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Bears Fire Coach Lovie Smith After 9 Seasons
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have fired coach Lovie Smith after the team missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.
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2 Illini Named Big 10 Players of the Week
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The Big Ten's Players of the Week are both Illini athletes.
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Bears Miss Playoffs Despite Win Over Lions
DETROIT (AP) -- The Chicago Bears held on against Detroit -- before their playoff hopes faded away for good.
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Peterson, Vikings Top Pack to Make Playoffs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Adrian Peterson came within 9 yards of Eric Dickerson's rushing record on Sunday, finishing with 199 yards and powering the Minnesota Vikings into the playoffs, 37-34 over Green Bay.
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Wilson Leads Seattle Past St. Louis
SEATTLE (AP) -- Russell Wilson tied Peyton Manning's record for most touchdown passes by a rookie with 26, and his 1-yard TD run with 1:39 left gave Seattle a 20-13 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday and an 8-0 home mark for the Seahawks.
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Missouri St. Beats SIU
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Anthony Downing scored 16 points and Nathan Scheer scored 15, going 5 for 5 from 3-point range, as Missouri State ended an eight-game losing streak by beating Southern Illinois 70-59 Sunday night.
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Indiana State Beats ISU
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- Justin Gant had 18 points and 11 rebounds Sunday and Indiana State defeated Illinois State 77-75 in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams.
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Local Sports Roundup 12/30/12
GHS Girls lose in title game at Charleston tournament.
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Abrams Scores 29, Illinois Beats Auburn
CHICAGO (AP) -- Tracy Abrams scored a career-high 27 points and No. 12 Illinois beat Auburn 81-79 on Saturday.
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WIU Off to Best Start, Tops IPFW
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) -- Jack Houpt and Adam Link scored 16 points apiece, helping Western Illinois defeat IPFW 62-50 for the best start in school history as a Division I team.
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Bradley Tops Drake in MVC Opener
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Walt Lemon Jr. scored 23 points and Bradley defeated Drake 67-57 Saturday night in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams.
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UMass Holds Off NIU
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Maxie Esho scored 14 points as Massachusetts held off Northern Illinois 64-59 Saturday for its fifth straight victory.
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Belinelli Scores 17 in Bulls' Win Over Wizards
CHICAGO (AP) -- Marco Belinelli came off the bench to score 17 points and lead the Chicago Bulls to an 87-77 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
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Illinois Women Upset #6 Georgia
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Karisma Penn had 27 points and 19 rebounds, and Illinois sent Georgia to its first loss of the season with a 70-59 victory over the No. 6 Lady Bulldogs on Friday night.
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Forte Expects to Start vs. Lions
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte expects to start Sunday against the Bears despite an ankle injury suffered last week.
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Local Sports 12-28-12
The GHS Silver Streaks Boys Basketball team lost to Rantoul Friday afternoon at the Taylorville Holiday Tournament, while the GHS Girls posted a win in Charleston.
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Rams RB Jackson Heads into Finale Amid Questions
ST. LOUIS (AP)--Running back Steven Jackson will have the option to explore free agency after the season, raising the question of whether Sunday's finale at Seattle will be his final game in a St. Louis Rams uniform.
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Briggs Says Bears' Focus on Detroit, not Changes
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP)--Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs insists he is only thinking about beating the Detroit Lions and reaching the playoffs.
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Local Sports for 12-27-12
The Galesburg High School Boys Basketball Team won their first of two games today at the Taylorville Holiday Tournament.
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Rams Defense Faces Challenge Against Seahawks
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It's the St. Louis Rams' turn to try to figure how to stop an opponent that has been on a nearly unprecedented scoring binge.
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Cutler Realizes Bears Need Offense To Step Up
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Jay Cutler understands the Chicago Bears need help to get to the playoffs, and they could use more than just an assist from archrival Green Bay.
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NIU Football Team Heading To Florida
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Northern Illinois' football team is heading south.
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Bears Beat Arizona 28-13, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)--Chicago's defense scored two touchdowns and the Bears beat the Arizona Cardinals 28-13 on Sunday to keep their playoff hopes alive.
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No Talking Between Players' Union
NEW YORK (AP)--All is quiet between the NHL and the players' association, and there is no sign the sides will talk even by phone before Christmas.
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Local Sports 12/23/12
Here's a look at local sports scores.
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Scoreboard for Saturday, 12/22
Silver Streaks win in OT!
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Cubs Reach Deal with RHP Edwin Jackson
CHICAGO (AP)--A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a four year, $52 million contract with right-hander Edwin Jackson.
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Bradford Taking the Hits for Rams
ST. LOUIS (AP)--Sam Bradford has never cared much for numbers and statistics.
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Seattle Rolls To 75-48 Win Over Northern Illinois
SEATTLE (AP) -- Chad Rasmussen scored 14 points, including four 3-pointers, to help Seattle to a 75-48 win over Northern Illinois on Wednesday night.
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Illinois' Spence Says He'll Enter NFL Draft
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence has confirmed he will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
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