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SPORTS Archives for 2021-11

Illinois wins Big Ten/ACC Challenge game against Notre Dame

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL def Bismarck Henning Rossville Alvin 35-26

Losa Suaava led with 13 points

 

St. Joe Ogden def Tuscola 55-42

Peyton Jones had 14 points 

 

Eureka def GCMS 55-22

 

Lexington def Fisher 47-43

 

Milford def South Newton 50-36

Anna McEwen had 15 points

 

Watseka def Clifton Central 41-17

 

NBA Scores: 

Chicago Bulls def Charlotte Hornets 133-119

Minnesota Timberwolves def Indiana Pacers 100-98

 

Monday Night Football:

Washington Football Team def Seattle Seahawks 17-15 


 

Kofi Cockburn scored 28 points and Alfonso Plummer added 21 as the Fighting Illini defeated Notre Dame in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game last night in Champaign. Cockburn leads the nation in scoring at 26.6 points per game. 

 

(Urbana)-- Fighting Illini Freshman Luke Goode has given the Illini solid minutes this season when he’s been healthy. Illini Head Coach Brad Underwood says that Goode doesn’t lack confidence in the big situations… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball Coach Brad Underwood 

 

NHL Tonight: 

Tampa Bay Lighting @ St. Louis Blues 

 

IHSA Basketball Tonight: 

Girls

Unity @ Cissna Park 

Armstrong-Potomac  @ Covington

 

Boys

PBL @ Hoopeston Area

Ridgeview @ Iroquois West

Toyota of Danville Classic @ St. Joe Ogden 

Cissna Park vs St. Joe Ogden at 8pm

 

Tonight on WPXN get the latest news in Nascar with Nascar Live from 6 until 7

 

Following Nascar Live, it’s IHSA Boys Basketball. Tune in at 7 as the Panthers of PBL travel to Hoopeston Area to take on the Cornjerkers.

 

Packers win, Colts Lose

NFL Scores: 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers def Indianapolis Colts 38-31

Green Bay Packers def LA Rams 36-28

 

(Urbana)-- The Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball Program picked up another commitment over the long weekend. Baylor Transfer big man Dain Dainja announced his intent to play for the Illini after the hard fought win over Rio Grande Valley Friday Night. Dainja will become eligible in the 2022 season. 

 

(Urbana)-- The Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball team has a quick turnaround against Notre Dame tonight. Head Coach Brad Underwood says that the Fighting Irish have great size, can spread the floor, and are superb in transition offense… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball Coach Brad Underwood 

 

 

IHSA Girls Basketball Tonight: 

PBL vs Bismarck Henning/Rossville Alvin

Fisher @ Lexington

Eureka @ GCMS

Milford @ South Newton

 

Monday Night Football: 

Seattle Seahawks @ Washington Football Team 

 

NBA Tonight:

Charlotte Hornets @ Chicago Bulls 

Indiana Pacers @ Minnesota Timberwolves 

 

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

Then it’s Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball. Tune in at 7pm as the Illini take on Notre Dame in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tip is scheduled for 8pm.

 

Bears, Raiders Bills win on Thanksgiving

NFL Scores: 

Chicago Bears def Detroit Lions 16-14

Las Vegas Raiders def Dallas Cowboys 36-33

Buffalo Bills def New Orleans 31-6

 

New

(Chicago)-- The Chicago Bears have been the topic of conversation the last week, and the pile up continues at Halas Hall. The Bears front office reportedly approached Matt Nagy after the third week of the season and wanted Justin Fields to start. Nagy told fans that Fields would start with the right opportunity early this season. 

 

New

(St. Louis)-- The St. Louis Cardinals added much needed depth to the starting rotation. The Cardinals added Right-hander Steven Matz Thursday. Matz did sign a four year deal but the money has not been released yet. 


