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PODCAST: SportsTalk 09-21-16

PODCAST: SportsTalk 09-21-16: Play now!

Scott Beatty and Tim Ditman host the Wednesday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Jason Goch.

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Illini football's run game a work in progress

CHAMPAIGN — Ke’Shawn Vaughn didn’t envision these rushing totals against Western Michigan.

The Illinois running back wanted to fare better than the mere 22 yards he gained on only eight carries during the Illini’s 34-10 loss to the Broncos last Saturday, the second-worst rushing game of his young Illinois career thus far.

PODCAST: Sports Talk 9-20-16

PODCAST: Sports Talk 9-20-16: Play now!

Guest-host Scott Beatty and Loren Tate talk Illini sports, and they take your calls.

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Sept. 22 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 2:00pm

What's next for an Illinois football team after losing to a MAC team at home? Is the Big Ten West bad enough the Illini might be OK? How is recruiting going for Lovie Smith and Co? Who's the most surprising team in the area high school sports scene? What do you want to see in the pages of The News-Gazette Sports section?

Asmussen's 10 most embarrassing UI football losses

In his 28th year covering the football team, Bob Asmussen has seen a lot of Illinois losses — 184 of them, to be exact. Where does Saturday’s 34-10 decision against Western Michigan rank on the embarrassment chart?

Smith insists 'short memory' key after loss

CHAMPAIGN — Hardy Nickerson has experienced rebuilding situations before.

The Illinois linebacker and California transfer saw the Golden Bears go a combined 9-27 in his first three years on the Berkeley campus.

But then a 2015 breakthrough ensued with an 8-5 record and an Armed Forces Bowl win.

Tate: How a players' coach celebrates

A quick peek back.

Unreported after Western Michigan’s 34-10 rout of Illinois on Saturday was an extraordinarily unique postgame celebration.

We’ve seen opposing team’s connections with traveling fans and the band on the field, but not what happened in the locker room. With loud cheering carrying through the door, Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck waited alone just outside.

PODCAST: News Gazette Sports Page 09-19-16

PODCAST: News Gazette Sports Page 09-19-16: Play now!

Join the News Gazette sports writers at the Esquire Lounge in downtown Champaign, as they discuss the latest in local sports.

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09-19-16 Monday Morning Quarterbacks

09-19-16 Monday Morning Quarterbacks: Play now!

09-19-16 Monday Morning Quarterbacks.  Jim Turpin and Loren Tate are the Monday Morning Quarterbacks after the Illinois loss to Western Michigan.

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Illini looking for identity in open week

CHAMPAIGN — The game had barely ended and Illinois football center Joe Spencer was ready to move on to the next assignment.

Coming off a 34-10 home loss to Western Michigan, Spencer and the Illini have an open Saturday.

They return to the field Oct. 1 in Lincoln against No. 20 Nebraska.