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IDOT Click It or Ticket to help keep Illinois roads safe for Thanksgiving travel

WAND Sports - 1 hour 26 min ago
Springfield, Ill. (WAND) – As you get ready to hit the road to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are reminding drivers and passengers to Click It or Ticket to reduce the risk of traffic-related injuries.
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Tupper's Take: Breaking down busy Monday for Illini football

WAND Sports - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 23:13
CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman made two big announcements Monday - Dick Butkus is getting a statue, and the Missouri-Illinois football series is returning. Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins Noah Newman in studio to break down the news.
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Bello making most of opportunity with Cleveland Browns

WAND Sports - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 17:45
B.J. Bello's path to the NFL was a remarkable one. The Lincoln Way West grad transferred from Illinois to Illinois State with just one year of eligibility left. He made the most of it, establishing himself as a legitimate NFL prospect after a monster senior season with the Redbirds. Bello signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent.
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Christian Williams transferring to Indiana State

WAND Sports - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 23:39
CHAMPAIGN -- Former St. Teresa Bulldog and Iowa Hawkeye Christian Williams is transferring to Indiana State. The Decatur native announced his decision on Twitter Sunday night.
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Illini pull away from Marshall to improve to 4-0

WAND Sports - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 23:33
CHAMPAIGN -- The Underwood era is off to a 4-0 start after the Illini pulled away from Marshall in the second half Sunday, 91-74. Leron Black and Kipper Nichols led the way with 17 points each.
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Saturday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Playoff Semifinals

WAND Sports - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 00:43
What a wild Saturday in the IHSA football semifinals! Seven local teams fight for a spot in the state championship game in DeKalb! 1A (1) Tuscola 21, (6) Athens 14 At Athens, No. 1 seed Tuscola wins a ground-and-pound game between a pair of high-powered offenses. Red-hot No. 6 Athens showed it deserved a better seed after taking down Warrensburg-Latham, Argenta-Oreana and Red Hill in consecutive games but Tuscola landed one more punch and advanced to the 1A state title game. Head coa...
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Local stars Getz, Horve sign to play in college

WAND Sports - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 22:42
WAND Signing Day coverage continues with a pair of local standouts who announced their decisions this Friday at their respective schools! Cameron Getz is a name Meridian fans will have etched in their memories for many years to come. He led the Hawks in three different sports: as a high-scoring guard in basketball, as a quarterback in football and a multi-event leader in track and field. Now he's signed on to jump for Illinois State after choosing the Redbirds over Southern Illinois....
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All-State football teams released: 5A - 8A

WAND Sports - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 01:42
The following are the local All-State football selections for Classes 5A - 8A, as released by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association. For a full list see the accompanying images. Classes 1A - 4A are available here.   Class 5A QB/DB Amir Brummett (MacArthur) WR/DB Armon Brummett (MacArthur) Class 6A DB Spencer Redd (Sacred Heart-Griffin) WR Cameron Jones (Springfield High)
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Maroa-Forsyth 'pioneer' has perfect GPA

WAND Sports - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 00:34
MAROA -- Reilly Fitzpatrick can now add "pioneer" to her list of accomplishments. The junior kicker has been a valuable asset for 11-1 Maroa-Forsyth this football season, so much so that she was named Academic All-State. That makes Fitzpatrick part of an ultra-exclusive group: females who have made their way onto football All-State lists of any kind. In Reilly's case, the "Academic" side of the title is especially strong -- she has a perfect 5.0 G...
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Freshman Mark Smith leads Illini past DePaul

WAND Sports - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 00:15
CHAMPAIGN -- Freshman guard Mark Smith posted 21 points and redshirt sophomore Kipper Nichols added 16 points off the bench as Illinois outlasted visiting DePaul 82-73 on Friday night in the Gavitt Tipoff Games. The two programs' first meeting in 60 years was a sloppy one -- they committed 35 turnovers combined and racked up 59 fouls. Illinois (3-0) got at least 6 points from eight players and Mark Smith's 21 points were bolstered by a 12-for-12 performance from the free throw line....
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Brad Underwood quotes unlikely source in diagnosing lllini

WAND Sports - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 01:32
CHAMPAIGN -- Oddly enough it's been 60 years since DePaul and Illinois last squared off -- this, despite the fact the two schools are just two and a half hours apart. Each program is in a period of trying to recapture the magic from their mutual Golden Era of the 80s and 90s, when Blue Demon teams led by the likes of Mark Aguirre and Terry Cummings wreaked havoc on college basketball and the Flyin' Illini captured the attention of the nation as well. This year's DePaul squad was pic...
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Millikin adds women's triathlon team to athletic department