 

NFL Sunday: 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Indianapolis Colts 

LA Rams @ Green Bay Packers 

 

IHSA State Championships Friday: 

4A-Joliet Catholic vs Sacred Heart Griffin 

3A-Unity vs Byron 

2A   Wilmington vs Nashville

1A - Lena Winsolow vs Carollton 

 

IHSA Boys Basketball Today: 

Milford vs Bismarck Henning/Rossville Alvin

Armstrong @ GCMS Tournament

Iroquois West @ GCMS Tournament 

Fisher @ GCMS Tournament

GCMS @ GCMS Tournament

Mahomet Seymour vs Sacred Heart Griffin - Lincoln Thanksgiving Tournament

Rantoul @ Effingham St. Theresa Thanksgiving Invite

 

NBA Tonight: 

Chicago Bulls @ Orlando Magic 

Toronto Raptors @ Indiana Pacers 

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Illini Basketball at 6pm.  Plus a special broadcast of the Paxton Tree Lighting with Becky Puetz. 

 

This weekend on WPXN: 

Saturday afternoon it’s a live broadcast of the Paxton Christmas Parade. Tune at 1:15 with Becky Puetz and Joel Cluver, the parade steps off at 1:30. 

 

Following the parade, it’s Fighting Illini football as the Illini host the Northwestern Wildcats. Tune in at 2:30 

Illinois defeats Kansas St. 72-64

IHSA Boys Basketball Scores: 

GCMS Turkey Tourney 

GCMS def Fisher 60-20

Zach Barnes led with 10 points

 

Prairie Central def Hoopeston Area 63-31

Dylan Bazzell had 16 points

 

Effingham St. Anthony Tournament

Mattoon def Rantoul 66-44

 

Kevin Brown Memorial Tournament of Champions

St. Joe Ogden def Denmark (Wis) 63-52

Ty Pence scored 36 points

 

Schlarman Topper Classic

Milford def Schlarman 62-33

Will Teig led with 19 points

 

Lincoln Thanksgiving Tournament

Belleville West def Mahomet Seymour 67-66

 

Non-Tournament

Tuscola def PBL 62-36

 

Clifton Central def Cissna Park 61-36

 

Watseka def Oakwood 49-46

Hunter Meyer had 16 points

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

Paris def St. Joe Ogden 50-41

 

Watseka def Milford 47-42

Haven Meyer led with 12 points

 

Prairie Central def LeRoy 56-27


 

NCAA Scores: 

Illinois def Kansas St. 72-64

 

NHL Scores: 

Calgary Flames def Chicago Blackhawks 5-2

 

 

(Chicago)-- There have been multiple reports about Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy coaching his final game on Thursday against the Lions. The Bears front office has not confirmed any reports of this being Nagy’s last game. The Bears have never fired a coach in the middle of the season in the 101 year history of the franchise. 

 

 

(WPXN)-- The Latest College Football Playoff Poll was released Tuesday Night. Georgia remains at #1, followed by Alabama, Ohio State, and Cincinnati moves into the final spot with Oregon’s loss. 

 

 

(Chicago)-- The Chicago White Sox added much needed depth in the bullpen Tuesday afternoon. The Sox signed right hander Kendall Gravemen to a three year, $24 million contract. 

 

PBL Senior Maddie Royer has signed her letter of intent to continue her  Cross Country career at Danville Area Community College. 

 

 

(Urbana)-- The Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball Program added big man Kofi Cockburn back to the lineup this week. Kofi has been working on his jump shot, and says that he’s been working on all phases of his game… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Center Kofi Cockburn 

 

NBA Tonight: 

LA Lakers @ Indiana Pacers 

Chicago Bulls @ Houston Rockets 

 

NHL Tonight: 

St. Louis Blues @ Detroit Red Wings 


Tonight on WPXN its the Bret Bielema Show. Hear from the University of Illinois Fighting Illini football coach from 7 to 8 tonight

 

Fighting Illini Football Defensive End Isiah Gay earned defensive player of the week in the Big Ten

IHSA Boys Basketball Scores: 

Effingham Thanksgiving Tournament

Teutopolis def Rantoul 69-42

 

GCMS Turkey Tournament

Iroquois West def Fisher 74-21

Cannon Leonard scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds

 

