delivery delays across the entire country due to adverse weather and road conditions

(Springfield-jm) -- The federal government has notified all states of COVID-19 vaccine delivery delays across the entire country due to adverse weather and road conditions. To help offset delayed vaccine deliveries, the State of Illinois proactively ordered vaccines to be delivered to its Strategic National Stockpile Receipt, Store, and Stage site in anticipation of adverse weather. Illinois is distributing that vaccine to many providers around the state as weather permits, to continue to support vaccination operations.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J.B. Pritzker plans to deliver his annual budget address virtually. The governor’s office said the State of the State address will be combined with the budget address “due to unique circumstances and challenges” from the COVID-19 pandemic. The address is set for noon today. You can hear details of the Governor’s address and reaction for local legislative leaders tonight on our news at 4 and 5.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Agriculture is hosting a virtual hemp summit later this month. The online event will be held Tuesday, February 23rd from nine to noon and will feature presentations from growers, processors, researchers and more says Illinois Department of Agriculture Cannabis Division Manager David Lakeman…

 

 

Illinois Department of Agriculture Cannabis Division Manager David Lakeman. Lakeman says they will be releasing figures from the 2020 hemp growing season as well. The summit is free, but registration is required on the state ag department website.

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,348 new Coronavirus cases Tuesday and 32 additional deaths bringing the state’s total number of cases to 1,164,922 and deaths to 20,034. Champaign County reported 73 new cases bringing their total to 17,609. Ford County reported 19 new cases bringing their total to 1,519. The Vermilion County and Iroquois CountyPublic Health Departments were closed because of the winter storm.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The consolidated election will take place April 6th but several area races are taking shape. WPXN’s Jason Madden takes a look at who is on the ballot in Roberts…

 

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois will be getting a new leader. The group announced President and CEO Joan Dixon will retire at the end of June. Angie Hatfield Marker, the groups current vice president, will take over.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- The U-S Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump over the weekend. The House voted earlier on to impeach the 45th President with a handful of Republicans voting for impeachment. One of those is Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois…

 

 

Kinzinger also discusses the former President…

 

 

Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. Kinzinger was censured this week by the Iroquois County Republican Central Committee for his vote to impeach former President Trump. The committee says Kinzinger repeatedly put his personal and political agenda ahead of the conservate principles of the district.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing one million dollars in CARES money for libraries. The Moyer District Library in Gibson City and the Paxton Carnegie Library will each receive $500 while the Rantoul Public Library will receive $291.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois State Police officials said they need legislative authority to “untangle and integrate” a decades-old patchwork of Firearm Owner Identification, concealed carry, firearms transaction and records checks. The department has a persistent backlog of FOID cards with applications increasing in January. Illinois State Rifle Association’s Richard Pearson said other states don’t have these problems and the legislature should end the FOID system altogether.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker will give his state of the state and budget address at noon today. Because of the pandemic, Pritzker will give his address virtually. The Governor has said there will be no new taxes and discontinue certain tax breaks. It comes as the state faces a 3 billion dollar budget deficit. WPXN News will have the latest on the Governor’s address and local legislative reaction tonight on our news at 4 and 5.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- This is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says it’s a good idea for parents to discuss the issue with their kids. Abuse can come in several forms, says DCFS’ Nisha (nee-shah) Patel. There is physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse, which can include harassing, name calling, spreading rumors or using social media to get revenge. Some abuse is easy to spot, but some is more subtle. Here’s what parents can look for…

 

 

DCFS’ Nisha Patel. Other signs include grades dropping or suddenly losing interest in goals. Patel urges parents to talk to their teens about what a healthy relationship looks like and stress that any physical abuse, pressure to have sex or someone trying to control them is not ok.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,348 new Coronavirus cases Tuesday and 32 additional deaths bringing the state’s total number of cases to 1,164,922 and deaths to 20,034. Champaign County reported 16,778 have recovered, 708 are in isolation and 17 are hospitalized. Ford County was unable to provide an update on active and recovered cases due to a reporting issue at the state level. The Vermilion County and Iroquois County Public Health Departments were closed due to the winter storm.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- This week’s Scott’s Tips for Success has to do with preparing for spring mowing. One of the things you should do is get your mower tuned up. Scott Allen with Paxton Hardware and Rental says they have a special going on right now…

