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The Big Ten and Pac-12 won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, taking two of college football's five power conferences out of a crumbling season amid the pandemic.

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The Big Ten is on the verge of canceling football this fall, a historic move in the midst of a global COVID-19 pandemic that has infected more than 5 million people and claimed more than 160,000 lives in the United States.


ST. LOUIS — The entire three-game series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis at Busch Stadium was postponed Friday night after two more Cardinals players and a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.

Oklahoma City – Audrey C. Niebrugge of Effingham, captured the world championship title in Yearling Mares at the 2020 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show on July 31st at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.

Earlier this summer, we had reached a tentative agreement with Illinois State University to hold this year’s event on Saturday, September 5, 2020. It does not appear that date will work for us under the State of Illinois restrictions which limit indoor gatherings to 50 people.


CHICAGO — Javier Báez singled through a drawn-in infield in the 11th inning, scoring David Bote from third base and giving the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

On Wednesday, the Illinois High School Association announced it was moving football to the spring season. The starting date for football and the other newly defined spring sports is set for Feb. 15, with the first possible game likely being slated for Friday, March 5.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Lou Henson, the plain-spoken coach who took New Mexico State and Illinois to the Final Four during a 21-year career that included nearly 800 victories and a feud with fellow Big Ten coach Bob Knight, has died. He was 88.


All Sports Guidance This guidance pertains to all youth and adult recreational sports, including, but not limited to, school-based sports (IHSA & IESA), travel clubs, private leagues and clubs, recreational leagues and centers, and park district sports programs. This guidance does NOT perta…

Effingham’s Chad Green was called upon for his first action of the 2020 season on Sunday, coming on for relief and earning the win for the New York Yankees in the team’s 3-2 victory.

The Effingham Unit 40 School Board this week approved the following personnel related to the district’s sports program:

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MIAMI (AP) — Two major league games scheduled for Monday night were postponed after more than a dozen Miami Marlins players and staff members tested positive for the coronavirus in an outbreak that stranded the team in Philadelphia.

The IESA Board of Directors held a special meeting on Thursday, July 23. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss fall sports and whether those activities could be held in accordance with the current limitations placed on schools and activities by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Stickney, IL—BBR Lady pushed her record to five wins in seven starts Sunday evening with a victory in a $17,500 leg of the Fox Valley Flan Series at Hawthorne Racecourse for owner Elizabeth Roedl of Edgewood.

Stickney, IL — Kyle Husted of Altamont was injured shortly after 10:30 Sunday night in a harness racing accident at Hawthorne Racecourse, when the horse he was driving stumbled and fell while leading the field around the final turn.

Effingham Park District is welcoming sign ups for soccer. Soccer will be offered for boys and girls four years old through eighth grade. Play will be on Saturday mornings for seven weeks at Evergreen Hollow Park binning August 22.

Just days after the Illinois High School Associated gave coaches, schools and athletes the thumbs up to move on to Stage 2, later renamed to Phase 4 of the Return to Play Guidelines, the IHSA made revisions to that same plan.

As high schools nationwide continue to deal with the fallout from COVID-19 and make plans for the restarting of activities this fall, the NFHS Network – the leader in streaming live and on-demand high school sports – has announced an unprecedented offer for schools that are facing possible a…


With the cancellation of the Effingham County Fair Thursday, leaving the county without a fair since its inaugural year in 1945, it will also be the first time harness racing will not be featured at the fairgrounds since the same year.

MT. STERLING, IL —Graduates of the Illini Classic Yearling Sale continued to make an impact on earlysummer stakes action across the Midwest, combining to win five pari-mutuel and three fair stakes events from June 25-29.


BEECHER CITY, IL —Brian and Kandi Herzog of Beecher City realized a milestone on Monday, scoring their first career victory as racehorse owners when Kandi’s Fortune won a division of the Illinois Fair Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Charleston, IL – Michael “Buddy” Kofoid of Penngrove, California earned his third POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League career win at Charleston Speedway. Kofoid carries great momentum into Saturday night’s show at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt Indiana, in hopes to sweep the weekend.

(Mt. Sterling, IL)--Graduates of the Illini Classic Yearling Sale dominated Illinois Conceived and Foaled stakes action at Hawthorne Racecourse in Stickney last weekend, led by a win in the $45,000 Violet Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies.

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule Tuesday night that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony.

On Wednesday, the IHSA released its latest draft, highlighting details on what schools, coaches and athletes will be able to do once Stage 4 Restore Illinois Plan is put into effect on June 26 or later.


On Friday, the Illinois High School Association announced that its Stage 2 of the Return to Play Guidelines have been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health and can be implemented across the state starting Sunday, July 5.

The Chicago Bears made 13 of their assistant coaches available to the media this week, a Zoom Q&A binge that offered progress reports on key players and insight into the team’s plans for 2020. The virtual interview sessions provided an introduction to new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor…

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A horse with Newton connections pulled a 70-1 shocker in the opening race Tuesday night at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Indiana, as Phabaj (pronounced FAH buh) won a $10,000 leg of the Jera Larkins Memorial for driver Jared Finn.


Harness horses with local and area connections have continued to do well across the state in recent days, led by a pair of stakes wins last weekend at Hawthorne Racecourse near Chicago.

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On Monday, the Illinois High School Association Board of directors met via video conference, with one of the items on the agenda being to decide where the State Finals Tournament would be held for the next three seasons in both boys and girls basketball.


STICKNEY, IL — Altamont native Kyle Husted enjoyed a solid outing Friday night in harness racing action at Hawthorne Racecourse, as the 28-year-old horseman trained and drove two winners on the card.

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While the IHSA has allowed students to begin training again under numerous guidelines, athletes are still not permitted to do any sports-specific related drills.

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Following the Illinois High School Association announcing its return to play guidelines, Effingham coaches and athletes had their first look at what these conditioning practices will be like on Monday

Lincoln Land Community College freshman and for Teutopolis Lady Shoes volleyball player Kate Volk added to her already impressive freshman campaign when she was named the Mid-West Athletic Conference female Athlete of the Year after being awarded LLCC Athlete of the Year last week.

Springfield — Four harness horses with local and area connections reached the winner’s circle on Tuesday afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, as part of a $50,000 racing program presented by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.


The Illinois High School Association took the first step toward the return of athletics Friday when it announced guidelines for summer workouts for fall sports.

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