GCMS def Armstrong Potomac 57-31

Seth Barnes had 17 points

 

Tri Point def Hoopeston Area 55-54

 

Schlarman Topper Classic 

Milford def Fountain Central (IN) 52-37

Sawyer Laffoon led with 15 points

 

Lincoln Thanksgiving Tournament

Mahomet Seymour def Centennial 86-79

Blake Wolters scored 32 points


 

IHSA Girls Basketball Non- Tournament

Milford def PBL 50-47

 

Iroquois West def Ridgeview 37-35

Shea Small led with 11 points

 

NCAA Scores: 

Cincinnati def Illinois 71-51

 

Monday Night Football Scores: 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers def NY Giants 30-10

 

 

(Urbana)-- Fighting Illini Football Defensive End Isiah Gay earned defensive player of the week in the Big Ten for his performance agasitn Iowa. Gay tallied 10 tackles and one sack. This was Gay’s first ever defensive player of the week honor. 

 

 

(Chicago)-- The Chicago Bears have announced that Andy Dalton will be the starter Thursday against the Lions. Rookie Justin Fields suffered an injury in Sunday’s loss against the Ravens to his ribs and his spleen. 

 

(Urbana)-- The Fighting Illini Football program enters the last game of the season against Northwestern this upcoming Saturday. The Fighting Illini offense stagnated against Iowa in their last outing and Offensive Coordinator Tony Peterson says that the offense has big plays, but they need to execute… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Offensive Coordinator Tony Peterson 

 

(Paxton--jc)  --  The Paxton Buckley Loda Panthers start the basketball season on the road tonight in Tuscola. PBL Boys Basketball Coach Adam Schnouer says 14 upperclassmen make up the majority of this year’s version of the Panthers…

 

 

PBL Boys Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer

 

NHL Tonight: 

Chicago Blackhawks @ Calgary Flames 

 

IHSA Boys Basketball tonight 

GCMS Thanksgiving tournament

5pm Hoopeston Area vs Prairie Central

6-30 Lexington vs Tri Point

8pm Fisher vs GCMS

 

PBL @ Tuscola 

Clifton Central @ Cissna Park

Milford vs Danville Schlarman

Rantoul @ Effingham St. Theresa Thanksgiving Invite

Mahomet Seymour vs Belleville West - Lincoln Thanksgiving Tournament

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

Fisher @ Armstrong-Potomac

Watseka @ Milford 

 

Tonight on WPXN… Fighting Illini Basketball as the Illini take on Kansas State in The Hall of Fame Classic. Broadcast starts at 5pm. Following Illinois Basketball is bonus coverage of the PBL Panthers on the road at Tuscola.

Colts win, Bears and Packers lose

Big Ten Football: 

Iowa def Illinois 33-23 

 

NFL Scores: 

Baltimore Ravens def Chicago Bears 16-13

Minnesota Vikings def Green Bay Packers 34-31

Indianapolis Colts def Buffalo Bills 41-15

 

NBA Scores: 

Chicago Bulls def NY Knicks 109-103

 

NHL Scores:

Chicago Blackhawks def Vancouver Canucks 1-0

 

 

(Chicago)-- Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields exited the game early Sunday afternoon. Fields took a hit to the rib area and was later ruled out. It is unknown if his ribs were already broken, or if it was caused by the hit. Fields is scheduled for an MRI this afternoon. 

 

(WPXN)-- The latest NCAA Football poll is out, and Georgia remains on top. However, Oregon fell out of the top ten with the loss to Utah. Alabama comes in at 2, Ohio State 3, Cincinnati 4, and Notre Dame 5. Other Big Ten teams in the Top 25 include: 6 Michigan, 12 Iowa, 13 Michigan State, and 18 Wisconsin. 