 

 

Paxton Hardware and Rental Owner Scott Allen. You can hear more Saturday morning during Scott’s Tips for Success at 7:30.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Champaign County will be hosting electronics recycling this spring. The tentative date is set for May 22nd. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules is set to meet this morning before Governor J-B Pritzker gives his budget address to decide if new standards proposed by the Illinois State Board of Education should be implemented. Board officials say the “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards” were proposed to address achievement gaps between different student populations, saying teachers should embrace and encourage progressive viewpoints and perspectives. 104th District State Representative Mike Marron of Fithian says we need to get back to the basics of education and leave politics out…

 

 

104th District State Representative Mike Marron of Fithian.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- Parkland College’s Parkland Pathway to Illinois program will hold a virtual open house later this month. The virtual open house will take place on February 23rd from 6 to 8 via zoom. Go online to go dot illinois dot edu slash pathway to rsvp.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- The Rantoul Regional Veterans Memorial Committee is continuing to raise funds for their memorial. The memorial will now be built at the new Rantoul Family Sports Complex. Groundbreaking is set to take place in April with the project expected to be completed in 4 to 6 weeks. Spokesperson Jim Cheek has how you can purchase a brick…

 

 

Rantoul Veterans Memorial Spokesperson Jim Cheek. The memorial is for veterans around the area, not just from Rantoul. Money raised will go towards maintaining the memorial.

 

Illinois beats Northwestern 73-66

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini won their sixth straight game over Northwestern 73-66 Tuesday night. Kofi Cockburn led the Illini in scoring and rebounding with 17 and 10. That gives Kofi his 15th double-double on the season and 2nd most in the country. Head Coach Brad Underwood recaps the game… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- A few area High School Boys teams have received AP votes to earn a ranking. In the 1A class, Iroquois West received 9 votes. And  in 2A Tuscola is ranked #3 

 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight: 

Nebraska @ Maryland 

Minnesota @ Indiana 

 

NHL Tonight: 

Chicago Blackhawks @ Detroit Red Wings 

 

NBA Tonight: 

Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls. Game was added in place of the Hornets game this evening.

 

#5 Illinois hosts Northwestern tonight

(WPXN-cf)-- This week's NCAA Top 25 is dominated by the Big Ten, with three teams inside the Top 5. The top ten includes, 1 Gonzaga, 2 Baylor, 3 Michigan, 4 Ohio State, 5 Illinois, 6 Houston, 7 Virginia, 8 Alabama, 9 Oklahoma, and 10 Villanova. Other Big Ten teams ranked this week include, 11 Iowa, and 21 Wisconsin. 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The No. 5 Illini take on Northwestern tonight in Champaign. The first game of the year, the Illini held the Wildcats to 4 points in the paint. Head Coach Brad Underwood says that they’ve made changes since then, and that Miller Kopp will be a point of focus… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood

 

 

IHSA Boys Basketball Tonight,  Weather permitting: 

PBL @ Watseka

Rantoul @ Olympia 

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley @ Deercreek Mackinaw

Fisher vs Fieldcrest 

Armstrong-Potomac @ Oakwood

Milford @ Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin 

 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight: 

Nebraska @ Maryland 

Michigan State @ Purdue 

Northwestern @ NO. 5 Illinois 

 

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

 

Following Nascar Live, its IHSA Basketball as PBL is at Watseka

Then No. 5 Fighting Illini Basketball. The Illini are in Champaign to take on Northwestern. Pregame starts a 7 with tip at 8. 

