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

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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

Top of the Morning, July 20, 2018

DAVE REVSINE, the Voice of Big Ten Network, is hosting Tuesday's Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Revsine, a former ESPN announcer, has been with BTN since its inception in 2007. He was the first one to speak on the channel:

UI athletics gets $1 million donation

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois athletics announced another seven-figure donation Tuesday, as the Bielfeldt Foundation has committed $1 million to provide updates to the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building and to help fund construction of the Football Performance Center.

Ex-area standouts in pro baseball: July 17, 2018

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OF Kevin Kiermaier, ex-Parkland, Rays

Kiermaier went 9 for 33 last week with a home run against Detroit on Wednesday to go with six RBI. He also threw out a runner at home and managed not to get hurt during two bench-clearing brawls against the Twins on Sunday.

RHP Tanner Roark, ex-Illini, Nationals

Illini Legends Lists & Lore: July 15, 2018

Forty-nine years ago on this date in Illini history — July 15, 1969 — University of Illinois legend Burt Ingwersen died at the age of 70.

Illinois' first nine letter-winner, the Bryant, Iowa, native won monograms in 1917, '18 and '19 for coach Bob Zuppke as an All-Big Ten and second-team All-America tackle.

Tatelines | Help is wanted for floundering Cardinals

Mediocrity can sneak up like a snake in the dark.

And did. Cardinal fans, who for years matched or exceeded Cub enthusiasm in these parts, weren't expecting the decline. They had been lulled into unrealistic expectations by a proud tradition and so many seasons of small-market overachievement.

St. Louis stunner: Cardinals fire Matheny with club near .500

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals aren't accustomed to stretches of mediocrity, and certainly not to reports of clubhouse unrest.

The prospect of a third straight year without a postseason berth has spelled the end for manager Mike Matheny.

Catching up with ex-area standouts in pro baseball

Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with former area standouts playing in pro baseball:

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OF Kevin Kiermaier, ex-Parkland, Rays