 

 

(Kansas City)-- The Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball team is back on the road tonight after the Marquette loss. Head Coach Brad Underwood says that they are honored to play in the Hall of Fame Classic in one of the best basketball cities in the country… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball Coach Brad Underwood


 

NBA Tonight:

Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls 

 

Monday Night Football: 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ LA Chargers 

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Fighting Illini Basketball. Tune at 4:30 for pregame as the Illini are in Kansas City to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats for the Hall of Fame Classic. Tip is scheduled for 5:30 

LA Angels Pitcher Shohei Ohtani, and Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder Bryce Harper named 2021 AL and NL MVPs

IHSA Girls Basketball Scores: 

Falcon Bunnie Tipoff

PBL def Fisher 43-32

Losa Suaava scored 21 points

 

Iroquois West def GCMS 38-32

Shea Small scored 21 points

 

Unity def Monticello 37-28

 

Cissna Park Timberwolf Tipoff

Armstrong Potomac def Cissna Park 55-41

Kyla Bullington led with 17 points

 

Watseka def Milford 37-22

Sydney McTaggart had 14 points

 

Toyota of Danville Turkey Tournament at St. Joseph

St. Joe Ogden def Champaign Centennial 54-26

Ella Armstrong scored 19 points

 

Prairie Central Turkey Tournament

Mahomet Seymour def Prairie Central 47-24

Cayla Koerner led with 13 points

 

Thursday Night Football: 

New England Patriots def Atlanta Falcons 25-0

 

NHL Scores: 

St. Louis Blues def San Jose Sharks 4-1

 

(WPXN)-- LA Angels Pitcher Shohei Ohtani, and Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder Bryce Harper were named the 2021 AL and NL MVPs Thursday afternoon. 

 

(Urbana)-- The Fighting Illini Football program heads to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes Saturday afternoon. Earlier this week Head Coach Bret Bielema tested positive for COVID-19 and has not been with the team. Bielema says that he got a chance to meet with the team over Zoom, and that the team is overall healthy heading into Saturday… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Football Coach Bret Bielema 

 

NBA Tonight:

Indiana Pacers @ Charlotte Hornets 

Chicago Bulls @ Denver Nuggets 

 

NFL Sunday : 

Baltimore Ravens @ Chicago Bears

Indianapolis Colts @ Buffalo Bills 

Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings 

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s IHSA Girls Basketball. Tune in at 5:30  for Unity and GCMS. 

 

This weekend on WPXN: 

 

Saturday Morning it’s another WPXN Live Action Auction. Tune in at 8am for a Christmas themed Auction. 

 

Saturding Afternoon on WPXN it’s Fighting Illini Football Football. Tune in at noon for the pregame with a 1pm kickoff against Iowa.

 

Fighting Illini Men's Basketball program has officially signed 4 star forward Ty Rodgers

IHSA Girls Basketball Scores: 

Falcon Bunnie Tip Off

Monticello def Iroquois West 40-22

 

Cissna Park Timberwolf Tipoff

Armstrong Potomac def Bishop Mac 51-44

 

Cissna Park def Bismarck Henning Rossville Alvin 50-47

Mikayla Knake scored 21 points

 

Other action

Fisher def def Blue Ridge 49-22

Kallie Evans scored 29 points

 

NBA Scores: 

Portland Trail Blazers def Chicago Bulls 112-107

Detroit Pistons def Indiana Pacers 97-89

 

NHL Scores:

Chicago Blackhawks def Seattle Kraken 4-2

 

(Chicago)-- Chicago White Sox Pitcher Lance Lynn finished third in AL Cy Young voting this season. Robbie Ray of the Toronto Blue Jays was this year’s winner, followed by Gerrit Cole of the Yankees. Lynn finished the 2021 season with a 2.76 ERA and 176 strikeouts. 

 

(Green Bay)-- Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers sat out of practice on Wednesday afternoon with a toe injury. It is unclear if Rodgers will practice the rest of the week, but he is expected to play Sunday against the Vikings. 

 

(WPXN)-- The NCAA voted Wednesday to expand the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament to 68 teams. The women only had 64 total teams in the tournament, but will now match the men with a field of 68. The NCAA Women’s tournament will follow the same model in place for the men. 