Michael McDowell wins wreck filled Daytona 500

NASCAR: 

After a long rain delay and a 16 car pile up on the 15th lap at the Daytona 500 Michael McDowell was this year's Daytona 500 winner. McDowell avoided the crash on the last lap, which knocked out the top two drivers Joey Lagano and Brad Keslelowski.  M-R-N had flag to flag coverage…

 


 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal with Jake Arrietta. Arietta was a part of the 2016 World Series team, before departing for the Philadelphia Phillies. Arrietta signed a one-year $6 million deal. 

 

 

(Chicago-cf)-- The Chicago Bears hired ex Packers Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine as a senior advisor for the defense. Pettine was hired to aid freshman DC Sean Desai. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Illini avoided disaster last Friday night in Lincoln winning 77-72 in overtime. In typical fashion, Junior Guard Ayo Dosunmu took over the game. Dosunmu says that he knew the Illini were fine in the 2nd half when they were down 5… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Junior Guard Ayo Dosunmu 

 

 

IHSA Girls Basketball Tonight: 

PBL vs Watseka 

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley @ Deer Creek Mackinaw 

Rantoul vs Olympia

Fisher vs Fieldcrest 

Armstrong-Potomac vs Oakwood

Milford vs Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin

Mahomet-Seymour vs Effingham 


 

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

 

Following Nascar it’s the Brad Underwood show. Get the latest news in Illini Men’s Basketball from 7 until 8. 

 

After the Brad Underwood show, we will have bonus coverage of IHSA girls basketball as the PBL Panthers take on the Watseka Warriors.

 

#6 Illinois takes on Nebraska tonight

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL def Momence 58-3

Baylee Cosgrove led with 17 points

 

Clifton Central def Cissna Park 45-33

 

Dwight def Iroquois West 54-44

 

St. Joe Ogden def Rantoul 64-32

Ella Armstrong had 16 points

 

Eureka def GCMS 54-18

 

Milford def Oakwood 52-31

Abby Tovey scored 20 points

 

Mahomet Seymour def Taylorville 53-44

Savannah Orgeron scored 21 points

 

Bloomington Central Catholic def Prairie Central 57-52

 

IHSA Boys Basketball

Watseka def Donovan 52-38

Conner Curry led with 11 points

 

Prairie Central def Heyworth 66-54

Rylie Vaughn scored 19 points


 

(Urbana-cf)-- The No. 6 Fighting Illini return to action tonight against Nebraska. Nebraska is winless in the Big Ten this season and had a two week pause due to positive tests within the Huskers program. Head Coach Brad Underwood says they’re tough to play with their ability to get to the line… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood 

 

 

(Paxton-cf)-- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Boys Basketball team will be on the road for their third contest of the season. Head Coach Adam Schonaur says that his main job right now is figuring out the main rotation with a lot of new faces on the team… 

 

 

PBL Boys Basketball Head Coach Adam Schonaur 

 

 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight:

No. 6 Illinois @ Nebraska

NBA Tonight: 

LA Clippers @ Chicago Bulls 

 

NHL Tonight:

Arizona Coyotes @ St. Louis Blues 

 

IHSA Boys Basketball Tonight:

PBL @ Momence 

Rantoul vs St. Joseph Ogden 

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley @ Eureka

Fisher @ Lexington 

Armstrong-Potomac vs Georgetown-Ridgefarm

Milford vs Oakwood 

Mahomet-Seymour vs Taylorville 

 

Tonight on WPXN 

It’s Fighting Illini Basketball. Tune in as the No.6 Illini take on Nebraska. Pregame starts at 7 with tip at 8. 

 

Following Illini Basketball catch WPXN’s Joel Cluver and Doug Bauer on the call with bonus coverage of IHSA Boys Basketball, as the Paxton Buckley Loda Panthers take on Momence. 

 

This Weekend on WPXN: 

Saturday it's IHSA Boys Basketball as the Cissna Park Timberwolves take on Iroquois West. Pregame gets underway at 9:45 with tip at 10. 

 

Following IHSA Boys Basketball its Nascar Xfinity Series racing with the Beef. What's for dinner  300 from Daytona at 2:30?? 

