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    Illinois gives AD Mike Thomas a raise

    by  • January 24, 2014 • Sports • 0 Comments

    CHICAGO (AP) — University of Illinois trustees have raised Urbana-Champaign campus Athletic Director Mike Thomas’ base salary and extended his contract. Trustees voted Thursday to increase Thomas’ annual pay to $554,320 and extend his deal three years through August 2019. Thomas was being paid $503,928 after he was hired in 2011 at $475,000 a...

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    Legislator, IHSA considering tackling restrictions

    by  • January 24, 2014 • Sports • 0 Comments

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker is working with the Illinois High School Association to come up with rules on full-speed tackling during summer football practices. The effort by Vernon Hills Democratic Rep. Carol Sente comes as concern over tackling leading to long-term brain injuries has increased. IHSA executive director Marty Hickman...

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    Obit: Ray Becker

    by  • January 24, 2014 • Obituaries • 0 Comments

    BARTELSO — Ray F. Becker, 87, of Bartelso, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese. Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso, with Fr. James Buerster officiating. Interment will follow in St. Cecilia Cemetery. Visitation will be held...

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    Men’s final pairing set

    by  • January 24, 2014 • Sports • 0 Comments

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The men’s final at the Australian Open is set. Rafael Nadal continued his dominant streak over Roger Federer to reach the final for the third time, beating the 17-time major winner 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 to set up a championship decider against No. 8-seeded Stan Wawrinka. Nadal now has won...

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    Arizona still perfect…Buckeyes end slide

    by  • January 24, 2014 • Sports • 0 Comments

    Arizona still perfect…Buckeyes end slide UNDATED (AP) — Nick Johnson scored 18 points, Brandon Ashley added 15 and top-ranked Arizona remained unbeaten with a 69-57 win over Colorado. Arizona is 19-0 overall and 6-0 in Pac-12 play. Aaron Gordon added 12 points for Arizona, which overcame a 3-for-15 night from 3-point range and some...

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