 

(Urbana)-- The Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball program has officially signed 4 star forward Ty Rodgers Wednesday afternoon. Head Coach Brad Underwood says that Rodgers fits everything that the Illini are about… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball Coach Brad Underwood 

 

 

NHL Tonight:

San Jose Sharks @ St. Louis Blues 

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s IHSA Girls Basketball. Tune in at 5:15 with WPXN’s Joel Cluver  as  Iroquois West takes on GCMS. Following game one, Rob Pacey will be on the call for PBL and Fisher. 

Fighting Illini Head Coach Bret Bielema has tested positive for COVID-19

IHSA Girls Basketball Scores: 

Falcon/Bunnie Tipoff

PBL def Iroquois West 43-30

Lorena Arnett led with 13 points

Emily Robidoux added 12 points

 

Monticello def GCMS 50-18

 

Cissna Park Timber Wolf Tipoff

Milford def Momence 41-10

Emmaleah Marshiano led with 11 points

 

Watseka def Tri Point 51-9

 

Armstrong Potomac def Bismarck Henning/Rossville Alvin 48-33

Mattie Kennel led with 10 points

 

Paris Tournament 

Champaign Central def Rantoul 63-28

 

Toyota of Danville Turkey Tournament

St. Joe Ogden def Tri County 43-34

Ella Armstrong led with 15 points

Prairie central Turkey Tournament

 

Prairie Central def East Peoria 51-28

Gyllian Davies had 16 points

 

Mahomet Seymour def Chillicothe IVC 55-25

Cayla Koerner scored 17 points 

 

NHL Scores: 

Arizona Coyotes def St. Louis Blues 3-2

 

(Undated--jc--)  -- The Illinois High School Football Coaches Association has named the all-state football teams for this year. WPXN’s Joel Cluver has the details…

 

 

 

(Urbana)-- The Fighting Illini Football program announced that Head Coach Bret Bielema has tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon. Bielema will not travel with the team to Iowa this Saturday to take on the Hawkeyes. Bielema is showing only mild symptoms. 

 

 

(WPXN)-- With only two weeks left, the top 7 teams remain unchanged in this week's college football playoff rankings. Georgia still holds on to the 1 seed, followed by Alabama, Oregon, and Ohio State. 


(Urbana)-- NCAA football now has two bye weeks. The Fighting Illini have just passed their second one as they prepare for Iowa on Saturday. Head Football Coach Bret Bielema says they had a productive week in practice and recruiting… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Football Coach Bret Bielema 

 

 

NBA Tonight: 

Chicago Bulls @ Portland Trail Blazers 

Indiana Pacers @ New York Knicks 

 

NHL Tonight: 

Chicago Blachawks @ Seattle Kraken 

 

Tonight on WPXN, Get the latest news in Illini Football with the Bret Bielema show at 7pm.

 

Marquette beats Illinois 67-66

IHSA Girls Basketball

Falcon Bunnie Tipoff

PBL def GCMS 47-18

Losa Suaava and Trixie Johnson each had 10 points

 

Iroquois West def Villa Grove 43-18

Shea Small led with 15 points

 

Unity def Fisher 52-22

 

Cissna Park Timberwolf Tipoff

Bishop Mac def Cissna Park 55-48

 

Milford def Tri Point 47-32

Emmaleah Marshiano led with 11 points 

 

Watseka def Momence 53-4

 

Toyota of Danville Turkey Tourney at St. Joseph

St. Joe Ogden def Urbana 55-8

Ashlyn Lannert led with 11 points

 

Prairie Central Turkey Tournament 

Mahomet Seymour def East Peoria 72-12

Cayla Koerner scored 26 points and had 13 steals

 

NCAA Basketball: 

Marquette def Illinois 67-66

 

NBA Scores: 

Chicago Bulls def LA Lakers 121-103

NY Knicks def Indiana Pacers 92-84

 

Monday Night Football: 

SF 49ers def LA Rams 31-10


 

(WPXN)-- The Fighting Illini moved up one spot in the AP Top 25 rankings. The Illini now sit at 10 from 11 last week. Gonzaga still holds on to the top spot followed by UCLA, Kansas, Michigan and Villinova. Other Big Ten Teams in the Top 25 include: 6 Purdue, 19 Ohio State, and 20 Maryland. 

