Wednesday Sports Update

Wednesday Sports Update

Illinois Governor  JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Tuesday they were moving basketball to the “higher risk” category and putting the high school season “on hold.”

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said the IHSA received the news “about 15 minutes prior” to Pritzker’s 2:30 p.m. news conference.

Despite the setback, there is some positive news, as IDPH accepted the IHSA’s mitigations related to other sports, including cheerleading and dance, allowing them to move from a medium risk level to a low risk level.  Wrestling still remains at a Higher Risk level according to the IDPH Guidelines. 

The IHSA Board of Directors will still meet later today as scheduled and will provide direction on the other winter sports, as well as discuss the IHSA sports schedule for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

 

The Dodgers are World Series champions for the first time in 32 years.  Mookie Betts scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and later homered as the Dodgers beat the Rays 3-1 in Game Six in Arlington, Texas. Victor Gonzalez got the win in relief and Julio Urias recorded the final seven outs for the save.  Nick Anderson took the loss after Blake Snell was pulled in the sixth for Tampa Bay. The Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was named  Most Valuable Player of the Series. 

 

The Chicago Bears Head coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday that he is sticking with Nick Foles under center and will not return to previous starter Mitchell Trubisky.  Nagy also said he doesn’t plan on giving up play-calling duties following Chicago’s 24-10 loss to the Rams on Monday night.  

The Bears signed receiver & return specialist Dwayne Harris to the practice squad, while releasing defensive tackle Terry Beckner.  Harris has appeared in nine seasons with the Cowboys, Giants, and Raiders. The Bears get ready this week to host the Saints on Sunday. 

 

 The Chicago Fire FC visits the Philadelphia Union tonight in the MLS.

 

Illinois point guard Ayo Dosunmu is a preseason first-team All-American by CBS Sports.  The Chicago native was named first-team All-Big Ten last season, averaging 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.  The Illini finished 21-and-10 overall and 13-and-7 in the Big Ten in a resurgence season.

 

The Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway has been postponed until today. NASCAR’s playoff race was originally scheduled for Sunday, but has been pushed back each day due to rain. The Championship race is scheduled for November 8th in Phoenix.