 

Sunday on WPXN its the 63rd running of the Daytona 500. Alex Bowman will lead the pack to the green flag at 12:30.

 

#6 Illinois takes on Nebraska tonight

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL def Momence 58-3

Baylee Cosgrove led with 17 points

 

Clifton Central def Cissna Park 45-33

 

Dwight def Iroquois West 54-44

 

St. Joe Ogden def Rantoul 64-32

Ella Armstrong had 16 points

 

Eureka def GCMS 54-18

 

Milford def Oakwood 52-31

Abby Tovey scored 20 points

 

Mahomet Seymour def Taylorville 53-44

Savannah Orgeron scored 21 points

 

Bloomington Central Catholic def Prairie Central 57-52

 

IHSA Boys Basketball

Watseka def Donovan 52-38

Conner Curry led with 11 points

 

Prairie Central def Heyworth 66-54

Rylie Vaughn scored 19 points


 

(Urbana-cf)-- The No. 6 Fighting Illini return to action tonight against Nebraska. Nebraska is winless in the Big Ten this season and had a two week pause due to positive tests within the Huskers program. Head Coach Brad Underwood says they’re tough to play with their ability to get to the line… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood 

 

 

(Paxton-cf)-- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Boys Basketball team will be on the road for their third contest of the season. Head Coach Adam Schonaur says that his main job right now is figuring out the main rotation with a lot of new faces on the team… 

 

 

PBL Boys Basketball Head Coach Adam Schonaur 

 

 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight:

No. 6 Illinois @ Nebraska

NBA Tonight: 

LA Clippers @ Chicago Bulls 

 

NHL Tonight:

Arizona Coyotes @ St. Louis Blues 

 

IHSA Boys Basketball Tonight:

PBL @ Momence 

Rantoul vs St. Joseph Ogden 

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley @ Eureka

Fisher @ Lexington 

Armstrong-Potomac vs Georgetown-Ridgefarm

Milford vs Oakwood 

Mahomet-Seymour vs Taylorville 

 

Tonight on WPXN 

It’s Fighting Illini Basketball. Tune in as the No.6 Illini take on Nebraska. Pregame starts at 7 with tip at 8. 

 

Following Illini Basketball catch WPXN’s Joel Cluver and Doug Bauer on the call with bonus coverage of IHSA Boys Basketball, as the Paxton Buckley Loda Panthers take on Momence. 

 

This Weekend on WPXN: 

Saturday it's IHSA Boys Basketball as the Cissna Park Timberwolves take on Iroquois West. Pregame gets underway at 9:45 with tip at 10. 

 

Following IHSA Boys Basketball its Nascar Xfinity Series racing with the Beef. What's for dinner  300 from Daytona at 2:30?? 

 

Sunday on WPXN its the 63rd running of the Daytona 500. Alex Bowman will lead the pack to the green flag at 12:30.

 

Alex Bowman will lead the field to the green flag Sunday for the 63rd running of the Daytona 500.

IHSA Boys Basketball

Iroquois West def Donovan 49-42

Jack McMillan led with 15 points

 

Georgetown Ridgefarm def Armstrong Potomac 65-48

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

Armstrong Potomac def Oakwood 58-41

Kyla Bullington scored 24 points

 

(St. Louis-cf)-- Due to schedule changes, and cancelations the St. Louis Blues are playing a seven game, regular season against the Arizona Coyotes. The series, like the rest of the league this season was supposed to be two back-to-back games but has since been extended 5 more games. Between today, and Monday the 15th, the Notes will face-off against Arizona 3 more times. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- Major League Baseball players and staff will now be required to wear tracing wristbands in order to get inside MLB stadiums for this upcoming season. In a 108 page operations manual, it states “...every covered individual must wear a Kinexon contact tracing device at all times when in club facilities, and during club directed travel.” The manual also stated that violators will face discipline. The MLB is also advising all players and personnel to get the COVID-19 Vaccine, while not making it mandatory. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- A former Illini Football Coach will be heading to the NFL. Former Wide-Receiver Coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker signed a contract to coach wide receivers for the San Francisco 49ers. 