 

 

(Chicago)-- The Chicago Bears returned much needed offensive line help Monday afternoon. Rookie Teven Jenkins practiced for the first time since off-season workouts. Jenkins has had back issues throughout his career in which he underwent surgery in August. 

 

NHL Tonight: 

Arizona Coyotes @ St. Louis Blues 


 

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

 

Illinois take on Marquette tonight in the Gavitt Games

IHSA Football Scores: 

3A 

Unity def Williamsville 28-7

 

5A

Morton def Mahomet-Seymour 40-28

 

NFL Scores: 

Green Bay Packers def Seattle seahawks 17-0

Indianapolis Colts def Jacksonville Jaguars 23-17

 

NBA Scores: 

Chicago Bulls def LA Clippers 100-90

 

(Urbana)-- The Fighting Illini Football program has extended the first member of the Bret Bielema staff. Defensive Coordinator Ryan Walters signed contract extensions through 2024. Walters salary in 2022 will be over $1 million which would put him in the top half of the country for a coordinator. The U of I Board will vote on the increase Tuesday. 

 

(WPXN)-- The AP Top 25 College Football rankings moved somewhat over the weekend. Georgia still holds on to the top spot followed by Alabama, Cincinnati, Oregon, and Ohio State. Other Big Ten Teams in the Top 25 include: 7 Michigan State, 8 Michigan, 18 Iowa, and 19 Wisconsin. 

 

 

(Urbana)-- The 2-0 Fighting Illini will have their first test of the season as they head to Marquette for the Gavitt Games. Head Men’s Basketball Coach Brad Underwood says, like always they’re excited to be in the Gavitt again this season… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball Coach Brad Underwood 

 

 

NBA Tonight: 

Indiana Pacers @ New York Knicks 


 

Monday Night Football 

LA Rams @ 49ers 

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball. Tune in at 5pm for pregame as the Gavitt Games tip off against Marquette at 6.

 

Illinois defeats Jackson St. 71-47

NCAA Basketball: 

#11 Illinois def Jackson St. 71-47

Jacob Grandison led with 20 points, Coleman Hawkins added 13 points

 

NHL Scores: 

Chicago Blackhawks def Pittsburgh Penquins 3-2

St. Louis Blues def Winnipeg Jets 3-2

 

 

(Chicago)-- Chicago White Sox Pitcher Lance Lynn is one the three AL Cy Young finalists for the 2021 season. Lynn struck out 176 hitters in 157 innings this season. The other two finalists are Robbie Ray of the Blue Jays, and Gerrit Cole of the Yankees. 

 

(Urbana)-- The Fighting Illini Football team enters their second bye week of the season. Until last week, the Fighting Illini have only scored three points in the first quarter all season. Offensive Coordinator Tony Peterson said that the first possession was a key for the Illini to get into the end zone.

 

NBA Tonight: 

Dallas Mavericks @ Chicago Bulls 

Indiana Pacers @ Denver Nuggets

Illinois opens their season with Jackson St. tonight

Monday Night Football:

Pittsburgh Steelers def Chicago Bears 29-27

 

NBA Scores: 

Chicago Bulls def Brooklyn Nets 118-95

 

 

(Chicago)-- The Chicago White Sox have made some roster decisions during the early days of free agency. The Sox have picked up pitcher Craig Kimbrel’s 1 year $16 million deal, declined pitcher Carlos Rodon’s qualifying offer, and did not pick up second baseman Cesar Hernandez’s contract.  


 

(Urbana)-- The Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball program officially tip off their season tonight against Jackson State. The Fighting Illini will be without big man Kofi Cockburn for the first three games of the season due to a suspension.


