The Fan Headlines 9/1/15


SIU Football opens up their 2015 season at Indiana on Saturday. The Hoosiers had the third-best rushing team in the Big 10 last year but Dale Lennon, speaking at Lennon Live Monday, expects his defensive line to be his strongest unit.

Lennon and the Salukis head to Bloomington on Saturday at 3:00. Mike Reis, Gene Green, and Connor James will start pregame coverage at 2:00 on 105.1 VZA and the Saluki Sports Network.

The St. Louis Cardinals had their 2-out magic working last night in a 8-5 win over Washington. The Redbirds scored 5 runs with two outs in a decisive 7th inning. Jason Heyward had a 2-out, 2-run double to break a 5-5 tie. The Cardinals will be without starter Carlos Martinez tonight who was scratched due to back tightness. Marco Gonzalez will start in his place when the two teams play at 7:15.

Jet lag caught up with the Chicago Cubs pitching staff last night. A night after Jake Arrieta threw a no hitter, the Cubs gave up a baker’s dozen in a 13-6 loss to the Reds. The bullpen alone allowed 6 runs in the 9th. Dexter Fowler and Addison Russell both homered in the loss. The two teams play again tonight at 7:05 at Wrigley.

The Southern Illinois Miners keep marking things off their checklist. The Miners clinched the division championship on Sunday after clinching a playoff berth earlier in the week. Now the Miners have a chance to clinch the best record in the Frontier league. The Miners start a series in Gateway tonight at 7:05. Jason Guerette has the call at 6:45 on US 97.7. The Miners have just 6 games left in the regular season.

The Fan Headlines 8/31/15


The Southern Illinois Miners are Frontier League East Division champions for the second straight year. And they did so in thrilling fashion. Steve Marino’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th walked off the Miners to a 3-1 win over Traverse City and a division crown.

The Miners have the day off to celebrate, they hit the road for a 3-game series at Gateway Tuesday night.

Jake Arrieta notched his first-career no-hitter as the Chicago Cubs blanked the Dodgers 2-0 in L.A. It’s the second time in nine days the Dodgers have been no-hit, Houston’s Mike Fiers held L.A. without a hit August 21st.

It’s the Cubs’ first no-no since Carlos Zambrano in 2008. The Cubs host the Reds tonight at Wrigley at 7:05.

The Cardinals took 2 out of 3 from the Giants in San Francisco. Jaime Garcia won his 7th as the Birds topped the Giants, 7-5. Matt Carpenter, Brandon Moss and Mark Reynolds all homered. The Cardinals return home to host the Nationals tonight at 7:15.

The White Sox beat the Mariners in 11 innings, 6-5 on the South Side on Tyler Saladino’s walkoff RBI single. Sox are in Minnesota Tuesday night.

The season-premiere of Lennon Live is Monday at noon at Buffalo Wild Wings in Carbondale. Join Mike Reis and Saluki head football coach Dale Lennon for lunch at B-Dubs, hear it all on the flagship station of the Saluki Sports Network, 105.1 VZA or listen live at

The Fan Headlines 8/28/15


The 2015 high school Football season officially kicks off around the area tonight. The West Frankfort Redbirds will look for a breakout season when they open up at home against Anna Jonesboro at 7:00. You can hear that matchup at 7:15 on 1300 The Fan across Southern Illinois and streaming live here. Other area match-ups:

Carterville @ Benton

Harrisburg @ Mt. Carmel

Herrin @ Waterloo

Freeburg @ Massac County

Carbondale @ Murphysboro

Sparta @ Dupo

Red Bud @ Pinckneyville

Sesser Valier @ DuQuoin

Nashville @ Carylyle

Carmi White County @ Christopher Zeigler Royalton

Fairfield @ Chester

Hamilton County @ Johnston City

Collinsville @ Althoff

Cahokia @ Highland

Centrailia @ Salem

Champaign Central @ Marion

Mt. Vernon @ Taylorville

(Sat) Eldorado @ Vienna Goreville

SIU Volleyball starts their season this morning at the Central Florida Invitational. SIU takes on Delaware at 9 a.m.  They will play Central Florida and Delaware tomorrow.

The Southern Illinois Miners couldn’t reduce their magic number last night. The Miners lost to Lake Erie 3-2 in 10 innings. The Crushers tied the game on an inside-the-park home run in the 9th and then won the game the next inning. The Miners can wrap up the division this weekend when they play Traverse City. They would need a sweep. Jason Guerette starts the pregame at 6:45 on US 97.7. First pitch from Rent One Park is set for 7:05.

The power outage is over. Brandon Moss homered for the first time in a month as the Cardinals swept the Diamondbacks 5-3. Moss hit a game winning home run in the 6th. It was his first home run with St. Louis since the team acquired him a month ago. The Cardinals have beat Arizona 8 straight games and 13 of the last 14. The Cardinals start a series in San Francisco tonight at 9:10.

The Cubs lost a series for the first time in 3 weeks when the Giants beat them 9-1. The Giants won the final two games of the series but Chicago still leads San Francisco by 5 and a half games for the final wild card spot. The Cubs start a series with the Dodgers in LA tonight at 9:10.

The Fan Headlines 8/27/15


Saluki women’s basketball have unveiled their non-conference schedule. They will play DePaul in the Preseason Women’s NIT November 13th. Southern will also play home games against Tennessee-Martin, SIUE, Morehead State and Marshall, and hit the road for tilts versus Memphis, Murray State, Illinois, Mercer and SEMO.

Make it six in a row for the Southern Illinois Miners. They scored another walk-off win, 3-2 over Lake Erie Wednesday night. The Miners were hitless through six, but tied the game at 2 on a Niko Vasquez homer in the 7th, and won it in the 9th on a 2-out hit from Steve Marino. Miners are 30 over .500, and their magic number to win the East is down to 5. They go for the sweep tonight at 7:05.

The Cardinals won their third straight over Arizona last night, 3-1. Kolten Wong drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the 7th, John Lackey wins his 12th. Cards go for the 4-game sweep tonight at 8:40.

The Cubs’ 6-game win streak was snapped in San Francisco, Giants top the Cubs 4-2.  Rubber game of the series this afternoon at 2:45.

The White Sox were blanked at home by Boston, 3-0.  They start a series with the Mariners tonight at U.S. Cellular Field.


The Fan Headlines 8/26/16


The Southern Illinois Miners continue to roll. They beat Lake Erie 6-4 Wednesday night, winning their fifth straight game. The Miners’ magic number is 6 to clinch the East Division title. Same two teams back at Rent One Park tonight at 7:05. Jason Guerette has the call at 6:45 on US 97.7.

The St. Louis Cardinals scored 4 runs in the first inning, and cruised to a 9-1 win over Arizona. Jason Heyward, Jhonny Peralta, and Yadier Molina drove in two runs apiece. Jaime Garcia threw 6 innings of 1-run baseball to pick up his sixth win of the year. John Lackey is scheduled to pitch tonight at 8:40 in Arizona.

The Cubs slugged their way to another win, smacking three home runs in a 8-5 win over the Giants. Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Montero, and Starlin Castro all hit home runs in the win. Jake Arrieta went 6 innings picking up his Major League-leading 16th win of the year. Game two of the series is tonight at 9:00. Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to pitch.

The White Sox edged Boston 5-4 with a 3-run 7th inning. Rubber game of the series is tonight at 7:10 on the South Side.

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