(Daytona-jm) -- Alex Bowman will lead the field to the green flag Sunday for the 63rd running of the Daytona 500.

 

 

(Daytona-cf)-- The start of the 2021 Nascar Cup season is this Sunday with the 63rd running of the Daytona 500. Driver Denny Hamlin describes what a third straight win would mean to him to open the season… 

 

 

Nascar Driver Denny Hamlin. 

 

Austin Dillon won at Daytona in 2018, but hasn't won there since. Dillion describes the emotions of being a past winner, looking to pick up another this Sunday… 

 

 

Nascar Driver Austin Dillon. Tune in Sunday at 12:30 on WPXN for the 63rd Daytona 500. 

 

 

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tonight: 

24 Purdue @ Minnesota 

 

IHSA Girls Basketball Tonight: 

PBL vs Momence 

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley vs Eureka

Rantoul @ St. Joseph-Ogden 

Fisher @ Lexington

Armstrong-Potomac @ Georgetown-Ridgefarm 

Milford @ Oakwood

Mahomet-Seymour vs Taylorville

 

IHSA Boys Basketball Tonight: 

Watseka vs Donovan

 

NHL Tonight: 

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Chicago Blackhawks 

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s IHSA Girls Basketball. Tune in at 6:45 with Rob Pacey on the call as the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Girls host Momence at 7.

 

Yadier Molina returns to the Cardinals for one more year

IHSA Boys Basketball

PBL def Cissna Park 39-30

Jarred Gronsky and Brett Giese each had 8 points

 

Iroquois West def Clifton Central 49-45

Jack McMillan scored 20 points

 

Watseka def Gardner South Wilmington 47-36

Jameson Cluver led with 15 points

 

Prairie Central def Rantoul 68-37

Trey Bazzell led with 18 points

 

Lexington def GCMS 58-45

 

Flanagan Cornell Woodland def Fisher 92-81

 

Milford def Armstrong Potomac 72-42

Luke McCabe and Will Tieg each had 17 points

 

Westville def Hoopeston Area 52-40

 

Mahomet Seymour def Mt. Zion 74-58

Quinton McCullough scored 24 points and had 12 rebounds

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

Cissna Park def DeLand Weldon 46-16

Mikayla Knake score 14 points


 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Big Ten Men’s Tournament will officially be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The conference announced yesterday that they will move this year's tournament from the United Center in Chicago. The move will make COVID-19 testing easier for both the Men’s and Women’s tournaments to be held in the same city. The women's tournament was already scheduled to be held at Lucas Oil this year. The Men’s tournament will return to Chicago in 2023. 

 

 

(St. Louis-cf)-- Longtime Cardinals Catcher Yadier Molina has signed a one year, $9 million deal to return to the Red Birds. The move comes after Molina being vocal about playing two more seasons before he retires. Molina’s 3 year $60 million deal expired last season. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Illini Football has their event days set for the upcoming 2021 season. Oct. 2 vs Charlotte will be Foundation weekend, Oct. 9 vs Wisconsin will be Homecoming, and Oct. 30 vs Rutgers will be Dads Weekend. The Illini open their 2021 campaign Aug. 28 in Dublin Ireland vs Nebraska. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- A lot of Illini fans may not know the name Patrick Embleton. Ebmleton started as a Wide Receivers Coach at Ohio Wesleyan before coming to the Illini 2014. Ebmleton has spent time as player/staff personnel for the Illini, but now serves as recruiting director for Head Coach Bret Bielema. Ebmleton describes how he got the job… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Director of Football Recruiting Patrick Embleton. 


IHSA Girls Basketball Tonight

Armstrong-Potomac @ Oakwood

Milford @ Clifton Central

 

NBA Tonight:
Chicago Bulls @ New Orleans Pelicans 

 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight: 

25 Rutgers @ 15 Iowa 

 

Tonight on WPXN it's a special broadcast of the Rantoul Candidates forum. Hear from individuals running for office within the village of Rantoul as they answer questions on topics within the Village from 6 until 8:30.

