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Memorial Stadium in Champaign
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Mark your calendars: Illinois State football will take on the University of Illinois in Champaign in 2020.

NBA player goes for a layup
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UPDATED 11:15 a.m. | State Farm has secured naming rights for another sports venue.

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, John Lucas and his granddaughter, McKenna, bet on Saber Rattler at the Fairmount Park Racetrack in Collinsville.

"If she wins this, it'll be the third race in a row she's won," says Lucas as they watch the horses round the final stretch of the track. Saber Rattler came in second.

Lucas has been visiting the track outside of St. Louis a few times a year since the 1980s, traveling across the Illinois border from O'Fallon, Missouri.

Lucas has noticed the steady downturn in fortunes for the track.

Girls celebrating on soccer field
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Time continues to tick in a three month window to determine how or whether to proceed with a proposed multi sport complex in Bloomington Normal. That's how long, Mayor Chris Koos said last month would be the limit to decide.

Speaking on GLT's Sound Ideas Tuesday, Koos said the Town has now met with a private developer.

"It was really at a high level, get to know them - they get to know us. So, no details came out of that. But, they are very interested in the project," said Koos.

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Lacrosse is a Native American game that began to penetrate colonial society in the 1630s. Its present form originated on East Coast in the 1700s.

Illinois Wesleyan University's softball team has finished second in the nation in Division III.

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Illinois State University men's basketball coach Dan Muller said Thursday he hopes the recent Supreme Court decision striking down a sports-betting ban won't affect how his coaching peers approach a game.

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As the Normal CornBelters baseball team prepares to begin its 10th season, minor league baseball is facing new financial challenges created by federal regulations. 

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The Central Illinois Figure Skating Club welcomes national champions for the upcoming spring show.

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Illinois State University and other Missouri Valley Conference schools are rooting for Loyola Chicago in the NCAA basketball tournament for more than one reason. And some of those reasons are green.

Winter is over, and it's finally baseball season.

The fields are green and the lines are freshly drawn. Yep, it's time to head over to your local ballfield.

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A Detroit Pistons developmental player who collapsed on the court during a NBA G League game in Michigan has died.

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NCHS Ironmen

Both Unit 5 high schools now have new head football coaches.

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The Unit 5 school board on Wednesday approved Nathan Fincham as the new Normal West high school football coach. But the action came with concerns voiced by the public.

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Normal West high school's new head football coach isn't so new.

Heather Budak

A decade ago, Trevor Tucci was 8 years old, making waves with his Redbird Swim Club teammates.

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An ongoing legal dispute will stop Bloomington’s indoor football team from playing its scheduled home games this spring at Grossinger Motors Arena, putting thousands of dollars at risk for the city-owned venue.

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When Illinois State University women’s basketball coach Kristen Gillespie paces the sideline Sunday afternoon at Redbird Arena, her former college coach will be alongside during the Play4Kay game to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Special Olympics Illinois

Normally, dashing pell-mell into a lake in the middle of February would be considered simply bonkers. Not so when it's for a good cause.

Illinois Wesleyan University Athletics

When Illinois Wesleyan head women's soccer coach Dave Barrett accepted the same job at Division 1 Fairfield University in Connecticut last week, he said the opportunity was a perfect storm.

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The mayor of Bloomington said Tuesday he's not satisfied with progress made by VenuWorks in improving operations at Grossinger Motors Arena.

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Two unrelated things worked hand-in-hand to alter Lynette Ritchie’s life, and the State Farm analyst is forever grateful.

University of Minnesota Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport

Mary Jo Kane said the explosive growth of women playing sports in America is absolutely attributable to the passage of Title IX in 1972. She used a former U-Conn basketball star as an example.

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Normal CornBelters president Steve Malliet will be the first to admit initial projections for the organization when it began 10 years ago are not where the team is today.

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Tuesday evenings in warm weather, the Twin Cities Horseshoe Pitchers Club meet, seeking ringers and finding fellowship.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University celebrates Homecoming week Oct. 16-22, with a variety of events to engage the whole community.

Carleigh Gray

The Redbird volleyball team picked a good night for an epic comeback.

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Little did Julie Weger know what was in store for her when she agreed to tag along with her brother to play darts in Paris (Ill.) 20 years ago.

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You couldn’t draw up the play any better if you tried.

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Bloomington Mayor Pro Tem Karen Schmidt said Tuesday she thinks it's unfair to speculate whether aldermen bear blame for any factors that might have led to alleged theft of nearly a million dollars by the city's former arena management company.

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