Jordan J. Wilson

Jordan J. Wilson

Touching base: Which AL stories will make headlines before October?

The Cubs and Cardinals got a jump start on the second half of the baseball season on Thursday night, but the rest of the teams are back at it today. N-G sports copy editor Jordan J. Wilson previews the compelling American League stories that could make headlines before October:

1. Eyes on the East

A look ahead at Illini football's nonconference slate through 2029

Illinois and Toledo will meet at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 2, 2023 in the first-ever football game between the two after that nonconference game was announced on Thursday. What other nonconference foes might stir up some interest? N-G copy editor Jordan J. Wilson ranks all 17 that we know:

TEAM: COMMENT

Ayo supplies stout defense in Team USA's first game

ST. CATHERINES, Canada — Ayo Dosunmu made it clear during the U18 U.S. National Team tryouts that proving his worth as a defender was a matter of pride.

Cobras end season in walk-off fashion

ENID, Okla. — Parkland baseball nearly found a way to keep its title hopes alive and extend its stay in Oklahoma.

LSU-Eunice just had other plans.

Cobras drop opener of World Series title series

ENID, Okla. — Against the nation's best, Parkland baseball understandably had some nerves Thursday night.

The Cobras committed four errors, netting three unearned runs, and fell 9-5 to top-seeded LSU-Eunice in the opener of the NJCAA Division II World Series championship series at David Allen Ballpark.

Cobras to play for World Series title

ENID, Okla. — Dave Garcia thought having his Parkland baseball players take batting practice in the open field might help loosen them up more than in the cages.

He wasn't wrong.

Illini fall to losers' bracket after loss to Gophers

OMAHA, Neb. — Illinois got its best chance to take a piece out of the Big Ten champs early in Thursday night's second-round ballgame.

Illini take down Hoosiers to advance

OMAHA, Neb. — For Illinois baseball to have a shot at making it back to Omaha next month, Dan Hartleb knew his team would likely need to win at least once there this week.

Consider it done.

Illinois plowed its way to a 7-1 victory over Indiana shortly after midnight Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament at TD Ameritrade Park.