Asmussen: Finally, a breakthrough

The fifth football playoff rankings were revealed Tuesday night. Here is staff writer and AP voter Bob Asmussen’s take:

— Finally. It took five weeks for a school outside the Power 5 to make the cut. Actually, two were honored: Marshall and Boise State. The little guys say “Thanks” to the committee. And hope for more next time.

Daniels: How Beckman stacks up

Tim Beckman was one of 27 FBS coaches hired prior to the 2012 season. Twenty are still employed
by the schools who hired them. A look at where Beckman stacks up with the rest of his fellow
2012 hired colleagues as they approach 2015:
Coach   School    Record    Status    Comment

Tate: Illini ready to take act on road

Relax, Illini fans. The blackout is nearly over. You’ll be able to watch the remaining Illini basketball games on conventional TV except for one.

All-Area Boys' Golf: Meet the first team, second team, special mention

Meet the first team
NAME    SCHOOL    YR.    
Mike Braverman    Centennial    Sr.
Seth Icenogle    Tuscola    So.
Christian Khachaturian    Centennial    Sr.
Clayton Miller    Arcola/Arthur    So.

Boys' Golf Coach of the Year: STM's Mark Tate

Why he’s Coach of the Year: Tate led the Sabers to their first Okaw Valley Conference tournament title and a runner-up finish at the Class 1A Bismarck Regional in addition to several midweek match wins.

Boys' Golfer of the Year: STM's Chris Tate

CHAMPAIGN — Chris Tate’s junior year at St. Thomas More was his breakout season.

A varsity player since his freshman year, Tate took things to another level as a junior — including shooting a 4-under-par 68 for the first-round lead at the 2013 Class 1A state tournament.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Seaman paces Arcola

In boys’ basketball

■ Arcola 69, Salt Fork 40. Salt Fork held Arcola’s Kollin Seaman in the first quarter, but the Purple Riders junior made up for it. Seaman finished with a game-high 23 points. Noah Darr led Salt Fork with 12 points.

Updated: Savoy, Rantoul, Champaign back money for IHSA bid; Urbana council directs staff to work on issue

Savoy and Rantoul will each pitch in $5,000 a year. And on Tuesday night, the Champaign City Council showed unanimous support for committing $50,000 annually if the IHSA boys' basketball tournament returns to its longtime former home.

HS Girls BKB: Villa Grove vs. Tuscola

Tuscola traveled to Villa Grove for a girls prep basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.

SportsTalk 11-25-14

SportsTalk 11-25-14: Play now!

Michael Kiser, Tim Ditman, and Marcus Jackson discuss the latest in sports. They chat with Steve Kelly, who's with the Illini men's basketball team in Vegas for the Continental Tires Las Vegas Invitational. They also talk about the Bulls and Cubs with Comcast SportsNet Chicago's Mark Schanowski.


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