 

Fighting Illini Junior Guard Ayo Dosunmu named this week's Naismith Player of the Week

IHSA Girls Basketball

Iroquois West def Central Clifton 48-37

McKinley Tilstra led with 15 points

Abby Kocher added 13 points

Shelby Johnson had 12 points

 

Watseka def Dwight 56-32

Natalie Schroeder led a balanced attack with 12 points

Allie Hoy had 11 points

Sydney McTaggart and Kennedy McTaggart each had 10 points

 

Prairie Central def Rantoul 64-26

Chloe Sisco scored 26 points

 

St. Joe Ogden def St. Thomas More 52-31

Abby Berhrens scored 14 points

Payton Vallee added 12 points

 

Lexington def GCMS 35-34

 

Fisher def Flanagan Cornell Woodland 47-39 

Kallie Evans scored 16 points 

Leah McCoy added 14 points

Congratulations to Coach Ross Harden on his first Varsity win

 

Armstrong Potomac def Milford 46-31

Mattie Kennell led with 13 points

Kyla Bulington added 12 points

 

Hoopeston Area def Westville 50-30

Ali Watson led with 17 points

Bre Crose added 13 points
 

(WPXN-cf)-- The new AP 25 rankings were released yesterday, and the Fighting Illini climbed up to No. 6. Gonzaga still holds the top spot. Rounding out the rest of the top is 2 Baylor, 3 Michigan, 4 Ohio State, 5 Villinova, 7 Texas Tech, 8 Houston, 9 Virginia, and 10 Mizzou. Other Big Ten teams in the top 25 include 15 Iowa, 21 Wisconsin, 24 Purdue, and 25 Rutgers. 


 

(Urbana-cf)-- Fighting Illini Junior Guard Ayo Dosunmu was this week's Naismith player of the week. Sparked by a triple-double against Wisconsin. Dosunmu was also named Big Ten Player of the week for the second week in a row. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- With the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, it has put a stop to all college coaches going on the road to recruit. Fighting Illini Head Coach Bret Bielema says that the program needs to take advantage of the strange times… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Football Head Coach Bret Bielema

 

 

NHL Tonight:
Chicago Blackhawks @ Dallas Stars. 

 

IHSA Boys Basketball Tonight: 

PBL vs Cissna Park 

Watseka @ Dwight 

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley vs Lexington

Rantoul @ Prairie Central 

Fisher vs Flanagan-Cornell Woodland

Armstrong-Potomac @ Milford 

Mahomet-Seymour @ Mt. Zion 


 

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

 

Following Nascar Live, its IHSA Boys Basketball as the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Panthers take on the Cissna Park Timberwolves.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl 55

NFL: 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 last night in Super Bowl 55. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady won his 7th championship, and was also named MVP. Brady joins Peyton Manning as the only QB to win the award for two different teams. 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- There has been some fluctuation in the Big Ten Men’s standings over the weekend, with the Illini’s 70-65 win over Wisconsin, the Illini now sit 9-4 in the Big Ten behind Michigan at 8-1. Rounding up the top 5, is Ohio State(9-4), Wisconsin(8-5), and Purdue(8-5). 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The No. 12 Fighting Illini defeated the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday 75-60. Junior Guard Ayo Dosunmu recorded the program's first triple-double since 2001. Ayo says he was helped by his teammates… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Junior Guard Ayo Dosunmu. 

 

Fighting Illini Sophomore Big Man Kofi Cockburn was a big part of Ayo Dosunmus triple-double Saturday. Kofi says he was all smiles when Ayo accomplished the feat… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Sophomore Big Man Kofi Cockburn. 

 

IHSA Girls Basketball Tonight

Rantoul vs Prairie Central 

Watseka vs Dwight

Armstrong-Potomac vs Milford 

Mahomet-Seymour @ Mt. Zion

 

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tonight

Nebraska @ Minnesota

Ohio State @ Maryland

 

NBA Tonight

Washington Wizards @ Chicago Bulls - 7

 

NHL Tonight

Arizona Coyotes @ St. Louis Blues - 7



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

 

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

 

Following the Brad Underwood Show, we will have bonus coverage of IHSA Girls Basketball as the Rantoul Lady Eagles take on Prairie Central.

