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Tate: Future's bright ... for Penn State

Penn State comes to Memorial Stadium on Saturday with a 6-4 record and, by NCAA decree, newly bowl eligible.

Fact is, for all the outcries that the program was “emasculated and humiliated” after severe July 2012 sanctions, the Nittany Lions continued to draw large crowds as they finished 8-4 and 7-5 under Joe Paterno’s successor, Bill O’Brien.

Preseason Top 5: No. 3 Mahomet-Seymour

Christian Romine, Mahomet-Seymour senior, talks about his team’s No. 3 ranking in the N-G preseason boys’ basketball poll.

Austin Peay Pregame 11-21-14

Austin Peay Pregame 11-21-14: Play now!

Join Steve Kelly, Loren Tate, Brian Barnhart, and Brian Moline as they preview tonight's Illini men's basketball match-up against Austin Peay.

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SportsTalk 11-21-14

SportsTalk 11-21-14: Play now!

News-Gazette sports writer Matt Daniels joins Brian Moline as he broadcasts from the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, delivering the latest in sports news. Their guests include former Illini player/announcer Martin O'Donnell and Mark Tupper with the Decatur Herald & Review.

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LIVE! Austin Peay

Illinois 107, Austin Peay 66 — FINAL

UI Men's Basketball vs. Austin Peay 11/21/14

Illinois takes on Austin Peay in a NCAA mens basketball game at State Farm Center in Champagin on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

The real sports stars: Lauren and Leah

Certain sports images remain embedded in your mind.

Michael Jordan hitting the series-winning shot against the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals.

Christian Laettner sinking a fadeaway jumper against Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA tournament.

Oakwood diver reaches final 12

EVANSTON — Preslie Fletcher is moving up.
The Oakwood High School senior is one of 12 divers to qualify for today’s IHSA one-class state finals after two rounds Friday during the preliminaries. All 12 are guaranteed of receiving medals.
Fletcher is in her second year of interscholastic diving, training with former Centennial coach Don Waybright. A year ago, she placed 15th at state.

Is the end near for Beckman?

The Big Ten wins are at two.

In 22 games for Tim Beckman. 

That's an unsightly 2-20 mark in two-plus season to go along with a subpar 10-24 overall record for the embattled third-year coach. 

Patience is in short supply when it comes to the Illini football program, who are one loss away from missing out on a bowl game for the third straight season. 

11-21-14 #Illini Friday Jim Turpin with @KentBrown and @BarryLHouser talk about @illinifootball vs PSU

11-21-14 #Illini Friday Jim Turpin with @KentBrown and @BarryLHouser talk about @illinifootball vs PSU: Play now!

11-21-14 Illini Friday.  Jim Turpin with Kent Brown Illinois Sports Information and Barry Houser Director of the Marching Illini take a look at the final home game of the season Illinois vs Penn State.

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