Cubs one win away from the World Series, SIU preps for Indiana State tomorrow, Bears lose QB, game to the Packers: The Fan Headlines 10/21/16


The Chicago Cubs are headed back to Wrigley one win away from the World Series. Last night in Game 5 of the NLCS, the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 8-4. And for the second straight night, Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell provided the offensive spark. Rizzo with an RBI double in the first, and then in the top of the 6th, Russell snapped a 1-1 tie with a home run. Javier Baez added a 3-run double as part of a 5-run Cub 8th. Jon Lester tossed 7 innings to pick up the win. The Cubs can book their Fall Classic date with the Indians tomorrow night at 7:08. Kyle Hendricks versus Clayton Kershaw.

It’s Saluki football homecoming tomorrow as the Dawgs try to snap a 3-game losing streak versus Indiana State. The Sycamores have also dropped 3 straight. Both clubs have struggled to close out ballgames, and head coach Nick Hill says his club will need to go the distance tomorrow.

Kickoff’s at 2, Mike Reis, Gene Green and Connor James have the pregame beginning at 1 tomorrow on 105.1 VZA.

Week 9 of high school football…we have West Frankfort versus Nashville tonight on 1300 The Fan. Both clubs are 5-3, the winner is playoff bound, the loser could still sneak into the bracket with some help. Rick Westermeier and Brady Haupt have the pregame beginning at 6:45 on 1300 The Fan and streaming live at

Meanwhile, Marion, Carterville, Benton, Murphysboro, Chester and Sesser-Valier are among the 4-4 teams who need to win tonight to have a chance to make the playoffs.

Thursday Night NFL: The Bears lost their quarterback and lost their third in a row, 26-10 to the Packers in Green Bay. Brian Hoyer broke his left arm in the first quarter. Matt Barkley took over. With Jay Cutler still nursing a sprained thumb, the Bears will be in the market for a QB.

Saluki volleyball is on the road in Iowa this weekend. The second-place Dawgs are at 6th place Drake tonight and 3rd place Northern Iowa tomorrow.

Hockey: The Blues lose in Edmonton, 3-1.

Cubs rout LA, tie up NLCS, Tribe advance to World Series, SIU and Indiana State have a lot in common: The Fan Headlines 10/20/16


The NLCS is tied at 2 games apiece. The Cubs found their offense and beat the Dodgers, 10-2 in Game 4 last night. Chicago scored 4 times in the 4th, their first runs since the 8th inning of Game 1. Willson Contreras and Jason Heyward each drove in runs, then Addison Russell broke out of his slump with a 2-run home run. Anthony Rizzo snapped out of his slump with a solo HR in the 5th. The Cubs blew it wide open with 5 more in the 6th. It’s a best of 3 series now, Game 5 is tonight at 7:08, Jon Lester versus Kenta Maeda. The series is guaranteed to return to Wrigley for at least one game.

Meanwhile, in Toronto, half of the World Series is set. The Cleveland Indians take the AL pennant, blanking the Blue Jays 3-0 to take the ALCS 4 games to 1. The Tribe are back in the Fall Classic for the first time since 1997.

Saluki football welcomes Indiana State for homecoming this Saturday. Both teams are very similar. Both are nursing 3 game losing streaks, both have lost close games, both have a lot to improve upon on both sides of the ball. Sycamores head coach Mike Sanford on what the Trees have been working on this week…

The Dawgs and Sycamores kick at 2 Saturday in Carbondale.

Thursday Night Football: the 1-5 Bears are at Green Bay. Running back Ka’Deem Carey and tight end Zach Miller should both be available, but Pro Bowl guard and former Packer Josh Sitton will sit this one out with an ankle injury.

Cubs blanked in Game 3, Jays still alive in the ALCS, Matheny with 2 spots to fill: The Fan Headlines 10/19/16


For the first time this postseason, the Chicago Cubs trail in a series. Last night in Game 3 of the NLCS, the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 6-0 to take a 2 games to 1 lead in the best-of-7 series.
Rich Hill and 3 relievers shut down the Cubs on just 4 hits. Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner homered for L-A off Jake Arrieta, who lasted just 5 innings. The Cubs haven’t scored a run since the 8th inning of Game 1. What’s on Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon’s mind heading into Game 4?