 

Fighting Illini can get a share of the Big Ten with a win over Wisconsin on Saturday

 

(Paxton-cf)-- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Girls team opens their season Saturday against Cissna Park. Head Coach Nathan Lawler says that even with the cancelation of their last season, and the delayed start this year, that the team knows the system… 

 

 

PBL Girls Basketball Head Coach Nathan Lawler 

 

 

(St. Louis-dg)-St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has signed a new contract, however he won’t be in St. Louis. Wong signed with NL central rival, the Milwaukee Brewers.

 

NFL Sunday 

It’s the Big Game Sunday Afternoon in Tampa Bay, as the Buccaneers take on the Chiefs in the NFL title game. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30. 

 

NBA Tonight: 

Chicago Bulls @ Orlando Magic 

 

IHSA Boys Basketball Tonight: 

Fisher @ Tremont 

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley @ Tri-Valley

Armstrong-Potomac vs Schlarman Academy 

Milford at Georgetown-Ridgefarm

Mahomet-Seymour @ Mattoon


 

Tonight on WPXN it’s IHSA Boys Basketball as Milford visits Georgetown-Ridgefarm. Pregame gets underway at 6:45 with tip at 7.

 

This Weekend on WPXN:

 

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

 

Starting at 12:30 its Illini Men’s Basketball. The No. 12 Illini return to Champaign to take on the No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers for a share of first place in the Big Ten. Tip is at 1:30 

 

Following Illini Basketball we have IHSA Boys Basketball as the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Panthers are in Monticello to take on the Sages in their season opener. 

 

Saturday Night we will have Bonus Coverage of IHSA Girls Basketball as PBL takes on Cissna Park, immediately following the PBL boys postgame.

 

Illini Football signed two recruits on National Signing Day

(Chicago-cf)-- White Sox closer Alex Colome(COLE-E-MAY) has signed with a division rival. Colome signed a $5.5 million deal with the Minnesota Twins. The Twins caught the White Sox at the end of last season for the AL Central Division Title. 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- Yesterday was National Signing day for college football and the Fighting Illini signed two players. The first, Dwayne Johnson a 6’3, 230 pound linebacker from Snellville Georgia and 6’1 210 pound running back Josh McCray from Enterprise Alabama. With the two signees today, that brings the total to 16 signed for the class of 2021. 


 

IHSA Girls Basketball Tonight: 

Watseka vs Armstrong-Potomac

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley @ Tri-Valley

Fisher @ Tremont 

Milford vs Georgetown-Ridgefarm

Mahomet-Seymour @ Charleston

 

Big Ten Basketball Tonight: 

No.7 Ohio State @ No. 8 Iowa 

 

NHL Tonight: 

Carolina Hurricanes @ Chicago Blackhawks 

 

Arizona Coyotes @ St. Louis Blues

 

#12 Illinois beats Indiana 75-71 in OT

(Urbana-cf)-- The Illini held off Indiana last night in overtime to win 75-71. Senior guard Trent Fraizer led the Illini in scoring with 19. Ayo Dosunmu and Giorgi Bezhanishvili both fouled out. Head Coach Brad Underwood recaps the game… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood. The Illini are back in action in Champaign against No. 19 Wisconsin Saturday afternoon. 

 

 

(Paxton-cf)-- The IHSA, and IDPH have given sports that are in Phase 4 the green light to start competition. Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Boys Basketball  Head Coach Adam Schonaur details what it’s like starting their season in February… 

 

 

PBL Boys Head Basketball Coach Adam Schonaur. PBL opens their season Saturday in Monticello. 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- The NBA will once again be tightening their COVID-19 protocols for all players and staff. Starting Friday, all players and staff on the sidelines will have to wear KN95 or KF94 masks if not playing on the court. There will also be stricter guidelines for players and coaches who violate these rules. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- There has been a lot of controversy when the MLB Spring Training League will start this season. Last week, the MLB sent a letter to thePlayers on Association on a 154 game season, which was rejected. With the rejection, Spring Training is still scheduled to start on February 27th. There will be some changes for this upcoming full season: there will be a 14 team playoff like last season. And there will be a universal Designated Hitter. 

