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MADISON, Wis. — Graham Mertz threw five touchdown passes to match the Wisconsin record in a commanding first career start and the No. 14 Badgers beat Illinois 45-7 on Friday night to open the pandemic-delayed Big Ten football season.

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The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for its regularly scheduled virtual meeting on Monday, October 19, 2020, where the Board provided a timetable on winter sports decisions, and also voted to provide a one-time accommodation to the IHSA’s Independent Team By-la…

St. Anthony’s Allison Kowalke used a strong serve to overpower and Mattoon’s Emily Stortzum 6-4, 6-0 stifling the Green Wave players strong net game Tuesday afternoon at Community Park.

Altamont’s Jared Hammer knew he hit the ball solid. Fans heard the sophomore hit it solid. It was just a matter if the ball was going to stay fair or if the wind was going to blow the ball past the left field line giving the Indians a 5-4 victory over the visiting St. Anthony Bulldogs in ext…

St. Anthony’s Logan Antrim’s rocky third inning, where he allowed five runs to South Central giving them a 6-3 advantage, would have in the past knocked him out of the game due in part as he said ‘a shaky mental game’. His teammates clawed back scoring two in the top of the fourth, one in th…

St. Anthony’s Connor Roepke just wanted to do something – anything – to make up for the two errors he committed on back-to-back popups against Neoga batters in the top of the second inning of their National Trail Conference tournament game.

Teutopolis’ number 1 doubles team in Macy Probst and Isabella Hemmen showed the Apollo Conference who’s the boss. Probst and Hemmen dispatched Mattoon’s Emily Stortzum and Tess Huene, who were state qualifiers last year, 6-1, 6-2.

Teutopolis Junior High School’s Mollie Ruholl had a game she’ll never forget. The Eighth grader knocked in 6 runs on a 3-for-3 day at the plate, including a solo home run to centerfield as the Wooden Shoes beat Clay City 17-2, for the IESA Class 2A Regional 16 championship Saturday finishing…

Effingham’s Ryley Arend will be the first to tell you she didn’t have a good singles match Tuesday against Mt. Zion’s Allison Bradford at Effingham High School.

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St. Anthony Grade School’s baseball team went into their IESA Class 1A Regional 15 championship game undefeated. The Bullpups used three pitchers to shut out Sacred Heart 6-0 and finish the season 12-0.

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Effingham Junior High School’s softball team avenged an early season loss to Newton by defeating them 8-5 on Saturday in the IESA Class 3A Regional 13 championship game.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Juan Soto became the National League's youngest batting champion, Trea Turner hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs, and the Washington Nationals closed out the season with a 15-5 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday.


ATLANTA — The Falcons suffered their second straight fourth-quarter collapse after leading by two touchdowns, this time to backup quarterback Nick Foles and the Chicago Bears, who rallied from a 16-point deficit for a 30-26 win on Sunday that could spell the end for Atlanta coach Dan Quinn.

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Altamont varsity baseball coach Alan Whitt began walking onto the field towards his pitcher, Bradin Baucum, a second time in the top of the seventh inning against Dieterich Friday afternoon.

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St. Anthony girls golf coach Randy Blake Thursday simply had two words for his girls performance the last two matches.


ST. LOUIS — Christian Yelich homered, Brent Suter combined with Devin Williams and Josh Hader on a five-hitter and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in the opener of a doubleheader Friday.

As we fast approach the advent of the 2020-21 archery deer hunting season, my mind ponders over the vast numbers of hunters that are injured or killed each year in a variety of accidents.

The Bears will go on the road for the second time this season, headed for Atlanta and a Sunday game against the Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons remain three-point favorites as the Bears look to move to 3-0 for the first time since 2013.

Gale Sayers, the dazzling Chicago Bears running back and kick returner whose injury-shortened career made him the youngest player ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Wednesday after a years-long decline in health that included dementia. He was 77.


PITTSBURGH — Chad Kuhl pitched seven sharp innings and Colin Moran and Bryan Reynolds each homered in three-hit games in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 7-0 victory over the slumping Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

In his statement announcing Billy Donovan as the 21st head coach in Chicago Bulls history, vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas emphasized the success Donovan enjoyed throughout his basketball career.

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St. Anthony’s Thomas Chojnicki walked up the 18th fairway at the Effingham Country Club on Tuesday along with his counterpart, Mattoon’s Colton Romine, all square in their singles match.

The National Football League is tough. On the field? Absolutely. The MASH Unit after Sunday was epic considering the amount of very good players deemed out for the year.

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St. Anthony’s Seth Hotze throws a pitch in the Bulldogs’ 9-3 win over Brownstown/St. Elmo on Friday afternoon at Paul Smith Field. “I thought we came out from the start and played with what we’ve been trying to preach with some passion and excitement. We still need to work on the middle inni…

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St. Anthony girls and boys golf teams scored wins Wednesday by defeating Altamont and Effingham in a tri-match, 168-219-194 and 156-177-169, respectively.

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SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that he stands behind his decision to prohibit high school football for the fall season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, even as professional and many college leagues have decided to resume play.

The St. Anthony Bulldogs used a one-hit shutout out performance from Logan Antrim Tuesday to help defeat the Movin’ Maroons of Dieterich 10-0 in five innings in a National Trail Conference matchup.

The Movin’ Maroons of Dieterich High School used a 3-RBI night from Austin Ruholl at the plate, as well as a 10-strikeout night from Pete Britton on the mound to help defeat the Bombers of Brownstown/St. Elmo 8-3 Friday.

The St. Anthony Bulldogs plated 16 runs Tuesday, half of them coming in the top of the fifth inning in a 16-0 win over the Bobcats of Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City.

The Teutopolis Wooden Shoes earned a 10-2 victory of the Hatchets of Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg Monday afternoon in the team’s season opener.

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