Game 4 is tonight at 7:08, John Lackey versus rookie Julio Urias. The Cubs have never won a postseason series when trailing 2 games to 1.

The Toronto Blue Jays are still alive in the ALCS. They beat Cleveland 5-1 yesterday to prevent a sweep, Game 5 of that series is this afternoon in Toronto.

The first of what may be a few changes to the Cardinals coaching staff…assistant hitting coach Derrick May will not return next season. Combined with Jose Oquendo’s decision to remain in Florida as a minor league instructor, Mike Matheny has two positions to fill on his big-league staff.
General manager John Mozeliak said there will probably be other changes.

The banged up Chicago Bears will be even more so when they play the Packers tomorrow night in Green Bay. Left guard and former Packer Josh Sitton is out with a sprained right ankle. And outside linebacker Pernell McPhee likely won’t be activated in time for tomorrow night. He has yet to play this season while trying to come back from a left knee injury.

Hockey: The Blues lost in overtime at Vancouver, 2-1. The Blackhawks beat the Flyers, 7-4.

NLCS Game 3 is tonight, Miners seek new hitting coach, NDSU no longer #1: The Fan Headlines 10/18/16


Game 3 of the National League Championship Series is tonight in L-A between the Cubs and Dodgers. The series is tied at 1 game apiece. Tonight, it’s Jake Arrieta versus Rich Hill at 7:08 Central Time. Manager Joe Maddon says with both offenses struggling, pitching will be the key the rest of the series.

Games 4 and 5 are also in L-A tomorrow night and Thursday if necessary.

Over in the ALCS, the Cleveland Indians are one win away from the World Series after a 4-2 win over the Blue Jays. The Tribe are up 3 games to none, this despite Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer having to leave in the first inning after his stitched up pinky started bleeding. The same one he injured fixing his drone last week.
It’s do or die for the Jays in Game 4 this afternoon in Toronto.

The Southern Illinois Miners are looking for a new hitting coach. Miners great Ralph Santana is stepping aside to devote more time to his role as head instructor at Doc Z’s Sports in DuQuoin. Santana was the Miners hitting coach from 2008 to 2013 and again briefly this past season along with his bench coaching duties. Interested parties can learn how to apply at

For the first time since last September, North Dakota State is not the #1 ranked team in FCS. The Bison fall to #4 in the latest FCS poll. Sam Houston State is the new #1. South Dakota State rises to 7th after upsetting North Dakota State on Saturday, Western Illinois is 12th, and Youngstown State is 13th. Four other teams pick up votes, the only two Valley teams that don’t face off Saturday in Carbondale for Homecoming. SIU and Indiana State are both nursing 3-game losing streaks.

NFL: Monday Night Football, Arizona beat the Jets, 28-3.

Hockey tonight: The Blues look to go 4-0 at Vancouver, the Blackhawks are home to the Flyers.

Kershaw shuts down the Cubs, Bears blow 4Q lead in loss to Jags: The Fan Headlines 10/17/16


The National League Championship Series is tied at 1 game apiece after the Dodgers beat the Cubs 1-0 last night at Wrigley Field. Adrian Gonzalez’ solo home run in the 2nd inning providing the game’s only run, Clayton Kershaw tossed 7 scoreless innings, Kenley Jansen shut down the Cubs for the final two innings to pick up the save. Games 3 thru 5 are in L-A, it will be Jake Arrieta versus Rich Hill tomorrow night.

The American League Championship Series shifts to Toronto tonight with the Blue Jays down two games to none to the Cleveland Indians.

NFL: The Chicago Bears blew a 13-point 4th quarter lead and lost to the Jaguars, 17-16. And it was a former Illinois star who scored the winning touchdown. Arrelious Benn scored his first NFL touchdown in five years on a sliding 51-yard catch and run with under 3 minutes to play.  The Bears fall to 1-5, and have a quick turnaround as they’re at Green Bay this Thursday night.
In the Sunday Night game, Houston beat the Colts, 26-23. Monday Night Football, the Jets are in Arizona.

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