Justine Siegal throws batting practice to Cleveland Indians catchers during baseball spring training Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, in Goodyear, Ariz.
Mark Duncan/Associated Press
August 29, 2016

Normal Coach Is Changing The Face Of Professional Baseball

Justine Siegal said she started her career patch playing tee ball, like many kids do. But at age 13, when she was told by her baseball coach to play softball instead, she refused to quit - and still hasn't left the game. The newest member of the Normal Cornbelters coaching staff, she's also scouted big leaguers, and pitched batting practice to major league hitters.


The U of I's Josh George, winner of Chicago Marathons in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2014.
Josh George
August 12, 2016

U Of I Athlete George Talks Sunday Event In Champaign, Growing Popularity Of Paralympians

With all the attention on the Summer Olympics in Rio, some may not know that more events will be held in the city about three weeks from now.  Seven athletes from the University of Illinois are currently competing there, but seventeen others with connections to the Urbana campus are prepping for the Paralympics, starting September 7.  There's a chance to meet these athletes in downtown Champaign Sunday, including 4-time medialist Josh George.


high school football players
Jay Jacobs / flickr user system13
August 10, 2016

Youth Sports Concussions; Cubs/Cardinals Rivalry; State Fair Food

On the 21st: High schoolers who play high-contact sports are faced with the potential for injury, such as concussions. We learned more about what the state is doing to protect student athletes. We also talked about the burning rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. We also found out how you can make state fair food at your own home.


Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman delivers during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago.
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
July 29, 2016

Chapman Trade Leaves Cubs Fans Conflicted

The Chicago Cubs recently traded for one of the best relief pitchers in baseball as they attempt to win the team’s first World Series championship since 1908.  Adding a player of Aroldis Chapman’s caliber should be a cause for celebration for the team’s fans.  But Chapman brings with him some off-the-field issues that have given some Cubs fans pause. Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline talks with Brett Taylor of Bleacher Nation about the move.


Harness racing.
Wikimedia Commons
July 26, 2016

Despite Statewide Decline, Harness Racing Continues At Champaign County Fair

Harness racing --- horses racing at a trot or gait while pulling a driver in a two-wheeled cart --- is a longtime feature of the Champaign County Fair in Urbana. But races that were held every weekday at the fair a decade ago are now reduced to a single session set for Tuesday evening at 7 PM.


Champaign Swarm player Jonathan Mills, who was shot and killed in Chicago Monday.
Midwest Professional Basketball Association
July 26, 2016

Champaign Swarm Player Shot And Killed In Chicago

Jonathan Mills, a member of the 2016 team from Chicago, died Monday afternoon after being shot outside a store on the city's west side.  A Chicago Sun-Times report indicates Mills was shot multiple times in the 4100 block of West Roosevelt, and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was also a standout player for North Lawndale High School and Southern Miss.


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