WAND Sports - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 00:53
DECATUR -- Millikin will add a women's triathlon program to its list of varsity sports thanks to a $70,000 grant from the USA Triathlon Foundation, the school announced. The 20th team under the Big Blue umbrella will begin competing in the fall of 2018. The season will be composed of three regional qualifiers and a national championship. Each event features a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike component and a 5-kilometer run. Millikin will begin reviewing coaching candidates this f...
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On Lovie Smith, winless conference seasons, and hope

WAND Sports - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:45
As Illinois stares down an 0-9 conference record in 2017 - just the 11th in college football history - WAND's Matt Loveless looks at what recent history tells us about the future of teams that have gone winless in league play.
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All-State football teams released: 1A - 4A

WAND Sports - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 02:37
The following are the local All-State football selections for Classes 1A - 4A, as released by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association. For a full list see the accompanying images. Classes 5A - 8A will be released on Thursday evening.   Class 1A LB/OL Trevor Webb (Argenta-Oreana)  RB/DB Drayton Davis (Athens) WR/CB Blaize Cobb-Griffin (Salt Fork) WR Dalton Hoel (Tuscola) OL/DL Hunter Woodard (Tuscola) QB Dionte Lewis (Warrensburg-Latham) Class 2A OL Cody ...
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Cardinals broadcaster Mike Claiborne visits Decatur

WAND Sports - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 01:40
DECATUR -- IHSA officials at the Knights of Columbus Hall were treated to a special guest on Wednesday night: longtime St. Louis broadcaster Mike Claiborne. The Cardinals radio team member regaled the audience with story after story about franchise greats from Bob Gibson and Stan Musial to Jim Edmonds and Carlos Beltran. He also shared his appreciation for the audience's service to their respective games as officials/referees/umpires. In an interview with WAND Sports, Claiborne spok...
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Maroa-Forsyth makes 10th semifinal appearance since 2004

WAND Sports - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:51
MAROA -- Under Josh Jostes the Maroa-Forsyth football program has reached 10 state semifinals since 2004. This year the Trojans are back again as a No. 4 seed in 2A. Their Final Four opponent? Same as last year: Shelbyville, which comes in as a No. 6 seed in the teams' 1:30 p.m. Saturday matchup in Shelbyville. Running back Deondre Gregory is the hottest name for Maroa-Forsyth (11-1) heading into this weekend's matchup. The senior was named All-State after racking up 1,502 rushing y...
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Shelbyville roars into semifinals thanks to secret weapons

WAND Sports - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 02:36
SHELBYVILLE -- Head coach Bill Duckett's No. 6-seeded Rams strike the fear of a No. 1 seed into opponents thanks to a first-class offense. High-powered Shelbyville has averaged 47.3 points per game this season with superstar quarterback Turner Pullen at the helm. The senior's final season and overall career haven't just been elite -- they've been all-time, as in history-making. Pullen has 66 total touchdowns this season (40 passing, 26 rushing) to go with 65 two-point conversions. W...
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Champaign's Tim Finke chooses Grand Canyon University

WAND Sports - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 01:33
CHAMPAIGN -- The decision is over. Prized Central senior Tim Finke is headed to Grand Canyon University. The versatile 6-foot-6 wing announced his decision on Tuesday via Instagram with the caption "I always wanted to be a part of something special. I found it here. To God be the glory. I’m home. #GoLopes??." Finke fielded offers from the likes of Ohio State, Notre Dame, USC and his hometown school Illinois -- nearly two dozen major college offers in all. His ranking...
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Tuesday Night Girls Basketball Highlight Zone

WAND Sports - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 01:09
Take a tour through the area in Tuesday night girls high school basketball! Game 1 takes us to Bethany, where recent Drury University (the No. 7-ranked program in Division II) signee Paige Robinson, fellow senior Natalie Jeffers and junior guard Bella Benning help Okaw Valley to a 67-50 win over Kaelee Stockton and Meridian. Okaw Valley moves to 2-0 on the season. Game 2 features a clash between Jolene Bueker, Marianna Hemmen and the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes at home against Josie Gru...
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Tupper's Take: Breaking down first two games of Underwood era

WAND Sports - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 22:48
CHAMPAIGN -- The Brad Underwood era is off to a 2-0 start after the Illini knocked off Southern and UT-Martin over the weekend. Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins Noah Newman to break down the action, and discuss the biggest surprise of the first week of the season.
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