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Top of the Morning, Oct. 5 , 2018

Barely two years after arriving at Champaign's WCIA, Annice McEwan is on the move. With the full support of her former employer.

McEwan starts next week at Louisville's WDRB, a Fox affiliate. She joins a six-person sports staff as a reporter. She will also have increased anchor duties.

Howard: 'I'm getting honored for doing what I like'

CHAMPAIGN — It's hard to imagine having more Illini greats in one room at one time.

Illinois honored the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018 on Saturday afternoon at State Farm Center with the official induction ceremony.

Honoree Dana Howard talked about what made him the Big Ten's all-time leader in tackles.

Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame

The Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame honored 21 new members during an induction ceremony at State Farm Center on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.

Glove story: Urbana grad's brand breaks barriers with Major League debut

URBANA — Earlier this month, a Major League Baseball player wore a glove created by an Urbana High School grad.

In doing so, Toronto Blue Jays centerfielder Jonathan Davis became the first player in the modern era to wear a glove made by a black-owned glove brand.

Central's Milton commits to Illinois baseball

CHAMPAIGN — Connor Milton is officially a trendsetter.

The Champaign Central junior on Monday night verbally committed to Dan Hartleb’s University of Illinois baseball program through a tweet. The decision came two days after the orange and blue offered Milton during an official visit.

Tim Mitchell's MLB Power Poll: Sept. 9, 2018

Staff writer Tim Mitchell loves the National Pastime. Here's this week's MLB power poll:

RK. TEAM (PREV.)

1. Red Sox (1)

They want to get Chris Sale and David Price healthy for the post-season.

2. Astros (3)

Hector Rondon took a line drive off his pitching hand.

3. Yankees (2)

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Aug. 26, 2018

On this date in 1964, former three-sport Illinois standout Norton E. "Swede" Hellstrom died at the age of 68.

Born a first-generation American in 1896, Hellstrom was the son of Swedish immigrants. He attended Evanston Township High School, the same school that sent UI Hall of Famers Chuck Carney and Alex Agase to play for the Illini.

Danville company's Barry Bonds plaque a hit on ESPN

DANVILLE — Trigard signs and plaques can be found all over the country, but one of the Danville company's creations recently garnered national attention on ESPN.

Ex-Illini, ex-area players in pro baseball: July 31, 2018

MAJOR LEAGUES

OF Kevin Kiermaier, ex-Parkland, Rays

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