 

NHL Tonight: 

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Chicago Blackhawks 


 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball. Tune in at 6 as the Illini play host to Jackson State. Tip is scheduled for 7 right here on WPXN.

 

Fighting Illini Men's Basketball Center Kofi Cockburn candidate for Player of the Year

Thursday Night Football Scores: 

Indianapolis Colts def NY Jets 45-30

 

 

(Urbana)-- Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball Center Kofi Cockburn was announced as one of the 20 candidates for Player of the Year. Other Big Ten Players on the list include, Purdue’s Jordan Ivy, Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson, Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis, and Ohio State’s EJ Liddell 

 

(Urbana)-- The Fighting Illini hit the road to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday morning. Head Coach Bret Bielemea says that the offense that the Golden Gophers run is tough to maintain… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Football Coach Bret Bielema 

 

 

NBA Tonight:

Indiana Pacers @ Portland Trail Blazers 

 

NHL Tonight: 

Chicago Blackhawks @ Winnipeg Jets 

 

IHSA Football Playoffs: 

1A

Iroquois West @ Avon 

 

2A

Nashville @ BHRA

 

3A

PBL @ Unity

Prairie Central @ Princeton

Monticello @ Benton 

 

5A

Triad @ Mahomet-Seymour 

 

This Weekend on WPXN: 

 

Bid Buy and Save Saturday Morning on WPXN with a Christmas themed Live Action Auction from 8 until 9-30. 

IHSA special pregame show 9-30 til 10am

Illini football at Minnesota, broadcast starts at 10am

Saturday Afternoon it’s IHSA Football Playoff action. Tune in at 2pm as the Panthers of PBL travel to Unity to take on the Rockets. 

 

Saturday Night on WPXN it’s Nascar Xfinity Series Racing from Phoenix. Tune in at 7 to see which driver will take home the 2021 trophy. 

 

Sunday on WPXN it’s Nascar Cup Series Racing. Tune in at 1pm from Phoenix Raceway as Martin Truex, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, and Chase Elliot look to bring home the 2021 Championship.

 

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the next 10 days

IHSA Volleyball 

1A Sectional Final

Milford def Watseka 25-15, 27-25

St. Thomas More def Windsor 25-19, 25-22

 

NBA Scores: 

Philadelphia 76ers def Chicago Bulls 103-98

Indiana Pacers def New York Knicks 111-98 

 

NHL Scores: 

Carolina Hurricanes def Chicago Blackhawks 4-3

LA Kings def St. Louis Blues 3-2

 

 

(Green Bay)-- Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement came Wednesday afternoon. Rodgers is unvaccinated meaning he will miss at least 10 days. The Packers are expected to sign Blake Bortles to the practice squad today. 

 

(Gilman--jc)  The Iroquois West Raiders head into the second round of the playoffs with a long road trip on Saturday. Iroquois West Football Coach Jason Thiele says he hopes the crowds will travel with the team to the game in Abingdon…

 

 

Iroquois West Football Coach Jason Thiele


 

(Phoenix)-- The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Phoenix this weekend for the Championship race. Kyle Larson has dominated the season with 9 wins and talks about preparing for the final race of the season…

 

 

NASCAR Driver Kyle Larson. You can hear that race Sunday here on WPXN.The broadcast starts at 1pm on  Sunday.

 

 

NASCAR Driver Chase Elliott. You can hear the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Sunday at 1pm here on WPXN.

 

Thursday Night Football: 

New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts

 

Braves win World Series

MLB Scores: 

Atlanta Braves def Houston Astros 7-0 to Win the World Series

 

(Urbana)-- Fighting Illini Defensive Back Derrick Smith entered the transfer portal Monday afternoon. Smith transferred to Illinois in 2019 and sat out the 2020 season due to NCAA rules. Smith has played in 7 games this season and has 17 total tackles. 

 

(WPXN)-- Nascar Driver Martin Truex Jr. is one of the final 4 drivers in the chase for the Nascar Championship this coming Sunday. Truex has had success at Phoenix throughout his career, and he says that it doesn’t put more pressure on him than the other drivers… 

 

 

Nascar Cup Series Driver Martin Truex. 

