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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)

Top of the Morning, Aug. 3, 2018

Saturday is a special anniversary for St. Louis Cardinals fans, especially those who cheered on STAN MUSIAL.

Fifty years ago, the team celebrated its star by unveiling a large statue outside Busch Stadium.

Q&A: Six-time Twin City Golf winner Tim Hoss Jr. talks this year's tourney

Hoss is back for his 24th appearance in the Twin City Tournament, which tees off today at Champaign Country Club and concludes Sunday at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club in Champaign. N-G sports copy editor JOE VOZZELLI caught up with the six-time winner:

What do you remember most about last year's title?

Asmussen | Ex-Illini Anderson 'played like a champ'

I sat down to watch a few minutes of Wimbledon on Wednesday morning. And couldn't turn it off.

Former Illini Kevin Anderson played the match of his life against legend Roger Federer. Down two sets in the quarterfinal, Anderson rallied for a stunning five-set victory, 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 in a match that exceeded four hours.

No place like home: Four former Illini teeing off at John Deere Classic

Four former Illini tee off today at the John Deere Classic, the only PGA event in Illinois this year. Here's what you need to know before the action gets going in Silvis, courtesy N-G copy editor Joe Vozzelli

Four local notes on the national pastime ahead of Independence Day

Independence Day and baseball go well together. It's the national pastime, after all. Before you fire up the grills and watch the sky light up on Wednesday night, sports editor Matt Daniels takes you around the horn with four items:

Go, Cubs, go

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: July 1, 2018

On May 14, the United States Supreme Court nullified a 1992 federal law that barred individual states for deciding for themselves whether to allow wagering on athletic events. If the old idiom was accurate, it was a day the University of Illinois's "Father of Athletics" George Huff rolled over in his grave.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: June 24, 2018

Thirty-three years ago today —June 24, 1985— longtime University of Illinois faculty representative Leslie Bryan died at the age of 85. From 1959-68, he represented the university and its faculty in the UI's relationships with the NCAA and the Big Ten, and also chaired UI's Athletic Council, the faculty's voice on issues of academic policy related to student-athletes.

UI at 150: 'What a life-changing moment'

Memory No. 1,281 on our special UI-at-150 website comes from EMILY JAENSON, who last month became the highest-ranking female in all of minor league baseball:

Richey's mock 2018 NBA Draft

But basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY correctly picked the first five picks of last year's NBA draft ... before missing on the final 25. How will he fare tonight? Here are his projected first-round picks before the 6 p.m. event in Brooklyn:

PICK | TEAM | PREV. HT. WT.

1. Deandre Ayton | Suns | Arizona, 7-0, 260

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