 

 

 

IHSA Boys Basketball: 

Milford vs Donovan

 

NBA Tonight: 

New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

 

#12 Illinois takes on Indiana tonight

(WPXN-cf)-- The new AP Top 25 rankings have been released and Gonzaga still remains on top. The rest of the top ten includes 2 Baylor, 3 Villanova, 4 Michigan, 5 Houston, 6 Texas, 7 Ohio State, 8 Iowa, 9 Oklahoma, and 10 Alabama. Other Big Ten teams ranked include 12 Illinois, 19 Wisconsin, and 24 Purdue.

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- No. 12 Fighting Illini Guard Ayo Dosunmu won Big Ten Player of the Week honors. This is his third Player of the Week award this season, and the fourth of his career. Dosunmu ranks 5th in the country in scoring(21.9) 19th in the Big Ten in Rebounds(6.1) and 4th in the Big Ten in Assists(4.8) 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The No. 12 Fighting Illini travel to take on the Indiana Hoosiers tonight in Bloomington. Head Coach Brad Underwood has the scouting report for the Hoosiers… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood 

 

 

IHSA Boys Basketball Tonight:

Cissna Park at Armstrong Potomac

 

NHL Tonight: 

Carolina Hurricanes @ Chicago Blackhawks 

 

Tonight on WPXN:

Get the Latest News in Nascar with Nascar Live from 6 until 7. Following Nascar Live, it’s Fighting Illini Basketball. Pregame against Indiana will start at 7 with tip at 8. 

 

Illinois is #2 in the Big Ten

(Urbana-cf)-- The Illini Volleyball team lost their first two games of the season against #1 Wisconsin this past weekend. On Friday the Illini lost 0-3, and 1-3 on Saturday. 

 

 

(Paxton-cf)-- The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Panthers have released their schedule for the pandemic shortened season. For the boys: @ Monticello Feb 6, home against Cissna Park Feb. 9, @ Mommence Feb. 12, @ Watseka Feb 15, home against Iroquois West Feb. 19, home against Unity Feb. 20, @ Dwight Feb 23, @ Clifton March 2, @ Rantoul March 6 to end the season. The SVC Tournament will take place March 9th-13th. 

 

For the girls: @ Cissna Park Feb. 6, vs Mommence Feb. 11, vs Monticello Feb. 13, vs Watseka Feb 15, @ Iroquois West Feb 18, @ Unity Feb. 20, vs Dwight Feb. 22, @ Clifton March 1, and vs Tuscola to end the season March 4. The SVC Tournament will take place March 8 through the 13th. 

 

 

(WPXN-cf)-- There has been a lot of movement in the Big Ten Men’s Basketball standings since we last looked at them Friday. Michigan holds the top spot at 8-1 followed by Illinois(7-3), Ohio State(8-4), Iowa(6-3), Purdue(7-4), Wisconsin(7-4), Rutgers(5-6), Indiana(4-6), Minnesota( 4-6), Penn State(3-6), Maryland(3-7), Northwestern(3-7), Michigan State(2-6), and Nebraska(0-5). 

 

 

(Urbana-cf)-- The Fighting Illini defeated the Hawkeyes 80-75 Friday night. Junior Guard Ayo Dosunmu led the team in scoring with 25 points. Head Coach Brad Underwood recaps the win… 

 

 

Fighting Illiini Head Coach Brad Underwood

 


NBA Tonight: 

Knicks @ Bulls 


 

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

Starting at 7, its the Brad Underwood show. Get the latest news in Illini Men’s Basketball on their win over Iowa until 8pm.

 

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