 

NHL Tonight: 

Carolina Hurricanes @ Chicago Blackhawks 

 

NBA Tonight: 

New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers 

Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s On The Sidelines presented by Conxxus of Paxton. Tune in at 6 to get the latest news in IHSA Volleyball and Football playoffs. 

 

Following On the Sidelines it’s the Bret Bielema show. Get the latest news in Illini Football from 7 until 8. 

Illini Big man Kofi Cockburn receives a 3 game suspension

IHSA Volleyball Scores: 

1A

Milford def Walther Christian 25-9, 25-7

Watseka def Chicago Hope Academy 25-11, 25-5

St. Thomas More def Heritage 25-14, 25-6

2A

Pleasant Plains def St. Joe Ogden 17-25, 25-20, 25-21

 

Monday Night Football Scores: 

Kansas City Chiefs def NY Giants 20-17

 

NBA Scores: 

Chicago Bulls def Boston Celtics 128-114

Indiana Pacers def San Antonio Spurs 131-118 

 

NHL Scores: 

Chicago Blackhawks def Ottawa Senators 5-1

 

 

(Urbana)--Fighting Illini Big Man Kofi Cockburn received a 3 game suspension from the NCAA Monday afternoon. The suspension comes from Cockburn selling merchandise and profiting  before the NIL or Name Image or Likeness bill was passed early this summer. Cockburn will miss Jackson State, Arkansas State, and Marquette games. 

 

 

(Urbana)-- The Fighting Illini Football coaching staff has preached consistency all season. After the setback Saturday afternoon against Rutgers, Head Coach Bret Bielema says that it has to be essential for the team to grow… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Football Head Coach Bret Bielema 

 

MLB Tonight: 

WS Game 6-- Braves lead 3-2

Atlanta Braves @ Houston Astros 


 

Tonight on WPXN get the latest news in Nascar with Nascar Live from 6 until 7

 

Alex Bowman wins at Martinsville

IHSA Football  Playoff Scores: 

1A

Iroquois West def Monmouth United 35-26

 

2A 

Pana def ALAH 49-19

 

3A 

PBL def Eureka 24-6

Unity def Newton 46-6

Fairfield def Hoopeston Area 26-0

Monticello def Greenville 42-7

Mt. Carmel def St. Joseph Ogden 46-14

Prairie Central def Chicago King 55-0

 

5A

Mahomet-Seymour def Jacksonville 50-8

 

MLB

Houston Astros def Atlanta Braves 9-5

 

NFL Scores: 

SF 49ers def Chicago Bears 33-22

Tennessee Titans def Indianapolis Colts 34-31(OT)

 

 

(Martinsville)-- Alex Bowman found victory lane Sunday afternoon from Martinsville Speedway. Bowman was not in the Championship hunt, but the victory also knocked out Kyle Busch, and Brad Keslowski from the final playoff spot. The Championship race is next week from Phoenix raceway with driver Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliot and Denny Hamlin as the final four. M-R-N provided coverage…

 


 

(WPXN)-- The first College Football Playoff poll was released Sunday afternoon. Georgia remains on top, followed by Cincantti, Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan State. Other Big Ten teams in the Top 25 include: 6 Ohio State, 9 Michigan, 19 Iowa, and 22 Penn State. 

 

(Urbana)--The Fighting Illini dropped another home game Saturday afternoon 20-14 against Rutgers. Head Coach Bret Bielema says that it’s very disappointing that the team can’t close the 4th quarter, especially at home… 

 

 

Fighting Illini Head Football Coach Bret Bielema 

 

NBA Tonight:

Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics 

 

NHL Tonight: 

Ottawa Senators @ Chicago Blackhawks 

 

Monday Night Football: 

New York Giants @ Kansas City Chiefs 

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s IHSA Sectional Volleyball Action. Tune in at 5:15 as the St.Joe Ogden Spartans take on Pleasant Plains. First volley is scheduled for 5:30

 

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