Illinois head coach Lovie Smith looks at the scoreboard during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign
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October 29, 2016

Illini Drop Homecoming Game To Minnesota, 40-17

A pair of early Illinois turnovers and a short punt gave Minnesota the ball at the Illinois 49-, 20- and 9-yard lines, and the Gophers turned each into a touchdown on the way to a 40-17 win. The turnovers, Illinois coach Lovie Smith said, swung the game hard and early for Minnesota. "It's hard to win the football game when you start like that," Smith said. "Those turnovers put us in a hole."


Fans wait in front of the Wrigley Field marquee as they arrive before Game 3 of the  World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, in Chicago.
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October 29, 2016

Cubs Fall 1-0 In Return To Wrigley; Cleveland Takes 2-1 Series Lead

The Chicago Cubs are down two games to one in the World Series, dropping a 1-0 Game 3 in the World Series Friday night. The Cubs had runners on second and third in the ninth before Javier Baez struck out to end the game. Manager Joe Maddon says the Cubs chased some balls they shouldn't have. It was the first World Series game at Wrigley Field in 71 years.


Cubs emblem
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October 28, 2016

The History Behind ‘Go Cubs Go’

As enthusiasm for the Chicago Cubs run to the World Series has roared across the country, so has the ubiquitousness of the Cubs theme song penned by the late Steve Goodman. But there's an interesting backstory to how it became the team's official theme song.  


Illini Hall of Fame inductee Dick Butkus and U of I Athletic Director Josh Whitman at Thursday's announcement at Memorial Stadium.
Rob McColley
October 27, 2016

Illini Start Sports Hall Of Fame, Dick Butkus In 1st Class

The University of Illinois is forming the school's first Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame and a member of its first class will be former Chicago Bears great Dick Butkus. He was named as the Hall's first inaugural member Thursday. An induction ceremony planned in Champaign-Urbana for next September. 


Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber celebrates in the dugout after gets walked in during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Cleveland
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October 26, 2016

Cubs Top Cleveland 5-1; World Series Tied At One Game Apiece

Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the 6th inning, and Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 in his second game back with the Cubs in Wednesday's 5-1 victory in Cleveland. It was the Cubs' first World Series victory since game 6 of the 1945 World Series againt Detroit. The series now heads to Wrigley Field for game 3 on Friday night.


Cubs fans celebrate on Clark Street after the team won the National League Championship Series Saturday night.
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October 24, 2016

Cubs Fans Hope World Series Ends ‘Lovable Losers’ Nickname

No more curses, no more goats, no more Bartman or just plain bad luck. All of those evil spirits are now done and gone thanks to the Cubs winning the National League pennant Saturday. And Cubs fans are feeling confident as the team heads into game one of the World Series Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians. On Saturday night, when the last out was made during the playoffs, the roar of the crowd was like a tsunami flowing down the streets in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.


Chicago Cubs fans celebrate outside Wrigley Field after the Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6 of baseball's National League Championship Series, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs advanced to the World Series.
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October 23, 2016

Cub Fans Celebrate End of World Series Drought

Chicago Cubs fans are waking up to a new reality: Their team is headed to the World Series for the first time in 71 years. Many still-stunned fans took to social media Sunday morning to ask if they'd been dreaming and to catch up on the posts from famous Cubs fans. Those posting to social media after the pennant-clinching 5-0 win Saturday over the LA Dodgers included first lady Michelle Obama, actor Bob Newhart, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.


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